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Experiments with virtual reality have found that humans can even learn to function in a four dimensional environment. Our brains are so adaptable, that we get bored with constantly perceiving the same universe. We crave alternate “what-ifs,” where magic is real, or it’s hundreds of years in the future. The only requirement is that the rules of the universe have to be consistent. We can readily accept faster-than-light spaceships and magic wands, so long as the limits of those tools are established and their users are consistently constrained by them. When bad writers arbitrarily change these rules to suit their needs, our perception of the realness of their universe breaks down, and we become disinterested in the story.
Weeping Angel rules in “Blink”
- Angels turn to stone when anyone is looking at them, including other angles
- The Angels’ touch sends people back in time
Weeping Angel rules in “The Time of Angels”
- Angels constantly move in plain sight of each-other
- Angels outright kill
- That which holds the image of an Angel becomes an Angel
Weeping Angel rules in “The Angels Take Manhatten”
- Who even gives a fuck anymore?
And all of them were WRITTEN BY MOFFAT.
It’s not even like multiple writers were involved fucking up the canon.
One man couldn’t keep his own monsters consistent.
THERE WAS JUST A HUGE (AND I MEAN HUUUUUGE) BROWN BIRD IN THE TREES OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
I COULDN’T GET A GOOD LOOK BUT IT SERIOUSLY HAD A WINGSPAN OF ABOUT 1 M
THIS IS THE COOLEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME IN THE PAST YEAR!!!!1!!!
Really fucks me off when USian tumblr applies USian racial dynamics to posts regarding Europe.
Like I mean, do you want to shit on Eastern Europe any more? Do you at all feel like acknowledging that if you’re a Romanian living in the UK you’re going to be subject to untold xenophobia? Does it not matter that my mum actually had to change her name to get employed by anyone during (and we assume following) the wars of the 1990s? Do we give a shit that Eastern Europeans are seen as nothing more than ‘benefit scroungers’ (which is a totally disgusting term which has all kinds of classist and racist overtones), prostitutes, mobsters, and war criminals?
Or can we just sweep all the shit that goes on with European racial dynamics with HAHA WONDERBREAD WONDERBREAD MAYONNAISE!!
the idea of harry potter not only straddling two worlds between him (the british wizarding world and the british muggle world) but also being met at each end by two entirely different systems of historical dehumanization/subjugation (with harry on one hand being a half-blood in a society built on blood pedigree and on the other hand being black mixed-race in a society built on white supremacy) is at once extremely tragic and extremely compelling narratively
it’s also interesting that either status has a completely negligible effect within the opposite world (i.e. harry’s blood status means nothing in muggle britain and his race means nothing in wizarding britain)
mixed-race harry continues to rise to the top as the most narratively compelling interpretation of the text
when thinking about your ot3, consider this:
• who insists upon taking selfies every time they go somewhere
• who is frowning in the selfies
• who is smushed in the middle during the selfie taking?
So way back when I was taking that Australian Literature course, the teacher was giving out media recommendations like it was going out of style and I’ve only now got around to actually looking some stuff up.
I watched Rabbit-Proof Fence and let me tell you, it was a revelation. If you’ve already seen it, I recommend this interview with Everlyn Sampi - she and Molly are both such incredible, amazing women.
- Tervetuloa ilmaiselle steppitunnille tänään klo 14.15-15.00 Helsingin Tanssiopiston Kasarmitorin studiolla!. Meillä on lainakenkiä.
- Välkommen på gratis stepplektion idag kl. 14.15-15.00 på Helsingin Tanssiopisto Kaserntorgets studio! Vi har låneskor.
- Welcome to a free tap dance class today at 14:15 to 15:00 in Helsingin Tanssiopisto’s studio at Kasarmintori! We have shoes for you to borrow.
Jos tehtäisiin lastenohjelma, joka olisi osittain Teletapit ja osittain Rölli niin olisiko se Tilipitappitippitapit? Söisikö ne Tilipitappitippitappivanukasta?
pitäsköhän sun mennä nukkumaan
P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”
hey do you know what’s super cool
each Discworld series has a sort of set of key themes, which match the key characters, and all the books in that series centre round the theme
for example the Witches’ books are all centred around words and their power, so it’s all theatre and plays and stories and fairytales and opera and shakespeare - because on the Disc the power of witches comes through words
and the Death books are all about great big capital-lettered human concepts, like Justice, Oblivion, Hope, Belief, and Time, because after all, that’s what exactly Death is (only he happens to have developed a conscience and a like of cats)
and then the Vimes books are all about people, and people in charge of other people, and how the people in charge of other people are perhaps best suited to not being people at all, and instead being something much more harmless like a teapot, and so you’ve got so so many repeated themes of mobs of people and kings of people and the importance of caring about the little people because the big people are too busy being big to give a damn and each Vimes book has more and more types of people, dwarves, werewolves, trolls, gargoyles, feegles, zombies, goblins, even vampires… because the whole point of Watch is people - to keep the bad people away from the not-currently-bad-people & keep the occasionally-alright-people safe.
anyway, basically, Terry Pratchett’s a genius.
I have never noticed this before. What about Rincewind’s stories? Is there a theme there?
running, destiny, running, sanity in an insane place, running, the world (and all it’s dangers), science (and all it’s dangers), anything and everything you really don’t want to do, running (including the planned benefits of running and the accidental benefits of running), fear (and how it’s actually a pretty smart thing), cowardice (and how it’s also a pretty smart thing), trust, screwing your reputation up the buttock, screwing your destiny up the buttock, self-acceptance, self-realisation, running, survival, accidental survival, survival through running…
so, to summarise, I guess the Rincewind books are about screwing up destiny/reputation/science/the world by running away from them as fast as possible in the opposite direction
I would argue that the Rincewind books are about the nature of heroism. It’s in his books that we get Cohen the Barbarian and other self-proclaimed heroes, who are kind of contrasted against Rincewind’s cowardice. Plus in Interesting Times, Rincewind gets labelled a hero against his will and there is a lot of discussion there about whether you’re still a hero even when you really don’t want to be.
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