I can smell this shit through my screen, it’s not cute, and it’s not as subtle as you think. If your only way of getting my attention is to politely insult me at random, why bother?
I even had a guy who was auditioning for my band pull this shit on me. Dude, you’re supposed to be trying to impress me with your musical skils, not trying to land me with this ass-backwards bullshit. It makes me sad because it is always SO obvious, but I’m sure that eventually, it probably ends up working on someone.
This is how it usually goes:
Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it”
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect.
To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.
I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…
Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.
Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.
One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.
This is the best band post
Everyone else go home
Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this
which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,
that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that
Who does that?
This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.
More like Julius Fuckit
I am this nervous around every person who enters the elevator with me. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity and race is. I don’t trust anyone with my life. Does this make me a bad person?
No, so am I. I am also this nervous around people who are walking behind me, people whom I pass on the street, or people who wait at the bus stop with me.
I get what the gifset is trying to say: that black men are not going to savagely attack you, and I get that, but as a woman I have literally grown up with horror stories about being alone with a man.
It’s today’s society that dictates that a woman should be afraid of being alone with a man. That’s any man, I’m pretty sure the woman’s reaction in the gif set would be the same if a white man had stepped into the lift instead.
I was thinking the same thing.
It’s not because he is black.
It’s because he is a man and I am alone.
I was raised to fear the uncontrollable lustful men and try to never be alone with them. That was my responsibility and my duty as a woman.
I don’t cluth my purse to me because I might get robbed, but because the purse is another layer of imaginary protection between him and me.
[Sebastian]’s really got into it. He’s read all the comics already and spent the last year prepping by just immersing himself in Cold War history, to the point where he could comment on some stuff about the origin of the Winter Soldier that I put in the comic. He’d say, ‘Did you know that there really was a General assassinated back then?’ and I’d say, ‘Yes, that’s what I based it on - I took actual moments of history and put him into them.’ He was so into the ride and you couldn’t ask for more.
WHY IS FAIRYBREAD A THING NOW
WHY IS IT AN INTERNET SENSATION
IT IS AN AUSTRALIA AND NZ PARTY FOOD
WHY ARE PEOPLE MAKING RECIPES FOR IT
IT IS BREAD AND SPRINKLES
IT ISN’T THAT BLOODY HARD
AND SOME PEOPLE ARE USING NUTELLA INSTEAD OF BUTTER
THAT ISN’T FAIRY BREAD
DON’T GET CRAFTY WITH US
ALSO IT ISN’T A STONER FOOD
LITTLE KIDS HAVE IT AT PARTIES
A symposium in Melbourne on the supposed threat posed to democracy by Islam has been used to discuss formation of a new anti-Islamic political party.
The party has the backing of Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders who says the new party will officially be launched in Australia in 2015.
News of the party’s debut has been condemned by both the Coalition government and the Labor Party as well as human rights activists.
Amanda Cavill reports.
The announcement that an anti-Islam group will start a political party in Australia has prompted a swift response from both sides of the political divide.
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders and the anti-Islam Q Society of Australia say they intend to launch a political party next year which they’re calling the Australian Liberty Alliance.
The Q Society has hosted what was billed as the first International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Melbourne.
Mr Wilders addressed the conference, held in an undisclosed location, in a pre-recorded message.
In the message, Mr Wilders says many Australians are disappointed by current political parties and have had enough of politicians who sell out Western civilisation.
"Like you, good people in Europe, America and Canada have had enough of politicians who don’t share our values and foolishly declare that all cultures are equal and who lack courage to speak the truth and say that Islam is the biggest threat to freedom today. It may seem like a big task to turn around. But the winds are changing .You too will soon have the opportunity to turn the tide in Australia."
Q Society spokesman Andrew Horwood says the symposium’s main thrust was to examine what he calls the true nature of Islam.
Mr Horwood says since the 7th Century the Islamic ideology, veiled in religious veneer, has conquered people and nations.
He says a halt on Islamic migration is needed until people understand, what he calls, the risks invoved.
"We can see what’s happening with Islam around the world and we would like to initially have a ten-year halt in Islamic immigration until Australia can get a handle on how to deal with the issue of Islam or there is a bit of a reformation with the Islamic faith and it can deal with living in the 21st Century."
Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coaltion says he doesn’t think the Australian Liberty Alliance will garner much support.
But Mr Rintoul believes far right wing parties can exploit unfounded fear and loathing of Islam, fostered in part by what he regards as Australia’s extreme asylum policies.
"The tragedy I think is that the atmosphere that’s been created. The anti-refugee atmosphere that’s created gives some encouragement to the far right anti-Islam sentiments. I think there’s a widespread view now that is extremely sceptical about what the government has to say about refugees and I think that scepticism will be extended to parties that try to divide the community on the basis of Islam."
Just in case anyone needed more proof of how racist Australa is.
"Mr Horwood says since the 7th Century the Islamic ideology, veiled in religious veneer, has conquered people and nations."
As opposed to the Christian ideology, veiled in religious veneer, which has never conquered any people or nations or hurt anybody anywhere ever, Amen.
I’m sorry any of my followers who are Christian, I just had a bit of a giggle at this line in particular, I don’t even know if this bigot is Christian, I’m just forever struck by the sheer idiocy and hypocrisy of people like this who go around claiming Islam (or whichever religion or group it is) is insidiously worming its way into our communities and countries.
As opposed to Christianity, which became the dominant religion in most Western countries entirely through the grace of God… or something. It’s not like it was brought by missionaries and conquering forces who wiped out, enslaved and tried to force the native people already in these lands to assimilate to their way of life. Nooo, that’s just those dangerous Muslims.
-rolls eyes- Give me a break.
