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I Was An Extra On The Sleepy Hollow Set, And Here's What I Learned -
I Was An Extra On The Sleepy Hollow Set, And Here's What I Learned
"Action! The AD walks up behind my co-visitors, leans in DURING THE SCENE and whispers, "OK after he's done talking, just walk in front of the camera." I instinctually decline. He smiles and says, "OK, now." The silent club becomes a reverberating nightmare echo chamber of my shoes clomping around. I walk past the two actors mid-scene with a look that my cat gives when she's leaning back to bite me. "Maybe you'll be a wipe," someone suggests. I'm sorry, America." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Hah that was hilarious. "Action! Another journalist sits a few spaces down the bar from me, this clever devil has developed cues and interactions with other extras far beyond my own. His character mutely gestures to the lovely co-ed at the bar, asking her if she'd like a drink. She declines. He continues this pantomime every, single, take. It's the Groundhog Day of rejection. " - Steve C Team Marina "[Ichabod] smells of flannel and lavender. I AM NOT JOKING." *runs off to buy scented candles* - Jessie
*breathes in* - Katy S from iPhone
How to Tell if You’re in a MFA Workshop Story -
How to Tell if You’re in a MFA Workshop Story
"You sit at the bar and have a drink. When you finish your drink you have another. You drink in a way that is simple and direct and not at all in imitation of Hemingway or Carver, and if it is then it’s an homage, a subtle, searingly thought-provoking homage, and the bartender is a charming old gent who calls you “hoss” and not a college girl with a swallow tattoo on her breastbone." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Her laugh was like the jangle of a charm bracelet, or like the wind whispering in the branches of an aspen, or like waves crashing on the beach, or like something else that doesn’t really sound at all like laughter, or even any sound a human can make, to be honest." - Jessie
"There is an ethnic person nearby, but they are dispensing with excellent advice. Their voice is cracked and earthy, like the earth. If they were your father they would say they loved you, to your face and to your heart. “Chile,” they say, “sho nuff, this crazy world goes on a-spinnin’ and don’t nobody know where it gon’ stop.” You nod sagely. It is good to take the G Train." - Jessie
"The love of a good woman will save you. A good woman will place her cool hand upon your feverish brow and not like the bands you don’t like. A good woman will know she is a metaphor, and accept it." - Jessie
"And even through the buffer of this short story, female readers are probably becoming barren just by encountering the power of your thoughts, right at this minute, right now." - Victor Ganata
....and if it is then it’s an homage, a subtle, searingly thought-provoking homage.... - WarLord
Hahahahahaha the comments: "In my one graduate level writing course a woman wrote a non-fiction story about the time she got into a car accident (in the US) after visiting a bakery and how the bagels she had bought spilled onto the road and the professor chewed her out for a painfully long time about the careless and racist way she had invoked images of Palestinian terrorism, so. " - Jessie
Also: "The other day a friend read me a sentence from a writing workshop piece (not his) that said, hand to god: "She cupped her chin in her girlish fingers and stared at me with penstemon-sparked eyes." I had to look up penstemon; apparently it's a flower, alternately called beardtongue. Sexy. " - Jessie
I guess everything really is a metaphor :D #darmok - Victor Ganata
Scottish Stormtrooper Dances To Bagpipes To Protest Evil British Empire -
Scottish Stormtrooper Dances To Bagpipes To Protest Evil British Empire
"Star Wars has become a recurring theme in the lead-up to today's referendum vote on Scottish independence, as pro-independence campaigners lampoon the British as their evil imperial overlords. So, yes, that's why we're treated to this rare sight of a stormtrooper dancing to bagpipes in Glasgow." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Taco Bell Corporate Owner's New Banh Shop Near SMU Has Commie Logo. You Expected Tasteful? | Dallas Observer -
Taco Bell Corporate Owner's New Banh Shop Near SMU Has Commie Logo. You Expected Tasteful? | Dallas Observer
"Banh Shop's theme is apparently as red as the tomato slabs on their overpriced sandwiches. The fast food joint, owned by the Taco Bell parent company Yum! Brands, opened three days ago as a pilot restaurant near SMU. But visitors may have noticed more than awkward guacamole and sour cream on their sandwiches. Looking around, the place is rife with underhanded Vietnam War references. First, visitors are greeted by the shop's red, five-pointed star logo, the symbol for communism. Their motto is "Saigon Street Food" -- which sounds catchier than Ho Chi Minh City Street Food, but gives the creeping impression that the red star, looming overbearingly above the motto, might soon encroach on former Saigon. And there's the overpoweringly red and black website, which lists sandwich choices such as "Grilled Steak," "Grilled Tofu," "Grilled Chicken Breast," "Grilled Pork Meatball," and then, oddly, "The American."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"On the plus side, the Dallas store is just the pilot run. Although the second Banh Shop is slated to open at DFW later this month, the company still has time to turn around the negative image. " - Jessie
