Thorin is not a drama queen. He’s a drama khaleesi.
one of my fave scenes from anything
"I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on that website."
Dead. I am dead.
In case you were wondering, MarkDoesStuff was on the Ravenclaw panel today at Leakycon. People were going around talking about fanmerch they’d made and this girl, Amelia, had made a Ravenclaw bow. Somehow, it went on his beard.
I regret nothing.
"somehow." Yeah. "Somehow."
Every year when I get back from Comic-Con, I bring a large bag of free stuff for my fellow lab members to pick over and stories to amuse and make them (slightly) jealous. This year, I brought my tale of having waited 16 hours outside and 27 hours total for the MCU panel in Hall H on Saturday.
Our post-doc said “I can’t imagine anything that I would be willing to wait that long for. Why do people do that?”
It’s something I’ve been thinking about for three days.
She and I are very different people. She’s been a high-level athlete since the age of three, she married and had a beautiful son with her high school sweetheart, and powered through a Ph.D in five years with only minor setbacks. She’s your classic extrovert
I, to say the least, have done none of those things and am very, VERY much an introvert. An introvert whose longest relationship is with the Harry Potter books and who spends her lunch break reading comics and catching up on her notifications for her fic blog.
I’m still trying to understand why I waited in that goddamn line.
Here’s the facts: a group of people (one of whom, it turns out, is someone I know through a Facebook group and with whom I have shared a mutual love of Chris Evans) decided to begin an unofficial line for Saturday’s Hall H programming at some point on Thursday afternoon. At some point early on Friday afternoon, this line became official. This “official” status was in direct conflict with the official SDCC rules, which stated that no line could form until 6 pm the day before.
There are multiple rumors as to why this line was made official. One source told me that that group of people who formed this line were sent away twice before they overwhelmed the line staff to the point that there was a fear of a riot. Other sources have implicated social media groups in the formation of the line and its aftermath.
The facts are that by 2 pm on Friday, there were multiple reports of an official line having formed for Saturday on the sidewalk that runs behind the convention center. I joined the line sometime around 2:30 pm after a phone call with my PI- by that point the line was at least 100 people strong and the number of people ahead of me would later swell to easily 300.
More and more people came to join this line as the con wore on. People were calling their friends, telling them to cut their days short since the line was happening now, and it was happening fast. I was lucky to be next to a lovely group of girls about my age who were happy to hold my place while I went and re-hydrated (it was really fucking hot) and to confront the asshole street preachers calling us whores and harlots.
Around 5 pm, a woman in a black shirt was informing the line that the rules had been changed from the previous two nights- you could no longer leave a single placeholder in the line while the rest of the group left. Even if you all had wristbands, half of your party had to be present at all times. This was quickly misinterpreted as being that EVERYONE had to stay all night and panic swelled. We were all convinced wristbands were going to be passed out shortly, and more frantic phone calls were made.
The next rumor came around 7 pm, and that was that while we would get wristbands at 8 pm as expected, they wouldn’t move us into the tents until 10 pm. More confusion, more panic, more frantic phone calls.
Wristbands were, in fact, handed out around 8 pm in groups of 50. You would then be allowed to cross the street and make your place in the tents. We made it into the third set of tents sometime around 8:30 pm. Four friends had joined me in line shortly before the wristbands were handed out, and the group behind me had swelled to almost 10 people.
Considering us as a case study, it’s no surprise that no one who got in line after 11 pm got a wristband.
Think of what this means- if you decided to go home from the convention, take a quick shower and nap, and then show up to the Hall H line at 1 am, you didn’t get in the next day. The vast, VAST majority of people in the line slept on the concrete sidewalk by the harbor- we were VERY lucky to have the damp grass to sleep on.
The worst, the VERY worst thing that happened because of the line situation, is that the “everyone must camp out” policy was applied to the disabled line as well. This line was only on the concrete right outside Hall H. I saw people in power wheelchairs covered in blankets trying to sleep, and caretakers helping their friends make some kind of a bed next to their chair. It’s one of the most unfair things I’ve ever seen in my life. And then the self-same girl who started this whole mess complains about the disabled line being allowed in earlier and taking the front row? Fuck that noise. SDCC fucked up ROYALLY in their treatment of their disabled attendees and I hope they know it.
In the end, I made it into Hall H, with three hours of sleep and (thank god) a shower taken in a linemate’s hotel room. I got to see the Age of Ultron footage that everyone hoped they’d bring. I got to be in the same room as the Avengers and many other very cool people. But was it worth my participation in such a fucked up system?
I’m still not sure. I’m still confused by the whole experience. It’s a very strange and singular thing to have been a part of and I’m not sure we’ve seen the end of massive lines like this.
And yet, I’ll probably be doing the same thing next year.
Because next year is “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Because next year is another chance to be swept up into the passion of 6500 other sleep deprived nerds who defy all logic and common sense with how much they care about the media they love. Because until you’ve shouted yourself hoarse with and cried with and screamed with 6500 other people who love what you do, it’s not possible to explain why those 27 hours might somehow be worth it.
But I’m sure as hell bringing an inflatable mattress next time.
do you ever see a post so obnoxious you subconsciously whisper “fuck off" as you’re scrolling past it
What a great message. I wish all characters were this nice. Does anyone know what this is from?
this is Joff Baratheon, from Game of Trones. He’s actually one of the only truly likeable characters in the series - he gets onto the throne way too young but makes a really good go of being a fair and kind ruler. He has a relationship with a girl earlier that’s not this one but due to circumstances that are spoilers, they have to split up and he deal with it in a really mature inspiring way that you don’t get to see much in TV shows these days. Here he is at his wedding to this new girl, Maegery, and it’s one of the most beautiful episodes of the show so far, actually.
LAUGHING SO HARD RN
NOBODY TELL THEM
What is this from? Lol
The Movie “The Mummy”
I haven’t seen that in so long and had no idea that was in there 😳 how embarrassing
me too … i didnt realize it until i watched it again two weeks ago !! :P
How did this get so many notes 😳
Because he’s really hot.
Super, super hot.