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October 25 2017

15:51

CoMC 17 Catchup

Pyramus and Thisbe/ Toxicology

wow, this is the first time in a while that I’ve felt Nervous about what’s going to happen–since Edmonde got rich, I think, or since the Morrels got saved, at least.   Edmonde’s clearly setting up Mme Villeforte to do his dirty work, but I wonder if Valentine is Acceptable Collateral Damage on that front. She clearly wouldn’t be if he knew about her love affair with Maximilian - the Morrels and their happiness are Not Acceptable Losses–but if he doesn’t, (and he’s definitely not as omniscient as he likes to think he is)  she’s clearly set up to be in a Bad Way if her stepmom’s left  the head of household. That’s assuming that Mme. V doesn’t poison a different target than Edmond has in mind D:  

I feel really bad for Valentine  and her grandfather–money isn’t actually worth much if you’re legally or physically stuck depending on the will and control of people who openly hate you. But I’m also seriously wondering about M. Villefort now– his first wife was clearly genuinely in love with him , at least when they were engaged– I wonder if things were always so different in his second marriage?   Did his decades of Acting Like a Jerk Through the Law wreck his personality like they wrecked so many people’s lives? 

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trevissero:

Uhhhh I don’t know what to do with this anymore…

15:18

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If you want to get in on the craze without, y'know, dying, then certain kinds of chai taste EXACTLY like pumpkin spice. Add caramel and it’s even better!

I don’t really have any particular interest in joining in;“pumpkin whatever” holds no enticement for me, for the obvious reason, even as a concept. It’s more the issue of suddenly having to Avoid The Festive Everything >_<

(I mean,it’s Halloween. There’s also buckets of candy and cookies, I ain’t Deprived, I know, I’m just looking forward to all the Specialty Whatever being edible XD)
14:48
The word décarade, which expresses the departure of heavy vehicles at a gallop, is attributed to Villon, and it is worthy of him. This word, which strikes fire with all four of its feet, sums up in a masterly onomatopœia the whole of La Fontaine’s admirable verse:—
Six forts chevaux tiraient un coche. Six stout horses drew a coach.

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, Saint-Denis Book Seventh Chapter II, Hapgood translation

I love how Vic loves words.

14:39

I love Halloween but I’ll be so glad when Pumpkin Season is over and Peppermint Season starts 

14:29

@aporeticelenchus replied to your post “@aporeticelenchus replied to your post: oh wow…”
I think we would all like to read a novel starring Eugenie Danglars, Unimpressed Lesbian.

And her Disreputable Musical Friends! 

14:15

CoMC 17 Catchup

Edmond:  I am an unstoppable force, a being beyond mankind, the hammer of god, the judgement of providence,proof against all mere human machinations   let all fear me for I fear none 

The Morrels : *are basically nice human beings*

Edmond:  *literally runs away crying*

14:03

marypsue:

dark AO3 show me the fic that meets my exacting and kind of weird specifications

13:57

CoMC Catchup

lifeisyetfair:

pilferingapples:

Ideology

Edmond seems to be goin’ a bit Raskolnikov, all Burdened With Glorious Purpose. I was practically expecting him to start talking about Sheeple. 

And honestly I find my suspension of disbelief in the reality of these characters really strained by Villefort being all Impressed and Stunned and Rattled by this…frankly BS nonsense ego talk from Edmond. I’ve heard similar speeches from men who thought they were Very impressive; I did not feel my philosophy was being challenged, I felt they were rather dull and arrogant.  Maybe this read better in its era?  I realize we know Edmond’s had a Hard Go and is Very determined and all, but… yeesh. 

Keep reading

I think it’s interesting that Dumas’s grandparents were a slave and a slaveowner, and maybe this is the kind of story he had to tell himself about that kind of thing to make it ok somehow. Bc it’s fucked up.

Yeah, knowing that bit of his family history made reading it even more Unsettling? not gonna judge how someone’s dealing with Family Trauma but as a narrative trope that Happiness in  Love Slavery thing is  just unavoidably  uncomfortable . Especially with all the “you’re basically my dad, but a dad I can fall in love with :D :D” addition , just…yeah,I’m really hoping the Haydee thing improves somehow because right now it’s like Borderline Villainy here, and I get the impression it’s not supposed to be?? 

11:53

bewareofitalics:

pilferingapples:

bewareofitalics:

pilferingapples replied to your post “So I was listening to Judy Garland on the subway today, and as I often…”
OMG JUKEBOX MUSICAL LES MIS USING ONLY CLASSIC MUSICALS??

It could be great! :D Besides Fantine singing “The Man That Got Away,” Little Cosette could sing “Over the Rainbow,” and Eponine could sing “The Boy Next Door,” and “Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You” could be Marius’s letter to Cosette, and there could even be some songs that Judy Garland didn’t sing!

“Strike Up The Band” takes the place of DYHTPS

–wait what’s the era of musicals we’re looking at here, are we stopping with 30s-50s or moving through the 60s too

Gavroche and a gang of gamins sing “Babes in Arms!”

I figure throw in whatever works, and figure out the rules later.

