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4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again - YouTube -
4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again - YouTube
"Right now there are talks about director J.J. Abrams potentially shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on IMAX film stock a growing trend with some of the right directors working today. If there's one thing we're not worried about when it comes to the sci-fi sequel, it's how it will look. Abrams has proven time and time again that he knows how to shoot an incredible film. But plenty of fans are still concerned about the story, and while many feel like they have to aggressively petition to get Abrams to do what they want in rants online, a creative agency employee and former production assistant from Mission: Impossible III has created an animated open letter with "four simple rules" for Abrams to follow to make Episode VII work. - Harold from Bookmarklet
Christina Pikas
My day so far: 3am up with boy. 4am up with boy and girl. 5 am still up with boy. 6 am hand boy off to man who snuggles up with boy and proceeds to sleep for another 1.5hr. 8am: pick girl up off off sidewalk where she has fallen on her face. Clean up bloody mouth and hands. Daycare.
Come in to work. Hard drive was to fries to duplicate. New hard drive to be loaded from scratch from backups but it will take 2 days - Christina Pikas from iPhone
My groups shared laptop failed to boot. It has a bad harddrive. Got IT loaner - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Remember am giving training Wed was supposed to show a bunch of analysis tools only loaded on my computer. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Tired. Cranky and I have a mtg at 12:30 and haven't gotten lunch. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Yuck. - laura x
you are having a DAY. - Marie
Dayum. - Kirsten
the good news is days don't last forever. This one too will end. - Kubke
Hope you had a better night! - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Boy and girl both up from 3-4. Girl back to sleep. Boy up until 6 currently asleep. Fighting not to go poke him but would be self defeating - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Boy has been up from 2-3 the past two nights (and then up at 5, 6, 7). Wretched adorable children. - laura x from BuddyFeed
Ooof. - Joe
Stephen Mack
Beautiful work, Shannon. The kids love them.
Cool! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
OK could your kids get any cuter? DEAD FROM THE CUTENESS - Hookuh Tinypants
<3 - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Your daughter has the sweetest smile! Your son does too but you caught your daughter with such emotion. - Janet
Aww ... happy kids! Love it! Thanks for sharing and for giving me such an important task :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stephen Mack
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Vote Republicans out in 2014. I'm sick of the childish games. Democrats. grow a backbone. FFS.
Democrats showing up at mid-term elections is kind of like a unicorn farting rainbows. - Anika
Seriously. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You need a complete political and electoral system overhaul, but then again, so do we! :-/ - Halil
That sounds like our cats. - Anne Bouey
God. I'm catsitting this week, and I swear this is what the cats are saying to me all of the time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Steven Perez
It is a sad commentary that in the richest nation on Earth there are nearly 47 million Americans, most of them with low-paying part-time jobs and children, who are dependent on food assistance to keep from going hungry. It is particularly offensive when between 73-76% of Americans self-identify as Christians and likely the percentage is much... -
Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The Lethality of Loneliness - New Republic
"Could social experiences explain why some people die faster than others?" This is some *Brave New World* shit right there. - Victor Ganata
So, as I've always suspected, rugged individualism is bad for you, and collectivism is good for you. (Yes, I know it's an oversimplification, but it really does seem like certain philosophies are actually literally toxic.) - Victor Ganata
"…nature demands nurture…." - Victor Ganata
"On the terrifying side is the unhappy fact that isolation, especially when it stems from the disenfranchisement of the underprivileged, creates a bodily limitation all too easily reproduced in each successive generation." - Victor Ganata
"Given that we have been scaling back the kinds of programs that could help people overcome such disadvantages and that many in Congress, mostly Republicans, have been trying to defund exactly the kind of behavioral science research that could yield even better programs, we have reason to be afraid." - Victor Ganata
RT @shiftingpersona: Every film in Michael Apted's UP Series is now on Netflix Instant. These films belong in a time capsule. As good as documentaries get.
I still haven't seen the latest one and want to. Unfortunately, I'm on Netflix's disc plan. - Spidra Webster
Do they not have them on disc? When I was watching through them, there was always one that wasn't on Instant and I had to get the disc. - Jandy
Haven't checked yet. But I think the last one I saw was 42 or 49 up. - Spidra Webster
The latest is 56. I watched it a few weeks ago. It's good, though I kind of lost the ability to judge them individually by 28 Up or so. - Jandy
iOS7... meh. Few annoying things, but overall... meh.
the background on the bottom row has to go... and what happened to seeing the tabs in safari (I liked not having to open the tabs and could close them right there). - Harold
Victor Ganata
I'm sure there's a scientified reason why vampires don't burn in reflected sunlight.
