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“Lies”, Chvrches, 2012, available on The Bones of What You…

Friday, February 28th, 2014



“Lies”, Chvrches, 2012, available on The Bones of What You Believe (2013)

Songs called “Lies”, 5th in a series

The Scottish synthpop trio chvrches (creatively misspelled to help disambiguate them in web searches; clever, that) released “Lies” as a free download in May 2012; their first official single, “The Mother We Share,” was released four months later. Their debut album The Bones of What You Believe came out in September 2013.

Fun fact: Lead singer Lauren Mayberry has a four-year law degree and a masters in journalism.

Alternate fun fact: When one digs through every song ever recorded called “Lies”, some of them are extremely lame. Not this one, though. I actually like this one.

Lyrics:

Faster, faster, you won’t go far
Shouldn’t leave, feeling faith, we both know why
You got to show me, both knees, cold I lie
Hold me slowly, hide me till I can fly
Always we can sing, we can make time
Old songs, flood and flame, you could be mine
But you got to show me, both knees, skin and bone
Clothe me, throw me, move me – till

I can sell you lies
You can’t get enough
Make a true believer of
Anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind
Like I know I know what you are

Icon of symmetry, swallowing sides
Fall down in front of me, follow my eyes
But I’ve got to see you moving, waste no time
Teach me, make me holy – till

I can sell you lies
You can’t get enough
Make a true believer of
Anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind
Like I know like, like I know, what you want

Anyone anyone anyone
Anyone anyone anyone
Like I know, like I know, what you want
Like I know, like I know, what you want

I can sell you lies
You can’t get enough
Make a true believer of
Anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind
Like I know, like I know, what you want

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bagarres: fun fact: you can explore museums on google street view  I’d seen this mentioned,…

Friday, February 28th, 2014

bagarres:

fun fact: you can explore museums on google street view 

I’d seen this mentioned, but never actually tried it out. So I did, and one of the first museums I noticed that they had was the Getty in L.A.:

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And I thought I recognized the large painting in the thumbnail, so I clicked through, and yeah! They chose to start the Street View tour in front of that Winterhalter painting with the crazy-awesome silk moire patterns that I geeked out about after my visit there:

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And then I started getting really excited, because I was pretty sure that the portrait that started my whole Sargent obsession was on the other side of that wall, hanging in the next room behind the Winterhalter. So I hurried through the doorway and turned around and…

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Aw, nuts. That’s the painting, of Thérèse, Countess Clary Aldringen, but apparently they didn’t secure the rights from its current owners, the Greif family, so it’s blurred out in Street View.

So I had to go back and stare at the images of it that I posted after my visit.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter. Looking at images of it on the computer is looking at images of it on the computer. To really feel that rush I probably need to make a trip back to the Getty and see it in person.

But I’m definitely going to spend more time doing the art museum tours in Street View. It has at least a taste of that in-person excitement.

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becausebirds: Yellow-throated Warbler because…birds! more on…

Friday, February 28th, 2014



becausebirds:

Yellow-throated Warbler

because…birds!

more on becausebirds.com

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boatporn: jp-sailor: Warping In British Ship Ardramurchan at…

Friday, February 28th, 2014



boatporn:

jp-sailor:

Warping In

British Ship Ardramurchan at Port Blakely, Washington, 1903

Painting by Christopher Blossom, 2000

I’m actually still kinda baffled by sailing ships, it just seems like a very non-sailing shape.

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دروغ

Friday, February 28th, 2014

sophisticatedajumma:

Dear Smiling Eyes,

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What is the best way to learn how to run a writer’s room for television or webseries, aside from actually doing it, and how do you do it for your shows? I’m especially interested to know how the showrunner works with the Transmedia writing team. Is that a separate room?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Well I’m probably not person you should ask about how to run a writers room in television because I’ve never been in an actual television writers room. But I do know that every room is run differently. 

The LBD and Emma Approved “rooms” are run pretty differently. Part of it was experience, and the rest was based on the structural make up of the shows. To get an insight on the LBD room, this podcast we did for Nerdist is probably the most comprehensive.

