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raiining:

raiining:

Worldbuilding:

Okay, so I have some serious re-watching of MAoS to do in my future, but riddle me this:

- we know S.H.I.E.L.D. evolved from the Strategic Scientific Reserve, right?

- we know they have the Academy and the three campuses that recruit talent from all over the (?)…

Ooh, good point re Peggy and the UK.

I have to watch the first episode again and pay better attention to Skye’s voice-over, but what you said makes sense.

Yeah, The Wall is making me head-scratch, but I guess once you make it through the security/get inside the academy, the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. thing isn’t a secret anymore. The Wall is there because by the time you see it, you need to remember the importance of this thing that you’ve joined.

Also, re the PhD, your right, that kind of confused me. Also, re the “just north of campus” thing, that did look pretty suburban, but there must be on-campus housing. It could still be in the middle of nowhere, or maybe disguised by technology somehow?

Honestly I would absolutely love the whole campus to be shielded by magical tech - Lola FLIES, for crying out loud! Surely a mind-bending chameleon cloak for a campus can’t be too much to ask for? 

Sadly I have to admit that’s probably a crack step too far for the tone of the series. Which… does leave a lot of things unexplained. After all, the Operations campus must involve gunfire and explosions and maybe even driving and flying exams so it does seem unlikely that the whole thing is located close to regular suburbia. As you say, it might be faculty (or student) housing.

Regarding publishing, most PhD holders I know were in the arts so that’s not much help but one friend chose to do graduate AI study abroad because he was way more interested in applying his ideas first, than in wasting time first justifying them to the (old, hidebound very British) university where we did undergrad. Which could maybe tie into FitzSimmons’ talk about wanting to just go ahead and do stuff rather than go through the tedious process of getting it approved (and published)?… Does that help? At all?

I don’t know if this is for general head canon or for a specific fic that’s percolating, but either way I love your writing so am looking forward to seeing what happens next! :)

raiining:

Worldbuilding:

Okay, so I have some serious re-watching of MAoS to do in my future, but riddle me this:

- we know S.H.I.E.L.D. evolved from the Strategic Scientific Reserve, right?

- we know they have the Academy and the three campuses that recruit talent from all over the (?) U.S.?  The world?

- we know S.H.I.E.L.D. is at least a semi-secret organization, since they drive around in marked cars and have I.D. that police-officers and people respect (ep 9 “Repairs”), but Skye refers to them as the “men in black” in Episode 1 during her internet radio speech

So can we assume that there’s a lot of security around the various Academy campuses?  Security we maybe didn’t see in the episode?  Maybe they are hidden, or tucked away, or disguised as regular universities?

Can S.H.I.E.L.D. actively recruit people, or do they have to do it undercover?  Jane hadn’t heard about S.H.I.E.L.D. before in “Thor”, but Selvig had, because “he knew a guy” who got disappeared.  

So… maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. pretends to be a normal University?  Maybe they pretend to be the F.B.I.?  Maybe you don’t even get in the door until you sign a bunch of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement on top of your PhD?

Maybe you have to agree to only publish under a pseudonym?  Maybe that’s why - if they ever approached Jane - she said no?

I’m trying to develop some headcanon about this world.  Help me out here, guys!

Oh this is FUN! :D

I’d say they definitely recruit from anywhere in the English-speaking world (at least - probably elsewhere too but I don’t think that’s backed up by anything) since FitzSimmons’ accents and youth mean they probably didn’t grow up in the US. (And Peggy’s role mean they probably kept feelers in the UK.)

I always assumed that SHIELD was totally covert (and ID wouldn’t be recognized by regular police etc.) until the Battle of NY. I think (?) Skye’s voiceover in the pilot hints that they came out of the shadows after that. I’m guessing their name was all over the clean-up, explanations, the whole media circus etc. That would allow for the wider recognition we see later plus the Rising Tide’s scepticism about a new, shiny agency.

I assume they’d recruit young scientists through word of mouth - respected leaders in the field who tell them about this super-secret project that will let them really stretch their abilities, not like those Oxbridge-Ivy League stick-in-the-mud schools… And instead of publishing and dealing with all those pesky redactions, you get to jump straight into real-world applications?

As for field agents like Ward… perhaps siphoned off from the CIA or military intelligence? I’m guessing they’d want people with a more international bent than the FBI since a lot of the missions we see take place abroad.