The efforts of appropriation when zero research is done. They must hold classes for this crap. - Anika
What idiots. - Meg VMeg
I can't believe they tried to pull that in Dallas - there's some 70,000 Vietnamese people here. Morons. - Jessie
A Movie Star Names Things -
A Movie Star Names Things
LOL, it's like Thor was a movie star. Although I guess I could see Rainier Wolfcastle saying these things :D - Victor Ganata
Here's Why Longsword Fighting Is Now A Popular Sport -
Here's Why Longsword Fighting Is Now A Popular Sport
"If you love sword battles in your fantasy films, then this emerging sport may be perfect for you. Called longsword fighting, it's a revival of a once-forgotten ancient skill. There's been a renewed interest in what enthusiasts call historical European martial arts, or HEMA. It includes such things as grappling and several types of swordfighting. But it's the longsword that's getting much of the attention." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I found your activity to replace reading! - Jessie
I'm still holding out for jousting for Soup - Steve C Team Marina
I've wanted so badly to learn how to sword fight! - Jenny H. from Android
Dude, I'd rock at jousting. - Soup in a TARDIS
Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church - Yahoo News -
"Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch, with whom President Vladimir Putin has fostered increasingly close ties in recent years, addressed the workers on the importance of protecting Russia. "Russia cannot be a vassal. Because Russia is not only a country, it is a whole civilization, it is a thousand-year story, a cultural melting-pot, of enormous power," RIA news agency quoted him as saying. "In order for us to be able to live a sovereign life, we must, if necessary, be able to defend our homeland."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Who is this guy, John Travolta? - Mary B: #TeamMonique
At Buckingham Palace, a Dancing Guard Throws Decorum to the Wind - -
At Buckingham Palace, a Dancing Guard Throws Decorum to the Wind -
"The guards who stand sentry outside Buckingham Palace are the embodiment of decorum and regularity. Many British children have grown up with little dolls of them in their sentry boxes (I was one). Innumerable tourists over decades have watched them make their nobly pointless little marches to and fro between A and B. They are absurd, glorious, dependable, stiff-upper-lip, constant: They mean “There’ll always be an England.” Yet subversiveness has at last struck even these pillars of the establishment, or one of them. In late August, a clip was posted on YouTube of a guard tweaking the routine. During the three minutes and 23 seconds of footage, he is seen three times doing a few slow chané turns, and for this he has been hailed in British newspapers as the pirouetting guard. This feat alone — pirouettologists will note that he is a left-turner — makes him radical. But those turns also make him an adorable example of the absurdity that is so crucial in British humor. Keep watching the... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"One minute and 23 seconds in, after turning in front of his box, he extends an arm to hold the box’s edge. A boy’s voice — the YouTube clip is peppered with the giggles and flabbergasted comments of some English onlookers — says “Did he stroke his box?” Such things, as this child well knows, are simply never done. But the priceless moment comes when he extends a front leg and holds it... more... - Jessie
LOL a review of the dancing guard by the NYT dance critic. - Jessie
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen - The Atlantic -
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen - The Atlantic
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen - The Atlantic
"While there are other carvers (both hobbyists and professionals), and shops that cast fiberglass or metal carousel replications, along with many companies that sell all kinds of amusement rides—these two companies in Ohio appear to be the only ones taking carousels from design to finish and carving them from wood the old-fashioned way. The workshop at Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio Art Ritchie and Dan Jones of Carousel Works first came to Ohio in the late 1980s to build a carousel for the Carousel District in Mansfield. Since then, they’ve sold 58 carousels and restored dozens. Ritchie began carving in 1973, making anything from furniture to signs. Back then, he recalls, he would carve anything that had a payday. One day, a customer came by and asked him for a quote for a carousel horse. He estimated that it would cost about $1,800. “He couldn’t get his pocketbook out fast enough,” Ritchie remembers." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Eons ago, I watched a documentary on carousel makers. The sculptors were fascinating. I found out the European company that did the horses for the carousel in Balboa Park are the same people who did the horses for now defunct carousel in my local park. IIRC, this company did the restoration on the BP carousel. - Anika
