August122014

My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)
January32014
fishingboatproceeds:

So for those unfamiliar with the situation: Grace Helbig is a brilliant online video creator and could until recently be found at the DailyGrace channel.
But that channel, and all the videos on it, were not owned by Grace. They were owned by a company, My Damn Channel.
Now, in order to have ownership and control over her stuff, she has to leave the channel that she built up to 2.5 million subscribers and start over on YouTube. 
But her viewers—and the YouTube community at large—has rallied around Grace as a creator: Her new channel already has over 230,000 subscribers (JOIN US). This is Tim’s real sister.
Meanwhile, the DailyGrace channel, which will now feature reruns of old Grace videos for which she will be (I assume) paid nothing, has lost more than 100,000 subscribers in the past week. This is Tim’s corporate entity sister.
Here’s the lesson: Many corporations think that by owning YouTube channels, they’ll have something valuable. But the value is not in the channel or in the number of subscribers. On YouTube, despite the corporatization of everything, the value is in people.
I’m not a DailyGrace fan. I’m a Grace Helbig fan. And at least on YouTube, the individual still has more power than the corporation. 
That’s worth celebrating. 
p.s. Subscribe to Grace! (The person, not the corporate entity.)

fishingboatproceeds:

So for those unfamiliar with the situation: Grace Helbig is a brilliant online video creator and could until recently be found at the DailyGrace channel.

But that channel, and all the videos on it, were not owned by Grace. They were owned by a company, My Damn Channel.

Now, in order to have ownership and control over her stuff, she has to leave the channel that she built up to 2.5 million subscribers and start over on YouTube. 

But her viewers—and the YouTube community at large—has rallied around Grace as a creator: Her new channel already has over 230,000 subscribers (JOIN US). This is Tim’s real sister.

Meanwhile, the DailyGrace channel, which will now feature reruns of old Grace videos for which she will be (I assume) paid nothing, has lost more than 100,000 subscribers in the past week. This is Tim’s corporate entity sister.

Here’s the lesson: Many corporations think that by owning YouTube channels, they’ll have something valuable. But the value is not in the channel or in the number of subscribers. On YouTube, despite the corporatization of everything, the value is in people.

I’m not a DailyGrace fan. I’m a Grace Helbig fan. And at least on YouTube, the individual still has more power than the corporation. 

That’s worth celebrating. 

p.s. Subscribe to Grace! (The person, not the corporate entity.)

(via wilwheaton)

December292013

excepttheeyes:

Remember when Harry thought James was the Half-Blood Prince…

I wish the films had more of Lupin. Heck, I wish the books had more of Lupin.

(via holycityfangirl)

November252013

harryhadouken said: Is the War Doctor now considered as the canonical Ninth Doctor?

neil-gaiman:

I don’t really understand the question. I’m tempted to say something like, “No, the John Hurt War Doctor is just something that happened in THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR, THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR and THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR on television.”

If it happens on the TV, it’s canonical, unless it isn’t. (For example, no-one seems entirely sure whether we get to see pre-Hartnell regenerations during the mindbending battles of Brain of Morbius.)

We now know there was a regeneration between the Paul McGann Eighth Doctor and the Chris Ecclestone Ninth Doctor, one whom the Doctor himself has only just begun to regard as being The Doctor (as opposed to being something else).

If you mean, “Do we now all have to agree to renumber all the Doctors?”, I think the main purpose of numbering things is to communicate, and we all know who we mean when we say Doctors NIne, Ten or Eleven. If anyone corrects you and says “You mean TWELFTH!” when you say “Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor” then that person is being irritatingly pedantic and should be pitied, in a nice way and with a gentle friendly, not-patronising sort of love, because they will have long hard lives ahead of them.

September102013

You don’t have to be gay to care about this. You don’t have to have a gay son or daughter to recognize an organized effort by a government to target and destroy a minority group. History has taught us that, left unchecked, this sort of bigotry will only escalate. The rest of the world cannot bear silent witness.

Many people have called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics. But boycotts punish the athletes who have worked so hard to make the team. Instead, I will proudly represent the U.S., USA Hockey and the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to ending homophobia in sports. It encourages athletes to speak out against antigay rhetoric, to support LGBT teammates and to change a culture that is often homophobic. I will be doing all this, and I will be publicly pro-gay. I am calling on other governing bodies, staffs, coaches and athletes to join me.

Brian Burke for Sports Illustrated. (via wraparoundcurl)
September22013

I love Aziz Ansari. “So many gay jokes about Franco tonight. Apparently if you’re clean, well dressed, and mildly cultured, you’re super gay now. Is that why the rest of you are so aggressively fat and dirty? You think if you read one book and take a shower, dicks are just going to fly at your face?”

August52013

WHEN I GOT THE AMBER ALERT TEXT

wheninla:

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….but seriously, get him.

Nissan Versa, Blue, 4 door
California license plate #6WCU986
July302013
“No one will be alive by the last book. In fact, they all die in the fifth. The sixth book will be just a thousand-page description of snow blowing across the graves.”

George R.R. Martin
[when asked if he was going to let any Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire characters live]  (via starkpain)

You think he’s joking……….

(Source: jamesbuchannanbarnes, via starkwillendurestone)

July292013
generic1:

"I think we are judged by God as we live. I do not believe that there’s some reward or punishment in the afterlife. That seems an immature kind of spirituality. My two year old does good so he can get rewarded. That’s not how God works as I understand it.
I don’t believe there is a heaven and hell where people who believe what I believe get rewarded and those who don’t get punished. That’s not a very sophisticated spiritual belief in my view.
You are not the problem. The literalists are the problem. Literalism is an extremely new phenomenon. It can be traced to the end of the 19th century. The people who wrote and compiled the Gospels were NOT literalists. If they were they would not have canonized four gospels which contradict each other on numerous facts of Jesus’ life. THEY DID NOT CARE about those contradictions bc they did not read the texts literally. neither should anyone else.
Religion is nothing but a signpost to God. If you believe there is something beyond the material, and if you want to commune with that ‘thing’ then it helps to have a set of symbols and metaphors to help you talk about it - both to yourself and to other people. That is ALL religion is supposed to be. A language of symbol and metaphors to help you make sense of something that is ineffable. I just happen to prefer the symbols and metaphors of Islam. That’s all.”
-Reza Aslan

Amen.

generic1:

"I think we are judged by God as we live. I do not believe that there’s some reward or punishment in the afterlife. That seems an immature kind of spirituality. My two year old does good so he can get rewarded. That’s not how God works as I understand it.

I don’t believe there is a heaven and hell where people who believe what I believe get rewarded and those who don’t get punished. That’s not a very sophisticated spiritual belief in my view.

You are not the problem. The literalists are the problem. Literalism is an extremely new phenomenon. It can be traced to the end of the 19th century. The people who wrote and compiled the Gospels were NOT literalists. If they were they would not have canonized four gospels which contradict each other on numerous facts of Jesus’ life. THEY DID NOT CARE about those contradictions bc they did not read the texts literally. neither should anyone else.

Religion is nothing but a signpost to God. If you believe there is something beyond the material, and if you want to commune with that ‘thing’ then it helps to have a set of symbols and metaphors to help you talk about it - both to yourself and to other people. That is ALL religion is supposed to be. A language of symbol and metaphors to help you make sense of something that is ineffable. I just happen to prefer the symbols and metaphors of Islam. That’s all.”

-Reza Aslan

Amen.

June172013

S A N D   S N A K E S ➻ fake book of the houses

These are the characters I cannot wait for in the next season of Game of Thrones.

(Source: hawkmans, via wraparoundcurl)

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