voicelikehelvetica asked: Artemis, Hestia, Zeus!
Artemis: Favourite animal?
Cats! Cats cats cats. Cats of all types.
Hestia: Where do you most want to live?
Well, I took a “what city should you live in” quiz recently and it placed me right here in Seattle. :D
It’s hard for me to pick a place when I haven’t been to them all to compare, but I generally would want to live in a city, near a coast, where it doesn’t get too miserably hot in summer or too miserably cold in winter, but does have actual distinct seasons, in a country/area where the culture and politics aren’t completely terrible.
Zeus: If you ruled the world, what would you change?
Ahahahaha, plenty of stuff. WAY more focus on space exploration and technological advancement. More equally-distributed resources. No more national borders. Everyone would have to learn at least one language in addition to their mother tongue (I know this is mainly only an issue in the US, but still). Free, required education (some science, some math, civics, history, world religions), but flexible and varied for different learning styles/abilities. Guns for subsistence hunting only, which should barely even be necessary. Etc, etc, etc.
thewondersmith asked: Aphrodite, Demeter, Dionysus, Poseidon, Hades!
Aphrodite: What do you find attractive in a partner?
Someone that’s intelligent, well-spoken, nerdy/”weird,” funny, isn’t a raging conservative…I mean, standard stuff really. Someone who’s kind of like me but also different than me. I’ve noticed I tend to like storytellers in particular. Physically, my tastes often shift based on specific people I become interested in, but if I had to cop to a specific “type” it could basically be summed up by Eva Green.
Demeter: favorite food?
Cheese. Bread? BACON. Definitely bacon.
Dionysus: favorite drink?
I’m not sure if this is asking for any drink or a drink drink. Probably Diet Coke for any drink, hard cider for drink drink.
Poseidon: If you were shipwrecked on a tropical island, what would you want to have with you?
The obvious choice: a solar-powered laptop with a GPS unit and satellite internet. :D
Hades: If you could meet a person from history, who would it be and why?
Oooooh, tough one. Richard Feynman maybe. What a guy to be able to meet.
Let’s not forget to acknowledge Alexandre Dumas this Black History Month
The writer of two of the most well known stories worldwide, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo was a black man.
Let’s not forget that he was played on screen by a white man. And the fact that he was black is barely ever mentioned or the book he wrote inspired by his experiences.
Other things not to forget about Alexandre Dumas:
- chose to take on his slave grandmother’s last name, Dumas, like his father did before him.
- grew up too poor for formal education, so was largely self-taught, including becoming a prolific reader, multilingual, well-travelled, and a foodie, resulting in his writing both a combination encyclopedia/cookbook (which just— is fucking outrageous to me) AND the adaptation of The Nutcracker on which Tchaikovsky based his ballet
- he also wrote a LOOOOT of nonfiction and fiction about history, politics, and revolution, bc he was pro-monarchy, but a radical cuss, and that got him in a lot of hot water at home and abroad.
- even beyond that, he generally put up with a lot of racist bullshit in France, so he went and wrote a novel about colonialism and a BLATANTLY self-insert anti-slavery vigilante hero (which he then cribbed from to write the Count of Monte Cristo, the main character of which, Edmond Dantés, Dumas also based on himself).
- (…a novel which also features a LOAD of PoC beyond the Count, and at LEAST one queer character, btw, bc EVERY MOVIE ADAPTATION OF ANYTHING BY DUMAS IS A LIE; seriously, at LEAST one of the four Musketeers is Black, y’all.)
- famously, when some fuckshit or other wanted to come at Dumas with some anti-Black foolishness, Dumas replied, “My father was a mulatto, my grandfather was a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends.”
- for the bicentennial of his birthday, Pres. Jacques Cirac was like, “…sorry about the hella racism,” and had Dumas’s ashes reinterred at the Panthéon of Paris, bc if you’re gonna keep the corpses of the cream of the crop all together, Dumas’s more widely read and translated than literally everybody else.
- and they are still finding stuff old dude wrote, seriously; like discovering “lost” works as recently as 2002, publishing stuff for the first time as recently as 2005.
This is IMPORTANT!
Anonymous asked: I love the way you used statistics and not just spewing vague terms to prove your point about Stand Your Ground laws, but with no disrespect, I as an American citizen feel safe knowing if an intruder were to enter my home I am justified to use force, possibly deadly, to protect my family. I am in no way justifying attacking unarmed people because they look threatening, I am instead justifying my right to protect myself from people explicitly threatening me safety in my home.
I understand your feeling, and the feeling is real and important, but our gut feelings are often incorrect.
Like, to give you an analogous example: I feel like I am going to die every time I get onto an airplane, but this gut feeling I have is wrong. Maybe I will someday die on an airplane, but if I need to go to Los Angeles for some reason, I am statistically far safer flying than I would be driving, so if one of my big goals is not wanting to die (and it is!) then I should fly, even though I feel less safe than I would if I were driving.
Similarly, you are much more likely to be murdered if you have a gun in your home than if you don’t have a gun in your home. So you may feel more safe, but statistically you are much less safe.
More importantly: Due to Stand Your Ground laws, more people are dying than would otherwise die. We know this with almost total certainty. So even if the Stand Your Ground law were providing your family some protection from a hypothetical home intrusion, I fail to see how this would justify the deaths of hundreds of non-hypothetical human beings.
And most importantly: The laws we are discussing do not involve the so-called “castle doctrine.” In almost every state in the U.S., it’s legal to shoot someone who has broken into your home. (This may be a bad idea when it comes to minimizing your chance of dying, but it’s not a crime.) The Stand Your Ground laws being publicly debated in the U.S. right now apply to locations outside your home.
aaaaahhhHHH way cool moment in AC4 just now
So the modern storyline in this game is that you’re a brand new employee of Abstergo Entertainment, a company that puts out movies and games based on stories researched using the established Assassin’s Creed “Animus” technology. At one point your boss says they’re really excited about the footage you’ve been discovering and they want to make a trailer about your guy Edward Kenway. And they want to start it with Blackbeard talking and drinking. And then go on to shots of Edward being badass.
… and wait just one fucking minute.
THEY REFERENCED A TRAILER MADE FOR THE GAME IN THE GAME.