This blog is mostly filled with whatever catches my eye at the moment. Also a lot of arguing. And Doctor Who. Every now and then I might post a poem or something I've written, but I haven't in ages so don't count on it.

 

cathedralofdeadbolts:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I know that a lot of people are going to roll their eyes this but….I’ve met Marc and he’s a pretty nice guy. We even talked about her for a bit and he had nothing but good things to say. I’m more than sure the “at least you’re nice to look at” comment was a joke. If she really believed that he meant that, why would she stay with him?

they were nice once so they’re not actually shitty
nah, it doesn’t work that way

1. And yet, every time EA says or does something genuinely shitty, dozens of fans rush to her defense with “but she was totally sweet and kind when I met her that one time, so nah, she’s not actually shitty!”. And that’s in cases where we’ve sure as hell got something more solid to bitch about than this nonsense.

2. Fine. Then instead of “people have met him and he’s been nothing but decent”, how about “it’s batshit fucking insane to jump to the conclusion that he’s abusive or an asshole based on a single tweet that was pretty obviously a joke, especially given literally every other twitter exchange they’ve ever had”. 

Like…are people being fucking serious right now with this? Seriously? Or has the completely irrational side of the fandom finally become self-aware and decided to become a parody of itself?

cathedralofdeadbolts:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I know that a lot of people are going to roll their eyes this but….I’ve met Marc and he’s a pretty nice guy. We even talked about her for a bit and he had nothing but good things to say. I’m more than sure the “at least you’re nice to look at” comment was a joke. If she really believed that he meant that, why would she stay with him?

they were nice once so they’re not actually shitty

nah, it doesn’t work that way

1. And yet, every time EA says or does something genuinely shitty, dozens of fans rush to her defense with “but she was totally sweet and kind when I met her that one time, so nah, she’s not actually shitty!”. And that’s in cases where we’ve sure as hell got something more solid to bitch about than this nonsense.

2. Fine. Then instead of “people have met him and he’s been nothing but decent”, how about “it’s batshit fucking insane to jump to the conclusion that he’s abusive or an asshole based on a single tweet that was pretty obviously a joke, especially given literally every other twitter exchange they’ve ever had”.

Like…are people being fucking serious right now with this? Seriously? Or has the completely irrational side of the fandom finally become self-aware and decided to become a parody of itself?

khaleesidaenadefiant:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I know that a lot of people are going to roll their eyes this but….I’ve met Marc and he’s a pretty nice guy. We even talked about her for a bit and he had nothing but good things to say. I’m more than sure the “at least you’re nice to look at” comment was a joke. If she really believed that he meant that, why would she stay with him?

I’ve met him as well.Actually, I’m pretty sure they weren’t dating when I met him (he was on one of the first stops for the TDC road tour), but not the point.The point is that he was lovely when I met him as well. But that doesn’t negate the possibility that he might be an abuser.Now, we don’t have any proof beyond that tweet, and you’re right, it could have been a joke. It’s up to Emilie to decide how to interpret it, and she seems to not be upset.However, it’s understandable that some fans are uncomfortable with it, and unfortunately, abusers often appear to be nice, normal people. So just because she doesn’t appear upset with it doesn’t mean he wasn’t saying it to be an asshole. We just don’t know because we have no context.(Note: I’m not trying to claim that Marc is an abuser, because he is a very lovely person who doesn’t seem like the type, but we have nothing to tell us one way or another, and we can’t jump to conclusions just because he doesn’t seem abusive)

I’m calling bullshit right now on ANYONE who even suggests that Marc is “an abuser” based on less than 140 characters on Twitter. Jesus Christ. The fact that ANY EA fans actually jumped to that conclusion is just…fucking ridiculous. I won’t even concede any “it’s understandable that some fans are uncomfortable with it”. No. It’s not. It’s completely batshit. Shame on anyone for jumping to such a conclusion based on such little evidence (which isn’t even evidence. fucking hell, just read their tweets back and forth- they are always joking back and forth. what the hell would even possess anyone to think “OMG LOOK AT THAT HE’S SO ABUSIVE AND SHALLOW AND OMG HOW DARE HE HE’S TERRIBLE!”)

