Feeling pleased with myself. I was in a shopping centre, waiting for my mum, and I had this idea. I ran into this clothes shop and said to the assistant “Excuse me, what year is this?” And she was like, “2014, are you OK?” So I went “YES! IT WORKED! WE DID IT!”…
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1. There’s a certain level where Boyhood is the prequel (in spirit) to the Before trilogy. It is very easy to see Mason the moody, philosophical photographer becoming Jesse the moody, philosophical writer.
2. And the interchangeable characters of Mason/Jesse show that Linklater has one type of white man he’s very fond of writing.
3. The movie starts in the summer of 2002 and follows Mason for the next 12 years until he leaves for college. I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2002, so I expected to feel some nostalgia, but found none of the things I’m nostalgic for in the movie. The early 20-somethings in the theater, they were breathless at the end of the movie. The Harry Potter Scenes, the Star Wars references, the RAZR flip phones. I’m 18 years older than the main character and probably 5-8 years younger than the parents. So I understood the cultural references, but so few of them were mine.
4. Unlike Before Sunrise, which scratches every 90s bone in my body.
5. Writer and directors always underestimate the audience and Linklater doesn’t. We are allowed to fill in the blanks ourselves. There’s very little back story given for the years we missed or much we need to know about the hidden months. It felt existential in that way. There is no past or future, just right now.
6. Don’t drink a large soda, because the movie is nearly 3 years hours long without a moment to step out for a bathroom break.
Linklater has always used time as a character. It’s in the titles of his Before trilogy, featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as characters at different junctures: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight. They have to reconnect in each film—and fast, because the clock is ticking. I love these films, but they’re talky. Linklater is so literal about time he never seems to use the full, transcendent resources of cinema.
“Bill Clinton: No. No. I’d like to keep my foundation alive and well and do what I can. I love that, but I will do whatever she wants and whatever it takes to support her I will do. I may, when she was elected to the Senate and I was leaving the White House I thought that, now she helped me every sense from 1974, that’s 26 years. So I will help her for 26 years and if we’re still alive, then we will have an argument about what to do next. So I am only about, I am a little more than half way through the 26 years obligation.”—'Impressed with Narendra Modi's Economic Policies', Bill Clinton Tells NDTV: Full Transcript - NDTV
Hey guys, this is an article about my very good friend’s aunt’s grandson.
Danny Nickerson is sick, and there is a very slim chance that he will be getting better. His parents thought it would be cool if everyone could help him celebrate his upcoming 6th birthday by sending him a letter or postcard.
His birthday is July 25, so you still have time to pick up something to mail him:
Okay, so I’ve been filing through other peoples’ conversion stories and one common issues seems to be a language barrier. Would it be beneficial to begin taking basic lesson in Hebrew? I know that I saw a few books at the used book store on beginners Hebrew last weekend and it’s probably safe to assume they’ll be there when I get my next paycheck, should I invest in these?
Meant to answer this earlier! So, if you’re thinking of converting Orthodox (or even Conservative), most (if not all) of the prayer service will be in Hebrew (and Torah reading also). I think a good place to start building familiarity is with prayer text… there may be learners’ minyans in your area, but make sure to start small - something like the Shema - and go from there.
Officially for conversion itself, at least Orthodox, what they’re looking for is that you have a familiarity with the prayer service text, can follow the Torah reading and know brachot (blessings). Some batei din (rabbinical courts) will ask you to sight read, some don’t. They are less concerned with conversational/modern Hebrew, though! :-) (though that’s fun to have too, nachon?!).
I worked through Alef Isn’t Tough, then took a prayerbook Hebrew class before I converted. After I converted, I took modern Hebrew and then studied for a bat mitzvah a couple years later.