Dirtbag Teddy Roosevelt -
Dirtbag Teddy Roosevelt
"TAFT WHAT’S GOING ON WHY ARE THESE BOYS TAKING MY THINGS OUT OF THE OFFICE you’re not the President anymore, sir WHY ON EARTH NOT you’ve already served two terms we had another election WELL WHO IS THE PRESIDENT NOW I am, sir WHAT... WELL I I’M GOING TO GO TO AFRICA AND KILL EVERYTHING I SEE THERE" - Jessie
I love history. - Steele Lawman
Smart Car Makes Crosswalks Safer (and More Fun) With Dancing 'Don't Walk' Guy | Adweek -
Smart Car Makes Crosswalks Safer (and More Fun) With Dancing 'Don't Walk' Guy | Adweek
"How do you get people to stop for the "Don't walk" guy in the crosswalk? Make the "Don't walk" guy a little more interesting to look at. That's what Smart car did in Portugal, giving the icon more entertainment value by getting him to dance for his impatient audience. (This is achieved by seemingly unnecessary though I suppose charming high-tech means—the "Don't walk" guy imitates the moves of actual dancing humans in a booth nearby.) The "Walk" guy is really going to have to raise his game." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Hand-sewn ‘mango pillows’ a hit with tourists - Taipei Times -
Hand-sewn ‘mango pillows’ a hit with tourists - Taipei Times
"In addition to other mango-affiliated products, pillows in the shape and color of the fruit made by members of the Saint Theresa Opportunity Center (德蘭啟智中心) in Yujing District (玉井) have been a great success and well-received by tourists. Hand-sewn by the students of the Telan Special Education Center, the pillows were developed in an effort to provide the students at the center with a skill, center director Yang Mei-hua (楊美華) said. “Though the income is limited, it nonetheless bolsters the students’ confidence in their own ability,” Yang said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The pillows, named after popular Taiwanese singer Wang Li-hom (王力宏), were intended to be homophones of the three primary colors, yellow, green and red, which also represent the three most popular mango types in the township, Yang said." - Jessie
It took me a solid minute to figure out Wang Li-horn = huang (yellow), lu (green), hong (red). - Jessie
Think how long it took *me* to figure it out! ;-) - Spidra Webster
LOL it's just such a weird leap - from pillows to Chinese pop stars to mangoes. I wonder if it's clear enough in the Chinese version and they just didn't want to bother explaining it. - Jessie
Cat bites dog: In India's human dominated landscapes, top prey for leopards is dogs -- ScienceDaily -
Cat bites dog: In India's human dominated landscapes, top prey for leopards is dogs -- ScienceDaily
"A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that in India's human dominated agricultural landscapes, where leopards prowl at night, it's not livestock that's primarily on the menu -- it is man's best friend. The study, which looked at scat samples for leopards in India's Ahmednagar's district in Maharashtra, found that 87 percent of their diet was made up of domestic animals. Domestic dog dominated as the most common prey item at 39 percent and domestic cats were second at 15 percent. Seventeen percent of the leopard's diet consisted of assorted wild animals including rodents, monkeys, and mongoose, and birds." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man-eating leopard kills 12 as it targets drunks staggering home - Halil
In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane -
In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane
"Some places have lanes for bicycles, others for motorcycles, but there's a place in mainland China that boasts a different type of lane altogether: one for phone addicts glued to their screens. According to a Chinese publication, the cellphone lane above was spotted along a place called Foreigner Street in Chongqing city, one of the five major cities in the country. The sidewalk was most likely painted on for everyone's safety, because, hey, if there's distracted driving, there's also distracted walking, as perfectly demonstrated by the woman in this video. If the idea sounds familiar, it's because the National Geographic did something similar back in July as an experiment. The society stenciled "NO CELLPHONES" on one-half of a DC sidewalk and "CELLPHONES: WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK" on the other half. The result? Well, among other things, they found that the people actually glued to their phones didn't even notice the markings at all. Typical." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Christ Arrested for Assaulting Muhammed in San Rafael | Crime Voice -
