thunderrhapsody:

Twelve’s first words upon awaking in “Listen” were the Fourth Doctor’s first words after regenerating.

does that mean he hasn’t stopped the sontarans perverting the course of human history yet?

(Source: doctorwhogifs)

pie-and-perdition:

sekahyyh:

cardsofclow:

decencybedamned:

HELLO FANFIC AUTHORS IT’S TIME FOR A VOCAB LESSON

  • wantonsexually immodest or promiscuous
  • wontona type of dumpling commonly found in Chinese cuisines

YOUR CHARACTERS SHOULD NOT BE MOANING LIKE A CHINESE DUMPLING OKAY THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT

either way, things are sure gonna get

steamy

GET OUT

no come back that was gold

portraitsofmiddleeast:

Back to school in Gaza: As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza on Sunday, Azhar recited a poem eulogising her father, killed by Israeli shelling in the enclave’s recent conflict.

"Daddy, what can I tell you, if I say I love you it’s not enough," the nine-year-old, who was beginning the fourth grade, read to a classroom of teary children."Today is the first day of school, so even though my dad was martyred in the war — I’m happy," she told AFP with a smile.

Azhar’s father Tamer Jundiyeh was killed in an air strike on the Shejaiya neighbourhood, orphaning her and her five younger siblings.

"I’m scared the war will start again," she told AFP, recalling the missiles from Israeli aircraft that hit her house and killed her father.

Azhar’s classmate Isra shook as she spoke of the Israeli raid that killed her grandfather and aunt.

"The martyrs and wounded were lying in front of us, we were very scared," the nine-year-old told AFP. "My grandfather and auntie Layla were killed, I saw them in our house."

Another classmate, Doa, had lost her school uniform after her house was destroyed, and came to class wearing regular clothes.

commander-mahariel:

Do you ever think about your OTP having muffled, rough sex against a wall

Because I do

loodletooboodleroodlesoodle:

mangomartyr:

loodletooboodleroodlesoodle:

santullianal:

This honestly made me tear up. Imagining how great he must have felt that his planned worked and choosing that risk paid off.
I also feel like him and the model have such good chemistry, they’re always so kind and loving to one another.

Holy shit what did he do?? That’s rad as hell!

Since the runway was going to have simulated rain, he wanted to make the outfit become colorful because of it rather than deflect it. He sewed dye into the seams and once the rain hit it the dye ran! Very simple but super effective. He was one of the two winners of that challenge.

Absolutely brilliant. Holy shit.

eschergirls:

kitty-cat-angel:

I found this picture on a lunchbox at a convention I went to this weekend. I couldn’t wrap my head around the pose so I tried to draw it from the side. I regret that decision wholeheartedly.

This picture has been on Escher Girls before, and it’s just bizarre now as before. The side view make it look even weirder.

Maybe it implies the lunch that’s found inside will be lopsided.

(Original image from Intron Depot 1, Masamune Shirow)

thesmilingfish:

bitchwhoyoukiddin:

doctorscienceknowsfandom:

rainewynd:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

dorothyoz39:

thesmilingfish:

thesmilingfish:

Quite possibly the most unfriendly looking behind the scenes picture ever. 

I can’t find the link, but I remember reading something about Joe arguing with Mallozzi about Sheppard not knowing there was an all female SG team under his command was disrespectful to his character and that Sheppard would know who were on what teams and that it was a hit to his character all for a stupid joke. Turns out Joe F. was right because the ‘joke’ fell flat and left fans perplexed at Sheppard lack of knowledge.
I could be misremembering though, so hello world at large please feel free to correct me.

I remember reading exactly the same thing!
Reading about Atlantis is a constant reminder of how much Mallozzi and Co screwed up by ignoring Joe. This is just one example, killing Weir is probably the biggest of them…

Joe fought them over the killing off Elizabeth and Carson as well. Joe has said at conventions this was about the time that they stopped telling him things - and so probably it’s close to the end of them stopping listening to him as well. It’s frustrating because at that point Joe was a lot more invested in the show than the actual show runners who were already planning out SGU. 

