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the confession: I get that Isolde’s accent (tee-GAAAHN!!) is obnoxious, but the actual voice acting is SUPERB. Nearly all the other characters sound like they’re reading with feeling, and Isolde’s actress sounds like she’s actually experiencing the horrors happening in Redcliffe. (And c’mon, her accent isn’t nearly as bad as Marjolaine’s.)

The voice acting is superb, and it’s one of the reasons I like Isolde as much as I do. As a character, she’s very believable for a lot of reasons.

Fact: Tobacco cigarettes kill 480,000 Americans per year, including 42,000 from second hand smoke. [source]

Fact: In 2013, the American Center for Disease Control reported ~2580 calls to poison control hotlines related to e-cigarettes with no fatalities. More than half (1316) involve children under 5. [source]

Fact: In 2003 (latest data available), the American Center for Disease Control reported ~569,000 unintentional pharmaceutical exposures in children under 6 (They report 35 fatalities among children under 4 in 2002, but 2003 data is not available). The CDC collected this data from hospital emergency department admissions records and does not include calls to poison control centers that do not result in hospital intervention. [source]

FDA response: Initiate a drive to ban e-cigarettes!

This is completely insane. Obviously, no parent wants to expose their child to potentially harmful chemicals, and nicotine is definitely a poison, but is it worse for children than second hand smoke? Most people who use e-cigarettes are smokers or former smokers. If you take their e-cigarettes away, they’ll be back to tobacco again, with all the health problems that causes. It would be better if people learned to keep their vaping supplies where kids can’t get at them, but the same might be said of the ~569,000 pharmaceutical poisonings, too.

So… trying Pints and Quarts… and in the “retrieve the crown” quest,  I’ve experienced the absolute WORST voice acting I’ve ever been exposed to. I find myself wondering if it was slightly overdone method acting of if it really and truly was that bad.




And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins 

Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.


That literally made me cry


Confession: I’m not ashamed to admit that the most complex bit of headcanon I’ve ever built was to explain how the three Mabari in the Tower of Ishal manage to escape without being killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Ostagar. Every single time I free them and try to lead them to the door leading to the lower floors of the tower.


Flemeth went back for them. I’m sure of it.


Rainy days make me want to either stay in bed and read, or sit in a tall dim room with high windows, in front of a low fire, with a glass of very nice whiskey, old jazz floating just above the oak floor, and a companion who does not mind long, cozy silences.

When I got to the part with “tall dim room with high windows, in front of a low fire…” I imagined Orthanc before Saruman’s decline. And it was good.

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