SPF 9000 FTW - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Where can I buy that SPF 9000? - Spidra Webster
Would it be the same reason people don't tan or burn in moonlight? That seems pretty obvious to me, even as unscientific as I am. - Friar Will
The moon only reflects 0.0002% of sunlight. Since it only reflects half that amount of UV light, you're looking at 0.0001%. - Johnny from iPhone
To be fair, the lethality of sunlight to vampires was apparently only established in Nosferatu. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, the idea that the lethality of sunlight is due to physical properties of light and not the spiritual power of light is even more recent. #scientification - Victor Ganata from iPhone
But if direct sunlight causes a vampire to char into ash and sublimate into gas, I'd expect even a 500,000x reduction in intensity to cause a *little* burning. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Maybe it feels tingly. - Heather
The claim that it's the UV that causes the problem has been taken at face value for decades, but has it been empirically tested? Perhaps there's some other part of the spectrum, not reflected by the moon, that causes the problem for the vamps. - DJF
Also, vampires live in Gilroy, California now - that's some gentrification! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
But it's direct sunlight, yes? Plenty of vampires have sheltered in the shadows in the past and there would at least be some residual reflective rays. - Johnny from iPhone
In Nosferatu, it wasn't direct sunlight. He was inside a house, and the dawn annihilated him. - Victor Ganata
We didn't make the association between UV light and DNA damage until quite recently (in fact, UV light was just elevated to a Class 1 carcinogen 2 years ago) and considering that we didn't even know DNA carried genetic information until 1953, I imagine that UV light disintegrating vampires is a *very* recent trope. - Victor Ganata
Obviously because green cheese adsorbs the vampire-killing essence; only reflecting vampire-friendly radiation. This is why there are no vampires on the moon. - Ken Morley
Except with real nerds :) - Victor Ganata
Victor++ - Andrew C (✔)
I want to Like Heather's comment. :) - C to the A to the J..Hey!
Five things to do before installing iOS 7 | CNET -
Five things to do before installing iOS 7 | CNET
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"On Wednesday, Apple will release a highly anticipated update to iOS devices: iOS 7. The new version is a complete departure from prior versions of iOS. The update is set to bring an entire new look and feel to iOS devices, which in turn will likely lead to late-night calls from your parents asking why their phone or iPad looks so different. That is, if they can find the redesigned Phone icon. In addition to the new look, there's a long list of new features such as a new Control Center, photo filters, and AirDrop. With the looming update in mind, it's important you prepare yourself and your device to make the transition as smooth as possible." - Harold from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate. There’s something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. There is something wrong. I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots and not to be an... -
Stephen Mack
And now Sophie's sixth birthday party at Pump It Up. Just with the other first graders in her class. Happy birthday, sweetie!
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مبارکه حاجی....خدا برات نگهش داره - lenin
Happy birthday to her! - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday :) - Eivind from Android
Thank you! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy B'day Sophie !! - Peter Dawson
Cute! Happy birthday to Sophie! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Kazutaka Ogaki
ことしもみずほ野さんのイベントに参加しました。 - Kazutaka Ogaki
Stephen Mack
No One Makes It To Burning Man Festival [The Onion] -
No One Makes It To Burning Man Festival [The Onion]
From the article: "GERLACH, NV—The Burning Man festival, a prominent artistic and countercultural event that draws tens of thousands of people to the Nevada desert annually, is in danger of cancellation this week because 'no one had their shit together enough to even make it,' organizers said Tuesday. 'Jesus Christ, this is pathetic,' said event coordinator Ethan Moon as he angrily gestured toward the empty Black Rock Desert basin expanse, known as the playa. 'We've been promoting this thing all year. You can't start panhandling quarters for gas the week before the festival and expect to make it here in time, man.' Moon listed some of the most common no-show excuses, among them oversleeping, forgetting to request time off work, faulty van-borrowing arrangements, a shortage of ochre body-paint, and the last-minute realization that transportation to the Burning Man festival requires money." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Oh, that's funny. :D - Jenny H. from Android
Steve C Team Marina
Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity - -
Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity -
"The microorganisms in the human gut appear to play a pivotal role in determining whether a person is lean or obese, new research shows. The study, published online Thursday by the journal Science, is the strongest evidence yet that what's inside an individual's digestive tract influences the risk of obesity and its related health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes. The work helps explain the nation's 30-year run-up in excess weight — and it may supply a potential solution to the resulting epidemic, experts said." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
"The findings may also help experts figure out why obesity has roughly tripled in the last 30 years in the U.S., and why that pattern is happening even more swiftly in developing countries. Researchers increasingly suspect that preservatives and antibiotics in food and medicine, along with the widespread adoption of antibacterial cleaners, have reshaped the population of the average gut... more... - Steve C Team Marina
laura x
Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Night Sweats, Our Bodies, Ourselves got a donation of $108.27 from the first quarter of sales!
