The fundraiser for Ralph Yarl

I’m pretty sure it’s cleared a million now but I think his family will ultimately end up needing more. God, something’s gotta change.

fourteen favourite shots: Matilda the Musical

I LOVE THIS MOVIE. The songs, the incredible lead performance from Alisha Weir, all of it. I never really warmed to the 1996 version of Matilda because it was set in America and I’d read the book and I was damn sure it was set in Britain. (And mere miles away from my hometown, actually, somewhere in Buckinghamshire.)

Yeah, I was that kind of kid. And still am.

Screencaps here!

the past is a weird place

Back in the mid-2000s online nerd culture seemed to revolve around three people: JK Rowling, Joss Whedon and George Lucas. Two were loved and one was hated. Now it’s twenty years later and Rowling is the de facto leader of an international hate group, Whedon is a well-known abuser of young women with probably no future left in the entertainment industry, and Lucas is… maybe not exactly beloved, but definitely well-thought of.

It’s fucking weird. Man, I wish I could tell my younger self she was right not to get too involved with Harry Potter fandom or trust the commentary in Buffy.

The Guardians of the Galaxy 3 IMAX poster

I haven’t loved the latest bunch of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 posters. They’re either boring (to me) or they focus exclusively on Rocket, and nothing against Rocket but this is supposed to be an ensemble movie, y’know? Gah, I just wish I could make myself be more excited for this movie but primarily I’m just worried it’s going to let me down.

I do like this IMAX poster though:

I looked at it for a while trying to suss out why there was such a big blank space under the A and then it dawned on me… oh of course, that’s the space Yondu would’ve been in, isn’t it. (This was probably not intentional, but I love it anyway.)

Check out what I got for my birthday :)

My brother Michael drew me Harry Osborn from Spider-Man! :D

He’s the Ditko version of Harry with his fabulous nonsensical hair but he’s got a bird because the game version of Harry looks after the pigeons of NYC!

And Dave got me this amazing cat backpack (catpack?) which is not only adorable, it can fit my laptop in it! I’m going to end up taking it EVERYWHERE.

I also got a cake.

Shooter #32723

Six or seven mass shootings ago I saw an idea being floated around. It was along the lines of, “After a mass shooting the killer’s name should not be reported. No name, no age, no race, no gender, definitely none of their manifesto, absolutely nothing. Just call them “shooter [date]” and focus on the victims.”

I really really wish we would start doing that.

Thank you, Pokefriends

Today the very last Pokemon episode with Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu aired. It’s like bidding farewell to old friends. Seems like a lot of people feel the same way?

When I was a small child using the name “pokeprincess” online (I was among the first generation to grow up on the internet, for better or worse, I mostly survived it) Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu were EVERYTHING to me. Look! Look at these terrible, beautiful “drawings” I did as a kid!

My room would’ve been a shrine to Pokemon if my parents had allowed it. But check out the posters!

My 35th birthday is just over a week away. It’s the 1st April and I discovered just yesterday that Ash’s first Pokemon episode aired in Japan on the 1st April too. So all this time I’ve been sharing a birthday with Ash Ketchum! What a great way to end the journey! Thank you guys. You really were the very best, like no-one ever was.

Twitter Responds To All Email Inquiries From The Press With A Poop Emoji, 51-Year-Old Owner Elon Musk Reports — Deadline

All inquiries from members of the press directed to Twitter’s official press email now receive the same automatic reply: a poop emoji. Elon Musk, who bought the social media company for $44 billion last year, relayed the update on his own Twitter feed over the weekend. The 51-year-old billionaire’s report drew 80,000 likes and thousands…

Twitter Responds To All Email Inquiries From The Press With A Poop Emoji, 51-Year-Old Owner Elon Musk Reports — Deadline

I like the shade thrown at Pedo Guy in this headline but god, when is this guy going to finally, rightfully, lose everything he has?

Some stray thoughts on The Last of Us finale

(spoilers ahead, obviously)

I see a lot of people saying “It doesn’t really matter that the science behind killing Ellie to create a vaccine makes no sense, you’ve just got to accept that that’s how science works in this world.” But it does matter! Because anyone presented with the choice Joel was presented with – keeping your daughter alive or creating a vaccine that could save millions – you would ask about said vaccine! You would demand to know every bit of the science and whether the makers of this potential vaccine really, REALLY thought they could save even a small portion of humanity by ripping upon your daughter’s brain. And in this case, the Fireflies clearly don’t know every bit of the science they’re willing to sacrifice a child for. Jumping straight to “let’s cut her brain out” is MAD.

Ellie deserved a choice! Heck, Joel outright says this in episode 6, nice bit of foreshadowing there-

And I think Ellie would absolutely have chosen to die for a shot at saving the world. But it would’ve been for nothing. In Joel’s mind I’m sure he thinks he sacrificed the whole world for Ellie and he’d do so again, but from an outside perspective, the world was beyond saving. The only real way out was to rebuild.