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Grammar Yenta - Passed vs Past

This one’s by request, actually.

I’ve seen these two words juggled freely so very often.  They are not interchangeable, though, my dear ficcers.

Passed: This is the past tense of pass, as in ‘He passed the hideous statue with a shudder.’  ‘She passed away not long after getting engaged to a vampire.’ 

Pass is a verb, so any usage of its past tense version - ‘passed’ - is going to involve movement or action - ‘passed out’  ‘the date has passed’  ‘they passed us like we were sitting still’ and so on.

To quote The Grammar Monster:  “To pass often means to move past, and this is where confusion can arise. Of note, to pass can also mean to sail past, to fly past, to run past, to hop past, etc. - the method of moving is irrelevant. This is worth bearing in mind because if you have used a verb indicating motion already, then it will be partnered with past and not passed. Remember, passed is the past tense of the verb to pass. This is a 100% rule.”

Past: This is almost always about time or movement from one referent point to another, as in ‘That’s all in the past now, forget it.’  ‘She went past me with her nose in the air.’  ‘It’s just past that old tree stump shaped like a frog.’

(I highly recommend The Grammar Monster for easy to understand help with grammar.)

psa

acciobenedictcumberbatch:

I know you’re trying to help by tagging your flashing gifs with “epilepsy,” but you are actually being counter productive. People with photosensitive epilepsy are now frightened of their own tag because of the outrageous number of gifs tagged that way. Please stop!

Choose “epilepsy warning” or “flashing gif” instead, okay? Thanks!!

godzillaofficial:

whenever i see a post about someone wondering how an  asexual and a sexual can be in a healthy relationship there’s always someone being applauded for saying well asexuals can have sex too or just because someone’s asexual doesn’t mean they won’t have sex but i have never, not once, EVER seen someone say well hey, some sexuals don’t have sex. you can have a full relationship without sex. just throwing it out there

That’s a good point. You don’t see that very often.

It’s not like it’s impossible, either.  There’s this thing called masturbation - people who require orgasms in their regular routine, and who are in a relationship with someone who doesn’t necessarily wish to be involved in those orgasms, can handle (heh) their own orgasms just fine.  There’s also a huge selection of sexual aids available to help them, so they can meet the needs/preferences of their hormones/bodies and still have a satisfying emotional relationship with someone whose needs/preferences are different. 

Repost this anywhere

asian-twilight-sparkle:

eatingwordswithkittywitch:

This post is me acknowledging that some people go onto tumblr to escape the real world and to soothe themselves after stressful experiences, so if they block or ignore social justice and news stories so that their decompression isn’t interrupted with yet more stress, it is not only no one’s business but it makes perfect sense.

Never judge people for not reblogging something.

thank you

I know some folks who have issues with certain things, and though they want that thing to be better, and may agree wholly with a suggested solution for that thing, or agree that the thing needs to be pointed out so more people can know it exists and work to make whatever the thing is better, they have a hard time engaging with any part of the process - it makes them stressed/afraid/ill/panicky/any combo of these - and they just cannot engage.  It’s worse if there’s a lot of hate flying about with the reblogs about said thing, it can tip a ‘well, maybe I can do this’ into a ‘gah, no, stop!’ 

As for me, I’ll admit, there are times when I’ll see a post that I would have reblogged normally, but seeing rebloggers before me being insulting/rude/threatening/’Judging’ often puts me off, so I don’t reblog, after all.  Now and then, if I’m in the right headspace, I’ll scroll up to whoever reblogged last before the threats/judging/insults started and reblog from them - OR, try to politely remind folks that flinging negativity at people you are asking for a favor, or for what is meant to be a positive thing, is very counterproductive.

So, before making big harsh, negative assumptions about people you don’t know, why not try a more positive method?  “Please reblog, thanks” or “I’m sure my followers know just what to do here” or even a simple “Signal boost”.  People can be much better than you think they are, if you give them the chance to be.

Blog PSA

nerdsandgamersftw:

I WILL NOT be participating in any type or form of April Fools day pranks in anyway. I wanted to post this a few days in advance so I can reblog it a couple times before the 1st. Please be careful on the internet that day, people like to post things that  seem harmless but can trigger others (such as jump scares and the like). I just want to let my followers know that I won’t be posting anything other than my normal posts (art and stuff) on April 1st.

Ditto. No pranks from me.

If you make a really cool manip or GIF or awesome presentation with multiple pics and text that’s really amazing and took you hours and hours?

SPELLCHECK!  Dude, you’re putting this awesome thing you worked your ass off to do out there with spelling errors, sometimes missing words, and all it takes is reading it over or having a friend give it a look.  Srsly.  You’re sabotaging your own coolness!

Your Tumblr post PSA for today.

riverdancingcas:

A PSA FOR CAT OWNERS!

Lilies are toxic to cats and can kill them if any pollen is ingested. Be wary of the types of plants you bring into your house. This lady’s story has a sad ending, as three of her cats ingested pollen from an arrangement she received as a gift and it proved fatal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289569/The-Valentine-bouquet-killed-cats-Mothers-Day-warning-lethal-lilies.html

Please be careful!

dolliecrave:

Pass this on Tumblr

dolliecrave:

Pass this on Tumblr

solitary-persephone:

doctorofdragons:

cognitivedissonance:

Plus, a lot of cities offer FREE public transportation. Write this down and stick it in your wallet, even if you have a designated driver for New Year’s Eve.
Remember, kids. Drunk blogging = hilarious, but drunk driving = stupid. Be safe and protect your friends and family. There’s no shame in calling for a Tipsy Tow or taking advantage of free public transportation — and there’s no excuse for not doing so. I’ll be taking advantage of free public transportation this year. I suggest you do the same (if available), if for no other reason than avoiding the drunken asshats who didn’t.

signal boost
Please be safe everyone. I worked as an EMT in college and have transported more casualties of drunk driving to the ER than I would like to remember. Have a reliable DD, crash at a friend’s house (if possible and if you’re comfortable there) or take advantage of free public transportation or these options. Whatever you do, do not get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking. Don’t even have car keys on you. 