I’m not sure how they manage the identity of the universities - if they have a huge ‘wall of valor’ in every building that kind of limits your covertness! Maybe it was dragged out of a basement after the Battle of NY? Or perhaps they’re set inside the much larger grounds of a military installation with no major towns for miles around?

So many sparkly shiny possibilities!

matineemoustache:

Peter O’Toole & Audrey Hepburn by Terry O’Neill

On the set of How To Steal A Million 1966

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adamantsteve:

udon-tarou:

良い夫婦の日でソーキャプ!久々に帰ってきたソーを出迎えるキャップ。
日本ではソーキャプ少ないね・・・。やっぱり金髪ガチムチカップルはマッチしないんだろうか。
海外では多い(多分)様に思えるけど、お国柄かね。
まあソーにはロキがいるからね・・・。
ソー2にキャップ出るんだし、ソロキと一緒にソーキャプも増えるといいなあ。

I tried to google translate the above and I thiiiiiiink it basically says (with my other translations/guesses in italics): 

Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) on a day of good couple! Cap to greet the saw (Thor) who came back after a long time.
I few Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) in Japan …. Blonde Heads Or couples I wonder do not match after all.
It seems to many (maybe)-like outside Japan, but I wonder if it be on the conditions of a country.
I because Have Loki saw (Thor) in … well.
I saw come out in cap 2, and I hope also increases Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) with Soroki (Thor/Loki?).


Yay - I get to use my day job skills in fandom :)
The comments read:
Thor/Cap on Good Couples Day (which is a made up ‘holiday’ based on a pun about November 22, hence the numbers)! Cap’s welcoming Thor home after a long trip away.
There isn’t much Thor/Cap in Japan… Maybe pairing two blond, muscled men isn’t a great match?
I think there’s more of the pairing abroad - maybe it’s a cultural (national) thing.
I guess Thor has Loki too…
But Cap appears in Thor 2, so I hope we see more Thor/Cap as well as Thorki.
Hope this helps :)

adamantsteve:

udon-tarou:

良い夫婦の日でソーキャプ!久々に帰ってきたソーを出迎えるキャップ。

日本ではソーキャプ少ないね・・・。やっぱり金髪ガチムチカップルはマッチしないんだろうか。

海外では多い(多分)様に思えるけど、お国柄かね。

まあソーにはロキがいるからね・・・。

ソー2にキャップ出るんだし、ソロキと一緒にソーキャプも増えるといいなあ。

I tried to google translate the above and I thiiiiiiink it basically says (with my other translations/guesses in italics): 

Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) on a day of good couple! Cap to greet the saw (Thor) who came back after a long time.

I few Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) in Japan …. Blonde Heads Or couples I wonder do not match after all.

It seems to many (maybe)-like outside Japan, but I wonder if it be on the conditions of a country.

I because Have Loki saw (Thor) in … well.

I saw come out in cap 2, and I hope also increases Sokyapu (Thor/Cap) with Soroki (Thor/Loki?).

Yay - I get to use my day job skills in fandom :)

The comments read:

Thor/Cap on Good Couples Day (which is a made up ‘holiday’ based on a pun about November 22, hence the numbers)! Cap’s welcoming Thor home after a long trip away.

There isn’t much Thor/Cap in Japan… Maybe pairing two blond, muscled men isn’t a great match?

I think there’s more of the pairing abroad - maybe it’s a cultural (national) thing.

I guess Thor has Loki too…

But Cap appears in Thor 2, so I hope we see more Thor/Cap as well as Thorki.

Hope this helps :)

Why Diversity in Media is Important: A “White-Washed” Latina’s Story

boocheesie:

I am a full-blooded Latina, who happened to be raised in an affluent and mostly white community. I can pass for many races (I’ve gotten everything from “Dark” Italian to Egyptian to Arabic, even though my ancestry traces mostly to the native peoples of the Caribbean), and so I have only rarely suffered any sort of racism related to being a Latina. I’ve even been rewarded for my heritage, because most Hispanic scholarships are merit-based, and I’m intelligent and was raised privileged enough to excel in school; I even had Ivy League schools show interest in me (and I know my ethnicity was taken into consideration there, because my white peers received no such letters).

My point is that I might as well have white-privilege - I’ve identified more with the “privileged white culture” all my life, after all. I’ve joked about being “the whitest Latina in the world” and I’ve identified with white heroes in television and books and movies and had no real problem that there weren’t any Latina heroes that looked like me.

