I need to get to know London again. Breathe it in.
Every quiver of its beating heart.
“He wasn’t born to be an antisocial, difficult boy. I think he’s trying to keep up with Mycroft’s intelligence and it skewed the normal trajectory of childhood play and friendships in order to try and perfect this brain, this ability to retain information.”― Benedict Cumberbatch on Sherlock’s childhood. [x] (via ibelieveinmycroft)
As stark and honest an account as you’ll see anywhere.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens bisects a frozen cadaver to exhibit the human airway.
Pardon the pun.
sherlock & vicki
Sherlock’s face during this entire scene was priceless.
Yes. It’s partly because she’s the last to answer each time, so each time he reaches her he’s realising that he hasn’t found the unifying factor yet, but there’s also the fact that she’s got sufficient personality for him to keep clocking her as a person rather than a data point even in this context. Data is supposed to sit there passively and be examined, but this particular data point - unlike the others - seems to be examining him right back.
Sherlock doesn’t much like the fact that Vicki has the temerity to cheerfully pursue her own agenda, but he probably knows that a reminder that people do this, openly or otherwise, is useful for keeping him on his game. (Also, anyone who drops an SM reference in front of Sherlock while giving a knowing smirk is clearly going to amuse me.)
I’d love to hear from the actress on how/why she played this scene.
Can we discuss this scene?
Do you see what is happening here? This kind of thing doesn’t happen on TV.
I’m defined more by my kinks than by what plumbing my partner has, and there is no representation on TV, not that presents kink as just another, normal facet of someone’s life..
"But wait, Eldritch! There was ASIB, and those episodes of CSI and that one…"
No. Those were representations of privileged and exclusionary kink.
Let me explain. Kink is represented in entertainment media in two ways. The first is complete deviance. Unhealthy and often illegal acts perpetrated by a criminal or villain of another type. The second is kink as an affectation of the wealthy. Professional and exclusive Doms in expensive clothes who like expensive things. They cloak themselves in mystery in order to create a total fantasy.
This does happen in real life, but it is just the visible tip of a very large iceberg. I was a pro, and I was not cheap. I sold a luxury service to people who could afford it. And kink on that level is a very exclusionary lifestyle. I can’t tell you how many play parties I went to that had strict dress codes, to the point where if your outfit didn’t set you back at least $500, you couldn’t hope to get in. I’ve seen millionaire CEOs polishing each others’ latex sailor suits. An interesting thing to note was that there were varying levels of actual kink interest, though all of them professed a dedication to the lifestyle. For many it was less a kink and more of a way to relieve boredom, titillate each other and separate themselves from plebes.
But that fantasy is not the reality for 90% of people who are part of the BDSM world. Some of them still buy into the idea that you need expensive accoutrement A or prop B, but I have some $5.00 homemade stuff hanging up next to my expensive custom leather floggers. I just went to a craft store and came out with a handful of fake plastic grass because I thought it would sting like a bitch (I was right.) We are told by the media that kink is for complete deviants or people with money, but it is actually very accessible. We are left to assume that kinky people can only own their sexuality with dollars, yet here is Vicki, proving that wrong…
Vicki is not a stereotypical femme fatale. She is not mysterious. She is not Irene Adler with her hidden agendas. She works in the service industry and is not wealthy. She is owning her kinky sexuality in a very unapologetic way. She isn’t just a caricature because she has a rational list of attributes she wants in a man and can drop it like a bomb.
She Doms Sherlock in a subtle way.
And Sherlock lets her.
How cool is that?
This made me curious as to how other people see Vicki. I scrolled back a bit and found a mixture, including a few people apparently interpreting the scene as Clever Posh Man puts Stupid Plebby Woman in her place. Hardly! It’s far more interesting than that, precisely because it is a cliched set-up of Clever Posh Man vs Stupid-Compared-to-Sherlock Plebby Woman… but someone decided to write/play the plebby woman as a real human, which is the part that almost never happens.
