Zoomed out while taking a picture of my Christmas tree
[ CHRISTMAS INTENSIFIES ]
I’m kinda burnt out right now and just need to focus on some other stuff that’s on my mind, reorganize, deal with end of semester asfghkls, take care of myself a bit better, etc.
Will be back soon.
*hugs to everyone*
Permission for Bela Talbot to rise from Hell and cross-fandoms to meet Regina Mills and form a two woman “We seized whatever power that we could and made whatever deals were available with a manipulative being of great power to escape a terrible situation of abuse at a young age and were subsequently judged and punished and treated like crap by narrative and fandom alike and we totally don’t care what you think let’s take over the world or something" club.
notbecauseofvictories#some have entertained angels unawares #but others get this—seraphim crashing on your couch (metaphorically of course; they wouldn’t fit on a sofa) #with their hundred hundred wings beating the air lazily; their beryllium eyes shut #”you should get a place” you may tell them over breakfast. ”not that you aren’t always welcome; but don’t you want somewhere to call your #own?” #but the seraphim merely blinks; eyes sparking; and goes back to coaxing the coffee maker not to burn your morning caffiene high #(they don’t understand property you see; don’t understand the concept of owning a piece of the dust—earth is humanity’s birthright #and all else is god’s) #(…yes even them; their wings; their eyes; the half-burnt coffee on their 7-dimensional tongue) #(you do not need to have a place of your own when you yourself are not your own; silly human) #(so the seraphim keep dragging themselves in at 2am; starlight caught in their feathers and whiskey on their breath; whispering #”are you up? are you up? the kingdom of god is at hand—come and kiss me” #before collapsing back onto the sofa; wings fluttering in the angelic approximation of helpless giggles) #(…it turns out seraphim do indeed fit on the couch; with just enough room for one sleep-deprived human #waiting for the kingdom of god to arrive) #a glory of angels #the city is full of wings
Have you ever bullshitted an assignment so hard you basically laugh after every sentence you write
*logs onto tumblr*
*angrily flails like a hungover kraken*
*logs back off*
Well, white dude with I’m guessing considerable stock in Google, is the library just there for your needs or purposes?
Maybe you enjoyed your exercise in wordplay and making points already made. But what was your point again? Books make libraries so without books libraries aren’t libraries? Books look different so libraries can’t be libraries? Libraries look different so libraries can’t be libraries? You don’t need libraries for books so we don’t need libraries? I’m sorry, what?
Oh but wait, we’re pretending? Pretending what? Pretending there’s an access divide? Pretending there’s a digital divide? Pretending information illiteracy? Pretending folks lack job skills? Pretending college students need help with citation (BAHA HAHAHAHAHHA)? Did I get a Masters in Pretending? I MEAN I DO HAVE A GREAT IMAGINATION SO I PROBS GOT STRAIGHT A’S. OR P’S FOR PRETENDING. I’m sorry, what?
Also read this from BeerBrarian - The End of “The End of Libraries”
On Sunday, October 14th, yet another “End of Libraries” piece appeared. Per usual, it was written by a white male with no use for libraries, because every single time this trope appears, that’s part of the author’s demographic background. Beyond that, it’s a crucial part of the author’s background. It is overwhelmingly affluent white men who argue that because they do not use something, it has no value for anyone. Libraries. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Affordable health care. It’s the same argument.
"The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge." Ah, yes, because you can trust everything you read on the internet.
Republicans play this game all the time. “I don’t need it, therefore it’s not important and we should get rid of it.” I can vividly remember the last time I was in a library. It was three weeks ago. I needed to do research and the material I needed was not online. Not every book is completely indexed in Google Books. And yes, an ebook is cheaper and faster than buying a physical copy of a book - but it’s harder to skim through an ebook quickly, and the physical copy at the library costs you nothing (up front; tax dollars etc etc).
Like I said, I was at the library three weeks ago. It was around 4 pm on a Tuesday. And you know what? It was CROWDED. There was a packed sign-up sheet for the computers. Kids and parents abounded in the children’s section. Older people and teenagers read at the tables in the main area. I had to wait in line to check out my book.
