September 29, 2014

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The Good Things

I’ve been on the hunt for some relief, some silliness, some funky reframing of what otherwise is…here are some of The Good Things.

On a personal note:

My source for radioactive Nashville tacos.

My source for radioactive Nashville tacos.

Nashville Comic Con

Nashville Comic Con

Saoirse

Saoirse

Lord help

Lord help

My darling friend Annie

My darling friend Annie

My niece

My niece

backyard parties

backyard parties

Blew me away

Blew me away

Favorite new selfie from The Mini Maker Faire at Adventure Science Center a few weeks back.

Favorite new selfie from The Mini Maker Faire at Adventure Science Center a few weeks back.

The boys with Capt. Rex.

The boys with Capt. Rex.

Fun times with Stormtroopers.

Fun times with Stormtroopers.

The My Little Pony nails it.

The My Little Pony nails it.

So entirely beautiful

So entirely beautiful

Iron work at Cheek House

Iron work at Cheek House

 

 

At Cheekwood

At Cheekwood

 

Cheekwood

Cheekwood

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September 27, 2014

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Omagh’s ‘Shawshank Husband’ Dug Tunnel From Bedroom To Pub Over 15 Years

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The most Irish of tales. For a thousand reasons.

Originally posted on Tyrone Tribulations:

Kerr re-enacts tunnel movement

Kerr re-enacts tunnel movement

An Omagh plumber tunnelled a hole from under his bed to the local pub 800 feet from his house over the course of 15 years, a court heard today.

Patsy Kerr had been summonsed to Omagh County Court after it emerged he had been the cause of a collapsed sewage pipe from a neighbouring house. Kerr told the court about his secret tunnel and the reasons behind it:

“The wife has a bad snore on her and after watching the Shawshank Redemption on RTE one night in 1994, I decided to do something about it so I waited til she was in a deep sleep and then set about digging a hole under the bed in the direction of the pub. I used all manner of tools from spoons to a heavy duty tunnel boring machine I managed to sneak down there when she was at…

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September 25, 2014

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Lord I Love This Song

 

“you blow a fuse
zing boom
the devil cuts loose
zing boom
so what’s the use
wow bam
of falling in love…”

Bonus: check out a young and goth Norman Reedus in this Bjork video:

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September 24, 2014

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Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s New Song “Everybody Knows”: Premiere

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One of my favorite new bands does impossibly cool thing.

Originally posted on TIME:

In the tradition of protest songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” comes “Everybody Knows,” from Hurray for the Riff Raff.

“I wrote this song last year, on February 26th, one year after Trayvon Martin was shot to death in a Florida suburb. A young black man barely 17 years old brought to his end for no reason other than suspicion. It also happened to be my birthday,” said Alynda Lee Segarra, the singer-songwriter at the helm of Hurray for the Riff Raff. “As I celebrated another year on Earth, I was haunted by the fact that his life ended so soon. After a visit to the Civil Rights museum in Memphis, I wrote this song. This song is a reminder that we must not forget him. We must not forget about the work that…

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September 24, 2014

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Tenx9 Nashville: “Nashville” Summary

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My lovely tribe.

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:

Here is the summary of Tenx9’s September theme “Nashville,” written by the brilliant Cary Gibson. This is the story we all told of our city. 

This is Nashville. It’s a place where saving face is an art form. And, according to the late Miss Addie, it’s where a massage can be better than sex. Glory! Amen! She’d have said too, it’s a place of caring.

They call this Music City. It’s a place you are supposed to be. Where dreams can come true. But sometimes your dreams come slowly. Slow enough you might get lucky enough to experience the real city and its people, its harsh ugliness and crystalline beauty.

Nashville. We’ve come a long way from segregation, forced bussing, the punishment of the brave students of the sit-in movement. People, like James Lawson, carved out a continuing legacy of peace and justice making. Now they call us the “It…

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September 24, 2014

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9/25 at EXIT/IN: Turn Up for Turnout —-> Gun Sense Votes Get Your Groove On #Nashville

Turn Up for Turnout! is an event dedicated to gun violence prevention and voting with gun sense. Join us for a night out with live performances by Grace Weber and other Nashville artists. Admission is free for all Gun Sense Voters — all you have to do is click here to RSVP!

