The Coolest (but sadly, fictional) Jobs from TV and Movies

Movies and television often give us unrealistic expectations. Whether its about life, love, or what kind of apartment we can afford (seriously how the hell did the Friends gang afford such a kickin’ place in NYC?!?), we’re forever confused about what is actually attainable vs. what seems to be attainable because of movies. I’ll be honest, one of the areas I am most guilty of allowing movies to skew my perception of reality is my career. So even though I know these jobs are utterly fictitious–and are probably LOADS more challenging than I’d like to admit–there are a few jobs that always give me a twinge of regret when I remember they are merely fictional gigs.

Hunter 

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I am well aware of the fact that hunting is a crazy dangerous job, but I can’t help but think it would be one of the coolest careers around. Sure, you don’t make a ton of money–or, like, any at all–but getting to travel all over the country (and the world, if you aren’t afraid of flying like Dean) to save people and hunt monsters sounds like a blast. Plus, I’m dorky enough like Sam that I would totally love digging into the lore as I researched for a case.

SHIELD Agent

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Okay, so maybe SHIELD isn’t the greatest place to work, especially after the whole Hydra thing, but BEFORE things got messy, I would have loved to have been a part of SHIELD. Protecting the earth and working with the likes of Thor and Black Widow? Oh please, oh please tell me, where do I sign?!

FBI Special Agent, the X-Files

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For all I know, the X-Files are a real thing. After all, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. But really, I would love to work in the X-Files division of the FBI. You can call me Spooky Kendall all you want. If my 9-5 consisted of chasing down aliens and other supernatural phenomena, I’d take the stupid nicknames. This one would also include a more steady paycheck than hunting. So win-win.

Vigilante

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I really hate it when I hear about horrible things happening all over the world and feeling largely powerless to stop it. I think becoming a masked vigilante, trolling the streets for evil-doers and other mischief-makers to keep my city safe for everyone would be kind of rad. Plus, I’d be really excited about getting some sick fighting moves, a snazzy vigilante outfit, and a cool vigilante/superhero name. Though I’d probably just let the papers name me. If I tried to name myself I’d probably pick something stupid and grammar-related like The Dangling Participle or something equally ridiculous.

…though that does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Mother of Dragons

They say motherhood is the most important job, and I think that most definitely includes being the mother of dragons as well. While I could go without jumping into a fire with my three dragon eggs and then having to come out stark naked in front of a giant group of Dothraki just to add “the unburnt” to my name, I’m totally down for adding this to the “special skills” portion of my resume:

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What are some fictional jobs from movies and television that you wish were real? What would your dream, fictional job be? What fictional job would you absolutely HATE? Let me know in the comments!

Geek & Sundry Post: The Geeky Seamstress Interview

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If you’ve paid much attention to the stuff I’ve written for Geek & Sundry, you’ll know that I got the chance to interview Mia Moore for Geek & Sundry a few days ago. Happily, I got the chance to feature yet ANOTHER one of my cosplaying blog-friends, the lovely Mindy/The Geeky Seamstress. Mindy does some amazing work, and I was thrilled to get to share it with the Geek & Sundry readers! Take a peek at an excerpt from our interview:

Cosplay has been growing in popularity among geeks, but it still manages to be a bit of an intimidating part of the culture to us non-crafty folks. To help demystify cosplay, we’re interviewing the people behind the masks about their art. Last week we spoke with Mia Moore, whose tutorials can really help new fans find their footing. Today, we’re talking with Mindy (also known as The Geeky Seamstress). Mindy also offers great tutorials for beginners on her blog, occasionally takes commissions, and writes about her own endeavors on her site.

How long have you been a cosplayer, and what was it that got you interested in cosplaying?

I started cosplaying early in 2012. One of my co-workers knew I minored in Japanese during college, so she asked if I had an interest in anime and manga. She then told me about A-Kon, which is one of the longest running anime conventions in North America. We attended A-Kon in 2012 together and she helped me put together my first 2 cosplays: Korra from the Avatar series and Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. Attending A-Kon was a surreal experience: I’ve always been into geeky things, but I’d never attended such a huge gathering comprised of people like me. It was like coming home…

Read the full interview at Geek & Sundry, and tell me your favorite thing about cosplay and any other great cosplayers I should know in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Pets I Want to Adopt

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I have to admit, I have a pretty amazing pet. He’s a chiweenie (a real breed, yes, it’s a chihuahua/dachsund mix), and his name is Chaucer–you all know who Chaucer is, right?

