a list of surviving Game of Thrones characters, judging from my dashboard

jakke:

  • old lady in a wimple
  • king who’s into twinks
  • tall blond lady knight
  • Kit Harrington
  • white saviour queen with eyebrows

At this point I’m fairly certain the total running time of all the gifs I’ve seen exceeds the total running time of the show itself? But that’s true of all the Avengers movies, too.

fallontonight:

Stevie Nicks will be performing with The Legendary Roots Crew on tonight’s show!

scanzen:

Space tandem. Rouxel et Dubois, Paris. Artist: Ferdinand Lunel, 1895.
via BNF

scanzen:

Space tandem. Rouxel et Dubois, Paris. Artist: Ferdinand Lunel, 1895.

via BNF

(via crookedindifference)

climateadaptation:

This huge algal bloom in Lake Erie (that’s Detroit up there) broke out during government shutdown was not being tracked. The federal shutdown closed NOAA monitoring of unexpected health hazard. Read more at Sandusky Register

climateadaptation:

This huge algal bloom in Lake Erie (that’s Detroit up there) broke out during government shutdown was not being tracked. The federal shutdown closed NOAA monitoring of unexpected health hazard. Read more at Sandusky Register

literarygifs:

I was inspired to create this gif after reading "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming" by Neil Gaiman, and seeing images of an abandoned Detroit library. When I was a kid, I rode my bike every Saturday to the local library, which was less than a mile from my home. Where I live now, a child would have to ride her bike 10 miles to the nearest library. Even by car, it takes a dedicated parent and engaged child to make the trip. All the more reason adults, whether they have children or not, need to show enthusiasm and support for public libraries.

literarygifs:

I was inspired to create this gif after reading "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming" by Neil Gaiman, and seeing images of an abandoned Detroit library.

When I was a kid, I rode my bike every Saturday to the local library, which was less than a mile from my home. Where I live now, a child would have to ride her bike 10 miles to the nearest library. Even by car, it takes a dedicated parent and engaged child to make the trip. All the more reason adults, whether they have children or not, need to show enthusiasm and support for public libraries.

(via neil-gaiman)

astronomy-to-zoology:

Spotted Porcelain Crab (Porcellana sayana)

…a species of porcelain crab that occurs along the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Cape Hatteras to Brazil. P. sayana typically inhabits ‘shallow’ water, depths of around 300 feet, and is usually found among rocks and shells. Spotted porcelain crabs hold a commensal relationship with two species (Pagurus pollicaris and Petrochirus diogenes) of hermit crabs and it is often seen living withing their shells. Like several other porcelain crab species P. sayana is parasitised by the bopyrid isopod A.curtatus which lives inside its gill chamber.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Anomura-Galatheoidea-Porcellanidae-Porcellana-P sayana

Images: Ellen Muller and Thomas W. Doeppner

(via dendroica)

theatlantic:

Alice Munro Gets Her Nobel News (By Not Actually Getting Her Nobel News)

One of the very, very small fringe benefits of winning a Nobel Prize, if the prize itself isn’t enough, is that you get an amazing story to tell for the rest of your life. Where were you when you heard …? people will ask. And you will tell them: At home, sleeping. On vacation. And it was 5 in the morning, and I picked up the phone, and there was this voice that sounded Swedish, and …
Alice Munro, either through the worst timing or the best, now has a fantastic story to tell. The newest winner of the Noble Prize in Literature doesn’t have to recall the moment of her win. She can replay it for herself, over and over, as many times as she wants. 
Because she wasn’t around, apparently, when the Swedish Academy tried to call her to inform her of the news. So the Swedish Academy did what any would-be message-deliverer finally will when the phone goes un-picked-up: It left her a voicemail.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

Alice Munro Gets Her Nobel News (By Not Actually Getting Her Nobel News)

One of the very, very small fringe benefits of winning a Nobel Prize, if the prize itself isn’t enough, is that you get an amazing story to tell for the rest of your life. Where were you when you heard …? people will ask. And you will tell them: At home, sleeping. On vacation. And it was 5 in the morning, and I picked up the phone, and there was this voice that sounded Swedish, and …

Alice Munro, either through the worst timing or the best, now has a fantastic story to tell. The newest winner of the Noble Prize in Literature doesn’t have to recall the moment of her win. She can replay it for herself, over and over, as many times as she wants. 

