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Jennifer Dittrich
My mom, 4 and a half years cancer free. At each successive checkup, I look forward to, rather than dread, hearing the results. Each time, I am so grateful for the doctors, nurses, and medical staff she has worked with along the way, especially the specialist she worked with at Virginia Mason. Hasn't been easy, but so worth it <3
And now, for a celebratory dinner with her and my dad! - Jennifer Dittrich
Huzzah! - Soup in a TARDIS
Yay! Hugs. - peamageddon
Excellent news! - Katy S
That's great! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Wonderful! - Anne Bouey
Yay! That's so fantastic! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I adopted a live-in therapist. Name to be determined.
Adorable! - Janet from FFHound!
wonderful PUPPY! <3 <3 - Stefano bianconiglio from YouFeed
So cute - peamageddon
THAT FACE - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
PUPPEH! - MoTO: Team Marina
the ears. THE EARS. that's what always gets me. - holly #ravingfangirl
We can help with the name, if you like. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Kuki, in Italian sounds like "cookie" :) - Stefano bianconiglio
Cute! - Katy S from iPhone
Yay! What a sweet baby! - vicster: full-bodied
So cute. - Eric - Poppa Large
That little smile in the profile shot looks like a cartoon. Adorable. - Betsy
SO whats the name ? If not we need- "pls name puppeh" contest on FF :)- - Peter Dawson
Mark - My parents have had goldens since the 70s. They are great dogs. She's the first pup that has been "mine" though. Peter - Her name is Ziva. - Kristin
Heloz Ziva! - Todd Hoff
Ziva! - Betsy
I smile every time I scroll past this. So I scroll by a lot. - MoTO: Team Marina
oh Hello Ziva.. mwaaaaaaaaaaaa !! I just want to reach and nuzzle and play with puppeh !1 - Peter Dawson
Awww, that's a pretty name for a pretty pooch <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
dawww, she's beautiful! Congrats! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
*lkes again* - MoTO: Team Marina
Marion Cotillard Wears Our Favorite Red Carpet Style: Pockets -
Marion Cotillard Wears Our Favorite Red Carpet Style: Pockets
Marion Cotillard Wears Our Favorite Red Carpet Style: Pockets
Marion Cotillard Wears Our Favorite Red Carpet Style: Pockets
"There's a reason we've previously declared Marion Cotillard the best-dressed woman in France. It's not just her enviable Dior wardrobe or the ease with which she wears couture. No, Marion also has a clever style signature that makes her our favorite red carpet star: pockets. The French actress showed off her trademark look at the Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday, wearing a cheery striped dress from Christian Dior's Spring 2014 collection. The bright colors and racerback cut made the dress feel fresh and modern. But it was the pockets, perfect for posing but also handy for storing things, that won our hearts. What's better than a fancy dress that actually serves a purpose for the wearer rather than hindering her? (This writer will readily admit that the highlight of her entire senior prom was the pockets on her prom dress.) Cotillard, of course, has long realized the outfit-perfecting feature that are pockets. She's been spotted on several red carpets with her hands tucked away, proving that to be impossibly stylish, one doesn't have to give up function." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
pocketses! - holly #ravingfangirl
Exactly! - Kristin
God damn I love me some pockets. I wanna take them out back and make out with them. - peamageddon from iPhone
Victor Ganata
I just remembered. I've now lived in this house for two years and one day. Time flies.
It does! I remember when you moved in. - peamageddon from iPhone
Mary Carmen
I kinda have a huge girl crush on London Andrews.
She is rather nice, isn't she? - Steven Perez a variety of ways. - Mary Carmen
Oh hell yeah. She's long been a favorite of mine. - peamageddon from iPhone
What's the line between a fan and a 'superfan'?
The difference between 110 and 220. - NOT THE CRICKET
A restraining order. - peamageddon from iPhone
Fantasy baseball/football/basketball? - Rodfather from Android
A superfan puts in at least 2 hours a day. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Bankruptcy - Me
500 rpm. - Eivind
Eric Logan
Left a tip for the housekeeper sans note. Found this note and have mixed emotions about it. I will make a point to write a thank you note and leave a larger tip at the front desk for her. God bless her and definitely counting my blessings.
My guess? There have been problems in the recent past with other housekeepers and guests. - Akiva
It's a shame really. She deserves some recognition I usually leave a note, but I was in a hurry and don't check out till tomorrow. I left it in a place where she either thought it was a test or a tip, best I can figure. - Eric Logan
My mom is a housekeeper and they get blamed for the most ridiculous things. People treat them so horribly so this note does not surprise me one bit. - peamageddon
When I left. I asked for the hotel manager told her what a pleasure it had been staying at the hotel and that I was impressed with the service of the staff. I left a card with the money for the entire stay for the Lisa who was assigned to my room. She told that she would be sure she got it and thanked me for making her day. In truth it made mine. - Eric Logan
Outstanding. - Akiva from iPhone
My mom used to work as a housekeeper at the Marriott several years ago. Hotel policy was if the guest didn't leave a note specifying that the money was a tip she was not allowed to take it, even if the guest was checking out. - Elena
Things you're embarrassed about, but shouldn't be:
Being unnecessarily embarrassed. - Mark Trapp
But necessary embarrassment is the worst. - Micah
certain phone calls - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
the one thing that comes to mind is something I've only shared with a very very small handful of people. It shouldn't be such a big deal because it happens a lot but that reality doesn't quite make my brain stop wishing this thing were different. :D vague enough?? - peamageddon
Vague or not, all I gots is <3 for pea. - Micah
The quality of my reports at work. - Jenny H. from Android
I'm a cokehead in the dream world. - Rodfather from Android
{{micah}} - peamageddon
The thing that actually happened when I said I fell of a horse. (I did fall off a horse, it was just totally unrelated to the neck-brace.) - Heather
Next year, when we go to the Montgomery County Fair, I'm going to have this on a t-shirt.
meanwhile, whenever I see that I think, "booger." :D That's a recent thing isn't it? When I worked in Rockville in the mid-2000s I don't remember seeing MOCO used at all. - peamageddon
Wait, do people actually use MOCO? I thought I was being cleverstupid... - Zamms
People do. - Julian
I wanna hear Leggett say it. - Zamms
Yes. People do. But saying PG will get you thrown out of a room so go figure. - peamageddon
Steven Perez
"I Could Fall In Love" by Selena is my new jam.
