- clean bathroom tips
- organize your closet
- how to fix a leaky faucet
- how to keep a clean kitchen
- removing stains from your carpet
- how to coupon
- what to do when you can’t pay your bills
- see if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill
- how to save money
- How to Balance a Check Book
- How to do Your Own Taxes
- how to take care of yourself when you’re sick
- things to bring to a doctor’s appointment
- what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment
- how to make a doctor’s appointment
- how to pick a health insurance plan
- a list of stress relievers
- how to get free therapy
- what to do if you get pulled over by a cop
- a list of hotlines in a crisis
- things to keep in your car in case of an emergency
- recipes that take 30 minutes or less
- Yummy apple thing
- Brownie in a cup
- Cookie in a cup
- French bread pizza
- Egg tacos
- panera mac n cheese recipe
- different salad recipes
- harry potter recipes
- healthy recipes
- various cookie recipes
- chocolate cupcakes w/ eggless cookie dough topping
- s’mores pie
- nutella hot chocolate
- peanut butter nutella swirl cookies
- cookie in a mug
- starbucks holiday drinks
- fruit leathers
- brownie in a mug
- how to make ramen 1000x better
- eggless cookie dough (not to bake, just to eat)
- make recipes using things you already have
- how to put together a very fancy cheese plate
- make different flavored lemonades
- various desert recipes
- make tiny chocolate chip cookies
- 20 dishes every cook should know
- learn how to make your own tea
- Macaroni and cheese in a mug
- Study snacks (2)
- 40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
- what the hell is a mortgage?
- first apartment essentials checklist
- how to care for cacti and succulents
- the care and keeping of plants
- Getting an apartment
- time management
- create a resume
- find the right career
- how to pick a major
- how to interview for a job
- How to write cover letters
- ULTIMATE PACKING LIST
- Traveling for Cheap
- Travel Accessories
- The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase
- How To Read A Map
- How to Apply For A Passport
- How to Make A Travel Budget
The Selection Dream Cast in alphabetical order
- Max Thieriot
- Sterling Knight
- William (the perfect) Moseley
I have no opinions on The Selection or its casting. I just really like the three of these men.
They should play brothers in something. That would be amazing.
NOW I have an opinion on The Selection and the dreamcasting of it and ohmygosh yes please.
Petition for John and Henry Green to team up with Misha and West Collins for the best father-son cooking show ever
make John Green find the thing
WALL OF TEXT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ONLINE VIDEO AND YOUTUBE AND TECH IN GENERAL
YouTube is a very big platform that serves a lot of needs of a lot of people. I understand that I am only one person and, indeed, my community is only one community. YouTube needs to ensure that the site continues growing and is accessible to the next generation of YouTube users. They need to build a site that encourages interaction and diversification so it becomes a vital, long-term part of our content mix.
But despite the fact that YouTube and Google are very careful with their rollouts and their testing, a number of breakdowns made the switch-over to the new G+ based comment system not go well. It continues to not go well, and there are some things we all should learn from that.
- If you’re going to force a change…don’t ask first. If you ask me if I’d like to do something for six months and I keep saying “no” then I will expect, eventually, to get my way. It’s actually far less frustrating if you just force the change.
- Not all users are created equal. Something I heard from people who work at YouTube pretty consistently was “The vast majority of users are fine with it and have already switched over.” That’s fine, except that those users include a huge number who have signed up in the last year and were, thus, never aware of another way to use the site. The dedicated, hardcore users…the ones that made your place cool in the first place, the ones who have invested a huge amount of their time and energy into your platform…they need to be treated differently. You owe them…don’t forget that.
- You are not a technology company, you are a culture company. G+ and YouTube have distinctly different cultures. They are used in very different ways by very different people. This switch is a little like merging New York City and Houston, Texas. There is a cultural difference there, and the fact that we’re surprised by the conflict indicates that we are thinking about these platforms as distribution systems, not as communities…which is a problem.
- Just because a community understands a platform does not mean that the platform understands the community. This is said behind the scenes constantly, but not publicly because people don’t want to piss YouTube off, but YouTube does not understand YouTube. They may understand some of the metrics and can do A/B testing to see which change results in more time-on-site, but they do not understand how users and creators use the platform. And maybe no one does, because there are a LOT of different ways to use the platform.
