Hank said that he hated how you can’t mention evolution without starting a stupid and uninteresting debate. He then said “As reference, see the stupid uninteresting debate in the comments below.” This is what I found.
God I love nerdfighteria.
This is beautiful.
i love tags so much tags are the fourth wall it’s like tumblr has developed a spectating sub-culture where it’s more generally acceptable to write your comments in tags rather than in the caption making us aware of the differences between content and commentary and when to use one or the other and the act of copy-pasting someone else’s tags is to capture a thread of discussion like being in agreement with a stranger on something that brings us together i just love tags so much
#the content is the push back and transformation between the text and the viewer #then the tagging is the dialogue between content creators and other viewers#it’s another level beyond #where we’re commenting on our own culture and the narratives that have sprung up in reaction to the original text #so it’s narratives upon narratives upon narratives #and the constant dialogue creates so much wank and hate#but it also drives us to ever greater heights of creativity #because a gifset capturing this particular thing; through the selective eye of the gifmaker #generates tides of commentary based around that narrative #and so the gifmaker becomes better; to better capture what they want to capture #and taggers become ever more delighted and inspired or intrigued or sparked up for whatever reason #and it’s a feedback spiral (not a loop) because it goes ever forward and upward #it’s a conversation about ourselves through narratives #it’s glorious and th e best eveerrrr
#the best part is that when people post the tags #they’re taking someone’s commentary #and they’re saying this deserves to be content #like it’s a blatant endorsement of the words #and saying that they need to be more permanently attached to that post #for more people to see #and so not only have we developed a vague system about what goes where #but the language is different #and we know when it’s acceptable to break those boundaries #and what that means #the amount of linguistics that can be found by looking at tumblr meta #is fucking amazing
I LOVE MY MOTHERFUCKING SUBCULTURE.
I get so many wonderful messages telling me what The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has meant to people. They often include telling me that they’ve been going through a hard thing - a big change in their lives, a loved one’s illness, depression - and that The LBD has been a source of comfort and happiness; that these characters have become their friends. These notes often include something like “I know that sounds silly…”
I just want to say that does not sound silly. That is why storytelling and art have been a part of human tradition for as long as we have records of humans. I absolutely have shows, movies, plays, and books in my life that are my friends, that got me through terrible times, that taught me about myself and my relationships to the people and world around me.
We need stories. Stories are important. There is nothing silly or dumb about relating to them and feeling attached to them. They help us see ourselves and others in new ways. They help us feel our feelings. They make us laugh when we feel low. They help us realize dreams and conquer fears. They give us a fuller understanding of the world.
We should never diminish the power of fictional stories. Do not apologize for being moved by movies, TV shows, theater, art, books, or even a webseries that puts out 5 minute episodes twice a week. Jump into them whole-heartedly and let them transform you. Let them be your friends. Why not? They want to be yours.
I am honored, more than I can ever express, to have been a part of something that has affected people’s lives, because I understand what that means. I am deeply, deeply touched that our show has become what it is, and that it’s made people feel things that have impacted them. It hasn’t been perfect, but nothing is, and the journey we’ve all taken together has been one I’ll never forget.
Okay, wow, Ashley Clements is awesome. (It’s like I keep saying: STORIES MATTER.)
tvtropes.org is like a black hole that sucks you in and spits you back out five and a half hours later, confused and suddenly self-aware
So I don’t usually reblog stuff like this but wow.
Take note, Johnlock shippers.
And next time don’t ask why you get such a bad reputation.
i hate johnlock shippers so m u c h
Wow guys. Really? /really/? This makes me ashamed to be a part of this fandom.
And I have been a sherlock fan since I was 8 years old.
You guys. Just. Stop. You aren’t doing the sherlock fandom any favors.
And also you are damaging the gay rights movement you so claim you love.
Shut up. /please/
And people still ask me why I don’t watch the show…
WOW. … *stays the hell away from Sherlock fandom*
holy fucking nutballs, batman. wtf is this.
“friendships are never as important as relationships.”
…I’m just incredibly sad for these people, honestly. I mean, I get riled up a lot about these kinds of ships, but right now, I’m just sad. Friendship is never as important as a romantic relationship? I just… I feel bad for them. I feel bad for their friends. I know that probably sounds condescending, but I mean it seriously. I’ve made it through some incredibly hard times in my life with the help of my friends, not any romantic partner. And as someone who’s sexually and romantically interested in both men and women, I don’t think it’s heteronormative to place value on my same-sex relationships as platonic relationships of enormous value to me. These people have saved my life. That isn’t even an exaggeration. The power of my friendships has actually saved me from death and from myself. It isn’t inherently less important than a romance.
I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have someone in your life, if not multiple someones, whom you absolutely love without feeling the need to be in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with, or feeling that all your friends were less important than who you were dating. Do you really never make time for your friends? I sacrifice for my friends. I rearrange plans and break plans for my friends. I hold my best friend’s hand every single day. I go out of my way to spend time with the people I love, and that doesn’t automatically make me sexually interested in all of them. And being a fictional character doesn’t automatically mean John and Sherlock or Steve and Tony or whoever your slash pairing of choice is don’t experience those kinds of friendships, too. People don’t exist solely to be romantically in love. A well-written character doesn’t either.