"On Wednesday, September 3, San Rafael Police Department received a report of a fight between a man and a woman in the 300 block of Fourth Street in San Rafael. On arrival, officers found Fatimah Muhammed and Jesus Christ located at a nearby CVS store. The officers learned that the couple were in a dating relationship and currently live together. Earlier Christ had become upset with Muhammed because she had been driving too slow. According to Muhammed, Christ then spit on her and then they proceeded to punch each other." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The man who calls himself Jesus Christ has made the news before, and for similar circumstances. Christ, who had his name legally changed to match that of the “Prince of Peace”, has been arrested three previous times since 2005 on domestic violence charges, or for disobeying a court order related to domestic violence. It is not clear from records whether his victim has been the same woman who was involved in this incident." - Jessie
Noisy clarinet blamed for neighbor's alleged threat - 7NEWS Denver -
Noisy clarinet blamed for neighbor's alleged threat - 7NEWS Denver
"A western Colorado woman is accused of pointing a rifle at several children in a neighboring back yard because she was upset that an 11-year-old boy was playing his clarinet outside. Mesa County sheriff's deputies believe 60-year-old Cheryl Ann Pifer of Clifton had been drinking before allegedly threatening the children Wednesday afternoon. The Daily Sentinel reports that the boy told Pifer that he was practicing the clarinet as part of his homework and couldn't go back inside his grandmother's house because a baby was sleeping. There were six other children in the back yard with him. Several of them reported that Pifer also pointed a gun at them and yelled "Fire in the hole!" as they ran away." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Clarinet? Seems reasonable. - Glen Campbell
I have trumpet player on one side, a drummer on another and a bassist behind me. Three years of practice and they still suck. I can understand, but wouldn't go that far. - Anika
I used to practice my piccolo outside, because it was just too much inside the house. No one ever, ever complained, except the dogs. - Kirsten
Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook | Washington Irving | -
Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook | Washington Irving |
"Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story. " - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Via The Mary Sue. - Jessie
I think I need this in my life. - vicster: full-bodied
And it's freeeeee :D - Jessie
Five Ballet Companies Join for Live Streaming 'World Ballet Day' - -
"In an unprecedented bout of internationalism, five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give ballet fans worldwide an intensive behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching. The event, called “World Ballet Day,” will take place on Oct. 1, and features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube. The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a... more... - Jessie
This Guy's Replies to 9/11 Brand Tweets Sum Up Everything That's Wrong With 9/11 Brand Tweets | Adweek -
This Guy's Replies to 9/11 Brand Tweets Sum Up Everything That's Wrong With 9/11 Brand Tweets | Adweek
"Brands that try to get in on the social conversation around 9/11 can come off as crass and opportunistic. But it takes a witty foil to really show how dumb some of the tweets are. Luckily, Mike Monteiro is that foil. Much of this morning, he's been replying to brands' 9/11 tweets with amusingly fake enthusiasm, giving his 45,000 followers some comic relief on what's always a difficult day. Check out some of Monteiro's tweets below." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"@DunkinDonuts @seanbonner Those people left a hole in our hearts, and in our donuts. #neverforget" - Jessie
Wow. Although I sort of think going after brands that simply posted memorials is a bit of douche move. Go for those tying it to sales but the rest? No. - Soup in a TARDIS
I think as a consumer, for me it would be hard to separate out "memorials" from "branding" on Twitter. I would just assume everything coming from an identifiable brand is "branding," even if it's not tied to sales. So I guess I agree with him that most brands should avoid 9/11 references altogether - to me it just comes off as tacky. - Jessie
I'm curious where that line is drawn, though. Everyone on Twitter is a brand of some sort, even you and me. Is it okay for a comedian, like Ricky Gervais or Patton Oswalt to tweet about it? How about a band like Collective Soul or Shai Hulud - or maybe just a band member, like Dave Mustaine or Mike Portnoy (or, to make things even more confusing, how about a band that is just one... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I don't think I'd have a hard time separating "memorials" from "branding," personally. In several of those examples the attached image was little more than an American flag with a supportive message across it. I'd argue that this guy is making more personal branding mileage out of this than any of the companies are or intended to (I exclude from this those who explicitly linked sales to 9/11, such as the personal trainer) - Soup in a TARDIS
