Just got this in an email
In just a few hours, new policies will take effect at Google, endangering your privacy.
Tech publication Gizmodo reports, “things you could do in relative anonymity today [like your web searches], will be explicitly associated with your name, your face, your phone number come March 1st.” And this applies retro-actively if you don’t act today.
sharing with my followers because your privacy matters! They had searches from 2008…even showed which pages of which Google Books I viewed and when…spooky.
“when one door closes, another one opens”
imagine how annoying it would be if that were true
you close the bathroom door to pee and your front door suddenly blows open
your cat escapes
you run out and jump into the car to chase the cat and hear everything falling out of your over-stuffed pantry as its door unlatches
perfection, where have you been all my life?!?!?
when GRRM commented on not doing the 5 year timeskip after a storm of swords he said:
Q: 5-year gap?
A: It worked for characters like Arya and Dany but not so much for the adults or those who had a lot of action coming. He was writing chapters where Jon thought, “Well, not a lot has happened these past five years, it’s been kinda nice.” And Cersei chapters where she thought, “Well, I’ve had to kill sooo many people the last five years.” So he ended up dropping it. He said he would have done it sooner if he hadn’t told so many fans about it. And there is no gap anymore. “If a twelve-year old has to conquer the world, then so be it.”
GUESS WHO WAS THE CLOSEST TO 12 YEARS OLD AT THIS POINT.
Sansa - Queen in the North - Stark
this is the best slip ever
holy mother of god and all her wacky nephews
- Michael Jackson: Annie are you okay
- Michael Jackson: Annie are you okay
- Michael Jackson: Annie are you okay
- Michael Jackson: Annie are you okay
- Michael Jackson: Annie are you okay
- Annie: I'm fi-
- Michael Jackson: ARE YOU OKAY ANNIE
I’ll start! The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nation by Terry Pratchett
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Oh good, I need these. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King.
Predictable of me, but Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. (Both authors are already on here! :D)
John Dies at the End by David Wong.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Wow. I’ve read most of those. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.
Spike of Swift River by Jack O’Brien
Nightwatch and Monstrous Regiment, both by Terry Pratchett.
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan!
Half World by Hiromi Goto
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
11/22/63 - A Novel by Stephen King
things i should remember but don’t:
- important dates
- what i had for breakfast
- my own phone number
- the punchline to a joke
things i end up remembering:
- P. Sherman 42
Wallaby Way, Sydney
hey stannis hey
i know melisandre has divine power and shit. i was there under storm’s end. that was interesting. thanks for that by the way. so like. i’m aware.
she wants to turn stone dragons
into real dragons.
this is ridiculous.
is this worth killing small children over?
i really don’t think so!
because stannis. dude. turning stone dragons into real dragons.
i know there’s a prophecy but
you already tried with this sword thing
and it didn’t much work for you.
so let’s not kill small children, particularly contentious ones
and maybe let’s go somewhere where people will be on your side and support you and you can regroup and maybe actually get some shit done. it’s cold but lbr so are you
dragon sculptures, stannis
who is, let’s be real, the only reason you are still alive.
#a summary of the davos chapters of asos by maddi #IT’S A CASTLE; STANNIS. IT WAS CARVED BY PEOPLE. #I WILL BELIEVE THAT SHE CAN CREATE SHADOW ASSASSINS AND I WILL EVEN MAYBE BELIEVE THAT SHE CAN SEE THE FUTURE IN HER FIRES #BUT SERIOUSLY? #SERIOUSLY??? #words are wind #how can that be treason #stannis wut r u doin a memoir by davos seaworth hand of the king lord of the rainwood and surprised to be alive
HEY OP, FUCK YOU.
GET OVER IT
Everybody else feels exactly the same way you do but we don’t let fear dictate our lives.
As you may have noticed, there’s been a post going around the ASoIaF/GoT fandom asserting that those fans who have taken it upon themselves to call out problematic statements they see in the tags are running a dictatorship of sorts, in which there are definitive rules about which characters you’re allowed to like and dislike. In particular, the comments appended to the post as it circulates seem to be directed at stans of Cersei, Catelyn, and Sansa, who are characterized as over-zealous, ready to categorize any dislike of their favorites as sexism.
I’d like to begin by acknowledging that yes, discussion has gotten heated on both sides, even to the point of some uncalled-for mudslinging. And yes, unprovoked or misplaced meanness is hurtful and unproductive. But what is worrying to me is that these comments seem to be identifying the entire mode of discussion as in the wrong—the calling out of isms is characterized as oppressive, fun-killing, and (this is the one that really gets me) unnecessary.
In fact, one of the most-reblogged comments states that the group of people actually making problematic statements is “probably only a few people large anyway.”
