Reblog if you have made a friend online that you would love to hang with, but they live far away.

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dubiousculturalartifact:

creepycompanys:

its so fucking weird because SPN is supposed to be all about free will

but nearly every freaking female angel that has ever been introduced has been killed off because they decided to make their own decisions (instead of having blind faith in Cas or the Winchesters)

and those choices just so happen to be the ‘wrong choices’ usually because they’re willing to sacrifice one of the boys in the process.

because they can’t handle that much power. they can’t handle the power of making choices. they can’t handle having agency. they don’t know the ~true meaning~ of free will

because it’s not like Cas has made some pretty drastic choices that resulted in millions dead. or that Sam and Dean have killed countless of people (both monster and people) in order to reach their goals.

but when Hael reacts out of fear and desperation, she’s instantly painted as creepy and evil

when Hester decides to kill Castiel out of vengeance for all of her fallen brethren, she’s just a bitch on a rampage (not like there’s any vengeance arcs on this show amirite)

when Rachel tries stopping Castiel from opening up Purgatory, she needs to die

Anna comes back after months of torture and reprogramming and yet she’s STILL rooting for humanity. She’s not killing Sam for the shits and giggles, she’s doing it to save the fucking world. But not one ounce of sympathy from the characters or the narrative itself. She’s just a psycho bitch.

It’s like. These women took on a huge amount of autonomy and agency. But the moment their free will took them places that didn’t align with Cas or Sam or Dean, they were instantly vilifed by narrative, portrayed as going “nuts” or overemotional. Which is…really freaking disturbing, considering that in real life, people are reluctant to give women too much power because “they won’t be able to handle it”

And that’s what happens with every fucking one of these ladies. And don’t go around telling me that SPN “does this with everyone” because honestly, there’s only been A VERY SMALL HANDFUL of female angels on the show, and almost all of them have gone down this route.

It’s okay for Cas to make mistakes, as he discovers the pros and cons of free will. He gets to learn from them, live the the repercussions, and then move on. He’s allowed to make choices out of emotion. We get to see his side of the story. He’s given the benefit of the doubt.*

Gabriel’s experience with free will is portrayed as shady, but positive at the end. Balthazar’s death is heartbreaking, but sympathetic. Even Lucifer’s perspective of being unjustly punished for exercising freedom of choice is viewed in an extremely sympathetic light.

There’s obviously been some male angels that have been fucked over by SPN’s “”free will”“”. But considering that we have so many positive examples of choice in male angels, and so very, very few female angels as a whole, I think it’s something worth discussing.

Because women can’t handle the power of choice. They can’t handle having autonomy and agency over their own destinies. They turn into “crazy bitches”. And for that, they need to die.

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*(Granted, he’s pretty much always in the wrong whenever he does something that isn’t the Winchester’s way, but that’s basically A WHOLE OTHER POST about how morality in SPN is p-much Dean -and to a lesser extent, Sam- oriented and that nearly every side character gets fucked over by it at one point or another)

And this isn’t even getting into the fandom and narrative treatment of Naomi, because yikes.

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ruineshumaines:

Liz Climo on Tumblr.

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jirkapoes

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  • me: *owns 264 unread books*
  • me: *buys 17 new books*
  • me: *rereads harry potter*

Tags: books

cucumberbatchin:

do you ever sit in school like i know the answer to that questions but i’m not saying it because this class is pissing me off

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All things considered, Bobby is probably one of the nicer people on Supernatural.

Tags: Supernatural

There is no I in Team (Fortress 2)

killerthrower:

Since long I’m busy again playing Team Fortress 2, I like to kick in a match or two in between my studying hours. And I can’t help but to notice how team based this game really is. It’s unbelievably balanced, not like any other game I’ve ever played.  
In a way I feel bad for this, because I can’t play any other online shooter without comparing it to the supremacy of Team Fortress, but on the other hand I can’t help but being impressed every time I play this game.
First of all I really like the characterization of the nine classes, playing with a medic makes you act different, then when you are blazing around as a scout. No matter what class you are playing, you’re tactics are changing all the time and you never feel bad about it. The amazing thing is that you don’t only play (for instance) a sniper, but you also feel the sniper in yourself.
Another important angle in this game is the team play. As you are playing team fortress you’ll notice pretty soon that if you’re team is performing badly, or they are not helping each other out, you will perform badly too. If you perform badly, or you only care for your own life, your team will start being less efficient. That’s what’s it all about in this game efficiency and teamwork.
I know this little text here is badly written and maybe I should take more time for explaining how great this game actually is, but I can’t right now, I’m very busy with my exams and I really want to get my grades. I just want you all to know that Team Fortress 2 is a great game and if you really like gaming (not only shooters, any kind of gaming) you should try it out. Valve did an amazing job creating this experience, so now it is time you go out and experience it.

Team Fortress is far from perfect, but it is a testament to Valve’s skill that despite the widely different classes, each with several weapon options, is still mostly balanced.

