Ok, I want to make this perfectly clear. This is a tale of coincidences - strange, bizarre, happenstances. At no point, in any of this statement, am I saying I believe this to be anything BUT coincidence, and bizarre happenstance. I am no more saying that, than Kevin Smith was actually ACCUSING Tim Burton of ripping off his ending for Planet of the Apes from his Chasing Dogma comic books (as evidenced by the quote in my headline). Like Kevin, I am simply pointing out the bizarre coincidence, and noting it, because it’s totally fucking with me!!
As few people know, one of my great creative joys in life, is ripping off other people’s stuff. Just kidding, because it’s only ripping it off if you try to take credit or get paid. What I mean is, I love to take a show that I adore, and create future storylines in my head. I have, once or twice, written them down. And yes, once or twice I’ve even considered sending them to the actual writers of the show, for their opinions or to offer them up with no more thought to recognition than a small mention in the end credits. Seriously - I would ‘kill’ to have a script I’ve conceptualized, be on a show I adore, without any real concern for it pushing me toward a professional life doing what I love. I’m not a moron, unconcerned about wasting an opportunity. It’s just that, the kind of episodes I’m talking about, are never created for the purposes of showing off my talents. They’re for me.
The kinds of episodes I’ll allow myself to create, for such shows, are things which appeal to ME, as a fan. When I’d think of episodes of Leverage, it was to explore the backstory of Elliott I was always frustrated was so thin. When I’d think about episodes of Buffy I wanted to create, it usually involved something really funny I wanted to see Spike do, or some funny twist on a previous storyline, I felt could be incorporated into an entirely new story. It’s not about creating these scenes to make the show better (even if I do feel they often would), it’s just about indulging my own creativity and love of certain characters and universes.
The most common time I will do this, is in the break between seasons - or series in the case of UK shows (yes I tried to write a Misfits episode once, it didn’t go well). I love taking the finale, and daydreaming about where I’D take it next season, and how I’d resolve the cliffhanger they have inevitably dangled. And one of the shows I’m more recently fond of playing with, is Haven.
I promise, it’s not just because of Balfour - but I will confess, it has A LOT to do with Duke.
All elements of Duke that are of Eric’s doing aside, I LOVE Duke. He’s this amazing archetypal character, that’s finally being portrayed in a way that’s real and honest, while still being a witty sarcastic ass I can enjoy. He’s about as close to Benedict, as any character I’ve seen in years. And we all know how I feel about Benedict (and his lady Beatrice).
Some would call Duke an easy character to describe - he’s the bad boy, the brigand, the scoundrel - the one who makes women drop their drawers with every flex of his eyebrow and law he breaks. Except of course, that he’s not really ANY of those things.
OK, let me clarify. He is a criminal. No one - least of all Duke - would argue otherwise. But he’s never been a ruthless, dangerous or even a petty thief. He’s a man who believes in keeping people safe, and protecting the common good; but he also believes that, as long as no one is really getting hurt, it’s not the law’s business to tell him what to do. Now there’s a lot of debate that can be had, over whether his position is morally or ethically right. There are sound arguments on both camps. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is, he’s not a character who believes he’s justified in destroying lives or hurting others for his own gain - which most ACTUAL bad boys do.
Duke is the character that continues to convince the world, that woman are all looking for bad boys, because we think we can change them into good men. When in REALITY, most women are attracted to bad boys who already ARE good men - and Duke has been good, from the get go. he might’ve demonstrated it begrudgingly, but he ALWAYS demonstrated it. And this year, he’s really proved the point, in the most serious way possible - even when destroying his own brother was destroying him, he still shut up and did his job, as one of the protectors of this town.
Contrary to popular opinion, most women do not have Hybristophilia. We are often (as are men for that matter) attracted to people who act according to their own rules, even when it bucks the system - as long as those rules don’t harm people in any readily evident way. How smuggling hurts local economies is a valid point of argument, but it’s hardly a black and white issue, putting a character like Duke into an obvious black hat.
