Okay this is kind of silly but I made Fawnlock in FaceQ
Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.
As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.
The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.
‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.
But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.
‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.
Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.
holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses
they are my heroes
YOU GO GIRLS
"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"
that is amazing
I’m noticing a lot of comments about how people are angry that the Doctor seems to be very anti-soldier at the moment. Aside from the fact that he seems to have been that way since The Doctor’s Daughter (he wouldn’t even acknowledge Jenny until almost the end because she was a soldier), I think I may have figured out why.
One of the recurring themes this episode was the Doctor drawing a distinct line between a soldier and a teacher. Now, aside from their career choices, what is the difference between the two?
Teachers value learning. Their job is to keep an open mind while simultaneously broadening the minds of their students. Teachers have to be compassionate and understanding. They must know how to retain control in a stressful situation. And above all, they must be independent, innovative thinkers, coming up with new solutions to old problems. Teachers, in short, are leaders.
Soldiers are the opposite. From the first day a soldier puts on their uniform, it is drilled into them that while they are a soldier, their individual identity comes second to their identity as a group. Soldiers must follow orders, and are trained to obey and not think for themselves. They must become a single, well-oiled machine. Soldiers are not innovators. Soldiers are grunts, carrying out the orders of their superiors without question. Soldiers, in short, are followers.
In this episode, when Rusty has been repaired and has returned to his original state, the Doctor is presented with two choices: the choice of the teacher or the choice of the soldier. Clara, a true teacher, is very vocal in this scene, demanding the Doctor’s attention and repeating the question “Is that really what we learned today?” over and over again. Because that’s what a teacher does. A teacher challenges her students to be better. Journey Blue, on the other hand, does what any good soldier does: what she’s told. She prepares to destroy the Dalek because she is ordered to: no questions, no hesitations, and knowing full well that she will not only be sacrificing herself, but every living person inside the Dalek.
This is why the Doctor is against soldiers. The question plaguing his mind is: “Am I a good man?” I believe he came to the same conclusion Clara did: he doesn’t know, but he tries to be. And perhaps that is all that matters. But the Doctor doesn’t need a soldier in his life. I honestly think he’s a little scared to have a soldier in his life: someone who obeys what he says without question, even if he is crossing the line. He is afraid that if he travels with a soldier, there will be no one to stop him from crossing that line. So, he travels with a teacher. He travels with a woman who cares about him and will challenge him to be better at every turn. Because that’s what he needs right now. And I think he knows that.
I am not a good Dalek.
You are a good Dalek.
I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I was afraid you’d lost your way.
I did lose my way.
But you found it again. And you did it by yourself.
Allow me to tell you a story, child.
"Stay awhile and listen!"
Back around the time you were born, the Internet was a toddler too, and very little illustrates this like a game called Elf Bowling. This game from NStorm hit the web in 1998. Like many of the whack-a-mole games of that time, it was very simple and involved physical abuse.
In this case, Santa was bored and decided to go bowling, using his elves as pins while a reindeer watched.
The elves scream in high-pitched synchronized fear every time Santa bowls, and their crushed bodies are swept away into darkness by a giant squeegee.
Also, the game is really boring, like all bowling games.
Because the internet was still in diapers, of course it went completely viral in 1999.
And it kind of destroyed the Internet.
See, back in those days, most email users were using a program like Outlook Express to download messages to their computer.
This was before webmail was a thing. A majority of users at this time were still on dial-up (some were lucky enough to get a steady 56k connection, but many would be stuck at 33.6, or even worse, 18.8) and email systems were built to quickly move tiny text messages back and forth. A huge essay-like email to your mom explaining why you need more money? That’s a kilobyte or two in plain text and an email system blasts that out with no issues.
Elf Bowling is 1.1mb.
With a strong 56k connection, 1.1mb takes at least two and half minutes to download.
Outlook Express 5, which came with Windows 98, had a default server timeout of 60 seconds.
In 1999, everybody emailed it to everyone they know.
I was working as an internet tech support rep at the time, and here’s what happened:
- Elf Bowling would appear in your inbox on the server.
- You would attempt to download new messages.
- Everything before Elf Bowling would download fine.
- The server would time out trying to download the Elf Bowling file.
- The email would not be deleted from the server or marked as downloaded.
- Later on you’d try to get new messages and it would start to download Elf Bowling again, preventing new emails from getting through.
Eventually, it might download, or when you called tech support they had you increase the timeout, but then you’d play the stupid game and try to send it to every person you’ve ever met with an email address.
For the entire holiday season that year, email servers were under assault by this stupid game.
And that was only one half of the story. The file that was being sent around was elfbowling.exe.
People were downloading and running an unknown executable file.
Eventually, a chain email started going around, warning that elf bowling was a virus and it was going to delete all the information on your computer on Dec 25th at midnight, but this was determined to be a hoax.
There are two points here:
First off, fuck you, Elf Bowling
Secondly, kaanekii, marvel at where we have come in just your lifetime. I can watch Doctor Who streaming in HD on my phone, and just 16 years ago, one megabyte of Santa being a jackass almost destroyed the Internet’s email infrastructure.