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Veronica. 20. Lover of cats and rabbits. Writer. Emotionally involved with fictional characters. And Benedict Cumberbatch. And Tom Hiddleston. And Nathan Fillion and James May. And . . .

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What... is your name? Veronica
What… is your quest? To procrastinate
What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Erm... 42?

Currently Watching: Spooks, Six Feet Under, Star Trek TOS Up next: BSG, Alphas, Heroes, Smallville
Currently reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

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Tuesday, January 7






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have you tried turning it off and on again

Tried that 2 years ago

Tags:   #lbr #we're all reblogging just for that last comment #sherlock #sherlock s3

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xander + pop culture references (requested by anon)

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Tags:   #the gifs on this didn't even have to load before I clicked 'reblog' #xander #btvs

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How Sherlock survived the fall


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Tags:   #Since yanno Moffat still hasn't told us how Sherlock lived 2 eps into s3 #Sherlock #reichenfall

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For years, I opened my 11th-grade U.S. history classes by asking students, “What’s the name of that guy they say discovered America?” A few students might object to the word “discover,” but they all knew the fellow I was talking about. “Christopher Columbus!” several called out in unison.

“Right. So who did he find when he came here?” I asked. Usually, a few students would say, “Indians,” but I asked them to be specific: “Which nationality? What are their names?”


In more than 30 years of teaching U.S. history and guest-teaching in others’ classes, I’ve never had a single student say, “Taínos.” How do we explain that? We all know the name of the man who came here from Europe, but none of us knows the name of the people who were here first—and there were hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of them. Why haven’t you heard of them?

This ignorance is an artifact of historical silencing—rendering invisible the lives and stories of entire peoples.

[…] In an interview with Barbara Miner, included in Rethinking Columbus, Suzan Shown Harjo of the Morning Star Institute, who is Creek and Cheyenne, said: “As Native American peoples in this red quarter of Mother Earth, we have no reason to celebrate an invasion that caused the demise of so many of our people, and is still causing destruction today.” After all, Columbus did not merely “discover,” he took over. He kidnapped Taínos, enslaved them—“Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold,” Columbus wrote—and “punished” them by ordering that their hands be cut off or that they be chased down by vicious attack dogs, if they failed to deliver the quota of gold that Columbus demanded. One eyewitness accompanying Columbus wrote that it “did them great damage, for a dog is the equal of 10 men against the Indians.”

Corporate textbooks and children’s biographies of Columbus included none of this and were filled with misinformation and distortion. But the deeper problem was the subtext of the Columbus story: it’s OK for big nations to bully small nations, for white people to dominate people of color, to celebrate the colonialists with no attention paid to the perspectives of the colonized, to view history solely from the standpoint of the winners.

Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Columbus: Towards a True People’s History

Just your random reminder that this is a banned book.


In January of this year, district officials came into Tucson’s high schools, confiscated the offending books, put them in boxes, and carted them away. These books were taken while classes were in session, so that the teachers and students wouldn’t miss the point.

What’s even more terrifying is that their actions were in compliance with an Arizona state law.

HB 2281 has terminated Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program, a virtually one of a kind social studies and humanities high school program that seeks to close the “achievement gap” by encouraging Tucson students (of whom at least 60% are Latino) to look at American history critically in regards to race, gender, and ethnicity.

But Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal will have none of it, and threatened to withdraw 14 million dollars in state funding to the Tucson Unified School District if it failed to comply with the law, which criminalizes, among other things, “any courses or classes that…advocate ethnic solidarity…”

And so hundreds of students have had their curriculum literally snatched away from them at mid-year; their teachers are now required by law to assign them more “traditional” reading material that ignores the racial, gender, and class biases that have so tragically shaped our country.

Another gentle reminder that there are  *ahem* various places I could be arrested for teaching this to you in school.

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Tags:   #signal boost #intersectionality #racism #christopher columbus #native americans

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Fun Facts about how cold it is in the Midwest right now


  • 5 minutes outside (and not dressed properly) and you will get frostbite
  • The Midwest is colder than Antarctica right now
  • Cars are going crazy because it is simply too cold for them to operate
  • Hot water freezes before it hits the ground right now

Tags:   #And this is why I am currently in bed with three blankets while wearing leggings under fleece pajama pants #Also because I should be sleeping #But still #It's cold #POLAR VORTEX 2K14

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So for those of you wondering why the “special event blogger” hasn’t come back for the first two episodes of Sherlock, to which I’ve been looking forward for, you know, two years. Along with everyone else here:

I’m not a fan of them. I’m not going to apologize, I’m just not a fan. I laughed, just like everyone else, but at the same time I was having a panic attack because all I could think was, “Where has my Sherlock gone?” On a personal note, I just want to say that I’ve never been very good with people. I get emotionally attached to fictional characters, but real life people are still something of a mystery to me. Sherlock and John’s “bit not good” lines? Yeah, my friends do that for me when I take comments too far. Suddenly, Sherlock is the one reminding John it’s lilac, not purple. He’s Mr. Pirouette. He’s the french-waiter impostor. But, he’s not my Sherlock. He’s not the inhumanly clever and un/reasonably detached consulting detective I started watching for.

Yes, I understand character development happens. It happened in Season 2, and I loved it. Everything on the show was balanced. But this Sherlock isn’t the same, balanced Sherlock we saw in the first two seasons. He’s missing deductions, he’s the suave best man flirting with Jeanine (or was it Jeanette? Whatever.), and he’s completely fine with the fact that after two years of losing John, he’s losing him all over again. He’s not putting up a fight, or making a scene. I know, he’s being supportive. But Sherlock didn’t used to be supportive. He was a child, and Mycroft was only marginally better. 

What made this show great was that it took a mind that the average watcher could never unravel, and then let us pull the string, bit by bit, episode by episode. With season 3, Moffat, Gatiss, and Thomson might as well be throwing loose yarn into the air for anyone to catch. If I wanted loose yarn, I would watch Miranda, or The Office. I watched Sherlock to be in awe. And, tl;dr, I’m not in awe of Sherlock, Series 3.

Tags:   #personal #Sherlock #sherlock s3 #bbc sherlock #steven moffat

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So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalising: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).

Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)

5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)

John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologise and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)

7&8 Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)

John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologises to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)

9&10 Minimalisation: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)

Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognises that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.

I’m going to get hate for this

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