Robots in Love

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25, cis (she/her), bisexual, mixed race, electrical engineering major. Raised in the US, re-learning Spanish so I can reconnect with my mom's family. Huge Keladry of Mindelan fan and going on 15 or so years of Sailor Moon obsession. I also play lots of video games when I'm not studying or working.

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

I like the idea of taking every woman joke from the last season, and turning them into Moffat jokes.

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#I miss 9 
Show Recommendations

Ok so I’m about halfway through the X-Files and am trying to think of other shows I’d like to watch. So far I’ve got:

  • Veronica Mars
  • Orphan Black (I’ve almost finished s1 but I got distracted)
  • I dunno something else

So if anyone has recommendations, that’d be great =D This is for the non-anime stuff I’m watching, I’m completely booked on the anime front at the moment. 

I’d also like to start blogging about SM Crystal but I don’t write often so I’m afraid it’d be mostly unintelligible. The only way to get better is to do it though, and I think it’d be fun. 

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thymoss:

railroadsoftware:

no one ever says that Rome needed help from aliens to build their empire

#l laughed for days when i found out that #ancient egyptians used water to reduce friction and move blocks for distances #and that this was literally DEPICTED ON THEIR HIEROGLYPHICS #but ~western archaeologists~ #thought that the pouring of water depicted ~superstitious rituals~ #jfc

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azuresquirrel:

MINAKO/VENUS PAST LIFE ANGST.

I’m just so stuck on this idea that PAST LIFE ANGST is a very specific thing to Minako.

But why is that?

Why not Ami, Rei, and Makoto? Why isn’t that something they have? It’s just not something I picture them really having to grapple with. The past versions of Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter just seem more removed from them. They are devoted to Usagi, to the Princess, but it’s rooted in the here and now, especially since they spent so much time fighting alongside Usagi and being friends with her as just a “regular senshi.” I just can’t see it as something they think about much.

BUT MINAKO.

She does a great job at not seeming like she does. Minako is a young woman of multitudes. Saying she has many “masks” doesn’t quite work, because I don’t see her as ever purposefully hiding parts of herself, but she does have many “personas” as it were. And she is quite practiced at seeming fun and flighty and like nothing bothers her (and it’s not exactly UNTRUE because Minako IS an optimist, it’s still very much a part of who she is).

But the past is always THERE. She carries it on her shoulders as a silent burden the way that the others don’t.

Perhaps it was the final moments of the Silver Millennium. Perhaps it’s what they’ve carried with them.

What were they thinking in those final moments?

All of them must have been overcome with the deepest sadness and grief. But thinking of Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, what I get is “we failed the Princess.” It’s a group thing - we. When they come together again in the present, they are together as a group again. They have that second chance. The opportunity to not repeat it. What matters is that now they’re together again.

But with Venus, what she must have thought was “I failed.”

She was the leader. The rock. The one calling the shots, the one who HAD to have an answer when everyone else looked her way. She had to be more than just a warrior.

How could all of it not have been her failure?

Her failure to her precious princess cuts the deepest of course. But it’s more - she failed her fellow senshi, the ones who looked up to her as their leader. She failed Queen Serenity, who she swore a sacred oath to, to protect her precious daughter. She failed the Moon Kingdom and her home star Venus, letting the brightest kingdom in the universe fall and dishonoring her home.

That is the thought she brings with her when Minako Aino awakens.

So she must shoulder her duty. She cannot forget her failure. It’s more than just that they’re together again now in the present. She can’t let herself fail everyone again.

MINAKO/VENUS PAST LIFE ANGST, EVERYONE.

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#I really really hope they delve into Minako in Crystal  #because I never really got her in original sm  #but manga her is pretty awesome and I'd like to see more of that  #sailor moon headcanons  #sailor moon 

assassinationtipsforladies:

Every dudebro who says these women shouldn’t have taken private nude photos on themselves and then put them on a secure, private server if they didn’t want everyone in the world to see them should have to have every message they have ever sent on OKC dramatically read to their boss, mom, and granny

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Anonymous asked: I was reading one of your fics and I wanted to know your opinion on NQS and chibusa's relationship? Do you think NQS wouldn't feel love for chibiusa because I that really changes my view on their mother-daughter relationship.


