Best Man Speech meme.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:31 pm
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Give me a ship and a third character, and I will give that character's Best Man Speech for the ship's wedding.

Taken from elle-white

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:10 pm
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Name a topic you would like me to discuss and I will tell you My Thoughts for at least 100 words!

Ark Encounter Update

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:09 pm
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To review, the Ark Encounter is a building that is shaped like a boat on one side, said to be built to the specifications in the Bible, though that's impossible due to the half a building bit. It is in Kentucky, and the company that built it, Answers in Genesis, owned by Ken Ham, got a ton of tax breaks, and a bunch of land for $1, from the nearby county. The county is really strapped for cash and made the mistake of believing Ham when he promised that the ark would revitalize the community, increasing tourism and bringing tens of thousands of jobs.

That hasn't happened. The attendance at the ark is hard to determine, largely because Ham keeps moving the goal posts and doesn't provide any evidence of his claims. For example, he says that close to 10,000 people a day visit the ark. While I've read reviews that say the ark is crowded, there's no photographic evidence. The photos and videos that are online show a place that's kind of dead. Also, 10,000 people a day for a year would be 3,650,000 people. But then, sometimes he says it's more like 8,000, and then sometimes he points out that attendance was slower during the winter months, which is natural, except during the winter months he kept talking about the amazing attendance. So he's all over the place.

The ark says it employs 900 people, which I have a hard time believing, but even if that's true, it falls far, far short of promises, and anyone who isn't a young earth creationist need not apply. Whatever the attendance at the ark, those who visit are not stopping by the local businesses.

Going back to the attendance, Ham initially claimed 2 million would visit the first year. Then he said from 1.4 m to 2 m, which is one hell of a lot of wiggle room. When the first anniversary came into view, and it looked like it would be only about 1 m, he started saying that the 1.4 - 2m estimate was for a normal year, without defining what normal means or why this past year isn't normal.

Within two weeks he went from claiming that attendance was higher than expected and was bringing business to the nearby community to blaming atheists and secular news for dissuading businesses from investing in the area to blaming the nearby town for not building the infrastructure needed to make the ark, and then the county, successful.

The next bit is vicious. The county created a tax to help pay for safety services. The tax on the ark would be 50 cents per $28/$40 ticket. Ham has gone to court to stop this taxation, claiming that the ark is a ministry. Except the ark is a for profit enterprise. So then, the for-profit part of the company sold the property to a not-for profit part of the company, just to avoid this tax. For $10.

How much of a scumbag is this guy? The county was incredibly generous to him, he knows they're barely hanging on, but he pulls an unethical stunt like this to avoid a tax that would provide services his ark would benefit from. Unless he's ok with the fire department watching his boat burn down because he hadn't paid for their protection.

But joy of joys, the state has declared that by selling the property to himself - really - he breached one of the agreements, and the result could be that the company would lose a tax incentive of $18 m. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving scum bag.

Side note, Ham really hates it that the rainbow is associated with the inclusion of the LGBTQA community and love and peace and all that. He's going to have the ark lit up with a rainbow every night to take back the rainbow from, you know, everyone who's a decent human being, to celebrate genocide.

Opera meme!

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:08 pm
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Give me a fandom and a prompt, and I will write a fic with that prompt where the characters sing all their lines like they're in an opera!

In Memoriam (just learned today)

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:01 pm
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Chester Bennington

1976-2017


I just heard about it this morning, and...goddamn. It's just heartbreaking. I can only hope that Chester finds peace where he couldn't in life.

(no subject)

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:39 pm
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I realised the one thing that makes Equestria Girls better than its parent franchise when it comes to reformation, is that Equestria Girls puts a big emphasis on personal responsibility. You have to own what you've done and honestly want to do better in future.

It was a huge part of Sunset's arc, and she won't have problems forgiving someone if they show genuine remorse. Cinch is so terrible because she's an older woman who takes absolutely no personal responsibility for using and manipulating the children in her care. 

Personal responsibility and the desire to change for the better is often glossed over in FiM. Starlight feeling honest remorse wasn't crucial to her being given a second chance, and that was one of the major issues with it. 

The running theme of Equestria Girls is actively trying to do better, and getting their with the help of friends. FiM doesn't have that kind of depth to it, which is why redemption doesn't work as well in FiM. 

For hurt-comfort bingo

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:08 pm
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Title: Scars

Summary: Ben and Poe talk about the interrogation on the Finalizer.

Prompt: Minor illness or injury

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

For trope_bingo

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Title: Freefall

Summary: In a galaxy where Finn never rescued Poe, Poe ends up doing the unthinkable.

