playthesims:

You guys, I’m leaving for Canada TOMORROW

I’m not panicking. Who me? Totally not panicking. Pshh, I’m fiiiiiine

*fast breathing*

Friendly reminder that tumblr user kaitlynn playthesims is ON HER WAY TO MY ABODE AS WE SPEAK

OR TRYING

they delayed her first flight and had to put her on a different plane for her second, so she’s gonna be about 4 hours late, with hella layovers in between

WHATEVER, AIR CANADA

recherchereveperdu tagged me in a meme, and it’s a very fun meme that I’d been hoping someone would tag me in so I’d have an excuse to do it! So thanks, recherchereveperdu :D

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

My 10 significant books/series:

1. Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (9 books, 10th on the way)

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (7 books)

3. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

5. Airborn trilogy by Kenneth Oppel (3 books)

6. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

7. Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

8. Waifs and Strays by Charles de Lint

9. The Withern Rise trilogy by Michael Lawrence

10. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

plus a note on exactly how these books tended to “touch” me or “stay with” me is after the cut

I am tagging: recherchereveperdu, playthesims, fayetastical, enterprising-gentleman, professorsparklepants, no9jazzst, rainywithachanceofstars, songofsunset, sapphirefiber, jenesaispourquoi, and dubiousculturalartifact! if you’ve already answered it, sorry—too many people to check :S feel free to pass it on to someone else, do 10 more books, or whatever you want, really.

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allthingslinguistic:

Weird Al Yankovic has a parody of “Blurred Lines” called “Word Crimes,” and it’s about language.  

The thing is, I wish I could believe that Weird Al was writing a sendup of people who make ridiculous prescriptive complaints about language with a few bonus grammatical terms. I wish I could believe that disliking hyperbolic “literally” or making a firm distinction between its and it’s was a harmless foible, just like hating the word “moist” or loving the sound of “cellar door.” I wish I could believe that everyone watching this video had progressed to ironic meta-prescriptivism, where we make fun of the people who make these judgements because we are accepting, even excited, about linguistic variation. I mean, it’s a catchy song, and dancing typography is pretty adorable.

But I can’t, because it’s not true. 

I’m not going to get into all the problems with prescriptivism here: beyond denying people job opportunities and fair treatment in courtI have six whole pages of posts in my archive that already do that.  But let’s take this opportunity to renew our determination to work towards a world in which videos like Word Crimes can be funny: because everyone recognizes that no one actually believes any of this stuff. 

(Sidenote: as the person who wrote a grammar of doge, I’m pretty baffled that whoever was making the music video at 0:54 thought that this was an example of doge. Just because it’s a genre that’s associated with Kids These Days doesn’t mean it doesn’t have conventions. Such fail. Wow.)

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On Human Resources

opalhonors:

geekhyena:

copperbadge:

outofcontextfundraising:

A: “Are you recruiting or kidnapping?”

B: “We’re kidnapping.”

C: “It’s so much more efficient that way.”

Well it is.

That would work surprisingly well, probably. Or not surprisingly, because no one can resist it. NO ONE CAN RESIST.

pumpkin bread???

Hey look, another hostage recruit!

jenesaispourquoi:

As enterprising-gentleman said, is it possible to marry a narration style?

(Do not read while other people are trying to sleep, because you will laugh and wake them up.)

the-average-gatsby:

alright you guys have posted some pretty bad jokes on here but not one comes close to this doozy

brace yourselves

so there’s a far-off place that consists of a perfectly triangular lake surrounded by land, with three kingdoms on the three sides of the lake. the first kingdom is rich and powerful, filled with wealthy, prosperous people. the second kingdom is more humble, but has its fair share of wealth and power, too. the third kingdom is struggling and poor, and barely has an army.

the kingdoms eventually go to war over control of the lake, as it’s a valuable resource to have. the first kingdom sends 100 of their finest knights, clad in the best armor and each with their own personal squire. the second kingdom sends 50 of their knights, with fine leather armor and a few dozen squires of their own. the third kingdom sends their one and only knight, an elderly warrior who has long since passed his prime, with his own personal squire.

the night before the big battle, the knights in the first kingdom drink and make merry, partying into the late hours of the night. the knights in the second kingdom aren’t as well off, but have their own supply of grog and also drink late into the night.

in the third camp, the faithful squire gets a rope and slings it over the branch of a tall tree, making a noose, and hangs a pot from it. he fills the pot with stew and has a humble dinner with the old knight.

the next morning, the knights in the first two kingdoms are hung over and unable to fight, while the knight in the third kingdom is old and weary, unable to get up. in place of the knights, the squires from all three kingdoms go and fight. the battle lasts long into the night, but by the time the dust settled, only one squire was left standing - the squire from the third kingdom.

and it just goes to show you that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides

playthesims:

Small children are the best humans.

They don’t care what you look like, or what you do with your life.

If they call you fat, usually there’s no negativity behind it. Like, hello, you are a human, and you are fat. That’s cool. Do you like race cars?

And if they call you by the wrong gender, they don’t do it again when you point out their mistake.

I think it’s all mostly because they understand that they’re still learning. That’s something that grown-ups don’t seem to get.

But kids are just like, “Oh, you’re gender/body shape/sexuality? My favorite color is yellow. Color ponies with me.”

veteratorianvillainy:

harmonyinkpress:

We’re seeking submissions of Young Adult stories with asexual/aromantic main characters! We’re looking for main characters ages 14-18 who experience positive character growth though the story.

Please see the information in the poster above or check our our submission guidelines.

See a more complete list of what we’re looking for at the original post. And please, give us feedback if there’s something you’d like to see that we’ve left out.

I will boost this as much as possible. Seeing ace stories when I was younger would have made a world of difference, and even now that I’m older and know what I identify as, there still aren’t enough stories about people like me. Kudos to HIP for being so proactive about the representation available through their publishing house.