Anonymous said: "It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
great-fallen-angel said: I can't believe it's you. It would be too easy. But in an other hand It looks like you're really him. But It would be too easy.
I’m not sure what about this looks easy but I must be doing it wrong.
fosterthedalek said: How tall are you because when you stand next to Jared you look like a baby goat?
Jared is constantly wearing stilts.
fiery-rising-demon said: How are you not misha? Or misha or whoever (possibly even whatever) you are?
I was just born like this.
fall-out-boy-saves-the-fangirls said: I feel like you have some experience in concerts idk why bUT HOW DO I ACT IN A CONCERT I'M SEEING FALL OUT BOY TONIGHT HELP MISHA
itradedmytardisforanimpala said: Hey! My kids just got a cat and they couldn't come up with a name and they asked me to "ask Castiel".... any ideas? (Btw their other cat is actually named Castiel, lol). Thanks! Love you!
its-cas-ok said: Hello Misha! What is your favorite movie? (By the way, thank you for making me smile I love yah)
fosterthedalek said: If you are Misha.... Are you gonna do a Cooking with West, Thomas, and Jared? Jared said there would be.
There are concerns about Jared using the stove without proper supervision.
ultimate-superwholock said: If you could be any character on Supernatural besides Cas, who would it be?? And thank you for making my life complete
I think I would have made a great Impala.
superclee said: Do you watch Supernatural?
I try to keep my pornography viewing to a minimum.
Phil and his dentist adventures
Guys please get this out there. I don’t know if anyone’s posted about this yet, but DO NOT try and make those diy crystals!
PSA to everyone ever:
Never, ever try mixing chemicals based solely on posts you find on the internet. Whether by accident or malicious design, there’s always the chance somebody fucked up their directions in a way that could hurt you. If you’re working on stuff for cosplay, or just want to do some chemistry, be smart and safe - do some research first:
Resources for Researching Chemical Interactions
- MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) search - When you’re working with a new chemical (ex: a new glue), try looking up its MSDS. This is a document that describes safety hazards of a compound and explains what equipment you need to handle it. (It’s how I chose a less-scary gypsum cement for a recent casting project — a pro recommended a premium product, but it required hardcore ventilation for safe handling!)
- Chemicals Lookup Site at NOAA - Another source to look up common chemicals and look up potential interactions. You can search for a chemical, add it to ‘My Chemicals’, and then design reactions to check for currently known problems. (Ex: inputting the ingredients from the above post will immediately give you a hazard warning, as bleach and ammonia react badly.)
- NEVER mix any chemicals until you have thoroughly researched to understand what reaction you are working for
- ALWAYS work with safety equipment in a well ventilated area
- ALWAYS follow proper lab safety procedures - do not eat, drink, or inhale near your experiment
- ALWAYS read labels and warnings even on common household products - just because you can buy it at the grocery store doesn’t mean it can’t be hazardous when combined with something else
- Especially cleaning products, which often contain caustic chemicals like bleach and ammonia
Also: If you have a pool, DO NOT MIX THE DIFFERENT POOL CHEMICALS. OKAY? OKAY.