This is the blog of a bilingual, bisexual, college student from Pittsburgh. I like lots of stuff enjoy.
"you make my heart beat in iambic pentameter."
no you don’t understand shakespeare literally writes to the beat of your heart
- that’s why shakespearean actors will sometimes pound their chests in time to the words during readings
- that’s why you use fluctuations in the rhythm to track your character’s emotional state - any irregularities in the scansion are like the character’s heart stuttering or jumping or skipping a beat
- that’s why when characters share the rhythm - switching off in the middle of a foot - those characters inevitably have an extraordinarily intimate connection
shakespeare fucking writes viscerally, he is literally in your body, and that, my friend, that is why the best shakespearean actors don’t posture and emote
you have to be fucking alive and passionate and electric - it can’t be intellectual, in the end, it has to be about connection and the sweating, cheering, jeering, bleeding masses you’re performing to, because make no mistake, shakespeare may go to lofty heights, but he only works if you’re just as grounded in the earth. he has to be in your body. he has to be in your body.
holy motherfucking shit i love shakespeare so much, get him in your bones, breathe him in, stomp and rage and pine, dadum dadum dadum dadum dadum, it is literally to the beat of your heart
Whenever I teach verse or direct a Shakespeare play, this is the FIRST thing I say. People need to be reminded that Shakespeare is human. It’s maybe the most human text you’ll ever encounter. It’s easy to forget that, especially because so many of his words are so iconic. But those words are as alive as you. Hell, they even breathe the same way.
sighhhh feminism isn’t about hating all men and wanting to destroy them that’s just my own personal hobby
This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair.
And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.
The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.
The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.
The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.
The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)
The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.
The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!
The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.
The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.
The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.
The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.
If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.
So these are some of my favourite replies to this post:
‘My middle school put the handicapped spaces on the elevated part of the parking lot, so you had to GO DOWN STAIRS to get from the parking lot to the school. My handicapped dad was not amused.’
‘I was just saying this to people at work yesterday, because we were deciding where to put some products and I was saying it wouldn’t be accessible to anyone with mobility issues…. and I was thinking of how my mom was in a wheelchair for a bit, and a medical boot for even longer, and I know she avoided a lot of places and activities because she was too embarrassed to ask for help.’
‘An old old old acquaintance that I fell outta touch with pretty much made his living off of looking around Southern California for handicap access violations, to sue them of course as part of a small firm he worked with.’
‘WELCOME TO MY LIFE.’
‘A memo to people who like to insist disabled people have it easy. Spolier. We don’t. We get all the crap able bodied people do then have to manage it and a disability, be it physical, mental or emotional. Often for life.
And shit like this is just the shit icing on the turd cake.
And worst part is?
We are supposed to be grateful for for these useless, ill thought and blatantly pointless token attempts at accessibility.’
‘New job idea: employ PWD exclusively to inspect existing structures and examine blueprints to make sure that places are actually ADA-compliant, because obviously there are some able-bodied assholes who have literally never seen a wheelchair and don’t understand physics.’
‘.it’s even hard to shop at my favorite store at my local mall because it’s so tightly cramped, I always end up accidentally knocking over stuff, which is embarrassing, even if it isn’t my fault ‘
‘Even in places like NYC, most of the subway stops don’t have an elevator’
‘And yet there’s no one out there fighting for disabled rights. There are places that should basically have a “no handicap people allowed” in their windows because they aren’t accessible. And people get mad at me and make excuses when I bring this issue up. ‘
‘I laugh because it’s better than crying…’
‘way too little involvement of those who have right to better access to public spaces’
‘May I apologize right now for the extreme fail that is handicapped parking at my church. I lobbied against putting the spots sideways on a hill under a very productive walnut tree but nobody listened.’
‘A lot of businesses, or design teams say “As long as we try it counts” Meaning, the building might have a wheelchair bathroom, but no way to get into said building and they say “At least we have a bathroom”. A parking stall might have a ramp near but its also a parking space for those non disabled. “At least we have a ramp” ..and a lot of the times that’s all that’s needed. Is the thought. We as the disabled need people on the design teams for things, to day “no, that just wont work try again” because a lot of people no matter what they say just stop caring.
A lot of people do care, but its the places that don’t that make one shake their head.
on the other hand i find all these flaws hilarious for how bad they are.’
‘See, I don’t use a wheelchair, and I don’t think I could navigate most of those “disability-friendly” zones. WTF were those people thinking when they built those monstrosities?’
‘Examples like these that make me scratch my head and wonder if the person(s) responsible did it as an intentional ‘fuck you’ to disabled persons, or if they’re really just that stupid that they didn’t notice or think it would be a problem?’
‘Looks like Sochi right about now’
‘Damnit world, why are you so cold hearted towards certain people.’
‘Our school had a “handicap accessible” sink that was exactly like all the others. Same awkward height, same unreachable soap dispenser. The only thing that made it handicap accessible was the sign.’
My friend just said “Stop making insignificant noises” to someone else so I said “If the world had to stop making insignificant noises, you’d never get to speak.” and that’s the moment I realized I have developed the power of wit
I have such a weakness for characters who use snark and humor to cover up the fact that they feel like huge fuck ups but they’re actually heroes with hearts of gold and smart as all hell
i just want a boy who touches me distractedly
like sitting watching a movie and he just kinds of drags his fingers over your skin while watching and he doesn’t have a motive he’s not trying to tickle you or be sexual with you he’s just touching your skin and feeling the shape of your bones under that skin like it’s physically comforting for him to know that you’re there right under his fingertips
oh fuck i didnt know girls liked when i did this
The saddest thing I have ever heard:
I (sabino) just read a comment from a 2004 article by the ny times about the loneliest whale in the world. scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:
she isn’t like any other baleen whale. unlike all whales, she doesn’t have friends. she doesn’t have a family. she doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. she doesn’t have a lover. she never had one. her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. but her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. it is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 51.75hz. you see, that’s precisely the problem. no other whales can hear her. every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. each cry ignored. and with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.