Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:17:00 -0700(image)
Two utterly amazing, out-there, bat-shit genius performances. A level of skill, of pure comedic virtuosity that takes my breath away.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:30:26 -0700National Theater of Scotland to Bring ‘Prudencia Hart’ to New York:
If you have an opportunity to see this, GO. It’s fantastic.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:42:41 -0700(image)
Ben… Why didn’t you tell me?
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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:12:00 -0700“There are many theories as to the woman’s identity, most notably that she was Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of former Vice President Aaron Burr, who was mysteriously lost at sea in 1813.”
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:31:24 -0700Circus of Mirrors is Here!:
Buy this for your kids, and get them hooked on the Alternate Reality Game lifestyle!
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:42:40 -0700“We try to look for the little stories between the cracks of the big ones people think they know. The truth of the tech industry is it’s a lot more of a group effort than people think. The people who come up with the big ideas aren’t always the ones who get to market first or are rewarded for them. We wanted to tell the stories of people who are thinking the right things at the wrong time, or the ones who got there but were missing one critical piece, or the people who outright stole something and took that across the goal line. And I think that is the story of creating things. To have the right idea is not enough. There’s an execution, there’s filling a personal need that all of these people have to keep buying back into the table — that unfortunately as writers and artists, we can relate to. Happy people don’t feel compelled to keep buying back in and keep trying again in that kind of way. So this is the story of people who have these needs within themselves to be part of this future and to create things. And we love to tell it, because we think those people are heroes in their own way.”
This is a great, great show, and I can’t wait for more people to discover it over the next few years.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:20:13 -0700(image)
I have done the research!
How (I imagine) Hillary Clinton became a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Hillary Rodham Clinton knew that she was sometimes compared to fictional female nerds. Hermione Granger (the books were a bit too young for Chelsea, but she’d read them anyway), Leslie Knope (her staffers had shown her a few episodes of that show), Tracy Flick (she’d met Reese Witherspoon shortly after it came out).
In fact, she was rather tickled by it. But the young woman in the animated gif that her intern (Laura, 23, liked Jane Austen novels) had attached to the email wasn’t Emma Watson or Amy Poehler. In fact, she looked far more ordinary – a redhead sitting in a bedroom, looking into the camera, waving a stack of papers and apparently saying “I have done the research”.
Hillary chuckled appreciatively, “If there’s one thing you can say about me, I have indeed done the research.” But perhaps this was a real person, and maybe her research should be turned into policy.
She angled her screen towards her chief assistant (Melanie, 36, grew up in Kansas, just had a baby). “Do you know who’s in this picture?“
Melanie wasn’t sure.
"Make a note to find out what her research is about."
"Yep,” Melanie scribbled on a notepad, like she’d done 19 times already that day.
Hillary returned to her inbox, and that was that. For now.
Oh my. This is amazing.
And yeah, the modern day equivalent to a young girl running off to Gretna Green didn’t come easily when we were writing it. :)
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:52:52 -0700(image)
I figured out why he’s wearing this outfit –– Matt Czuchry is the new Inspector Spacetime!
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:00:54 -0700Honeycrisp was just the beginning: inside the quest to create the perfect apple:
brb, going to get some apples
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:25:43 -0700
BTW, the high five was invented in 1977 which means your parents probably didn’t grow up with it.
For real though Glenn Burke, inventor of the high five was a gay black player in the 70s, and the Dodgers tried to get him to marry a beard and their manager got mad when he befriended the manager’s gay son before being traded to the Athletics, probably for being gay. In Oakland, the rumors of homosexuality followed him and manager Billy Martin started using homophobic slurs in the clubhouse and homophobic behavior from other players lead to an early retirement for the promising young star at 27. After retiring from baseball he introduced the high five to the Castro district of San Franscio where the high five became a symbol of gay pride and identification. ESPN wrote a long form piece about it which I recommend reading, it’s got some homophobic slurs in it although not presented positively.
