High school is finished, but I'm just getting started.

 

tfios-changed-my-life:

loverandsynner:

blue-author:

tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness. 
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

I feel like this changes the problem from “John Green doesn’t know what a metaphor is” to “John Green doesn’t know what pretentiousness is,” at least assuming that he’d agree with your interrogation of the character. What you’re describing is not someone who seems pretentious, it’s someone who is pretentious.
The only way for a person to be seemingly pretentious is if they’re being genuine in their passion for whatever strikes people as pretentious (big words, fine wine, music, whatever), but their sincerity is misinterpreted. Otherwise… well, what you are describing above is what is called a pretense. It’s a put-on, but pretension is always a put-on. Every time someone is pretentious, they’re pretending. That’s the definition of it. 
Given that, the only meaningful way in which one can pretend to be pretentious is a passing affectation for the sake of a joke (“Pardon me, but do you have any Gray Pupon?” jokes or the scene in Orange is the New Black where Poussey and Taystee debate the very important issues of the day in their White People Voices). Absent this sort of situation, one is just being pretentious. The part where you’re not really like that is what makes it pretentiousness and not… just being like that.
If a character in a book builds up a persona in which he acts arrogant and uses big or semi-obscure words that he doesn’t fully understand the meaning of—for whatever reason or deep underlying motivation—that’s genuine, Grade A pretentiousness. Accept no substitutions. That’s what pretentiousness is. Realizing that there’s a reason he’s pretentious is part of making him sympathetic and fully realized as a character, but everybody who is pretentious has a reason, usually insecurity of some form.
Whether or not this represents who he really comes down to the question of what it means to “really be” someone or something. Rachel Dawes and Aristotle would tell him that he is what he does repeatedly. As long as he acts like a pretentious little twit, he is a pretentious little twit. 
Maybe it serves a necessary purpose for him, but it’s not seeming pretentious. It’s being pretentious.
TL;DR - pretending to be pretentious is being pretentious. 

John Green has straight up said “Augustus is pretentious, he’s trying to be pretentious, he thinks people that act like he does have important lives”* - I think the OP is saying Augustus ‘seems’ pretentious because they don’t want to admit that Augustus is pretentious, because that makes him flawed. This is silly.
(also John Green has posted that he loves the jokes making fun of Augustus’ “it’s a metaphor” moment, so I don’t know why fans are getting rabid about it. it is a stupid moment, it’s not really a metaphor, no, augustus does not know what he’s talking about - who cares?)
*I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it

I’m going to say this one more time…
1. I never said he wasn’t pretentious. I said his pretentiousness was intentional on the part of John Green. By “seemingly” I meant that there is much more to him than being a pretentious person. I literally said Augusuts’s journey was from flawless to flawed so I don’t see how you can say I don’t want to admit he’s flawed.
2. This post was in no way referring to the metaphor jokes. AT ALL. Did I ever say anything about the metaphor jokes? No, I did not. This post is referring to people saying that they can’t stand Augustus now because they’re realizing how pretentious he is. I made this post to point out that there is so much more to him than pretentiousness. 

tfios-changed-my-life:

loverandsynner:

blue-author:

tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 

Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness

Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)

And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 

THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

I feel like this changes the problem from “John Green doesn’t know what a metaphor is” to “John Green doesn’t know what pretentiousness is,” at least assuming that he’d agree with your interrogation of the character. What you’re describing is not someone who seems pretentious, it’s someone who is pretentious.

The only way for a person to be seemingly pretentious is if they’re being genuine in their passion for whatever strikes people as pretentious (big words, fine wine, music, whatever), but their sincerity is misinterpreted. Otherwise… well, what you are describing above is what is called a pretense. It’s a put-on, but pretension is always a put-on. Every time someone is pretentious, they’re pretending. That’s the definition of it. 

Given that, the only meaningful way in which one can pretend to be pretentious is a passing affectation for the sake of a joke (“Pardon me, but do you have any Gray Pupon?” jokes or the scene in Orange is the New Black where Poussey and Taystee debate the very important issues of the day in their White People Voices). Absent this sort of situation, one is just being pretentious. The part where you’re not really like that is what makes it pretentiousness and not… just being like that.

If a character in a book builds up a persona in which he acts arrogant and uses big or semi-obscure words that he doesn’t fully understand the meaning of—for whatever reason or deep underlying motivation—that’s genuine, Grade A pretentiousness. Accept no substitutions. That’s what pretentiousness is. Realizing that there’s a reason he’s pretentious is part of making him sympathetic and fully realized as a character, but everybody who is pretentious has a reason, usually insecurity of some form.

Whether or not this represents who he really comes down to the question of what it means to “really be” someone or something. Rachel Dawes and Aristotle would tell him that he is what he does repeatedly. As long as he acts like a pretentious little twit, he is a pretentious little twit. 

Maybe it serves a necessary purpose for him, but it’s not seeming pretentious. It’s being pretentious.