Answer:

commas-and-ampersands:

ANOTHER BURIED ASK FROM TWO MONTHS AGO

MY ASK BOX IS NOT THAT OVERRUN HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

I confess I don’t give a lot of thought to Chibs and NQS, or Chibs in general.  I blame the dub.  Because when I do spend time on her I just wind up crying and screaming, “PROTECT THIS PRECIOUS PINK-HAIRED CHILD” but I have to make the decision to go there and I rarely do.

Lucky for me you asked!

I think a lot of this resembles some stuff keyofnik has said at one time or another (probably in this tag), and I’m no longer sure if we came up with it independently or if I just decided she was right, but here’s my feelings on the matter.

This gets into a lot of WEIRD TIME TRAVEL LOGIC so if this makes no sense, I am very sorry.

Although I did write this fic Promise, where the premise is basically that NQS doesn’t love Chibs and that this is always and forever the case, I don’t think that’s necessarily true.

I do think that when Usagi first transitions into NQS, it is ROUGH.  For her and everyone else.  There are times when there is nothing of Usagi present in NQS, and it’s terrifying for her friends and Mamoru.  But it’s also terrifying for NQS because she remembers being Usagi, and frankly she’d prefer being more like that, but she can’t.  It’s like she’s at a disconnect from herself, but she can’t articulate it.  It feels like a form of disassociation, and it’s scary and she doesn’t like it, but she also can’t talk about it or change it.  She doesn’t know how, and she doesn’t have time.  She has to rebuild the fucking world, and the world doesn’t actually need Usagi right now.  It needs NQS.

I’m not sure how long this period lasts, but I think it’s for awhile, and I think it’s a long road for her to pull out of it.  And she’s just starting to feel like a person again when she gets pregnant.

At which point it is AN EXPLOSION OF USAGI.  Something about the pregnancy hormones and the endorphins/dopamine/idk ask science tumblr what they are just make her feel more like herself.  The most like herself that she’s felt in years - possibly decades.  It’s awesome.  I actually think Usagi winds up having a great pregnancy with minimal morning sickness.  You know, it’s like when Kristen Bell was pregnant the first time and talked about it on Ellen.  That is how I picture Usagi’s pregnancy with Chibs.

Then Usagi has the baby.

I could really see Usagi getting hit with some really bad post-partum depression, which is further complicated and prolonged by the NQS/Usagi dichotomy and fucking ruling the world and shit.  So I think it knocks Usagi off the recovery she was on really badly.  Plus after 9 months of FINALLY feeling like herself, and then suddenly getting hit with this again?  No matter how many times Ami and Mamoru explain it to her, it just feels like a failure, not a temporary setback.  It feels permanent and irrevocable and it fucks Usagi up bad.  To the point where I think she could conceivably decide that it’s not worth trying anymore.  And at that point she accepts that NQS is who she is.

I think that’s the mother Chibi-Usa had during the first go around.  I know NQS loved her, but there was that disassociation with herself again.  It put her at a remove from everyone.  And while everyone else in her life remembers when NQS wasn’t like this, it’s all Chibs has ever known.  She doesn’t know a mother who is naturally warm and gregarious and silly.  She knows this perfectly poised lady who smiles and holds her but still feels distant.

It’s no wonder Chibs winds up with such a fucking complex.  The world universally loves her mother (or at least it seems that way).  If Chibs ever has misgivings about her, that’s all her fault, isn’t it?  And you know, I could see someone deciding to sit Chibs down one day and tell her about how her mother used to be, thinking it will help.  If not that, then she just overhears someone talking about it.

AND BOOM EVERYTHING IS WORSE.

Because Chibs internalizes shit like this.  They don’t say this, they would never say this, but what Chibs hears?  ”Your mother was happier before you were born.  Before you.”

