Archive for November, 2016

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Saturday, November 26th, 2016

christinelinnell replied to your photoset “The sky keeps trying to distract me while I’m playing pokemon.”

Wow, I just visited that town a week or so ago.

I saw your tweet about it and wondered if you were talking about Carp. There aren’t too many sleepy little beach towns left around here.

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The sky keeps trying to distract me when I’m playing…

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

The sky keeps trying to distract me when I’m playing pokemon.

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culturenlifestyle: Emotional And Expressive Photographs…

Saturday, November 26th, 2016


Emotional And Expressive Photographs Showcased By The NYC Dance Project

Fashion and beauty photographer Ken Browar and dancer and photographer Deborah Ory are the founders of the NYC Dance Project have explored the world of dancers intimately through their lenses, documented in a book called the Art of Movement. 

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marykatewiles: etcmiscandwhatnot: Saw the pet rock in Poe…

Saturday, November 26th, 2016



Saw the pet rock in Poe Party and… couldn’t help myself.

(Lenore would be super pissed to see how drab the dress turned out)

So cute!!!

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end0skeletal: by Nicola Pirondini

Saturday, November 26th, 2016


by Nicola Pirondini

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Saturday, November 26th, 2016

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mostlythemarsh: I Am Here

Saturday, November 26th, 2016


I Am Here

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americasgreatoutdoors: Fall foliage lights up the lakeshore at…

Friday, November 25th, 2016


Fall foliage lights up the lakeshore at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Along with changing leaves, late season sunflowers provide a colorful contrast to red-wing blackbirds that swoop and dart through grasses. The refuge protects a wide stretch of the Rio Grande river where sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl spend the winter each year. Photo courtesy of Robert Dunn via USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System.

I need more sandhill cranes in my life.

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thefederalistfreestyle: Original ‘Hamilton’ Star Anthony…

Friday, November 25th, 2016


Original ‘Hamilton’ Star Anthony Ramos on His Final Bow, Performing Post-Election & Working With Spike Lee (Billboard):

On Sunday (Nov. 20), actor Anthony Ramos wrapped his epic run in the smash Broadway show and Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cultural juggernaut Hamilton. Since auditioning when the production was merely in its workshop phase, Ramos has enjoyed a front-row seat to theater history playing the dual roles of John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton, two characters that creator Miranda evolved and wrote with him in mind.

As one of the last original cast members to leave the production (only Jasmine Cephas-Jones and Okieriete Onaodowan from the original line-up remain), Ramos is now off to star in the highly anticipated upcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It from Spike Lee.

While the show made headlines this past weekend following actor Brandon Victor Dixon’s message to vice president-elect Mike Pence, who saw the musical with his family on Friday (Nov. 18), Ramos, who spoke with Billboard before the incident, reminisces on Hamilton’s stratospheric ascent into pop culture, the mood at the Richard Rodgers Theater post-election and meeting President Barack Obama.

How does it feel to be wrapping up your time with Hamilton?

A little surreal, but it feels great, man. I don’t regret anything. You know when you leave things and sometimes you say to yourself, “Man, I wish I could have done more?” I don’t feel that way. I feel like I’ve done everything I could, and it feels great. There’s no better time for me to leave than now. I left it all out on stage at the Rogers theater and I’m ready to move on. It feels really good. Bittersweet, honestly.

As one of the last remaining cast members, you’ve experienced others’ final shows, including Lin-Manuel Miranda. What has it been like seeing everyone leave and a new cast takeover?

It feels different when I’m on-stage now because being a part of the original company, you’ve built something with a group of people for an extended amount of time. When those people start to fall off and new people replace them to maintain it, it becomes less about the building and more about the maintenance.

What I’m trying to say is that while I’m meeting new family, there’s nothing like the family that you’ve actually built the thing with and were in the trenches with. The people that are closest to your heart are always the people who were with you when you had nothing. It’s the people who were there when you were planting the seeds and they had their hands in the soil with you. We were all working for 400 dollars a week at the Public Theater and sharing a space downstairs together, so we grew to love each other. That dynamic for me as an original company member is special to me. There’s still so much love in the building, but the vibe is different.

Take me back to your very first show at the Public Theater. What was the mood like? At the time, did it feel special or just another gig?

It’s always been special, never just another gig. The only thing that was going through my mind [during that first curtain call] was, “Thank God I got through that shit. How did that happen just now?” I literally didn’t even know where I was supposed to stand in some scenes but we got through it. The first thing I said was, “Thank you, Jesus” before we did the first bow.

Describe your most memorable show.

Wow, I have to think about this. I have two. One was the show we did for President Obama. We were all so excited. Getting to perform for the leader of the free world was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The energy in the room was different. You felt a presence.