"I Could Fall In Love" by Selena is my new jam.
yes - peamageddon
I love that song. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Hi everyone. I'm happy to announce that I'm moving in a couple weeks to take a new librarian job in Washington, D.C.! Very excited and looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as a librarian.
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congrats! best of luck with the move! - ellbeecee
There's been a lot of crazy in the last six months so I didn't want to subject y'all to that, but I've been thinking about y'all. Will be around a bit more now that all of that's been handled. - Derrick
Hurray! Congratulations! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hi Derrick! Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Congrats! - Katy S from iPhone
Where in the district? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
congrats and yay yay! - Sir Shuping is just sir
And congrats :) - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Congratulations, Derrick! I'm so happy for you! <3 - Anne Bouey
I suspected that you would be moving here. Over which overpass should I put up the welcome sign? - Julian
WOOOOOOO!!!!!! Very pleased for you and not the least bit surprised. - lris
Hi everyone and thanks. Appreciate the thoughts. I'll be at American University. - Derrick
Congrats on the new job. Welcome to the neighborhood. - Alan
Very cool! I'll finally be able to meet you. - Friar Will
Congrats on the new job! - Elena
So happy for you! And happy for them that they were smart enough to hire you. - Steele Lawman
Also, congratulations, and the first few drink are on me. - Julian
Congrats! Hope you have a great time! I was gonna warn you about the humidity, but I'm guessing 'Nawlins' got you conditioned. - Arlan K.
Who wants to go see the Nats play? Or grab a half-smoke? Or...ride the Metro? Cherry blossoms? I really am excited. How often does one apply for, interview with, and land their number one job? - Derrick
So proud of you, boo! - L.A.M.B. from Android
Congratulations, Derrick! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Congratulations! - Spidra Webster
You can do the half smoke at a Nats game now. I still haven't made it to the actual Bens Chili Bowl, though. - Alan
Oh, and like every one else has said, "Congratulations!" - Friar Will
Wow, awesome! I'm so happy for you, my friend! - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks so much everyone. Seriously. Some of this went down at ALA this year some librarians might have already heard, but it's time to share with everyone else. I think I was RIGHT by Ben's Chili Bowl when I interviewed but I forgot to eat there. :( - Derrick
HOORAY! - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Congratulations!! - Hedgehog from Android
Congratulations! Best of luck and success in your new city and job :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Is it in the South East area? - Josh Haley
Super Awesome! I am so excited for you and, possibly, the end of your travels across the US. See you sooner than later! :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
We're practically neighbors! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Fabulous! Congratulations :) - Jen
Yay! - peamageddon
Whoo hoooooooooo!!!!!! - laura x from BuddyFeed
Ten years, and I have only ever been to Ben's once. Two Nats games. One Smithsonian museum (twice). LOC once (and I used to work less than a mile away). One inauguration. I think you will do well easing into being a local. Plenty of time to get to everything. - Julian
Now Josh has me thinking I need to figure out the quadrants. The university is in NW which is the largest? But I don't know the lines of demarcation. - Derrick
Zamms and D together....DC may implode from awesome. SO HAPPY FOR YOU! - Mary Carmen
The US Capitol is at the center of the axis. North Capitol divides NW and NE, East Capitol divides NE and SE, and South Capitol divides SW and SE. There is no West Capitol, but the National Mall marks the approximate boundary of NW and SW. - John (bird whisperer)
The Capitol building is the center of the address grid for the District of Columbia, and Prince George's and Montgomery Counties (with the exception of a few municipalities in Maryland -- for example, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Laurel). - Julian
Thanks, guys. I'll have to get my bearings. Also going to be so weird to not have a car. O_O - Derrick
Congrats, dood! - Andy
O MY GOD YES! I'm so happy for you, Derrick. Wonderful. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Wow, this is some serious awesome. Well done. - Laura Norvig from iPod
Oh wow!!! Congrats D!!! - Soup in a TARDIS
That is fabulous!!! - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
yay! congratulations d! - kendrak
Thanks everyone, seriously. <3 - Derrick
Woooooooo. - Joe
Good that you are on the metro line at AU. - Joe
NW is nice. SE not as nice. So I am glad for you even more now. I was a missionary in that area back in 1991. - Josh Haley
Woohooo! - maʀtha
Oh my gosh! - Jim: with more caffeine!
Tell us about the gig! - maʀtha
I'll be working with the School of Communication, which covers mass comm, film and video, journalism, and public communication. There might be some incorporation of social media in there as well (my presentation for the interview was on social media and how to teach it to ACRL standards). Always thought it'd be cool to incorporate film and cinema with my library work and it looks like I'll be able to do so. - Derrick
congrats - WarLord
Fantastic! Congratulations, fellow comm librarian! You'll be working with Rachel, one of my best friends! - Jason P
Jason, when I found out Rachel was THE Rachel from the podcast, I liked to have died. I ended up shooting her an email and telling her I knew you! Also, will be hitting you up for teaching comm. O_o - Derrick
We'll talk soon! - Jason P
SO EXCITE. - Marianne
You go, Derrick!!! - DJ Stevie Steve
Yay! - Miriella from Android
Woo-hoo! - Betsy
I'm so happy for you, D! Congratulations! They're damn lucky to have you! <3 - vicster: full-bodied
Awesome, sir. Wishing you all the best. Can't wait to visit DC. Smithsonian here we come. - SAM
<3 Yay! DC cupcakes for you! See you there next month, boo! Congrats! - Tamara J. B.
