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One senior member of a leading national magazine when asked how someone could pay the bills to affording life in New York while working a full-time internship famously told us that if we couldn’t pull an unpaid internship off, then we didn’t want to succeed badly enough. When we asked how he pulled it off, he told us about how he lived in his parents’ spare apartment upstate while working his internship.

Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.

Terry Pratchett  (via valonqar)

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My reaction to [being a political pawn] is, ‘Do you not think I have my own reasons for doing this?’ Here, let me show you. Is that not reason enough? Senator Jim Inhofe said that we have no business engaging in the debate, and I called his office and I asked to speak with him. He was too busy to speak with me. I said, ‘Here’s my cell phone. Call me.’ I’m still waiting for him to call me. Rand Paul, I think, has the same notion. If he wants to ask me what my motives are for advocating for a safer culture, he can call me too.

Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, one of the Sandy Hook victims

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I seriously have to give a ridiculous amount of credit to the Sandy Hook parents for coping with such tremendous tragedy and still managing to find the strength to be such fighters.

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I also hate the idea of them being called political pawns. The language takes away their agency and just frames them as pieces being totally controlled by someone else. You can tell they genuinely care and want some sort of change, even if it wouldn’t directly have prevented the murder of their kids. Children for years to come could be saved by it, though.

(via fuckyeahfeminists)

What are you doing to combat piracy?
One of the things is we get ISPs to publicise their connection speeds – and when we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows. So I think people do want a great experience and they want access – people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can’t use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks Arrested Development, 4K and reviving old shows | Stuff magazine

Jesus, every single line in there could serve as an article headline in and of itself. This, right here, is almost a tl;dr of why Netflix is becoming the dominant player in television.

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But Natasha is the only one who mines her own vulnerability. She’s the only one who makes it into a performance. And there’s something radical in acknowledging that feminine vulnerability as a performative, as something fake we are taught to expect and to mimic. That can be our superpower. We can be strong in ways men never will be because we face bullshit they will never have to face. That’s not justice, but it is power. It is strength. It’s control.

this super great essay about black widow and feminism (via helio-phile)

(It’s really funny to me when excerpts from things I write get more notes than actual things I write. I’m real bad at the micro part of microblogging.)

Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”

The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.

The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.

A Roger Ebert quote that sticks out in my mind

From his review of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant

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To hell, to hell with balance! I break glasses; I want to burn, even if I break myself. I want to live only for ecstasy. Nothing else affects me. Small doses, moderate loves, all half-shades, leave me cold. I like extravagance, heat. Letters which give the postman a stiff back to carry, books which overflow from their covers, sexuality which bursts the thermometer! I’m neurotic, perverted, destructive, fiery, dangerous - lava, inflammable, unrestrained.

Anaïs Nin  (via bad-dominicana)

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Captain America continues to stand for the idea that no matter what your roots, you too can grow up to punch Hitler in the face.

[x] (via snowdarkred)

You are complicit in one way or another in a giant crime containing many great crimes. Atone in secret. Wash the blood off your hands in private. Because there were people who got it right. Anthony Zinni. David Shiseki. Hans Blix. Mohamed ElBaradei. The McClatchy Washington bureau guys. Dozens of liberal academics who got called fifth-columnists and worse. Professional military men whose careers suffered as a result. Hundreds of thousands of people in the streets around the world. The governments of Canada and France. Those people, I will listen to this week. Go to hell, the rest of you, and go there in silence and in shame.

We are not going to give up on destroying the healthcare system for the American people.

-Paul Ryan, slipping up while announcing his new budget plan. Ryan meant to attack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which he proposes repealing.

(h/t The Hill)

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Dear DC Comics Editors,

I see that you have hired a writer for Superman who has written strongly of his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. And I see that there is an online petition protesting that move.

Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.

I hereby volunteer.

I have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.

I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.

I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.

Sincerely yours,

David Gerrold
“The Trouble With Tribbles”
Land Of The Lost
Twilight Zone
The Martian Child
(and a whole bunch of other stuff)

David Gerrold, in response to DC’s decision to hire Orson Scott Card (via fyeahlilbit2point0)

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TRIGGER WARNING: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE

[Michael Fassbender] allegedly broke his ex-girlfriend’s nose after a night of heavy boozing … and now she wants protection from a judge, and stat.

Michael Fassbender’s ex — Sunawin Andrews — filed a petition for a restraining order against him earlier this month in L.A. County Superior Court.

In the documents, Andrews claims Michael hit the bottle hard during a film festival in July of 2009 — and after he woke up in a puddle of his own urine, he became violent and “threw me over a chair breaking my nose.”

Andrews also says Michael allegedly dragged her alongside their car one night after they had an argument about one of her ex-boyfriends … causing her to twist her left ankle, blow out her left knee cap and burst an ovarian cyst.

linky

(via quixxotica)(via cooledskin)

If you’re pressed about Chris Brown, and not pressed about Michael Fassbender, your racism is showing, jsyk.

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I don’t want to hear about the endless struggles to keep sex exciting, or the work it takes to plan a date night. I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they’re dead meat. I want to see you guys high-five each other like teammates on a recreational softball team you both do for fun. I want to hear about it because I know it’s possible, and because I want it for myself.

Mindy Kaling on how “Married People Need to Step it Up” (via hannahstaton)

Fuck yeah, basically. TV/Movies treat (hetero)marriage like The End of Fun, when men turn into lazy slobs and women turn into nagging harpies and they never have sex and they loathe each other. 

(via notreallykira)

I saw this story and I was like, “Wait — I can do something, there’s injustice involving a cake!

Duff Goldman, executive chef of Charm City Cakes and “Ace of Cakes” star, on his reaction to hearing of the Gresham lesbian couple denied a wedding cake because of their sexuality (via cincodenada)