There was something unique about that night, to be on stage and let it all loose for the president. We got to perform this musical about revolution, immigrants, and our founders for the leader of our country. Afterwards he shook my hand and said, “Young man, you are extremely talented.” I was like, “Dude. Wow, bro. Thank you.” The other show was the matinee after the election.

What was that like? The country was in an interesting place that afternoon.

Obviously, there were a lot of emotions. Our company members have been pretty vocal about where we stood in this election. We had a meeting before the matinee and there were tears. We shared words and checked in with each other. There was a lot of anger and frustration. The one conclusion we came to was that you don’t answer anger with more anger. You answer anger with love. You answer anger with selflessness. The answer to anger is always the opposite thing of anger.

This election has sparked a new level of attentiveness and awareness not only in the United States, but in the world. What we were talking about was that we’re blessed to do this show, and we can’t take it for granted. People are coming to see this show for a little piece of hope, and we try to be aware that this isn’t just a show. For the people coming into this theater each night, their lives are vulnerable, fragile and precious, and we have to handle with care. Not only of the people in the theater, but who we come in contact with in person and in life, period. We took all of that into that matinee, which became one of my most memorable performances.

If you would have told me my most memorable performance would have happened two years into my run, I would have been like, “Yeah, right,” but I’d say it was even more special than opening night. The audience is always a part of the show but the audience was never more a part of the show than that day. The most special moment for me in my entire Hamilton run was the moment I came downstage and turned to the three guys and sang, “Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away no matter what they tell you” and the audience roared at that line and clapped. That had never happened before. That right there was the moment I said, “Everything’s going to be alright and we’re all in this together, no matter who the president is, and we can never forget that.”

Unlike any other show, Hamilton has had the most incredible array of luminaries and icons coming to experience it. Beyond President Obama, who are some visitors who have stood out to you?

Laurence Fishburne hugged me like he knew me forever. I remember when we were at the Public Theater, Busta Rhymes gave us a 30-minute speech about how our show motivated him and made him rethink what he wants his next album to be like. That was an incredible moment. And Marc Anthony! I’d blast his salsa albums with my mom. He gave me a huge hug and said, “Kid, I’m so proud of you.” That moment was particularly special to me. I think those moments all stood out to me the most.


read the rest of this great interview here!

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Friday, November 25th, 2016




I love it!

At a party. Introvert HG is pretty much Done, but extrovert Lenore is just getting started.

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lazyjacks: Shamrock, circa 1899John S. JohnstonLibrary of…

Friday, November 25th, 2016


Shamrock, circa 1899
John S. Johnston
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection

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wigmund: From SpaceTelescope.Org Picture of the Week; May 2,…

Friday, November 25th, 2016


From SpaceTelescope.Org Picture of the Week; May 2, 2016:

Hubble Spies NGC 4394

Discovered in 1784 by the German–British astronomer William Herschel, NGC 4394 is a barred spiral galaxy situated about 55 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy lies in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), and is considered to be a member of the Virgo Cluster.

NGC 4394 is the archetypal barred spiral galaxy, with bright spiral arms emerging from the ends of a bar that cuts through the galaxy’s central bulge. These arms are peppered with young blue stars, dark filaments of cosmic dust, and bright, fuzzy regions of active star formation. At the centre of NGC 4394 lies a region of ionised gas known as a LINER. LINERs are active regions that display a characteristic set of emission lines in their spectra— mostly weakly ionised atoms of oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur.

Although LINER galaxies are relatively common, it’s still unclear where the energy comes from to ionise the gas. In most cases it is thought to be the influence of a black hole at the centre of the galaxy, but it could also be the result of a high level of star formation. In the case of NGC 4394, it is likely that gravitational interaction with a nearby neighbour has caused gas to flow into the galaxy’s central region, providing a new reservoir of material to fuel the black hole or to make new stars.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

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Friday, November 25th, 2016



Follow the flow chart to pick your next webseries binge!

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Oh my god this is amazing. Hazel you are THE BEST.

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“These are, to put it mildly, not happy times. I don’t know of anyone who is expecting to enjoy a…”

Friday, November 25th, 2016

“These are, to put it mildly, not happy times. I don’t know of anyone who is expecting to enjoy a truly happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, however much many of us have to be thankful for at the personal dimension of our lives. But our country is facing the most profound internal challenge since 1860. An unscrupulous president like Donald Trump, “advised” by Steve Bannon, might well precipitate a war in order to gin up a mood of “national unity” and support for the strong-man Chief Executive and Commander in Chief. Trump wagged all sorts of dogs in his relentless path to the nomination and the White House. Anyone who believes him incapable of moving to the next level has no understanding of the limitless narcissism and opportunism that is the only constant in his 70 years of exploiting those he sees as weak and vulnerable.”

