Imagine Mama May and Melinda, though.

Imagine Mama May raising a firecracker of a child, all warmth and fearlessness and stubbornness. Imagine a tiny Melinda who thought of her mother as a superhero, who threw herself into her martial arts lessons and listened to stories of missions before…

Again: We need more Agent May.  We need May and Hill bonding and reminiscing, and maybe going out drinking.  And then kicking ass together.   Big-screen, 3-D, digitized-mayhem ass.   Dear Joss:  Please put this in Avengers 3.

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Melinda May and the Fury Inner Circle

How do I start a campaign to get Melinda May included in the next Avengers movie?  Is it too late?  Is it all scripted and done?

Becuase seriously: She’s in Fury’s Inner Circle to the point that she knows about Tahiti and was trusted wtih assembling Coulson’s team and being Coulson’s watchdog.   Her first act on getting out is to track down Maria Hill.   May is clearly connected and high level trusted.

And she’s absolutely freaking awesome, and I want to see more of her and for her to be in All The Things.


A reminder for this day that supporting the idea that Oxford or Sir Francis Bacon or whoever wrote Shakespeare’s works is inherently classist and undermines the very essence of what makes Shakespeare great: the universality of his writing.

Shakespeare didn’t write to impress…

I was SO disappointed to learn that Derek Jacobi belongs to the “Shakespeare couldn’t have written his plays” school.  Crushingly disappointed.   Because I’ve read the arguments, and I agree with the post I’m quoting: It’s classist bullshit to think a man with his background couldn’t have had those words inside him.

Jacobi was my first introduction to staged Shakespeare.  I saw him from the cheapest seats in the house, leaning way out to be able to see him at all.  I was 10 years old and I was spellbound by his Hamlet.
And it turns out he’s a Bacon Douche.  Sadness.

"They don’t “accidentally” rape women. They don’t “misread the signals”. Every day, men who pretend that they are incapable of telling that women don’t want them to penetrate their bodies, read hundreds of social signals expertly. They know when to joke about with the boss; when to back down gracefully in a meeting without losing face; when to negotiate hard and when to keep some back for the next deal; they know when to banter with their colleagues and when to be professional. They know when to slap down someone in a pub or a club or on a train and when that would be dangerous – most men, like most women, are very, very good at negotiating social signals." 

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"[P]ublic schools appeared to be attaining higher levels of mathematics performance than demographically comparable private and charter schools—and math is thought to be a better indicator of what is taught by schools than, say, reading, which is often more influenced directly and indirectly by experiences in the home. These patterns flew in the face of both the common wisdom and the research consensus on the effectiveness of public and private schools. Immediately, we checked to see what had happened in the analysis, whether “public” and “private” had been “reverse-coded” or some other such error was involved. But after further investigation and more targeted analyses, the results held up. And they held up (or were “robust” in the technical jargon) even when we used different models and variables in the analyses. We eventually posted a technical paper on a respected website and published a short article, which received some attention. And then, like any good researchers, we applied for funding to study this issue in more depth using the most recent, comprehensive databases. The results across datasets are consistent and robust—indicating that these patterns are substantial and stable, regardless of changes in the details of the analyses.

These results indicate that, despite reformers’ adulation of the autonomy enjoyed by private and charter schools, this factor may in fact be the reason these schools are underperforming. That is, contrary to the dominant thinking on this issue, the data show that the more regulated public school sector embraces more innovative and effective professional practices, while independent schools often use their greater autonomy to avoid such reforms, leading to curricular stagnation."

The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools (via smdxn)

During the Bush Administration, a Department of Education report found that when you matched private and public schools by demographics, publics outperformed privates.  All private schools, whether secular, Catholic, or other religious.  (side note: private non-Catholic Christian schools came in at the bottom across all subjects).   The report was released at  4:59 on Good Friday and got almost no  news coverage.   

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When to Watch: Tuesday, May 13 at 9 p.m.
What to Expect:
The NCIS LA team and the DEA discover a plot to bring a whole mess of cocaine to the US with a submarine, and it’s up to Callen and Sam to find the sub. Plus,…

I have been musing on the fact that Linda Hunt is my parents’ age, may be interested in retirement, may not be feeling as spry as she once did. I’ve been noticing how Hetty has rarely been seen even standing up this season, let alone walking, but instead is always behind a desk, even in candid behind the scenes shots.

And I am reflecting on the spoilers about “someone leaving the team” (I assumed that was Kensi). And I have been thinking about the way they have been maneuvering both Nell and Granger into new and /or different positions re: the team. And giving Nell the same haircut as Hetty…

And I’m wondering if this Hetty-related news is significant.



