@explorerrowan
Rowan the Explorer

Trying to get my head on square and get the hell out of Texas. Non-binary, so ne/nem, please. I'm over 18, and I prefer my followers be as well. I'm pretty unlikely to post anything NSFW, but I'm also not here to babysit your internet experience.

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2022-08-09 11:46:29
    everigo

    honestly the “well, that’s texas! everyone there is conservative and evil” mentality is part of what brought us here. so when i see posts saying “of course it was texas” i want to ask, would those children have been more innocent elsewhere? and have you considered that alienating an entire state (a huge one) only leaves vulnerable communities to be even more attacked, harassed, and oppressed?

    and, finally, what does your “i’m not from That State” superiority actually get you? but yeah, congrats on living in boston !

    everigo

    y’all do this with florida too, and basically every southern state. “just leave them to their own devices!” is how people literally die, you fucker. and you wonder why they never vote blue

    explorerrowan

    All the GOP pundits have to do is say "see? Those coastal elites don't give a damn about you," and then every loud leftist on the internet or in the media confirms it for them by acting like everyone south of the Mason-Dixon line is a lost cause. There are people here, real people, who are being harmed by these regressive policies. And the people who made those policies made extra sure that no matter how much we hated them, we can't vote them out. We need support down here. We can't break the chains without help.

    Gentle reminder here that there are elder queers out there. Real elders, people in their 80s and 90s who survived, who are here. You can get there, old age does exist for us.

    I know an old lesbian couple who have been married since the moment they legalized it. One woman can hardly walk anymore but she loves Hallmark ornaments, so her wife supports her against her walker during Christmas so she can look at them more easily.

    I know a transgender man who started transitioning only 10 years ago at 60, and he's brilliant and funny and brings his grandchildren by to get sweets.

    I know an asexual woman who, beamed and told me she absolutely loved not having a husband, and that she "never once regretted not getting married. I never felt that way about anybody! Why force it?" She lives with her parrot and loves salsa dancing.

    Our elders exist. So many of us have been wiped out and erased on purpose, but we're here. And that means you can get there. When you're old and grey, when you're retired and done, there will be people who will love you and will care for you.

    everythingfox

    Good problem solving skills

    (via)

    explorerrowan

    Dachshunds are incredibly smart. They're also extremely independent and very hard to train because they were bred to run down badger holes and fight/chase out the badgers without much instruction from a human who couldn't see inside the badger hole to give orders. They're tough, opinionated little buggers with lots of problem solving skills. If you're needing a dog that's as smart and independent as a high-energy cat, you want a dachshund.

    scarred-but-still-smiling

    @chaotic-archaeologist archaeology: the history of how people have always been people

    jeanjauthor

    Humans be humaning, writers.  You  might want to avoid modern slang, but you can totally write a beer-swilling bro-dude in the classical age of the ancient world, Mediterranean or otherwise.

    explorerrowan

    You have a duty to your ancestors to call out from work because you were out drinking with your brewer friend Khonsu.

    arcaniumagi2

    wait is the Khonsu, guy Khonsu or God Khonsu cause’s thats one fancy way to say “I drank my weight in beer alone under the moon”

    explorerrowan

    Who's going to fire you if your drinking buddy is the fucking moon god?

    scarred-but-still-smiling

    @chaotic-archaeologist archaeology: the history of how people have always been people

    jeanjauthor

    Humans be humaning, writers.  You  might want to avoid modern slang, but you can totally write a beer-swilling bro-dude in the classical age of the ancient world, Mediterranean or otherwise.

    explorerrowan

    You have a duty to your ancestors to call out from work because you were out drinking with your brewer friend Khonsu.

    normal-horoscopes

    Messing with the new students at secret wizard college by making up spells that aren't real

    normal-horoscopes

    "Tch, you don't even know how to cast Mungus Blast?"

    isopod-evil-forme

    What's a Mungus Blast?

    normal-horoscopes

    Wow you don't even know about Mungus Blast

    isopod-evil-forme

    Please, I must know what a Mungus Blast is. I beg of you, tell me.

    normal-horoscopes

    Look, if you must know, head down to the archives and ask the Hovering Orb of Knowledge what a Mungus Blast is. Make sure you ask really loud.

    explorerrowan

    Is a Mungus Blast anything like a Baja Blast?

    weaver-z

    I deeply admire Harrison Ford's unfailing commitment to taking beloved characters out with him every time he leaves a franchise

    explorerrowan

    Thing is, he was incredibly encouraging of Alden Ehrenreich when he took over as Han Solo for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

    Ford stood right behind Ehrenreich and put his hands on the younger actor’s shoulders for the rest of the interview, holding him like a proud dad as he praised the film. “I just thought it was spectacular,” Ford said. “And I thought he was so smart about what he did and how he did it. I just couldn’t be happier,” he added, his mouth set in a firm line—which, in Fordian manner, is practically a beaming smile.

    From this Vanity Fair article.

    Now, to be fair, Ford is DONE with Han Solo. He doesn't like the Star Wars franchise at all at this point (partly because Lucas and Spielberg screwed him on it, and partly because the fandom is generally pretty toxic), and I'm sure he was thrilled for the chance to pass the torch and not have to show at any more conventions and such. But also, do you think he would have been so encouraging if he thought Ehrenreich couldn't do it, or was a poor substitute? Of course not. Ford has a reputation for speaking his mind, and that's an understatement.

