Does anyone remember high school English class? For those of you still in high school English, you have my deepest sympathy because it’s completely whack. But for those of you who have experienced the same hell that I went through every year when it came to writing essays knows that the most repeated conversation is the Plagiarism talk. You know which one I’m talking about. The “I solemnly swear that I will not take another person’s hard work and credit it as my own. I will properly source any and all references that I make to ensure that the original author/writer/person gets credit. If I break this holy rule, I risk punishment in the form of a failed grade, and possibly a failed class, and further punishment, should it be deemed necessary.”
Guess what. Tumblr is your English class just ten times worse.
That gif set of the parallels between Once Upon a Time and Pirates of the Caribbean you just reposted is someone else’s essay on key themes in Great Expectations. That minimalist poster for Sherlock Holmes you just reposted is someone else’s paper on Hate Crimes against the LGBT community. The graphic of Alex Blake smiling that you reposted is someone else’s essay detailing the trials and tribulations of Robinson Crusoe as he tries to make it on an island away from any sort of civilization.
In the rules of civilized society, you don’t get to do that without someone pointing it out. Tumblr NOTICES. They notice because people are friends with the original poster, and you probably posted in the tracked tags. And make no illusions that because you aren’t a popular blog your repost won’t get around because I did that once, and it hasn’t gone away yet. Tumblr reblogs spread like epidemics.
And for god sake, can we stop with the “OMG! IT ACTUALLY BELONGS TO THIS PERSON BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONES THAT MADE YOUR SOURCE! SHUT UP!!!” Because that’s bullshit and everyone knows it. Fanfiction sites have plagiarism clauses. You can’t steal a fic without someone reporting you and the story getting deleted because you stole a story that wasn’t written by you. Someone worked hard on a story and you don’t get to steal it. The same thing goes for fanart. Just because the show belongs to the producers and the studios does not mean that the fanart created is “stolen”. Just because my essay uses quotes, summaries, and paraphrases concepts from Robinson Crusoe, does not mean that my essay belongs to Daniel Defoe’s estate. If you plagiarized my essay, you stole from me, not Daniel Defoe’s estate. That essay is mine and I acknowledged the original source. If I made a gif of Ruby Lucas saying “hello” I am under no circumstances claiming that I own the show. Ruby Lucas.gif is MY Robinson Crusoe essay. Understand? It’s a part of a show, and I acknowledge that it’s not mine (normally in the tags, but sometimes in the text that follows it). Just like my quotes from Defoe’s classic are from the book, and I acknowledge them with proper notations.
There’s one rule, people. ONE RULE. Reblog, don’t repost. If you repost, you get an F in Tumblr Etiquette. Get an A and reblog.
Casting appreciation gif.
This seriously pisses me off because TWO men of the “correct” ethnicity/race were asked to play the role of Khan. I don’t remember their names because this back when Into Darkness was in casting yo but they BOTH DECLINED.
So there’s a HUGE difference between “well, we asked the best in the business and they both said no, so we should go with another actor of the ‘incorrect’ race who is also very well suited for the role” and doing what the Hunger Games did which is literally only let white girls audition for Katniss.
When actors decline there is fuckall you can do. It’s shitty, no doubt, that Khan ended up being white, but BC did a great job in the role, while knowing he was third choice. I won’t begrudge him for taking it, and I won’t begrudge the casting crew for going with him after their best actors declined.
A whole TWO actors of color? Le gasp!
My understanding was that Cumberbatch wasn’t even told he would be playing Khan until after he’d signed on.
I found that almost embarrassingly amusing. [glee]
Are you saying it isn’t?!
science fiction was invented by a woman
don’t you ever fucking forget that
in mary shelley we trust
Here’s my opinion, not to take away from Frankenstein which I believe is an amazing book that everyone should read, but I don’t think it’s science fiction, at least not in the style that sci-fi is today. If anything, it’s a story about hubris, a story about what it’s like to be an outcast, a story about people passing judgement on someone based on look alone, but it doesn’t have the hard science of an Asimov or a Wells. I’d put it into weird fiction akin to say a Lovecraft story, supernatural fiction like an Dracula, or horror like a Poe story, but not science fiction.