Before that, I had spent a lot of quality time on my library’s website. I like to read both physical books and ebooks. My library does Kindle loans. OK, their website is a crappy government website, and it can be a little difficult to navigate, but it’s doable. I read books I probably couldn’t or wouldn’t pay full price for, AKA a big part of the purpose of a library.
Libraries are not useless in the digital age, and even more importantly, they aren’t all empty. Just because YOU, PERSONALLY do not need or use something doesn’t make it a charming but impractical relic of a long-forgotten age.
I work in a library. Here are some of the reasons people come to the library:
They want directions.
They want to collect food/garden/dog waste bags, all handed out free at libraries.
They want to print/photocopy/scan.
They want to access the internet, either on our computers or on their own, via the free wi-fi.
Often this is because they have to apply for benefits, housing or jobs through the official system which is only available online. If they haven’t internet at home, the library offers free internet access. Where else does that? Sometimes they aren’t computer literate, so they appreciate an environment where they can ask for help.
Maybe they’ll attend one of our free IT classes, ranging from the absolute basics to subjects such as Facebook, Office software, job hunting and how to use the Council’s Homesearch website. If they want something specific, such as how to use their own laptop or how to shop online, we can set up a one-to-one appointment, also for free.
Our study spaces are very popular. Often they are all taken by ten past nine, after we open at nine. The number of people who have asked me how much it costs and looked surprised when I explained that using the library space is free and doesn’t require you to be a member surprises me.
They want to read the newspapers or magazines the library buys (recently expanded with the launch of an emagazine service—I get to read SFX for free now, which is cool).
They’re researching their family tree and want to take advantage of the library’s subscription to Ancestry.
They want to consult the planning documents for a local development or the register of local voters.
They want to participate in a council consultation.
They may have come to seek advice from an agency that operates a drop-in session at the library, such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau or the police.
They may be attending an event, either run by the library (an author talk, a book group, baby Rhymetime) or by an outside company who have rented the meeting rooms (theatre productions, ESOL classes, yoga). The library itself has regular events for babies, children, teenagers, adults, adults with mental health difficulties, adults learning English…
We have regular class visits from the local schools. We read them a story and they all choose a book. Sometimes we go to them. It was actually really lovely to see how many children came into the library, talking excitedly about the Summer Reading Challenge we came and told them in Assembly.
Children still look for books when they’re doing their homework, you know. Children who weren’t born at the time of the Millennium and have grown up with the internet.
People actually still read books. Over thirty thousand items were issued in my library last month, and while we certainly have DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, Talking Books, Language Courses, all those added together can’t be more than a couple of thousand.
Free books. I’m sorry, I am never over how wondrous that is. Thousands of books, free to borrow and read. (And for those incapable of making the journey to the library, we have a Housebound service.)
For all these reasons, we are really busy. Dozens of people join every day. Hundreds of people walk through the doors every day. Of course, there are people who don’t make use of libraries, who don’t need them. But really, someone who can’t remember the last time they went to the library can have no idea of the role they play.
Libraries are not irrelevant. Libraries are not cultural artifacts. Libraries are living and changing, a resource and a social space, free at the point of access, engaging the community, offering a wide range of services, accessible to all. And what other institution can you say that about? Libraries are important.
People go to the library for books. People go to the library for e-books. People go to the library for technology. People go to the library for human contact. People go to the library for educational and free programming for their children. People go to the library for fun. So learn your shit before opening your mouth. Maybe a librarian can point you in the way of the basics. (via inautumn-inkashmir)
Libraries for me mean a free climate controlled space, knitting patterns, and recipes. Also mine rents out DVDs and has a good sized selection of graphic novels, which really helps us keep our entertainment budget manageable. I only wish I lived within walking distance of mine, the library may be free but the bus sure isn’t.
Yeeeep. Libraries are still needed. I’m fortunate to live within walking distance of mine. I utilize it weekly. Last time I was there was Friday. I’d go there more often if the librarians weren’t horrible people. As it is, I do use the hold service on books I want and they travel from the one in Roseburg to my local one and I pick up the books and am gone. I think the library is the one place I go to the most out of everywhere.
And like, what about the fucking reference section? A library is basically the ONLY place you will find some of those books, unless you’re asble to afford to shell out 1000 dollars for a text. And a lot of information is ONLY in those books, or ONLY in books that exist only in physcal format, and are expensive/out of print. But there’s no way anybody could possibly want that information. RIght?