SOMEONE PROTECT THIS PRECIOUS PINK-HAIRED CHILD FROM THIS SADNESS OMG.

I don’t know, I just see Crystal Tokyo as being such a sad place for this little girl.

You know what really clinches it for me?  In R, Chibs specifically says that they call her Small Lady.  HER PARENTS AND HER AUNTS CALL HER BY HER ROYAL TITLE ON A REGULAR BASIS, NOT HER FUCKING NAME.  That is chilling to me.  I hate it.  IIRC, Usagi & co. gave her the nickname Chibi-Usa in the 20th century.  It wasn’t necessary in Crystal Tokyo because they never had to differentiate between Usagis.  NQS was a shell who used to be called Usagi, and Small Lady was never given the chance.

Thankfully, R happens, and it changes the future.  When Chibi-Usa goes back in time, she makes Usagi and the others aware the Crystal Tokyo is happening.  So until Usagi of old, it’s not thrust upon her so surprisingly.  She can prepare for it.  And while I think she’ll still have trouble with the adjustment, again, people around her also have a sense of this coming and are better able to help her.  So that when the Usagi-who-went-to-the-future becomes NQS has Chibi-Usa, she’s in a much better place.

In that future, they call their daughter by her name.

I don’t think, however, that Chibs returns to this happier, better future.  I think she returns to the universe she always belonged it, but it becomes happier.  I think after the events of R, NQS just… heals.  Think of a  combination of a few months in stasis, no longer having Nemesis hanging over her head (because you know that haunted her), seeing her little girl be so strong and brave when she needed to be, and I think getting some sense of what life was life for Chibs in the R finale when she merged with Usagi and saw her old eyes.  I’m not saying it’s instantly all better, but it improves SO MUCH, and Chibs ultimately goes back to a more stable home life.

I think if our Chibs returned to a totally new future, eventually the complexes she clearly has would have been erased.  They never would have happened, and you can’t remember something that didn’t happen.  I’m sure she would have found brand new ones, but the Chibs we see in R is the same girl who comes back in S.  Older, wiser, better-adjusted, but still bearing the old wounds of her youth.  Her relationship with her mother IS SO MUCH BETTER, because she can finally see the parts of NQS which are still Usagi.  Her mother laughs easier, smiles more, and gets into goofy fights with Aunt Rei.  And Chibi-Usa knows that’s thanks to her.

But I think she’s got a ways to go before she stops completely resenting her mother for losing herself.  It wasn’t NQS/Usagi’s fault that it happened, but that’s really immaterial for Chibs.  When she gets older, I think she’ll be able to heal and move past it - I think Hotaru will help INFINITELY on this score.  But that’ll take awhile.

Chibs and Usagi/NQS’s relationship is so fasinatingly complicated.  Chibi-Usa clearly worships NQS, but then is so combative with Usagi, that you have to assume that there is a world of resentment there.  And Usagi is the only way for her to exorcise that feeling.

The real question is how Chibs and NQS will be in Crystal Tokyo 2.0.  Will Usagi’s fraught relationship with her daughter in the past have any bearing on NQS’s relationship with her daughter?  I hope not.  I really hope at some point the other Senshi and her talk it out and realize why Chibs can be such a brat sometimes.

Plus I think as Chibs goes back more, Usagi will see her mellowed.  We already see that in canon actually.  She was soooooo much more chill in Stars than we’d seen her previously.  As fucked up as SuperS was, I have this theory that it helped her subconsciously WORK THROUGH SOME SHIT, and she emerges on the other side at peace.  Because Helios took refuge in Chibs in the dream world, so theoretically it could have at least partially influenced by Chibs’s subconscious.  Some of those lemures might have LITERALLY been from Chibs’s nightmares (lookin’ at you jacked up ballerina bear).

