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Gen X, represent.
1963, sorry. ;p
We’re the children of the 80s, haven’t we grown…
1970 here. :)
Quite a few years earlier, I’m afraid.
Little Girl Finds Security Flaw in iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner
Hyperventilating! I need this!
Haunted Mansion Dooney & Bourke Bag.
If someone will buy this for me, I will repay you with cups of tea and biscuits!
No link? Bah!
Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon
Alain Delon is STILL a hottie.
Fancasting for Unentitled Sherlock Holmes movie:
Idris Elba as Sherlock Holmes
Don Cheadle as Dr. Watson
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Professor Moriarty
The cats just looked at me funny. Apparently I made a noise that’s too high for human ears to hear.
DOM!!!! DOM, LOOOK!!!!
This is Lafayette. The most amazing man who ever walked the earth. Well… among the circle of the most amazing men. I am sure you know everything about him and his life, but in case you do not…
He was an aristocrat. French aristocrat. Close to the King of France. Married into a powerful family. Decided at 19 to join the American army. Escapes France under threat of arrest by the King.
Goes to America, becomes like a son to George Washington… Becomes known as the soldier’s friend and helps corner Cornwallis in Virginia.
Then, after the war, goes back to France to try to mold France into a republic like America. Revolution gets out of hand… His wife is arrested and he flees Paris…. only to be arrested by the Prussians. He later gets handed over to the Austrians, where he languished for many years at a prison called Olmutz until freed by Napoleon.
Goes back to France and spends the rest of his life fighting against slavery and tyranny. He even continues in politics and minor revolutions in France even into his 70’s. That was a long story made short.
All around… Amazing guy. And I have a major crush on him for how he kicked butt his whole life and fought against injustice.
Warning GOD HATERS
There were a lot of these people at SDCC this year, many of them holding signs that were the exact same font, color and verbiage as the signs I’ve seen at E3, countless hockey games, and other events around Los Angeles. If they weren’t the same signs, someone is doing fairly well in the judgemental sign business.
These people just shout at everyone, or drone on endlessly regurgitating a script (I saw one of them reading it off an iPhone) that uses the word “love” in a way that is entirely at odds with their presentation. I ignore them, some people engage them, lots of people troll them, and though I find their entire presence mildly annoying, I respect their fundamental right to express themselves in public.
But here’s the thing that I noticed for the first time just yesterday: many of the sign holders are children between the ages of (I’d guess) 8 and 16. Some of the older kids read the script into their megaphone, while the younger ones try to shove tracts and leaflets into the hands of people who — if they take them at all — immediately throw them on the ground.
These children looked miserable. They looked sad. They looked like they’d rather be anywhere else than shouting at thousands of joyful people who are celebrating things they love. I wondered if these kids liked any of the movies or characters or popular culture that was being celebrated all around them, and if they did, how it made them feel to be put into a situation by their parents where they had to be angry at those happy people who weren’t bothering anyone, and seemed to be having a pretty good time.
I feel like these kids are in a cult, and their parents are robbing them of their childhood. I feel like these people show up where large groups of us are being happy, so they can tell us that we should feel bad. I’m not entirely sure what they hope to accomplish — I’ve never once seen a person engage them in a thoughtful way, much less convert to their particular flavour of religion, and they don’t seem to be interested in soliciting money — but whatever it is, it isn’t happening.
Unless their goal is to make people mock them, ignore them, or in my case, feel sad for their children. Maybe if they’re so concerned for the future of humanity, they could take the time, money, and energy the put into yelling at people and invest it in feeding and clothing people who are struggling to do that for themselves.
…but I can’t shake the feeling that, for these people, helping people isn’t the point.
I think they think they’re talking to me.
Audrey Hepburn with Albert Finney on the set of ‘Two for the Road’, St Tropez, 1967.
A favorite movie.
You might be wondering who this dapper motherfucker is. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Franz Kafka, only the most badass, surrealist artistic bamfs to ever come out of the mean streets of Prague. His most well known works, including “The Metamorphosis” and “The Trial”, have been read by anyone ever who fucking matters. Can you think of anything worse than waking up as a giant ugly-ass bug? Probably not, because this bitch was the master of strange and disturbing literature. He had some problems with his father, but that didn’t matter because the ladies loved Franz Kafka. His long-time lady love Milena Jasenka wrote that he “knew people as only people of great sensitivity are able to know them, as somebody who is alone and sees people almost prophetically, from one flash of a face. He knew the world in a deep and extraordinary manner. He was himself a deep and extraordinary world.” Kafka died in 1924 of complications from consumption, and he’s still cooler than your bitch ass.
Happy 130th Franz Kafka!