tbh the most unbelievable part of Arrow is the functionality of their tech. no way you can just click a set of coordinates from a text on your phone and have crosshairs glowing over the spot in under 5 seconds…
Je ne le connaissais pas, celui-là !
Jason sat on a picnic table at Camp Half Blood, feet on the bench, and watched as Nico paced around the top edge of the sand by the lake. Nico’s hands were stuffed in his pockets, and he was walking slowly enough not to attract much attention but not slowly enough to only be doing so out of boredom.
Jason heard a shout and the beginnings of a scuffle behind him and turned his head to see two younger campers wrestling on the ground, but they were laughing, so he did nothing. When he faced forward again, Nico was suddenly three feet away and glaring intently.
"Why are you here?" Nico demanded, hands pushing down in his pockets and straining his jacket.
"Here…at Camp Half Blood?" Jason asked, slightly puzzled.
"No, I know why you’re at camp. Why are you here, sitting on a table staring at me and not saying anything. Why do you never say anything??” Nico’s voice was soft but fierce. The kid had no need to yell to express displeasure, Jason thought.
"I…’m confused," said Jason. "But okay, I’m sitting here on this table because I had some time to kill and I like people-watching. I was watching you because you’re people. A person. Whatever. I wasn’t saying anything because you were, like, twenty yards away and clearly thinking about something and I didn’t want to interrupt. Sorry if I made you uncomfortable. But what do you mean I ‘never say anything’? Piper tells me I talk too much.”
Now Nico extracted his hands from his pockets only to mash his face into them. “No, Grace….” He took a slow breath, then raised his head to meet Jason’s eyes again. “Why don’t you ever bother me? About the Cupid thing. Why are you never on my case about that? Why do you never say anything about it, to me or anyone else? Why don’t you pressure me—”
He stopped, threw his hands into the air, and almost seemed to deflate. Jason looked at him and reached a hand out to grasp his shoulder, then retracted it. Instead he pointed to the spot next to him on the table and said, “Do you want to sit down?”
"No, I don’t want to sit down! I want you to answer my questions!" Nico hissed.
"Okay," Jason said. "I don’t bother you about that stuff because why would I? It’s clearly weighing on your mind a lot and me shoving my opinions at you or pressuring you to do something isn’t gonna make that weigh any less. I figure if you want to talk about it, you’ll ask. And Nico, dude. Why would I talk to anyone else about it? Why would I break your trust like that?"
He ran a hand through his hair and scratched the back of his head, waiting for a response. None came. Nico just stared at him, blankly.
"Nico," Jason said quietly, "I’m your friend.”
Donna Noble - Tumblr version
Jim Beaver just made the Ice Bucket Challenge haters sit down and shutup
Disclaimer: You will probably cry when you watch the video
Heck, the ice water challenge is going international. The director of the ALS fundraising foundation was on the radio this morning, telling how donations over here have increased noticeably since the ice bucket challenge.
They now have LOTS of signed OCEANs at the Hudson Booksellers by gate 32 in JFK terminal 4…
- Seeking Solace
- Break Away
- Breathe Again
- Mother Nature
- Trouble Lurking
- Under the Rain
- Hold My Hand
- Precious Treasure
- Standing Still
- Two Roads
- Breaking the Rules
- Deep in Thought
- Keeping a Secret
- Danger Ahead
- Kick in the Head
- No Way Out
- Fairy Tale
- Do Not Disturb
- Playing the Melody
- Mischief Managed
- I Can’t
- Are You Challenging Me?
- Broken Pieces
- Pen and Paper
- Can You Hear Me?
- Out Cold
- Seeing Red
- Through the Fire
- All That I Have
- Give Up
- Last Hope
- In the Storm
- Safety First
Ya know something interesting about the Marvel/DC ‘rivalry’ on tumblr?
Everyone acts like DC is this super regressive company compared to Marvel when DC really did more progressive stuff first and is still doing so.
Women as heroes?
DC’s had Wonder Woman as one of their three major heroes forever, but everyone ignores that because “But she doesn’t have a movie yet” (more on that later)
While Marvel can claim the first black hero in comics with Black Panther, DC actually had heroes talking explicitly about race with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, and did a lot of issues with progressiveism and liberalism vs convsativism in the Green Arrow/Green Lantern series (including a black person calling out Hal on how little he did to fight oppression on earth as he did the rest of the universe), and Green Arrow and Hawkeye arguing politics was a common thread of their time on the JLA together.
Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero with no criminal record (Luke Cage did get his powers in prison, it’s kinda stereotypical)
DC itself actually funded and published Milestone comics, a comics company entirely devoted to more diverse comics. If you’ve ever heard of Static you owe DC comics.
Marvel has never had anything even remotely equivalent.
When it comes to LGBT stuff, DC comics had a lesbian Batwoman and a lesbian woman taking over from a male hero in The Question.
While not a hero explicitly DC has a transwoman supporting character in Batgirl. (And I’m not even counting the trans characters in Vertigo books.)