Okay I went and watched Gay Purr-ee and I am now holding out for “Paris a Lonely Town” for Eponine 

it uh 

it has a verse about how awesome it would be to clean into the river  and End It All , so I don’t know how this got into a kid’s movie?? But definitely points for an Eponine Song, there >_< 

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space–radio:

Spent the evening learning a new skill, ft. a rudimentary moth & some extremely mediocre cursive
//
“—Sonner à travers l’histoire une fanfare de titans, conquérir le monde deux fois… et qu’y a-t-il de plus grand?
—Être libre, dit Combeferre.”

10:40
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rbzpr:

Robespierre’s speech on the assassination attempts on the representatives of the people (6 Prairial, Year II)

On 1 Prairial Year II, Henri Admirat, after having looked for Robespierre the whole day (presumably with the intention of assassinating him), fired two shots on Collot d'Herbois, without harming him, however. On 4 Prairial, a young woman, Cécile Renault, was arrested when she sought to enter the house of the Duplays (where Robespierre lived), armed with two knives. These assassination attempts, besides reviving Collot’s popularity, aroused a tremendous current of emotion: in the eyes of the sans-culottes, they demonstrated the ongoing existence of an “aristocratic plot”. In the evening of 6 Prairial, Collot d’Herbois and Robespierre were welcomed cordially at the Jacobin Club. Following a speech by Collot d’Herbois, Robespierre appeared at the tribune, received with lively applause ; at the suggestion of Bentabole, he was given a fraternal embrace by Voulland, who presided over the session, and after several interventions, Robespierre finally took the floor.

I am one of those who have to be the least interested in the events which happened ; yet, it is not allowed to me not to consider them from the point of view of the public interest. The defenders of liberty may be confronted with the rage of the factions and with the daggers of tyranny, this is a truth which all patriots have always foreseen. They never believed to have to live for a long series of years, they know the tyrants and their accomplices too well to not have foreseen the villainies which these have to use in order to destroy them. Two months ago, I said: if we fight our enemies, if we thwart the conspiracies which they have created through their corruption, we will be assassinated. The satellites of the tyrants have bitten the dust, the traitors have perished on the scaffold, and the assassins have sharpened their daggers against us. I do not know which impression the crimes of tyranny have to make on the perverted ministers of their atrocities, but I cannot help give you an account of what I have experienced myself.

I felt that it would be easier to assassinate us than to overcome our principles and to subjugate our armies. Assassination is a dreadful crime, the tyrants use it without difficulty, because it is the means [that is] the most conform to their weakness. 

The more uncertain and precarious the life of the defenders of the cause of the people and of humanity is, the more they have to hurry to render all services to their patrie which it has the right to expect from their energy and from their enlightenment, and to fill their last days with deeds [that are] useful to liberty. When the tyrannical powers of Europe conspire in order to suffocate our immortal revolution, an ardent partisan of the sacred rights of man must not imagine that he has to live for a long time. 

Me, who does not believe in the necessity of living, but only in virtue and Providence, I fund myself placed in the state wherein the assassins wanted to place me ; I feel more independent than ever from the maliciousness of men. The crimes of the tyrants and the blade of the assassins have made me freer and more redoubtable for all enemies of the people, my soul is more prepared than ever to unveil the traitors and to rip off their masks with which they still dare to cover themselves! 

Feeble agents of tyranny, despicable supporters of the oppressors of humankind, leave your dark lairs, appear as you are to the eyes of a people [that is] outraged by your crimes! see us exposed to your murderous daggers, our chest uncovered, not wanting to be surrounded by guards. Strike, we expect your blows. Calculate with how much ease a few hundred assassins can thrust the deadly blade into the heart of a good man, who is only defended by his virtues, by the surveillance of the people and by Providence. But on the other hand, measure the depth of your villainy and the pains which the enormity of your perfidies has to attract. Expect the judgement of the people and of Providence, you will escape neither of the one, nor the other. 

Frenchmen, friends of equality, rely on us for the task to use the little bit of life which Providence grants us to fight the enemies which surround us. We swear, by the daggers reddened by the blood of the martyrs of the Revolution, and since sharpened against us, to exterminate, to the last, the crooks who would want to rob us of our happiness and liberty. 


Unanimous and repeated applause follows this energetic speech, wherein the true bravery, the greatness of the republican soul, the most generous dedication to the cause of liberty and the most distinct philosophy shine.

Keep reading

04:52
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animation-appreciation-education:

Gay Purr-ee

95 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Oct. 24th, 1962
Country: USA
Director: Abe Levitow

Gay Purr-ee features the voice of Judy Garland in her only animated-film role, as well as Robert Goulet in his first feature film.

The story begins on a farm in rural Provence. The lovely housecat Mewsette and the accomplished but shy mouser Jaune Tom are in love. Inspired by the human Jeanette’s stories of glamour and sophistication in Paris, Mewsette runs away by taking a train to the big city, where she encounters the slick con-cat Meowrice. Taking advantage of the country kitty’s naivete, he puts her in the care of the sultry Madame Henretta Reubens-Chatte, who promises to turn Mewsette into a dainty debutante known as ‘The Belle of all Paris.’ Unbeknownst to Mewsette, Meowrice is grooming her to be the mail-order bride of a rich American cat in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Jaune Tom and his sidekick Robespierre arrive in Paris, searching for Mewsette.