It’s finally a moment where Chibs was at the center of the story, and I think she needed that.  Even though I think her subconscious also REFUSED TO LET HER HAVE IT, by randomly having Helios say, “Sorry you’re not the magic maguffin wielder lulz.”  But as unsettling as I generally find the Helios/Chibs story in the anime as is (I’ve seen people do beautiful stuff with it separate from that though, so I’m not saying I’m down on the pairing as a whole), I think what ultimately helped her was that Helios said, “You are the not the chosen one.”  BECAUSE HE STILL CARED ABOUT HER.  It didn’t matter if she wasn’t he most special; she was still special to him.  I think she really needed someone to say, “No you are not your mother, but your are still important.”

Obviously Hotaru was there looooong before that, but Hotaru was still more about Usagi’s story than Chibi-Usa’s in S.  Hotaru will eventually become a part of Chib’s story.  SHE WILL CHOOSE TO BE A PART OF THAT STORY.  THAT IS WHY SHE WILL DO WITH THE GIFT USAGI GAVE HER.  And that will be momentous and wonderful for Chibs as well.

tl;dr - yeah, but it’s complicated.

AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU ASKED?

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#omg why do you do this to me  #I'm totally crying goddamnit  #you're so mean  #also I love your brain  #sailor moon  #sailor moon headcanon 
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But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.

This is what rape culture looks like.

This is what misogyny looks like.

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#did I mention  #I am sick of this shit 

Caitlin Stasey being the hero we all deserve.

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#I am sick of this shit 
mindblowingscience:

When science meets aboriginal oral history


In Inuit oral history, the Tuniit loom both large and small.
They inhabited the Arctic before the Inuit came, and they were a different stock of people — taller and stronger, with the muscularity of polar bears, the stories say. A Tuniit man could lift a 1,000 pound seal on his back, or drag a whole walrus. Others say the Tuniit slept with their legs in the air to drain the blood from their feet and make them lighter, so they could outrun a caribou.
But despite their superior strength and size, the Tuniit were shy. They were “easily put to flight and it was seldom heard that they killed others,” according to one storyteller in the book “Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut.” The Inuit took over the best hunting camps and displaced the conflict-averse Tuniit. Soon enough, these strange people disappeared from the land.
This week, the prestigious journal Science published an unprecedented paleogenomic study that resolves long-held questions about the people of the prehistoric Arctic. By analyzing DNA from 169 ancient human specimens from Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Greenland, the researchers concluded that a series of Paleo-Eskimo cultures known as the Pre-Dorset and Dorset were actually one population who lived with great success in the eastern Arctic for 4,000 years — until disappearing suddenly a couple generations after the ancestors of the modern Inuit appeared, around 1200 A.D. There is no evidence the two groups interbred.
The Dorset are almost certainly the Tuniit of Inuit oral history.
“The outcome of the genetic analysis is completely in agreement, namely that the Paleo-Eskimos are a different people,” says Eske Willerslev, a co-author of the Science study.
It’s not the first time his genomic research has synchronized neatly with indigenous oral traditions.
In February, when Willerslev and colleagues announced they had sequenced the genome of a 12,500-year-old skeleton found in Montana, the results showed that nearly all South and North American indigenous populations were related to this ancient American. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow tribe of Montana, said at the time: “This discovery basically confirms what tribes have never really doubted — that we’ve been here since time immemorial, and that all the artifacts and objects in the ground are remnants of our direct ancestors.” The sequenced genome of an Aboriginal from Australia also revealed findings in line with the local communities’ oral histories, Willerslev says.
“Scientists are sitting around and academically discussing different theories about peopling of Americas, and you have all these different views on how many migrations, and who is related to,” he says. “Then when we actually undertake the most sophisticated genetic analysis we can do today, and this is state of the art, genetically — we could have just have listened to them in the first place.”
He was laughing when he said that. But he and many others are serious when they say that scientists need to revaluate the weight they give traditional indigenous knowledge.
“This is a pretty common theme. It’s really surprising that scientists and general commentators don’t appreciate the knowledge collection and transmission of indigenous peoples, given the wealth of knowledge about medicine, physiology, geology, earth sciences, wind patterns, ice fluctuations — the incredible scope of knowledge that indigenous people have and have sustained them in North America for tens of thousands of years,” says Hayden King, director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and a member of the Beausoleil First Nation on Georgian Bay.
“It defies logic that this knowledge they’ve generated and transmitted wouldn’t be accurate and helpful in myriad ways.”