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English literature lessons that led to the nerdy naming of my dog aside, he’s a great dog. We rescued him from the pound when he was 5. He’d already been there for several weeks, so I shudder to think what would have happened to him had we not adopted him when we did. Happily, we DID adopt him, and now we have the most loving, goofy dog on the face of the earth.

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But I always have room in my heart to adopt ANOTHER pet (even if Chaucer doesn’t have any desire for a pet-sibling). So for my Fandom 5 post today, I’m listing those fictional pets I’d love to add to my family.

Drogon

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I know, I know, probably not the best pet to have around a small dog, but you can’t tell me that you can watch Game of Thrones without wishing for your own dragon. Besides, Drogon seems to be the one dragon of Daenerys’ three dragons who is still loyal to his mother, so if I became the Adopted Mother of Dragons I’m pretty sure I could convince him to NOT attack his puppy-brother. I mean, right?

Pascal

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This lizard is a bit more manageable in size. Pascal is the sweet lizard who sticks by Rapunzel’s side through it all. He’s small, brave, he’s a generally good sport in the face of Rapunzel’s antics, and he’s got a healthy amount of sass. Just my kind of pet.

a Direwolf

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Sure, direwolves are pretty vicious creatures, but the Starks showed us that they can actually be incredibly loyal companions. Besides, I’d love to see Chaucer and his adopted direwolf brother going on adventures together.

Fang

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Speaking of big, lovable dogs, I’d love to adopt Fang. He’s a giant dog, and he looks incredibly intimidating, but he’s really just a big gooey ball of love. He’d probably not fit in our apartment too well, but then again if he was happy in Hagrid’s hut, I’m sure he’d be okay with our apartment.

Dug

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There is no way you can tell me that you didn’t want to scoop Dug up in your arms and take him home with you after watching the movie Up. He is the sweetest dog around, and his special collar that allows him to speak makes him even more adorable and lovable. I just love this fictional puppy so much.

What fictional pets would you like to adopt? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Potter Week: In Defense of the Time-Turner

potter-week-gold-600x240It’s Potter Week (brought to you by the wonderful team at Common Room), and today’s Potter-Prompt is called PotterPowers, and it’s all about charms, spells, and other things of that sort. While there are TONS of spells from the magical world that I’d love to try out for myself (using alohomora alone would make life infinitely easier for me when I’m trying to get into my apartment when my hands are full of groceries), I wanted to defend something that got a bit of bad press when it was featured in Rowling’s books: the time-turner.

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We first see the time-turner when Hermoine uses it in The Prisoner of Azkaban with the intention of taking more than the expected number of classes. Of course, it doesn’t end up working out, and Hermoine ends up more than a little stressed, to say the least.

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Ultimately, Hermoine and Harry are able to use the time-turner to save Buckbeak and Sirius, so we do see how the time-turner is useful–just dangerous

I know, I know, why didn’t Harry use the time-turner to save his parents?!? I have no idea. I guess he didn’t use it so we could have four more books after Azkaban, okay?

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Questionable uses of time travel aside, Hermoine’s ultimate verdict on the time-turner is that molding the rules of time is simply too much power for one person, especially when she’s using it just so she can sneak in a few more classes. I have to wonder though, maybe Hermoine was just not using the time-turner right. I know, how dare I imply that the brightest witch of her age use something incorrectly, but think about it: Hermoine used the time-turner to push her physical and mental energy all the way to the breaking point. Maybe had she engaged in fewer classes, and used the time-turner to take care of herself a bit, she would have enjoyed the experience more. I mean, In addition to saving lovable creatures like Buckbeak, I think there are some real advantages to using a time-turner on the reg. In fact, I’ve compiled a list of a few chill, non-stressful ways I would make good use of my very own time-turner:

Give Your DVR a Rest

Yep. I’m starting where it counts. Extra classes? Learning? Psh. Let’s talk about television, kids.