Gay Purr-ee was the second and final feature film, following 1001 Arabian Nights with Mr. Magoo, produced by UPA (United Productions of America), a studio which had revolutionized animation during the 1950s by incorporating design and limited animation.

The script for Gay Purr-ee was written by Dorothy Webster Jones and her husband, Warner Bros. Cartoons veteran director Chuck Jones. The latter Jones also ultimately produced the project, moonlighting for UPA in violation of his exclusive contract with Warner Bros. One of the former animators from his Warner Bros. unit, Abe Levitow, directed the film. According to the production notes on the DVD edition, it was Garland who suggested that her Wizard of Oz songwriters, Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, should write and compose Gay Purr-ee’s eight songs. Garland has stated that the song ‘Little Drops of Rain’ was one of her favorite songs. 

When Warner Bros. picked up the film for distribution, they discovered that Chuck Jones had worked on the film. After a long debate with management over the details of Jones’ exclusivity agreement, Warner fired Jones in July 1962 and laid his staff off after they had finished their next cartoon.

The film was theatrically released in October, 1962 to indifferent reviews and low box-office receipts. The Hollywood Reporter declared it to be ‘one of those inexplicable projects involving people of the highest talent that just doesn’t come off.’ The technical achievements of the film, however, drew universally high praise, with Variety deeming the artwork to ‘rank with the finest ever manufactured in the specialized realm of the animated cartoon.’”

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Gay Purr-ee is available online here.

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the-mad-prince-of-denmark:

timefortigers:

karykeion:

I FORGOT I WROTE THESE TAGS AND NOW I’M SO DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THIS ISN’T A SHOW

does this mean that dracula as he ended up written CAN’T tell the difference between a dead body and an alive one

Bram Stoker: so there are all these things that, because he’s a vampire, he either can do really well or can’t do at all

Henry Irving: like what?

Bram Stoker: he can’t go through doorways without help or he’ll just like,,completely eat shit

Bram Stoker: he can super tell if a person is dead or not

Bram Stoker: all of his paintings look like paintings of other people

Bram Stoker: he can make you sad as dicks whenever he wants

Henry Irving:

Henry Irving:

Henry Irving: this is the character you based on me??

04:35

sidneyia:

progressivejudaism:

Enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) starts on November 1 and ends on December 15. The current administration has cut the funds to announce when people can enroll. Please reblog and #Resist

they have also scheduled some 12-hour “maintenance sessions” to occur on sundays during the enrollment period so be aware of those as well.

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cummerslam:

a conversation i saw on twitter about statues worth keeping reminded me of what is easily one of my favorites.

this is outside of the university of maryland’s student union building, a bench with a statue of one of UMd’s most universally beloved alumni, jim henson, conversing with kermit. people (usually incoming freshmen) will sit down next to them and have their picture taken. it’s one of the most pure and beautiful things on this earth.

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talesfromweirdland:

Nurikabe, a spirit from Japanese folklore. The creature disguises itself as a wall to confuse and misdirect nightly travellers.

(If you ever encounter it: tap on its lower left part and it will disappear.)

04:18
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skunkandburningtires:

Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater has entered the GIF game!

Baker’s Marionette Theater in Los Angeles is one of my favorite spots on Earth. 

It’s like visiting Disneyland or Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in the magical way that it transports you back to the innocence and wonder of childhood. This ‘magic’ isn’t limited to the shows, either. Thanks to Baker’s innovative approach to entertaining his audience, the ENTIRE THEATER is brimming with l‘enchanté!

While the theater has plenty of traditional ‘theater’ seats, kids (and adults!) are invited to sit on the floor surrounding the ground-level stage. Throughout the show, puppets interact with the seated audience members, adding spontaneity to each performance while blurring the line between audience and performer, ‘real’ and ‘fake.’ The theater’s unique sense of whimsy even extends to after the show, when the entire audience is escorted through a door in the back into one of Baker’s puppet workshops where everyone gets to enjoy FREE ICE CREAM SUNDAES at small, kids’-sized tables!

In addition to establishing the theater, Baker also ran multiple puppeteer workshops, teaching – and then hiring! – many of the low-income Latino youth living in the surrounding neighborhood. Baker also had an extensive career in Hollywood. If you’ve ever watched such classic films as The Sound of Music, Close Encounters of the Third Kind or The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ve seen some of Baker’s marvelous creations. Baker was also Walt Disney’s marionette-maker of choice, and Disney himself asked Baker to sell his puppets in the park!

Hoping to raise enough awareness to make this 50+ year old theater a permanent part of Los Angeles’ cultural history, Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater has teamed with Giphy.com to give out as many marionette-themed GIFs as possible. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE/GET THE GIFS

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE THEATER’S WEBSITE

(They have a couple of craaaazy Halloween shows this month. I highly recommend you check ‘em out!)

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