July 23, 2014   322,900 notes





i love sir patrick stewart more with each passing day.

See, guys. This is how you do it. Notice the words “Not all men are like that” are never spoken.

He knows men are like that

his father was like that to his mother

he has experienced the pain firsthand, of what it’s like when men are like that

and he never wants men to be like that again and he fights tooth and nail against the men who are still like that

And moreover, he acknowledges his privilege [as an older white male who is famous/well known] and uses it to speak up. He knows what he is, and he never has to say he’s not like those men he fights against—he never says it, his actions speak loud enough for everyone else to see it. 

Sir Patrick Stewart, everyone.

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July 22, 2014   32,824 notes

Hi guys. we need to have a serious chat right now.






Two years ago, there was a movie called Paranorman.


It didn’t do so good at the box office, despite it being one of the most important, game changing animated movies since the Disney renaissance. It made its money back, but it wasn’t the smash hit Frozen was.

And this is a fucking tragedy. 




People read into Frozen that Elsa was an allegory for many things, one of them being LGBT. That’s cute. Meanwhile, Paranorman had the first ever openly, proudly gay character in an animated movie. ever. There was no allegory, there was no “well if you squint”. HE WAS GAY. HE HAD A BOYFRIEND. And Tumblr didn’t make this movie a smash success. There wasn’t a million mash ups with this and Return of the Guardians and HTTYD and Brave or whatever. There wasn’t long posts reading into Agatha Penderghast and how they handled bullying. This movie had a smallish following and fell off the map.

Now, Laika has a new movie coming out.

People are scared for Dreamworks right now. The news that if HTTYD 2 doesn’t do well, they’re going to lay off a bunch of animators is terrible. Don’t get me wrong. But Laika is a small company doing fantastic things. Everyone loved Coraline. Great, where was your money when it counted? Coraline didn’t do fantastic either. This is a SMALL STUDIO. THEY NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GIVE THEM. All the money you threw at Frozen, a far inferior film, could’ve gone to a movie that mattered. 

(just putting it out there, I liked Frozen. But Paranorman was not even in the same ballpark of quality).


what i’m trying to say is, Laika needs to be protected at all costs. It isn’t wrong to love the big three of Disney/Dreamworks/Pixar, but small companies deserve a chance to grow just as big. there is room in the industry for new and beautiful things, and Laika is SO going to be the frontrunner for this. Their movies are, so far, dark and challenging, beautiful and haunting, and innovative. Give them a reason and a means to make more movies. 

Go see the Boxtrolls. Good, bad, mediocre, Laika deserves it.

Not gonna knock on any of you Frozen lovers if you liked it, but also just see Boxtrolls to appreciate the fading art of stop-motion animation.  Laika does it well and it’s an art that you can see has a lot of love put into it. 

Please support animators and these studios, they could really use the help right now.

look, guys, it is extremely important that studios like laika, dreamworks, and blue sky exist and do well. if disney gets a monopoly on animation, we’ve just told them that we are a-okay with films that use characters with no diversity, even in their facial structure; films with stories that have big plot holes and convoluted progressions; films that capitalise on sales before the infinite possibilities of animation. disney is limited, and they do it to themselves.

so go see boxtrolls. take a chance on something a little different, or it will all start looking the same.

It’s pretty sad when you see people complaining about how Disney needs more diversity with race and body image, and how all their recent female characters all look the same. Meanwhile, there are animation studios out there doing that are doing just that, but no one is giving them the chance because they’re still waiting for Disney to do the same.

If you want to start seeing more risks in animated movies, then go see then animated movies that are actually taking these risks. The ones that do have characters of various ethnicities, and body shape. The ones that do have LGBT characters. Just because Disney hasn’t done it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done.

Can not agree enough.  I think one of the worst examples is how everyone was complaining about Frozen, but I still see very little love for the Croods, which came out the same year, and had an INCREDIBLY unconventional female lead design. And she was fantastic.  And also, god bless Laika. They make stop motion animation on faces look fluid.  Thats a hell of a feat considering ever different movement on the face has to be a separate face entirely. Laika are wizards and they deserve more love.  And their stories are creative as well. I really think they get KIDS in a way a lot of people dont.  They write kids like actual kids, and they write them into stories that kids that age might like.  And its awesome. 

