"Fuck You, Old People" — Group Piece at CUPSI 2014

"By the way, you can’t actually pick yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s now how physics works."


this gives me life….

"Act your fucking age" god damn, this has a good message here.

39 seconds in and I reblogged it



“The Princess is everything Luke wants to be. She is socially conscious, whereas he is thrown into things; intellectually, she is a strong leader, and he is just a kid.”

- George Lucas

People often talk about how Han influenced Luke, but we should also look at how Leia influenced Luke.

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I’ve always really liked this idea—that they’re the exact same age, but their different lives have given them very different levels of maturity, and Luke is envious, but fascinated, and idolizes her a bit.

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It’s kind of weird to think of Han as being a big influence compared to Leia.  I mean, yes, they were close.  But it’s made reasonably obvious that close male friends aren’t something Luke’s ever lacked.  If anything, I’d say they’re mutually influential.  Han’s experience and training help temper Luke’s youth and inexperience, and his cynicism demands that Luke account for his own faith. Luke, in turn, cracks Han’s shell with hope and faith, and his earnest belief that Han can be better than what he’s let himself become won’t let him crawl back into the hole he’s dug for himself.

But Leia?

I mean, come on.  Luke’s got these vague intentions to run away and do…something.  He’s dissatisfied with his home life, he’s dissatisfied with the future he sees for himself, and he resents, in an equally vague way, the expectations of his family.  He thinks of joining the rebellion because he’s romanticized it.   He thinks of going to the academy because it’s anywhere but where he’s at.  All of his ambitions amount to this sort of nebulous, Anything But What I Have aspiration.  He goes running after Kenobi on the strength of a shitty, recorded hologram because it seems exciting.  He has no real idea about what this sort of mission would entail, or cost, or achieve.  It’s an Adventure, and he’s bored.

Then he meets Leia, and she’s literally everything he ever had some mindless daydream about being.  Only instead of being a cardboard cut-out hero in some story he’s using to distract himself from a shitty frontier subsistence-farmer life, she’s a real person who’s actually fucking doing it.  She’s a leader.  She’s a fighter.  She’s risking life and limb for a cause she completely and utterly understands and absolutely believes in.  This isn’t some thing she ran away to do because she got sick of being a princess and a senator.  People look up to her, and follow her, and obey her, because she’s spent her life earning it.

He’s looking around and going “Empire bad?  We blow up ships?” and she’s going “Here’s ten political treatises on why the Empire needs to go, here are the details of troop movements and expected reinforcements and supply lines for the upcoming battle, and here are the family photos of everybody in the next ten systems that are going to get stomped into bloody paste in retaliation if we fail here.” He finds her, and within five minutes she’s gone from the princess he’s rescuing because that’s what action heroes do to the person he needs to emulate if he’s ever going to make something of himself.

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According to Stop Patriarchy, Mark Ruffalo sent a speech to be read at an abortion rights rally this weekend in Mississippi in which he expressed his frustration with the state legislature’s ongoing attempts to close every last women’s health centers that offer abortion services.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that over 100 supporters gathered at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and listened to a personal account of Ruffalo’s about the issue of abortion rights, in which he mentioned his mother’s struggle to obtain an abortion when she was young:

I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different.

Ruffalo reportedly referenced the United States as it existed pre-Roe v. Wade as “relic of an America that was not free nor equal nor very kind”, saying that it “we have worked long and hard to leave behind” that time:

My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don’t want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman’s life. So that is why I am lending my voice to you and your movement today. Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.

Ruffalo has been politically active before; he’s a vocal opponent of fracking. And while his characterization of the impact of Roe v. Wade as a “law of the land for decades” is slightly historically inaccurate – anti-choice supporters have been chipping away at Roe v. Wade since that Supreme Court ruling came down – his decision to discuss abortion via women who have actually gone through it is a welcome relief from all the men talking about how they know thetruth about the experience.

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Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.