It has Alan Scott being gay inthe Nu52 continuity,
I know Grace Choi was bisexual pre-reboot (I don’t know the current status)
Had a gay black teen hero in the Superboy & the Ravers comic in the 90s, as well as the character of Obsidian who was a major supporting character in the JSA.
The idea of characters of color or a different gender taking the place of legacy characters is nothing new for DC.
Like I mentioned, a lesbian Latin@ became the Question, there was an asian woman hero Doctor Light, a black woman Doctor Midnight, a Latina became the new Wildcat.
Now I mentioned I’d get back to movies later on and, let’s look at DC & Marvels movies in terms of ethnicity here, most notably the recent casting rumors.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson basically said he’d be playing Shazam.
Shazam, a previously white hero, played by a Black & Samoan man.
Aquaman, if rumors are to be believed, will be played by Jason Momoa.
Aquaman, a white blonde haired, blue eyed hero, played by a Samoan man.
Meanwhile over at Marvel….Well Falcon and Rhodey get to exist, but they’re up to this point still just little more than sidekicks to the white heroes in the movies.
Marvel makes a movie about a superhero team and goes “Yeah, everyone is still white as they were in the 1960s.”
DC looks at their superhero team and says “We need to make the team more diverse, even if it means changing the race of the heroes” and people act like they’re some super regressive company.
I’m fine with folks preferring one company over the other.
I’m fine with folks being excited Marvel is having legacy characters change race and/or gender with who gets to pick up the legacy.
But as a lifelong comic fan it’s kinda annoying to see people praising Marvel as super progressive for doing shit DC did in the 80s and still does to this day.
Especially when with Marvel it’s coming across far more as a blatant publicity grabs.
#literally FUCK. YOU. #i don’t understand why people like my brother think snape is still a good guy #this is him sifting through harry’s memories #the ones that mean the most to him his parents and sirius #and hes happy in these memories #and snape invades them and perverts them with his scowl and prescence #a grown man enjoying toying with an abused childs happy place #hp (via lizardcookie)
triumvirate text posts
Bastille | 'Pompeii' (Audien Radio Edit)
One of the biggest remixes I’ve heard in a long time. Audien completely transforms Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’ into one killer banger that should be conquering the clubs in no time.I mean, jesus shitting christ, did we think it was gonna get better?????
Literally the best photoset I’ve ever seen on tumblr
What the hell happened to the second to last one
Linguistic theory of question - Maria Polinsky
This video from Serious Science is about how linguists analyze questions in a variety of languages, and I’d recommend it because it’s interesting in its own right, but I also want to call your attention to something that happens starting around 3:30. From the transcript (although be warned that the transcript contains some errors):
The prosody or intonation is particularly important because typically people say declarative sentence with their voice falling down at the end. Something like, “they lived happily thereafter.” And if they ask a question then there is a rise — “They lived happily thereafter?”.
If you listen around 3:30, however, you’ll notice that the speaker does not actually use strictly falling intonation when demonstrating the declarative sentence: in fact, she uses uptalk. (There are very good pragmatic reasons why one might use uptalk in that context: if we think of uptalk as holding the floor or indicating that one hasn’t finished talking yet, well, there is another thought coming which is the description of the question contour. Unfortunately these pragmatic reasons seem to have overridden the stated goal to produce a falling contour. Even linguists are also speakers.)
There are several things that make this very interesting. First, it’s a lovely minimal pair of the same sentence said with uptalk statement intonation and actual question intonation: notice that they’re not the same. The uptalk version rises more subtly and on the very last syllable, while the question version rises more strongly and on the stressed syllable of “happy”. This demonstrates the findings of a recent study on uptalk by Ritchart and Arvaniti:
When the rise was used for a simple statement, it began significantly later on in the utterance than when the rise was used for asking a question. In other words, different realizations of the rises were used for different discourse purposes.
The extent of the rise was significantly greater in questions and confirmation requests than in floor holding; in turn floor holding rises were significantly greater than those used for simple statements. Here again we see that different realizations of the rises were used for different discourse purposes.
The difference between floor-holding uptalk and questioning uptalk is something that I’ve noticed that non-uptalk speakers are not very good at noticing or producing. So, for example, when you have a Mature Adult trying to imitate Young People These Days, they tend to ignore the distinction and make every sentence sound like an actual question, which explains the subtle sense of they-don’t-quite-get-it that an uptalk speaker has on hearing an imitation. (This conversation by James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell isn’t actually a terribly good example, but it’s hilarious anyway.)
Secondly, it’s more anecdotal evidence to add to the studies showing that uptalk is not confined to Valley Girls: here’s a linguistics professor who’s definitely not a teenager using subtle uptalk, even where she was explicitly trying not to. I’m really not trying to pick on her for doing so (I mean, it’s an unscripted video and there were really good pragmatics for uptalk in that context) but I think that’s a pretty good sign that uptalk is becoming a widespread alternative to falling intonation for statements.