RSVP Here

What: Turn Up for Turnout!
A Night Dedicated to Gun Sense and Live Music
Featuring Grace Weber, Tristen, The Danberrys, Juliana, and Matt Walberg and The Living Situation
Where: Exit/In
2208 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
When: Thursday, September 25
Doors open 7:00PM
This event is for ages 18+

Through the power of music and with the support of people like you, we can get millions of voters to the polls this November and elect leaders who will stand up against gun violence in America.

Click here to sign up and join other Tennessee Gun Sense Voters atTurn Up for Turnout!

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September 24, 2014

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Tenx9 — Stories About Nashville

The theme from last Monday’s Tenx9 storytelling event was “Nashville.”

My humble entry is about my on-again, off-again love affair with the city, that began in 1986.

This video misses the first and last sentence of my story. But, that’s ok, because I’m pretty confident you can read.

“When I was a Junior in high school, living in Columbia, South Carolina…” <—- First part.

“He was so sweet to me, treated me so well.” I don’t remember the exact words I said, but I’d say it was something like, “Nashville and I grew up together. It has always been about more than country music. ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER!” Ok, maybe not, but that is what I meant to say.

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September 24, 2014

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Tweets Worthy of Display and Fawning

Recent savory nibbles from Twitterverse.

Halloween is coming. Don’t subject us to this kind of hell.

In the “Mostly True Department”  

One of my new favorite satire sites — that is doing it right:

Looking around to the Amphibian Set:

Brought to you by Science!

Best. Souvenir. Ever.

Life Motto #54

Yay Humans! 

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September 23, 2014

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Tuesday Tunes: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Polica — Courtesy of KEXP in Seattle (and plenty of love for other independent, community-supported radio)

Three bands that have become instant staples and a salute to the independent and community-supported radio stations. Find the one you love. Shower that sucker with love. It’s the right thing to do. A few of my favorites: WDVX WNCW WFMU Wrecking Ball Radio KEXP Who have I missed? What radio stations do you love? […]

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September 23, 2014

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Bracing For A Punch: Or Why I’ve Been a Bad Blogger Lately

Never Not Losing, Never Not Gaining My body is sore from bracing punches. The near-constant rush of dark waves has left me shrill, wordless and unsure. It seems this year has reduced me to a perpetual defensive position, making any agency seem out of reach. It isn’t just me, although losing my grandfather and my […]

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September 19, 2014

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The Gift of Petty Grievances

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Originally posted on Knight Stivender's life in full:
Thursday night I was the second to last parent to pick up my daughter from the middle school football game because I went first to the wrong school and sat there in the crowded parking lot while I talked to her on her friend’s cellphone, wondering…

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September 18, 2014

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In Which I Spill My Secret History With Rivergate Mall

“Tenx9 Nashville‘s next night of true personal stories is September 22. Our theme is “Nashville.” We are looking for 9 true stories of our city. What have you experienced in Music City USA, Davidson County TN that you want to share with us? What strange stories of Nashville will you tell to a room full […]

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September 17, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Hump Day Ha ha’s

Twitter is almost always good for a laugh, but these next few tweets have really broken through the noise…enjoy! Breaks my heart that pirates spend their whole lives following a map, when the real treasure is the friendships they build along the way. — Jason Lastname (@JasonLastname) February 16, 2013 Those who do not learn […]

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September 17, 2014

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Bob Clark – “Jimmyitis”

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is a great story from Bob Clark. He shared this at August’s Tenx9 “I Was Never the Same Again.”   Jimmyitis On September 10, 2007, a Chicago court extended my emergency guardianship powers over my eighteen year old, autistic nephew, Jimmy, allowing me to take him home to…

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September 17, 2014

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Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit

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Originally posted on psychologistmimi:
Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit ? As a manager you have to be attuned to the emotional ups and downs of staff. At least the good managers are. Recently, I noted to another manager colleague that I believed certain people were unhappy and would quit. That…

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September 17, 2014

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This Post is Not Safe for Work.