“We love When Harry Met Sally because it’s about love, and about how love happens for people in different ways. We love it because it’s funny but not at the expense of honesty. We love it because it takes its time without being slow. We love it because it’s not all bundled up with a lot of technology. We love it because of its hair and shoulder pads and its wagon-wheel table. We love its baby fish-mouth. If Harry and Sally didn’t get together in the end — the original idea had been that they wouldn’t, because it was more, you know, “realistic” — would it still be as wonderful? It’s comforting exactly because everything that you want to have happen eventually happens.”—When Harry Met Sally, Remembered by Alice — Vulture (via jasmined)
“Before anyone asks, no, sex in space is not part of our downtime. We’re a small group of focused professionals working in a zero-gravity enclosed environment without a lot of privacy — even if we wanted to, it would be challenging, to say the very least. As space travel becomes more common and sophisticated, it will probably happen, but it’s not happening at the moment, so please don’t write any fan fiction about me.”—6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield) | Cracked.com
““Publicists are constantly made fun of and mocked for seemingly low intelligence. I had that perception of it before I got into it,” says Meredith Fineman, founder and CEO of FinePoint PR. “I did every area of communications — marketing, advertising, events — but felt like PR was fluffy. I couldn’t have been more wrong.” The Princeton Review, in its guide to careers for college students, explains that “the successful PR person must be a good communicator — in print, in person and on the phone. They cultivate and maintain contacts with journalists, set up speaking engagements, write executive speeches and annual reports, respond to inquiries and speak directly to the press on behalf of their client.” So why do we associate PR professionals with mindless fakery rather than hard-won relationships and quick thinking?”—Why Do We Treat PR Like a Pink Ghetto? - The Cut
“There were seventh-place ribbons and eighth-place ribbons and some that just said FREESTYLE HEAT on them. I think the highest I placed was fourth. Maybe. If so, it was probably only because the event had four kids in it. And trust me: I knew exactly how meaningless those ribbons were. No child has ever been hoodwinked by phony accolades. They know when they suck.”—Down With America’s Kid-Competition Complex
“I was very lucky in that for most of the ’80s and ’90s I essentially had the field to myself,” Yankovic, 54, admitted. “Ultimately, I had to wait until there was some record executive somewhere that said, ‘OK, we are gonna put out your record,’ and nowadays kids don’t have to do that necessarily. They can put their stuff online and they can get millions and millions of hits; they can get a lot of attention, based strictly on their material.”—The Winter of Weird Al «
“So, I want to publicly propose an idea developed together with my colleague Rabbi Joanna Samuels: that as the deterioration of Jewish civil discourse is so visible in our social media, we use the day of 17 Tammuz for a widespread ta’anit dibur – a silent fast – in which we commit to keep quiet on these platforms, and strain ourselves to choose introspection over their corrosive capabilities.”—Time for a (social) ceasefire | Yehuda Kurtzer | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel
“DW: There are massive similarities from genre to genre. In country, though, you can write a song about having kids and you can write a song about having parents; those are two things that are not allowed in most pop songs. A real pop star is not allowed to talk about their kids or their parents, much less their grandparents, whereas in country you can talk about your grandparents, you can talk about your parents, you can talk about your job, you can talk about your dad’s job. In country, there’s a lot more subject matter essential to human life. It’s funny because there are more things people shy away from in pop, but in country, you can write about anything.”—Dan Wilson on Semisonic, Adele, and the sincerity of Taylor Swift · Set List · The A.V. Club
“After my first trip to the Dominican Republic, I pledged to myself that we would, one day, have a camp run and executed by Dominicans. Now, about seven years later, the camp director, program leaders and all but a handful of counselors are Dominican. Each year we bring in a few Peace Corps Volunteers and highly-skilled volunteers from the USA who add value to our program, but they are not the ones in charge. I think we’re finally doing aid right, and I’m not there.”—The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys and Voluntourism | Pippa Biddle
In a moment of frustration with this Potato Salad project AND with Kickstarter, I decided to see how far we could take things. CLEARLY they must say “no” to something, right?
And so was born “Air”, a Kickstarter project created by me.
Air is exactly what it seems. I’m going to sell you… AIR.
2oz jars of fucking NOTHING.
The rewards are funny, all tongue in cheek. For example, I’ll go to Harry Potter land at Universal and get you some Air. Or I’ll go to the Florida swamp and get you some swamp air. (You can click this link and see the draft page for yourself…CLICK HERE!)
SO, I wrote up the rewards and the story and created the project, clicked submit, and waited to see what the response would be.
I thought “there’s no WAY it’ll be approved”… at least then I could have SOME hope for the future of Kickstarter. At least someone there would have some common sense. “They won’t allow me to just sell air. There’s no way.”
I do wonder at what point the potato salad Kickstarter will go from “Hey, I totally contributed to this fun meme!” to “Hey, did I really give a stranger $10 for nothing?” Maybe I don’t have enough money to spare to really get the joke.
I don’t get it. Do people think Kickstarter is a charity? They’re a consignment shop that lets you sell whatever* you want to sell to people and take a percentage off the top. You want to make a really lovely book? Go ahead, just give KS their percentage. You want to sell something stupid? Same thing, just give Kickstarter their money and they don’t give a shit.
*there are rules yes, but those can be broken depending on how much money you’re gonna make for them, just ask Penny Arcade.