venerdì 30 maggio 2014

28 Of The Wisest Lessons Gene Belcher Has Ever Taught The World

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Truly the most inspirational character on television.

Always try to show everyone how little you care.

Always try to show everyone how little you care.

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When in doubt, tell them outright.

When in doubt, tell them outright.

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Chase after the things you love.

Chase after the things you love.

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How To Get Back To Narnia

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When was the last time you walked through the wardrobe?

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I made a study of it, the passage into other worlds. It started around age 10 — already I recognized the peril of adulthood when it came to magic — and as the years ticked by, 11 then 12 then 13, I counted each as a closing door. Like when schools or jobs neglect to send formal rejections, that nothing had happened to me (or around me) by a certain time confirmed that one or another story would not be having me for a protagonist.

There are few children who don't like a good escapist narrative: They are hallmarks of this body of literature. Both Perrault's and the Grimm brothers' fairy tales are full of children leaving home, whether they go running or are pushed out. Alice falls down a hole into Wonderland. Mary Lennox finds a key to a locked garden. The Darling children fly off to Neverland. James climbs into a giant piece of fruit. Harry finds himself at a new boarding school. There is something in these stories that children need, want: an imaginative trial of independence, a way out of life as they know it. For some children, though, they are more than that: They are life preservers.

I write as someone who was left behind, as anyone who has read and loved a magical book is, marooned in the world we tried so hard to escape. We are Narnians bereft of Narnia, witches without wands, children who have grown old. I do not mourn for my lost childhood: let me be clear. Adulthood is another, maybe equally profound, form of escape, and one I relish. Still, I've been thinking about this very particular form of reading—desperate, wishful, life-sustaining—that I for a long time had put aside.

Critic Laura Miller, in the wonderful Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, likens her relationship with The Chronicles of Narnia, the foundational books of her childhood, to the character Lucy's encounter with a spell "for the refreshment of the spirit" in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In a volume of Coriakin's, a magician and former (or fallen) star, she finds an enchantment that is not so much spell as it is story. But the book's pages cannot be turned back (it is, after all, magical) and Lucy forgets it almost instantly. The memory of how it felt, though, stays with her, for "ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician's Book."

While Miller has "read a lot of great literature since the day my second-grade teacher handed me a clothbound copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," none are her magician's book, "the story to which all other stories must be compared." The Chronicles fill that role for her "not merely because of its form or style or historical significance but because of how it made me feel, which is at heart the fundamental question with any work of fiction."

When I think about how and when I read the Chronicles of Narnia in childhood, I have to start with my bed. For a brief moment in time, around age 7 or 8, I had a lovely four-poster bed, and on special occasions I'd make a tent of it. Spiriting sheets from the linen closet and securing them over the bed's top and sides with extra hairbands, I created a dimly lit box of fabric, a cave of what was to me the most delicious privacy, secrecy, comfort, safety. It was space I reserved for only the most important books, because of course what else would I do inside it but read? Narnia deserved, required this space; and it was there, closed up and away from the world, that I fell into a story I needed with every atom of my body.

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I reread all seven books this past Christmas (when else) for the first time since childhood and I could not keep myself from crying, or crying out. I threw two, maybe three, of the books across the room.

There is something about the stories we read as children that get at the root of a person, that have access to the rawest nerves. And when these books are as aggressively enchanting, and as full of hard, cruel things, as the Chronicles are — ambivalence can be violent. Part of my distress was just the pain of seeing these children lose Narnia, one by one, and finally their own lives. Part of it was, well, all the shitty stuff. Perhaps the shittiest comes at the end of The Last Battle, when the Narnian prince Tirian notes Susan's conspicuous absence from her gathered siblings.


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This Is Your Brain On The Internet

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Is the internet really rotting our brains? Here’s some science.

You're probably not addicted to the internet.

You're probably not addicted to the internet.

Most of what’s described as “internet addiction” is actually other addictions - to gambling or video games - that just happen to take place online. While “problematic internet use” is a real thing, feeling addicted to the internet could just be your sense of a strong habit.

Subconscious cues – time of day, reaching the end of a work project, feeling stressed and wanting to relax – can trigger your internet habit, without your even realizing it. Then you find yourself refreshing Facebook or scrolling down Reddit without even really knowing why.

In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg describes habit loops as: trigger, habit, and reward: You feel lonely → you check Facebook → you get the reward of seeing what's going on in your friends' lives. You feel bored → you play 2048 on your phone → you numb yourself from boredom.

If your web habit is bothering you, pay attention to the cues that trigger your habit, and look for other things you can do – gchat a friend, go for a walk, pet your cat – that can give you the same nice feeling of reward.

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Random rewards are really powerful.

Random rewards are really powerful.

Here's why your internet habit is so strong:

If you train a rat to expect a treat every time he pushes a button, he'll get a few treats and wander off. But if the rat only gets a reward sometimes, at random intervals, he'll become obsessed with pushing that button and trying to get that treat.