And she is totally presented as a pleb. Everything about her, starting with the physical type of the actress (short and broad in body and features) and extending through her accent, blowsy make-up, loud cheap red jacket and low-status job shouts, in British class terms, ‘chav’. Class prejudice in Britain is an enormous topic, but basically chavs are the contemporary demonised underclass: painted as loud, vulgar, promiscuous, genetically thick, very likely living off state benefits, or if they are in work it’s low-status work for stupid people and they only spend their wages on drink, drugs and lowbrow entertainment anyway. The other wishy-washy women in the circle all come off as basically ‘nice’ – read respectable working or lower middle class, with socially acceptable opinions about things like men who hijack the flats of the deceased. But Vicki is visually coded to look to a class-prejudiced BBC-drama watching audience like a stupid, tacky person with no understanding of the wider world… and then she’s the one who has individual opinions and who stares right out of her world into Sherlock’s, and challenges him. Identifying her simultaneously with two contradictory cliches (chavs are stupid and simple and limited, and sexual deviants are complex and shifty and damaged and pretentious) results in both cliches exploding in a glorious, air-clearing bang.
Vicki is what Vicki is, and she’s going to be real about it. Her intent look and strident tone on ‘dungeon’ make clear that she’s used to getting shit thrown at her, and she’s not about to meekly accept any here. Sherlock – we know – is not interested in persecuting people for their failure to meet social norms… but he’s also stuck in an internal quagmire regarding his own relationship to those norms. At best he blocks them out completely (frantically), and at worst he absorbs a poisonous garble and ends up believing he’s a sociopath. That’s probably better for him personally than trying to conform would be, but healthy adjustment it ain’t. And here he is trying to do his emotionless deduction thang (see blocking social norms out completely), and then this lower class female data specimen ups and starts effortlessly pwnz0ring him on one of his weak points. The bafflement in his expression as the scene goes on is partly ‘Wtf are you and what are you doing to the chain of logic I keep trying to build?’, but it’s finally also ‘How and why is something happening to emotionally engage me here?’ And then he shuts her off, largely because her definition of an ideal man simply isn’t case-relevant, but it’s also a retreat to his comfort zone as he stops contemplating a fully realised individual who is comfortable in herself and her world in a way he probably doesn’t even dream of being.
So amongst everything else that’s going on for Sherock here, he does let Vicki subtly dom him. Is he into that, as such? Well, my headcanon Sherlock is. But the other strand here is that Sherlock is fascinated by Vicki’s confident ownership of her nonconformist self, because he doesn’t know how to do that, and he would so like to learn.
Antonio Stradivari, Violin, Maple, spruce, ebony, 1693
This Antonio Stradivari violin is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features.
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Gunshot wounds infographic
Can we take a moment to talk about how Sherlock’s real first name is William?
WILLIAM. SHERLOCK. SCOTT. HOLMES.
Did he used to call himself Bootstrap Bill when he was younger when he was pretending to be a pirate?
Like, did his mom and dad call him Billy until one day, after they put Redbeard down, he told them he wanted to be called Sherlock from now on? Because after that, being a pirate wasn’t fun anymore.
Because what was the point of being a pirate if he didn’t have Redbeard with him?
And by changing his name to and becoming Sherlock, he was able to harden his shell and expel emotions. He pushed away his dreams of becoming a pirate, all those feelings he had, all that sentiment, locking them away with Billy and focused on his intellect.
Where Mycroft stepped in, teaching Sherlock how to hone his skills: How to master his brain and the world around him. Allowing Billy to slip farther and farther away, and allow Sherlock to come to the surface.
And now, whenever Sherlock gets in too deep, Mycroft reminds him of Redbeard. To keep Sherlock from hurting himself again.
To keep Billy from coming back.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU
This entire fucking fandom is just made up of masochists.
Hypergolic Ignition of Various Compounds with Nitric Acid shows the ignition of powdered solid borane compounds with a drop of concentrated nitric acid. Reaction is completed within 10 ms of contact. The green color indicates the presence of boron.
See the original movie in glorious slow motion.
Credit: Stephen Heister, Timothee Pourpoint, Steven Son, Mark Pfeil, Jacob Dennis, and P. V. Ramachandran of Purdue University, via the Central States Section of the Combustion Institute
Injuries Reference List
If you’re writing anything where your characters are getting injured a lot, it might be helpful to have an injuries reference list on hand. WELL, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT BECAUSE I CREATED ONE. This is mostly the result of me having to look up something every time a character was gravely injured/being a lifeguard for seven years. I have some knowledge of first aid and how it might apply to the characters in your story.