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the character of Miss America, from Marvel’s Young Avengers, and everything changed.

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allmylovesinoneplace: Leftenant: WTF?

tzigone:

allmyfansquees:

tzigone:

allmyfansquees:

Why the hell am I seeing leftenant left (hah), right, and centre on all the sleepy hollow gifs? We spell it lieutenant too, we just pronounce it with an f. (though god only knows why…)

Dialect spelling?

Well, I’m fairly sure *nobody* spells it with an ‘f’……

What I meant was a literary device where dialog is written in the accent the character uses (including spelling words the way the sound instead of the way they are actually spelled).  Like The Color Purple using “ast” instead of “asked” and “fine out” instead of “find out.”  I don’t know the proper term, sorry.

Ah - got it! Sorry for the misunderstanding :) I think the term is “eye dialect”, but it’s been a good few years since uni, so take that with a pinch of salt!

Leftenant: WTF?

tzigone:

allmyfansquees:

Why the hell am I seeing leftenant left (hah), right, and centre on all the sleepy hollow gifs? We spell it lieutenant too, we just pronounce it with an f. (though god only knows why…)

Dialect spelling?

Well, I’m fairly sure *nobody* spells it with an ‘f’… But I’m certainly willing to be proven wrong on that! (Any Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians, or others out there who do spell it that way?)

(A lot of the gifs I’m seeing seem to have been made by US-based fans who maybe(?) don’t know the British say ‘f’ but spell ‘ieu’.) (Or maybe just like to spell it that way to emphasize Crane’s Englishness?) Colour me definitely confused!

Leftenant: WTF?

Why the hell am I seeing leftenant left (hah), right, and centre on all the sleepy hollow gifs? We spell it lieutenant too, we just pronounce it with an f. (though god only knows why…)

strictbeauties:

worldofmy-own:

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.
Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is important

Thank you Tilda

strictbeauties:

worldofmy-own:

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.

Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is important

Thank you Tilda

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Space Orcs!

prokopetz:

mikhailvladimirovich:

bogleech:

It’s funny how science fiction universes so often treat humans as a boring, default everyman species or even the weakest and dumbest.

I want to see a sci fi universe where we’re actually considered one of the more hideous and terrifying species.

How do we know our saliva and skin oils wouldn’t be ultra-corrosive to most other sapient races? What if we actually have the strongest vocal chords and can paralyze or kill the inhabitants of other worlds just by screaming at them? What if most sentient life in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and lives in fear of us rare “animal” races who can move so quickly and chew shit up with our teeth?

Like that old story “they’re made of meat,” only we’re scarier.

HOLY SHIT THEY EAT CAPSAICIN FOR FUN

YOU GUYS I HEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN AIRPLANE.

A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN AFTER YOU SHOOT IT

humans are a proud warrior race with a pantheon of bloody gods: Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc.

REMOVING A LIMB WILL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS: ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD.

WARNING: HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE

WARNING: HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR. DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY

THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW MUSCLES.

HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS

WARNING: HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROVISED WEAPONS. SEE CLASSIFIED DATA LABELED J. CHAN.

HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BODY. DO NOT INHALE

OH GOD THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GOD

More seriously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life. Our endurance, shock resistance, and ability to recover from injury is absurdly high compared to almost any other animal. We often use the phrase “healthy as a horse” to connote heartiness - but compared to a human, a horse is as fragile as spun glass. There’s mounting evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by following it at a walking pace, without sleep or rest, until it died of exhaustion; it’s called pursuit predation. Basically, we’re the Terminator.

(The only other animal that can sort of keep up with us? Dogs. That’s why we use them for hunting. And even then, it’s only “sort of”.)

Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient life did not evolve from hyper-specialised pursuit predators:

  • Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we don’t need to overpower or outrun you. We just need to outlast you - and by any other species’ standards, we just plain don’t get tired.
  • Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from virtually any injury that’s not immediately fatal. Even traumatic dismemberment isn’t necessarily a career-ending injury for a human.
  • We heal from injuries with extreme rapidity, recovering in weeks from wounds that would take others months or years to heal. The results aren’t pretty - humans have hyperactive scar tissue, among our other survival-oriented traits - but they’re highly functional.
  • Speaking of scarring, look at our medical science. We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most rudimentary anesthetics or life support. In extremis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves - and survive. Thanks to our extreme heartiness, we regard as routine medical procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder. We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic reasons.

In essence, we’d be Space Orcs.

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