Stuff and Things

ask-gallows-callibrator:

vergess:

coelasquid:

derples:

raisehelia:

cavebae:

estpolis:

mrdappersden:

They did it, they fucking did it.

holyfducjk

HISTORY

holy shit!

can someone explain this to me

Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true.

I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player.

It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology.

how can a video game possibly be that bad

Well, the boring, honest answer is that it wasn’t that bad, compared to everything else out at the time. There was just a whole lot of similarly boring, terrible, generic crap clogging up the market and failing to stimulate anybody. Basically, after the initial “ooh video games are a thing!” element wore off, it became clear that there weren’t a lot of people around who knew how to make games actually fun. ET was just a high-profile big-budget stinker whose epic failure set off the dominos. This gap in the marketplace is also what allowed Nintendo to come in and resuscitate the industry with actual quality.

whedonesque:

On the subject of Whedon fighting - I teach a stage combat class at camp French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and all things Joss are very popular with my students as fight scenes - especially the ones that don’t already have an actual fight in them. We look for a scene with an argument, where the violence can be justified, and then we put in our own punching. These are two of my guys, making a scene from Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog a bit more violent. Enjoy!

I have lived nearly fifty years, and I have seen life as it is. Pain, misery, hunger… Cruelty beyond belief. I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets. I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle… or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I have held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no gallant last words… only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question, “Why?” I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams—this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness—and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!
Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Man of La Mancha

Raúl Esparza as George in Sunday in the Park with George performing “Finishing the Hat” at the Kennedy Center in 2002.

I know this doesn’t mean things are all better now, but the idea that things can be getting better at all in a situation like this means so much I’m so used to things just staying shitty until the extremity of the shittiness simply fades away into the background of horrible things that have happened and I don’t know if I’m making any sense but I’m just glad that people aren’t gonna get tear gassed tonight, and god damn are those low standards.

My thoughts on Ferguson.

fenrirslittlepup:

So I watched the Livestream from Ferguson last night. Holy. Shit. 

Now hear me out. It was a mostly peaceable assembly, some of the chants could have been construed as otherwise, such as the “this is a war cry” chant, but what I saw was an unarmed crowd and unarmed journalists exercising their right to Peaceably Assemble and the right for free media.

What I saw was noise machines, stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. What I saw was a desperate attempt to silence the media, ordering them to shut off their cameras and stop broadcasting. Here’s what I saw in order.

Police order the crowd to leave, they order the journalists to stop recording. The issues two ‘final’ warnings.

Police line advances.

Crowd puts up their hands. Some sit down. No advancing towards the cops.

Police use the noise machine; the one that hurts your ears and is designed to run off crowds. You see protestors holding their ears and refusing to back down, lining up. Some still manage to keep their hands above their heads despite the sound. Journalists start putting on gas masks. One puts on a helmet.

When the noise machine fails they start with the tear gas. Some protesters turn and flee. Most stay put, hands above their hands. The police line steadily advances. 

Police start using stun grenades and rubber bullets with no care as to where they shoot; journalists’ equipment is damaged. The line retreats.

The cops advance and start herding the protesters back into a residential neighborhood and start cutting off retreat routs. 

They fire more gas and more grenades and more bullets. 

At this point the crowd are cut off from their vehicles; if they advance to go around the police it could be construed as them attacking so the crowd falls back again.

Police use more gas and more grenades in a residential neighborhood. Several private properties have fires from the grenades. 

More grenades and more gas. The crowd falls back behind where the fires are, some take refuge in or behind cars.

The chopper is circling overhead repeatedly. In the distance you can hear even more gas canisters being shot.

People start slipping away and try to return to their cars.

Some of the journalists are still stranded, working on backup cameras because their primary ones are damaged ($$$$$$$$). Crowd starts to disperse. No sirens can be heard in the distance (no firetrucks to come put out the fires on private properties). 

That is what I saw. No more, no less.