That's terrific! - Rachel Walden
mine was just shipped. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yay! And thanks! - laura x
Also, I now have a review on GoodReads from someone I don't actually know! - laura x
Laura - I left a message on an older thread but you must not have seen it - not sure how to contact you about possibly speaking with my book club about your book. Is that something you'd be interested in doing? - Paulette
Paulette, I'd be happy to--and my apologies for missing the earlier message! You can email me at newrambler at gmail dot com. - laura x
Just so you know, I bought a print copy for our library and an evil Kindle copy for me. :) - kaijsa
I got nothing against the Kindle sales. :) - laura x from BuddyFeed
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal -
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal
Star Trek Monty Python - Spocks Death - YouTube -
Star Trek Monty Python - Spocks Death - YouTube
"Spcoks Death / Funeral from Star Trek Wrath of Khan meets Holy Grail Monty Python. Mash up Comedy Parody Voiceover Feat William Shatner, Death of Spock. Family Guy and Stewie do this scene also. robot chicken?" - Harold from Bookmarklet
Great. Now he'll forever be Spcok to me. - Akiva
laura x
Got my first royalty checks for Night Sweats. Not quitting my day job, but glad I'll be able to send a just barely three-figure check to Our Bodies, Ourselves.
exciting! - maʀtha
Also, it's checked out (again) at my library and three people have it on hold at Iowa City! - laura x
Woo hoo! - Galadriel C.
Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Wireless -
Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Wireless
"Headphones reinvented for use in bed! SleepPhones® Wireless are sleek, Bluetooth®-enabled wireless headphones hidden in a soft, comfortable headband that make listening to audio in bed a dream. No bulky components. No tangly wires. Audio made easy." - Harold from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
Album review: “Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me” by Megan Lynch ( -
Album review: “Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me” by Megan Lynch (
From the blog post: "[...] Lynch doesn’t try to imitate the cartoon characters (it’s not Michigan J. Frog’s version of “Hello Ma Baby” — it’s all Lynch), nor does she play any tricks. Backed by a studio of pros, she just lets her powerful voice carry the day. My kids have really enjoyed a lot of these as well. Five of five stars, highly recommended. [...]" - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Also includes an interview with Megan Lynch: "I didn’t want to be “just another chick singer doing jazz standards” to people. I also wanted a strong theme to the album, some reason why these songs were being presented together. I’ve always had songs in my repertoire that are obscure or have a bit of humor or both. My first exposure to jazz standards was via Warner Brothers cartoons. It... more... - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Stephen! - Spidra Webster
Spidra, you're very welcome, and thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. :) - Stephen Mack
Bump! If you were ever considering buying this wonderful album, today's a good day to do it -- if you buy it from CD Baby today or tomorrow, 100% of the proceeds go to Spidra. - Stephen Mack
If you buy the download, that's the case. Not the case if you buy the CD. But either way is fine with me. :) - Spidra Webster
Gotcha, Spidra. And presumably buying it off Bandcamp isn't quite as good (since it's only $8 for the download there), but you'd still be fine with it? - Stephen Mack
Normally I direct as much traffic to Bandcamp as I can because the percentage of the sale is greater there than at iTunes or Amazon. But I'm plugging CDBaby through tomorrow because of this deal. - Spidra Webster
Last day of CD Baby deal! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's a great interview :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bump for Spidra's birthday! Give yourself a present today on her birthday by buying her album? - Stephen Mack
Bump. - Stephan
Olinguito the newest rare mammal species discovery - -
Olinguito the newest rare mammal species discovery -
"A small mammal with fluffy red-orange fur, a short bushy tail, and an adorable rounded face has leapt onto the raccoon family tree. Scientists at the Smithsonian in Washington announced Thursday the discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe). If you're a fan of long technical names, this one is Bassaricyon neblina. Such a discovery is rare. The olinguito is the first mammalian carnivore species to be newly identified in the Americas in 35 years, according to Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. His research group's study on the creature is being published in the journal ZooKeys." - Harold from Bookmarklet