Frankenstein is absolutely a science fiction novel because it pushes the limits of what traditional science could do at the time. The creation of the creature was as important as its philosophical adventures later on. Mary Shelley’s masterpiece of sci-fi paved the way for other brilliant writers like Jules Verne. Also, Frankenstein has been sadly lumped into the supernatural horror thanks to the misinterpretation of the creature character as an incoherent, lumbering mess by the media. The real creature is eloquent and able to articulate his deep, self-reflective thoughts to others, yet is always forestalled by his hideous appearance at the fault of humans.
Furthermore, if it were a Lovecraft story, the creature would have come to life thanks to some special non-euclidean incantation. If it were supernatural fiction, the creature would have been raised by a spell chanted by witches at the full moon. However, the creature was created and brought to life by an individual who studied the sciences for weeks - years even - and figured out new ways of thinking in order to achieve his goal.
The creature was created by a scientist, and that’s what makes Frankenstein science fiction.
Abso-goddamned-lutely is Frankenstein science fiction.
Basic problem description:
I get a blackscreen and also stuck at the ribbon when the system first starts up… I cannot get to the XMB and the system just hangs. This is apparently happening to people who have a 750GB Hard Drive in their System or a 1TB. (People who have upgraded their hard drive through their own means) I have a 1TB hard drive in mine.
- No confirmation of if this is only affecting PS3s containing hard drives at or over 500GB in capacity. In fact there are reports that PS3s containing hard drives of lower capacities may also be affected.
- Fat or slim model doesn’t seem to be a factor, both models have been reported to be affected by the glitch.
- Do NOT format your hard drive if you are affected by the glitch, as there may still be a chance of restoring your PS3 to proper functionality without doing so.
- If you still possess your original PS3 hard drive and reinstall it in an attempt to restore your PS3’s functionality, do NOT download the firmware update again, otherwise you may simply render it dysfunctional as well.
- If you have PS+ and have automatic updates enabled, disable them ASAP. The option to do this should be found under System Settings.
I sincerely hope this helps out anyone trying to get up to speed on the situation and any affected by this glitch.
Edit: Thanks for mentioning that D-Monstrosity! Updated this post (4th bullet point) with that advice.
(Repost from the PS3 subreddit post, thought it might help here too.)
The firmware update v4.45 has reportedly been pulled (making v4.41 the current up to date firmware version), likely as a result of this glitch.
Update: Thanks to AriesK47:
For those with bricked systems Tomorrow a patch should come out to fix this. All you need to do is download it to your USB drive and power up the PS3 in safe mode and install update from USB.
Step 1: Turn off the PLAYSTATION 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red.
Step 2: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PLAYSTATION 3 is powering on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red).
Step 3: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PLAYSTATION 3 to power on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, “Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button.”
I actually think this was pretty responsible. Rather than banning it outright, which would result in kids wanting to rebel even more, she offers it in her home where she can control the amount people drink. Good on ya, Mrs George. You’re a cool mom.
WH?? ????? ??
THERE’S NOTHING RESPONSIBLE ABOUT GIVING UNDERAGE PEOPLE ALCOHOL YOU DUNDERFUCK
i think its better having your teenager at least know what to expect when you drink than letting them drink away from home with the varibles of danger such as drunk driving being a possibility. my mother used to let me sip her margaritas cause thats what she drank at parties and it looked fun and tasty. one sip and my tongue may as well have shriveled up so none of that shit for me thanks. you live you learn
or they can wait until they’re 21 to drink and try it then??? holy shit
yeah cause in this day and age of peer pressure and shit, thats what a 16 year old at a party is going to do
Dude my mom let me have a glass of wine with dinner if I asked for it since I was like 12 and I rarely did it anyway because I learned that if I had more than one I got a fierce headache.
That was good information for me to know I found out how alcohol was going to affect me under parental supervision and it wasn’t a huge forbidden thing to hide and do in secret in excess just to see how much I could get away with. I don’t drink at all now.
Yeah. I’ve been drinking since I was 16. My parents would let me have a glass of champagne at New Year’s and on special occasions. My mother would almost frequently let me have pina coladas and margaritas during the summer. Because of that, I didn’t feel the need to go out and party hard once I hit 21.
You know, drinking with parental/legal guardian consent is legal. Even out in public, Tomithejellyfish.
Yeah exactly. My parents let me have small glasses and I’d like drink half. I think I only asked for it at christmas or if my grandparents were over.
