Archives for the Date December 27th, 2018

德國總統聖誕致辭:民主體制的強大,取決於傾聽、辯論和妥協|端傳媒 Initium Media 2018-12-27T10:54:52.000Z

>>> 在我的印象之中,我們德國人越來越排斥彼此交談,甚至連相互之間的傾聽也越來越少。當我們環顧四周,特別是在社交媒體,四處充斥着惡語、聒噪,以及日復一日的憤懣。 然而,比這些聒噪更令我擔心的,卻是許多人的沉默。越來越多的人退回到自己的「同温層」、退回到自己打造的肥皂泡。在那裏,所有人永遠百分之百地彼此贊同——包括誰不屬於這個圈子、誰不屬於這個社會。

Sam’s sweet scrunchy nose

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I love it so much ❤️ He’s so cute 

Last gif credits to @jamesfreaser

EXTRA BONUS POINT 

Credits: @nighean–donn requested by @vitaldust

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Credits: @mackayla-lane , @jamesandclairefraser

DOUBLE SCRUNCHY NOSE 🌈 💗

Thanks so much @jamesandclairefraser 

owlnguava: denise-alwaysuselove: cathleenkucz: A Plea To The Producers Of Outlander, From A…

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denise-alwaysuselove:

cathleenkucz:

A Plea To The Producers Of Outlander, From A Devoted Fan …

Thank you for stepping forward, @cathleenkucz. It took courage to write this.

Bravo!

sacreddonkey: Dumbo 2019 Official Teaser Trailer

sacreddonkey:

Dumbo 2019 Official Teaser Trailer

lhoneybee: [I carry your heart with me (I carry it in] by E. E. Cummings, June 1952

lhoneybee:
[I carry your heart with me (I carry it in] by E. E. Cummings, June 1952

ecampbellsoup: Disheartened & Disappointed *Disclaimer: the following post is purely my opinion…

ecampbellsoup:

Disheartened & Disappointed

*Disclaimer: the following post is purely my opinion based on the reality that production presents to me of this fictitious story on screen. Nothing I say is meant to be taken personally or as slander, but merely an exploration of personal sentiment. Please take everything I say with a grain of salt as it is emotionally charged*

Hello darlings.

Coming to you all with an honest heart to share where I am currently with the last few episodes of Outlander.

I know many are enjoying this season and that genuinely makes me so happy. I have enjoyed much of it. But…it also just goes to show that art is very subjective particularly when it comes to the ever vibrant platform of television.

And everyone has their own taste and desires when it comes to a fandom.

But with full transparency on display, I have struggled greatly with how to express exactly what I have felt while viewing the last two episodes of Outlander—particularly 4×08.

My silence here has been intentional as I have tried to mentally process what I am feeling and how to articulate that well.

On my blog, I always attempt to view things with a perspective that is fair, while also choosing to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. I focus on what I love about the show and share that.

But alas, today, I am disheartened and disappointed. I have to be forthcoming about this rather than acting as if I am thrilled with what I am seeing unfold on this show as of late.

To start with: this past episode was so alarmingly written that my only reaction what shock.

For me this episode was not only unnecessarily violent, but textbook gratuitous and glaringly obtuse. It lacked emotional intelligence to its own detriment.

The rape within this narrative has been discussed on multiple blogs here, so I do not have too much to add. Yet, I have been encouraged to see that many others are picking up on this:

The common theme of rape as a plot development or character arc is severely disturbing and I cannot wink at it just because I love Outlander.

Having almost every single character raped diminishes the egregiousness violence of it and furthermore, in no way informs the plot of this story in an authentic or integrious manner.

Another aspect that is concerning to me is the lack of meaningful interaction from Jamie and Claire. If you are familiar with me at all, you know I live for the small nuances of Jamie and Claire’s love—it is all in the details. And this season has had lovely details sprinkled throughout.

Yet for a season that is supposedly highlighting marital bliss after decades of separation, to say it is falling flat for me is putting it mildly.

The lack of conversation, words, exchanges, looks, touch, hugs, kisses throughout the episodes are impossible to ignore now as we are past the half way mark of this season.

Please understand, there are many brilliant moments—but that’s just it: they are seconds on the screen—not entire segments or episodes. I am left wanting more and feeling as if we have been robbed of seeing Jamie and Claire truly thrive on Fraser’s Ridge. The season is not over, but I am underwhelmed at present.

I want and expect that the anchors of this show would be given more generous and quality screentime even as other storylines are integrated and developed.

To have an entire episode dedicated to two characters who are not imperative to the narrative (I am looking at you Frank and Laoghaire) was baffling to me.

Sure it added nuance to the relationship with Bree, but was that truly so important? It also did not depict Jamie or Claire in an accurate light—making him out to be dishonorable and her to be aloof. Both of which are fundamentally contradictory to the character of Jamie and Claire Fraser.

To be candid, I cannot even step further down the trail on the subject of characterization because that would merit a dissertation and no one wants to read that, but I will also quickly add that the manner with which Roger is being painted this season is extremely unfortunate as I do not believe that Roger is the man they are writing him to be right now.

I could go on and on, but at this point, I do not think it helpful. Rather, I am simply want to convey my perspective in that I am letdown, but not without hope.

This season still does have the ability to truly shine especially with the impending epsiode. Jamie and Bree meeting has the capacity to shift the tides for me.

I hope that even in my blunt ponderings, my heart is clear in that I am for this story—not against it. But I am working through unmet expectations.

Weel—those are my raw and honest thoughts—I would love to hear yours!

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