In response, the raccoon family has said, "This is our tree, gtfo." - Meg VMeg
Thieves are snatching purses at the pump #cnn
Warning about leaving things in sight even at the gas pump. - Harold
Legions of Power "Tech Dynasty" - 1986 Commercial - YouTube -
Legions of Power "Tech Dynasty" - 1986 Commercial - YouTube
"Legions of Power. BUILD FOR BATTLE!!! You can pretend that you control the power of the UNIVERSE! Tech Dynasty Planetary Control Vehicle and other sets sold separately. Batteries not included. New from Tonka! Commercial from 1986." - Harold from Bookmarklet
I finally looked these up. Missing a few parts. - Harold
laura x
This will be the self-indulgent thread where I discuss my book.
TWO people from high school whom I didn't even think liked me have sent me long Facebook messages about how they read the book from start to finish and loved it and when am I going to write another? - laura x
I now have a GoodReads author page: - laura x
I am sort of shocked by how many people have bought it. - laura x
If you have purchased an EPUB before now, please let me know so I can send you a replacement. The first half of the first sentence in December 31 is missing. OOOOPS. - laura x
FAST5 still gets you 5% off on Free ebook (EPUB, PDF, or MOBI) to any FF person who buys a print copy. Just drop me a line (newrambler at the gmails). - laura x
I haz an epub. dorothea.salo at the gmails, if you need that. - RepoRat
Sent! - laura x
Received! That was super-fast. - RepoRat
Thanks to, it is super-fast to make updates, download multiple formats, and save them to my Dropbox. And thanks to Jambina, I know about pressbooks!!! - laura x
how are the sales? - maʀtha
Ohhh! I know Hugh, the guy behind Pressbooks! Every time I contemplate self-publishing, generating formats is the one thing I have lower on my priority "find great person to do this!!!!" list because of them. - Katie
my print copy of your book came just moments ago. SUPEREXCITE. - Marianne
I am very much hoping this book is in my mailbox right now! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I am reading your book and Sweet Tooth both right now - so far your book is more engrossing :) - Jen
My copy arrived today! (NB: when Lulu says "ships in 5 to 15 business days after printing" they actually mean ONE business day. Holy cats.) - Catherine Pellegrino
that was about the same for mine, Catherine :) I think it got here....Saturday? - ellbeecee
Re Lulu shipping: I've found they consistently ship faster than estimated--but it can vary, *especially* with hardcover (which adds 3 to 10 days to the process). - Walt Crawford
Thank you for the Pressbooks rec. Turns out that self-pub course is chockablock with people wanting to know how to help patrons self-publish. (I did not expect this! But I am quite pleased by it!) I will definitely be passing that along. - RepoRat
You bet! Walt's book is great, too, if people are interested in print books. - laura x
It's the one book I recommended they buy. :) - RepoRat
So my friend wrote to me earlier today and said I should let Maggie K-B from Boing Boing know about my book, since she wrote something about depression and pregnancy recently. So I said what the hell and did. AND SHE WROTE BACK! - laura x
!!! - lris
you'll be able to retire if she pushes it on boing boing ;-) - DJF from Android
She said she didn't promise anything but that she'd take a look. - laura x from BuddyFeed
yay!! - Meg VMeg
grabbed your book on kindle laura, and devoured it in two sittings. So well written, and heartfelt, and true. I hope you write more books: I want to read them. fyi kindle experience had no glitches. - Heather Piwowar
Thanks so much, Heather! - laura x from BuddyFeed
101 sales!!! - laura x
[At least 102: my order went in after your last comment. And doubtless quite a few more...] - Walt Crawford
Holy crap. Another person THAT I DO NOT KNOW has reviewed my book on Amazon. - laura x
i need to re-download... my copy was lost in the great cell phone disaster of '13 - Christina Pikas
Two months on the market, 147 sales. A couple weeks on the shelf at the library and one circ. :) - laura x
I love the WorldCat holdings: Laura's old library and Iris's library are the first to report owning the book. - Steele Lawman
Ooh! Edie cataloged it! Or someone at Carleton beat her to it. And whoever it was used some of the LSW subject headings. :D - laura x
Whoa! Up to three libraries in WorldCat! And Edie says it was her, so I guess my old library is getting the stapler. :) - laura x