Another problem Flanigan had with Mallozzi around this time was the issue of behind the scenes photographs. As you can see with this one, it has the MGM watermark. The actors’ contracts clearly stated that only MGM and SciFi had permission to take BTS photos and use them for promo purposes. 
Mallozzi, however, had started taking photos of his own of the cast and crew and was posting them on his personal blog without their permission, without recompense, for his own benefit and profit, and in direct violation of the actors’ contracts.
Naturally, the cast and crew were upset about Mallozzi using these photos to drive traffic to his personal blog but no one really wanted to call him on it given that Mallozzi and Paul Mullie were co-executive producers and had been since Season 2 (during Season 1, they were consulting producers with Michael Greenburg and N. John Smith as Executive producers). 
So cast and crew quietly asked Flanigan to speak to Mallozzi on their behalf. Whether they asked him because he was the union shop foreman, or the show’s star, or they thought he’d be the most persuasive is open to conjecture. They asked and Flanigan spoke to Mallozzi, who didn’t take it well at all.
He did stop taking photos on set without permission — he certainly never took another photo of Joe Flanigan — but when he did, and when he posted said photos to his blog, he made a point of saying (with truculent asides) that he had permission from the actors, that he wasn’t trying to profit from them, and (I’m paraphrasing here) wasn’t it sad that some people had to spoil the fun for everyone.
It was all downhill for Flanigan and Sheppard from there.
Yes, TPTB stopped listening to Flanigan, and Sheppard was not only disrespected as a character but virtually pushed aside throughout Season 5. Not just because of Universe but because Mallozzi held a grudge. It’s all there on his blog. I read it in real time and was appalled by Mallozzi’s childish behavior. 
Mallozzi violated the actors’ contracts, got called on it, and took it out on the one person who said something to him, even though Flanigan was speaking for them all. Sad.

Well, damn. I’d forgotten about that. Does it make me a bad person that I am gleeful that Mallozzi and co. have, for the most part, found zero work in the entertainment industry since SGU went off the air?
This just adds to the pissoffedness I had when I found out that Joe F. had a group of investors and was trying to negotiate with MGM to do SGA. From what I’ve pieced together it was probably around the same time that Devilin and Emmerich were in meetings for their own Stargate movie reboot - and MGM decided to go with two failed producers. (Seriously, they have more misses than hits in their catalog.) 
So now we’re sitting here with a dilemma. The reboot we never wanted. The reboot we were hoping for - with someone besides the old PTB at the helm. If the movie does badly does that put a kibosh on any more Stargate for the foreseeable future? If the movie does well does that mean we’ll just get more of the movies that completely ignore 17 years worth of television canon?
Someone smarter than me, which is pretty much anyone reading this, needs to explain to me what the best course of action is for fandom in general with this. Petitions aren’t going to do shit - I know that much. We’re pretty much guaranteed that MGM didn’t give the exclusive rights to the franchise to D&E - this is one of their biggest franchises and they’re going to hold on to it tightly. But what can we do to show MGM what we really want? It needs to be a concentrated effort and not spread out to include SG-1 and SGU because that’s just too much to ask for off the bat I would think. Specifics would be best I would imagine. But at the end of the day from MGM’s POV it’s all about the bottom line. Will it make money? That’s all they really care about. How do we go about, as a fandom, engaging the studio and revitalizing the fandom?
Wow. This reblogging of a picture because I was having private conversations with someone about “Whispers” really took off in a heavy yet delightfully unexpected way. 

The thing is: it doesn’t matter if an SGA reboots makes money. MGM believes it won’t. Wright and Cooper had no faith in it. Mallozzi and Pullie had no faith in it. They had no faith in the fans. 
"This is not the demographic we’re looking for." — Brad Wright, as he canceled SGA to make way for SGU.
They wanted the male 18-25 demo, the emo boy gamers in Mom’s basement. What they didn’t realize, what they still don’t realize, is that Mom’s the old school sci fi reader. Mom writes the fanfic. Mom has the money.
But they don’t know how to write to our demographic. They never did. They tried to put Amanda Tapping in a push-up bra and a tank top and she refused, thank whatever gods you chose. Because that’s how they write women: for men. For adolescent men. Not for women or people of color. 
So, no, they won’t listen to us. That’s why the petitions didn’t work. That’s why email campaigns won’t work. We’re not the demographic they want, even though we’re the demographic with the money to spend, with the ability to invest, and the interest to do so. Nearly two decades of time, energy, and money later, and they still don’t get that their fan base is mostly women, 25 and up. 
If they aren’t willing to hire female writers, listen to professional women storytellers, why the hell would they listen to us?