I think that anyone jumping to think that tweet is evidence of some kind of abuse or otherwise asshole-ness on Marc’s part is way out of line, and that’s probably a sign that they have some shit in their personal lives they need to address. And before someone tries to say otherwise, having a history with an abusive partner—if that’s the case with some of these people—is not an excuse for jumping to think it of him just because of that damned tweet.


Like, seriously. Jesus fucking Christ this fandom is a disgrace sometimes.

khaleesidaenadefiant:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I know that a lot of people are going to roll their eyes this but….I’ve met Marc and he’s a pretty nice guy. We even talked about her for a bit and he had nothing but good things to say. I’m more than sure the “at least you’re nice to look at” comment was a joke. If she really believed that he meant that, why would she stay with him?

I’ve met him as well.

Actually, I’m pretty sure they weren’t dating when I met him (he was on one of the first stops for the TDC road tour), but not the point.

The point is that he was lovely when I met him as well. But that doesn’t negate the possibility that he might be an abuser.

Now, we don’t have any proof beyond that tweet, and you’re right, it could have been a joke. It’s up to Emilie to decide how to interpret it, and she seems to not be upset.

However, it’s understandable that some fans are uncomfortable with it, and unfortunately, abusers often appear to be nice, normal people. So just because she doesn’t appear upset with it doesn’t mean he wasn’t saying it to be an asshole. We just don’t know because we have no context.

(Note: I’m not trying to claim that Marc is an abuser, because he is a very lovely person who doesn’t seem like the type, but we have nothing to tell us one way or another, and we can’t jump to conclusions just because he doesn’t seem abusive)

I’m calling bullshit right now on ANYONE who even suggests that Marc is “an abuser” based on less than 140 characters on Twitter. Jesus Christ. The fact that ANY EA fans actually jumped to that conclusion is just…fucking ridiculous. I won’t even concede any “it’s understandable that some fans are uncomfortable with it”. No. It’s not. It’s completely batshit. Shame on anyone for jumping to such a conclusion based on such little evidence (which isn’t even evidence. fucking hell, just read their tweets back and forth- they are always joking back and forth. what the hell would even possess anyone to think “OMG LOOK AT THAT HE’S SO ABUSIVE AND SHALLOW AND OMG HOW DARE HE HE’S TERRIBLE!”)

I think that anyone jumping to think that tweet is evidence of some kind of abuse or otherwise asshole-ness on Marc’s part is way out of line, and that’s probably a sign that they have some shit in their personal lives they need to address. And before someone tries to say otherwise, having a history with an abusive partner—if that’s the case with some of these people—is not an excuse for jumping to think it of him just because of that damned tweet.

Like, seriously. Jesus fucking Christ this fandom is a disgrace sometimes.

The king is dead. The Greyjoys are in open rebellion. The wildling army marches on the wall. And in the east, a Targaryen girl has three dragons.

Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)

I’d like to think that if I were planning a royal assassination, I’d be smart enough to plan it so that I wasn’t standing there gawking like a fool when the king died.

Tyrion Lannister

ramblingfermata:

fairest-fairy:

ramblingfermata:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I honestly think Emilie might be a better violinist than Lindsey Stirling. It’s just a shame EA cares more about the show than the music, and we’re not likely to see anything approaching Lindsey’s level from her anytime soon.

EA *is* a better violinist than Stirling.

Was. Maybe.

Alright “was”, but I’d say most likely (arguably) was. Stirling didn’t get into Indiana University as a music major (which is no small feat, as that’s a really good program). Stirling was never a music major (as far as I know, am willing to be corrected), and so didn’t get near the training EA did.

Stirling studied violin privately for 12 years, though. I can’t say as I agree with the idea that being a music major is an indication of superior skill. I know people who got into my uni’s school of music (which is quite well-respected- it ranks just a few points below Indiana University on most measures) who are amazing, and I know people who are in it who aren’t at all amazing and I often wonder how they lucked into an acceptance. Besides that, EA didn’t actually graduate, did she? So she didn’t finish the program, and accordingly it’s doubtful that she really reaped any benefits from whatever training the program could have offered. We also don’t really know why she left. For all we know, it could have been that her skills just weren’t really up to snuff compared to other students. We can’t compare whether one is better than the other based on academic credentials. Perhaps if Stirling had applied to the program and wasn’t accepted, then a comparison could be made. But since that’s not the case…unless someone’s got some in-depth info about Stirling’s instruction and EA’s, a comparison on their training can’t be made.