A few appendices:
Although he was unceremoniously drummed out of Major League Baseball, Burke became the star shortstop for the local Gay Softball League, and even dominated in the Gay Softball World Series, as well as medaling in the 100 and 200 meter sprints in the inaugural 1982 Gay Games. Unfortunately, Burke also picked up a cocaine habit and had his leg and foot crushed in an accident. He spent much of his final years homeless in the Castro, and died from AIDS complications in 1995, but he was in the first class of inductees to the Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, and his High School retired his jersey number.
The Dodgers Manager in question was Tony Lasorda, whose son “Spunky” died of AIDS complications in 1992 although Lasorda maintains that it was cancer. Likewise, despite the High Five becoming a symbol of the 1980 Dodgers team, Lasorda maintained and continues to this day to maintain to not know its origin. It’s possible that this isn’t a deliberate slight to Burke, but given his homophobia in other matters that’s a hard benefit of the doubt to give.
The Athletics have, in the years since, attempted to make up for some of the wrongs they committed in this story. When Glenn revealed publicly that he was living with AIDS, the As moved in and helped him financially. Burke was honored publicly at Pride Night at the park in 2015 and his brother was invited to throw the first pitch.
Burke was happy to see the high five catch on, spilling out of sports and into the small joys of every day life. He died believing that the high five was his legacy. Next time you high five your friend, remember that the high five came from Glenn Burke.
this makes me cry, both sadness and joy. high five everybody.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:52:00 -0700(image)
I could not have said this any better. 🍎❤️
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:45:11 -0700
The problem is that even if Trump loses all of the people who support him still exist and are still out there creating the social climate that allowed him to get this far in the first place.
Someone put it into words. It’s terrifying.
The best analogy for this situation that I’ve heard:
Imagine that you and four of your friends are trying to decide on something to do. Three of you vote to go to the movies, and the other two vote to kill a puppy. Even though you ultimately end up going to the movies, you still have to deal with the fact that two of your friends are 100% down with killing a puppy.
Damn. Well and terrifyingly put.
It’s worse, really.
Because those two friends who are killing the puppy? There’s actually six of them to your three. And they think you are the crazy ones for thinking that puppy killing isn’t natural.
So you find yourself discussing the ethics of puppy killing, and the places where it might be okay or permissible in the service of keeping the peace. And trying to ignore when the puppy killing happens in front of you because you’re just one person and you can’t save all the puppies.
And you forget that some of your puppy-killing friends have other friends who are so strident in their puppy killing that they also think that it’s sometimes kind of okay to kill *people* who are against puppy killing.
And then you look at history and discover that puppy-killing is enshrined in the Constitution as an inalienable right, and that there’s a 300-year history of puppy killing.
And then you find that some of your most favorite anti-puppy killing icons have actually had past incidents where they’ve maimed kittens. So you have to decide if you can live with kitten maiming if it means decreasing puppy killing.
And then the headlines all say: “Opinions differ on puppy killing.”
So then someone puts a puppy in your lap, and by now you’re so turned around that - just for a moment - you wonder if you should strangle it.
But instead, you call your other two friends form the beginning of this story, and you go to a movie to try and forget it all.
Except the movie turns out to be “Awesome Puppy Killing Murder Spree III"
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HOLY SHIT YES!
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:04:00 -0700“The trouble is, Wall Street’s economy has become Twitter’s economy, even if Wall Street’s view of the platform’s usefulness isn’t necessarily our view. But what if we changed Twitter’s economy? What if users were to band together and buy Twitter for themselves?”
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:13:51 -0700(image)
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:12:10 -0700(image)
Me, at every party I’ve ever been to.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:38:18 -0700Love Song of Illyria | Facebook:
So I’m making a web series based on Twelfth Night, and you should totally like the facebook page for it! What’s more, I’m looking for actors, so if you are an actor in the NY/NJ area, please take a look! Or, if you know actors in the NY/NJ area, spread the word! Thanks guys!
Fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:38:49 -0700(image)