Which is just…ignoring the fact that the best shows, period, appeal to everyone. What makes Star Trek enduring, to me, is that it made you feel like you could dream to be any of the crew (and I’m not counting the reboot here). When SGA killed off Weir, they killed off a lot of my interest in the show because it said they didn’t want that character at all or anyone like her.

They don’t want us, because most of that stuff about being motivated by the bottom line and profits is just a cover story. What they really want is to do something that impresses their friends — and by “friends” I mean “powerful white men they *wish* were their friends”. It’s all, *all* about performing masculinity — and because our culture has a subtractive definition of masculinity, any interest by women automatically makes a thing (activity, art, posture, emotion, whatever) less masculine. So it’s *really important* to not just appeal to young men, but to drive away women, especially older women.
I have also heard it said that the reason the advertising industry focuses so relentlessly on males, especially younger males, is that they are suckers. They are more influenced by brands and ads than women are, and more likely to impulse buy.
Women are taught to shop — by our mothers, peers, and culture. It’s a skill we’re expected to practice and hone, to become canny consumers in a consumer culture. Because shopping skills are gendered feminine, being brand-loyal and impulsive becomes gendered masculine, which makes men even more prone to be suckers as consumers. And that means ads aimed at men are more likely to pay off.

Yeah, Mallozzi et al just.  No.  And the above doesn’t even really dig into the incredibly shitty behavior the SG producers displayed towards the female cast members.  It touches on it a bit, but through the lens of how poorly Flannigan was treated.  And I have to say that compared to his female coworkers and cast members, Flannigan got off LIGHT.  Torri Higginson was flat out FIRED from a show where she was touted as the main female lead.  Let me reiterate that: SHE WAS THE MAIN BILLED FEMALE LEAD.  As for Rachel Lutrell, just.  Her whole character (similar to Teal’c’s but her creation was at least 6+ years from when that character was laid out) was stupidly undefined and horribly underwritten.  She was an ~alien leader~ and ~Sheppard’s love interest~ (I was there for that press, and YES THAT WAS HOW SHE WAS BILLED) and just.  *shakes head*
Yeah, there’s a reason I check producer/writing credits on stuff that I’m interested in watching to make sure Mallozzi and Wright aren’t involved.  Same with Brandon Braga.  They have precedent for treating women like add-ons rather than characters, and I’m voting with my wallet against them.  (And do we want to talk about how SGU pulled some seriously terrible sexual consent shenanigans, fans called them on it, and then those fans got blamed when the show didn’t continue because the producers thought they were butt-hurt from SGA being cancelled?  Like, guys, PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO BE OFFENDED AND NOT LIKE YOUR THING AND NOT WATCH YOUR THING.)
Basically, this is poorly argued, but the SG Producers are toxic gross people and I’m glad they’ve not had work.  Ugh, they are gross.

I’ve been watching what the Teen Wolf fans are going through with their show runner and the extremely bad public relations from the show and the network and it keeps running parallel with how awful Mallozzi was. And that was before social media exploded on the Internet. (Just imagine what SGA fandom would have been like if Tumblr had been around back in the day.)
Here’s an example from Mallozzi’s April 29, 2007 blog entry regarding Higginson’s termination and Tapping being shunted over to SGA:

Anonymous #5 writes: “So you have no problem with an equally capabale (or possibly more capable) actress being out of work so TPTB can keep their golden child in the franchise?”
Answer: I’ve already made it perfectly clear that the decision to bring Carter aboard was in no way connected to the decision regarding Weir. Nevertheless, feel free to cling to whatever wild, unsubstantiated theory makes you feel all warm, tingly and, oh yeah, superior.

Seriously, that’s not the worst thing he’s said to fans when engaging them on his website.
The man is an unmitigated ass.

thesmilingfish:

bitchwhoyoukiddin:

doctorscienceknowsfandom:

rainewynd:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

dorothyoz39:

thesmilingfish:

thesmilingfish:

Quite possibly the most unfriendly looking behind the scenes picture ever. 

