The Orange Feather

2 notes

Tom Sawyer Big Read


The Lewis & Clark Library (lclteens) in Montana is embarking on a Big Read of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — a massive, community-wide bookclub lasting all through the month of October 2014, and including lectures, movie nights, outdoor adventures, and a series of online discussions with special guest speakers like award-winning YA author Rachel Hartman, Lizzie Bennet Diaries producer jennipowell, and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy actor itskylewalters!

Even if you’re not in Montana, you too can join in this internet-wide community book club, participate in the online discussions, and send in stories of your own adventures. Check it out!

Nerdfighteria take note! This is an awesome community reading project that’s not just limited to Montana. And you could be part of a book club discussion with Jenni Powell or Kyle Walters!

Filed under hank green john green lbd nerdfighters nerdfighteria

42,350 notes



I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.

We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but slowly revealed itself to be the opposite. We unpeeled the layers of corruption within the government, we saw cruelty against minorities grow in the past decades, and had media attack us and had teachers tell us that we ‘must not tell lies’. We got angry and frustrated and, like Harry, Ron and Hermione, had to think of a way to fight back. And them winning? That would have been enough to give us hope and leave us satisfied.

But instead. There was skip scene. And suddenly they were all over 30 and happy with their 2.5 children.

And the Millennials were left flailing in the dust.

Because while we recognised and empathised with everything up to that point. But seeing the Golden Trio financially stable and content and married? That was not something our generation could recognise. Because we have no idea if we’re ever going to be able to reach that stage. Not with the world we’re living in right now.

Having Harry, Ron and Hermione stare off into the distance after the battle and wonder about what the future might be would have stuck with us. Hell, have them move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives would have. Have them with screaming nightmares and failed relationships and trying to get jobs in a society that’s falling apart would have. Have them still trying to fix things in that society would have. Because we known Voldemort was just a symptom of the disease of prejudice the Wizarding World.

But don’t push us off with an ‘all was well’. In a world about magic, JK Rowling finally broke our suspension of disbelief by having them all hit middle-class and middle-age contentment and expecting a fanbase of teenagers to accept it.

Also. Since when was ‘don’t worry kids, you’re going to turn out just like your parents’ ever a happy ending? Does our generation even recognise marriage and money and jobs as the fulfillment of life anymore? Does our generation even recognise the Epilogue’s Golden Trio anymore?


(via liamdryden)

189,720 notes




And then in the future, everything changes. He’s been through it all, of course-watched humanity rediscover the heavens above them, watched them begin to wonder what’s out there. He cheered with the rest of the world when they landed on the moon, cheered as if he’d found Isla de la Muerta all over again, because there was something new. New treasure, a new horizon. But then they stop going, stop exploring, and he goes back to riding tankers across the rising seas. So he’s surprised when one day he wakes up from a night with his bottle of rum (his truest companion), and hears that there’s colonies on Mars now, and they need ships to supply them. He spends the next decade crafting new identities, learning all he can to qualify for the job, and after several tries (and even more faked deaths-this immortality thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in the age of the inerasable digital self) he gets it. The ships go nearly constantly now, the needs of the terraforming project creating an unbroken line of vessels from Mars to Earth and back again. “Show me that horizon,” he whispers to himself, his personal prayer of thanksgiving, each time they leave orbit, because the worlds, the stars are in motion and it’s never the same, with nearly three years for a round trip the ports are always different, even if they keep the old names. And finally one trip something goes wrong with the reactor, they’re too low on power and have to deploy the backups, and Jack (Lucky Jack, they call him, for he survives too many things he shouldn’t but science has yet to accept that maybe some things weren’t old wives’ tales after all) goes out for the spacewalk to bring up the solar panels. And as they rise, geometric patterns black against the sun’s glare, he’s struck by a powerful sense of déjà vu, because it’s all here-wind and sails, a ship beneath his feet and stars above his head, horizon in all directions. He wonders, for a moment, if the reason he’s still here is because the universe wanted a witness, to mourn the end of one age of exploration, and rejoice in the birth of the next.

(Source: jamesfrancos, via liamdryden)

Filed under holy shit

6,007 notes

4chan is dead












holy fuck hahahaha

sic semper tyrannis and thanks for all the fish or whatever meme is appropriate here


ironic that they get so mad about social justice then turn around and essentially cry about not having a Safe Space

rest in piss

tl;dr is moot put new mods in charge who won’t put up with dogshit sexist/racist/gross opinions and now /b/ is crying because apparently it’s more important to make sexist remarks than to be decent human beings

praise be unto satan

God bless us, everyone

This is truly a miracle. Hail Eris! Her wisdom infinite, her power limitless, her bathtub full of cheese! <3

Is this… is this real?
Did we purge 4chan?

Wait, did something good actually come out of gamergate?

459 notes

Politics is not inserted into games by critics, but is in fact an integral part of the design process. I think this kind tweetable summary is the point where most people would start to have doubts, so we’re going to drill down on some sample games and make stunningly obvious observations about how their political context has influenced their design. Exciting stuff, right?!
Game Design Is Always Political I’m Not Even Exaggerating Here | Midnight Resistance (via humanegames)

(via discovergames)

115,072 notes

a discussion on sexual orientation

*explaining various sexual orientations to a classmate*
wait, what's polyamory?
well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
*overhears from front of class*
that is d i s g u s t i n g
*defensively* um, actually, no it's--
how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
it should be polyerosy

107 notes

Ruin Jam 2014 -


What is Ruin Jam?

Ruin Jam is a game jam celebrating the nonexistent demise of video games, inspired by a lot of current events and  a certain blog post. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has been, is being, or plans to be accused of ruining the games industry. All Ruiners are welcome to contribute to the death of video games, provided that they adhere to the spirit of the jam.

What’s Ruining Video Games?

Thanks for asking! So far as I can tell, the following items are among the things ruining video games:

  • "Forced Diversity", i.e. Minority characters with agency.
  • People who make or talk about games having social and/or love lives
  • "SJWs", which stands  "Social Justice Warriors". It’s bad to be this for some reason.
  • People calling things that aren’t games games. The criteria for what a game is has yet to be disclosed.
  • Not being able to jump, shoot, or be killed
  • Criticism or satire of existing game franchises

@legobutts-senpai has a post running this down in more detail.

What Games are Welcome?

Any games that contribute to the downfall of video games are good candidates for submission. They can include items from the list above, or generally just be anything off the beaten path. Remember: different is bad, so go for that.

Since we’ll all be equal in the apocalypse, this is not a ranked jam.

Please avoid making any references to actual people. This jam is intended to lampoon a cultural attitude, not bully, harass, or libel. Likewise, slurs and bigoted content are not welcome here. Unironically anti-SJ games will be rejected at my discretion because what is wrong with you.

This is excellent.