Generally I try to avoid learning much about celebrities, because I just want to enjoy the movie/book/whatever without having to justify supporting someone I may disagree with. This has intensified somewhat since I discovered that my favorite author is - not my favorite person.

But sometimes I’m glad to find things out. Mark seems like one of the good ones.

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Anonymous asked:

You're mundane, Have a vile night :(






Wait… Was this meant to be insulting?

I have an incredibly mundane life. I work at a used bookstore. I sit at home and watch Netflix. Like, every day. And I love it. There’s nothing vile about being mundane.

If you think my life is so dull, why are you following me? What made you send this? Hurting feelings is how you get your kicks? That’s pathetic. I’ve gotten shit from different people for my entire life. If I have kept my chin up thus far, you’re not going to be the one to break me.

What the hell is wrong with being mundane, anyway?

Most nights, when I’m not traveling, I finish my day by sitting in my back room, sometimes on the exercise bike, sometimes on the couch, usually with multiple cats close at hand, and watching television.  Not fancy television, either: crime dramas and Law & Order and reality shows.  They make me happy.  They make me relaxed.  They make me feel better about dealing with the world again the next day.

My current obsessive fandom is Pokemon.  I hugged a Game Stop employee when she said that I could place my pre-order for the new games.  I trade with people all over the world, using my little mainstream gamebox, playing my little mainstream game.

I sleep, I eat, I whine about my period, I try to keep things together, I succeed, I fail.  I adore my friends, I clip coupons, and I shop at Target.  I am as mundane as it gets, and I am AMAZING.

Susie is one of the best people I know.  She is sweet and friendly and sharp and brutal and perfect, and if that’s mundane, more people should be mundane.  Seriously.

Dude, I garden. When I am not cooking up fantasy worlds, I’m out pulling weeds and pruning. I was proud of myself for making a drying rack for beans the other day. I devote vast amounts of energy to the movement and application of various types of compost.

I like an afternoon nap when I can get it, and in the evening I lay in bed and play Plants vs. Zombies and Marvel Puzzle Quest. My husband and I spend every Saturday the same way—coffee shop, bakery, farmers market. (Sometimes we go wild and visit the feed store for dog food!)

Mundane? I am desperately mundane. My dogs are old and I worry about their hip joints. (Some days I worry about MY hip joints.)

I do plenty of exciting things. It’s just that these days, I need about a month at home to recuperate from doing them…

I’m actually really confused by this accusation of “mundane” as a bad thing.  Like, almost everyone makes fun of “hipsters.”  “Oh my gawd did you see that guy with his fancy cheese and his microbrew beer and his book no one’s ever read.”  That’s not cool either—we shouldn’t be making fun of each other—but seriously?

We make fun of people for being “in the mainstream.”  We make fun of people for trying too hard to get out of the mainstream.  We make fun of people for liking things that were specifically designed to be liked, and then we make fun of people for being weird.  How about we admit that everybody is a mixture of the mundane and the outre or macabre, and that there’s nothing wrong with that?

You can love Ludo and the Counting Crows.  You can be a gardener and an awesome painter of weird shit.  You can eat ice cream straight out of the carton and be a crossfit enthusiast.  We are complicated creatures, and we have to stop trying to police things that aren’t hurting anyone.

I am proud to be mundane.


This woman deserves a round of applause and a throne of gold. This is the most realistic & amazing thing for someone to say for this generation of students. I wasn’t able to go to college this year because my parents can’t afford to send me and I had every scholarship, grant, loan known to man and it still wouldn’t work. Finally someone gets it!

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The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 

While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.

That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

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if i ever misgender you or use slang (bro, man, gurl, dude) that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable please tell me because your gender identity and comfort is more important than any word i may use to refer to you


What they said.

(I got upset at a friend for calling me “girl” the other day - I’m 34 years old, I’m a woman, not a girl - and their response was to say that some women don’t mind being called girl. I’m sure that’s true, but I’m not one of them, so that is completely beside the point.)