12/13 sounds a bit young and I/my fam will probably get shit for that, but we’ve done this for generations and I don’t have a single alcoholic in my family.
Every night at dinner my dad offers us all a sip of his beer (or wine, depending), and he’s done it since I was about twelve as well (which would make my brothers eleven, ten, and nine - just for reference). We all said yes at one point, and after just a taste, we all turned it away. I mean, do you think most parents would actually allow their kids to drink more than what’s healthy for them? They’re giving you a chance not only to experience the temptation of alcohol early, and pass it by, but to let you feel like a grown-up. It’s extremely responsible.
To add onto this, there’s also the huge thing with teenagers where if you ban it, they want it. My mom has told me that if I want alcohol, I can have it as long as I don’t leave the house. If I wanted to try marijuana, she said to tell her and she could get some for me.
Number one: this showed me that my mom trusted me to not do these things on my own
Number two: it completely destroyed any want for either of these things
Parents know what they’re doing when they let their kids try these things at home. It’s a psychological thing, because teenagers are naturally rebellious. If we can’t have it, we want it. If we can have it, we don’t want it.
And in a lot of states, as long as you don’t leave your house, your parents are allowed to give you alcohol. You just can’t leave your property. I’ve had wine coolers and beer and mixed drinks in my house. Granted, the only one of those I’ve even remotely LIKED so far was wine coolers, but that’s because alcohol is fucking nasty.
TDLR: parents giving their kids alcohol in the home is not a bad parenting practice, it’s fucking smart.
My favorite story ever was my first experiences with weed and alcohol.
With booze, my mother brought me in to the living room. I was about 14 at the time. It was just the two of us kickin’ it that day, watching movies and such. She asked me if I wanted to have some wine. I said sure, so she poured my a glass. She said I could have as much as I want, but I couldn’t leave the house. Needless to say, I got smashed. From then on, drinking has become a very inconsistent thing for me because I don’t like getting REALLY smashed (though I do get carried away every now and then). I know what my limits are and I was never really tempted to drink while going through high school because of this.
The better story here was the weed one though. My mother brought both me and my sister in to the living room, sat us down and took out a pipe stuffed with weed. At first I thought it was my sister’s based on how terrified she looked. Then my mom said to us, “I like smoking weed. I think it can be relaxing and helpful in moderation and it is not something that should be looked at as unholy or overly taboo. If you want to, you can smoke weed, but I would rather you do it with my weed in the safety of our home where I know it is safe then out there where I know it is not. Now who would like the first hit?”
When parents take these kinds of things and show them to their kids at a younger age, and more importantly when they give their child the OPTION to try it in a safe and controlled environment, they’re less likely to rebel and do it recklessly. With weed, I wouldn’t dare give that to anyone over the age of 16 or so, but that’s a whole different story. Society has made so many things overly taboo to such a point that we’re ashamed of them. Sex, drinking, etc. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these acts at all, we’ve just been brought up to think that they’re things we shouldn’t do and if we do partake in them before a certain age, we need to feel ashamed for doing so. Fuck that noise. The only thing to be ashamed of is doing those things irresponsibly. Having a parent trust you enough to actually teach you and give you the opportunity to try these things in a safe place? That’s ideal in a lot of different ways.
Anyways, point being that showing your kids what its like to drink at a younger age can actually help a great deal with your relationship further down the line. This builds a sense of trust and opens the doors to your child being more open and honest with you. They’re less likely to rebel or get carried away (Again, everything in moderation. Don’t let em get super blitzed, but hey. Every now and then with fam is alright). Yelling at them over trying alcohol only makes them more likely to rebel against you and drink it anyways. Scolding someone over stuff like that will only serve to further the gap between you, imo. Everything in moderation. They say knowledge is power for a reason.
What if one of the most important street photographers of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone?
Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never-developed film negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at his local auction house.
John began developing his new collection of photographs, some 100,000 negatives in total, that had been abandoned in a storage locker in Chicago before they ended up at the auction house. It became clear these were no ordinary street snaps of 1950s & 60s Chicago and New York and so John embarked on a journey to find out who was behind the photographs and soon discovered her name: Vivien Maier.
I have decided this is the cutest cute to ever cute. Lennier is just the most adorable thing this entire episode.
From All Alone in the Night