Came for the squees, stayed for the analysis

Hi! I’m still figuring out this tumblr thing – technology and I have always had a love/hate relationship – but I love to chat and geek out with people; feel free to drop me a line.

What you’ll mainly see on this blog: fandom-related stuff (primarily fantasy, sci-fi, and procedural mystery), history, social justice/feminism, cute animals, and random things that I think are interesting.

If I ever say anything that is incorrect, offensive, or problematic in any way, please feel free to call me out on it. I will always apologize and always do my best to not repeat my mistakes.

You can also find me on FF.N and AO3 as Phosphorescent, and on LJ as naidheachd.
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Last term, I confided in a professor that I was struggling with anxiety attacks and depression. She seemed understanding.

A few weeks after the class ended, I learned that she had brought the issue up at an informal departmental gathering, telling grad students and professors that anxiety is often an “excuse” used by students who want an easy ride.

erica violet lee’s blog post “good philosophers don’t have anxiety attacks: on mental health, race, and belonging in the classroom” is important and scary and sad.

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Art dump part 4

okay story time

so my art teacher assigned us to do a chalk pastel still life of fruits n shit and I was like “no”

so I drew a banana instead.

and my teacher came by like “you need to have more than one fruit in your still life”

so I was like “k”

and so I put that cherry on top of the banana and titled it “Banana Split Without The Ice Cream Because Life Is Full Of Disappointments: By Fall Out Boy" and I turned that shit in.

My art teacher just started laughing out loud in the middle of class

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"if you were polite and nice with your activism we’d listen" no you wouldn’t you fucking liars

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Okay I’ve said this once and I will probably say this with my dying breath. Please don’t bother trying to explain Uhura and Spock’s breakup in Spirk fics. Please. Pretend the relationship never happened. The way the split gets explained is always so terrible

"Uhura comes to realize that Spock and Kirk are better with one another, and decides to let Spock go and becomes happy for them"

Yeah okay is this a Spirk fic or is this a description of a nightmare Spock would have

Because the latter is something I can see. “Spock, I have become convinced that you and the Captain should get together and I am therefore leaving you and pursuing a romantic relationship with a certain redshirt of your acquaintance” and then he wakes up hyperventilating because what the hell

Although really, I’m only complaining about bizarrely written Uhuras because I happened to come across one in a Spirk fic just recently. It’s hard for me to read anything involving Spock or Uhura without getting strange characterizations tbh

yeah, exhibit one: how some fans ‘fix’ Uhura characterization and do her justice in fanfictions. And that’s the same people who probably complain about how misogynistic and sexist the reboot writers are and how Uhura is a ~queen~ who deserves better. This is their definition of ‘better’ character development for her. (oh well)

Either she’s the evil bitch who gets in the way of spirk and manipulates Spock or she is the poor deluded woman (dawww) who understands that she can’t compete with the other dude so she’s the best person by breaking up with Spock (because Spock is an idiot. He can’t make his own decisions and apparently it’s very logical, and very vulcan I might add, for him to date a girl for years and yet he doesn’t give a damn about her. Looking at how difficult it was for tos Spock to have a romantic relationship I find it hard to believe that he’d maintain one unless he loves that person.. also the fact that he’s with Uhura here should give you a hint, a tiny one, that perhaps he’s perfectly able to understand when he’s in love with someone and thus decide he wants to have a relationship with that person….but hey these people totes love and understand and respect Spock as a character so who I’m to judge?)
and she ships Spirk and tries to help them get together of course (  // coming soon. Here Uhura, I found the perfect job for you in case you decide you had enough of star-fleet)
One way or another there seem to be an obsession that Uhura must *acknowledge* the superior mega-galactic spirk love.
(which is a bit ironical, also, because Kirk is SUCH a S/U shipper in the comics approved by Orci that it isn’t even funny)
I’m amazed by what some people consider ‘respectful to the characters plot devices’. I’m amazed by people thinking that a woman will break up with her man and establish that he doesn’t love her only because he cares about his friend. Like, in what kind of universe you seriously think that Uhura didn’t also care about Kirk, didn’t also cry for him, didn’t also risk her life to save him, didn’t pray that he’d wake up asap and be fine? You think so fucking little of her? SMDH

eta: adding that the only reason I actually know about this stuff happening in the spirk fanfictions is because the S/U tags both over AO3 and are constantly spammed by this crap so when you try to find stuff about your ship you inevitably end up scrolling past spirk fanfictions that have one of the plots from above.

"Mako is defined by the grey colour and the blue colour. As we go through the movie we find out that she’s defined by those colours because in her childhood we have a blue memory." "...The memory has left a stain on her hair that is blue, and she’s carrying that memory with her."
"On the other hand, Raleigh is in a colour space made up of greens, browns and amber."
"Mako and Raleigh complement each other, their colours are complementary. Their Jaeger cockpit, then, is mostly in blue and amber, their colours."
"And finally, they recuperate the heart. There’s a scene where they’re watching the robot in a service station and for the first time, the technicians uncover the heart of the robot. Mako and Raleigh are becoming vulnerable."
""And this is resolved, finally, by the reintroduction of the full red colour when they are together under the ocean." [x]

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caring more about animals than humans is not a sign of empathy, it is a way to distance yourself from problems that makes you uncomfortable.

when you talk about the treatment of animals and say “what if this was done to humans!?” remember that this was, or still is done to humans.

I have zero patience for people who prioritize Veganism over anti-racism and feminism

Exactly my stance.

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Never go on adventures without your trusty sidekick. xoxo Zoey and Jasper






So, do you think Steve got paid for those 60 or so years he was stuck under the ice?

Cuz, like, if he was, that’s a lot of money to come home to having.

Imagine Tasha shows him how to use Tumblr, and he just uses that money to donate to people who are poor, and can’t afford housing, or can’t afford food or whatever?

He’d do it too.

The America of today is an America he’d recognize. The poor suffering because of the rich. 

Papa Stark probably invested shit for him and left him a ton of money so I’m saying Steve is definitely loaded and definitely helping pay for healthcare for people that need it.

Steve letting homeless queer kids who need a place to crash sleep on his couch! :D 

oh lordy yes

steve stuck in the hospital all bummed out

Sam shows him a cat gif to cheer him up

he gets hooked in under a week, though the whole avengers fandom freaks him out

(seriously, why are they giffing his news reports, its making him uncomfortable)

but he finds sj side and he recognizes what they are saying. he follows a bunch of them and reblogs stuff but never comments because he’s still learning about some of the issues that came to light while he was iced

and every time a help signal boost comes up he sends money that way

he sees one user who needs a crashpad and offers his place

User walks through the door and Steve is making hot cocoa for him and dinner is on the stove

user just stares for a moment



is staying

with captain freaking america

user brags about this constantly once they’re stabilized and moved out.


I know it would reassure me, back when I was homeless, that I was staying with CAPTAIN FREAKEN AMERICA.

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“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

That is their mystery and their magic.”

Arundhati Roy; The God of Small Things (via wordpainting)

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Idk when my blog became a Lucy Liu and Anthony Mackie blog, but I do not regret it in the least



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Unprecedented images of Western people looking just like you and me | Karl reMarks

We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary. His beautiful shots allow us to see beyond the wall of myth that surrounds Western people and their culture, revealing scenes that are touching in their normality and reminding us that they are just like us.

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