Everybody wants to be the Doctor, but unfortunately Matt Smith’s trademark tweed jacket doesn’t come in everyone’s size. Fortunately for this kid, he’s got a crafty mom who found a way to fashion an Eleventh Doctor jacket that fits him perfectly, and she even fashioned his wheelchair into a sweet TARDIS.
Holy crap, that’s awesome.
What movie is this?
Moonrise Kingdom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonrise_Kingdom
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
Be this real or not, it’s good to take a moment to remember these things. Made me smile.
“Aside from stuff Phillip K. Dick and Neal Stephenson, what’s on your must-read cyberpunk novels and comics list?”
Okay. Deep breath.
Cyberpunk, also known as Radical Hard SF or The Movement, was born around 1980 and didn’t survive that decade. (Some…
The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
Oh my god, best passive voice identification tool ever.
This is on par with the moment that I learned “the alligator always eats the bigger number” when determining whether to use greater than or less than sign.
Life changing shit, seriously.
I’m totally using this next time I teach writing.
Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of “story basics” over the past month and a half — guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories:
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#2: You gotta keep in…
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (Deconnick/Soy) lands one week from today. So for the next seven days I will be running a contest. It’s the easiest contest ever to enter. All you have to do is click the little heart to “like” this post. The swishy “reblog” button also works. And if you do not have a tumblr account just add a comment below — any comment at all but I suggest a message to Kelly Sue and Dexter about how excited you are, I promise she’ll see it :) (note: if you are mean I will delete it).
So what do you win?
1) A copy of the issue. Physical* or digital** is your choice. I have the book pre-ordered at more than one store because I am determined to be a One Woman Carol Corps Army. Here’s Kelly Sue’s post on pre-ordering if you don’t know the background and here is where I complain that my favorite titles get cancelled because “no one is reading them”. I’m tired of being “no one” so I am trying to be at least four people.
3) Entry into the main contest which will have additional drawings every seventh issue. My understanding is the series has been approved for six issues so the seventh is the key. Also seven is the most powerfully magical number. The prizes for these drawings are TBA but will include such things as related collectibles (ex: Heroclix) and pilot paraphernalia. The longer the series goes on the more creative I will get and here is where I point out that I own this jacket. I’m not saying you can win one but I am saying that I have resources and I want this series to make it to at least issue #56 (Brian Reed’s MS. MARVEL ended at #50).
*I will ship anywhere FedEx goes.
**If you choose digital I am willing to buy you a different title if you have already purchased CAPTAIN MARVEL.
Go! Tell your friends! <3!