I don’t know how much people reblogging this post have interacted with portions of the fandom outside of tumblr, but there is a damn good reason the tumblr climate is the way that it is.
(trigger warning: discussions of sexism, violence against women, rape, domestic violence, and general grossness)
ALSO SPOILERS FOR THE BOOKS
This is the fandom where new actresses are constantly scrutinized on the basis of their appearances (the w-i-c comments on Michelle Fairley’s casting are, on a balance, horrid) with the justification of “book purity,” while the men in the cast are praised even if they completely contravene the original descriptions (Tyrion and Jorah being the two most egregious examples).
This is the fandom where criticism of Cersei is almost exclusively couched in gendered terms like “cunt,” “whore,” “slut,” and “bitch,” rather than substantive commentary on her villainy. Where her husband’s domestic abuse and marital rape is often celebrated because it’s “what she deserves.” Moreover, she receives this intense hatred where Jaime, who is textually the same person (one person in two bodies, if I were a woman I’d be Cersei, reflections in a mirror, it’s stated in the text over and over and over again) is almost universally adored.
This is the fandom where towerofthehand.com did a poll (a poll! way more than one or two people!) of most hated characters and Catelyn Stark placed above Ramsay Bolton (yes, this was before ADwD, but let us not forget that he had already forced Lady Hornwood into a marriage, locked her in a tower, and starved her until she ate her own fingers in desperation). Some fun excerpts from that essay (emphasis mine):
bad mother … whining … in front of her brother Edmure’s men, she reproaches him for having some fun with the ladies and later chastises him for hoping the woman he’s going to spend the rest of his life with doesn’t look like a weasel … she witnesses the assassination of (as far as she knows) her last surviving son, goes mad, and is finally put out of her misery—and ours … there are no happy endings, so she is brought back to us, worse than ever, as Lady Stoneheart. We haven’t seen much of her since her resurrection, but just knowing that we’re not completely rid of her rankles us … we thank the gods every day that she hasn’t returned for further emoting as a POV character, and can also take some solace in the fact that Ser Raymund did a reasonably good job on her vocal chords
This is the fandom where I, when expressing love for Catelyn among a group of my rl friends, was shouted down, told she is endlessly annoying and for that crime didn’t suffer enough.
This is the fandom where Sansa, one of the sweetest, most morally good characters in the books, consistently receives some of the most vitriolic hate I’ve seen in any fandom. A sampling (all from different people, ftr):
YOU LITTLE WHINY BITCH. That little whore has no substance. … [in response to a gif of her being beaten and stripped in front of the court] I hate her though, so it’s fine. … vapid, needy, helpless … a total bitch sometimes (because of her ignorance mostly)
The hate for Sansa is so palpable that Sophie Turner actually commented on it at a panel, saying (again, emphasis mine):
A lot of people do dislike Sansa, and they dislike her from the books so I guess I’m doing my job, hopefully well? But sometimes the dislike goes a bit too far and people say horrible things about Sansa that they want to happen to her. Sometimes it goes too far, and it upsets me because then I kind of feel like, “Am I making her too annoying?” Like, people want to kill her? Really? So, um, it hurts.
An isolated group of a few people? No. THIS IS SO WIDE-SPREAD THAT A CHILD ACTOR NOT ONLY FOUND OUT ABOUT IT, BUT WAS HURT BY IT.
And there, ladies and gents, is the point. Baseless, gendered, and yes, sexist hatred is a widespread and ongoing problem in this fandom, and it hurts. It hurts the actresses, who work hard to portray complex, multi-layered women only to see them reduced to “sluts” in the general discourse. It hurts the fandom, who absorb and then perpetuate conceptions of femininity that have no room for ambition (bitchy), sexual freedom (whorish), anger (even more bitchy), traditionally “girlish” characteristics (shallow), idealism (stupid), or a whole host of other traits that, when taken in total, comprise basically all available options. It especially hurts those who have suffered similar insults for the crime of being a woman, and who see in these characters things they admire and/or relate to.
The ASoIaF fandom has a long and storied history of creating a toxic climate of sexism, often culminating in calls for gruesome violence against the female characters. I’m not sure why I even have to say it, but this is a problem. This is harmful. So the response to people calling you out on contributing to that climate really shouldn’t be “stop ruining our fun!” I don’t know about you, but my fun gets ruined when someone says an 11-year old girl deserves torture and humiliation as a punishment for her naivete.
Trying to guilt into silence those people who have fought long and hard against what I would argue is the dominant mode of discourse in this fandom is part of the problem. It’s a tactic used just as often by those who have made problematic statements as those who haven’t. Yes, some people have been mean. But other people have been deeply, horrifically problematic, and even more people have casually validated the language and tone of their arguments by adopting their words, indicating even vague agreement, or even just ignoring the issue and thus condoning their actions.