As for the synergy between the writer’s room and the transmedia team, for LBD the writer’s room went first. Block out the episodes, figure out what’s happening for the next few months, get that locked down, and assign the episodes out. Once that’s done the transmedia team would then work around what’s there. 

The evolution to present day Emma Approved is that the writing team is actually smaller while the interactive team has grown and is now larger. There is more going on in EA non-video wise on a week by week basis so we’ve grown the team. But since our very rough start of the show interactive wise, I feel there is a lot more synergy because it really is just one big room now. So even though we still block out the episodes by month

Basically, we don’t have writer meetings with transmedia support scrambled together later, we now just have story meetings where we cover everything. So if you get anything from my answer, it’s that. Think of it all as part of the story.

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islayblog: islayphoto: Virtually every photographer in…

Friday, February 28th, 2014









islayblog:

islayphoto:

Virtually every photographer in Scotland was out last night Aurora-watching… unless it was cloudy of course. I’ve seen some stunning images from all over the country, and from Ireland too.

Normally it’s the northern part of Scotland that witnesses the spectacle but last night it appeared here on Islay. Whilst the Kp (Measure of Geomagnetic activity) occasionally exceeds 6.0 during an Auroral storm (greater than 6 is necessary for possible sightings at this latitude) you also need clarity, a cold atmosphere and ideally no moonlight. You also need a bit of luck, and I’ve been waiting around 4 years for all of the above to coincide!  

These images are from Bridgend here on Islay at around 23:00. 

Beautiful shots by James, especially as he also managed to catch the stars.

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nprfreshair: Check out the Best Actress gowns over the years……

Friday, February 28th, 2014



nprfreshair:

Check out the Best Actress gowns over the years… Wishing  Katharine Hepburn went in 1934—and every other year she won—so we could’ve seen what she wore [awesome pantsuit?]

infographic via mediarundigital

Now I’m wondering if this is evidence that nprfreshair follows despairoftranslators, or if it’s simply great minds working alike.

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Wait, WHAT do you do?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wait, WHAT do you do?:

despairoftranslators:

So John [lies] just sent me a lovely message which included the following question:

You mention working in the theater. I’m curious, if you’d be willing to share, what sort of work you do.

And I had to reply with a web link, because it’s rare to say: “Well, I’m a dramaturg,” and not…

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I would have had to google the term to know what it meant, so I really appreciated the link. The embarrassment is more than offset by despairoftranslators’ kind words about my correspondence, though, and by the satisfaction of knowing I’ve played even a small part in goading her into posting more than she otherwise might have. :-)

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healthycynic: Hubble’s Finest Spirals

Friday, February 28th, 2014

















healthycynic:

Hubble’s Finest Spirals

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Did you write for Scooby Doo? If so, I’d love to hear a story or two about that experience.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Long, long ago now. IMDb has a couple of the script names, though I remember doing a couple more. (Possibly those were co-writes with one or another of my story editors. Tom and Duane were good teachers, patient and considerate of a newbie, but they didn’t spare me hard work or expectations of good performance.)

There’s not much to tell except that it was fun, but surprisingly difficult work in its way. Animation writing is not normal screenwriting: it has its own language and its own rhythms, and the pages read faster (routinely a page per thirty seconds for scriptwriting of that kind, instead of a page per minute, which is the norm in almost every other kind of screenwriting). The other major amusement was that Scrappy-Doo was just being introduced: so I can say, with only a slight smile, that he and I are contemporaries in animation. (But I draw the line at “colleagues”.)  :)  (…Then again, maybe I shouldn’t. My work on S&SD essentially financed the writing of So You Want to Be a Wizard.)

The crazier stuff started after I more or less “graduated” from Scoob and went on to other series that Tom and Duane found themselves working on at (then) Hanna-Barbera. Some of these still turn up on Cartoon Network or elsewhere: some have been more or less mercifully buried under the detritus of passing time. It was while working on Fonz and the Happy Days Gang that I first (with T&D’s connivance) smuggled a fake page into a script to make the poor long-suffering broadcast-standards-&-practices lady smile. It was also there that I found myself party to a discussion with another BS&P person (a guy this time) in which we were given a note about how it wasn’t OK to have the characters tied up to the inner works of a windmill, because that was “imitable behavior”. But when Tom thought for a second and said “Okay, can we chain them up?”, then that was OK, because… chains were harder for the average nine-year-old to lay hands on? I can’t even remember the justification any more, but it was apparently acceptable.

