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rachaeljurassic:

So, how did they keep these clean?

There are millions of windows in Atlantis and, whenever somebody looked through them, I saw no signs of the water stains I currently see adorning my recently washed windows.

As I completed this onerous task I wondered…

There don’t seem to be any windows at SGC, probably not many at Area 51, and Antarctica, well I don’t fancy that job even if there are any.

So, who has clearance? Are there Airforce window cleaners? Or did they put out an ad, ‘Window washers wanted, must like adventure, travel and preferably have no links to Earth’?

Did they have to be multi-taskers? Window washers who were crack shots with P90s or have the ability to solve quadratic equations or broker trade deals?

Why did we never see these people? There had to be rather a lot of them.

I’m glad I’m not the only person who thinks about stuff like this. Not window washing per se, but the logistics of running Atlantis. The original group of explorers who were chosen to come had to include more than just soldiers and scientists but quite a few support staff.  I have a feeling that there’s a lot of multi-tasking going on. Peter Grodin, for example always struck me as part admin staff and part scientific staff. I’d assume that the kitchen staff are all military and that almost all of the clean up, after the initial ‘get these 10,000 year old dead plants out of the hallways please’, is a military staff chore. KP is a thing in all branches right? 

Actually, I can’t  see too many of the Marines complaining about washing windows from the outside. A lot of them don’t seem to have balconies so there’s lots of repelling and other feats of daring do, before the buckets are lowered down and they have to get down to the suds and scrubbing.

Now I want a fic darn it. See what you’ve done!

I’m sure there’s lots of complaining happening. Sleep doesn’t seem to be something Marines get often. :)

My first instinct, honestly, was to go the window-washing robot route, but extreme squeegee-ing sounds like a lot more fun. Death-defying squeegee duels right up to staging mock battles. “Oops, the rope holding my bucket slipped.” Spiderman the Window Washer. Pulling faces at the people in the gate room.

And the chore going from the one no one wants to the one everyone wants, because we’ve got enough morale problems, thanks, they can have some fun. Just this once.

You know, thinking about it I’d like to think it was Ford who started the tradition of extreme window washing. John assigns the duty roster to him and Ford didn’t want the guys to think he was shirking so he gave himself and maybe Markham the window washing duty but Ford’s just a kid, as John has pointed out, and they end up having a water fight. And it just kind of evolved - from ropes to bungee cords to outlandish outfits to pranks, etc. Then when Ford was gone they carried on in his memory.  The newbies who show up with Everett but end up staying in the city at first only know Ford because of his violent actions at the end of the siege, but eventually they find out what a kind, funny, goofy kid he really was because there are videos and stories filled with laughter. John doesn’t talk about him much at first, doesn’t share stories, but he does wash windows once a year on Aiden’s birthday. (And one year he does it dressed like Batman because Rodney’s stuck in the infirmary and he wants to cheer him up because he was sad he was going to miss what’s become a traditional way to celebrate Ford’s memory.)

Now look what you’ve done! Atlantis window washing feels. Who’d a thunk it?

Do you want to write this or is it open to all comers? Because my homework is only going to take a couple of hours and I’m waffling between the typical Ford window-memorial (which would be a city-wide holiday) and an anonymous letter to Caldwell penned during the bug!John fiasco defending their window washing practices.

Totally open to all. Ideas are easy, application is hard. (Both of your ideas sound terrific.)

This is very, very true. I’ll see what happens later. :) (Thank you, bb.)

There is going to be entire sections of fanfiction sites now dedicated to Atlantis window washing shenanigans.

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked:

I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?

fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

captainmjolnir:

People criticizing TFIOS because Gus sounds pretentious???

that was the point???

like literally at his fake funeral his best friend talks about how fucking pretentious he is and how annoying it was???

It was one of his character flaws? He was deliberately written that way?

You’re not being clever or critical by pointing it out, you are literally stating a fact about the novel that the author deliberately wrote

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