This is why I’m terrified of the police. This is why I don’t agree with militarization of our police force. The right to assemble is a constitutional right that was violated last night. Free media was a constitutional right that was violated last night. I saw reckless use of force by the police who could care less for the property they’re damaging.

This could happen anywhere. It could happen here in Boston, or in NYC, or Dallas, or Denver. What frightens me the most is the restriction on media. The Ferguson PD are blocking journalists from entering, arresting the ones that are already in place. Peaceable assembly and free media and free speech have been the basis of our government and both are being undermined. It says it right in the constitution that these are guaranteed rights. The Ferguson PD apparently believe they’re above the constitution. 

This should terrify you. I don’t know what to say if it doesn’t.

jununy:


burningdarkfire said: ☠ any/all of the animorphs pretend they’re normal teenagers who could go to parties and feel a little sad

tyrianterror asked the drunk headcanons thing to be rebloggable so i coloured it and stuff
yes a normal life au where their biggest problems are tomorrow morning’s hangovers. (ax doesnt get hangovers and he doesnt get knocked out form drinking either do u see the problem here)

jununy:

burningdarkfire said: ☠ any/all of the animorphs pretend they’re normal teenagers who could go to parties and feel a little sad

tyrianterror asked the drunk headcanons thing to be rebloggable so i coloured it and stuff

yes a normal life au where their biggest problems are tomorrow morning’s hangovers. (ax doesnt get hangovers and he doesnt get knocked out form drinking either do u see the problem here)

tamorapierce:

owlmylove:

when i find stretch marks on my thighs i make a point of smooching them because they’re just doing their best at keeping the all-powerful immortal Being within me from ripping my mortal shell asunder in a blaze of heavenly glory and eviscerating the cosmos in my divine wrath

You know what?  You just changed an aspect of myself I’ve hated since ballet class in sixth grade.  Thank you!

inspired by the thousands of these going around

stone-the-fuckin-crow:

no Don Quixote allowed

Good lord I hope this is not a ‘shop. I dearly need there to be a windmill manager out there with this sense of humor.

stone-the-fuckin-crow:

no Don Quixote allowed

Good lord I hope this is not a ‘shop. I dearly need there to be a windmill manager out there with this sense of humor.

themouseabides:

Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster.

Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.

babyblue1120:

I just watched Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.
And…I’m not sure what it was all about. Some scenes were very beautiful and emotional, I loved them. But the whole story was…?  I’d like someone to explain this movie, I really want to know how to see it.
By the way, I like how Kitano Takeshi acts. It’s not like he’s a good actor in the usual sense of meaning, but he has something in him that attracts me… If you like yakuza movie, he’s an amazing director and I recommend Sonatine. It is beautiful.

Much as I don’t like telling other people how to read movies, but I have a lot of feels for this film.
It’s a story about compassion. Men are taught to suppress their compassion, their empathy, the tenderest parts of themselves in favor of confrontation and violence. What better background to explore this than war, perhaps the most universally masculine cultural institution? Celliers comes to the POW camp with a confrontational attitude, trying to undermine Yonoi’s authority in what is ultimately a useless gesture; it’s not like his belligerence is going to get any of the Allied troops home any faster. Likewise, Yonoi has buried his romantic-sexual desire (for Celliers specifically, but in general) under hard-edged discipline and a fierce devotion to old, conservative traditions—homosexuality, like compassion, is often equated with the feminine in the worldview learned by these characters, and femininity is in turn equated with weakness and inferiority. Meanwhile, Lawrence, the moral compass of the film, has learned to live in a kind of peace with the Japanese authority, accepting that these men are just men like him, with their own foibles and virtues and feelings, and that he can only make things better by treating them as men, even if they are his captors. (Gonna be vague now because spoilers, and I really want more people to watch this film.) The flashback sequence later in the film reveals how Celliers’ rejection of compassion in favor of masculine “virtues” of toughness and disaffection manifested in his home life, and the damage it caused to his younger brother. At the end, Celliers faces Yonoi with a gesture of love instead of violence, and that is how he wins. But of course, he doesn’t “win”, because it’s not about “winning”; it’s not about besting your fellow man, it’s about living peacefully with him and loving him as another human being. That’s something more important to the human spirit that any conflict of interests between two people or peoples.
Admittedly, there might be holes in this reading since I only watched the film once a few months ago, but that was the impression I got. I myself didn’t really understand the point of what was going on as it was happening, but once the film was over, and especially thinking about it since, everything seemed to fall into place for me.