And there were many other useful teaching moments and lessons. It was from Tom and Duane that I learned how to insert something blatantly inadmissible in a script so that the upper-ups would concentrate on throwing that out and completely miss something we really wanted to keep in. (A tactic still very useful.) It was there that I got to sit in on a taping of a Captain Caveman that I’d written, and heard Mel Blanc say “fuck” in Cavey’s voice (and idiom) about a hundred times.

(grinning in memory) In short, it was like The School for Scandal with cartoons: an excellent place to start learning the craft.

Ah, good times… good times.

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anonsally: thelorelaisquared: erinwert: ouione: mamaleh6994: …

Friday, February 28th, 2014



anonsally:

thelorelaisquared:

erinwert:

ouione:

mamaleh6994:

manonthesideofthemoon:

webuiltthisnicky:

companythatmakesmisery:

herpowerisherown:

godalert:

demigodsavatards-go:

bridgemcgidge:

kanyewestboro:

royalreddeath:

pillowbedhead:

yiffinq:

viamadlucem:

phinfrost:

this test has some downright confusing english but it seems to be more or less accurate if you can figure out the questions and answer them right

Real Age: 19
Mental Age: 23

real age: 16
mental age: 21

real age: 20

mental age: 29

Very Mature

Real age: 16

Mental Age: 27

real age: 18

mental age: 38

real age: 18

mental age: 31

Real age: 16
Mental age:30

real age: 14

Mental age: 50

Real age 19
Mental age 36

Real age: 19
Mental age: FORTY!

WHY

Real age: 26
Mental age: 28

=3

Real Age: 20

Mental Age: 26

I can take that. <3

Real Age: 19
Mental Age: 34

Real age: 22
Mental age: 31

real age: 25
mental age: 29

I feel that.

real age: 33
Mental age: 37

Real age: 42

Mental age: 37.

“Carefree”. So my tags are right! (and I’m the first person in this chain of reblogs to be mentally younger than my actual age!)

Real age: 51

Mental age: 34

I’m unsure whether this means anything at all. But maybe that’s my relative youth talking.

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“Whereas Lizzie Bennet managed to make money thanks to YouTube advertising, merchandizing and a…”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

“Whereas Lizzie Bennet managed to make money thanks to YouTube advertising, merchandizing and a degree of product integration it didn’t produce money from every channel the series played out on. This time around, despite having only 80% of the audience of the first series, Emma Approved is pulling in five times the cash. Every platform is being monetized.”

Transmedia Beat: Bernie Su’s “Emma Approved” Monetization Secrets (via pemberleyintern)

Really? I hadn’t noticed.

(via imaginarycircus)

They go about this subtly.”

Really? I think our definitions of subtle are different…

(via thelorelaisquared)

This word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 

(via clavisa)

The article mentions the Kickstarter total, which makes me wonder if that money might be part of the “five times the LBD money” figure. Probably not, but the numerous proofreading lapses in the article don’t inspire much faith in its being strictly accurate in every particular.

I suppose it’s also possible that there’s an indirect effect, in which Kickstarter money is somehow being leveraged into some kind of sales/marketing effort that is helping to generate the EA product-placement revenue. But again, at least taking Bernie Su’s previous comments about the Kickstarter allocation at face value, probably not.

So either Bernie Su intentionally or unintentionally misled the audience at the event about how much money EA is making, or the article’s author got it wrong, or the figure is accurate, and EA really is making 5X the revenue that LBD did, even though its audience is smaller.

That’s pretty interesting, if true. Maybe it’s more a measure of how little revenue YouTube advertising actually delivers than anything else. But it kind of means that from a business point of view, PD might essentially feel immune to the sour reception EA has received among some LBD fans. From their point of view, EA might be viewed as a much bigger success than LBD was. If it’s making 5X the revenue (Kickstarter excluded), then they would kind of have to view it that way. Wouldn’t they?

