the-best-jester:

freelancejake:

the-best-jester:

freelancejake:

snorlaxatives:

why the fuck does everyone in the purge movies want to kill people if crime was legal i’d find a way to erase my student debt and also probably steal a bunch of new clothes

I think many scriptwriters have a very dull and uninspired view of anarchy.

Seriously, you’d think they would be more creative than theft, and murder. Get a bunch of people and find some cops then litter in front of them.

Or, while everyone’s in their homes and not working, safely blow up all of the world’s financial records Tyler-Durden style. Or hijack news broadcasts and spread the wonders of chaos. Or buy several hard drives in advance and pirate as much raw content as humanly possible. Coordinate with people to destroy all mints and burn as much money as possible, just to see what would happen to the economy afterward. 

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Or you could run around and slap people with a red herring.

*nods sagely* It may have the same effect.

the-best-jester:

freelancejake:

snorlaxatives:

why the fuck does everyone in the purge movies want to kill people if crime was legal i’d find a way to erase my student debt and also probably steal a bunch of new clothes

I think many scriptwriters have a very dull and uninspired view of anarchy.

Seriously, you’d think they would be more creative than theft, and murder. Get a bunch of people and find some cops then litter in front of them.

Or, while everyone’s in their homes and not working, safely blow up all of the world’s financial records Tyler-Durden-style. Or hijack news broadcasts and spread the wonders of chaos. Or buy several hard drives in advance and pirate as much raw content as humanly possible. Coordinate with people to destroy all mints and burn as much money as possible, just to see what would happen to the economy afterward. 

Or…

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snorlaxatives:

why the fuck does everyone in the purge movies want to kill people if crime was legal i’d find a way to erase my student debt and also probably steal a bunch of new clothes

I think many scriptwriters have a very dull and uninspired view of anarchy.

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Review - On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

Things it does right:

  • Within the first chapter, the main character accidentally kills Death and is forced to take his office, complete with a pale horse that transforms into a limousine and a backlog of souls to take. By the end, he’s squaring off against Satan to save a woman he’s fallen in love with. It’s like Mort meets Ghost Rider, written in 1982.
  • Thought has been put into how Death operates, why the protagonist doesn’t have to go take someone’s soul every seven seconds, what it’s like when your job is watching people die, etc. There are also several other offices (Time, Fate, War, Nature), each of which has its own methods, powers and motives, and all of them are equals who have to get along and act separately from Heaven and Hell, which creates a much more interesting pantheon than the simple Yahweh-Satan standoff.
  • The protagonist actually tries to make things better using his position as Death, by talking people out of suicides, saving them from unfair ends, granting their last wishes when he’s able and committing euthanasia. He also does this in the knowledge that it’s not allowed and there will be consequences later. His compassion and uncertainty make him an interesting hero, and his troubled backstory (in which he put his mother out of her suffering in a hospital at her request and then gambled and took up basic photography) makes him much more sympathetic than the average “my parents died and now I have supernatural powers” character.
  • There are interesting ideas about how Purgatory operates, why dragons only eat virgins, how flying carpets are used as transport, how Satan advertises, and so on, which make for a colorful setting. On top of this, the visuals in general enchant and sting as they need to, and cause real emotional responses in the reader, which isn’t something you see very often, even in good fiction.
  • Problems are solved by thinking and coming up with clever solutions, not just through supernatural slicing and dicing and dumb luck.

Things it does wrong:

  • It tells instead of showing, to the point that it states outright the most painfully obvious conclusions. There are countless paragraphs in this novel dedicated to saying things like “The loss of something he valued made him feel sad.” and “The shapeshifting sentient magic teleporting horse was much better than his old car!”
  • The most tired dichotomies possible. Men are logical, women are emotional (and over-emotionally believe they’re logical). Magic and science coexist, but magic does everything the plot requires while science is just shorthand for “robots and antigravity”. Evil espouses the kind of utilitarianism that Evil always espouses because it’s Evil, while Good judges based on fixed, arbitrary standards that create suffering by not allowing exemptions. 
  • "When a grown man seduced a female child, it was molestation, for surely his attentions were forced on her; but when a grown woman did it to a male child, it was apt to be considered generosity.
  • The novel is meant to examine death from close-range and muse on its nature, but beyond the point that most people die for really silly reasons, there’s little more than the old “Death is a necessary part of life” cliches. If your novel’s about the theme of death, you should find something more insightful to say about it.
  • It takes a long time for the main plot to start, and most of it is spent following Death as he goes about his duties. If you read the back cover, you could skip at least seventy percent of the book and not miss anything. Those duties and little side-stories are interesting, of course, but if you’re not into them then you’re not going to like the book.

