Joanna. Northwestern University. Premedical. Cognitive Sciences. Psychology. Euphonium. Baritone Horn. Trumpet. Sigma Alpha Iota users online donate to support sarcoma research in honor of my cousin Kyla http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/KylaRae 11 Aug 1991 Marissa Ann 22 Feb 2010 8 Oct 1995 Kyla Rae 30 Apr 2012
this one time in art class we were painting and my teacher was like
"hannah take off your jacket id hate for you to get paint on your led zeppelin sweater"
and i was just like
Tumblr’s Romeo and Juliet hate-fest needs to stop.
Do a lot of people misinterpret R&J? Probably.
But the core of R&J’s conflicts lies not in horny teenagers. Their love does not cause the deaths in the play.
Lack of communication between generations does. The actions of their parents do. Mindless cycles of violence that they’re forced to perpetuate do. The fact that they kill themselves is horrific. Not because they just need to get a grip, but because their families make it clear that they hate the person they love, for no other reason than ingrained perceptions of who they are and where they come from.
Sound like anything we still have happening today?
Root for Romeo and Juliet. Want them to love each because they’ve found passion in a world that is constructed mostly of hate. Realize that the show is not about how stupid they are, but how the society they live in sucks.
That play still has a shit ton of relevance if people would stop dismissing it.
I don’t personally hate Romeo and Juliet. I also agree with everything here, but people need to stop misinterpreting it as a beautiful, romantic love story
IS TIME MOVING FASTER OR AM I JUST BECOMING MORE AWARE OF HOW SHORT A YEAR REALLY IS BECAUSE CHRIST ITS ALREADY JULY
Your years are getting shorter proportionally to your life. Every day, you’ve been alive more than you were a year before.
A year for a 1 year old is their WHOLE LIFE and a year for a 5 year old is 1/5th of their life. Your fractions just keep getting smaller, making your years seem shorter.
(N.B. This is probably something that other people have said before me, and better. But I just wanted to get it out.)
As much of a fan of Harry Potter as I am, one thing has always reeeeeally bothered me about the worldbuilding.
From a game design perspective, Quidditch is fundamentally broken. In fact, it seems to be a lot like Monopoly, in that in Wizarding culture it’s so traditional as to be sacrosanct, but the actual rules design sucks.
(Now, it’s been pointed out to me that Quidditch’s brokenness is JK Rowling’s intentional reference to the ridiculousness of cricket, which seems fair — and even if it wasn’t, one of the themes of the books is that Wizarding culture is traditional and stubborn to the point of self-destruction, so keep in mind that I’m not blaming JK Rowling, but rather the culture that she created, for the badness of the rules of Quidditch.)
Why is it bad? Because basically, the Seekers are the only ones that matter. Except in a few offhandedly mentioned corner cases, the Seeker that catches the Snitch wins the game, because otherwise your team has to be 300 points behind in which case you have no reason to want to catch the damn thing at all. The Keepers and Chasers barely matter at all, and the Beaters are pretty much only there to keep the heat off their team’s Seeker.
The thing that’s really frustrating, though, is that it’s such an easy fix. The secret to making the game fair, while keeping its essential flavor and increasing everyone’s usefulness? Make the Snitch worth zero points. It still ends the game, Seekers still exist, et cetera. But the Snitch isn’t worth anything, points-wise.
Now, with that one tiny rules change, how it would play out is this: The Chasers, Keepers, and Beaters are still trying to score as many points as they can. But for Seekers, the game is very different depending on whether your team is ahead or behind in the points. If you’re ahead, you’re trying to grab the Snitch and end the game before the other team catches up. If you’re behind, you’re running defense, distracting the other Seeker and keeping him/her from grabbing the Snitch until the rest of your team has a chance to catch up.
Suddenly, everyone’s important to the overall skill of the team, but the Seekers still control the pace of the game, it still has the same quality of “bam it’s suddenly over”, and now the game is more interesting for everyone including Seekers.