Like, the Dewey Decimal system books are still in copyright, so you only get the base information for it online, and thew books themselves are expensive as FUCK. The library was the only place I could ever find them.
giddygirlgumption and I took our kids to the library literally 3 hours ago. And it was the second time we’d been in three days. My daughters have been going to this library since they were 9 months old and newborn respectively. They attended storytime, they’ve poured through the children’s section. In fact, there’s a little teddy bear that stands about 2 1/2 feet tall that is post upright with welcoming arms when you get to the children’s floor (the entire basement). My daughters have been attending this library since they were shorter than this bear and they now tower over it. In fact, the older girl volunteered there this summer.
We’ve checked out music, dvds, books galore, done research and they’ve both learned the Scratch programming language in classes there. The library is part of our life, part of our normal. And we’re not alone when we go there.
Even if you think you can replace every single function of a library with something else, you shouldn’t. Why? Because a library is a place you can go, as an individual human being, and interact with other individual human beings, without feeling pressured to buy one single thing or spend one single cent (unless you have an overdue fine. Then you should really pay your fine). We have a rapidly dwindling number of those around.
Supernatural AU where Meg lives instead of Crowley and gets partially cured and gets the church scene in Sacrifice as a pay-off for eight seasons worth of character build-up, and ends up hanging out with the Winchester, starting out pining over Cas but their relationship evolving more into one of friendship and really really deep mutual respect while acknowledging that they have a lot of chemistry but it wouldn’t be a very healthy relationship necessary….. Struggling whether or not to embrace her new-found humanity or join up with Abaddon who represents the old-guard of Hell and whether she should keep with her old cause and loyalties or stick with her new one…..
And Naomi surviving instead of being replaced with Bartholomew, and also struggling in a parallel but opposite way to Meg with accepting her newfound humanity, and trying to unite all the angels and figure out a way to help them find vessels and coexist with humanity with minimal casualties, and try to find a new purpose for angels in humanity, as guardians and helpers while existing on Earth, and finding Hael and helping her find a new vessel, and not trying to kill Cas but working with him to bring down Metatron, while also fighting with Abaddon, because Abaddon and Naomi are old rivals dating back to the days before Lucifer Fell, because Abaddon is one of the ‘first Fallen’ so she was probably an angel once upon a time, and all the interesting stuff that could happen there…
And Linda Tran escaping and being in the process of tracking down Crowley before he gets killed off, who she follows to a little restaurant in South Dakota, where she gets distracted helping out a lady choking to death on her own blood in the bathroom, and then she teams up with Jody Mills, who, as it turns out, has been one of the people helping Garth set up the hunter’s network, and has been helping mobilize and set up a system for law-enforcement response to supernatural threats, and they both bond over the fact that they are badass moms and come back to the Batcave and tell the boys how stupid they have been for not listening to them and try to aggressive mother them while solving all of their problems. Diana Ballard being one of the law enforcement people that Jody is working with, and coming back and being awesome again…..
And Abaddon looking for something to use against the Winchesters, especially Dean, and making a deal with Kali to pull Emma Winchester out of Purgatory to use as a weapon or leverage…. Except Emma Winchester has been hanging out with Benny in Purgatory, who has made her think that her dad might not be that bad, and she kind of wants to be human, and escaping…. And the Winchesters figuring out that, kinda like with Rugaru, Amazons abilities and powers and such don’t manifest unless they consume human flesh, and though she had previously, the trip to Purgatory pretty much cleansed that out of her system, so that as long as she can keep the man-eating instincts in check and such, she’ll grow up fairly normally and be okay. And Dean being all terrified and confronted with having to be a father suddenly, and her being totally awesome….
And then Krissy Chambers visiting and, since it’s totally established in canon that Amazons don’t aren’t really interested in men except for procreating, and Emma doesn’t want an Amazon baby (and normal birth control wouldn’t really work with her biology anyway)…. It stands to reason that she would be interested in girls, and Krissy and her start dating and Dean has to awkwardly try to decide which one of them he’s supposed to be threatening to make sure they aren’t going to break the other one’s heart, and both of them having to tell Dean that he’s being ridiculous about the whole thing….