Prompt: Free Space -- Darkfic

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Call this a personal challenge to myself to make something involving Poe and Kylo...well, dark. I don't know if this is dark enough, but hopefully it works.

Also special thanks to delisalicious on Tumblr for helping me.

Fic under cut.  )
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I've been sick as a dog for almost a week -- I haven't had a voice since Saturday morning -- so I was "lucky" enough to have coughed myself awake just in time to catch the announcement live via Twitter.

I've really been hoping for a woman of colour as the next Doctor, and I didn't recognise Jodie Whittaker by name, so I felt a weird stab of disappointment and even betrayal when I saw her white hand, coupled with simultaneous excitement that it was clearly a woman's hand.

I still think that a white woman was the easy option, casting-wise, but I've seen Whittaker in a few things -- including the first four episodes of Broadchurch, which I inhaled last night and enjoyed so much I completely forgot about Game of Thrones -- and she's very, very good.

And I also wonder if it would be unfair to an actress of colour, to throw her to the same wolves that drove Leslie Jones off Twitter, while also expecting her to lead a show with (so far) all-white writers. Which is not to excuse the implications of casting a white woman, I just think it might be complicated. Most things are. Whitakker's already been hit with a barrage of misogyny, and I hope the BBC is filtering her mail.

Anyway, I've curated my social media so well that I haven't seen a single friend or acquaintance saying they're opposed to a female Doctor as such.

On the other hand, I've seen a lot of performative finger-wagging, reminding us that this is only a victory for white women (got it, thanks) and that we can't rely on pop culture to save the world (no, really? Good heavens, I had no idea, thank goodness I had you, random Twitter person, to tell us off for being invested in a hobby!).

I guess I'm weary of performative wokeness, and, while everyone's entitled to an opinion, I find a lot of opinions on Doctor Who from people who aren't or haven't been in the fandom ... lack context? Which is sometimes valuable, and sometimes it's just the hot take equivalent of "DID YOU KNOW THAT 'TORCHWOOD' IS AN ANAGRAM OF 'DOCTOR WHO'?"

ANYWAY. Whitakker. I'm looking forward to her run, I'm still holding out hope for Alexander Siddig or Sophie Okonedo as Fourteen (it's never too soon!), people are already complaining that Whitakker is too young and too old, so, like women everywhere, we already know she just can't win.

Taken from elle-white

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:01 pm
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Send me a character, and I’ll answer:

How do I feel about this character:

What do I like/admire about this character:

What do I dislike about this character:

Favourite moment for this character:

Who I ship romantically with this character and why:

Who are my platonic ships for this character and why:

Things done in fanfiction with this character that annoy me:

Things done in fanfiction with this character I want to see more of:

For hc_bingo

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:55 pm
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Title: Oceans

Summary: Even oceans can't keep Finn and Rey apart.

Prompt: Protection

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

From mikogalatea

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:19 am
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Send me the name of a character and I will tell you my:

1: sexuality headcanon
2: otp
3: brotp
4: notp
5: first headcanon that pops into my head
6: one way in which I relate to this character
7: thing that gives me second hand embarrassment about this character
8: cinnamon roll or problematic fave?

For hc-bingo.

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Title: A Droid's Devotion

Summary: No matter what happens, BB-8 will always be there for Poe.

Prompt: Robots/androids/AIs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )
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...and anyways, I figured that I'd post this meta as a favor to a friend. People of Dreamwidth, my f-list...well, I guess I shouldn't be dramatic. I'm writing a bit of a meta on Darkpilot.

Meta under cut. )

So yeah, thoughts? Comments? Disagreements? I'm definitely interested.

Character headcanon meme.

Jul. 15th, 2017 06:30 pm
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Send me the name of a character and I will tell you my:

1: sexuality headcanon

2: otp

3: brotp

4: notp

5: first headcanon that pops into my head

6: one way in which I relate to this character

7: thing that gives me second hand embarrassment about this character

8: cinnamon roll or problematic fave?

For genprompt_bingo.

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:15 am
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Title: A Lesson of Strength

Summary: An interrogation, and the aftermath.

Prompt: Truth serums, truth spells, and truth drugs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Yes, this is my rather poor attempt to retell the interrogation scene from The Force Awakens, as well as examining the repercussions.

Fic under cut.  )

(no subject)

Jul. 15th, 2017 02:00 pm
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 I think I can honestly say now that Natsume's Book of Friends has made it onto the list of my top 5 favourite anime. 

From shamanicshaymin

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Give me a fandom, a character/pairing, and a cheesy cliche, and I will write a short fic. The cheesier the cliche, the better!

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