I can’t find the link, but I remember reading something about Joe arguing with Mallozzi about Sheppard not knowing there was an all female SG team under his command was disrespectful to his character and that Sheppard would know who were on what teams and that it was a hit to his character all for a stupid joke. Turns out Joe F. was right because the ‘joke’ fell flat and left fans perplexed at Sheppard lack of knowledge.

I could be misremembering though, so hello world at large please feel free to correct me.

I remember reading exactly the same thing!

Reading about Atlantis is a constant reminder of how much Mallozzi and Co screwed up by ignoring Joe. This is just one example, killing Weir is probably the biggest of them…

Joe fought them over the killing off Elizabeth and Carson as well. Joe has said at conventions this was about the time that they stopped telling him things - and so probably it’s close to the end of them stopping listening to him as well. It’s frustrating because at that point Joe was a lot more invested in the show than the actual show runners who were already planning out SGU. 

Another problem Flanigan had with Mallozzi around this time was the issue of behind the scenes photographs. As you can see with this one, it has the MGM watermark. The actors’ contracts clearly stated that only MGM and SciFi had permission to take BTS photos and use them for promo purposes. 

Mallozzi, however, had started taking photos of his own of the cast and crew and was posting them on his personal blog without their permission, without recompense, for his own benefit and profit, and in direct violation of the actors’ contracts.

Naturally, the cast and crew were upset about Mallozzi using these photos to drive traffic to his personal blog but no one really wanted to call him on it given that Mallozzi and Paul Mullie were co-executive producers and had been since Season 2 (during Season 1, they were consulting producers with Michael Greenburg and N. John Smith as Executive producers). 

So cast and crew quietly asked Flanigan to speak to Mallozzi on their behalf. Whether they asked him because he was the union shop foreman, or the show’s star, or they thought he’d be the most persuasive is open to conjecture. They asked and Flanigan spoke to Mallozzi, who didn’t take it well at all.

He did stop taking photos on set without permission — he certainly never took another photo of Joe Flanigan — but when he did, and when he posted said photos to his blog, he made a point of saying (with truculent asides) that he had permission from the actors, that he wasn’t trying to profit from them, and (I’m paraphrasing here) wasn’t it sad that some people had to spoil the fun for everyone.

It was all downhill for Flanigan and Sheppard from there.

Yes, TPTB stopped listening to Flanigan, and Sheppard was not only disrespected as a character but virtually pushed aside throughout Season 5. Not just because of Universe but because Mallozzi held a grudge. It’s all there on his blog. I read it in real time and was appalled by Mallozzi’s childish behavior. 

Mallozzi violated the actors’ contracts, got called on it, and took it out on the one person who said something to him, even though Flanigan was speaking for them all. Sad.

Well, damn. I’d forgotten about that. Does it make me a bad person that I am gleeful that Mallozzi and co. have, for the most part, found zero work in the entertainment industry since SGU went off the air?

This just adds to the pissoffedness I had when I found out that Joe F. had a group of investors and was trying to negotiate with MGM to do SGA. From what I’ve pieced together it was probably around the same time that Devilin and Emmerich were in meetings for their own Stargate movie reboot - and MGM decided to go with two failed producers. (Seriously, they have more misses than hits in their catalog.) 

So now we’re sitting here with a dilemma. The reboot we never wanted. The reboot we were hoping for - with someone besides the old PTB at the helm. If the movie does badly does that put a kibosh on any more Stargate for the foreseeable future? If the movie does well does that mean we’ll just get more of the movies that completely ignore 17 years worth of television canon?

Someone smarter than me, which is pretty much anyone reading this, needs to explain to me what the best course of action is for fandom in general with this. Petitions aren’t going to do shit - I know that much. We’re pretty much guaranteed that MGM didn’t give the exclusive rights to the franchise to D&E - this is one of their biggest franchises and they’re going to hold on to it tightly. But what can we do to show MGM what we really want? It needs to be a concentrated effort and not spread out to include SG-1 and SGU because that’s just too much to ask for off the bat I would think. Specifics would be best I would imagine. But at the end of the day from MGM’s POV it’s all about the bottom line. Will it make money? That’s all they really care about. How do we go about, as a fandom, engaging the studio and revitalizing the fandom?