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Anonymous asked: bet you can't guess who it is :)

freelancejake:

Your questions provided me a lot of useful clues, and I have a guess, but I doubt it’s accurate. The name and email you put in to submit those questions showed up in my inbox alongside your message, but I don’t recognize either.

You still reading, guessAnon?

He seemed like a strong person, but then look at me; I eat carbohydrates all the time. Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle

crutches-and-cheesecake:

Petition to start a Jeremy Kyle fandom.

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Using the pseudonym ‘John Smith’ may not be the most effective way to get free health care. — DVD production subtitles for The TV Movie (via newandclassicwho)

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karkatliceouslovesstrider asked: I wanted to let you know I am finally out of my house. I am on my own now and, I can go literally wherever I want which is a freedom I have never experienced before. And, I suppose an overdue apology is in order, because, without you, I wouldn't have ever fought my dad to get out as hard as I did.

(2/3) I also need to thank you for all you did, all you said, and all you made me believe in, and for being there when I needed you, and for showing me I could get out if I tried hard enough,and etc. Just everything I guess.

(3/3) And as a bittersweet end to this ask, I can’t tell you when I will speak to you again, I have my life to put in order…. However, I really hope you’re happy, and you have good fortune, and the new school year goes well for you. Au revoir friend.

I always knew you’d make it. Thank you, and fare well.
gallifreyburning:

dimensionsintime:

Things to take away from this
Colin Baker defended us when Michael Grade called us all ‘loonies’ for liking Doctor Who.
Colin Baker was, in fact, treated like trash by the man who headed the BBC
Colin Baker was canned because of politics - nothing to do with his ability as The Doctor (he was great)
Doctor Who, in general, had good numbers when it was cancelled. Better than other shows, but Grade had a vendetta against Doctor Who
Colin Baker loved the show enough to go on tour to help promote it EVEN AFTER BEING FIRED. JUST TO SAVE THE SHOW.
Colin Baker wasn’t even paid that much for his era. He mainly did the job because he loved it and he believed in the show.
Colin Baker STOOD UP to one of the most powerful men in Britain because he knew he was wronged, even when everyone was telling him to lie and say he quit. He even called him a coward.
Colin Baker was NEVER given a reason for why he was fired.
Colin Baker is a hero among the Who fandom. That people dislike him is simply criminal. Our enemy is Michael Grade.
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gallifreyburning:

dimensionsintime:

Things to take away from this

  • Colin Baker defended us when Michael Grade called us all ‘loonies’ for liking Doctor Who.
  • Colin Baker was, in fact, treated like trash by the man who headed the BBC
  • Colin Baker was canned because of politics - nothing to do with his ability as The Doctor (he was great)
  • Doctor Who, in general, had good numbers when it was cancelled. Better than other shows, but Grade had a vendetta against Doctor Who
  • Colin Baker loved the show enough to go on tour to help promote it EVEN AFTER BEING FIRED. JUST TO SAVE THE SHOW.
  • Colin Baker wasn’t even paid that much for his era. He mainly did the job because he loved it and he believed in the show.
  • Colin Baker STOOD UP to one of the most powerful men in Britain because he knew he was wronged, even when everyone was telling him to lie and say he quit. He even called him a coward.
  • Colin Baker was NEVER given a reason for why he was fired.
  • Colin Baker is a hero among the Who fandom. That people dislike him is simply criminal. Our enemy is Michael Grade.

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ayeleesh:

"only god can judge me"

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kipshades:

If tumblr is so accepting, then why is it I, DIO

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It was an elementary theorem of probability that if you knew what your answer would be after updating on future evidence, you ought to adopt that answer right now. If you knew your destination, you were already there. And by analogy, if not quite by theorem, if you could guess what the descendants of humanity would think of something, you ought to go ahead and take that as your own best guess. — Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
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Guide to the Jeremy Kyle Show

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Guide to the Jeremy Kyle Show

For now, though, the comics are the primary concern and Pearson’s betting that they’ll have a huge impact on any comics fan that enjoys a lavish, intellectual read.

"Mark my words," says Pearson about Miles’ proven talent as a novelist, "Lawrence Miles is going to quickly become the next Mark Millar, Warren Ellis or any other ultra-great British comic writer you’d care to mention."

Archived page: LAWRENCE MILES’ ‘FACTION PARADOX’ DEBUTS AT IMAGE THIS MONTH, Comic Book Resources, May 2003.

Ow, my heart.