Okay. So now replace pushing the button with refreshing Twitter, replace the rat treats with replies or faves, and replace the rat with yourself.

This quirk of psychology is exploited by casinos and video game designers, and it governs how you relate to the internet and social media, too. Random rewards are everywhere on the internet – new email alerts, Facebook likes, reblogs on Tumblr, and even just finding a lower price on that 20lb bag of cat litter if you just check one more site. There could be something great at any time!

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Your brain misses its downtime.

Your brain misses its downtime.

When you've always got your nose in a smartphone or screen, the constant stimulation doesn't leave time or space for your mind to wander. Our quest to avoid boredom might be costing our brains vital processing and chilling-out time.

A brain at rest isn't really at rest – it's processing thoughts, reflecting on experiences, and filing away memories into long-term storage. Some researchers also speculate that a lack of time for introspection could be changing our very senses of self, causing us to focus more on the concrete and external than on the inner worlds of our minds.

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Information overload is real.

Information overload is real.

Wikipedia has plenty of space for its information, but your little brain can only hold a few thoughts at a time. When you try to stuff too much into your short-term – or “working” – memory, something has to go. The endless scrolling of Facebook or Twitter doesn't give you a chance to process what you've seen – you read and read, but nothing sticks. In his book, The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr writes that this overload of working memory starves our “deep” memory, where new ideas and creative synthesis happen.

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The Guy Who Caused The Red Wedding On "Game Of Thrones" Took The Cutest Fan Photo Ever

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REMEMBER: Never get married in Westeros.

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giovedì 29 maggio 2014

45 Out-Of-Context Comic Panels That Prove All Superheroes Have Dirty Minds

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Presented without comment. Inspired by this Comic Vine thread .

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Your 14 Favorite ‘90s Cartoons All Grown Up

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Artist Isiah Stephens imagines some of your favorite ’90s cartoon kids as the hip, sophisticated adults they all inevitably became. They grow up so fast.

Recess

Recess

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Hey Arnold

Hey Arnold

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22 Lord Voldemort Dance Moves You Need In Your Life

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Voldemort is definitely the Lord of the Dance.

Disco with the Death Eaters

Disco with the Death Eaters

A little "Saturday Night Fever" on the beach never killed anybody.

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A Wizard's Ballet

A Wizard's Ballet

Hands up, toes pointed.

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The Dark Magic Night

The Dark Magic Night

"It's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking in the dark."

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The Death Eater Hand Flip

The Death Eater Hand Flip

Harry Potter is what I prefer, what I deserve.

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25 Instagrams That Will Teach You Something New Every Day

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There's an ancient art called long tea pot pouring that originated in China.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Trypophobia is the fear of clustered holes (like in this lotus seed pod).

New York Botanical Garden

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The first woman to receive her pilot's license was Baroness Raymonde de la Roche in 1910.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (Washington D.C.)

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The Aurora Borealis is not only a stunning natural light display, but also a powerful magnetic storm.

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Which Supervillain Should You Hook Up With?

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Face it, nice guys are boring.

28 "Game Of Thrones" Characters Transported To The '80s And '90s

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Over the past year Tokyo-based French artist Mike Wrobel has given nearly every Game Of Thrones character a ’80s or ’90s makeover. You can find more of his work here .

Ramsay Snow.

Ramsay Snow.

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The Hound.

The Hound.

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Daenerys Targaryen.

Daenerys Targaryen.

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Brienne of Tarth.

Brienne of Tarth.

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mercoledì 28 maggio 2014

The 14 Craziest Places Where Erotica Writers Have Boned

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Research?

Book recommendation site The Fussy Librarian recently surveyed 103 erotic romance novelists about their sex lives. Here are some of the "most unusual" spots that have inspired them to get down.

Book recommendation site The Fussy Librarian recently surveyed 103 erotic romance novelists about their sex lives. Here are some of the "most unusual" spots that have inspired them to get down.

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How Many Superhero Movies Have You Seen?

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From mega-blockbusters ( The Avengers !) to junky schlockbusters ( The Toxic Avenger !), take this quiz to see how well-versed you are in superhero cinema.

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See The Evils Of Roleplaying Games In The Trailer For "Dark Dungeons"

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“Using RPGs to fight evil will never work, because RPGs are evil.”

Back in 1984, fundamentalist Christian comic book publisher Jack Chick came out with "Dark Dungeons," a warning about the dangers of RPGs such as "Dungeons & Dragons."

Back in 1984, fundamentalist Christian comic book publisher Jack Chick came out with "Dark Dungeons," a warning about the dangers of RPGs such as "Dungeons & Dragons."

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The comic tells the story of students who get pulled into the "satanic" world of roleplaying, eventually leading them to actual death.

The comic tells the story of students who get pulled into the "satanic" world of roleplaying, eventually leading them to actual death.

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One of the students in the comic kills herself after her character in the game is killed.

One of the students in the comic kills herself after her character in the game is killed.