babyblue1120:

I just watched Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

And…I’m not sure what it was all about. Some scenes were very beautiful and emotional, I loved them. But the whole story was…?
I’d like someone to explain this movie, I really want to know how to see it.

By the way, I like how Kitano Takeshi acts. It’s not like he’s a good actor in the usual sense of meaning, but he has something in him that attracts me…
If you like yakuza movie, he’s an amazing director and I recommend Sonatine. It is beautiful.

Much as I don’t like telling other people how to read movies, but I have a lot of feels for this film.

It’s a story about compassion. Men are taught to suppress their compassion, their empathy, the tenderest parts of themselves in favor of confrontation and violence. What better background to explore this than war, perhaps the most universally masculine cultural institution? Celliers comes to the POW camp with a confrontational attitude, trying to undermine Yonoi’s authority in what is ultimately a useless gesture; it’s not like his belligerence is going to get any of the Allied troops home any faster. Likewise, Yonoi has buried his romantic-sexual desire (for Celliers specifically, but in general) under hard-edged discipline and a fierce devotion to old, conservative traditions—homosexuality, like compassion, is often equated with the feminine in the worldview learned by these characters, and femininity is in turn equated with weakness and inferiority. Meanwhile, Lawrence, the moral compass of the film, has learned to live in a kind of peace with the Japanese authority, accepting that these men are just men like him, with their own foibles and virtues and feelings, and that he can only make things better by treating them as men, even if they are his captors. (Gonna be vague now because spoilers, and I really want more people to watch this film.) The flashback sequence later in the film reveals how Celliers’ rejection of compassion in favor of masculine “virtues” of toughness and disaffection manifested in his home life, and the damage it caused to his younger brother. At the end, Celliers faces Yonoi with a gesture of love instead of violence, and that is how he wins. But of course, he doesn’t “win”, because it’s not about “winning”; it’s not about besting your fellow man, it’s about living peacefully with him and loving him as another human being. That’s something more important to the human spirit that any conflict of interests between two people or peoples.

Admittedly, there might be holes in this reading since I only watched the film once a few months ago, but that was the impression I got. I myself didn’t really understand the point of what was going on as it was happening, but once the film was over, and especially thinking about it since, everything seemed to fall into place for me.

"You do have a superiority complex. And you’ve got an inferiority complex about it. Kudos."

"You do have a superiority complex. And you’ve got an inferiority complex about it. Kudos."

arcadiasilver:

muscleprincess:

queercumqueen:

no way

i can’t decide if this is figuratively or literally unbelievable

Literally look at this misdirecting shit. Look at it. 
Look at how they organize the y-axis in descending order in order to make the chart go DOWN, assuming people wont look at it for two seconds and assume that enrollment is falling when its actually nearly doubled since its first estimation. 
This is the kind of shit that Fox News pulls to lie to its viewers in plain sight. This is how desperate they are to discredit the ACA as unpopular and unwanted when its actually the opposite. 

arcadiasilver:

muscleprincess:

queercumqueen:

no way

i can’t decide if this is figuratively or literally unbelievable

Literally look at this misdirecting shit. Look at it. 

Look at how they organize the y-axis in descending order in order to make the chart go DOWN, assuming people wont look at it for two seconds and assume that enrollment is falling when its actually nearly doubled since its first estimation. 

This is the kind of shit that Fox News pulls to lie to its viewers in plain sight. This is how desperate they are to discredit the ACA as unpopular and unwanted when its actually the opposite.