Grattis og lykke til med flyttinga :) - Eivind
The Smiths say YAY! - Marina's Godmother :-)
YAY! I'm so excited for you Derrick!!! And I'm very glad you'll be around FF more. Cuz you rock. :) - Laura
COULD YOU BE ANY MORE ADORABLE??!!!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Yay! Congratulations! Hope the move goes smoothly. xo - LoisMarketing
I vote for a Baltimore or DC meet-up to commence!! - Janet
Congratulations!! This is wonderful! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Very cool, congrats! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Congratulations! - Regular Amanda
Yay! Congrats! - Sarah from FreshFeed
Congrats, D. - MoTO: Team Marina
Good morning and thanks again everyone. Things are looking up! - Derrick
Woo hoo! Congratulations and good luck with the move! - Galadriel C.
But I just left the mid-atlantic! Poop. And yay for D! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Congrats! Hope you love it! - Rachel Walden
Congrats! It was awesome to meet you at ALA and get this breaking news in person! W00T! - John: Thread Killer
arrright! - barbara fister
incredibly exciting!! congrats! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
ooh, yay! more new Comm librarians!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
Congratulations! - kaijsa
Congratulations and wish you lots of luck. - Halil
Congratulations. Great news! - YvonneM
Now that's happy making news. - Heather
Congrats, baby! :D <3 - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Just scrolled back to see the official announcement and find out where you were working. I have fond memories of using AU's library when my school (GWU) didn't have what I needed for a paper. God bless the consortium setup. Anyway, congratulations and please let me know where you end up living! Next time I'm back in the area for a visit (my dad still lives in MD) I would love to meet you in person. - Corinne L
Mary Carmen
Unissa. 8.5. red and cork. Worn once.
I wish I wore these more. I wore them with a brown outfit I had....they looked great. - Mary Carmen
I bet. I love the color. So pretty. - peamageddon
I am totally that person who buys shoes to specifically wear with one particular outfit. It's terrible. - Mary Carmen
For the longest time, even though I love shoes, I was uber practical and seemed to buy the same mary jane or t-strap shoe in black or brown. I've done a bit better adding color in recent years but I still seem to gravitate to the same freaking shoe. :) - peamageddon
Me, too. The majority of my shoes are black, red, or purple Mary Janes. - Mary Carmen
I was at DSW just this past weekend. They had the prettiest green flats with these super cute cutouts. I actually could wear them with several outfits but they were $70 (or maybe $60) so I couldn't justify them. Instead I bought the navy shoes I've been "needing." - peamageddon
I have several pairs of navy shoes....I have no idea why I had all of them. - Mary Carmen
because you needed them. duh. ;-) - peamageddon
actually, these are my first navy pair of heels. i have a pair of blue suede hush puppies that are awesome. but suede so if it even looks like it might sprinkle i won't wear them. - peamageddon
bump - Mary Carmen
bump - Mary Carmen
I totally wish I could wear heels like that without turning my ankles. They are very cute shoes and we've just unofficially instituted "sassy fridays" at work. - Katy S
Bump - Mary Carmen
BUMP - Mary Carmen
Mary Carmen
I have such a difficult time accepting help.
I feel this 100%. - Hookuh Tinypants
Even when I am paying someone for their time and effort...I just feel like such a shit sitting here while they are working. - Mary Carmen
Ditto - peamageddon from iPhone
Baby steps. Literally. Since accepting help is something you should try to give in to once a baby is involved. Especially when you're pregnant! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Mary Carmen
To pizza or not....that is the question.
Yea - peamageddon from iPhone
pizza. - Georgia
I always vote #teampizza - Jennifer Dittrich
Apizza, if you can. - Julian
Pizza. - Stephen Mack
We're all pizza'ed up here. Carb loading for tomorrow. Yeah, that's my excuse... :) - Hookuh Tinypants
We gave into the pizza. - Mary Carmen
Man, I've been craving Zachary's Pizza for two days now. I'm trying to hold off for when my friends are in town in a couple of weeks, but I may cave. - vicster: full-bodied
OhhhhhhhZachary'smmmmmmmmm - Hookuh Tinypants
We moved out of the delivery area for Patxi's. =( It's the next best thing to Zachary's! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Shannon - GlassMistress
It lives! This is what I was working on this morning when I forgot to start the kiln
Pretty cool. - peamageddon from iPhone
Pretty cool! - Elena from iPhone
Fake pockets are reprehensibly deceptive. I'm looking at you, women's garment industry.