I think if people want to post something, then they should post as people, not as corporations, though. I'm just not really into this post-Citizens United world, I guess. - Victor Ganata
When Scientists Give Up : Shots - Health News : NPR -
When Scientists Give Up : Shots - Health News : NPR
"Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another. But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, the scramble for money to conduct research has become stultifying. So, he's giving up on science. And he's not alone. Federal funding for biomedical research has declined by more than 20 percent in the past decade. There are far more scientists competing for grants than there is money to support them. That crunch is forcing some people out of science altogether, either because they can't get research funding at all or, in Glomski's case, because the rat race has simply become too unpleasant. "My lab was well-funded until, basically, the moment I decided I wasn't going to work there anymore," he says during an interview on the porch swing of his home in Charlottesville, Va. "And I probably could have scraped through there for the rest of my career, as I had been doing, but I would have had regrets."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others, like Glomski and Patterson, will just give up. "We're taking all this money as a country we've invested ... and... more... - Jessie
Thanks for the link. I heard this on the radio on Tuesday and wanted to track it down but forgot. - Spidra Webster
No problem! Someone I worked with in Beijing who is now a med student posted it on FB. - Jessie
Nude photo club strikes in Taipei MRT, report says - Taipei Times -
"A group that gets its thrills by taking nude photographs in public places and posting them online struck again on Monday at a Taipei MRT station and on an MRT train, a Chinese-language daily reported yesterday. The photographs of a naked woman were purportedly taken at the Xianse Temple Station on the Xinzhuang Line and posted on the nude photo fans’ online forum BeautyCLUB, which was set up three years ago and now has 4,000 registered members, the Apple Daily reported. The paper, which estimated that there are 100,000 aficionados in the nation, cited the group as saying its next targets for naked snapshots include the high-speed railway, airliners and classrooms where classes are actually in session." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"A fan of the Web site interviewed by the paper said that shooting nude photos in public places was difficult because one has to repeatedly check the venue, avoid numerous surveillance cameras and police patrols and ensure the safety of the models. Active classrooms have been rated as the most challenging venues for shooting nude photos, and no member has succeeded in taking one yet." - Jessie
Chinese man jailed after broadcasting PORN on stadium big-screen display The man accidentally projected X-rated smut onto a huge screen at Maryland Stadium, in central China. He was sentenced to 16 days in jail and now must pay a $485 fine. - Halil
Hahaha I remember that case! At least it happened in Lanzhou, where the air pollution is so bad most people probably didn't get a good view. - Jessie
Impact of movies on dog breed popularity -- ScienceDaily -
Impact of movies on dog breed popularity -- ScienceDaily
"The researchers used data from the American Kennel Club, which maintains the world's largest dog registry totalling over 65 million dogs, and analysed a total of 87 movies featuring dogs. They found that the release of movies is often associated to an increase in popularity of featured breeds over periods of one, two, five, and ten years. Additionally, they found that these trend changes correlated significantly with the number of viewers during the movie's opening weekend, considered as a proxy of the movie's reach among the general public. This suggests that viewing a movie may cause a long-lasting preference for a breed that can be expressed years later, when the time comes to buy a new dog." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The team also discovered a general decrease during the century of movies' influence on the success of dog breeds. Earlier movies are associated with generally larger trend changes than later movies. This might be due to an increased competition with other media, such as television, and more recently, the internet, but also to an increased competition among movies. Movies featuring dogs were released at a rate of less than one per year until about 1940 but a rate of more than seven per year by 2005." - Jessie