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But really. You wouldn’t have to worry about recording conflicts anymore, because you could just zip back in time to watch the show live. Think of all the arguments time-turners could end…

Make Road Trips as Fun as Everyone Thinks They Are

In my experience, road trips begin like this:

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Look at them. So innocent. So naive. They have no idea the pain that awaits them.

…and end in either a friendship-ruining moment:

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…or utter disaster:

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Guys, road trips SUCK. Seriously, let’s stop the madness here: road trips that last more than a couple hours are scientifically proven to be THE WORST. However, with a time-turner, you could cut your travel time down SIGNIFICANTLY, and keep your friendships–and sanity–in tact. So basically what I’m saying is, get rid of road trips with magical travel. It’s super effective.

Get More Sleep

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I mean, this seems like a no-brainer to me. Plus, I bet if Hermoine used the time-turner to allow a few naps into her schedule or an extra hour of sleep in the mornings, she would have handled her increased class load a lot better.

Use Your Mornings and Your Late Nights

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Speaking of extra sleep in the mornings, with your new bestie the time-turner, you can get the sleep you need, plus “get up early” to sneak a work out in or get some work done around the house before heading to your job or school. Maybe mornings aren’t your jam, and you’re more of a night owl like myself. You can use the time-turner to stay up late to get All the Things done, and still get a full, restful night’s sleep. The time-turner makes for SO much room for activities in a schedule, y’all.

Would you like a time-turner, or do you think it’s too dangerous? What would you use the time-turner to do? Let me know in the comments, head to Common Room to see what they’re doing during Potter Week, and follow the #PotterWeek hashtag to check out what everyone’s saying! 

Geek and Sundry Post: Happy Birthday Wil Wheaton

You guys, it’s Wil Wheaton’s birthday. Get excited!

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Of course, as a writer for Geek & Sundry, this is a pretty big day. While we could have just posted up a quick thing about reasons we like Wil, like his penchant for giving incouraging, geek-empowering morsels of advice at cons…

…or the fact that he plays tabletop games with a bunch of your faves like its NBD…

…we didn’t laud his role in Felicia Day’s megahit webseries, The Guild, as the head of the evil gaming clan known as the Axis of Anarchy, who tried to woo Codex with lines like “crit heal my lonliness” and this one:

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…and we also didn’t spend time on Wil’s ridiculously marvelous feud with Sheldon Cooper…

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…no, we decided instead to focus our efforts outward. So in honor of Wil Wheaton’s birthday, I’m at the Sundry offering a few suggestions for you as you shop for the tabletop aficionado in your life. It may be too late to send Wil something in time for his birthday, but you can always shower the tabletop-ers in your life with a few of these rad gifts. Here’s a sneak peek:

Our tabletop-loving fearless leader, Wil Wheaton, is having a birthday! And truth be told, we’ve been wracking our brains for the perfect present for our favorite tabletop gamer. Finding something for the TT warrior who has everything, as well as the gamer with board games fully stocked on his shelves, can be a bit of a challenge. To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of some awesome gifts—ranging in size and price—that are perfect for anyone who loves tabletop gaming, from someone hosting a web show on tabletop games to your best gaming buddies.

CUSTOM-MADE DICE

A great set of dice is critical for any campaign, so getting the gamer in your life a beautiful new set of dice (like the ones we saw in our#ShowUsYourDice movement) is a great gift. There are tons of sites on the web–and vendors that you can meet at conventions–that make amazing dice sets. Regardless of your friend’s style, chances are there is a dice maker out there who can make make a dice set perfect for them….

What are some other suggestions for tabletop-related gifts? Read the rest of the article on Geek & Sundry, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Doctor Who on the Big Screen!

Get ready, you guys. Doctor Who is returning to the big screen–in 3D–for a special screening of “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven“, a special season 9 prequel (called The Doctor’s Meditation), AND an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton. This two night event is coming to theaters September 15-16, just to get you ready for the season 9 premiere on September 19. Here’s the scoop:

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BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events announce the return of the longest running sci-fi television series, Doctor Who, to the big screen for a two-night special theatrical event, Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven in spectacular 3D, starring Peter Capaldi. Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven, the show’s two-part eighth season finale, will be presented in RealD™ 3D and Dolby Atmos sound (where available) on September 15 and 16  at 7:30 p.m. (local time). The event will feature The Doctor’s Meditation  – a special prequel scene to the first episode of season nine – and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Nemesis), in addition to the two-part season eight finale.