So more than once, I’ve envisioned a strong female love interest for Duke, who can survive this shit storm that is Haven, accept his ethical perspectives, but still stand firm on her own. But of course, the story isn’t fun if it’s all about Duke’s love life. So, the character must be more than just a token female.
This summer, I spent at least a few weeks, working through this little game in my head. And I have to admit, by the time I was done, I’d impressed myself - you’d be shocked at just how difficult that is to do. I’d created a character who not only satisfied my every geeky desire to see Duke have a relationship that doesn’t end in a bullet wound, but it had created an interesting new dynamic to the story, by suggesting that Howard and Audrey are not the only people in this world directly tied to the barn.
The name I’d given her, was Annie. A nice simple, highly common, female first name - much like the name Jennifer, you might say. Annie, was a writer. She’d come to Haven, because she’d seen stories and articles filtering out of the town for years, and had this strange fascination, with trying to figure out what the stories were hiding. She’d felt drawn to Haven since the day she’d first heard of it, but recently had felt a pull that was bordering on scary.
Which is why, when she first came to Haven, she’d intended her first stop to be at the Herald. She hoped to convince Vince and Dave to form a sort of working relationship with her, where she could help them do their job, while using their archives (and eventually hopefully Haven PD’s as well) to create a database. She intended to create a way to track troubles, through family lines and local stories, to hopefully at least narrow down the search, when a new scary trouble emerged, and they had to figure out who has it. She didn’t know why, but she wanted to help - needed to help. As if she was somehow, tied to Haven. She was also, as we discovered a bit into her story, adopted.
Sensing a pattern? It gets better.
The first day she came to Haven, she immediately checked into a bed and breakfast and set out to begin the job of introducing herself around, and showing people she could be useful. Unfortunately, a trouble erupted on the first day, and instead she found herself being literally pulled from the edge of doom, by none other than Duke Crocker - he was the first real part of our story, that she connected with. As you can imagine, it was a tenuous but instant connection.
But it didn’t end there. Obviously Haven PD’s finest showed up to investigate, and Annie was face to face with the Audrey Parker she’d most come to help - again she didn’t know WHY, she just knew that helping Audrey do what she was doing, was something she was meant to do. But she, being a slightly geeky and nervous type, basically told them all of this - in a mad rush - in the very first conversation; who she was, why she’d come and what she intended to accomplish. She also admitted that, at times, the need to come here had made her feel more than a little nuts - she’d even been referred for psychiatric care, because her adopted parents had become worried her obsession demonstrated a tendency toward schizophrenia.
I know what you’re thinking - I avoid spoilers like the plague. If any of the similiar details went out before this recent season, I didn’t know about it.
Annie was also mildly brilliant with technology, had an out of the box way of thinking that resembled Zander from Buffy (tell me you haven’t seen that in Jennifer), and a tendency to talk to herself and roll her eyes a bit more than is necessary - mostly because her history has led her to be a pretty insecure person.
So, as you might imagine, when Jennifer showed up this season, I was geeking out hard core. Like I said - in no way am I suggesting somehow this was stolen from me (I never wrote it down anywhere anyway) nor am I suggesting some sort of mind meld with the show’s writers or magical powers of persuasion on my part. I’m just saying, it’s trippy. I hear Jennifer say certain lines, and they are so similar to the ones I’ve written - just because Annie was so similar in personality to Jennifer.
But then, this week, while catching up on the show (I’d let the DVR accumulate a bit), I nearly spit out my drink.
Jennifer’s birthday, is June 12th. You MUST be kidding me!
No, it’s not Annie’s birthday - it’s mine.