Wow. This reblogging of a picture because I was having private conversations with someone about “Whispers” really took off in a heavy yet delightfully unexpected way. 

The thing is: it doesn’t matter if an SGA reboots makes money. MGM believes it won’t. Wright and Cooper had no faith in it. Mallozzi and Pullie had no faith in it. They had no faith in the fans. 

"This is not the demographic we’re looking for." — Brad Wright, as he canceled SGA to make way for SGU.

They wanted the male 18-25 demo, the emo boy gamers in Mom’s basement. What they didn’t realize, what they still don’t realize, is that Mom’s the old school sci fi reader. Mom writes the fanfic. Mom has the money.

But they don’t know how to write to our demographic. They never did. They tried to put Amanda Tapping in a push-up bra and a tank top and she refused, thank whatever gods you chose. Because that’s how they write women: for men. For adolescent men. Not for women or people of color. 

So, no, they won’t listen to us. That’s why the petitions didn’t work. That’s why email campaigns won’t work. We’re not the demographic they want, even though we’re the demographic with the money to spend, with the ability to invest, and the interest to do so. Nearly two decades of time, energy, and money later, and they still don’t get that their fan base is mostly women, 25 and up. 

If they aren’t willing to hire female writers, listen to professional women storytellers, why the hell would they listen to us?

Which is just…ignoring the fact that the best shows, period, appeal to everyone. What makes Star Trek enduring, to me, is that it made you feel like you could dream to be any of the crew (and I’m not counting the reboot here). When SGA killed off Weir, they killed off a lot of my interest in the show because it said they didn’t want that character at all or anyone like her.

They don’t want us, because most of that stuff about being motivated by the bottom line and profits is just a cover story. What they really want is to do something that impresses their friends — and by “friends” I mean “powerful white men they *wish* were their friends”. It’s all, *all* about performing masculinity — and because our culture has a subtractive definition of masculinity, any interest by women automatically makes a thing (activity, art, posture, emotion, whatever) less masculine. So it’s *really important* to not just appeal to young men, but to drive away women, especially older women.

I have also heard it said that the reason the advertising industry focuses so relentlessly on males, especially younger males, is that they are suckers. They are more influenced by brands and ads than women are, and more likely to impulse buy.

Women are taught to shop — by our mothers, peers, and culture. It’s a skill we’re expected to practice and hone, to become canny consumers in a consumer culture. Because shopping skills are gendered feminine, being brand-loyal and impulsive becomes gendered masculine, which makes men even more prone to be suckers as consumers. And that means ads aimed at men are more likely to pay off.

Yeah, Mallozzi et al just.  No.  And the above doesn’t even really dig into the incredibly shitty behavior the SG producers displayed towards the female cast members.  It touches on it a bit, but through the lens of how poorly Flannigan was treated.  And I have to say that compared to his female coworkers and cast members, Flannigan got off LIGHT.  Torri Higginson was flat out FIRED from a show where she was touted as the main female lead.  Let me reiterate that: SHE WAS THE MAIN BILLED FEMALE LEAD.  As for Rachel Lutrell, just.  Her whole character (similar to Teal’c’s but her creation was at least 6+ years from when that character was laid out) was stupidly undefined and horribly underwritten.  She was an ~alien leader~ and ~Sheppard’s love interest~ (I was there for that press, and YES THAT WAS HOW SHE WAS BILLED) and just.  *shakes head*

Yeah, there’s a reason I check producer/writing credits on stuff that I’m interested in watching to make sure Mallozzi and Wright aren’t involved.  Same with Brandon Braga.  They have precedent for treating women like add-ons rather than characters, and I’m voting with my wallet against them.  (And do we want to talk about how SGU pulled some seriously terrible sexual consent shenanigans, fans called them on it, and then those fans got blamed when the show didn’t continue because the producers thought they were butt-hurt from SGA being cancelled?  Like, guys, PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO BE OFFENDED AND NOT LIKE YOUR THING AND NOT WATCH YOUR THING.)

Basically, this is poorly argued, but the SG Producers are toxic gross people and I’m glad they’ve not had work.  Ugh, they are gross.