Was anyone else a little bit disappointed that the kick ass Lady Counsel Member turned out to be Natasha? Still love Natasha, but for a few glorious seconds, it was awesome to see an older woman come out of nowhere to kick ass.

Oh hell yes. For one…

Yes, this.

My headcanon is that Natasha and Fury approached her, ascertained she was not Hydra, and got her identity willingly. And she is now the only surviving member of the council and will be senior member of whatever replaces it and she’s an ally and actually totally badass in her own right.

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dontworryfern asked: do this fandom a favor and write an alternative ending


I probably would if I could think of one. That episode just really messed my mind up. All I can see are Deeks and Kensi dressed up like raccoons singing “What Does the Raccoon Say?”

I think the raccoon says “stop with the motherfucking metaphors, Kalstein!”

I’m a comp lit person.  I’m good with a metaphor.   I think I understand why Kalstein was all “Ooh, leave them in a better place,” and “you’ll be happy with the outcome” and “picks up where Frozen Lake left off.” 

I got his metaphors.  I just didn’t like his metaphors.   I think I understand where he wants us to believe Deeks and Kensi are right now.  

But I just kept saying “USE YOUR WORDS PEOPLE” for the last three minutes of the episode. 

Anonymous asked: This is more me commenting on 3 hearts then asking if you think I'm crazy. I loved the ep. Not the Metaphors. I loved Deeks & Kensi. I'm full out a DEEKS girl more than a Densi person. But Deeks saw himself in Angelo. Angelo called him on it. Like Deeks said to Kensi, he was baiting him, but he's not wrong. Angelo's Achilles Heel is the blond chick. Deeks' Achilles heel is Kensi. He still believes they're soul mates. It's just Kensi's turn to be patient. Deeks has stuff to work out


You’re not wrong. Deeks did see himself in Angelo…he saw the side of himself that was willing to compromise his own morals (you might see that line from me again) because the feelings he has for Kensi are so strong that he can’t control them.

I think it’s basically a plot device to make him be the one to back away now, though. He’s known for a long time that Kensi was his Achilles heel. I guess all the talk of mating wildlife scared him away.

Actually, you grabbed a really good point in there. 

"The side of himself that was willing to compromise his own morals."

Guys, he was going to waterboard someone for her.   And not even to get her back, but in anger and vengeance over her presumed death.

His feelings about her made him willing to torture someone.  

Sure, we can say “But look! You stopped!”   I think his point is that he started.

But I also agree that it is basically a plot device.   They’re prolonging the dance, and it is his turn to bow to his partner and do-si-do down the set.


So, sometimes a knife is just a knife. Unless it is given to someone to protect them. And it is cared for. Then oh my God i’m back on a frozen lake and I just can’t….

How many “A“‘s in KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN again?

I do actually think Hetty’s end of the beginning was right. I just don’t know where…

Same music from “it’s a love story” at the end of “Impact” too. I think it was meant to be seen as a step forward, in the end

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If in the season finale, it’s revealed that Hetty has been working for HYDRA, that will make more sense to me that whatever the end scene was.

Dude, the crossover potential!

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don’t sexualise things meant for children like i dont care if you think i’m kink shaming you it’s gross don’t do it

Or if you do it, keep it to yourself or to private groups, rather than shitting all over a kid oriented site.

Same for creep-ass weird RPF. I will kinkshame you all day if you try to force that shit onto the object of your “affection.” Your right to get off absolutely ends when it hits another persons boundaries.

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The first words he says in the movie are “On your left.”  Could they have been any more obvious?

Perfect.   Perfection.   This sums it up perfectly.

Now I want to see it again.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: grimdark is lazy, good is hard work and Jewish American superheroes


First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I went to…

Another good riff on Film Crit Hulk and the nature of superheroes.

My grandmother was a left wing, non-ironic-flag waver who believed in the possibility of the America that non-antihero Cap is fighting for. It’s still possible, even today, to believe in honor, duty, and doing the right tucking thing.

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bootsnblossoms replied to your post: reapersun replied to your post “The na…

Doesn’t jibe also mean to poke and prod at someone verbally with the intent of making them feel irritated? E.g. when Maab tells Merlin’s aunt “I’m in no mood for your jibes” in the Hallmark miniseries version of Merlin.

Nope, those are gibes.  Pronounced the same, but an entirely different word.  

I love it when people get all these right and know the difference!