Simple scrapes/cuts: There’s usually not much to worry about besides MAYBE an infection, which can be avoided with rubbing alcohol or peroxide. Remember, peroxide usually doesn’t burn or sting, but rubbing alcohol probably will. These injuries will bleed for a short amount of time, but it shouldn’t last too long.
Bruising: These occur when the blood vessels break under the skin, forming discoloration of the skin. The colors can vary, but they are usually purplish, bluish, or yellow. Again, this injury is usually not serious if it’s a result of a bump or cut, but if there’s significant bruising over a large area of the body there might be a serious problem. Usually time heals bruising.
Sprains: A sprain is torn or stretched ligament, but it is NOT a break. It is very common for someone to sprain an ankle or a wrist and it usually doesn’t require serious medical attention. The area might swell and should be iced. Sprains are usually treated with rest and a device that compresses the area—such as a sling or a bandage.
Broken bones (arms, fingers, legs, toes): Breaks can be serious, especially if they have to be set back into place. A person will most likely not be able to put pressure on a broken bone until it is healed (which could take weeks). A broken bone is REALLY serious when it fractures or breaks through the skin completely. If you write a character in this sort of situation, they will need to worry about infection and they might have to wait until the swelling goes down before splitting or covering.
Burns: Obviously, there are different degrees of burns, but simple burns will most likely be treated the same. Even the smallest burns will probably sting like hell, so it can be hard to function with an untreated burn. SERIOUS burns might require amputation (I’m talking about maybe 3rd to 4th degree burns). As a 1st degree burn is healing, it might itch—think how sunburn starts to itch after a while.
Broken back: A broken back can lead to paralysis, so you need to be very careful with how you treat someone. Your characters shouldn’t be throwing anyone over their shoulders with a back injury because it will only lead to more serious problems. If you suspect that someone has broken or injured their back, you need to keep them still until there is a way to safely move them.
Amputation: This happens when the removal of a body part because necessary to someone’s survival.If someone has a bad infection or there’s no way to stop the bleeding (you’ve applied a tourniquet, which will most likely end up causing an amputation later), a character might have to amputate in a serious situation.
Dislocated limb: If a bone “pops” out of its socket, a character might have to put it back into place. A dislocated limb restricts movement, so your character might not be able to go forward until the situation is resolved. Arms and fingers are commonly dislocated and there will probably be pain when they’re set back into place. Those limbs should be rested and iced to prevent swelling.
Jammed fingers: If you get your finger caught in a door, for example, and it doesn’t break; you might have a jammed finger. I’ve had a few of these in my life, which usually causes bruising and some pain, but it heals on its own. These types of injuries can be from jamming your fingers against something hard and you might lose a finger nail. They will most likely hurt for a while until they are healed.
Stab wounds: These are usually deep cuts by a knife or a sword or another sharp object. They need to be treated, as they are prone to infection, and they should be bandaged. If the bleeding is excessively bad, a common way to stop the bleeding is to get stitches or cauterize the wound. Cauterization is the process of burning the wound in order to seal it up. Think of lightsabers in Star Wars. No one bleeds when they’re cut because the “blade” of the lightsaber cauterizes the wound as it cuts. Your characters might have to stitch someone or cauterize someone in an emergency situation.
Gunshot wounds: Getting shot is a serious/life threatening situation, so your characters would need immediate medical attention.In an emergency situation, the bullet might have to be dug out and the wound cauterized if the bleeding is severe. If the bullet goes in and out, you might just have to worry about infection and covering the wound. A gunshot wound will be painful and will take a while to heal. If someone is shot in the leg, they will have trouble walking. The limbs will need time to heal.
Poisoning: This is a wide topic that could include food poisoning to being poisoned by another character, but they will probably feel very sick. Symptoms will include vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, etc. Your character might get severe stomach aches and will not be able to function. Being poisoned can be deadly and can happen quickly. A medicine called Ipecac will induce vomiting in order to get the poisons out of someone’s symptoms, but will not work for EVERYTHING. Further treatment might be necessary.
Stomach wound: A person with a stomach wound will not last very long without addressing it. If it is deep enough, it will kill off your character unless the bleeding and infection can be stopped. Infection is usually what kills people with stomach wounds or gunshot wounds.
This is a list to be used for WRITING purposes only. Obviously you should call a doctor or get emergency treatment if something is serious. I also wrote this list assuming that your characters don’t have access to medical professionals, so keep that in mind. Hope this helps!