I know people always say this, but wow. Brooklyn Nine Nine is such a good show.

Because Gina is allowed to be not just a bizarre, funny character, but also a financially and otherwise competent, forward-thinking woman. Because she is genuinely unconventional and genuinely smart at the same time—media doesn’t often let women be either, and certainly not both. Because she’s responsible without being traditional or generic or “uninteresting.” Because she grew up in the same circumstances as Jake and worked through some shit and she’s grown to be much better at the adult thing than Jake. Which is, actually, really awesome.

Gina is, again, not the kind of character one might associate with being responsible—she’s no Amy. And that’s good. It means the female characters on B99 are different from one another, but that they aren’t stuck inside shallow stereotypes.

Jake gets upset because Gina turned out to be better at being a responsible adult than him. There’s nothing wrong with that, though, because it makes perfect sense. Jake never expected Gina to “beat” him at life skills. He underestimated her, and it caught him off guard. That in itself is really wonderful to see for female characters: experiencing the realistic sort of everyday sexism that is pervasive in our culture. It’s also a realistic reaction for Jake, because when your childhood friends end up doing better than you, it’s a horrible feeling.

And you know what? Gina’s still right. She knows it and the audience knows it and Jake knows it—he apologizes to her. She’s allowed to have feelings despite being strange and over-the-top and generally a pretty comedic character. The narrative treats her, her feelings, and her relationship with Jake with respect and it’s all glorious and funny and it makes me super emotional.

Multi-dimensional female characters in a 24 minute comedy are rare—and Brooklyn Nine Nine has created three extremely likable women with diverse and equally interesting personalities in under one season.

It’s best summarized in Gina’s own words: “Yeah, so what? I’m ecclectic.” And yeah, she is, but so what? Does that mean she can’t be smart with her savings or have complex relationships or be a deep character? No, of course not, but many shows seem to think the opposite. B99 doesn’t fall into that category, though. This isn’t the first hint of Gina being a better developed character than she at first seems to be. Holt realizes her potential almost immediately; she’s shown to be incredibly perceptive; she’s clever and competent at her job when she cares enough to do it. Brooklyn Nine Nine’s doing female characters right—not just Gina, but Rosa and Amy as well. If you’re not watching, you should be.


My favourite kind of friendship is one where there’s a mutual understanding of the fact that we both have our own lives so we won’t be able to talk or hang out all the time, but when we do talk or hang out, it’s like picking up right where we left off.


My entire world view for so many things was irrevocably influenced by The X Files. I regret nothing.
#GET OVER HERE SCULLY #is this my birthday present mulder #this ain’t cheap i’m paying that kid 50 bucks an hour just to shag balls #that’s not a bad piece of ash is it huh #the bat scully i’m talking about the bat #okay so we want to go hips before hands #we just want to stride forward and turn that’s all we’re thinking about #we’re gonna wait on the pitch and we’re gonna keep our eye on the ball #and then we’re gonna make contact #we’re not gonna think - we’re just gonna let it fly scully #(I’M IN THE MIDDLE!) #what you will find is that when you concentrate on hitting that little ball #all of your other nagging worldly concerns fade away #SHUT UP MULDER #I’M PLAYING BASEBALL

I loathe when people think that I’m shy rather than introverted. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being shy, I’m just not, and they are two separate things. People cajoling me into social situations try to assure me that I “don’t have to talk to everyone” or that “everyone will love me.”

Bitch, of course they will like me. I am delightful. I just find prolonged social interactions to be extremely exhausting.

- Comment by popculturemulcher in the article I’m Not a Miserable Bitch, I’m Just an Introvert (via red-sky)

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People get really irritated by mental illness. ‘Just fucking get it together! Suck it up, man!’ I had a breakdown, and a spiritual friend came to visit me in the psych ward. And they said, ‘You need to get out of here. Because this is the story you’re telling yourself. You know, Patch Adams has this great work-group camp where you can learn how to really celebrate life.’ It’s something people are so powerless over, and so often they want to make it your fault. It’s nobody fault. I started thinking of suicide when I was 10 years old—I can’t believe that that’s somebody’s fault. Like, ‘Oh, you’re just an attention getter.’ Mental illness isn’t seen as an illness, it’s seen as a choice…. I have a joke about how people don’t talk about mental illness the way they do other regular illnesses. ‘Well, apparently Jeff has cancer. Uh, I have cancer. We all have cancer. You go to chemotherapy you get it taken care of, am I right? You get back to work.’ Or: ‘I was dating this chick, and three months in, she tells me that she wears glasses, and she’s been wearing contact lenses all this time. She needs help seeing. I was like, listen, I’m not into all that Western medicine shit. If you want to see, then work at it. Figure out how not to be so myopic. You know?’
The truth is that everything you do changes your brain. Everything. Every little thought or experience plays a role in the constant wiring and rewiring of your neural networks. So there is no escape. Yes, the internet is rewiring your brain. But so is watching television. And having a cup of tea. Or not having a cup of tea. Or thinking about the washing on Tuesdays. Your life, however you live it, leaves traces in the brain.

Tom Stafford, writing about the anxiety surrounding brain attention spans in the age of the internet.

In short, everything you do changes your brain in some way. It’s better to approach these new cognitive challenges with an even keel, and not through the lens of technophobia. 

A must read for fans of the brain and the internet, which you all clearly are (or else you wouldn’t be reading this).

BBC Future - Does the internet rewire your brain?

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