And that is something I’m just not willing to do.
Ugh I so don’t want it to end. What an amazing book. Maybe I’ll do a review after I finish.
More fun from the self-loathing society: This American Life had a show about how young female undercover cops infiltrated a high school and flirted with boys to entrap them into selling pot, so they could charge them with felonies and destroy their lives at an early age.
Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.
One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn’t smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn’t want the money — he got it for her as a present.
A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.
wtf is this shit?!?!?
I don’t want to be a feminist anymore. Like a five-year-old, I want to close my eyes, stick my fingers in my ears, stomp my feet on the floor and scream “No! No, you cannot make me, I won’t, leave me alone!” I am, simply put, too tired. So very, very tired.
I am tired of fighting with my friends. I am tired of arguing that someone groping and slapping my butt isn’t “what I have to expect”, just because I’m at a bar, and the one attacking my butt has a drink in the other hand. I am tired of hearing “boys will be boys” and “when you’re dressed like that …” and “that’s just what guys do”. I am tired of trying to drown those sentiments in loud, repetitive no’s, screamed over and over again, till my throat is sore and my voice weak – just to hear them repeated, as soon as exhaustion threatens to silence me.
I am tired of being afraid. I am tired of seeing someone writing something offensive, sexist, racist, ageist, ableist, somewhere online. I am tired of seeing those writings getting likes and lol’s, and SO TRUE’s. I am tired of being consumed by confusion and anger, typing, typing, typing and typing a seemingly endless response, including research, links and statistics, and then hesitate clicking “submit”. I am tired of knowing that I hesitate because I am afraid of the flood of responses that will come. I am tired of knowing that I will be bombarded with lighten up’s, stop whining’s and get a sense of humor’s for so long, that I will start to wonder if I am indeed wound up too tight, a nagger and humorless. I am tired of the fact that I’m afraid of being called a cunt, even though I don’t find genitalia insulting or demeaning.” —I don’t want to be a feminist anymore.
so very much THIS.
But she won’t discover that it’s him ‘til chapter three!
- BRITISH EMPIRE: All right, fine, your stupid embargo worked. We won’t levy any more taxes-
- AMERICAN COLONIES: Huzzah! Time to get drunk!
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Except on tea.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: What?
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Get over it, it’s just tea. Seriously, where do you get this idea that you’re special and should never have to pay taxes? We hope that idea doesn’t go on to infect your political discourse centuries from now.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: We’re not buying your stupid tea.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Are you being serious right now? What are you going to do, just stop drinking tea?
- AMERICAN COLONIES: Yes. We’ll drink coffee.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Do you even know what that is?
- AMERICAN COLONIES: No, but we’ve heard it’s good and we’re feeling surly.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Fine, whatever, we don’t even care what you do anymore.
- BRITISH EAST INDIA COMPANY: Actually, we are pretty much bankrupt, so you need to make them drink the tea.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Oh, for—just drink the tea.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: No.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Do it.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: NO.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Drink it.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: Fuck you.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: Drink it or we’ll punch you in the face.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: *Boston Tea Party*
- BRITISH EMPIRE: What the hell?
- AMERICAN COLONIES: We heard it was Indians.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: That’s interesting, because we heard it was a bunch of colonists wearing paint and dressed in costumes that were remarkably similar to what a crowd of drunks who wanted to look like Indians would assemble if the only supplies they had were found in an alley behind a bar.
- AMERICAN COLONIES: You get all types in Boston.
- BRITISH EMPIRE: …*Coercive Acts*
- AMERICAN COLONIES: Oh, it is ON.
lol i adore you :-* Am I allowed to ship both st. berry and faberry? and anti finchelle?
yes, especially anti-finchel (and omg faberry!!!
ugh. I was so pissed at Glee last night.
ugh it was the absolute worst, and I didn’t even WATCH IT. I just saw every moment painstakingly capped on my dash and just. no. no. I am offended on behalf of not only every Klainer I follow, but every decent human being who would never ship that horrible shit.
wow, the formatting on this is fucking HORRIBLE, can you tell I’ve never done this before? :X
when you have to unfollow a very quality poster on your dashboard because they revealed themselves as a Kurtofsky shipper.
Anon prompted: She runs her father’s laundromat
(Happy Valentine’s day!)
Towers in the Sun
It’s a sunny Tuesday morning when Gold decides to kill Regina.
Something quick, something bloody. Doesn’t matter. He might use something very high and a helpful push in the right direction. Or another curse, though those seem to have a way of spectacularly failing right at the moment of critical mass. Perhaps, this time, he’ll use his bare hands and squeeze until she finally gives up the game and bloody well dies.
Gold thinks he’d very much enjoy using his cane, but given recent events, that particular means to an end might be a bit… tacky.
oh this is just. lovely.