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Jan 1

I need a t-shirt, “I don’t shave for Sherlock Holm…

I need a t-shirt, “I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes.”

Why do customers have an incessant need to fill in a supposed awkward silence? Say hi to me, sure, then tell me you’re looking for a certain book title by a certain author (don’t just say a book title without making it a complete sentence of intention) in that order, but if you’re going to give me other info that won’t help in the book search, like why you want it or what it’s about or who the publisher is, then shush.

And don’t get me started on asking for my name or telling me yours! You don’t need mine* and I’m going to forget yours immediately.

*Unless they’re giving the manager positive (or negative) feedback, which almost never happens.

kateordie:

My boss at Strange Adventures found, amidst the treasure trove that is his office, this set of Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli’s long out-of-print 2002 Christmas cards, featuring Neil’s “Nicholas Was…” short story from Smoke and Mirrors. It’s morbid, weird, and wonderful - and I’ve been told to give it away!

How to win!

Reblog this post and add the following things:

- Your name
- Who you would send a Christmas card this disturbing, and why

You must have:

- An open ask box or easily-found email address, so I can tell you you’ve won
- A mailing address anywhere on earth that you’re willing to give me

I will pick a winner this Friday, Nov 29th and announce it at 1:00pm EST.

Good luck!

Benjamin

I’d send it to my best friend who would totally enjoy this kind of twisted humor!

chookiemunster:

Doctor Who | 50 Years Running <3 by perpetualpanda

Oct 2
"Here, hang on to these for me will ya?"
"What? Gross!"
"I&#8217;ll be right back. Reeboooot!"

Superman: Metropolis Showdown set review spoofs How It Should Have Ended. (@3:31)

"Here, hang on to these for me will ya?"

"What? Gross!"

"I’ll be right back. Reeboooot!"

Superman: Metropolis Showdown set review spoofs How It Should Have Ended. (@3:31)

Bibliophile: I’ve been seeing some John Green hate floating around here. I’ve not...

booksandrelatednonsense:

I’ve been seeing some John Green hate floating around here. I’ve not investigated fully, but my understanding is that people disagree with his use of the word ‘slut’ in The Fault in Our Stars. Apparently this demonstrates John’s inherent misogyny because it demonstrates slut-shaming, and even though it is a character making the statement, John by extension is a slut-shamer because he wrote it.

That’s frakking ridiculous.

That’s like saying that Stephen King and Steig Larsson condone rape, or that Suzane Collins condones kids killing each other in a televised death match, or that JK Rowling supports racial cleansing - simply because some of their characters do. You need to remember that these characters are constructed by the author to tell a story. They do not necessarily represent the author’s views. Regardless of whether they do or not, the fact that certain characters are constructed as bad or immoral in the book should indicate that, when the author has them say something ‘problematic’ then the author is probably condemning that thing.

The ‘slut-shaming’ quote comes from Peter Van Houten, in a letter to Augustus. The whole quote (and this is why I particularly hate these critics - they’ve taken a sentence out of context and used it to justify their argument) is a response to a Shakespeare quote about “sluttish time”

“While we’re on the topic of old Will’s insufficiencies, your writing about young Hazel reminds me of the Bard’s Fifty-fifth sonnet, which of course begins, “Not marble, nor the gilded monuments / Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; / But you shall shine more bright in these contents / Than unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time.” (Off topic, but: What a slut time is. She screws everybody.)”

Essentially, this apparent slut-shaming is an extension of a popular sonnet written by Shakespeare (who probably didn’t know that slut-shaming was going to be a thing).

Regardless of whether you believe that calling time a slut is ‘problematic’ (I guess because we’re afraid to hurt time’s feelings?) the fact remains that the quote is attributed to Peter Van Houten. It is not used during the narration (which we would assume to be John’s voice) but during a letter written in character as part of the larger narrative. Peter Van Houten, we later learn, is a class D douchebasket - an alcoholic, cruel, pretentious wanktard who takes a twisted pleasure in abusing his fans and denying closure to Hazel. So if the quote is attributed to a character who is constructed in the narrative as a negative one, what does that say about John’s decision to write that particular line?

In Stephen King’s memoir/writing manual On Writing, he talks about the propensity of readers to attribute the world views of his antagonists to him. In response to criticism of Dead Zone, where he had a character kick a dog to death, he writes:

I wrote back to these folks, pointing out the usual things: (a) Greg Stillson wasn’t real; (b) the dog wasn’t real; (c) I myself had never in my life put the boot to one of my pets, or anyone else’s. I also pointed out what might have been a little less obvious – it was important to establish, right up front, that Gregory Ammas Stillson was an extremely dangerous man, and very good at camouflage

King’s point is that characters are always constructed by the author in certain ways for specific reasons. Bad characters (although we sympathise with Van Houten, you can’t deny his douchery) are meant to critique certain things or engage the reader with certain issues. John’s books are meant to make us think - and maybe the slut-shaming line was thrown in to make us think about that part of social discourse. Or maybe it was meant to show Van Houten’s pretensiousness when he presumes to add bland, half-assed commentary to one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Or maybe later, when Hazel applauds Van Houten’s description of “the sluttishness of time” it’s meant to demonstrate her propensity towards pretention - which has been noted as one of her main character flaws.

Either way, to attribute the world views of a negative character to the author demonstrates a, frankly, rather immature response to the inherent constructed nature of narrative. You can quote me on that.

THIS is why I am so annoyed whenever someone posts a quotation from a book and instead of attributing the quotation to the character they credit the author. Which is just entirely inaccurate.

fishingboatproceeds:

Swinging with Hazel and Gus.

Lonely, vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of&#8230; adults.

fishingboatproceeds:

Swinging with Hazel and Gus.

Lonely, vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of… adults.

Are you telling me that you built a time machine out of LEGO bricks?

Ever since LEGO introduced Cuusoo, fan ideas for many licensed themes popped up. Just how far would LEGO go? Back to 1955 at 88 miles per hour apparently, for they approved the DeLorean time meachine from Back to the Future, and many fans rejoiced. Because if you’re going to build a time machine out of LEGO, why not do it with some style? While I personally feel Cuusoo should be used for original ideas instead of licensed themes that would, in theory, cost LEGO some money for royalties, I can not scoff at the DeLorean for its excellent source material, the build, and price. We’ve got a Back to the Future set!

Set Review: Cuusoo 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine

Aug 9

Awesome comic commission by the lovely Lady Kopaka. Go check out the rest of her work! (And buy commissions!)

Aug 6
thebartolonomicron:

Brickfair.

Is one of these yours? I know there&#8217;s someone in Manassas driving around with &#8220;LEGOGUY&#8221; as his plate but I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;ve seen him at the local LUG meetings.

thebartolonomicron:

Brickfair.

Is one of these yours? I know there’s someone in Manassas driving around with “LEGOGUY” as his plate but I don’t think I’ve seen him at the local LUG meetings.

gameshrimp:

If any of you remember the original Bionicle toys and recognize who this is, you’re the best and you win all the things. 8D
For those who aren’t familiar, here’s more info!

Woooow.

gameshrimp:

If any of you remember the original Bionicle toys and recognize who this is, you’re the best and you win all the things. 8D

For those who aren’t familiar, here’s more info!

Woooow.

Jul 3
abolishabortion:

We will #exposeCPCs for what they really are - places where women in crisis can go to find free resources and encouragement.

abolishabortion:

We will #exposeCPCs for what they really are - places where women in crisis can go to find free resources and encouragement.

theforgiveninexcusables:

I’m all for women making their own choices about their own bodies

until that choice ends a life

then I’m against it