please tell me there is a video compilation of every time odo has said ‘Quuuaaaarrk’
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It’s like this…
You’re fourteen and you’re reading Larry Niven’s “The Protector” because it’s your father’s favorite book and you like your father and you think he has good taste and the creature on the cover of the book looks interesting and you want to know what it’s about. And in it the female character does something better than the male character - because she’s been doing it her whole life and he’s only just learned - and he gets mad that she’s better at it than him. And you don’t understand why he would be mad about that, because, logically, she’d be better at it than him. She’s done it more. And he’s got a picture of a woman painted on the inside of his spacesuit, like a pinup girl, and it bothers you.
But you’re fourteen and you don’t know how to put this into words.
And then you’re fifteen and you’re reading “Orphans of the Sky” because it’s by a famous sci-fi author and it’s about a lost generation ship and how cool is that?!? but the women on the ship aren’t given a name until they’re married and you spend more time wondering what people call those women up until their marriage than you do focusing on the rest of the story. Even though this tidbit of information has nothing to do with the plot line of the story and is only brought up once in passing.
But it’s a random thing to get worked up about in an otherwise all right book.
Then you’re sixteen and you read “Dune” because your brother gave it to you for Christmas and it’s one of those books you have to read to earn your geek card. You spend an entire afternoon arguing over who is the main character - Paul or Jessica. And the more you contend Jessica, the more he says Paul, and you can’t make him see how the real hero is her. And you love Chani cause she’s tough and good with a knife, but at the end of the day, her killing Paul’s challengers is just a way to degrade them because those weenies lost to a girl.
Then you’re seventeen and you don’t want to read “Stranger in a Strange Land” after the first seventy pages because something about it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. All of this talk of water-brothers. You can’t even pin it down.
And then you’re eighteen and you’ve given up on classic sci-fi, but that doesn’t stop your brother or your father from trying to get you to read more.
Even when you bring them the books and bring them the passages and show them how the authors didn’t treat women like people.
Your brother says, “Well, that was because of the time it was written in.”
You get all worked up because these men couldn’t imagine a world in which women were equal, in which women were empowered and intelligent and literate and capable.
You tell him - this, this is science fiction. This is all about imagining the world that could be and they couldn’t stand back long enough and dare to imagine how, not only technology would grow in time, but society would grow.
But he blows you off because he can’t understand how it feels to be fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and desperately wanting to like the books your father likes, because your father has good taste, and being unable to, because most of those books tell you that you’re not a full person in ways that are too subtle to put into words. It’s all cognitive dissonance: a little like a song played a bit out of tempo - enough that you recognize it’s off, but not enough to pin down what exactly is wrong.
And then one day you’re twenty-two and studying sociology and some kind teacher finally gives you the words to explain all those little feelings that built and penned around inside of you for years.
It’s like the world clicking into place.
And that’s something your brother never had to struggle with.
themanfromnantucket requested: Avatar the Last Airbender characters in a Deep Space Nine/Star Trek setting
adult!Gaang obviously - Captain Aang is a joined Trill with an unorthodox spot pattern, CMO Katara and science officer Sokka are Bajoran, and security officer Toph is just plain Terran but can still kick your ass. This was fun to revisit!!
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Please take a moment to watch this. A video has not moved so as strongly as this since that really popular Charlie Chaplin video that went around
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By any remotely sane standards, Castiel is nothing to be trifled with. A literal angel of the capital-L Lord of the order Seraphim with an entrance that is absolutely the most memorable in the series, he strides past demon traps and across iron, exploding lights and not even flinching at a full blast of rock salt and a demon knife in the chest before calmly showcasing a twenty foot wingspan. He can push back against a Horseman while wounded, smite demons with a touch of his hand, and gank a diner full of Mother Monster’s hippest new backup dancers with a single gesture. His true form is a Lovecraftian horror the size of the Chrysler building, he’s millions, maybe billions of years old, with a list of superpowers that would be impressive in the Marvel universe, and even if he does happen to be wearing a thirty-something radio ad salesman, he wears him - and his trench coat - damned well.
Overall, it’s a fairly decent set of credentials, and that’s not even remotely a full list. So there really is no arguing that he’s a certified badass, and that’s something that Dean generally respects. During seasons 4 and 5, he definitely seems to. Yes, he nicknames and snarks and sometimes snaps at Cas – especially at the beginning when, perdition-raising notwithstanding, they are basically antagonists - but no more so nor in any particularly different tone than he does anyone or anything else. Besides, for Dean Winchester, snark is right up there with breathing, and the apocalypse kind of puts everyone on edge.
All that changes with season 6. They’re post-apocalyptic, and while Cas has his unknown thing going on in Heaven, he’s still around when called. What’s more, he makes it clear very early on that it’s no longer any form of obligation; it’s because he has a “profound bond” with Dean and WANTS to be there and to help them. And it’s right about then that Dean’s manner of addressing him takes a radical shift.
Sissy. Child. Baby in a trench coat. Quite a few others, including several times - notably and repeatedly after he sees Cas get an erection in response to porn and kiss the smoke out of Meg - junkless. His whole attitude and tone change. He’s demeaning, infantilizing, and borderline out of character, completely inconsistent with the way he talks to or about any other friend or ally he supposedly respects. So why the sudden need to not only tear Cas down, but specifically and repeatedly desexualize him?
While I definitely think some of these points are more speculation than something purposefully written into the subtext of the series, this is one of the most coherent and detailed analyses of the more painful aspects of Dean and Cas’s relationship that I’ve ever seen. Filed away under “headcanons.”
Definitely, definitely go read the whole essay.
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Retrospectively, you know what I really would’ve liked in an episode of tos? Kirk and Spock beam down to a planet of humanoids that doesn’t know about aliens yet, so of course Spock has his hat on, and when they get down there they look around and all the humanoids have pointed ears and it’s a mad scramble to trade off the hat.
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If the only way a show makes sense to you is through head canon…that show isn’t good.
This. Because you’re basically doing the writer’s job.
and the writers aren’t doing theirs.
i read this meta once (i think on an anon meme, lmao) about how shows/books/movies like this tend to really take off in fannish spaces because you’re doing the writer’s job. like, since you’re actively engaging with the text in order to have it make sense, then you have this automatic emotional investment in it even if its for your own headcanon. and if the canon is constantly changing- like in tv shows or book series- then you have to respond by constantly modifying your own headcanon. therefore you’re thinking about the text on a very consistent basis because you’re partially complicit in creating that text, even if it’s your own personal version of the show/book/whatever lol.
(so is it any surprise that fandoms for these types of mediocre shows tend to be some of the wankiest???)
meanwhile you have the canons that are much more coherent and just plain better. and it’s like being served a meal at a restaurant that’s perfectly seasoned and salted etc. all the work is done for you. your emotions about it will be much more straightforward OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAAAAAAZZZZIIIIIING. and you won’t feel required to change things that much at all.