Please remember this. Many of us have to drive and work on New Year’s Eve, don’t drive drunk. You risk our lives as well as your own.

solitary-persephone:

doctorofdragons:

cognitivedissonance:

Plus, a lot of cities offer FREE public transportation. Write this down and stick it in your wallet, even if you have a designated driver for New Year’s Eve.

Remember, kids. Drunk blogging = hilarious, but drunk driving = stupid. Be safe and protect your friends and family. There’s no shame in calling for a Tipsy Tow or taking advantage of free public transportation — and there’s no excuse for not doing so. I’ll be taking advantage of free public transportation this year. I suggest you do the same (if available), if for no other reason than avoiding the drunken asshats who didn’t.

signal boost

Please be safe everyone. I worked as an EMT in college and have transported more casualties of drunk driving to the ER than I would like to remember. Have a reliable DD, crash at a friend’s house (if possible and if you’re comfortable there) or take advantage of free public transportation or these options. Whatever you do, do not get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking. Don’t even have car keys on you. 

Please remember this. Many of us have to drive and work on New Year’s Eve, don’t drive drunk. You risk our lives as well as your own.

winneganfake:

This needs to get spread a good bit more. 

tygermama:

samflynn:

uses for large boobs

  • emergency pockets
  • emergency shelving
  • emergency hand warmers
  • emergency place for small animals to perch on 
  • that’s all

I keep my phone, ipod, lip balm and sometimes notes to myself in my bra on a daily basis

^5 A fellow booby-phone person! (my hubby, literally, calls it the ‘booby-phone’ and now I can’t call it anything else, *snirk*)  My BFF and my female housemate both keep their phones in their bras, too. 

Tip: buy infant socks and tuck your mobile into it when keeping in your bra - if you get sweaty, it keeps your phone dry/non-icky.

geekyrambles:

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

geekyrambles:

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

A plea on behalf of Speedy’s

mazarin221b:

daysofstorm:

So I have been to Speedy’s a lot during the past two weeks … and I got to chat with Chris, the owner, a bit. He talked about the plans for the website (exciting stuff for Sherlock fans!!!) and about fannish things they can make so that people can get souveniers to take home. Last year, they had a whole bunch of Speedy’s menus printed as souveniers. They cost £6 per piece (they are expensive to make and pretty good quality) but people have been nicking them. Of course that is sorta what people do occasionally, and some collect menus…which I guess is fine if it’s from a place like Hardrock Café which is a huge chain and they order their menus in large numbers.

But Speedy’s is a very small café and every menu that is taken literally costs Chris money.

Now, the thing is, they have been immensely welcoming to the Sherlock fandom. I don’t know any place in London which offers such quality both in food and in service. They embrace the adventure of having accidentally become part of the Sherlock universe and they are incredibly happy that Sherlock has brought them new and often excited customers.

So, if you want one of those menus, ask the staff and they will sell you a new one. Don’t take them, because they do cost money and if they lose money they won’t be able to create merch for us to bring home.

And since I noticed a few shy people hanging around… don’t be shy. Go in there, chat to the staff, eat awesome food, take pictures of the pictures, stare at the pictures (that’s what they are there for ;) ), take pictures of yourself in front of the famous door or the cafe. They are used to it and happy to be part of it all :-)



Please read. Don’t steal things that don’t belong to you. What are you, three years old? As Maria says, they’re more than happy to accommodate you in all manner of fannish things. Go to Speedy’s and enjoy!

Yes, please don’t be the one who ruins it for everyone else.  We all know what that’s like, and no one enjoys it.

seananmcguire:

sfemonster:

Hey Tumblr!

Wow, first of all: thank you so much, I can’t believe the response of I’ve gotten to my flower (etc.) crown post.  It’s incredibly awesome.

A lot of people have asked so: YES.  I do plan to draw more crowns.  At this point: NO, I am not taking requests.

(However- shameless plug: while I’m not taking crown suggestions, for $8 I can draw you your very own custom crown using whatever theme/design you want, that you can use to decorate your blog or profile or whatever.  If anyone is interested in that drop me a note and we can work out the details.)

I do want to address one thing: at this point I have seen an alarming (i.e. more than one) number of people talking about how they’d like to/are planning to turn my crowns into prints or patches or use the images for their own designs.  I ask that you please do not do this- or at the very least: please ask me first. 

That being said: if people want prints or stickers or something I could totally look into that.  Would anyone like a flower crown (etc.) print or sticker sheet? I wish I could offer them for real, but like…. a sheet of 8 cool crown stickers could be awesome? Everyone likes stickers, right?

Today on “seriously, do not do this” theater:

Sfe made a thing.  It was awesome.  People are now openly stating their intent to profit off of Sfe’s thing.  To sell Sfe’s thing.  To make money from something that was never theirs to use.

Do not do this.

Artists and authors and other creative professionals do not get our digestive systems replaced with a nuclear battery and our bills cover by a government grant.  We pay for all the same things you do, as well as whatever it takes to make our art (markers and paper and research books and fabric).  We need money to live.  That money comes from our work, just like yours does.

Please don’t be the person who steals from someone who needs to be able to pay their bills, just like you do, because you think the thing is cool.  You know what’s cooler?  Paying to keep art coming into the world.

That ROCKS.

Ditto Seananmcquire.

To quote Wil Wheaton: “Don’t Be A Dick”