YES. - peamageddon
Sick boof is sick
Sick boof is sick
she looks so grown here. wow. I hope she's all better soon. - peamageddon
:( Feel better, Miss Georgia. - L.A.M.B. from Android
:( - Alix May
Awww. Pobrecita. - Jenny H. from Android
Do you like to chew ice?
yup - Mary Carmen
If I left my pipe to smoke it with in my other jacket - Steve C Team Marina
Always. I used to get in trouble as a kid for eating all the ice in the freezer. Folks try to say I have pica but really, I just like to consume my water in a more entertaining format. - Hookuh Tinypants
No, but I do suck on the bits left in a glass. - John (bird whisperer)
sometimes. - holly #ravingfangirl
Sometimes. - Stephen Mack
Nah, don't mind some stainless steel - Mo Kargas
Childhood dentist secured that I would never chew ice comfortably. New implants upper and lower do allow me pain free dabbling though. I just can't get away from the expected pain so I only try now and again. My luck I will break the implants. - Janet
Small pieces, yes. Otherwise, nope. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
It's my terrible habit. Fill a cup and just chew it. - Colette
Only after it has deteriorated to a semi-melted state.. - "n" from iPhone
I used to but it's a habit I've grown out of. Not until after I broke one of my braces off my tooth thought. - Heather
No but I did during a severe bout of anemia. - peamageddon
Occasionally, yes. - Jenny H. from Android
Yes - Rodfather from Android
yes - Brent Schaus
yes - Bren
Nooo I like my teeth too much. I was watching a movie with a friend a few weeks ago and he was crunching on ice cubes, drove me crazy haha. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
All the time. Someone should make ice that's easier to chew. Maybe if there could be bubbles in it. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yep. - Steven Perez
Yep (much to MAN's dismay) - Shannon - GlassMistress
No, mostly. Smaller pieces, upon occasion, but that's pretty rare. - Jennifer Dittrich
Scoble, Alex Scoble
Looks like Google is officially killing support for GTalk. I knew they'd do it, I just didn't expect them to do it so soon.
Wait, what? Didn't that JUST replace a bunch of stuff an Android too? - Soup in a TARDIS
Link? - Tinfoil 2.0 Tinfoil. :D I wrote this thread because GTalk is no longer working for me. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
i am using it right now :P - holly #ravingfangirl
Pics or it didn't happen, Holly. :D - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I am using it right now too. GTalk is still (partially) supported, depending on what you mean by it: "These changes are the result of Google dropping a particular subset of the XMPP standard—namely server-to-server federation. But for now, Google still supports client-to-server connections, which means that as long as you are logging in with a Google chat account, you can chat using any compliant application." - Tinfoil 2.0
When I said GTalk, I meant the desktop app for Windows, btw. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Oh, who uses that anyway? :p - Tinfoil 2.0
Oh. So not the same thing, Alex! - Soup in a TARDIS! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
(I use the GTalk desktop app!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Never's working for me again now. Odd. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I'm still using Gtalk with a third party client. It flakes out every once in a while, but that's been happening for years. - Amit Patel
Most everyone uses Windows; what's wrong with you?? :) - Amit Patel
Excluding English, what language (natural or programming) have you written or typed the most?
Mine would be an artificial language, but I have no idea which, I've never counted lines. - Tinfoil 2.0
Swedish. - Spidra Webster
perl - Kevin Johnson
standard notation (primarily treble clef) and occasionally the Nashville number system - Big Joe Silence
Probably Japanese? Possibly Latin. - Jennifer Dittrich
HTML/CSS/Javascript? Otherwise Spanish. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Probably French. - John (bird whisperer)
Spanish - Meg VMeg
I used to use Norwegian quite a bit :) - Eivind
German - Katy S
Spanish. - Anika
French, Latin. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
gobbledygook. my mom & I conversed in it all the time when I was a kid. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Latin. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
tcsh, vi - Brian Johns
Probably Lua. - Andrew C (✔)
Spanish. Followed by French and HTML (I don't know which would be second.) - Betsy
French - Bren from iPhone
spanish. - peamageddon
Norwegian. - Jenny H. from Android
German. Logically. - Uli
PL/I, although not recently. (You could argue that PL/I is a form of English, I suppose.) - Walt Crawford
Italian. - Xabaras (G.O.)
HTML, followed closely by PHP - WebGoddess
HTML and Spanish are probably tied - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
maybe visual basic? but not for some time. before that, C++ and unix - MoTO: Team Marina
Spanish, then Latin. - Anne Bouey
French. Bagpipe notation. - Brent Schaus
1) Italian 2) java 3) c 4) english - Non sono Bob from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
From JC (probably not the JC you're thinking of) on FB: "If someone keeps saying your name wrong, even though they've heard that other people have said your name correctly, should you assume this person…"
(A) …is clueless and moronic - Victor Ganata
(B) …inconsiderately selfish - Victor Ganata
yes - peamageddon
(C) …needs to be punched in the face so hard that a hole opens up in their head which allows fresh air to give them the enlightenment they sorely lack - Victor Ganata
A, B, C. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
I'm glad I said yes before C popped up. Hitting is bad! :) - peamageddon
My coworker has a friend with my name (I know, shocking) and I've explained I pronounce it slightly differently but she still refers to me as Sue-LAY-ma. I got tired of correcting her because she's known her friend longer than me and 2) whatever, it's nbd because at least it's closer than other way I've heard. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Victor Ganata
When I read *A Game of Thrones* I was totally shocked when they killed Ned Stark then and there. I had expected Bad Things to happen to him and thought that the Lannisters would get him in the end, but I didn't think he'd get a surprise public execution….