People can be close, even intimate, without being sexual or romantic. And there’s something really off-putting about the fandom tendency to slash any male characters who are really close to each other. Do we really not understand human intimacy outside of a romantic context? Look, I’ve shipped slash, too, but it doesn’t make you homophobic not to ship two people of the same sex, particularly when they’ve canonically displayed interest in the opposite sex. They might be bisexual, yes, that’s absolutely possible, but there’s a tendency to rewrite all previous heterosexual relationships as false to serve the homosexual fan pairing that not only diminishes the importance of the friendship but also renders bisexuality invisible. The whole phenomenon is sad on a personal level, and on a civil rights level, it is offensive. You can’t just write off the power of friendship and erase bisexuality when people already act like it’s not even real as it is. Maybe consider that all those girls your heroes loved weren’t just beards before they ran off to the happy fantasy land in your head where friendship isn’t important.
Also the fetishization by straight girls of gay dudes sexing each other up is pretty problematic all on its own.
And I have been saying for years that I think fandom consistently and horribly undervalues friendship, both between dudes and between members of the opposite sex. And between ladies as well, but that seems to be less because they’re busy slashing them and more because fandom tends to be less interested if there aren’t dudes involved. A pre-Sherlock example of this undervaluing of friendship by denying the presence of emotional intimacy without sexual desire or intimacy would be the gazillions of pages of meta written by H/Hr shippers using all the textual instances of their strong friendship as proof that they’re in love.
And for the record, I don’t give a shit if you ship H/Hr or Sherlock/John or Steve/Tony or WHATEVER (in fact I have some degree of shipper feels for both of the slash ships in that list), I just think it’s ridiculous to argue that a relationship that isn’t romantic in the canon can ONLY be read/interpreted as romantic and if you don’t interpret it thusly then you are wrong. Like, go ahead and ship them, and go ahead and point to moments that you enjoyed from a shipper’s perspective - I often have otp-ish feels for brotps, particularly when the show in question is clearly making a point to include slashy subtext despite the characters canonically identifying as straight (i.e. Hawaii Five-O, Suits, Common Law, etc). But if a person says they particularly like the brotp aspect and don’t really have otp feels, that’s okay too, and it absolutely doesn’t mean that they’re homophobic.
A loving tribute to fanfiction clichés!
(for hungrylikethewolfie, who also lives a trope-appreciation life ♥ )
Your voice is so lyrical and then you start singing completely seriously about sex pollen and I lose my shit.
Talking to someone about cosplaying the other day and mentioned I wanted to crochet the 4th Doctor’s scarf. Her reaction was “Won’t the other cosplayers get mad that it’s crocheted, not knitted?”
That’s when I realised it…
Anime cosplayers can be assholes. If the fabric isn’t the EXACT shade, or if your makeup isn’t right, or… whatever, they will tear you to pieces.
Doctor Who cosplayers are all “DUDE! YOU”RE *insert whatever here*” *loud cheering* Seriously. From what I’ve seen, Whovians don’t care if you have a red bow tie or black, converse or tennis shoes, as long as you obviously put work in attempting a cosplay.
This is why I’m a Whovian.
Yeah I mentioned to a Whovian friend of mine who is knitting the scarf that I want to crochet one someday even though it wouldn’t be strictly correct, and she was like “you know, if you go through just the back loop instead of both loops, your crochet will look more like knitting.” Not “oh but you have to knit it” or “why would you want to crochet it,” just a helpful tip.
Whovians are the best.
Went to school with tally marks on my hands.
Four people asked me what it was.
One girl practically had a panic attack
And my science teacher asked me if I’d seen the Silence, so I responded “The What?” and his face went blank, and he replied. “What were you asking me about?” I just about cried laughing so hard.
we should have a day where whovians worldwide go out with tally marks on their hands and arms, freak the world out a little bit
^^This needs to happen.
Can we make this happen? How about April 23rd, the day The Impossible Astronaut (the first episode The Silence showed up in) aired. Yeah? C’mon people, let’s make this happen :D
HEAR THAT WHOVIANS?! This is happening. April 23rd. Tally marks on your hands and arms. DO IT.
WHOVIAN ALERT. APRIL 23.
Look, I made a gif of this most awesome wizard at the Leaky Cauldron!
DUDE IS READING ‘A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME’ BY STEPHEN HAWKING
I NEVER REALIZED
are you serious
I always assumed wizards just ignored science, because the fact that “magic” exists, can explain anything. But there are MuggleBorn wizards, ones who, until they were eleven, lived in the real world and learned science and things. Did they all just abandon that normal, muggle knowledge, like Harry did? It’s always been there, itching in the back of my mind.
FOUR FOR YOU SCIENCE WIZARD
YOU GO SCIENCE WIZARD
can we point out that he’s doing wandless magic too
like voldemort couldnt even do that
molly weasley couldnt do that
who are you
Badass to end all badasses, that’s who.
wow that’s really cool HOW LONG UNTIL WE HAVE A FIC?
He’s totally a muggleborn who had ambitions to be a scientist as a kid, and then was mocked at Hogwarts for being so Muggle even though he had the highest grades in Charms, Transfiguration and Arthicmacy that Hogwarts had ever since (until Herimione Granger, of course.)
and so he’s now this really talented wizard with the knowledge and power to rule the world easier then Voldie ever could
but you know what he does with all that knowledge and power?
he stirs his tea
JK Rowling. We have your new book.
Oh tumblr. The joys you give me.
FANDOM YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME.
There was a gentle rumbling and slight shaking of the dashboard.
Fandoms of new, turned quickly about to stare, startled by the sight in front of them.
THE STAR TREK AND LOTR FANDOMS HAVE AWAKEN FROM THEIR SLUMBERS, ARISING TO RETAKE THEIR RIGHTFUL THRONES.
Meanwhile, the Classic Who, the last of the Three Great Fandoms, lies in wait
For the 50th Anniversary is approaching
The Old Ones are awakening.