Will the U.S. survive the 2016 election (continued): A reply to Damon Linker (via azspot)

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016

all images © Clarissa Bonet

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016



fog at sunrise love!


Blackfoot May 26 2015

my pics

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Hey really great job on Poe Party! Do you have any advice to people wanting to start writing their own shows and stuff? I’m wanting to but I’m completely lost. Thank you!

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

I feel very unqualified to give advice on this sort of thing as I am constantly struggling with self doubt and discipline and figuring out how to navigate the vagaries of the industry. But I have learned a few things. 

If you can, work with someone. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a writing partner. Being accountable to Sinead was incredibly helpful, I think for both of us. Whenever one of us got down, the other was there pick us up. Whenever one of us missed a deadline, we remembered how the other one was probably hard at work trying to make the deadline (that said, we missed a lot of deadlines). Whenever one of us ran into a problem, the other one had a fresh perspective on a solution. Even if you don’t have anyone to write with, or don’t want to write with anyone, having someone to run things by is incredibly helpful.

Be willing and able to write garbage. Just get started on something. Even if it’s a germ of an idea, start writing a scene. You will probably never use that scene. Maybe you’ll like a line of dialogue. Maybe you’ll never use it but it will open up a doorway into a character’s point of view or arc or relationship with someone else. Just write and write and write and be ok knowing that you might scrap a bunch of it. If you do it for long enough, good things will happen and something will start to take shape.

Outline. Sinead and I had a verrrrry loose outline for a long time, and I think that’s what took us so long. We had our beginning and our end, but our middle was very unstructured. We kept hitting dead ends and not really knowing how to get around them because we didn’t know what should be there. So we went back and outlined each episode beat by beat and that was incredibly helpful. A lot of it had to be changed and tweaked as we went, but having that structure there was very necessary. 

So those are very basic lessons that I know I will keep drawing from personally as I move forward. It can be incredibly hard and sometimes really frustrating, but keep working because it’s the most rewarding feeling in the end. Good luck!

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I’ve got a question, Sean! During that ‘fight’ when the constables arrive, how did Ashley get on Joey’s back? My sister and I were talking about it, we’re debating on whether he crouched down to let her hop up, or if he stood in front of a chair while she climbed on from the chair.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

In order to prevent Joey and Ashley from unintentionally hurting each other, we actually filmed each part of that fight separately, on a green screen. Ashley hung from wires. We digitally composited the shots together and I’d say it looks pretty flawless.

I have no idea how they got into that pose.

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lulusketches: we are made of our longest dayswe are falling but…

Thursday, November 24th, 2016


we are made of our longest days
we are falling but not alone
we will take the best parts of ourselves
and make them gold

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016




Climate Change is acting much faster than many have expected. Global sea ice is in a free fall compared to all other years on record.

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The North Pole is an insane 20 C warmer than normal as winter descends

While we’re on the topic of Climate Change, this post and article is worth reading (from my science blog above).

That’s 36 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it should be at this time of year. I’m especially troubled because my Actual News-Reading Friends are reacting to this with “wait but is that normal, or is it actually global warming?”

Which means that sources like the Washington Post are doing a terrible job of explaining what this actually means. Which is probably a huge part of why people are generally not very concerned about climate change, especially not compared to how bad the situation actually is.

The graph above shows that every single year on record, the amount of ice in the sea has grown and melted at about the same times and in the same amounts. Except this year, when suddenly, instead of a bunch of ice forming in fucking winter, it’s… Not. It’s remaining at summer levels, basically.

This is not just part of global warming, it IS global warming. This is the core of the whole thing. The amazing amounts of carbon dioxide that we’ve been dumping into the atmosphere at an increasing rate for the past 100 years have been trapping more and more heat inside the atmosphere.

This has finally reached the point of Horrible Vicious Cycle. Because when it gets too warm, the polar ice caps melt.

When they melt, the oceans become much warmer and more acidic and can’t sustain life well.

When the oceans get warmer, they stop helping cool the atmosphere. Having large bodies of cold water lying around is GOOD if you want an area to be cooler. Having large bodies of warm water lying around does fuck all for cooling anybody down.

The less the oceans help cool things, the more our carbon emissions affect the atmosphere. Because they’re no longer partly being counteracted by the oceans.

Which means global warming accelerates.

Which means ice melting accelerates.

Which means the oceans get even more fucked up.

Which means global warming accelerates even more.

The reaction to this should not be “wait but is this just a thing that happens, the newspaper didn’t really say,” it should be a massive, front page, global headline of “OH FUCKING SHIT.”

Seeing that graph in McKibbon’s tweet was the scariest thing I’ve seen in my twitter feed in… well… ever. It actually cut through all the other scary stuff I’ve seen there this month. And that’s saying something.

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