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i cannot believe that we were robbed of this book scene

This is no joke. These are direct lines from the book.

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I am alone.

The world which shook at my feet, and the trees, and the sky, have gone, and I am alone now, alone.

The wind bites now, and the world is grey, and I am alone. Can’t see me. Doesn’t see me.

Can’t. See me.

Doctor Who S08E01, Deep Breath

The moment I fell in love with twelve (again).

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The dinosaur’s deep thoughts

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Villains beware, the world’s fastest superhero arrives in 52 Days! 

Serious question: Is the Flash faster than Superman?

According to the comics, yes. He wins in Adventures of Superman #463 and in Flash: Rebirth #3. There might be other examples, but those are off the top of my head.

Hey, thank you for resolving this for me! :)


FXX is going to have a 12-day Simpsons marathon, playing all 552 episodes.  In appreciation of the series, we’ve compiled several of our Simpsons interviews into one show. 

Since The Simpsons began, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross has interviewed many people who have had a hand creating the show – from Matt Groening in 1989 and 2003 to  two of the writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss in 1992. Gross also talked with actors who do the voices, including Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart, in 2007; Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge in 1994; Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and others in 2004.

Here, Simpsons creator Matt Groening tells Terry about how they occasionally got in trouble with the Fox network: 

"At the beginning, virtually anything we did would get somebody upset and now it seems like the people who are eager to be offended — and this country is full of people who are eager to be offended. They’ve given up on our show. We got into trouble a few years ago for — Homer is watching an anti-drinking commercial and it said, "Warning! Beer causes rectal cancer." And Homer responds by saying, "Mmm beer." Fox didn’t want us to do that because beer advertisers are a big part of the Fox empire and it turns out the writer was able to track down the actual fact where some studies show that indeed it does — or did or has a tendency to [cause cancer] — so we were able to keep it in."

Photo: Courtesy of Fox 

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So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality … My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.
I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Jim Carrey, Official Commencement Address Graduating Class of 2014
from Maharishi University of Management, May 24th, 2014

Full transcript and video

Asker fabischafer Asks:
So your wife has challenged you to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. What are you going to do?
vinedragonheartstring vinedragonheartstring Said:


…participate in the ice bucket challenge, of course. When your wife challenges you, that’s the wisest course of action.

I definitely need to see this video.

I recently read your post about Anne Frank. I haven't read anything by John Green, so I have nothing to say about that, but I noticed you seemed to refer to the Holocaust as what happened in the concentration camps ("readers are never forced to experience the Holocaust through her eyes"). I may be misinterpreting you, but I was always taught that the Holocaust was the entire oppression of the Jewish people/minorities during the time of Nazi Germany. Is this inaccurate?
vinedragonheartstring vinedragonheartstring Said:


The Holocaust of European Jewry began in 1941 with the implementation of the Final Solution. Everything before that was aimed at making life so unpleasant for German Jewry that they would have no choice but to emigrate. Jews in countries taken by the Nazis after 1941 lacked the emigration option as by then the Nazis had noticed that no one actually wanted Jewish immigrants. If you want to learn more about European Jewry and international immigration policy between 1933 and 1945, there’s some stuff here:

Can’t speak to the timelines of the other groups oppressed by the Nazis rn because it’s six in the morning and I’m about to miss my bus and the only reason I was able to give a fairly coherent answer is because this is straight outta my MA thesis.


Would you guess that this just might be the earliest color footage of Yellowstone National Park?

Last year, when staff in the National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab was processing a new collection accessioned from the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, we came across a reel that appeared to be black and white, but the words on the edge said, “KODACOLOR.” Other edge markings told us that the film was shot in 1930. Immediately, we knew we had something really special on our hands.
Kodacolor is black and white to the eye, but is color when projected through the proper filter.
An early reversal color home movie format produced by Kodak, Kodacolor only existed for a handful of years, beginning in 1928, until it was replaced by the much more successful Kodachrome in 1935. Kodacolor appears to the human eye as black and white images, but the base side of the film is embossed with hundreds of tiny lenses (called lenticules) that look like minuscule ridges on the surface of the film base. The lenticules captured the color information from the scene while it was filmed through a color filter with red, green, and blue-violet stripes. In order to see the color the film then had to be projected back through a similar color filter. Kodachrome had many advantages over Kodacolor because it was possible to create duplicates, did not require extra filters, and did not have vertical lines (the lenticules) running through the image. Most people have at least heard of Kodachrome, but few have encountered Kodacolor.

