A baby alligator sits on top of its mother’s head in St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida
Picture: John Moran/News Dog Media (via Pictures of the day: 16 April 2014 - Telegraph)
That is one proud-looking mama.
the upside of sam wilson not being in aou is that hes safe from joss whedon
like Terry Pratchett’s, but taken seriously.
But Terry Pratchett’s is taken seriously. Like, a lot. And it’s basically all darkness-and-stone mysticism, there is nothing else.
I mean of course they have songs that go ‘gold gold gold’ and the right to kingship is handed down via a petrified loaf of bread with someone’s butt imprinted on it.
But in the same breath you’ve got the knockermen, who go down mine-shafts with no source of light on them to face fatal explosions, and the ones who come back are regarded as exponents of sainthood, because they’ve done the impossible. And they talk about what they’ve seen down there, and everyone knows seen has nothing to do with the senses, but with the kinds of things that come to you when you are alone in the silent bowels of the earth with no light. Which. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect setting for the birth of mysticism and religion, I really don’t know, man.
And this, this seen, changes the profession from something dangerous and full of fear into something sought-after, that young dwarves volunteer for. And then you’ve got an entire category of people believed to walk between life and death at all times and not really part of the mortal order of things. You enter this profession, your family will kiss you goodbye and think of you as if you’ve left this world.
And then there’s something that Tolkien doesn’t have - religion as politics. By tradition successful knockermen become kings. And other knockermen become fundamentalists to the point where they decree that the amount of time you spend above ground dictates whether or not you’re a dwarf. Like, literally this one thing would bring into question your own nature and, more importantly, whether or not you would belong to a community. You’ve got debates on modernity and traditionalism, the generational effects of immigration and who should rule an entire people and why. There are mentions of social practices that sound an awful lot like religion - like how when a dwarf dies their tools should be melted so they can never be used by a living one, or the fact that it does not matter if you are literally six feet tall, you can still be a dwarf if you performed certain rituals.
And the fact that all of this happens in one of the City Watch books and is pitted against champion doubter Sam Vimes and it still leaves you as a reader kind of speechless and wowed, is saying a lot.
I will argue this always and forever: compared to Terry Pratchett, Tolkien is a pretty lazy writer. A lot of what he did strikes you as extraordinary because he tried to do it systematically and on such a sweeping scale. But going into the smaller details of his world-building, I think the only things he’s ever taken 100% seriously are genealogies and made-up grammar. Tolkien does a lot, and I say this as someone who grew up as a fan of his work. But at the level of story-telling, he builds histories, not societies. He writes with the underlying assumption that we as an audience understand how his world works, because we’ve read what he’s read and have some notions that the Shire is pre-industrial England and the whole War of the Ring thing is basically feudal warfare blown out of proportion etc. etc. Tolkien’s world is fixed, lives in its own past, moves on in forms but not in substance. ‘The King has returned’ is really more of an end of history thing, because past that point evil has been vanquished and everyone will live in peace in an ordered world.
In Terry Pratchett’s writings history only shows up if it has to, sometimes as exposition, rarely as plot, mostly creeping up on you in the form of remarks like ‘Ankh-Morpork is built on Ankh-Morpork’. And this is because Terry Pratchett writes societies, with all that writing societies entails, including religion.
I have actually rarely encountered an author of fiction who takes religion more seriously, because what Terry Pratchett does is treat it as a source of world-organizing principles and by extension of political power. Which, underneath its substance of faith and hope and consolation, is what religion actually evolved as.
“Because the only thing better than regular magic is Disney magic. Drawings done by Eira1893.”
Kida and Milo, all the time. And Phillip and Rose. :)
Not every guy who compliments you on the street or says something nice to you is trying to get with you. A dude can say hello and wave to some of you women and you’ll mace him and cry street harassment.
like you can have the best intentions in the world but women can still have reasons to not trust you like when I’m walking home at night and someone slows down their car to ask if I’m okay or something. I hope it’s innocent but that doesn’t mean I’m obligated to take that risk
I’m rly over this “NOT ALL MEN” bullshit when 1. it doesn’t matter if it’s all men, statistically, it’s enough of them to validate our concerns. 2. Women are supposed to be responsible for our safety, and we’re expected to somehow magically know which people are good people and which ones are bad. We’re berated for being suspicious of people and also insulted when something bad happens to us because “we should have known”. I don’t know if you’re trying to tell me my shoe is untied or if you’re trying to harass me or if your intentions are even more devious than that.
Leave women the fuck alone, it’s terrifying to be approached by random ass men on the streets.
oh my god yes please preach to these backwards motherfuckers i will not STAND for this shit. nobody is fucking obliged to accept your approach as friendly. Thank your fellow men for that shit, and go berate them instead, since you’re so different.
Look have you ever heard of this thing called ‘Stranger Danger’? I don’t know who the fuck you are. IDK if you’ve devoted your whole life to saving folks from human trafficking and won a Nobel Peace Prize or if you’re an abusive shithead with three DV convictions and are on the sex offender registry. Or an upstanding member of the community who secretly gets women drunk so you can pressure them into sex. Or whatever.
If you say hello to me, there is a statistically significant chance that you are being a fucking creeper. And if I say hello back or smile and youare a creeper, there is an 100% chance I will get blamed for whatever you do to me, because I was not careful and ‘led you on’.
You want to bitch? Fix the shitheads in your own gender that make it unsafe for me to walk down the street and be nice to strangers.
That’s the opposite of a problem
I’d love to know how this mistake was made. What was going through their heads at the factory?
"Are you sure it actually says 1,450?"
"Yeah, why would it be a mistake?"
ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.
There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.
Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?
Ohmygosh, this is fascinating.
Peggy Carter helped found SHIELD after Steve “died”.
It was founded at the camp that Steve trained at.
On marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Agent Ward says “Someone really wanted our initials to spell SHIELD”
Peggy created and named the entire spy organization after STEVE’S SHIELD.
OH MY FREAKING GOD.
it gets better.
Peggy Carter was motivated to further acts of heroism by the death of her love interest.
In the Peggy Carter story, Steve Rodgers got Fridged.