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20th October 2014

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chill it’s cos your rare

the entire female population of east asia is rare?

homie ur about to be cooked medium rare and sacrificed


It got better

I appreciate two things about this post:

1) the blowing up of racist stereotypes

2) a lovely Better Off Ted reference.

Tagged: Better Off Tedis a surprisingly good showterrible title but a lot of Tumblrites would like itfeatures a good-guy single dadhis comedically psychopathic female bossand an amusing pair of nerdy scientists

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20th October 2014

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Every time this post comes around, I have to explain this. 

Watch Dennou Coil, the most underrated anime pretty much ever. 

  • Yes, this is the standard of animation throughout the series. 
  • It’s basically about kids with what’s essentially Google Glass: The Game. The whole world is affected by this game. Traffic lights, school, anything. 
  • It’s good in the beginning and gets really, really good by the end. 
  • Shows the vulnerabilities of children.
  • Well-written children in general. They fall under some tropes but they don’t suffer from the usual fallacies of writing children into series. 
  • And yeah, the filler episodes are really good. The whole series is worth watching. 

Reblogging as a reminder to myself

 wish this show was longer.

Dennou Coil is probably the best sci-fi ghost story I’ve seen or read, and it does an excellent job of binding those two bits together. And the main characters are little girls, so hey, representation.

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13th October 2014

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A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France

it’s a fucking sculpture I almost shat a goddamn cathedral I thought the serpent lords had come to reclaim the fucking earth

Thye just gave a bunch of these out in ESO.  They’re a little shorter and made out of ice, though.

Tagged: snakesculpture

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9th October 2014

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Things I learned today:
-Every journey via air will have me standing near a cute German-speaking couple at some point
-Clam chowder in a bread bowl is delicious
-I have a shellfish intolerance
-I should never eat clams just before getting on a flight
-Denver is cold and wet today
-I neglected to pack a jacket and this was a mistake
-Somehow, Denver is allowed to have bus stops without shelters
-Google Maps is terrible at being asked to point me to nondescript food. I DO NOT WANT TO WALK TO A MCDONALDS IN WISCONSIN FROM COLORADO, GOOGLE.

Traveling is fun.

Tagged: traveldeflare's lifedenver

5th October 2014

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I figured that you’d appreciate these, in response to GamerGate shitheads.

Yes! I really want the Social Justice Bard one. 

I also hope they create some of the other classes, because I have at least two friends who need Social Justice Druid (as they are Actually Real Life Druids, as in members of the religion, but also have great senses of humor about it and do usually play Druids in D&D games) 

I feel like there should be a personality quiz to determine what Social Justice class you are (with an “NOT ALL MEN” option on every question that, if triggered too often, dumps you into a monster to be slain by SJ Adventurers).

I’m leaning toward Social Justice Wizard myself.

Tagged: sillinesssocial justiceFor context: Social Justice Warrior is being used as an insult by misogynist ogres to describe anyone who's not themThis linguistic evolution means that I no longer want to use it to desribe Tumblr's overzealous wannabe do-goodersWe need a new term for that sadly

30th September 2014

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I will have a longer post on this later, but if you are American, please register to vote & please vote in the midterm election. We have suffered the most piss-poor terrible Congress in goddamn history & we need to get these fuckers out of office.

So, realpolitik: the Senatorial race is irrelevant to me since neither of California’s senators is up for election this year, but the current incumbent for my representative in the House seems to be retiring and a new guy is on the Democratic ticket. All good there.

The primaries have long since come and gone, and I’m willing to bet that the incumbents won the majority of their parties’ primaries. For us left-leaning, corruption-hating types who already have Democratic incumbents, what’s the proper voting strategy? I absolutely agree that the current Congress is rotten and needs to be shaken up, but voting against the incumbent for a new Republican outsider just… doesn’t seem like the right answer. And because the US uses the bullshit first-past-the-post voting system, voting for someone other than a Democrat or a Republican is outright counterproductive, as it removes votes from the ‘mainstream’ candidate you like a bit more and basically tosses them in the trash (except in a tiny handful of cases, but most states are not Vermont).

This is the main problem with shaking up the current parties and who ends up in office; the electorate is so large and so generally apathetic, and the two big parties are so deeply entrenched, that there’s basically no good choice when it comes to shaking things up and getting the old fuckers out of office. Except for voting for new people in the parties’ primaries (which is why one shouldn’t bother registering as an independent in most states—seriously, register as a given party member so you have a say on their internal politics, it doesn’t oblige you to anything else), which—again—are long gone.

If there’s something here that I’m missing, then please, let me know.

Tagged: politicsfirst past the post is an awful systemjust so awfulBut it's what we have and barring a truly massive grassroots efforts we're stuck with the Donkey and Elephantand those grassroots efforts get harder and harder to pull off as our population gets bigger and biggerdoesn't matter if you get a million votes when another 299 million drown you out

28th September 2014

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Planning for NaNoWriMo

…Since it’s only a month and change away, and it’d be good to go in with an actual plan this time. Reviving the fantasy setting that I was going to use last year, putting more thought into what kind of plotline I want to do. I’m pleased by the cast of characters bopping around my head, though.

*The human princess undercover as an adventurer, tall and dark, carefree and happy—until she goes out into the world and sees the suffering of the common people, and becomes their advocate against the nobility that she was born into.

*The princess’ short, hairy, angry, half-Neanderthal bodyguard Asya, a crazy-strong champion of the army who likes tanking with a shield and channeling magic to better batter things with her club.

*The civilized, idealistic bird-person warlord, who seeks to dominate the world with fire and steel in the name of a universal peace.

*The embittered musket-wielding bird-person scout who drinks to forget the atrocities he committed while in the warlord’s service, and to forget the tide of war flying ever westward.

There are also a few characters that I’m not sure I’ll use as major characters quite now, but I’d like to work in.

*The frog-person wizard who’s coming to the end of their seven-year stint as a male, and about to start the transformation into a female until the cycle starts again in another seven years. Also possibly has an apprentice? Worth considering.

*The wizened old human general, scarred by decades of battle and one of the first to set aside her petty grudges in the name of seeing oncoming threats

*The colorfully-garbed raptor-person princess who… had most of her plot stuff stolen by the human princess, sadly. I still want to work in the raptor-people, though.

Tagged: deflare's writingnanowrimonovel ideas

26th September 2014

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like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this

there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place

that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.

but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.

i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.

it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.

and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”

no, it’s not

it’s childish.

it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.

Excellent thoughts put more succinctly than I could manage.

Tagged: mediacynicismThere IS something to be said for a certain type of dark and gritty storyone where most of the world is shitty but the people in it cling to shreds of hope and goodnesswhere a single candle in the dark can light up a vast vigilI like that kind of story

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26th September 2014

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Tagged: Accurate to my life

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23rd September 2014

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hey what Sailor Moon character am I

any character is fair game not just the Senshi

I don’t know Sailor Moon well enough to answer this for Teal. That said… HEY ANSWER THIS FOR ME.

Tagged: question memesailor moonIf I get typecast as Tuxedo Mask just because I'm a dude I'm going to be annoyed