And Ellen and Jo and Pam and the Roadhouse gang, but mostly Ellen and Jo and Pam, working to take down Heaven from the inside and kick Metatron out….
Bela Talbot coming back as a demon and working as Abaddon’s second-in-command, and having an awesome confrontation or two with the Winchesters….
BASICALLY JUST ALL THE LADIES ALL THE TIME AND IT WOULD BE SO DARN AWESOME.
After the episode we just had…..I’m rather sorely tempted to turn this into a full blown fic with extra POC added in….
moffat’s companions’ lives are all so strangely ungrounded in reality and i think it’s a good example of his very weak writing. in day of the doctor we see clara teaching - no explanation, no mention of it in the episode, and no build up to it. although obviously this was a (really lovely actually) nod to canon, it’s not the first time this has happened; amy just “became” a model in one episode and was never shown like this again (after her first job was as a kissogram). it’s impossible to imagine this happening with any of russell t davies’ companions, who all had lives incredibly minutely planned out; rose and mickey found their path to success obstructed by class boundaries and working manually, donna worked a succesion of uninspiring office jobs and even well off martha was shown physically working very hard to achieve her medical degree.
this ability to skip through professions as well as change locations and dump family just grounds the idea that moffat’s companions are strange, non-human, undeveloped creatures. their lives, trials and tribulations don’t matter outside of the doctor, and it’s like they’re a succession of barbie dolls; “i can be a model! i can be a teacher! i can be an archaeologist!” with an awful lot of pluck, a cheeky grin, and no substance whatsoever
Hey, you ever notice how the fandom adores Gabriel, even though he basically ran away from his responsibilities and went off to go hurt/kill people for fun because he didn’t want to deal with the pain of his family fighting (which, in my probably rather cold opinion, was extremely cowardly), but despises Naomi even though she kept standing through all manner of hell, and continued to do what she thought was best for her family?
Or how Anna was called an evil bitch for being pragmatic and deciding that a few deaths would be worth saving the whole world, while Castiel slaughtered a large part of his family trying to save the Earth and is revered?
Or how angels like “tractor angel” (who tried to hurt Castiel and the Winchesters, by the way) and Ion (who betrayed Heaven for Hell because he was upset by how things were being run) are remembered fondly, or at least not abhorred by the fandom, but barely anyone remembers Hester (who had cracked after all the violence, and was justifiable upset with the brother who was responsible for all of it) and Rachel (who wanted to stop something extremely dangerous from happening), even though they were all one-offs, and all equally developed (well, actually, the women were more developed, I think)?
Or how Naomi is called every slur in the book for having Samandriel killed when she was entirely out of options, but Cas killing Balthazar and Rachel is entirely overlooked (and there was no justification for Balthazar. You can’t blame that on the Leviathan, and we all know that he could have handled that differently and in a way that didn’t involve killing his brother), and no one was upset over how violently and remorselessly Michael killed Anna?
Or how Raphael is completely forgotten/hated, while Michael is adored and pitied, when they both pretty much intended for the Apocalypse to happen?
Oh, and you’ve gotta love how Hael is an evil bitch for being scared and desperate, while it was totally okay for Cas to kill Ion to save his own skin, or to threaten to kill the Cupid for her bow, or any of the other occasions where Cas threatened or hurt a sibling to protect himself.
I am literally in awe of the double standards in this fandom sometimes.
Or how Bela is a ‘selfish bitch’ for being desperate and trying to escape an abusive situation when she was a child, and Crowley, who shares so many characters traits with her that it’s almost laughable, but has committed almost infinitely more unjustifiably awful things, is the darling of the fandom and will probably never be killed despite it making little actual sense for him to still be alive… When Bela was killed off because “the fans didn’t like her and she was turning it into ‘the Bela show”.
- A dozen of our top analysts have spent the better part of two years—
- Yeah (…) It took me a while to see it myself.
Friendly reminder for everyone to tag their gifs from 9x09 with useful stuff like “eye horror” and “body horror” and “violence”, because that scene was exceedingly awful and stuff like that can be extremely triggering and/or squick inducing to a lot of people…..