The night is full of terrors. - Todd Hoff
So I kind of knew that [redacted] was going to die, too, and I remember reading *A Clash of Kings* and *A Storm of Swords* with dread. I guess, after that, even though lots of characters still die or suffer other horrible fates, it was kind of smooth sailing. (Although when the show gets to whatever season will feature *A Dance With Dragons*, I expect viewers are going to be *seriously* pissed.) - Victor Ganata
Since I knew some kind of blood bath was going to ensue in *A Storm of Swords*, I think the thing that shocked me the most was who ended up living. Well, kind of living. - Victor Ganata
Entire books can be skipped without losing anything, it will be interesting which direction the show goes and if the dragons will show up on westeros much earlier in the show. - Todd Hoff
I don't know about that. I think Season 1 and 2 were pretty much on point. Sure, they skipped some sequences, but they touched upon the main plot points. I haven't watched any of Season 3 yet, and I know there are some divergences, but I can't imagine they're going to go crazily off the rails. I know they're pulling in some info from later books, mainly because the timelines intersect.... more... - Victor Ganata
So basically, they could be theoretically through with a lot of *A Dance With Dragons* after next season. And I don't really expect *The Winds of Winter* being out before Season 5 comes out. - Victor Ganata
Oh, I don't doubt there are significant changes, but I feel like there haven't been any "The Elves of Lorien show up at Helm's Deep" or "Faramir takes Frodo, Sam, and Gollum to Osgiliath" moments yet. Then again, I've only really read the first five books ASoIaF once, often in a hurried frenzy in the middle of the night, so there may have been some significant plot points I've missed :D - Victor Ganata
I think they've had moments that have verged on that significant, but they've been so well done that the audience has mostly accepted them. In many cases it is a change in timing, or a very necessary condensing of actions by dozens of characters (both for plot and ease of casting.) The one that stands out the most to me is Arya's stint at Harrenhal last season. It was a huge change, but a good one. - Jennifer Dittrich
Probably the only episode that I thought changed Daenerys's character a little too much was the one where they stole her dragons, which never happened in the book. But even that was fairly brief. - Victor Ganata
The body count of major characters, in particular, Sean Bean's, is a major reason why I haven't bothered to get into the show. Not my cup of tea. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I was thrown by Sean Bean's exit, only because he was the majority of the reason I started watching it (never read the books). But I got used to it. I still watch it, although I have fallen two weeks behind. I like the fact that it breaks the norms of "normal" American TV. It is fresh to see and I like seeing how the plot develops. - Chris Topher
If you think about it, really only two major characters have died so far. :D - Victor Ganata
I thought casting Sean Bean totally telegraphed Ned Stark's fate :D I was all like, well that should make it a whole hell of a lot less surprising when they lop his head off. - Victor Ganata
LOL it wasn't until after that fateful episode that I found out its a common occurrence that his characters die. - Chris Topher
The irony is that GRRM is totally a writer for American TV. But I guess "The Twilight Zone" and (the original) "Beauty and the Beast" aren't really conventional shows, either. - Victor Ganata
I think Alex' point is interesting, because I usually get irritated with stories that arbitrarily kill off main characters. In this particular series, it hasn't struck me that way, because what happens to those characters rarely feels arbitrary. Whatever act finally catches them might be a whim, but the path they took to get there is pretty clearly defined by their choices (or lack of... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
If The Elves of Lorien showed up in Game of Thrones that would be quite the departure. Though interesting. - Todd Hoff
I'm convinced that the Valyrians are basically the Westerosi equivalent of elves or half-elves. So basically the Targaryens are the Westerosi equivalent of the line of Isildur :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I mean, Daenerys and Viserys even have elven-like hair :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Wait, Ned Stark dies? - Ken Morley
See, I expected him to die early on. He was trying to be a bit too noble for that world and I didn't think he'd last long in it. - Katy S
Isn't breaking your word the opposite of noble? - Todd Hoff
Ned Stark broke his word? Or you mean Robb? Yeah, I actually figured Robb was doomed as soon as he claimed the crown of the North. Even more doomed when he killed Rickard Karstark. And totally doomed when he married Jeyne. - Victor Ganata
Ned noble? Someone so incapable of politics that he dooms his entire family can't be thought of as noble. - Todd Hoff
It really depends on what you define as "noble". Certainly he had a noble lineage and he valued honor and truth too much over realpolitik. While most noble families in real history had to be able to practice realpolitik in order to not get mercilessly slaughtered and exterminated from the earth by other noble families or by commoners, I don't think people naturally associate nobility with base treachery and corruption. - Victor Ganata
I mean, Littlefinger may be a (petty) noble, but he's certainly not noble. - Victor Ganata
And, anyway, it's not like Ned doomed the Starks all by himself. Catelyn, Robb, Sansa, and Jon Snow have all definitely done some really stupid things to totally further screw themselves all on their own. - Victor Ganata
I meant it in the common usage of possessing fine qualities, not as a reference to his lineage. How about this: he tried too hard to be honorable in a world that doesn't reward honor. Recognizing that fairly early in the book, I didn't think anything good could possibly happen to him. Maybe I read too much dystopian fiction. :) - Katy S
I don't know if it showed up as much in the show, but in the novel, the horrible thing is that Ned actually knew he was totally doomed, but he couldn't figure out how to get out of King's Landing without everyone he cared about getting killed anyway. It was stupid of him to trust Littlefinger and Slynt, but he didn't really have any choice. And he actually would've made it out alive if Joffrey wasn't a total psycho. - Victor Ganata
Totally! (I know, I sound like a teenager) - Katy S
Ned's nobility is one of knowing one's place and acting according to duty. It wasn't a sense of honor in service of a civilizing sense of chivalry. Because of that I don't think he was noble or honorable. He sacrificed his family for a poor reason and worse cause. - Todd Hoff
I think that only partially explains his actions (and there are some we still don't know the full extent of.) He didn't have any duty to inform Cersei of what he had planned, but he felt that he should give her a chance to repent. That opportunity could have been afforded to her after he made a move, but she and her children wouldn't have a chance to escape punishment at that point. That's where the nobility/honor bit kicks him in the ass. - Jennifer Dittrich
The death in A Dance With Dragons is the first shocking and disappointing death I've encountered in the series. I knew about Ned Stark's death from reading articles ages ago and it was that death that actually got me interested in the series and finally convinced me to pick up the books. - peamageddon
But in the end, Ned *doesn't* sacrifice his family. He sucks up his honor and abases himself. If anything, it might serve as a moral lesson that there's no point in losing your integrity, since you're going to get killed anyway. - Victor Ganata
I'm still hopeful about the apparent death in ADwD because of this GRRM interview **DO NOT CLICK** **MAJOR SPOILERS** - Victor Ganata
Yeah, me too. But it'll be ages before we find out if that's really true. :D - peamageddon
When he naively confessed he took himself out of the play and left his family completely unprotected. - Todd Hoff
I don't know, when you consider that Cersei was totally going to let him go free (well, free to take the Black) and keep his daughters safe as hostages, really, the only (admittedly severe) flaw was underestimating how bloodthirsty and insane Joffrey is. - Victor Ganata
Shannon - GlassMistress
I'm taking iron per my doc's instructions. I like the little pill. It feels silky slick, its a pleasing shape, and it goes down easy. It, however, does NOT like me.