Tickets for Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven in 3D can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 31 by visitingwww.FathomEvents.com, or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in approximately 700 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website(theaters and participants are subject to change).

“We love bringing Doctor Who events to theaters and seeing the fans come out in full force,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “This time fans get the added excitement of seeing all the action in 3D with exclusive bonus content not available anywhere else.”

“After the enormous success of the 50th Anniversary and season eight premiere – both number one alternative cinema events, two years in a row – we decided to bring the Doctor back to the big screen in 3D so Whovians across the country can have a full immersive experience of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The season eight finale, along with an exclusive interview with Peter and Jenna is the perfect way to get fans ready for the upcoming premiere of new season on BBC AMERICA,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP Film, Home Entertainment, and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America.

In this epic two-part finale, the Doctor comes face-to-face with the mysterious Missy, and an impossible choice looms. With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

The new season of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, September 19 on BBC AMERICA.

Are you as excited as I am for Doctor Who season 9? If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, be sure to check it out below!

Will you be going to see Doctor Who on the big screen? What do you think of the new season? Let me know your Whovian thoughts in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Gryffindor

There’s been an increased amount of Potter-related chatter this week thanks to my friends at Common Room. They’ve declared this week Potter Week, and I couldn’t be more excited about an entire week devoted to one of my favorite book series.
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Today’s Potter-prompt is all about our Potter houses. According to Pottermore, I fall under Gryffindor. I’ll be honest, I know a lot of people get bummed out over where the Pottermore Sorting Hat put them, but I was pretty excited to find myself sorted into the same house as such illustrious alums like The Boy Who Lived and The Brightest Witch of Her Age.  So to celebrate Potter Week and to show my house pride on PotterHouse day, I’ve pulled together two everyday cosplay looks, a general everyday Gryffindor look and a look inspired by the Hogwarts school uniform (with a bit of Gryffindor pride in it, of course). Take a peek:

Everyday Griffyndor

Everyday Hogwarts Student

What house are you? Did you decide what house you’re in, or did Pottermore sort you? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to follow the hashtag #PotterWeek all week to see what everyone else is saying, and check out the awesome ladies at Common Room to see what they’re up to as well! 

Geek & Sundry: Interview with Mia Moore

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Every now and then I talk about the amazing Google+ group that I’m a part of, Female Geek Bloggers. I’ve been able to make a ton of awesome contacts through that group, and one of those contacts is the lovely Mia Moore. Mia is a great blogger and an amazing cosplayer who not only does some amazing work, but she is one of the nicest, most positive people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. In addition to her cosplay (and her cosplay tutorials!!!), Mia talks about anything from body positivity to building a successful brand. I got to interview her for Geek & Sundry, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about how everything turned out. Check out an excerpt:

We talk a lot about cosplay around here, and we love to bring you albums full of some of the coolest, weirdest, and most creative cosplays around. Of course, while it’s awesome to draw attention to the awesome costumes we find online and spot at cons, cosplayers pour so much of themselves, their time, and their energy into each ensemble that it seemed almost wrong to not talk with the person beneath. For those of us outside of the cosplaying world, the entire concept can seem incredibly intimidating and enigmatic. As an introduction to this awesome space, we’re going to talk with a few rising stars within the community that you need to know about.

We are incredibly excited to introduce you to the fantastic cosplayer, Mia Moore. Having started only a couple of years ago, Mia has gained some renown through her style as well as her tutorials to help bring beginners into the fold.  This writer and cosplayer strives to prove that geekery is for everyone, and that’s why we’re honored to have her for our first interview.

G&S: What first got you interested in cosplay?

M: I went to anime conventions for years before I started cosplaying myself. When you’re a nerdy teenager who feels alone in what they like, going to a convention is like going home. It’s a really magical experience. I loved seeing all the cosplayers — all these people so passionate about something, that they created a replica out of nothing. I immediately knew I wanted to get involved, but didn’t really take it seriously until several years after…

Read the rest at Geek & Sundry, and tell me about your cosplay experiences in the comments! 