I’ve been watching what the Teen Wolf fans are going through with their show runner and the extremely bad public relations from the show and the network and it keeps running parallel with how awful Mallozzi was. And that was before social media exploded on the Internet. (Just imagine what SGA fandom would have been like if Tumblr had been around back in the day.)

Here’s an example from Mallozzi’s April 29, 2007 blog entry regarding Higginson’s termination and Tapping being shunted over to SGA:

Anonymous #5 writes: “So you have no problem with an equally capabale (or possibly more capable) actress being out of work so TPTB can keep their golden child in the franchise?”

Answer: I’ve already made it perfectly clear that the decision to bring Carter aboard was in no way connected to the decision regarding Weir. Nevertheless, feel free to cling to whatever wild, unsubstantiated theory makes you feel all warm, tingly and, oh yeah, superior.

Seriously, that’s not the worst thing he’s said to fans when engaging them on his website.

The man is an unmitigated ass.

the-write-ideas:

Key Card Homes Prompt: 

In a futuristic society, everyone walks around with house key cards. All houses from the outside look the same. But when you insert your key card into the lock, it reads your information and creates your specific home inside.
Since all houses from the outside are the same, so long as the house is currently vacant, you can insert your key into any home and get your house on the inside.
You can tell if a house is vacant or not by the color of the bar by the door. If the bar is green, the house is vacant and you can insert your card and be home. If the bar is red, someone else’s key is already in the house and people are currently living inside it.

Plots to Explore:
The biggest question in this reality is: What happens if someone pulls a key out while people are inside? 
Does the data get corrupted? Is the house lost? Are the people trapped inside? Are the people killed? Are the people scrambled/rewritten? Can homes or the people inside them be hacked? How does the society deal with this type of thing happening? Are there laws in place to punish people for it? Can it happen by accident? What happens to someone if they accidentally yank a card? Or if they are framed? What if someone goes crazy and starts yanking cards on a bloodless massacre? What if a kidnapping ring starts up? What if someone is a kidnap victim?

Play around with it! The possibilities are pretty much endless! (So long as you are willing to ignore the plot hole that there should be more security to prevent these incidents from happening… But, as we know from the recent Apple scandal, if it exists in cyberspace, there’s somehow a way for it to be hacked - or corrupted.)

*This steams from a prompt I read a long time ago. I can’t remember from where, though. If anyone recognizes it and can link me to the source material, please send me a message [here].

the-write-ideas:

Key Card Homes Prompt:

In a futuristic society, everyone walks around with house key cards. All houses from the outside look the same. But when you insert your key card into the lock, it reads your information and creates your specific home inside.

Since all houses from the outside are the same, so long as the house is currently vacant, you can insert your key into any home and get your house on the inside.

You can tell if a house is vacant or not by the color of the bar by the door. If the bar is green, the house is vacant and you can insert your card and be home. If the bar is red, someone else’s key is already in the house and people are currently living inside it.

Plots to Explore:

The biggest question in this reality is: What happens if someone pulls a key out while people are inside?

Does the data get corrupted? Is the house lost? Are the people trapped inside? Are the people killed? Are the people scrambled/rewritten? Can homes or the people inside them be hacked? How does the society deal with this type of thing happening? Are there laws in place to punish people for it? Can it happen by accident? What happens to someone if they accidentally yank a card? Or if they are framed? What if someone goes crazy and starts yanking cards on a bloodless massacre? What if a kidnapping ring starts up? What if someone is a kidnap victim?

Play around with it! The possibilities are pretty much endless! (So long as you are willing to ignore the plot hole that there should be more security to prevent these incidents from happening… But, as we know from the recent Apple scandal, if it exists in cyberspace, there’s somehow a way for it to be hacked - or corrupted.)

*This steams from a prompt I read a long time ago. I can’t remember from where, though. If anyone recognizes it and can link me to the source material, please send me a message [here].

helenofdestroy:

Grüner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, AustriaIn the winter you’ll find crisp, tranquil grasslands and lake that is only about 3 to 6 feet deep.  However, during the spring, when the temperature rises and the snow melts, the basin of land below the mountains fills with water. The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 40 feet from mid-May to June and is claimed to look the most beautiful at this time.