- Just because a product works well in one place doesn’t mean it will work well elsewhere. The G+ comment system works very well on G+ and on Blogspot. I think that Google assumed that guaranteed that it would work well on YouTube. That is, of course, insane. YouTube is a much bigger community and regularly has videos with tens of thousands of comments. The commenters on those videos are much more diverse (not just friends or in interest-based silos) and the impression-based return on spam is much higher. I also think, to some extent, YouTube thought that attaching real names to people would make them less likely to post ASCII dicks in the comments but, of course, that isn’t how it works. And the system that promotes comments based on how they spur conversation sounds nice but, in practice, only promotes comments that spur hatred and rebuttal.
- Communicate with your users honestly. You don’t have to communicate with all of them, but make the communication available to people looking for it. Don’t couch it in PR language “YouTube Comments Just Got Better!” because people are aware of the smell of bullshit. Discuss the actual goals and the problems you hope to solve. Walk users through the different options available to them and what they mean and what they do and don’t need to worry about.
- It’s more than just an account. A user account, for many people, is a project they’ve been working on for many hours per week for YEARS! Many people feel about their online accounts today the way I felt about my first car. It was an expression of who I was, an extension of the story of me. In that car I had good times and bad times and it took me to places I didn’t even know existed. Threatening to modify or alter or mess with that with minimal communication about what that change means can be terrifying to users.
Now, I don’t blame Google for not figuring all of this out before beginning this integration project, but I will blame them if they don’t learn from it. No one (literally) has ever done anything like YouTube before. Making it function as well as grow is a tremendous challenge. They have many parallel goals that they thought could be accomplished with minimal friction and product problems. They were wrong, of course, but they’re engineers, not sociologists, so I’m not too shocked.
I encourage everyone to begin using the YouTube comments the way you want to use them. They need to see how our culture will adapt to this new thing. They need users using it so they can fix it. It might be a little bit frustrating at first, but I think, in the end, it will be OK…and we’ll have learned a thing or seven.
(This list is from various sources. As many as possible are from the audition notices on the Disney auditions website. I’ve included the most popular/often seen at the parks. For a much more complete list, check out this message board post.)
Rapunzel, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Ariel, Snow White, and Jasmine: 5’3” - 5’7”
Mulan: 5’2” - 5’6”
Tiana: 5’5” - 5’8”
Tinker Bell: 4’10” - 5’2”
Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn, Vidia, and Periwinkle: 5’2” – 5’5”
Fairy Godmother: 5’4” - 5’6”
Wicked Step-Mother, Step-Sisters, Malefacent: 5’6” - 5’10”
Mary Poppins: 5’5” - 5’8”
Alice and Wendy: 5’2” - 5’4”
Prince Charming, Prince Eric, Aladdin, Prince Naveen, Snow White’s Prince, Flynn Rider, and the Beast in human form: 5’10” - 6’0”
Terrence: 5’4” - 5’7”
Dr. Facilier: 6’0” - 6’6”
Gaston: 5’11” - 6’3”
Peter Pan: 4’10” - 5’2”
Mad Hatter: 5’4” - 5’6”
Jack Sparrow, Bert: 5’8” - 6’1”
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse: 4’8” - 5′2”
Daisy and Donald: 4’6” – 4’10”
Chip and Dale: 5′2” - 5′4”
Pluto: 5′6” - 5′8”
Goofy: 6”0” – 6’3”
Huey, Dewey, Louie: 4’0” - 4’6”
Lilo and Stitch: 4’9” – 4’11”
Dopey: 4’8” – 4’10”
Piglet: 4′10” - 5′0”
White Rabbit, Pooh: 5′0” - 5′2”
Suzy, Perla, Jessie, and Bullseye: 5′2” - 5′4”
Rafiki, Flick, Buzz Lightyear: 5”6” – 5’8”
Eeyore: 5’7” – 5’9”
Tigger: 5’10” – 6’0”
Green Army Men: 5′11” - 6′0”
Captain Hook, Genie: 6′0” - 6′2”
Beast, Woody, Jafar: 6′2” - 6′4”
Hey in case you missed it do not support story war, the creator, brad o’farrell, posted this disgustingly transphobic tumblr post calling trans people literally subhuman and only deleted it recently when it was in danger of shaming him
here’s what he said about it today. note that he seems to think people who are angry about it are “trolling” him and calls the first post “out of context”, as if there is any context for saying that trans people have no souls
The context is that I am, myself, a queer person and I was making a joke about other people telling me I have no soul. I obviously do not think trans people are subhuman. The wording of the joke was originally written as “gay men think they have the souls of women” and was referencing something that someone had actually said to me once in real life.