This is a before and after representation of what Kodacolor looks like to the naked eye versus the color that is encoded in the emulsion:

Because Kodacolor is so rare and requires specialized technology to access the color hidden in the film, there isn’t a huge preservation market for the obsolete format. We have a fully operational film preservation lab at NARA (one of the last in the country), but we do not have the ability to preserve the color information in Kodacolor. We can photochemically preserve or digitally transfer Kodacolor in black and white, but to see 1930 Yellowstone in full-color, we needed to use an outside vendor.
To see clips of the film and to find out how a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the innovative work of a local vendor allowed us to decode and preserve early color footage of Yellowstone National Park:

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TODAY IN HISTORY: 22 August 1485, Battle of Bosworth 

Henry Tudor had a force of about 5000 men while Richard’s army probably was nearer 12,000. However, 4,000 of these soldiers belonged to the Stanley family and no one was sure if the Stanley’s could be trusted. It is thought that Richard did not trust Lord Stanley as he had a reputation of fighting for whoever he felt was going to be the most generous in victory. For Richard it was to be a shrewd judgement of character – and one that led to his death.

The fighting began early in the morning of August 22nd. The two Stanley armies stayed away from the actual fighting at this stage so that the contest was literally a battle between Richard’s and Henry’s forces. Richard held the crest of Ambion Hill with Henry at the bottom in more marshy land. When Henry’s men charged up the hill, they sustained heavy casualties. However, Henry had recruited long bow men while in Wales and these inflicted equally severe wounds on the forces of Richard as being at the top of a hill did not protect them from a deluge of long bow arrows.

Though there are no contemporary accounts of the battle, it is generally accepted that it lasted about two to three hours. Casualties on both sides were heavy. What turned the battle seems to have been a decision made by Richard III to target Henry himself. Henry was seen making a move to where Lord Stanley was almost certainly with the intent to urge Stanley to use his forces on Henry’s side. With some trusted men Richard charged at Henry. He nearly succeeded in getting to Henry, and Tudor’s standard bearer, William Brandon, who was very near his leader, was killed. However, Henry’s bodyguards closed ranks and the future king was saved.

For the duration of the battle, the forces of the Stanley family had stood by the sides – therefore fulfilling what Richard believed - but at this critical moment the army of Sir William Stanley attacked Richard, seemingly coming to the aid of Henry. Richard was killed and his forces broke up and fled. Lord Stanley picked up the slain Richard’s crown and placed it on Henry’s head. Richard’s body was put over a mule and taken to Leicester to be buried. The defeat of Richard ended the reign of the Plantagenet’s and introduced the reign of the Tudors. By marrying Elizabeth of York, Henry unified both houses of Lancaster and York.

NOTE: Margaret Beaufort was not at the Battle.

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Come gather round, children,
It’s high time ye learned
‘Bout a hero named Homer
And a devil named Burns.
We’ll march ‘till we drop
The girls and the fellas.
We’ll fight ‘till the death
Or else fold like umbrellas.
So we’ll march day and night
By the big cooling tower.
They have the plant
But we have the power.

Lisa Simpson, Union Strike Folk Song, “Last Exit to Springfield,” The Simpsons S4 Ep 17.

Burns’ response:
"Look at them all, through the darkness I’m bringing. They’re not sad at all. They’re actually singing! (to Smithers) They sing without juicers. They sing without blenders. They sing without flunjers, capdabblers and smendlers! "

Parodied from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 


Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech, July 4, 1939

Lou Gehrig was one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. He played a record 2,130 consecutive games (a record unbroken until Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995), batted over .300 for twelve consecutive seasons, and from all accounts was a stand-up human being.

In 1938, his strength began to falter, and in the spring of 1939, he had managed only 4 hits in the first eight games of the season. He was soon diagnosed with ALS and was given about three years to live. He would never play ball again.

The Yankees declared July 4, 1939 to be Lou Gehrig’s Day, and Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech. A transcript of the full speech is available here.



OMFG this is brilliant


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As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.

The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.

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I swear the producers of the simpsons knew this was an issue before anyone opened their eyes.

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Happy Birthday Gene Kranz!

The phrase “Tough and Competent” was created by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz and became the rallying cry of NASA and the Mission Control crew after the Apollo 1 disaster. 

"Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write ‘Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control." - The Kranz Dictum 

Gene Kranz served as Flight Director for a number of NASA milestones, including Apollo 11, the “successful failure” of Apollo 13, and the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994. Please be sure to checkout another great video from our friend Mike Dawson and his Assignment Universe project.

Watch “Gene Kranz - Mission Control: Tough & Competent” here:
Gene Kranz - Mission Control: Tough & Competent