ruh roh - MoTO: Team Marina
usually they suggest another pill to take with it... dare i say stool softener? - Yvonne Renee
I hate iron supplements. I take a stool softener and an antacid with them. - Mary Carmen
I definitely have to take them with food otherwise I feel sick to my stomach. And metamucil helps with the constipation. - peamageddon
Mary Carmen
Just finished an awesome book and now have a question for the plus sized among us: how does your weight influence your POV? Meaning do you make decisions, feel like others base actions and decisions, interpret actions, etc. based on the fact that you are overweight?
To a certain extent, but I was fat-shamed by my family when I was a teen even though, back then, I really wasn't fat. At least, I definitely didn't wear plus-sized clothes back then. I probably could have lost 10 pounds, but the stress of it kept me from swimming (which I loved) because of wearing a swim suit and lead to stress-eating, which made things worse. - Katy S
Yup. There is a clear delineation between who I was before I gained weight and who I was after I gained weight. The way people treat me and the way I make decisions about things post-gain is most often centered on my weight. I've had people not invite me to things because they didn't think I'd be comfortable engaging in that activity "because you're kind of big". People would buy me... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
Admittedly, I've been super self-conscious this entire time I've been actively working on losing weight for the past year. I am constantly being patronized and judged and scrutinized and the moment I choose to treat myself to a dip cone someone is there to say "I thought you were trying to lose weight?" I choose to share my progress online as a motivator for myself, but the shame that... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
I suppose that, indirectly, I do. I was bullied from grades 5 through 8, and most of my classmates' taunts had to do with my weight. I do feel my weight influenced their actions. My weight also influenced how my doctors treated me...I remember being told to go on a diet more than once the same time period. My family doesn't fat-shame me, but my mother does tend to police food intake. As for the rest of the world...I try to blind myself to people sometimes. I sometimes wish I could be invisible. - Laura
Having a birth father die at 37 from obesity effects and me having most of his genetic crapshoot I have been (since age 2) severely crippled by how badly being into the overweight category is for me. I had an Endocrinologist dress me down constantly because I was not 112 pounds. I will never BE the weight number they desire. Having gained 8 pounds in 6 months my doctor wanted to immediately have me see a nutritionist :(. - Janet
So even though many will think I am of normal size, I have the fat girl mindset and mentality. Seeing how much that 8 pound gain effected my triglycerides and glucose numbers has me humbled. I will spend the rest of my life jealous when I see folks enjoy food. - Janet
Put plainly, my weight is my POV. I can directly tie my weight gain to the advent of my social anxiety. I don't see others this way, but I can't help but see myself as a giant, unlovable failure of a person. The external reinforcement of how people often treat me certainly helps that along, but I know that a lot of it is what I've internalized over the years. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I can definitely sympathize with that. - Laura
It's always a consideration for me, and as Jennifer mentions, is part of what defines my point of view. It impacts what I become involved in, who I feel comfortable talking to, how doctors treat me, how some people treat me, and I've been socialized into being very sensitive about it from when I was young and bathing suit shopping (at 6, being told I "looked like the broad side of a... more... - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Also, what book did you read? - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
warmaiden - the link is in the first comment. :) - Katy S
I've had a weight problem since I was a kid and I've been fat, ideal, and a lot of places in between. What I've found that most disturbs me is that when I am at a "good" weight, I absolutely loathe the attention that I get. So much so that I think I'm actually more comfortable socially being overweight and invisible. But weight colors everything. I get As in class and compliments regarding my work, but all I see is that I'm fat. - Anne Graham
This will be a long comment, I apologize in advance. I've been fat my entire life and fat-shamed for most of it by my mother who really didn't know any better and probably only lately knows the damage done. She pretty much stopped it about 3 years ago after we had a series of conversations about how it makes me feel and what is encouraging and helpful versus what is not. My heaviest... more... - Mary Carmen
feel it and have suspicions confirmed many times a week. sucks. - Big Joe Silence
Beautiful post, Mary Carmen. - Anne Graham
what Anne said. - Big Joe Silence
Thank you. - Mary Carmen
I adore you, MC. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Awwww, shucks. - Mary Carmen
MC rocks! - Katy S
I try to keep two quotes in mind when dealing with people who judge or make me feel like shot because I am fat. I know it's sometimes hard to cut people out of your life because sometimes they are your family, but I try to keep perspective: " “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes." ―... more... - Mary Carmen from iPhone
I feel for what everyone who posted has gone through. Shaming sucks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
When I look in the mirror I see myself as thinner than I really am - at least, compared to people of normal size. Then I wonder if I'm doing something morally wrong by not having a body image that's worse than reality. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
My weight does not inform my POV. I freq forget that i weigh what I weigh until I try to do something I used to be able to, like bend easily in my airplane seat to fetch out my purse from under the seat in front of me. OOOF! belly in the way. Or hustle hustle. I'm not so fast anymore, and that's due to weight AND poor health. I was never fat until my body started failing, so only, the... more... - Lnorigb
Yup, Lnor. Yup. Also, I think that I've gained a lot of perspective the past three years. I just don't feel like making choices or keeping a mindset that makes me miserable any more. Life is way too short to be unhappy and angry and upset. I'm choosing happiness whenever I can. - Mary Carmen
For me, the most hurtful thing is when my parents defend my brother's fat-shaming asshattery by saying it's because he cares about me. Strangers I'm more 'meh' about, but the family stuff still hurts, at least during the moments it happens. - Katy S
I can totally understand that. We are not genetically twigs in my family. My sister was always thin, but she did gain a lot of weight with each of her pregnancies and she fat shamed herself following them. Also, she always put tons of pressure on herself to be thin, maybe because I was fat. I just remember her dieting so much that she stopped menstruating and no one seemed to think this was a problem until I said something. - Mary Carmen