And it’s not like it’s an entirely arbitrary thing in my life, being born on 6/12. I’ve always been really jazzed about my birthdate. In my angsty youth, I loved that a bit of division gave you 666. I was literally born the day before Friday the 13th - which is a weird anamoly that only happens every 5 or 7 years, depending on where the leap year hits. All of my immediate family, has birthdays in December and January - and an awful lot of my extended family also have fall and winter birthdays - so I was often the only kid in my family who got to have pool and lake parties. And because it was a couple weeks into June, my birthday usually came at the best point in Summer Break - when you’ve been out long enough to completely shed yourself of thinking about school, but the next semester seems so far away, it might as well be forever. I have always been rather thrilled about what day I was born on.
It’s also the birthdate of Anne Frank, Richard Ayoade, Jason Mewes, Tim Dekay and Timothy Busfield. Again, coincidence, but cool.
So to have Jennifer be a character so like Annie, and the relationships she has with both Haven and Duke, be so like I envisioned, is really a neat experience. But her having the birthdate of June 12th, is one of the most serendipitous experiences in the history of my life.
So many many (closes eyes tightly) MANY reasons to love Chandler - so little time.
And for the record, both Courtney and Matthew deserved Emmy’s, for how often they kept a straight face, when the other was saying something spit-take funny.
(Source: iamnevertheone, via bowties-and-thugglife)
Ladies and Gentlemen, these are the men from Lamke’s Fashion Week in India.
Lets take a minute to appreciate this photoset.
Oh I’m appreciating it
DEAR PRINCE ZUKO.
I really hate my own ethnocentric tendencies sometimes. There are a few pics here, where my instinct is, “No straight guy, who’s not a CD, should be wearing something that feminine.” But that’s obviously a cultural perception that would sound ludicrous in India, and many other parts of the world.
Especially the guy with the cane - it really bugs me, that my first reaction to that photo, was so narrow-minded. Because he is absolutely stunning in that outfit, and there is certainly nothing remotely effeminate about his appearance.
Can I blame the guys wearing mesh and mullets, in the 80’s, casting a bad light on on men wearing semi-transparent clothing?
(Source: salazarhawn, via bowties-and-thugglife)
"This year, Americans on Eastern Standard Time should set their clocks back one hour (like normal), Americans on Central and Rocky Mountain time do nothing, and Americans on Pacific time should set their clocks forward one hour. After that we won’t change our clocks again – no more daylight saving. This will result in just two time zones for the continental United States. The east and west coasts will only be one hour apart. Anyone who lives on one coast and does business with the other can imagine the uncountable benefits of living in a two-time-zone nation… It sounds radical, but it really isn’t.”
- This is a really great idea.
Ok, but here’s the thing - now Central US will be on a different time zone, to the regions directly south of us? Let’s not forget, that time zones are not just in this country. The country is not divided into four time zones, the PLANET is divided into 24 time zones, and we’re so big, that we have four of them in our country.
There’s a reason that the daily lives of people, needs to work on a the same basic schedule, but at a slightly different time. Whether you’re at an orchard in Florida, a farm in Illinois, a ranch in Colorado, or a vineyard in California, noon is roughly when the sun is highest in the sky - and it’s highest in the sky at pretty different times, depending on your longitude.
I live in Illinois, I work for an association in California, and I deal with several vendors and companies that are on the East Coast. Yes, it can be challenging. But it’s not going to be less challenging, trying to make the U.S. the one nation who no longer assigns noon to the same time in the day.
Daylight Savings may have some questionable purposes now, with things like farming no longer entirely dependent on when the sun is up. But I don’t think that the Time Zones are something to be treated so trivially. I’d rather not have my sun going down at 4PM in December, to allow New York to have theirs go down at 5PM.
Apega-chan by Ume
“The Apega of Nabis, also known as the Iron Apega, was described by Polybius as an ancient torture device similar to the iron maiden.”
“The mechanical Apega, according to Polybius, was a machine, a well-executed replica or duplicate of the real wife of Nabis, and was used by Nabis to collect money from unwilling Spartan citizens. The Apega machine was said to be dressed in expensive clothing, but the underside of the device’s arms, hands, and breasts were covered with iron nails that were capable of crushing the body of its victim. Nabis would control the machine through hidden switches and devices, until the victim agreed to pay a tribute or to the point of death.” - Wikipedia
LOVE this image. I particularly love the little embellishments where the ‘arms’ attach to her body.