my boss, who orders the NF, is out of town right now, but I've put the title on her desk to order :) Iowa author and all that! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn - Mercy Velli
Dude, did I just get FF spammed? - laura x from BuddyFeed
It's a sign of your success. You've made it! - Jenica
Someone ordered 29 copies of my book from Amazon on July 31. Or I guess possibly several someones. - laura x
A book club? It would make a great selection--and everybody would probably actually read it, not just the jacket copy. - Walt Crawford
Hey, Stephen we could read Laura's book for Kindler's list one month!! - Marina's Godmother :-)
I'm going to suggest it for my book club next month. :) - Paulette
Thanks, Paulette! - laura x
Also, I am amused that the Indian Trails Library District has put my book at 306.8743... which at my library would put it next to two books about mothers and daughters arguing... and Dr. Laura's "In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms." - laura x
Laura - have you been asked by anyone to Skype with them for their book club discussion? Can we discuss that? I can't direct message you. - Paulette from iPhone
Out for a walk - hills near Chiang Mai
Hi, Bob! - Larua Boats from Android
Hey L.B. -- - bob
bob...walking? inconceivable! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed - -
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed -
"On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words: "Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."" - Harold from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
Costa Rica aims for zoos without cages [GlobalPost] -
Costa Rica aims for zoos without cages [GlobalPost]
From the July 22 article, dateline San Jose, CR: "The government of Costa Rica announced Monday that it will transform its two zoos into botanical gardens or urban parks in order to eliminate the practice of displaying caged animals. Simon Bolivar Zoo in downtown San Jose, and the Santa Ana Conservation Center west of the capital, will be modified in response to 'a change of environmental conscience among Costa Ricans,' Environment and Energy Minister Rene Castro told a press conference. The wide variety of creatures living in these zoos goes from birds and small mammals like monkeys and tapirs to large felines including jaguars and a lion to crocodiles and other reptiles. Deputy Environment Minister Ana Lorena Guevara said she is working with animal-rescue organizations to relocate the specimens in these zoos and return to the wild those that are suitable." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
(Via Kristin,, on a post she made on Facebook of a related article, - Stephen Mack
Per that second article, some other countries (India, Chile, Hungary as well as Costa Rica) have banned performing dolphin shows. - Stephen Mack
I've been thinking about this a lot today due to the movie Blackfish (97% on RT, and some of the controversial practices of SeaWorld. (See John's post: .) So, what do you all think? Should the U.S. ban its zoos? Or stop certain types of captive animal shows? - Stephen Mack
Difficult. Is it entertainment or education, or a combination? I was thinking about this as well as we visited a zoo a while back and saw large animals in environments that were obviously too small (e.g. black bears). Animal well-being is more important now than it was decades ago but they still are animals in captivity. - Stephan
I think zoos in general have gotten better than when I was a kid. I remember visiting zoos when I was young and seeing large animals like lions and tigers kept in really small cages without much room to exercise or play, and it seems like zoos have moved towards larger, more naturalistic enclosures, at least in my area. There is a role for zoos in education and conservation; the San... more... - John (bird whisperer)
It's difficult for me to read and conclude the practice of keeping killer whales captive for performances is anything other than barbaric. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yup...I never liked it to begin with and now I'm even more adamantly against it. - Mary Carmen
Zoos are a really complicated issue because there is such a range in how the animals are treated and what the zoo does. Some zoos are highly active in keeping endangered species in captivity genetically diverse, lead the way in animal enrichment development, and focus on animal welfare as well as education. Other zoos focus on profit, you can probably guess what that means. Plus, there... more... - Heather
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