Most of my family is tall and athletic. I took after the great grandma described by mother as "a dumpling of a woman." Yeah. So, for the most part they don't get it. My sister has gained weight due to some health issues in recent years, so she's suddenly a bit more sympathetic. - Katy S
My mom is/was very thin, so she truly doesn't get it. Even though there was a lot of fat-shaming, I know it was from a kind place, even though at the time I didn't. I know that she feels responsible for my weight (long story, some other time), so I think it hit her hard while I was growing up. I have come to accept that my mom is the way she is. It's the same way with lots of things.... more... - Mary Carmen
I think I posted in another thread about how I don't notice being fat-shamed in public even though I'm as big or bigger than anyone who has posted their weight on this thread so far (250, last I weighed in). I can't imagine that I live in some kind of wonder-world where everyone is nice, so I'm guessing I'm just oblivious. I'm ok with that, actually. I did get some fat-shaming, sort of,... more... - WebGoddess
However!! All that being said - I don't notice the good kind of looks I get either. I've had them pointed out - someone watching me as I walk by or whatever - and i'm completely unaware that it's happened. There are good and bad points to going through life so unaware... - WebGoddess
Me neither, Robin. Scott always points out when someone is checking me out because I am in a total bubble of my own world. - Mary Carmen
I haven't noticed fat-shaming since I had a blowout with my parents right around my senior year of college. Since then, there have been periodic issues with my dad, but I've always known, even as a kid, that when it came up, it came from a place of concern especially as neither of my parents are particularly small (though mom was on the thin side when she was younger). What didn't help... more... - Katie
I think my weight has influenced my POV mainly because it was something always thrown in my face. I think about a decade ago something just snapped in my head and I decided I would no longer apologize for being who I am--which includes being a Fat Chick. My weight still is used as a weapon against me: Any verbal altercation is peppered with "fat bitch" comments. And my Kaiser doctors... more... - vicster: full-bodied
There are brief moments in the day when I forget I'm fat and then something will happen or someone will say something that makes me remember. It has greatly affected the way I live my life and behave, and most of it in a negative way. The first 8 years of my life, however, I was fussed over for being a blonde, white, green-eyed girl in a country where that wasn't the norm. I was singled... more... - peamageddon
Pea, that's interesting for me, just because remembering that time when I felt pretty and fussed over sometimes specifically makes me feel worse. I mean, I remember being desirable, and haven't felt that way in longer than I can remember. On the flip side, I do have very supportive family and friends (for the most part,) who don't make me feel shamed, and always support what I'm doing... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
You know what's funny to me? Anyone who sees my Flickr stream now (and all the way to 2007) or the folks who roll their eyes at all my selfies would probably think I'm the vainest thing around. But it has taken me exactly these six years to be okay with being in front of the camera rather than behind it. I used to hide so I could avoid being in photos. The night my friend Sam threw me a... more... - peamageddon
@Jennifer, maybe part of it for me is that as a Latina we're supposed to have curves. Granted, my family doesn't have qualms about pointing out to me that Ive let my curves get too curvy but my idea of what I "should" look like has never been dictated by what I see in books and magazines because those are skinny white girls that don't really have much to do with me. If that makes sense.... more... - peamageddon
I don't think anyone in my family has ever called me pretty. I've been told I look nice when dressed up and, when I was a kid, people would fuss over my hair because it was so thick, but I wasn't told I was pretty or cute or any other similar terms. - Katy S
Oh, I was never the non-curvy girl - I just got a lot of external feedback that curvy me was something to chase after... until I got over a certain size. Then that all just stopped. For so many years I was stuck in the "if I just lose this much weight, everything will be better" trap, but I can see how self-defeating that really was. - Jennifer Dittrich
The thing that hurts me the most is that I have let my weight get in the way of being in pictures with my daughter. Now that she is 9, I look back at so very few pictures of us together and my heart sinks. The conscious decision to avoid those pics will haunt me forever. - DJ Stevie Steve
@Jennifer, Yeah. I know that trap. At my most popular I weighed 215. So I was clearly not a size 2 but the attitude was the key. I was taking care of myself, I was exercising, I was happy. And then I had a major disappointment, I gained more weight, I lost interest in my life and the attitude spiraled into a major depression and I've not managed to get back down to that. And for the... more... - peamageddon
That's part of what I did as well (putting things on hold,) and how I'm fighting it. If I want to do something, I do it. If I like someone, I say so. If I want to go somewhere, I go. Even if none of that works out, it is better than letting something as stupid as my weight hold me back. Life is too precious to waste it. - Jennifer Dittrich
@DJ Stevie Steve: that pain is the easiest (and totally painless) to alleviate. Unless you happen to drop your camera on your toes. :) But you bring up a good point, photos are difficult to look at, after the fact. They can momentarily trip me up. Inner dialogue can be so effen nasty, it's the hardest thing to control for me. But I do. Try. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Weight really only comes into play with me for a couple things: fitting in chairs/clothes/whatever, and when I'm in a lot of pain I can blame my weight, even when my brain knows I've had the exact same pain (and lack of it) all over the scale. I do need to find some activity that's appropriate for Michigan winters, though, as not being able to swim from Aug-May (plus lack of appropriate, naturally-sourced vitamin D during that period, I'm thinking) has my body all out of whack at the moment. - Alix May
I favorited this on ffhound so I can read everything again and again. Thanks for this y'all. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It's affected me in a complicated way. My mom was a bit like Betty Draper is: making comments about her daughter's weight - in front of the daughter and/or away from the daughter. I didn't have any kind of weight problem until my 30s but my family's prejudices made "fatty" a choice insult so my brothers called me that from an early age. When I complained, my parents just told me I... more... - Spidra Webster
As I read this great discussion so many thoughts are in my head. I think each and every one of us is a strong person who has/is handled/handling what life has put in our paths the best we can. There is a lot of similarity of experience and while that may make some feel sad, it makes me feel happy and stronger. I know I am not alone in my thoughts and feelings. That in itself is truly... more... - Mary Carmen
The company removing social media blocking. Yay!