Found this while researching a spontaneous piece on the fact that Iron Maidens were mostly just a fictitious concept potentially ripped off of the Iron Apega.
W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased)
It’s truly appalling, what I’d be willing to give or do, to hear Akin actually answer this question. Seriously.
I also have an add-on question.
If a woman’s body stops her from conceiving from rape, then why did so many men in the bible steal virgins to “take as their wife”, if their raping them repeatedly wasn’t going to beget them children?
John Oliver (NY Stand Up Show)
I LOVE this line. It does, in a nutshell, hone in on what pisses me off about people who thank god for any achievement, particularly when they don’t give just as much thanks to the real people who helped make it happen. I find that level of arrogance astounding, to behave as if your faith should be treated as more important than the contributions of those who got you to where you are.
No. Just no.
I’m not a religious person, but if you ever watch any of his interviews or post game conferences, he does thank God for allowing him, as an individual, to play the game, whether it was good or bad. And he does point out the accomplishments of his other teammates and thanks them as well, something he did at the ESPY Awards this past summer.
To him, his faith is as real as an offensive lineman playing the game with him, so for you to say it’s not as important, that’s something you believe in and it’s your opinion. But it’s not arrogance. If he went around and shunned everyone who didn’t have the same faith as him, then it would be arrogant. But he’s seems to be accepting of everyone, no matter what they think, which is clearly something you struggle with.
I don’t suppose you noted that this is a quote? I don’t watch sports. But clearly John Oliver does, so if you disagree with his assessment of Tebow’s behavior I suggest you take it up with him. My comment was about the type of behavior he assigned to Tebow, I made no claim that he doesn’t go around thanking god more than his offensive line.
And for your edification, voicing my disapproval about a behavior I abhor, is not shunning someone. Shunning means to persistently avoid, ignore, or reject someone. The only thing I reject is how people use their religion as an excuse to crap on others. And in my entire life I’ve made less than 5 individual comments about Tim Tebow specifically, since my lack of give-a-shit about sports is high, so ‘persistent’ would be the wrong word entirely.
But considering Tebow supports organizations which actively seek to deny gay rights and try to interfere with women’s reproductive rights, like Focus on the Family, I’d say he’s doing plenty of shunning in his life. So I’d suggest you use a little more context next time you try to chastise someone for posting a quote.
I have to say, this was such a great interview. John did an amazing job of addressing the elephant in the room, while still trying to be respectful and supportive of someone he’s obviously fond of. And Pattinson was very self-effacing and has handled this frenzy with an awful lot of grace.
The important thing to remember is, this guy is all about working with (and learning from) strong storytellers, plus he’s a composer and musician, and he’s been working non-stop for almost a decade already. 20 years from now this period will just be a weird blip on a stellar and diverse career. Kind of like when Clooney was on Roseanne.
(Source: robstenisfearless, via grlgoddess)
Robert, this is for you - 25 (BCS)
A mutual friend of ours threw a big party for her 30th birthday, tons of people were there and it was a lot of fun. Somewhere along the line you and I ended up on the balcony for some fresh air at the same time. We started chatting; we…
The levels of brilliance, in how this story is slowly unfolded, are astounding. I would give almost anything to be present for such a set of circumstances.
(Source: collegestation.craigslist.org, via grlgoddess)
Do you ever have imaginary/potential conversations with people in your head but then catch yourself accidentally mouthing the words out or making faces that would go along with your reactions in the conversation?
As demonstrated by this thread - way more people do this than are willing to talk a lot about it. Which, it could be argued, means we shouldn’t have to try so hard to pretend we’re NOT doing it, when another car pulls next to us at a stoplight. :)