"But what are the consequences for the dogs? Dr Alberto Acerbi, a Newton Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol and co-author of the paper said: "If people buy en masse dogs because they appear in movies the consequences can be negative for the dogs themselves. Our previous study found that the most popular breeds had the greatest number of... more... - Jessie
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame -
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
"Open wide and say ahhhhhhh! In medieval Europe, Hellmouths were commonly depicted in illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts as hideous beasts, swallowing the souls of the damned, while the souls of the saved watched smugly from Heaven. The British Library has posted some of the most memorable images in their collection." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
She saved the world...a lot. - Todd Hoff
nice find - Halil
How Stephen King Teaches Writing - The Atlantic -
How Stephen King Teaches Writing - The Atlantic
"Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn’t until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth. For weeks, I struggled to engage my detoxing, frustrated, and reluctant teenage students. I trotted out all my best lessons and performed all my best tricks, but save for one rousing read-aloud of Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart,” I failed to engage their attention or imagination. Until the day I handed out copies of On Writing. Stephen King’s memoir of the craft is more than an inventory of the writer’s toolbox or a voyeuristic peek into his prolific and successful writing life. King recounts his years as a high school English teacher, his own recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and his love for his students (“even the Beavis and Butt-Head types”). Most importantly, he captivates the reader with his honest account of the challenges he’s... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Lahey: You write, “One either absorbs the grammatical principles of one’s native language in conversation and in reading or one does not.” If this is true, why teach grammar in school at all? Why bother to name the parts? King: When we name the parts, we take away the mystery and turn writing into a problem that can be solved. I used to tell them that if you could put together a model... more... - Jessie
"Lahey: You paint a pretty bleak picture of teachers as professional writers. Teaching is, after all, a “consumptive profession,” as a friend of mine puts it, and it can be a real challenge to find the juice for our own creative endeavors after a day at school. Do you still feel that teaching full time while pursuing the writing life is a doomed proposition? King: Many writers have to... more... - Jessie
DiGiorno Is Really, Really Sorry About Its Tweet Accidentally Making Light of Domestic Violence | Adweek -
DiGiorno Is Really, Really Sorry About Its Tweet Accidentally Making Light of Domestic Violence | Adweek
"After a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer led to his termination from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, thousands of women took to Twitter to discuss their physically and emotionally tortuous experiences in abusive relationships. They used the #WhyIStayed hashtag to fight the victim-blaming attitude of Palmer's critics, who had questioned why she would marry a man who knocked her unconscious. Jumping onto the popular hashtag, DiGiorno clearly didn't look into its context before tweeting, "#whyistayed You had pizza."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The backlash was swift, and within minutes the tweet had been deleted. The brand then posted the apology above, noting: "A million apologies. Did not read what the hashtag was about before posting."" - Jessie
"DiGiorno has, so far, taken the more mature and difficult approach. Since last night's #whyistayed tweet, the brand has been responding to dozens of Twitter users offended by the post. Each response has been personalized and is clearly sincere, which is a nice reprieve from the usual copy-and-paste approach to dealing with bad PR in social media. So while DiGiorno is sure to take more... more... - Jessie
Clay deputy's son, 2, accidentally fires father's gun inside Wendy's; bullet fragments strike boy, 3 others | -
"The 2-year-old son of a Clay County sheriff’s deputy was struck in the foot by a shattered bullet fragment and sustained minor injuries when his father’s personal handgun accidentally discharged into the floor of a Middleburg fast food restaurant where the family stopped for lunch. Bullet fragments bouncing off the floor also struck the boy’s grandfather as well as two female customers who were standing nearby. Neither the boy nor the three adults required medical treatment. However, all were examined at the scene by county emergency medical personnel, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report. Clay Sgt. Matthew Magish was off duty and standing in line with his son and the boy’s maternal grandparents at the front counter inside Wendy’s, 2530 Blanding Blvd., when the accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the report released Monday. The boy was nicked in the right foot. Magish was tending to his son when deputies arrived." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Magish said his son “stuck his hand into his pocket looking for a snack and that the firearm had discharged,” Deputy J.R. Holmes wrote in the incident report." - Jessie