But that actually sounds more like it’s describing a trans person so I changed the wording. Then I thought “nah it sounds way more offensive when it’s not about gay people (who are a politically correct joke punching bag), I can’t make a joke about trans people” so then I deleted it. Then I posted the screenshot on my blog and said “haha look at this offensive thing I typed but decided not to post” because at the time only my real life queer friends read my blog (only a handful) whereas my twitter was followed by a larger audience of thousands of people that I didn’t want to offend. And then some people who were not my friends started reblogging it and demanding I explain myself and fuck that. This was three years ago.
And then every 3 months somebody reblogs that post (because you can delete the original, but you can’t delete reblogs) and demands that I defend myself. Yeah, that’s trolling. I’m just blocking y’all and flagging it as harassment. I’m not going to endlessly be put on trial for something that I do not actually believe, especially something that I said amongst friends that was taken out of context.
What, exactly, is your end game? That I donate a portion of my income to LGBTQ rights? I’ve been doing that every month since 2008. That I delete that post (which, mind you, was said amongst a small group of queer friends)? I did that years ago. That I don’t believe the thing you think I believe? Done and done.
Y’all can keep harassing me and spamming my work tag if you think it’s going to accomplish some good in the world, there’s not much I can do about that, but this is the last time I’m going to address it. Okay bye.
Aw Brad but the post was so much more salacious out of context :(
Disappointed in the lack of variety/material in women’s Halloween costumes?
Want your costume to be a totally unique conversation starter?
Interested in showing appreciation for your heritage or the great women who’ve inspired you?
Or do you just want to be totally fabulous and glamorous, but can’t find costumes that aren’t cheap-looking or too skimpy for your taste?
HAVE I GOT A WEBSITE FOR YOU.
The creators of Take Back Halloween! have created an amazing resource for creating your own costumes of famous historical and mythical women. Want to dress as Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer of the 19th century? How about Sappho, considered by the ancient Greeks the greatest of all lyric poets?
Maybe you’re more interested in queens and goddesses - while TBH has instructions for creating a Queen Victoria costume, they also have a page on Tomyris, a 6th century BC warrior queen of the Massageteans, who, after refusing his marriage proposal, defeated Cyrus the Great and had his skull made into a drinking cup. There’s also a page for Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule as Empress of China.
Chalchiuhtlicue, the Aztec goddess of water, wears a large feather crown and turquoise jewelry, and TBH has even included a picture of her sculpture if you want to recreate her hairstyle. Kiyohime, furious after being spurned by a Buddhist monk, turned into a purple dragon and killed him with her fiery breath. Lasiren (pictured above), the Haitian goddess of the sea, lives as a mermaid in a fabulous palace filled with sunken treasure. And of course, you can’t forget Baba Yaga, the cannibalistic Slavic witch who lives in a hut on chicken legs and travels through the air in a giant mortar and pestle!
Each page includes the histories of these women and why they were so awesome, then links to places you can buy wigs, clothing, and other materials to put the costume together. Take Back Halloween! has costume guides for famous actresses, lady pirates, scientists, philosophers, writers, artists, businesswomen, religious figures, and warriors from around the world.
I was stumped for my costume this year, and now it seems I have too many amazing ideas to choose from!
Republican legislators in Arizona are attempting to pass legislation that forces transgender people to only use public restrooms, dressing rooms and showers associated with the gender listed on their birth certificate. According to the Associated Press, conservative lawmakers are proposing the legislation in response to a human rights bill passed by the city of Phoenix which prohibits gender identity discrimination in public accommodations. (via Arizona bill would jail transgender people for using the ‘wrong’ bathroom | The Raw Story)
ugh, is there any way to petition against this? >:(
signal boost!! SIGN THAT SHIT.
5,000 more signatures to get to their goal. We can do it.
BOOST. Until then, maybe we should place porta potties around their statehouses.
What the FUCK is WRONG with Arizona these days?!
Signal boosting and signing!
Arizona is doing everything it can to be the 1950s Alabama of 2013.
Man, I clicked on this picture hoping it would be a funny if-slightly-immature potty joke. I have hardly ever been so wrong.