Originally posted on I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog:
When I first received the email, it almost felt like a badge of honor. I run a website popular enough to attract a marketing firm? Who wanted to pay me to advertise on my personal blog? Boom. Awesome. Until I realized what…

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September 5, 2014

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Watch “Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke” on YouTube

Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke:

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September 4, 2014

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Why Giving Jes “The Militant” Baker $2 Is So Worth Your Time

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
If you are reading this right now, you are probably aware of my stance on body love, on emotional eating awareness, on stripping away negative labels – you know, all the THINGS. And if you know how strongly I feel about these things, I want you to take that…

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September 4, 2014

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Music and Books: An Interview with Lightning 100’s Wells Adams

Originally posted on musing:
(pictured here: music books on the store piano) It hit me as I was driving down Hillsboro Pike the other day, listening to WRLT Lightning 100 on the radio, when a song from Will Hoge‘s Blackbird on a Lonely Wire album came on. It was a music-and-lyrics-lover’s song from about a decade ago. Not…

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September 4, 2014

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:
We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I…

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September 4, 2014

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Nude Selfies, Rape Nail Polish, and the Dumb Idea That Women Don’t Deserve Fun

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Don’t want people to post your nude selfies on the Internet? Then don’t take ‘em, ladies! For once, that isn’t the prevailing response to the revealing celebrity photos circulating on the Internet, but it’s still one that’s well represented this week, from your irritating acquaintance on Twitter to the Times‘ irritating…

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September 4, 2014

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Watch “Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon.” on YouTube

Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon

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August 26, 2014

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Michael McRay – I Was Never the Same Again

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is Michael McRay’s story from Tenx9’s August theme “I Was Never the Same Again.” He tells of standing with his father in a place of death and hearing one sentence that changed his life. ?

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August 26, 2014

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Making Your Own Ice Bucket Challenge and a Tweet to Put It In Perspective

I know there are haters. And sure, one can always find ways to criticize the ALS ice bucket challenge. But, what you cannot do is deny it. Having raised north of 50 million, I’m sure that the various organizations helping ALS research and sufferers are just fine being the target of some criticism. One article […]

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August 25, 2014

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The Creed of the Anti-Materialist

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Having grownup both poor and Christian, (of the “give what you have to the poor or at least more poor than you” variety) materialism never appealed to me. My mother used to joke that we loved the designer “Clear-ance” (*said in faux French accent). This never really bothered me, as none…

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August 25, 2014

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Finding My So-Called Queer Identity in My So-Called Life

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Originally posted on TIME:
When I was 8, my favorite thing to do after school would be to visit the set of My So-Called Life. My mom, who created the show, had to be there all the time, so I’d visit her on days when a babysitter could drive me or when my dad was…

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August 23, 2014

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Exterminate Your Doctor Who Stress

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Doctor Who returns in a few hours. If you’re feeling over excited, feel free to relax with our Dalek Relaxation Tape. Our recap will be up tomorrow.

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August 23, 2014

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Henry Rollins Show His Ass, Gets Told, Owns It

Originally posted on Whatever:
So, in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, Henry Rollins wrote a piece in LA Weekly called “Fuck Suicide,” in which he basically engages in a bit of “tough love” victim-blaming. This caused the world to drop on Henry Rollins’ head (here’s a fairly representative sample). Henry Rollins, to his credit, has offered up…

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August 23, 2014

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A Story About Not Taking Your Beef Out On Others

Originally posted on The Dish:
by Chas Danner Adam Wade is one of the best storytellers on the planet, as well as the winner of eighteen Moth Story Slams, including this one:

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August 18, 2014

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The storm

Originally posted on Betty Generic:
From out of the storm The angry clouds stir Vents release Explode I watch the thunder And wonder What will be torn away? What will be the same? Twisting rotting limbs in the road Empty buildings boarded up for the storm Ripped open Left behind to be studied by anthropologist…

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August 18, 2014

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Crochet Your Own Baby Groot

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
As I said in NBR’s review, if you see one movie this summer featuring a dancing stick in a pot, make it Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that Dancing Stick in a Pot can be yours. ? Crafter TwinkieChan has created the perfect Baby Groot for your holiday gift…

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August 18, 2014

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Ferguson

Originally posted on My Ready Room:
John Oliver’s take on the events in Ferguson: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] Welcome to “post-racial” America.

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August 14, 2014

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Here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Incredible Definition of Feminism

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Originally posted on TIME:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks this whole trend of celebrities shunning the “feminism” label is bizarre. As the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For actor clarified to The Daily Beast, he considers himself a feminist. And he gave an in-depth definition of what he believes feminism is. See below: I read that…

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August 13, 2014

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Can Social Media Ease the Shame of Being a Domestic Violence Victim?