TL;DR - pretending to be pretentious is being pretentious. 

John Green has straight up said “Augustus is pretentious, he’s trying to be pretentious, he thinks people that act like he does have important lives”* - I think the OP is saying Augustus ‘seems’ pretentious because they don’t want to admit that Augustus is pretentious, because that makes him flawed. This is silly.

(also John Green has posted that he loves the jokes making fun of Augustus’ “it’s a metaphor” moment, so I don’t know why fans are getting rabid about it. it is a stupid moment, it’s not really a metaphor, no, augustus does not know what he’s talking about - who cares?)

*I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it

I’m going to say this one more time…

1. I never said he wasn’t pretentious. I said his pretentiousness was intentional on the part of John Green. By “seemingly” I meant that there is much more to him than being a pretentious person. I literally said Augusuts’s journey was from flawless to flawed so I don’t see how you can say I don’t want to admit he’s flawed.

2. This post was in no way referring to the metaphor jokes. AT ALL. Did I ever say anything about the metaphor jokes? No, I did not. This post is referring to people saying that they can’t stand Augustus now because they’re realizing how pretentious he is. I made this post to point out that there is so much more to him than pretentiousness. 

wtfevolution:

"Don’t touch this king crab."
"Sure, evolution."
"Seriously, don’t touch it."
"Yeah, okay, fine."
"I mean it this time."
"Yeah, I can see that."
"No, really. Don’t.”
"I think you’ve made your point."
Photo courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

wtfevolution:

"Don’t touch this king crab."

"Sure, evolution."

"Seriously, don’t touch it."

"Yeah, okay, fine."

"I mean it this time."

"Yeah, I can see that."

"No, really. Don’t.

"I think you’ve made your point."

Photo courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

tyleroakley:

entropiaorganizada:

hookteeth:

… Y’see, now, y’see, I’m looking at this, thinking, squares fit together better than circles, so, say, if you wanted a box of donuts, a full box, you could probably fit more square donuts in than circle donuts if the circumference of the circle touched the each of the corners of the square donut.
So you might end up with more donuts.
But then I also think… Does the square or round donut have a greater donut volume? Is the number of donuts better than the entire donut mass as a whole?
Hrm.
HRM.

A round donut with radius R1 occupies the same space as a square donut with side 2R1. If the center circle of a round donut has a radius R2 and the hole of a square donut has a side 2R2, then the area of a round donut is πR12 - πr22. The area of a square donut would be then 4R12 - 4R22. This doesn’t say much, but in general and  throwing numbers, a full box of square donuts has more donut per donut than a full box of round donuts.The interesting thing is knowing exactly how much more donut per donut we have. Assuming first a small center hole (R2 = R1/4) and replacing in the proper expressions, we have a 27,6% more donut in the square one (Round: 15πR12/16 ≃ 2,94R12, square: 15R12/4 = 3,75R12). Now, assuming a large center hole (R2 = 3R1/4) we have a 27,7% more donut in the square one (Round: 7πR12/16 ≃ 1,37R12, square: 7R12/4 = 1,75R12). This tells us that, approximately, we’ll have a 27% bigger donut if it’s square than if it’s round.
tl;dr: Square donuts have a 27% more donut per donut in the same space as a round one.

Thank you donut side of Tumblr.

tyleroakley:

entropiaorganizada:

hookteeth:

… Y’see, now, y’see, I’m looking at this, thinking, squares fit together better than circles, so, say, if you wanted a box of donuts, a full box, you could probably fit more square donuts in than circle donuts if the circumference of the circle touched the each of the corners of the square donut.

So you might end up with more donuts.

But then I also think… Does the square or round donut have a greater donut volume? Is the number of donuts better than the entire donut mass as a whole?

Hrm.

HRM.

A round donut with radius R1 occupies the same space as a square donut with side 2R1. If the center circle of a round donut has a radius R2 and the hole of a square donut has a side 2R2, then the area of a round donut is πR12 - πr22. The area of a square donut would be then 4R12 - 4R22. This doesn’t say much, but in general and  throwing numbers, a full box of square donuts has more donut per donut than a full box of round donuts.

The interesting thing is knowing exactly how much more donut per donut we have. Assuming first a small center hole (
R2 = R1/4) and replacing in the proper expressions, we have a 27,6% more donut in the square one (Round: 15πR12/16 ≃ 2,94R12, square: 15R12/4 = 3,75R12). Now, assuming a large center hole (R2 = 3R1/4) we have a 27,7% more donut in the square one (Round: 7πR12/16 ≃ 1,37R12, square: 7R12/4 = 1,75R12). This tells us that, approximately, we’ll have a 27% bigger donut if it’s square than if it’s round.


tl;dr: Square donuts have a 27% more donut per donut in the same space as a round one.

Thank you donut side of Tumblr.

