when fans of a thing make you dislike a thing
FANDOM STOP DOING THE THING
To quote the illustrious cleolinda:
I am “so very, very beyond a paltry CHIVALRY SMASH at this point; [I am] in full-on PEEL THAT BITCH LIKE AN ORANGE rage, AN ORAAAAANGE! RAAAAAGE!, and [the Fanterns are] like, “Are you okay?,” and [I’m] like, “NO I AM NOT OKAY I AM RADIATING RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE" [link]
Also, put on your seat belt and go order a Blu-ray.
Oh thank goodness, for a second there, I thought the YJ fandom would let GLTAS be happy and celebrate getting something we’ve been asking for without feeling the need to de-rail GTLAS-centric posts and shit on our parade — which had nothing to fucking do with them.
LET US HAVE NICE THINGS GODDAMMIT. The first post wasn’t even up an hour before this shit started. I HATE THAT FANDOM. Love the YJ show. Hate the fandom.
It amazes me how quickly people can take a post about GLTAS (celebrating for GLTAS) and derail it to discuss Young Justice. It’s like GLTAS show can’t have anything go even a little right for it without people feeling the need to go BUT YOUNG JUSTICE — which one might note got twice as many episodes, a comic that actually worked with TV canon, a toy line, soundtrack release, and a follow-up video game.
But naw. Horror of all HORRORS, GLTAS got a Blu-ray release first. Can’t let that go un-commented upon. Can’t let us be happy and celebrate for 24 hours even without hijacking our posts.
And by amazes, I mean infuriates.
I’m starting to think that instead of vampires as a metaphor for oppressed people, we really need to start using vampirism as a metaphor for privilege.
Like, yes, you’re a vampire and you probably can’t help that, and sometimes people will freak the fuck out when you’re coming at them even if it’s just to ask if you can borrow a cup of sugar for your blood muffins or something, and you’re like, “Hey, don’t judge me just because I’m a vampire!”
And then a human’s like, “Um, well, historically, vampires tend to attack us humans and drink our blood.”
And sure, your first instinct is to go “Hey, I’m one of the good vampires! I have a subscription service at a blood bank and everything!”, but… that… doesn’t change the fact that historically, yeah, vampires have survived by eating humans. Any changing perception of vampires is going to have to start with vampires.
So instead of protesting your innocence, you have to start by going to find other vampires and being like “Hey guys, we have to stop eating humans.”
And unfortunately, a lot of vampires are gonna think they’re already doing everything they need to to be Good Vampires, and this needs to be combatted. Being a Good Vampire is a never-ending struggle, and it’s not very rewarding, but it’s what has to be done.
And some humans will never, ever stop being suspicious of you, and you’ll have to accept that. Humans don’t owe you their respect just because you’re doing them the basic service of not flapping into their bedrooms at night and biting their necks. That’s like, the bare minimum of not being an asshole vampire. And some humans will probably still make jokes about how vampires can’t go in the sun without burning up and how they have no reflections and how for some reason they think “Alucard” is actually a cute baby name, but you’ll just have to deal with that, because they’re coping with the fact that this is an entire population of things that historically have always eaten them.
But it’s not about you. It’s about making the world safer for humans, and combatting it every damn time you see another vampire planning out a good old-fashioned round of feasting on virgins in nightgowns, and saying “Okay, no, that’s really offensive” the next time one of your vampire buddies refers to a human as a bloodbag, and generally working overtime to present a pro-human standpoint.
Because really, what good does it do to make the monsters the oppressed ones?
This is basically my issue with every story that uses creatures that are generally willing and capable of killing people en masse as a metaphor for marginalized groups.
NG Life — inside flap illustrations
People who have followed me recently because adorably traumatized, dumb, and sweet Italians and Romans)? Try out N.G. Life. I think you’ll like it.
how many Hogwarts students does it take to change a light-bulb?
1 Slytherin to break it
1 Gryffindor to volunteer to climb the ladder and change it
3 Hufflepuffs to hold the ladder and insure the safety of the Gryffindor student
and 1 Ravenclaw to point out that they could have just used magic
Oh please. We all know they’d scatter (or point fingers) after having broken the lightbulb and leave it to the caretaker to clean up their mess.
Bunch of entitled irresponsible lazy brats.
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too