kipshades asked
I was just watching an episode of Happy Days where Fonzie decides to raise pigeons and I immediately thought of you.

That’s amazing, I had no idea.

littlepinkbeast replied to your post: Sometimes I just make my living room s…

What kind of lights are you using? I have got to do this to my apartment.

Phillips Hue bulbs.

Basically, the temptation to say a character is super rich is appealing because it seems like it makes things easier if your character never has to worry about finances. Like, you can just wave your hand and say “and we never had to worry about how they afford this nice house/education/collection of possessions again”. But at the same time you can write yourself into the “why don’t they just-” corner with it. Wealth is almost like magic in a storytelling perspective. What are the limitations of this magic? What are the consequences of this magic? What happens when a character who has never experienced magic suddenly becomes imbued with powers? What happens when a character who’s used to having unlimited magic at their disposal is suddenly depowered? If a character has basically all the magic they could ever want, what’s stopping them from fulfilling their every whim?

Plus they had Angela’s dad be a member of ZZ Top so I doubt “poor” ever really applies to either of them or their family.

I remember an episode where Angela is pulling her hair out over trying to assemble this baby toy and says that she doesn’t want to pay $50 to have the woman at the store do it and it’s like… okay I think stressed out mom rock royalty best selling novel co-author respected forensic scientist wife of one of the richest dudes in America character isn’t going to be so stressed over saving $50 that she’d go through this headache. The joke is there because it’s an easy relatable new parent joke to the average middle class American watching the show, but nearly every character they’ve written is too wealthy to believably kill themselves over fifty bucks. Like, even I would be like “fuck it here is $50 release me from this play structure prison” in that situation and I certainly don’t have Angela money.

They keep trying to do all these “lose all the money” and “get all the money” storylines, like Bones’ crazy novel paycheque or Saroyan’s identity theft, but whatever sum of money they’ve “gained” or “lost” never seems to really effect anyone as more than passing remarks or moral-of-the-day buttons. It’s like, just stop talking about money guys, you clearly have no idea what it’s worth or how it effects people. The subject of finances could never come up again and all of the characterization would remain the same.

thisisnotathing asked
Hey, sorry for the random question but a buddy of mine is in Burbank for a while and wants to know of good piercers in the area! He's looking to get an industrial I think. I dunno if that's relevant.

I went to Atomic Tattoo in Hollywood, I think Liz was the piercer, she was super friendly and professional. Like the difference between her attitude and the guy who did it the first time and messed it up was so completely different. He was super laid back and acted like I was a buddy he was piercing in his basement or something, even let his friend watch because she’d never seen someone get their nose pierced before. And because I’d never really visited a piercer before I was like “I guess this is what piercers just act like?” I had no idea what to expect. But she was super professional and informative without being impersonal and told me what to expect every step of the way and triple checked all her guide markers to make sure everything lined up right. I went back to her again when I wanted to swap the wire gauge for something thicker and switch from a horseshoe to a ring.


I think that’s because we mostly don’t see them in social situations. Hodgins has been working at the Jeffersonian for years and most of the time, they only talk about work or work-related things. Because of his basic anti-social personality, he probably listened and learned the differences before speaking up. He isn’t a child, he understands the differences between the two worlds, and has fully experienced both of them. I think his character is wonderful, and if the wealth part isn’t as played-up as you like, it’s probably just because they were focusing on the other, more prominent aspects of his personality.

Nnnnah dude, it’s still pretty lazy writing regardless of a cool dude you think Hodgins is. It’s not a matter of “acting like a child”, it’s a matter of growing up entrenched in a particular culture, deciding they don’t like it, and trying to pass themselves off as another.

It’s like, okay, say you’re writing a story about American characters living in rural Kansas. You have one character who is British, born and raised in London. They went to British school, they grew up with British news, British peers, British junk food, British celebrities, British poiltics. Their childhood experience was enriched by the art and culture of a bustling historical metropolis, they have their city routine, the shops they visit every week, the restaurants they visit, the food they eat, the colloquial slang, their idea of the value of a dollar is entirely influenced by wages and prices they grew up with in the city. As they grow up they can logically teach themselves that these experiences are not universal, but this cultural immersion they grew up with still makes an impression, it sets the “standard”.

So this British character decides he doesn’t like London and moves to Kansas, he doesn’t want to stand out so he perfects his Kansas accent, tries to pass himself off as a born and raised backwater Kansas native, but there are very fundamental life experiences they have that he cannot. There is exposure to a completely different style of art, education, and economics that he can’t just deprogram from his brain that might make him say things without realizing no one has any experience with what he’s talking about. Like, he might be a rational responsible adult, but he’ll have his moments where he gets confused when people talk about Smarties candies that aren’t chocolate or gets super excited about the price of electronics or even just instinctively locks the door when he goes home (I dunno about Kansas but that was  a thing that always indicated someone wasn’t used to living in a remote, small town up North). There are just little subtleties that shine through the cracks that remind people “oh this guy didn’t actually grow up here, he is from somewhere else entirely.” Think like in inglorious Basterd the “three fingers” slip up, it doesn’t need to be big obvious faux pas, just little things that wouldn’t even occur to them.

Or you know, you could just say “Oh but he didn’t really hang out with British people much so he barely absorbed British culture at all and he’s a really smart guy who’s awesome at pretending to be American so there’s basically no indication he’s British at all beyond him occasionally saying as much. But that would be kind of lazy cop-out writing. One might wonder what the point of the decision to even say he’s British in the first place was if it’s entirely a “tell” thing, never a “show” one. They might draw the conclusion you just like the idea of a character being British because it sounds cool and don’t actually have any clue what their life experience would be like.

Wealthy people in America have such a completely different experience from the rest of the population that they may as well be living in a different country. It wires these entirely different entrenched sociological connections in their brains. Studies have been done on everything from the way they drive to the way they donate to charity, and how you can identify the different thought patterns between wealthy people who came from humble origins and made their own fortune and wealthy people who grew up surrounded by extreme wealth, as well as how this second-generation wealth effects politics and the economy at large. If you’re going to look at absolutely none of that and completely disregard it in your writing, what’s even the point? It’s a meaningless sticker you tacked onto your character because you thought it looked cool.

Oh no no no, Belzy and Coocy are fine, this was a street pigeon that flew into a torch that we tried to bundle up and take somewhere safe away from the noise to recover, but I guess the shock of it was too much for him.

Oh no no no, Belzy and Coocy are fine, this was a street pigeon that flew into a torch that we tried to bundle up and take somewhere safe away from the noise to recover, but I guess the shock of it was too much for him.

Pigeon didn’t make it, at least he got to go somewhere safe and quiet instead of a puddle on a busy street.

We went to get ramen and a pigeon flew into a torch at the tiki bar next door and caught fire so fablepaint scooped him up in a towel and we brought him to my place and set him up in the vet cage with a shallow dish of water to lie in and a towel and a bowl of food. We left him there to calm down, I’ll pick up some polysporin on the way back, it looks like his body is fine but his feet are kind of burnt.

The Jurassic Park velociraptors in the kitchen scene except the raptors do the chicken head bob thing when they walk.