Seven Things The Movies Forgot About Ron
Book Ron was an interesting, attractive and relatable character, and I feel that the movies really unfairly relegated him to the position of comic relief. The dynamics of the trio had to be simplified into hero + heroine + mascot, and that robbed us of a truly fascinating character. So here are a few things you should remember:
1. He really is poor and it matters. HP may have huge issues when it comes to representations of race and sexuality, but deserves a round of applause for having a character come from a low-income background, with the fact of their poverty not glossed over but made into a plot point. JKR is really consistent about this – about the things Ron eats and wears and buys and doesn’t buy, the way he reacts when Harry unwittingly flaunts his own wealth. Poorer kids who have to go without brand name clothes will see themselves in Ron, and richer kids will learn that poverty isn’t something you deserve. Kids who empathize with Ron because he can’t afford to replace a broken wand are less likely to grow up to be assholes who complain about the extravagant lifestyle of people on welfare.
2. He has knowledge about the world. Out of the trio, he is the only real insider in wizarding society. Hermione is the one who knows magical theory and basically everything that can be found in a library. But when it comes to wizarding society and all of its habits, rules and unspoken assumptions, he is the one who can fill the other two in. Throughout the course of the septology, he does almost as much exposition as Hermione.
3. He is actually quite intelligent. Despite what the movies would have you believe, he is not dumb. He is mediocre in most of his schoolwork, and lacks Hermione’s booksmarts, but he is an excellent chess player, meaning he possesses good strategic abilities. He is the one who keeps a calm head while throttled by Devil’s Snare, and he talks Hermione through saving both their lives. He has decent observational skills, after all he was to one to spot inconsistencies in Hermione’s third-year time table. Seeing his common sense and social insight as less valuable than Hermione’s academic knowledge betrays an inherently flawed definition of intelligence. (Especially since academic knowledge tends to be gendered as male, and social knowledge as female, think of Poirot and Miss Marple.)
4. He is loyal. He is the embodiment of loyalty. The movies erase some of the most poignant moments proving this, and hand some of them over to Hermione. But it is Ron who stands in front of Harry, daring Sirius Black to kill them both, despite his broken leg. It is Ron who repeatedly defies Malfoy and even Snape to protect Hermione from verbal abuse. When his mother believes tabloid lies about Hermione, he takes Hermione’s side. When his brother tells him to stop being friends with Harry because of the political risk, he is so furious at the suggestion that he tears up the letter. He is unthinkingly loyal to his friends, this is why it is such a big deal that he leaves in the seventh book – because it contradicts who he really is.
5. He is genuinely funny. In the movies we are more likely to laugh at Ron than laugh with him, and the jokes he makes tend to be somewhat juvenile. But in the books his sense of humour evolves with him and with the reader, leading to this dry, snarky, irreverent tone that is genuinely very enjoyable. Ron is fun to read, and he sounds like someone who would be lots of fun to be around. He jokes a lot, but it is rarely spiteful, and often meant to comfort or distract someone – a proof of emotional intelligence.
6. He is kind. I don’t really how to put this, other than the fact that if Ron was a girl, he would be immediately defined as a caretaker. He stays in Hogwarts over Christmas so that Harry doesn’t have to be alone. He often acts oblivious and selfish on the surface, but ultimately he really obviously pays attention to the wellbeing of his friends. From his words and actions and body-language we can piece together the sort of person who can make life suck less just by showing up, who is always there for his friends even if he cannot do anything specific to help.
7. He has a huge inferiority complex. The movies hardly touch on it but in the books it is his main character arc. He feels inferior to his brothers’ achievements, to Harry’s chosen status, to Hermione’s intelligence. It is explicitly stated in book four that he doesn’t understand how can someone not want to be chosen. The books are far more clear in implying that he gets together with Lavander because he’s insecure about romance. The Horcrux doesn’t get to him through his love for Hermione like it does in the movie, it gets to him through the nagging suspicion that he has never been good enough for anything or anyone ever, including Hermione. And the movie laughed off the scene after the destruction of the Horcrux, when Harry finally gets how much Ron suffered of this fear of being second best and Ron gets that Harry never chose to be chosen. But fear of being inadequate is the primary driving force of Ron throughout the septology, and the movie fails to see value in Ron just as Ron fails to see value in himself: his caring, his loyalty, his wealth of non-academic knowledge and his awesome sense of humour are not tangible achievements, and they are not something somebody notices about themselves.
Movie Ron is the person book Ron is afraid of being in his lowest moments, an incompetent oaf who makes rude jokes and chews with his mouth open, somebody their friends only keep around out of pity and habit, somebody Hermione would have to settle for out of a lack of better options. But book Ron, for all his flaws, is a loyal, funny and warm person with many valuable practical skills. Also: I can imagine Hermione regularly thanking her lucky stars for ending up with someone as amazing as him.
Guess what, Niners?
Here we go. Meet
Chief Molly O’Brien
Dr. Juliet Bashir
Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Lt. Cmdr. Jadzen Dax
Captain Bethany Sisko
Major Kira Noren
I know, I left some people out. Of course I left some people out. It’s Deep Space Nine. Damn thing’s bigger on the inside.
Whew, what a week! I can’t believe it’s already Monday.
I’ve just spent hours wading through articles on the internet, isn’t it hilarious(ly frustrating) when you click on something that leads to something else that leads to something else and before you know it you’re so far from where you started and your morning is gone!
I wish I could stay and while away hours on Tumblr but I have so much homework to do for Uni already… I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still alive and Uni’s been going well (or did I already come on and say that I’d survived my first week? I honestly can’t remember haha).
Hopefully once things settle down and become more routine I’ll be around more. And you can always message me if you need anything!