    Ford is an old man now, and he has no more interest in showing up at events and conventions for Indiana Jones than he does for Star Wars. If he thought there was a young actor out there who could do the role justice, I have no doubt he would be just as supportive as he was for Ehrenreich. No, this was about Chris Pratt, and his total unfitness for the role.

    Ford understands that at his core, Indiana Jones is a scholar first and an adventurer second. Pratt couldn't be a convincing scholar if his life depended on it. Pratt plays a low-class thug, it's the only thing he knows how to play, and Andy Dwyer, Peter Quill, Emmet Brickowski, and Owen Grady were all worse for his lackluster acting skills and general ignorance. They have to rewrite roles to take advantage of his idiocy. He didn't even realize that "Rex Dangervest" in The LEGO Movie 2 was a parody of him that specifically called out the toxic masculinity and anti-intellectualism in both his characters and his personal life. (Sorry for spoilers if you haven't seen LEGO Movie 2.) Indiana Jones loves the past, loves the cultures he's studying, and cannot possibly be played by an anti-intellectual ignoramus. That's why Harrison Ford scared him off of the role.

    comeonmessmeup

    bruce wayne gets covid and he was in close contact with his whole family so the entire rogue gallery has ten days to take over gotham

    demigraysons

    the entire rogue gallery gets tested as part of the potential crime plot and half of them are now out of commission bc it turns out selina and bruce had close contact, and then she had lunch on thursday with harley and ivy, who went for coffee with eddie friday, who had his weekly chess game with jonathan on saturday, and so on and so forth. killer moth tested double negative, so everyone else is texting him scheme ideas on the fly. he’s doing an instagram live. half of gotham is watching. he proceeds to just do cool tricks like backflip off of buildings.

    wishfulcynic

    Freeze is fine because his suit is pressurized and also he doesn’t mess around with diseases and proper safety equipment, and the literal first thing he does is track down the Joker and freeze him solid for ten days.

    explorerrowan

    I feel like Dr. Victor Friës would take all of COVID extremely seriously. Remember how the early versions of the vaccine had to be stored at such extreme low temperatures that medical professionals were working with Dippin' Dots Ice Cream for deep freeze equipment? Guess who in Gotham is really goddamn good at exactly that? In March 2020, Mr. Freeze completely reorganized his henchmen crews into vaccine transport for hospitals and pharmacies. Friës Cryogenics is making billions entirely legitimately and saving lives. He gets lauded as a hero and never needs to rob a bank again.

    And if he happens to coat anti-maskers' faces in a layer of ice when he sees them out and about? Maybe he gets a bit of a pass from the Bat family.

    sanguinarysanguinity

    To the authors who are unhappy about their hits-to-kudos ratio on AO3: as a kindness to yourselves, please stop. That hit counter doesn’t mean what you think it means.

    First, not all those hits are people. A substantial chunk of those hits, as I understand it, are machines, looking to see what the page is. The hits-to-kudos is whack from the hour a story is posted, because a bunch of those hits are machines.

    Second, multiple hits can be the same person on their first read of the story. If I open a story in a browser tab to read later, my browser sometimes/often unloads that tab in the interim, resulting in it reloading that tab and creating a new hit when I finally go to read it. If reading it requires multiple sessions, that’s multiple new hits. If I then leave it open for a while to remind myself to leave a comment, my browser will reload it again, generating another new hit, before it lets me write a comment. Altogether, my first read of a story, plus leaving a comment, can easily turn into five or more hits, depending on how hard I’m finding it to find reading and commenting time.

    Third, if your story has been up for a while, the people who adore your story are driving up your hit counter with their re-reads. They go away, they come back, they re-read, and they do it again, and they do it again. It’s probably only a small subset of your total readers, but if one of your stories becomes someone’s go-to comfort read for times when they are stressed out (or, if it’s an explicit story, if it becomes their favorite jack-off material), that one person’s devoted re-reading might easily hit your story dozens of times. But most readers feel hella shy about admitting that they treat your story like a fuzzy blanket (or a vibrator); either way, it’s pretty rare for them to tell you about it. (Which I’m sympathetic to! Fuzzy blankets are a very personal thing, and no one wants to feel stared at by the author while they’re having a vulnerable moment.)

    Fourth, stories get read by people outside of fandom, people who don’t think of themselves as your friends/neighbors/community-members, and who just… never think to hit kudos, at all, because their social context is so far removed from ours. I’ve got a couple of stories that were linked on TVTropes once upon a time, and their hit-to-kudos ratios are fucking absurd. If your story got linked outside of fandom somewhere, odds are that most of the people coming in from that link will never think to hit kudos, no matter how much they liked it, because they never quite connect that there’s a real live author, breathlessly hoping to be liked and appreciated, standing just behind the screen, and that maybe readers should be polite and say ‘thank you’ to them when they finish the story and leave.

    tl;dr Do not assume every hit is new human reader who didn’t like your story and clicked out. Your hit counts will often be ten times greater than your kudos, just for stupid ordinary internet-traffic reasons, and the older a story becomes (and the more times bots and re-readers hit it), the wider the hits-to-kudos gulf will become. Do yourself a kindness and stop calculating that ratio – and if you can’t stop making yourself crazy about it, go into settings and turn off your hit counter displays. Please be tender to yourselves; being an author is hard enough as it is.

    abyssalcaptain

    The typical levels of engagement on the internet is <1%, and >6% is considered “very high”, so a 10% kudos rate is actually extremely good. Taking into account the above traffic reasons, actual levels of engagement are going to be over 25% at least.