And what my brother here is saying about feeling you are the class, that’s true. Each class has a specific playstyle attached to it and an exaggerated personality on top of it;

What is also important to keep in mind is the many ways this game subtly allows for more team work, something no other game has accomplished at this level. Maybe my little brother would like to write more on that?

yxoque:

Neal Stephenson’s book Anathem is now available for only $1,99 (which is about $0.002 per page).

It’s a really cool book. It’s close to a thousand pages, but I haven’t regretted any of it. Like a lot of Stephenson, there’s a lot of infodump (which I happen to like) so that might put you of. I didn’t completely like the ending, for the same reason I don’t like “God/Santa existed all along” endings in 90s sitcoms, but it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Without spoiling anything, the story is set in an alternative universe where all the scientist went/were forced to live in monasteries and do their sciencing there. There are several chapters in each monastery and they’re divided on when the doors of the chapter opens: every day, every year, every 10 year, every 100 years or every 1000 years. The main character is one of these science-monks at a time where the science-monks don’t have access to any real technology except for telescopes. They mostly spend their time having philosophical discussions about science and the nature of reality because they don’t have access to the tools you need for real sciencing.

I’m probably not doing the books justice and I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t tell you of the really cool stuff that happens. (And some of the stuff is mindboggingly cool.) It’s only $2. Give it a shot. Some people find the beginning to be a bit bland, but as soon as the Convoke starts, the pace picks up somewhat and the big set pieces get set into place.

cephalopost:

octo-hugs! only somewhat terrifying.

cephalopost:

octo-hugs! only somewhat terrifying.

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ladyloveandjustice:

Also yeah, I’ve said it before, but like when people are like “why doesn’t Harry ask for help more, why doesn’t he ask questions” THAT IS LITERALLY WHAT HE LEARNED HE WOULD BE PUNISHED FOR DOING GROWING UP. It was drilled into him not to ask for help.

Like the scene that will always break my heart is when Ron discovered Umbridge was basically forcing Harry to mutilate himself, and he was like “WHY THE HECK DIDN’T YOU TELL ANYBODY? WE NEED TO TELL SOMEONE RIGHT AWAY” and Harry’s reaction was “they’re busy, they don’t need me causing them trouble, it would just get them in trouble, they don’t want me to bother them” instantly and Ron was like “what the f*** man” because that is just so, so accurate to what you learn when you’re being abused and bullied. Do not ask for help. Do not bother people. They don’t want to deal with you, this kind of thing is normal and things will just get worse if you do.

It was just really well and subtly done. How Ron completely didn’t understand and was horrified but this was obvious and normal to Harry. Of course he was used to doing things on his own. Of course it was his instinct to keep it a secret.

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Tags: Harry Potter

juliedillon:

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 
Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

juliedillon:

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 

Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

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hey rationalists, skeptics, science advocates, atheists, etc.:

stormingtheivory:

melissadoom:

Care about science? Me too! Want something really useful you can do? A lot of reactionaries are freaking out because now the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to gender confirmation surgery. They’re saying shitty- and false!- things about it being “elective”, about trans being a mental disorder, about it only needing psychiatric treatment and not hormones or surgery and that trans people end up regretting it, and so on. I could continue linking but I’d essentially by covering the entire field; make do with the American Psychological Association’s statement from a few years ago.

These are horrible myths that are not based on the best work in current psychology and ought to be quashed. These myths are also not supported by the community itself, by and large- there are definitely places where the trans community and mainstream psychology have significant disagreements, but that is not where the current backlash is taking place.

You could do a whole lot worse than to familiarize yourself with trans issues, the science and theory of gender, and the basic psychology underlying these things; these misconceptions ruin trans people’s lives.

Time to step up to the plate, Rationalists. Will you practice what you preach? Or is it more fun to spend your time bickering with Dark Enlightenment clowns than to actually take a stand against the far more widespread reactionary beliefs that are often present within your own movement?

Apart from the Neoreactionary branch (ugh), aspiring rationalists are pretty accepting of LGBT (I was looking for a different word, but couldn’t think of anything).

Especially here on tumblr, so this shouldn’t take much effort on our part.

Good Life Choices

stormingtheivory:

hexmeridian:

stormingtheivory:

hexmeridian:

Listening to Rammstein while reading Freud. 

It would be difficult to find a more suitable combination, I’d say…

Particularly Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da…

That’s the exact album I’m listening to! It’s absolutely the perfect choice. 

So what do you make of that album? I keep teetering between “it’s a satire of masculine brutality” and “Rammstein just is really misogynistic”…

I just don’t know what to make of it.

Rammstein often does social commentary (in a rather brutal way). They tend to be pretty smart about it, so my prior is that it’s satire.

I’ll try to remember and give the album a proper listen. I understand just enough German to deal with the lyrics.

Tags: Rammstein

actualashiok:

You are all very welcome.

stormingtheivory

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