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Now, at long last, an enterprising group of filmmakers has raised the money to make a film adaptation of the comic. Here's the trailer:

My favorite part is definitely the frat house RPG chants.

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Neil Gaiman's Early Comics And Influences

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Hayley Campbell’s The Art of Neil Gaiman offers exclusive glimpses into the author’s artistic roots and romantic education.

A comic drawn by Neil Gaiman at age sixteen:

A comic drawn by Neil Gaiman at age sixteen:

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Neil Gaiman's too busy making art to strike the knowing posture of someone who wants to look like he's making art. He's a rare sort of polymath — zipping between comics, novels, films, and audio to tell stories that far outstrip the sum of their genres, and it's easy to see why even a poetry reading by him can ignite a mosh pit.

He's also, famously, a warm cheerleader to budding creators. "I hope you'll make mistakes," he said in a commencement speech. "If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something."

Hayley Campbell's The Art of Neil Gaiman offers the sort of behind-the-scene access to Gaiman's early works to inspire anyone considering writing their own stories. Before he made The Sandman and Coraline, he was a sixteen-year-old fan of fantasy author Michael Moorecock, and wanted to draw comics that were (by his own admission) more or less exactly like Moorecock stories:

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LeVar Burton Turns To Kickstarter To Resurrect "Reading Rainbow"

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Take a look! It’s in a book!

LeVar Burton unveiled a Kickstarter campaign dedicated to bringing back the classic Reading Rainbow.

LeVar Burton unveiled a Kickstarter campaign dedicated to bringing back the classic Reading Rainbow.

A lot has changed in the way kids receive and interact with programming since the show began in 1983. Although the show launched an iPad app in 2009, many viewers don't have access to a tablet.

The new show will aim to create an experience "for today's digitally connected kids delivered through browsers right into schools and homes everywhere."

"Thirty minutes on TV was yesterday's world," Burton says in the Kickstarter video. "Today's kids want today's technology."

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The new Reading Rainbow will be web-based and will feature "an unlimited library of books and video field trips."

The new Reading Rainbow will be web-based and will feature "an unlimited library of books and video field trips."

The goal is to make the show as accessible to kids as possible by allowing them to interact with it via several devices, and by placing it in classrooms, free of charge, along with supplementary teaching tools, like "teacher guides, leveling, and dashboards."

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The campaign goal is $1M by July 2 at 3 p.m., EDT.

The campaign goal is $1M by July 2 at 3 p.m., EDT.

The rewards for donating are pretty sweet, ranging from Burton's unending gratitude to T-shirts and tote bags to a private dinner with Burton in which you'll be able to wear the original visor that he wore in Star Trek: The Next Generation!

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Proof That A Hunger Games-Themed Wedding Is The Best Kind Of Wedding

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May the planning be ever in your favor.

Wedding photographer David Lilly took pictures of what a Hunger Games-themed wedding could possibly look like.

Wedding photographer David Lilly took pictures of what a Hunger Games -themed wedding could possibly look like.

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The photo shoot looks like it takes place in the Capitol, but even Cinna would approve of how dapper it is.

The photo shoot looks like it takes place in the Capitol, but even Cinna would approve of how dapper it is.

Planning: Maricel Baker Let's Make it Extraordinary!

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And the bride's bouquet looks like wildflowers that could've been picked in District 12.

And the bride's bouquet looks like wildflowers that could've been picked in District 12.

Hair and Makeup: Michele Renee of Michele Renee The Studio

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Complete with the infamous Mockingjay symbol.

Complete with the infamous Mockingjay symbol.

Flowers: Heather Coscia of The Wild Hare Flowers

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The Unofficial Ranking Of Mamoru's 10 Worst Fashion Offenses In "Sailor Moon"

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With Sailor Moon Crystal just around the corner, and the Sailor Moon remastered anime airing every Monday on Neon Valley, I’ve been painfully reminded of the horrifically outdated fashion statements made by Mamoru.

Crumpled Pink and Brown Ensemble

Crumpled Pink and Brown Ensemble

This oversized salmon shirt and tan high-waist pants combo is the least offensive outfit on the list, but only just.

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Heavily Stretched-Out White Dress Shirt

Heavily Stretched-Out White Dress Shirt

This one was almost passable.

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Unflattering Mustard and Purple Dress Shirt

Unflattering Mustard and Purple Dress Shirt

Mustard yellow and purple is an...unfortunate color combination.

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Intensely Lavender Tuxedo

Intensely Lavender Tuxedo

It's good to know that Mamoru retained his sense of fashion in the future.

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This Fan-Made "Doctor Who" Trailer Is Better Than The Real One

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Is it August yet?!

Whovians are counting down the weeks until Peter Capaldi opens the TARDIS doors.

Whovians are counting down the weeks until Peter Capaldi opens the TARDIS doors.

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This fan trailer, made by "John Smith" (natch) has us totally pumped.

This fan trailer, made by "John Smith" (natch) has us totally pumped.

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