“If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’”—
Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, on writing magic. (via theticklishpear)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) asserted on Thursday that liberals did not understand that kids who got free lunches at school did not have parents who cared about them at home. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former Republican vice…
Yes, ensuring that your children don’t starve to death is somehow a lack of caring. Do these people listen to themselves?
As someone who has been able to feed her children in the past because of WIC and foodstamps (And they probably would have qualified for free lunches if they went to public school) I would like to offer a most sincere FUCK YOU to Paul Ryan.
I’m sick of the media asking the show creators questions like
"Oooohhh, are John and Sherlock in luuuurrve???"
When they should really be asking questions like,
"If your insistence that John and Sherlock are not romantically involved is correct, could you explain the deliberate choice to constantly frame the two with tropes, both in filming and in writing, that are indefensibly romantic?"
Since a lot of people are getting into WtNV and are interested in things similar to it, I figured I should make a compilation post about the SCP Foundation and some good entries to start with if you’re wanting to get into it and its own brand of weirdness but don’t really know where to start. So here! Happy reading my friends.
914 is my personal all-time favorite. I highly recommend reading all the accompanying experiment logs, too.
I would really love to be able to interact with 914, 261 (which also has a really cool experiment log), 294, and 38 (a tree that clones whatever touches it) simultaneously. I could wreak such beautiful havoc with those.
I also really love that Log of Anomalous Items, it’s really funny.
I’d also recommend Document 050, the accompanying events log of SCP 50. SCP 50 is a statue that appears in the office of whoever commits the greatest prank. Thus instigating the most epic supernatural prank war ever.
Elder child keeps telling me I should check this out, so I’m reblogging this for reference.
I am a nurse. For 30 years of my career, I was a labor and delivery nurse. I took care of women through all stages of labor and through their delivery. Due to the many times that I have worked 16 hour shifts, I bonded with many women and helped them through long hours. Finally, through much work on the mom’s part with my guidance, she would be ready to deliver. In would sail the doctor, spend five minutes catching the baby, and then pose for all the pictures. I would hear from the families how wonderful he/she was.
Then why is my back killing me because I stood for two to three hours with a woman in a variety of positions including resting her foot on my shoulder while she pushed? Oh, and did I mention that she is also paralyzed from the waist down from the epidural, so I was also helping to hold her up while she squatted to push?
Why have I had to change my scrub clothes twice in a shift because someone either puked on me or amniotic fluid soaked everything?
Who is it that actually got that IV started while reassuring the poor mom?
Who is it that took the camera out of the daddy’s trembling hand and started taking family pictures because she knew that otherwise there would be no proof that he had even been in the room? And capturing the look of wonder on both parent’s faces at the same time.
Who is it that cleaned up every body fluid that can spew from a human, with a smile on her face and encouraging words for the mortified patient who has never been sick in front of a stranger in her life?
Who is it that tracked down the anesthesia people, chased them out of the lounge, and threatened them with their lives if they didn’t take care of her patient, NOW?
And when things didn’t go well, who was it that took that poor baby that didn’t make it, cleaned it up, dressed it, wrapped it in a soft blanket, and brought it to the broken-hearted parents to hold for the first and last time?
My labor and delivery nurse for my second kid was SO awesome. And yeah, all our doctor did was pretty much come in and catch the kid, and then head out on a hunting trip. It was the nurses who really were responsible for my care.
One more thing on the breastfeeding in public issue...
When people insist that breastfeeding mothers should just
“pump and use a bottle in public!”
I hate it so so so so much. And it shows how completely ignorant they are about breastfeeding and how it works.
Look, I had a COPIOUS milk supply. Like, at times it would squirt across the room and I slept with a towel beneath me because I would leak so much at night.
When I had to pump?
I would do ALL the things they told you to do, “get comfortable” “relax” “think of baby”
And still, it would take me an hour to get…maybe two or three ounces. If I were extremely lucky. Those precious few ounces were HOARDED for when it was not possible for me to be with the baby.
And you think there is any way in hell I am going to waste that pumped milk when I am RIGHT FREAKING THERE with the breasts that are happily producing plenty of milk that requires no special preparation and won’t go to waste if baby decides they are only a little bit hungry because it might offend your delicate sensibilities?
Breastfeeding in public arguments, or should I anti-breastfeeding arguments, always have slightly different scripts every time they come up, but they always boil down to one of two equally noxious, kyriarchal and untenable positions.
The first is “my sensibilities are what matter most and I’m obviously too important to look away from something that bothers me for any reason so I demand that everyone conform to my ideals of public behavior.” This goes along with concern trolling about older children being traumatized by nipples and the lechery of perverts, but also attaches to the people demanding cover-ups and making ignorant demands about pumping and only using bottles in public.
The second, and perhaps more insidious is “you chose to have a child and you have therefore ceded your right to full and free participation in society so long as you choose to breastfeed. In the instances where we must accommodate you, expect it to be done begrudgingly and with a heavy dose of negative judgment.” This goes with those who snark and snipe at breastfeeders in public places, kick them out of Starbucks and Targets and Victorias Secrets, or insult them to their faces or on social media.
But it’s also those who get angry that the law allows for breastfeeding anywhere the parent-child dyad may legally be, that it’s now required that insurance provide coverage of breast pumps and other breastfeeding paraphernalia and that employers provide pumping spaces in the workplace. It’s a particularly classist notion, that every breastfeeder should be a literal stay-at-home parent until weaning, never coming out with a nursling, to shop, to travel, to worship (search “breastfeeding church” on Twitter on a Sunday morning) and certainly not returning to work.
Ultimately, this is the most basic “mind your own business” issue. Someone else nursing their baby near you has nothing to do with you. It doesn’t warrant your looks, your attention or your comment. A coworker using breaks to pump has no impact on you.
Breastfeeders, like bottle feeders, are free to feed their children, as they need, when and where they need. If that bothers you, you’re free to look in the other direction.
As usual, Amadi is wise, and cuts right through the bullshit with her words.
I’m…really not into being a big bad scary meanie where auditions are concerned. But…I just got an email about auditions for a show I’m directing/creating asking “where do i find a monologue?” and I just…
Type it into google maybe?
I mean, it’s okay if you’re not a theatre person not really knowing, but it’s not that hard to figure it out. And if you really want to be involved in the show, I do expect you to put forth some effort for auditions. If I’m not actually teaching, and it’s not kids auditioning for something, I really don’t have that much interest in holding your hand.
Maybe I want to be a little bit of a big bad scary meanie.
“if you are struggling in your art, it may mean your creativity does not trust you. how many times has it begged you to be free (out of love), and how many times have you told it no (out of fear.) nothing will flow until you heal this relationship.”—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
I just need a spinoff in which Jenny (the Doctor’s daughter) rescues Adam (that brother that’s STILL burning in hell despite all of Dean’s talk about how important family is) and then they run around the universe having adventures together.
They’re making Hannibal evil… I shoulda seen this coming but still…
I was hoping he’d be an anti-hero at least. :(
HE EATS PEOPLE
I haven’t actually seen any of Hannibal, but I did both see Silence of the Lambs AND watch the movie, and…
THE ENTIRE REASON THE WHOLE THING AND THAT CHARACTER WAS SO DAMN FRIGHTENING WAS THAT YOU KEPT FINDING YOURSELF ROOTING FOR SOMEONE WHO KILLS AND EATS PEOPLE!
Not that he was some sort of “poor, misunderstood hero” You had to actively remind yourself that he was Not a Good Person. And that? That shit was scary.