(Source: nimstrz)

pilgarlick:

I made this a while ago and I don’t know when I’d ever use it so I’m just gonna post it whatever man

pilgarlick:

I made this a while ago and I don’t know when I’d ever use it so I’m just gonna post it whatever man

prettythingsandangelwings:

jaclynxhyde:

devi13:

moniquill:

NO PETTING, ONLY MURDER

Clumsy, adorable murder

IT’S SO FLUFFY AND SWATTY AND ROLLY AND PERFECT I CAN’T HANDLE THIS OH GOODNESS HELP ME

I need 20

prettythingsandangelwings:

jaclynxhyde:

devi13:

moniquill:

NO PETTING, ONLY MURDER

Clumsy, adorable murder

IT’S SO FLUFFY AND SWATTY AND ROLLY AND PERFECT I CAN’T HANDLE THIS OH GOODNESS HELP ME

I need 20

(Source: airgenawesome)

artbymoga:

sparklefairydust:

askthegrandhighboob:

fullofsinfullust:

zzazu:

trenzalord:

geometricdeathtrap:

pugsies:

PLEASE READ. WILL NOT HURT TO AND FORWARD. Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in plastic drink bottles and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mail boxes, in gardens, on driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the rubbish, but you’ll never make it!!!
If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with enough force to remove some your extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well. Don’t pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc. Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little water. A small piece of foil. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!! No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc. Please ensure that everyone that may not have email access are also informed of this. 
Snopes confirms.

I’ve dealt with these before. If you find one:
Do not touch it
Do not touch it
Clear the area around it. It will explode on its own in time.
Once it explodes, do not make contact with the liquid inside. If needed, flush it away with large amounts of water.
Do not try to detonate it. You’ll probably be disfigured.
I’ve seen what these can do. The acidic liquid inside can strip the paint off a car.

when i visited vancouver these were everywhere. it’s not a fucking joke they’re actually scary

Just a reminder that there are awful shitty people out there doing awful shitty things to everyone else

there was a bunch of these at disneyland

i found one in my back yard, when i let my dogs out, i pulled them back inside, took my cousins bb shotgun and shot it from a safe distance (i was in my house and shot from the screen door. When it went off, my family and neighbors came running to see if everything was ok. I told them what happened and to watch out for them. 
These things are not a joke! When we went to check the damage there was a fucking hole in the ground. The dirt in my yard is like CLAY.
This shit is bad news

PLEASE DON’T BE AN ASSHAT. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE BOMBS IN PEOPLE’S YARDS.

hoLY FUCKING SHIT ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? JESUS CHRIST! Please followers keep this in mind and do not touch those things. Fuck. I can’t believe that something like that even exists…

artbymoga:

sparklefairydust:

askthegrandhighboob:

fullofsinfullust:

zzazu:

trenzalord:

geometricdeathtrap:

pugsies:

PLEASE READ. WILL NOT HURT TO AND FORWARD.

Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in plastic drink bottles
and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mail boxes, in gardens, on driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the rubbish, but you’ll never make it!!!

If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with enough force to remove some your extremities. The liquid that comes out is
boiling hot as well.

Don’t pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc.

Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little water. A small piece of foil.
Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!! No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.

Please ensure that everyone that may not have email access are also informed of this. 

Snopes confirms.

I’ve dealt with these before. If you find one:

  • Do not touch it
  • Do not touch it
  • Clear the area around it. It will explode on its own in time.
  • Once it explodes, do not make contact with the liquid inside. If needed, flush it away with large amounts of water.
  • Do not try to detonate it. You’ll probably be disfigured.

I’ve seen what these can do. The acidic liquid inside can strip the paint off a car.

when i visited vancouver these were everywhere. it’s not a fucking joke they’re actually scary

Just a reminder that there are awful shitty people out there doing awful shitty things to everyone else

there was a bunch of these at disneyland

i found one in my back yard, when i let my dogs out, i pulled them back inside, took my cousins bb shotgun and shot it from a safe distance (i was in my house and shot from the screen door. When it went off, my family and neighbors came running to see if everything was ok. I told them what happened and to watch out for them. 

These things are not a joke! When we went to check the damage there was a fucking hole in the ground. The dirt in my yard is like CLAY.

This shit is bad news

PLEASE DON’T BE AN ASSHAT. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE BOMBS IN PEOPLE’S YARDS.

hoLY FUCKING SHIT ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? JESUS CHRIST! Please followers keep this in mind and do not touch those things. Fuck. I can’t believe that something like that even exists…

cuphaz:

when i was 14 my teacher made fun of my pimples in front of the whole class and my best friend was furious so whenever she saw the teacher she’s like “OH YOU GET NEW CRINKLES TODAY” “DID YOU LOSE WEIGHT COS APPARENTLY YOU DIDN’T” “HEY MA’AM IS THAT YOUR BUTT OR IS THAT YOUR BELLY THEY LOOK THE SAME” she got detention almost everyday even i told her to stop she still did it anyway if you dont know what golden friendship is this is