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Originally posted on TIME:
Warning: This article contains graphic images and descriptions of violence. Las Vegas police are searching for mixed martial arts fighter Jon Koppenhaver, a.k.a. War Machine, after he was accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, on Sunday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mack posted a statement and…

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August 13, 2014

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Why It’s Okay To Mourn Robin Williams

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
I know, that in this day and age, guilt takes over when we let the Kardashians take over our Sunday afternoon instead of spending time donating to breast cancer research or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I know that scrolling Perez Hilton instead of reading about Gaza is enough…

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August 8, 2014

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Watch Electro-Pop Singer Kiesza Perform an Acoustic Cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

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Originally posted on TIME:
If you don’t know Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza by name, you still may know her crazy-infectious single “Hideaway.” But during a recent appearance on NME Basement Sessions, the singer proved that she’s good for more than just dancing her way through the streets of Brooklyn wearing suspenders. (For the record: she’s great…

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August 7, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: Inviting You To Giggle on a Thursday #WeAllNeedFreedom

These children are so creative. That’s a future revolutionary right there. #WeAllNeedFreedom is my new favorite thing.  Grounded my 7yo for the day for pouring lotion all over the floor and the wall. She is apparently unhappy about this. pic.twitter.com/ufR3kh7dTG — Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) August 7, 2014 The aforementioned wanted poster: pic.twitter.com/3MZGXMIitG — Erika […]

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: the #WarOnWhites Edition – Laugh or Cry, the Idiots Care Not

Often, the genius of Twitter is that it can take something odious, aka the hashtag: War on Whites and invert, subvert and divert it in hilarious ways. Here are some good examples: First they came for the white people, and I did not speak out, for no one is coming for the white people, you […]

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August 5, 2014

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Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet and One of My Heroes

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Berry when I was in college. I think it was 1990 and the club I started, Students For Social and Environmental Action (imagine that) co-sponsored the event if I recall. He is a longtime hero of mine. Enjoy.

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: The Big Demographics Catch-Up

Attention GOP: You cannot win elections this way. You cannot govern this way. And it certainly is no way to make friends. MT @ThePlumLineGS: GOP makeover watch: Poll: GOP seen favorably by 29% Latinos; 25% nonwhites; 33% women; 31% young: http://t.co/iqqreqkFv2 — Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) August 5, 2014 Gender, sexuality, and race all trend in […]

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August 5, 2014

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Give These Gargoyles Thought Bubbles. NOW. #thriftstoreweirdness

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Kristen Chapman Gibbons:What do you think? I think they are feeling resigned about war in the Middle East. Originally posted on bargainpirate: View original

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August 3, 2014

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Seven Reasons to Go to the Drive-In

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format.  Drive-in week continues. Today,…

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June 24, 2014

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The Nashville Creative Group – B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Brush)!

Rumor on the street is that Nashville is full of country artists. Well, like most rumors, that’s partially true…but only partially. Nashville is actually chock full of all sorts of artists. From indie rock bands to pet portrait painters, printmakers, photographers, taxidermists and culinary artists, there’s so much art in Nashville it’s rare to meet […]

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October 1, 2014

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Eddie Vedder releases cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” — listen

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has released a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” to benefit Heartbeat.fm, an organization that uses music to foster peace between Israel and Palestine. The song is now available for purchase via iTunes. Calling it “the most powerful song ever written,” Vedder covered “Imagine” for the…

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September 26, 2014

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London Fashion Week Spring 2015 RTW: Peter Pilotto

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Keeping with the theme of rebooting for the middle of the decade that was prevalent at London Fashion Week, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos took a season off from their computerized print designs and went for something a little higher tech. Plastic tiles with floral and leaf designs were adored with…

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September 26, 2014

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The Gender Gap On The Big Screen

Originally posted on The Dish:
Alyssa Rosenberg flags new research on female characters in film: [W]hen a new study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, produced by the scholars at the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California Annenberg, rounded up the representation of women in movies…

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September 26, 2014

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Common Mid-Life Regrets

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Originally posted on TIME:
Answer by James Altucher on Quora. Everyone wants to know what dead people say right before they die. Words maybe infused with speckles of a heaven. Beethoven supposedly said on his deathbed, “Friends applaud! the comedy is finished!” Lou Costello said, “This was the best ice cream soda I ever tasted.”…

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September 26, 2014

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Inspiring words from TED@IBM: The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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Originally posted on TED Blog:
The program guide for TED@IBM, themed “Reimagine our world.” Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED By Laura McClure, Emily McManus and Kate Torgovnick May Big data is already transforming our daily lives. And at TED@IBM, a TED Institute event, we got a glimpse of what’s next. Speakers revealed how data will change spaces…

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