Geek & Sundry: Fashion Noms for The Geekies 2015

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The nominees for the 2015 Geekie Awards have been announced, and I’m covering the lucky nominees for the Fashion Category over at Geek & Sundry. Be prepared: all of the nominees are AWESOME, and they all have shops. Bid adieu to your money now…

The official nominees were announced last week for the 2015 Geekie Awards. This year’s winners will be picked by a popular vote, and while the voting period hasn’t begun quite yet, it’s time to get to know the nominees so you can decide how you want to vote. The Geekies cover all landscapes of geekery, highlighting the best in web series, blogs, comics, podcast, toys and of course, fashion.

With brands like Her Universe and We Love Fine, geeky fashion has been on the rise lately. There are tons of talented designers out there who are becoming more and more empowered to infuse their geeky passions into their fashion dreams. With online storefronts on Etsy and promotion from awards like the Geekies, geek fashion is more heavily featured and more easily accessible than it has ever been.

This year’s nominees for Fashion & Lifestyle are all amazing innovators in geeky fashion, and are creating some truly awesome products for geeks. Here is a bit about each of the five nominees, and where you can go to buy some of their awesome creations…

See the nominees over at Geek & Sundry!

Geek and Sundry Post: Family Cosplay Gallery and Digital Card Games

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I’ve been writing for Geek and Sundry for a while now, and sometimes I just get a bit backlogged here and forget to remind you all, my lovely Distracted Blogger readers, about new posts I’ve got up on the Sundry. So, in addition to following me here, following me on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Google+ are great ways to make sure you can see all of the new stuff I’m writing. Plus, I post lots of great gifs and animal videos on Tumblr. So, you know, win-win.

REGARDLESS, I’ve written a couple of pieces for Geek and Sundry that I wanted to be sure I linked to here. I’ve been compiling several cosplay galleries laterly, and my latest gallery has got to be my favorite: family cosplay. Seeing families in cosplay is one of my favorite things ever, so I had a great time pulling together a gallery devoted to it! Here’s a blurb:

For many people, cosplay is an incredibly important outlet for creativity and expression. It can start to seem like a childish activity after a while for some—coming from peer pressure or just a person’s own self-doubt—given that dressing up is involved.

Is it still okay to cosplay after you’re out of college? After you’ve gotten married? Okay, maybe you can get your significant other to go to a con with you in couples cosplay, but what about after kids? Shouldn’t you be the responsible adult and leave childish things behind? Now, while some people do “grow out” of cosplay, or lose interest over time, we’re of the belief that you should never have to stop cosplaying. Having a family is absolutely no reason to leave the cosplay life behind…

Read the rest and check out the gallery at Geek & Sundry!

Of course, I also LOVE talking about gaming, and Geek & Sundry is particularly plugged in to the tabletop world with Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop. But as we move more into the digital age, more and more stuff is making the move to digital. While I HATE the digital world when it comes to books (I’m a book snob, and I’m not even sorry), I LOVE getting access to more games on my phone. Of course, not all games are worth the download (the jury’s still out on the Goat Simulator I put on my phone last week). So I’m breaking down a few games that have moved onto a digital platform that are worth your download. Here’s an excerpt:

With more and more things going digital, it makes sense that we’re seeing a rise in card games going digital, too. While there are awesome games out there that have originated in the digital space like Hearthstone, we’re seeing more and more of our favorite card games making the jump from a physical deck to a digital one. But which ones are worth the download, and which ones do a good job recapturing the fun of your favorite card game in the digital realm? Specifically, the digital realm of cell phones and tablets.

Is the app version of your favorite card game worth the data to download the game? I’ve pulled a few together that are definitely worth your time and downloading power.

Magic: The Gathering

MTG is one that is able to be played on all sorts of digital formats, but Magic for iOS and Android is an awesome gaming experience. With a tutorial and a single-player campaign, Magic: The Gathering on iOS and Android is a great gaming experience and great for new players. Of course, one of the key things for me in a good gaming app is how much money I’ll have to shell out to play the game. If I’m going to have to shell out a couple of bucks every time I play to get a good gaming experience, to me moving to digital isn’t worth it. While payment is different on your PC or your gaming console, Wizards of the Coast recently restructured the payment options on the game for iOS and Android…

Read the rest on Geek & Sundry! 

Have you ever tried family cosplay? How about your favorite card games that have gone digital? Read the articles on Geek & Sundry, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!