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mindblowingscience:

When science meets aboriginal oral history

In Inuit oral history, the Tuniit loom both large and small.

They inhabited the Arctic before the Inuit came, and they were a different stock of people — taller and stronger, with the muscularity of polar bears, the stories say. A Tuniit man could lift a 1,000 pound seal on his back, or drag a whole walrus. Others say the Tuniit slept with their legs in the air to drain the blood from their feet and make them lighter, so they could outrun a caribou.

But despite their superior strength and size, the Tuniit were shy. They were “easily put to flight and it was seldom heard that they killed others,” according to one storyteller in the book “Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut.” The Inuit took over the best hunting camps and displaced the conflict-averse Tuniit. Soon enough, these strange people disappeared from the land.

This week, the prestigious journal Science published an unprecedented paleogenomic study that resolves long-held questions about the people of the prehistoric Arctic. By analyzing DNA from 169 ancient human specimens from Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Greenland, the researchers concluded that a series of Paleo-Eskimo cultures known as the Pre-Dorset and Dorset were actually one population who lived with great success in the eastern Arctic for 4,000 years — until disappearing suddenly a couple generations after the ancestors of the modern Inuit appeared, around 1200 A.D. There is no evidence the two groups interbred.

The Dorset are almost certainly the Tuniit of Inuit oral history.

“The outcome of the genetic analysis is completely in agreement, namely that the Paleo-Eskimos are a different people,” says Eske Willerslev, a co-author of the Science study.

It’s not the first time his genomic research has synchronized neatly with indigenous oral traditions.

In February, when Willerslev and colleagues announced they had sequenced the genome of a 12,500-year-old skeleton found in Montana, the results showed that nearly all South and North American indigenous populations were related to this ancient American. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow tribe of Montana, said at the time: “This discovery basically confirms what tribes have never really doubted — that we’ve been here since time immemorial, and that all the artifacts and objects in the ground are remnants of our direct ancestors.” The sequenced genome of an Aboriginal from Australia also revealed findings in line with the local communities’ oral histories, Willerslev says.

“Scientists are sitting around and academically discussing different theories about peopling of Americas, and you have all these different views on how many migrations, and who is related to,” he says. “Then when we actually undertake the most sophisticated genetic analysis we can do today, and this is state of the art, genetically — we could have just have listened to them in the first place.”

He was laughing when he said that. But he and many others are serious when they say that scientists need to revaluate the weight they give traditional indigenous knowledge.

“This is a pretty common theme. It’s really surprising that scientists and general commentators don’t appreciate the knowledge collection and transmission of indigenous peoples, given the wealth of knowledge about medicine, physiology, geology, earth sciences, wind patterns, ice fluctuations — the incredible scope of knowledge that indigenous people have and have sustained them in North America for tens of thousands of years,” says Hayden King, director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and a member of the Beausoleil First Nation on Georgian Bay.

“It defies logic that this knowledge they’ve generated and transmitted wouldn’t be accurate and helpful in myriad ways.”

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#yes this 

shitrichcollegekidssay:

The conversation around these photos can not be limited to the violent way in which these photos were obtained and the attempts to justify their consumption. We need recognize the reason these types of photos are actively sought after.

There is a very specific reason that men seek leaked nude photos of celebrities. There is a specific reason that ‘revenge porn’ is so popular. The men who consume this media derive pleasure from the humiliation of these women. They derive pleasure from the violation of privacy. They derive pleasure from the lack of consent.

Men specifically seek these types of photos to obtaining pleasure from the sexual assault of women.

- Mod N

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My hobby: imagining the changes I’d make in policy if I was Supreme Empress Ruler of the World.

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