Robert Gligorov
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Abbey Lee Kershaw with Nicholas Hoult at the Met Gala 2013

i-D magazine: What reactions did you get to your Met Gala ‘Gun Control’ statement?
Abbey: A vast mix. My favourite was “she’s a stupid slut who was just looking for an excuse to take her clothes off.” They were spot on




the best pranks are the super harmless ones

like why would you pull someones pants down in public or like put them in danger or humiliate them when you can just baffle them by leaving tiny plastic camels all over their house or taping bill cosby’s face over every single face in  every picture in their house?

Last year the seniors had a mariachi band follow the principle for 3 hours







The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.

here’s an idea, pay writers decent wages for writing, get more books
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im not crying there’s just overpriced college education in my eye

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abortion is not murder

abortion does not murder a child

fetuses are not children

abortion is not murder

say it with me now

having an abortion is not murdering a child.


Welcome to futuristic Chicago, a series of dilapidated skyscrapers, a lack of Lake Michigan, and some sort of ugly chicken wire fence to keep the birds out.  Ever since the brutal war 100 years ago, some order needed to be restored, and boy was it ever. 

Here’s where Beatrice Prior comes in, our heroine for the next two hours and fifteen minutes.  You see, Beatrice has just turned 13, had her Bat Mitzvah, and now it is time to make the one decision that will impact the rest of her life.  Which of Chicago’s great factions will she choose to join: the nice Amish, the anti-war Amity, the brutally honest Candor, the war-mongering Dauntless, or the people who have an IQ over 100 Erudites?  To keep things simple just remember Candor and Amity do not matter at all in this movie.
To help make Beatrice’s life easier, she takes a quick psychological test where she has to choose which weapon is best to fight off a wild dog, a slab of meat or a knife.  Fortunately, Beatrice is vegetarian so her choice is easy, but before she gets a chance to select the knife (game lag perhaps?) the items mystically disappear and the dog lunges.  Unfortunately, Beatrice has lived her life Amish so far and thus does not have any fighting skills. The virtual dog beats her up a bit.
Because Beatrice does not select fast enough, she is deemed a Divergent (hey that’s the title) and must keep this secret, because as we all know, people who do not fit into one cookie-cutter category are horrible.  Beatrice’s stats are as follows: an IQ over 100, is war-mongering, and still is Amish.  This certainly is a problem isn’t it.
The following day, Beatrice must choose a faction to call her own.  This involves sitting in a large auditorium waiting to be called down to cut her hand with a knife (everyone uses the same knife; there are no blood-transmitted diseases in the future apparently) and drop some blood on the faction’s cauldron of her choosing.  When it is Beatrice’s turn, she cuts her hand with the gross knife and then is about to pick the Amish when all of a sudden a large gust of wind pushes her blood droplet to the war-mongering Dauntless bowl.  Sorry Betty, there are no take backs.
Betty now has joined Dauntless and must prove herself in a series of hazing rituals before the 2nd in command guy will make out with her.  His name is Four because there are five factions.
Eventually Beatrice figures out that the people with an IQ over 100 are bad and plotting to make the war-mongering people take out the Amish.  This upsets Beatrice because her parents are Amish and she herself is 1/3 Amish.
All of a sudden everyone in Dauntless lines up to be brainwashed.  Beatrice doesn’t really feel like getting brainwashed, but they inject her with the brainwashing drug regardless.  However, since she is Divergent, she is fine.  The brainwashing drug only works on people who are solely war-mongers, of course.
The smart people activate the mind-control device and the Dauntless folks all file into downtown Chicago and start rounding up the Amish, the greatest threat to world peace.  Betty tries to pretend like she has been brainwashed along with love interest Four, but they are quickly discovered.  Four is captured, but Betty escapes because her mom is one good shot with a paintball gun. 
Betty and her mom race through Chicago on their way to meet up with Dad, but her mom is not fast enough and gets shot in the street.  Betty cries for 23 seconds before continuing on her mission to find her father.
After ringing several doorbells, Betty eventually finds her father and her brother (he’s not important) and a couple of other Amish farmers.  They decide they need to infiltrate the Dauntless headquarters because for some reason the Smarties have taken it over as their base of operations for the mind-control operation. 
Betty and the Amish clan invade the HQ, but Betty’s father decides he wants to play hero and gets shot by a paintball gun.  He needs some time to recuperate so Betty goes on solo into the deep, dark HQ.  There she finds a bunch of smart people and her love interest Four.  He is super Divergent so he is immune to mind-control.  This is great news, because these two alone know enough martial arts to take out all the smart people.  Betty stabs a smart lady in the hand with a knife because she wanted to try out her knife throwing skills that she learned back in training.  Smart lady turns off the mind-control and the Amish are saved. 
Love interest Four and Betty ride off into the sunset and move to the suburbs to live a quieter life where they can practice knife throwing in peace.  Betty refuses to marry him until he changes his name to a cooler sounding number.
If you like Ellie Goulding, there are 3 Ellie Goulding songs that play throughout the movie.  If you like people running fast to jump onto moving trains, there are also exactly 3 of those scenes. 
3/5 stars because I felt there could be more Ellie Goulding and running fast to jump onto moving trains scenes.

Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby”
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I use humor to cover up the fact that I want to jump off a bridge