Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Anonymous asked: wait what's the story behind shawsy? i think i missed it...
I just meant him going undrafted for so long, and being so close to moving on to work with his Dad. But we drafted him, and then what a success story it’s been for him, I guess, and his determination to keep playing and keep fighting for it and keep proving himself over and over. And he seems like a solid dude, too, excited and ready to do whatever’s needed of him, and I don’t know. If I think about it too long I get a little bit emotional, I guess, it’s a pretty inspiring story
it’s never safe until it’s 4-0 and there’s 5 seconds left
one of my favourite ways to cheer myself up is to read those forum threads from around the time Shaw and Saad started playing and becoming noticed. Especially the Shaw one, because it goes from effectively silent, to “whose this kid?” to “no really, whose this doesn’t anyone know anything?” to “OH MY GOD WHO IS THIS KID.”
the intense panic you will not press the button quickly enough and all the people behind you on the train will tsk angrily, forcing you to repeatedly and uselessly jab at it before it lights up
in honor of shakespeare’s 450th birthday (and as thanks to the fandom for being exceptionally cool), I’m doing a giveaway!
there’ll be two winners, each of whom can choose one of the options below:
- a signature shakespeare edition of the play of their choice (like the one shown here, these are hardcover copies with informative footnotes, commentary, essays, laser-cut paper art between the acts and a timeline of “significant performances”; you can see some more of the art here)
- a DVD of a globe or RSC production of their choice (non-shakespeare productions like the globe’s doctor faustus or the RSC’s documentaries and DVDs on shakespearean acting are fair game too, and if you’re worried about region locked DVDs I can also include an mp4 copy on a USB to be safe)
- a copy of to be or not to be by ryan north (a choose your own adventure version of hamlet in which you can play as hamlet, ophelia and/or claudius, which is exactly as entertaining as it sounds— the kickstarter page offers a pretty good idea of what it’s all about if you don’t know already)
- I’ll use random.org to determine the winner from the notes on this post, so just like/reblog to enter
- you don’t have to be following me to win (it’d be cool of you, but it won’t affect your chances either way— this is open to anyone who likes shakespeare)
- I can ship internationally, so it doesn’t matter where you live
- make sure your askbox is open so I can notify you if you win!
- ends may 6 (because that’s when the RSC’s richard ii with david tennant comes out on DVD, so yes, that is an option if you so choose)
if you have any other questions (or suggestions for prizes of equivalent value that you’d also be interested in seeing as an option— I was thinking maybe the hollow crown box set if I can find it?), just send me an ask!
Can we talk about how Cap and Bucky have opposite masks?
Cap has mouth and eyes exposed, forehead covered. Bucky has mouth covered and eyes painted black, his forehead exposed.
What a lovely symmetry.
But the symbolism too. Cap’s is a helmet, protection, to keep him safe from physical harm. Bucky’s is a muzzle to keep him silent and anonymous and on a leash.
Avril Lavigne, your apparent love for Hello Kitty may be genuine, but if you have any respect for the woman who designed her or for Japanese people and culture as a whole, it is not apparent in your song or accompanying video. Your lyrics are not only offensive to Shimizu Yuko, the creator of Hello Kitty, but to queer women who struggle daily with exactly the kind of objectification your song is presenting to your fans. Young queer women are already endangered by adult men who want to “conquer” them, who want to view them in private, natural and intimate acts, who want them to be nothing more than a form of entertainment, and the fact that you are coupling this in-song male-gaze driven storyline with a character designed for pre-adolescent girls makes your music a disgusting attempt to regain the popularity that you once had and never deserved. Your entire video perpetuates Japanese sterotypes, including, but not limited to, the “innocent” aspect of Japanese women; the robotic, passive persona of Japanese women; the “kawaii” aspects ingrained in their general culture; the vanity present in how Japanese women apparently present themselves; and so on. As someone who fights against cultural appropriation and for the basic rights of queer persons of all genders, your song and video made for mass media consumption have offended me and, undoubtedly, offended many others.
T.R.A [ I haven’t cringed this much since Katy Perry’s AMA performance. ] (via p0kemina)
Jamie Benn being the cutest person in the whole entire world.
[lies down on floor] bucky