Because she wasn’t around, apparently, when the Swedish Academy tried to call her to inform her of the news. So the Swedish Academy did what any would-be message-deliverer finally will when the phone goes un-picked-up: It left her a voicemail.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

msnbc:

The federal government shutdown has very few silver linings, particularly for women, but here’s one: the women in the federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT., are staying put, at least for now.
That’s a relief to the activists and Democratic senators who have fiercely opposed the planned move of the Connecticut women’s prison to Aliceville, AL, arguing it would tear families in the Northeast apart. They now have more time to make their case to the Bureau of Prisons.
(Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

msnbc:

The federal government shutdown has very few silver linings, particularly for women, but here’s one: the women in the federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT., are staying put, at least for now.

That’s a relief to the activists and Democratic senators who have fiercely opposed the planned move of the Connecticut women’s prison to Aliceville, AL, arguing it would tear families in the Northeast apart. They now have more time to make their case to the Bureau of Prisons.

(Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

mothernaturenetwork:

Petting may be stressful for some catsCats living a multi-cat home may be better equipped to deal with the strains of domestic life than their solitary peers.

mothernaturenetwork:

Petting may be stressful for some cats
Cats living a multi-cat home may be better equipped to deal with the strains of domestic life than their solitary peers.

Amy Poehler: Take Your Licks

Poehler’s brilliant essay in the New Yorker on knowing when to “turn in your kazoo.”

"I’m not sure when the worm turned. Maybe it was during one of the many times we announced the BellyBuster. The BellyBuster consisted of mounds of ice cream in a giant silver bowl carried in on a stretcher. The busboys would have to pretend to struggle under the weight of this giant sundae as they lifted it onto the table and handed a giant spoon to the maniac who had ordered it. I would ease my pain by exchanging looks with one busboy who was always slightly drunk, and the ex-junkie cook who was always slightly grouchy. The cook spoke in bumper stickers when describing his disposition: ‘Of course I’m mean. It’s hard to be happy when you are standing this close to the fire.’"

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joshsternberg:

David Plotz, editor, Slate
When I got my first journalism job at the Washington City Paper in 1993, I was not a good reporter and I was not a good writer. I turned in a long feature about a neighborhood fight over a power plant to the editor, Jack Shafer. Jack looked at the story, then ran a global search-and-replace on the document, swapping out every single “is” and “are” with the word “fuck.” He told me: Don’t come back until you have replaced every fuck with an active verb. That was great advice for a young writer and reporter, and it made for one aggro story.

Click through to read what BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, The Atlantic’s Scott Stossel and others have to offer.

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love

John Steinbeck was a prolific letter-writer.Steinbeck: A Life in Letters includes letters to family, friends, his editor, and “a circle of equally well-known and influential public figures,” according to Maria Popova of Brainpickings.

This letter below to his eldest son Thom’s 1958 letter, in which the teenage boy confesses to have fallen in love with a girl named Susan is the best explanation and dissertation on love ever. 

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

via Letters of Note

think-progress:

The world is taking notice.

France, you’re the best! 

think-progress:

The world is taking notice.

France, you’re the best! 

Tags: le mieux

gastrogirl:

pumpkin cheesecake brownies.

Ok. I was thinking I was already sick of the pumpkin madness that’s just begun. But this justifies the madness. 

gastrogirl:

pumpkin cheesecake brownies.

Ok. I was thinking I was already sick of the pumpkin madness that’s just begun. But this justifies the madness.