OH HAI HOLLY! - Yolanda
YAY! *waves & flails* - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
Mary Carmen
Not every question or statement requires a snarky comment or joke.
i don't know if we can be friends anymore. oh wait. you mean something like that i bet. frick. i will never get this right. - royce
You get a pass, Royce. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Agreed. It gets tiresome awfully fast. - Anne Graham
It's especially annoying to me when someone is asking for help and they get a ton of jokey comments with not one single bit of information that they could actually use. I'm all for finding the funny and having fun but damn it shouldn't only be about that. - peamageddon
Omg. I dated a guy like that once. It got soooo tiresome! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
You can use the mnemonic WORLD WIDE WEB to remember www. You're welcome.
Thanks, ID. - Kristin
The more your know! - Steve C Team Marina
And here I thought it was the "Whole Wide World." See, you learn something new every day. EVERY DAY. - peamageddon
No probs, iDaughter. - Micah
pea, there is much to learn, but more to forget. - Micah
Prove it. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Mark H
#SaturdayFF For our 5th wedding anniversary we were going to have a cruise but they aren't sailing where we want to go at that time of the year... so, instead, every month this year we're going to do something special.
We've already had upgraded hotels and a trip that we wouldn't otherwise have had this year. Tonight we went to a local restaurant which everyone we know - including the taxi driver who took us home - say deserves a Michelin star. It does. So very, very good. Seven courses including the appetisers, pre-desserts, etc. Next month we're off for a weekend up north and we're still trying to come up with ideas for the rest of 2013 although we've bought tickets for both NFL games at Wembley later on. - Mark H
That is such a great idea! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
<3 you guys coming to visit me would be super special. fyi. ;-) - peamageddon
Love it. :) - Jenny H.
Norway in June or July? :) - Eivind
We're up north! ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Eric - Poppa Large
40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews -
"Armageddon (1998): “Here it is at last, the first 150-minute trailer. Armageddon is cut together like its own highlights. Take almost any 30 seconds at random, and you’d have a TV ad. The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense, and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.”" - Eric - Poppa Large from Bookmarklet
I LOVE his review of "North". Damn, he hated that movie. - Jed
"“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.”" - Eric - Poppa Large
"There is a movie called Fargo playing right now. It is a masterpiece. Go see it. If you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again." - Eric - Poppa Large
"Some of the acting is better than the film deserves. Make that all of the acting. Actually, the film stock itself is better than the film deserves. " - Eric - Poppa Large
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2010): “If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination… The movie has been signed by Michael Bay. This is the same man who directed The Rock in 1996. Now he has made Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Faust made a better deal.”" - Steven Perez
"Baby Geniuses (1999): “This is an old idea, beautifully expressed by Wordsworth, who said, ‘Heaven lies about us in our infancy.’ If I could quote the whole poem instead of completing this review, believe me, we’d all be happier. But I press on.”" - Jennifer Dittrich
Catwoman (2004): “The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.” - Steven Perez
Oh, lord, the "Faust made a better deal," with regards to Michael Bay is just cracking me up. - Jennifer Dittrich
"They occupy Spice World as if they were watching it: They’re so detached they can’t even successfully lip-synch their own songs. During a rehearsal scene, their director tells them, with such truth that we may be hearing a secret message from the screenwriter, ‘That was absolutely perfect — without being actually any good.’" - Eric - Poppa Large
"This movie doesn’t contain ‘offensive language.’ The offensive language contains the movie.” - Brian Johns
Makes me sad I didn't read his reviews when he was alive. Brilliant! - Janet from FFHound!
"The movie will bring us all together, I imagine, in paralyzing boredom.” - Elena
I used to read his reviews even when I had no intention of going to see the movie. Even with old movies, I can almost guarantee at some point I'd think, "I wonder if Ebert ever reviewed this?" Then I'd pause the movie and do a search. I'm going to really miss him. - peamageddon
^this. I loved reading them just to read them. Although, I did take a lot of pleasure in reading the reviews for movies he hated. - Katy S
I also loved trying to guess what he thought of "silly" movies. I mean, the Oscar contenders were easy enough to guess at whether or not he'd like 'em but The Proposal? Joe vs the Volcano? He definitely surprised me on more than one occasion and I loved that. - peamageddon
Victor Ganata
Is this the season the Red Wedding happens? :D
Not if David Bowie has anything to do with it. - Steve C Team Marina
I think so but they're keeping it really hush hush what with people hating spoilers and all. - peamageddon
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