I mean, I don’t really care who’s better. I like a few tracks off Unlaced, I like most of Stirling’s material. Stirling still actively plays, EA doesn’t (at least not as part of her career, which is kind of where it matters for fans…which is also why I wonder why people keep confessing things like this, about who’s better than who. what’s it matter? we haven’t seen new violin material out of EA in ages. we haven’t even seen old violin material from her in ages). Stirling’s incorporation of dance in her performances might be deemed ‘gimmicky’, but so is EA’s…everything. *shrug*

ramblingfermata:

fairest-fairy:

ramblingfermata:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I honestly think Emilie might be a better violinist than Lindsey Stirling. It’s just a shame EA cares more about the show than the music, and we’re not likely to see anything approaching Lindsey’s level from her anytime soon.

EA *is* a better violinist than Stirling.

Was. Maybe.

Alright “was”, but I’d say most likely (arguably) was. Stirling didn’t get into Indiana University as a music major (which is no small feat, as that’s a really good program). Stirling was never a music major (as far as I know, am willing to be corrected), and so didn’t get near the training EA did.

Stirling studied violin privately for 12 years, though. I can’t say as I agree with the idea that being a music major is an indication of superior skill. I know people who got into my uni’s school of music (which is quite well-respected- it ranks just a few points below Indiana University on most measures) who are amazing, and I know people who are in it who aren’t at all amazing and I often wonder how they lucked into an acceptance. Besides that, EA didn’t actually graduate, did she? So she didn’t finish the program, and accordingly it’s doubtful that she really reaped any benefits from whatever training the program could have offered. We also don’t really know why she left. For all we know, it could have been that her skills just weren’t really up to snuff compared to other students. We can’t compare whether one is better than the other based on academic credentials. Perhaps if Stirling had applied to the program and wasn’t accepted, then a comparison could be made. But since that’s not the case…unless someone’s got some in-depth info about Stirling’s instruction and EA’s, a comparison on their training can’t be made.

I mean, I don’t really care who’s better. I like a few tracks off Unlaced, I like most of Stirling’s material. Stirling still actively plays, EA doesn’t (at least not as part of her career, which is kind of where it matters for fans…which is also why I wonder why people keep confessing things like this, about who’s better than who. what’s it matter? we haven’t seen new violin material out of EA in ages. we haven’t even seen old violin material from her in ages). Stirling’s incorporation of dance in her performances might be deemed ‘gimmicky’, but so is EA’s…everything. *shrug*

ramblingfermata:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I honestly think Emilie might be a better violinist than Lindsey Stirling. It’s just a shame EA cares more about the show than the music, and we’re not likely to see anything approaching Lindsey’s level from her anytime soon.

EA *is* a better violinist than Stirling.

Was. Maybe.

ramblingfermata:

waywardvictorianconfessions:

I honestly think Emilie might be a better violinist than Lindsey Stirling. It’s just a shame EA cares more about the show than the music, and we’re not likely to see anything approaching Lindsey’s level from her anytime soon.

EA *is* a better violinist than Stirling.

Was. Maybe.

sometimesisayshit:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

The math is wayyyy complex, but kind of breaks down to:
More money in more pockets=more purchasing=stronger economy
More money in more pockets=wider tax base with fewer exemptions (less necessary)
Stronger economy+wider tax base=much higher federal revenues=more services.
To the individual it looks like: “Well, I jumped a tax bracket or seven, but since I’m making 70-100% more, I can afford to pay the 30% off the top, get myself a place to live, buy food, and still enjoy these awesome services.”

sometimesisayshit:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

The math is wayyyy complex, but kind of breaks down to:

  • More money in more pockets=more purchasing=stronger economy
  • More money in more pockets=wider tax base with fewer exemptions (less necessary)
  • Stronger economy+wider tax base=much higher federal revenues=more services.

To the individual it looks like: “Well, I jumped a tax bracket or seven, but since I’m making 70-100% more, I can afford to pay the 30% off the top, get myself a place to live, buy food, and still enjoy these awesome services.”

(Source: socialismartnature)

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”

That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?

Honest question, dudes.

That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.

So what do we do about it?

This.

READ MORE

This is important.

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

By Andy Khouri

“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”

That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?

Honest question, dudes.

That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.

So what do we do about it?

This.

READ MORE

This is important.