Florida! - Jessie
Everyone Can Stop Making Billboards, Because These Guys Made One Entirely Out of Cake | Adweek -
Everyone Can Stop Making Billboards, Because These Guys Made One Entirely Out of Cake | Adweek
"The greatest idea for a billboard has been realized: one made entirely of cake. Actually, 13,360 cakes. British confectionery brand Mr. Kipling and agency JWT London are the geniuses responsible for this gift to the the world. Because they are benevolent leaders who understand how things should work, they let everyone lucky enough to be near the billboard, at a mall in London, also participate in the eating of the billboard. That makes it even more perfect, because a billboard that disappears quickly is the best kind. It's also even more selfless, because making a billboard out of 13,360 cakes is a feat that takes grand vision and steely perseverance—approximately seven hours worth of grueling cake assembly alone, even with the help of a professional food artist like Michelle Wibowo, whose credentials also include making a portrait of Prince William and Prince George out of 16,074 triangle pieces of Toblerone chocolate." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online - -
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online -
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online -
"Picture this: A New York City Ballet soloist, unusually radiant with creamy skin, eloquent feet and a vintage luster to her drama, watches in horror as her body begins to deteriorate. Her hair falls out. Her migraines become debilitating. The pounds pile on. If, in dance, the body is an instrument, what happens, as with Kathryn Morgan, when it betrays you? “It was so horrible,” she said in an interview. “I didn’t just gain weight, my neck was thick, and I had a stomach roll. I didn’t even recognize myself.” Eventually, Ms. Morgan, 25, discovered the cause: an under-functioning thyroid. Since the illness took hold in the spring of 2010, she gained 40 pounds. It’s taken several years to find the correct dosage of medication. Now, Ms. Morgan is focused on returning to the stage, and she isn’t doing it alone: In May, she started a YouTube channel, which currently has more than 6,800 subscribers. On Facebook, she has more than 87,000 followers. She also posts regularly on Instagram.... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Ms. Morgan’s advice is refreshingly no-nonsense. “Do not match your eye shadow to your costume,” she said, laughing. “Please don’t.” But with more serious issues, she is careful yet firm with her counsel and plans to create stand-alone videos that delve deeper into topics like dieting. “I don’t want to encourage dieting especially with young girls,” she said. “They’re still growing.... more... - Jessie
"For Ms. Morgan, it was the answer she said she needed: “I had been toying around with the idea of going somewhere else for a while, and it was a gift to have him say no. It made the decision for me. But I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Peter. I’m not the least bit bitter about it. New York City Ballet made me who I am.” Ms. Whittle, who befriended the dancer before she... more... - Jessie
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!! -
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!!
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!!
The pirouetting Palace guardsman: Soldier captured on video showing off his dance moves to delighted tourists (but top brass aren't so impressed)  | Mail Online -
The pirouetting Palace guardsman: Soldier captured on video showing off his dance moves to delighted tourists (but top brass aren't so impressed)  | Mail Online
"The three-minute clip was posted online last month and appears to have been filmed recently as a notice advertising the annual Summer Opening of the palace’s State Rooms can be seen in the foreground. It shows the solider, dressed in his red tunic and bearskin with its white Grenadier plume, attempting to alleviate the boredom of his two-hour guard shift with a series of silly stunts. Marching up and down, he first bends down to pick up something from the gravel forecourt which he then puts in his pocket. He then proceeds to walk very slowly – freezing at one point – before launching into a comical speed walk. On his next turn he pretends to polish his guard box with his knuckles as walks past. The antics do not end there, however, as the soldier walks with a hip-swinging strut before launching into his tour de force: a series of three, remarkably elegant, pirouettes - not once but twice." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
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