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despairoftranslators: mydaguerreotypeboyfriend: It’s a…

Friday, February 28th, 2014



despairoftranslators:

mydaguerreotypeboyfriend:

It’s a colorized Lewis Powell! And we’re just fine with that…

Mmmm. Hunky Lincoln assassination conspirator. I’m so totally obsessed with these execution-day photographs of Lewis Powell. I find them so compelling and disturbing and ALL GOOD THINGS. This may possibly mean something is wrong with me.

I missed this one at the time, too.

Weird side-benefit of despairoftranslators being so selective in terms of blog output: I can do a creepy deep-dive through the archives very quickly.

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Eleanor & Park

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eleanor &amp; Park:

despairoftranslators:

Finally reading it. On an airplane. So lovely and intense, the whole thing, but the part that just got me right in the feels is (very minor spoiler?) when Eleanor comes home to find that her mother has gotten the kids presents from Goodwill—new jeans for her and her a bag of half-dressed Barbies…

I somehow overlooked this post when it was first posted. I apologize to the universe for having been so deficient.

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“Lies”, The Knickerbockers, 1965/1966 Songs called “Lies”, 4th…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014



“Lies”, The Knickerbockers, 1965/1966

Songs called “Lies”, 4th in a series

The Knickerbockers get referred to as “one-hit wonders”, and reading their Wikipedia article, there is a certain That Thing You Do quality to their story. The song “Lies” was their first and biggest hit, reaching the Top 20. It was an attempt to imitate the sound of the Beatles, and was so successful in doing so that some people supposedly have mistaken it for a “lost” Beatles track.

I vaguely recognized the song when I came across it doing research for these posts, but I’m not sure where I first heard it. On the radio growing up, I guess. My wife, on the other hand, knew it instantly, coming in right on cue for the bridge.

Some big-name musicians covered the song in later years, but that’s a subject for another post.

Fun fact: When you start actively looking, there turn out to be a ton of songs called “Lies”.

Lyrics:

Lies, lies, you’re tellin’ me that you’ll be true
Lies, lies, that’s all I ever hear from you
Tears, tears, I shed a million tears for you
Tears, tears, and now you’re lovin’ someone new

Someday I’m gonna be happy
But I don’t know when just now
Lies, lie-ies, a-breakin’ my heart

You think that you’re such a smart girl
And I’ll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey

Lies, lies, I can’t believe a word you say
Lies, lies, are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you’re gonna be lonely
But you won’t find me around
Lies, lie-ies, a-breakin’ my heart

Someday I’m gonna be happy
But I don’t know when just now
Lies, lie-ies, a-breakin’ my heart

You think that you’re such a smart girl
And I’ll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey

Lies (ah!), lies (yeah baby), I can’t believe a word you say
Lies, lies, are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you’re gonna be lonely
But you won’t find me around
Lies, lie-ies, a-breakin’ my heart
I said, baby, now (breakin’ my heart)
Oh, yeah, you’re still breakin’ my heart (breakin’ my heart)

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For some reason a bunch of people on the web have misidentified…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014



For some reason a bunch of people on the web have misidentified this as a 1934 photo of Rainbow, which is just silly; presumably it was next to a Rainbow photo at some point and people got confused about which caption went with which image.

But no; this is a famous photo of the racing schooner Westward taken in 1910, shortly after she was launched. Designed by Nat Herreshoff, skippered by Charlie Barr, photographed by Frank William Beken.

Those were the days. If you’re gonna have robber barons, at least you can also have amazing boats.

A nice article about Westward is available as a PDF.

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plasmatics-life: Moonset & Milkyway ~ By Luka180 S.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014



plasmatics-life:

Moonset & Milkyway ~ By Luka180 S.

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Reblogging because 1) so cool, and 2) there’s a row…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014



















Reblogging because 1) so cool, and 2) there’s a row missing, specifically, this one:

You can also check out the original blog post at mediarundigital.co.uk that this came from, or load the high-res (full) graphic.

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