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July 22, 2014

Writing Prompt

The first encounter of T’reka and her people with Big Bird (or any of the Muppets, really, because why wouldn’t they still be around?)

(#00572 - A197)

Still relatively impaired by her injured leg, T’reka stared in amused confusion at the screen.

It was a program meant for juvenile entertainment and/or education (it was hard to tell, with humans. It may be both and something else), she could tell by the puppets. And it was a locally-produced show, because she recognised some of the people teaching children the human alphabet.

Some of the creatures made into puppets were impossible. The stylised talking frog, for example, had to be a figment of someone’s imagination. Likewise, the giant yellow bird.

And it was a sign that the humans desired Numidid interaction that they included a remarkably accurate puppet Numidid into their show.

They called the imaginary bird Kipkip and aped her -and her fellow scientist’s- curiosity about everything human with unnerving accuracy.

This was art imitating life, to teach their young about the world and the people who shared it.

On one hand, it showed a marked goal of sharing information that could be cast in a positive light. On the other hand, it showed scientific curiosity as completely normal.

She was going to catch hell from Kal’rike when Administrator Ser saw this…

"You’re awake early," murmured Siriki. "…or I’m late."

T’reka checked the wall chronometer. “I’m awake early, be at ease.” She asked, “Do you see the same thing on the screen as I do?”

Siriki looked. “Oh dear. Administrator Ser isn’t going to like that…”

T’reka slumped into her nesting. “And here I was, hoping it was a hallucination.”

"It could pass as one," said Siriki helpfully.

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July 21, 2014   4 notes

Challenge #00571 - A196: The Big Reveal


He called them all together into the big meeting room. They gathered into their appointed seats and in a general air of confusion.

"For years, I’ve made myself scarce on April first. And for those same years, all of you have managed to make me your butt-monkey for pranks. Every joke in the book and some of the new ones… you played them all on me."

Now most of them had their ‘oh no’ faces on.

"And for those years, I’ve been wondering how to pay all of you back." Scott Summers took his famous ruby-quartz glasses off and, eyes closed, used his shirt to clean them. "And than I thought ‘fuck it, you little bastards deserve this’." And opened his eyes to the gathered table.

There were only two people who didn’t duck and cover with terrified shrieking. The Professor, who knew everything, and Sara Louise Adrien, who had helped make the contacts.

She was the first one to say, “Really, Mr Summers?”

"Come on. You know what April First is like for me."

"It’s about to get worse, Slim," growled Logan. "You made me spill my beer."

"…ah crap…"

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July 20, 2014
I got Child of Light and it’s turning out to be one of those games you WAIT for.
You wait for it to come out
You wait for the digital download
You wait for the brats to leave you alone…

I got Child of Light and it’s turning out to be one of those games you WAIT for.

You wait for it to come out

You wait for the digital download

You wait for the brats to leave you alone…

July 20, 2014   1 note


I’m slagging off to play PS3

July 20, 2014


Just discovered I’m out on my numbering system for my stories.

Editing the book, not the blog.

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July 20, 2014

Challenge #00570 - A195: Casual Toxicity

"Absolutely not! There is no way in-"

*human calmly peels and eats a banana*

"Er, whatever you say, sir."

The Membletak did not adapt well to their new, human captains. They did not adapt well to the insanity of their commanding officers.

And they did not adapt well to illogical commands.

But Captain Millbury was prepared.

"Sir. The odds against surviving such a manoeuvre intact are astronomical to begin with, you can’t possibly expect the crew to—"

Millbury opened the Special Cooler and extracted a banana.

"—obey… such… a… ridiculous…"

Milbury peeled the banana as her second-in-command trailed nervously off. Geiger counters on the bridge erupted into static. Membletak backed away from her as she took a bite. “By all means, continue,” she said around her mouthful. “I believe you had a rational argument?”

"Sending out the order now, Captain."

It was a rule that confused many in the Galactic Alliance in later years: Speak softly and always have a banana.

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