Agatha Christie goes up to the counter and orders a cafe mocha. She stirs it dramatically, turns to the other occupants of the Starbucks, and announces that she knows who has committed the murder. The barista attempts to escape without notice, but the policeman in disguise subdues her quickly. Christie looks down, but her coffee is missing. It reappears a week later, but no one has ever determined where it went for those seven days.
Doing the do with you know who
The greatest mystery of all time solved…What Neville forget to remember in that scene.
All of this is important.
An all-star cast heads up BBC One’s brand new period comedy series Blandings, based on PG Wodehouse’s celebrated stories and adapted by Guy Andrews (Lost In Austen).
Set in 1929 in the fictional Blandings Castle, Timothy Spall plays the amiable but befuddled Lord Emsworth (Clarence to his friends), who struggles to keep his dysfunctional family in order and usually adds to the chaos himself. All Clarence wants is to be left at peace with his beloved pig The Empress but his plans are often thwarted by an array of friends, visitors, servants and spongers. Jennifer Saunders stars as his indomitable sister Connie, Jack Farthing as hapless, unlucky-in-love son Freddy and Mark Williams as loyal and long- suffering butler Beach.
Sunday 13 January
More info here.
I fell in love with Wodehouse (AND Fry & Laurie) the moment I saw Jeeves and Wooster. Since then I have read quite a few of the “Jeeves” stories, but have never read the Blandings ones. I don’t doubt they’ll be just as funny, silly, charming and (in Wodehouse’s inimitable way) surreal.
Add to that the great Timothy Spall and the always amazing Jennifer Saunders, and I think the Beeb has a new hit show on its hands. Yay!
I want Bertie Wooster and Jay Gatsby to meet.
"WHAT HO OLD FRUIT"
"HELLO OLD SPORT"
"I SAY, WHAT ARE YOU UP TO THESE DAYS? STILL PINING LIKE A SOMETHING-OR-OTHER?"
"PRETTY MUCH OLD SPORT"
"NOT QUITE THE BEE’S ‘P’s THEN"
"NOT REALLY OLD SPORT"
"OR EVEN THE CAT’S ‘K’s"
"FRAID NOT OLD SPORT"
"I MEAN TO SAY, IT’S ALL A BIT SOUPY"
"JUST THE WORD OLD SPORT. ARE YOU COMING TO THE PARTY TONIGHT?"
"HARDLY A QUESTION OLD THING"
I like my women how I like my men.
That’s the joke.
I am bisexual.
A few days later Cassie saw the game and asked to play it. I showed her the board and the dice, and explained how we pretend to be the Justice League, defending the Watchtower from bad guys.
She was way into the idea. She’s seen all the episodes of Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited. She knows the Watchtower and can name almost everyone even in the extended league. She’s especially interested in the women of the league. As those of you who read the blog regularly know, she has made costumes for many of them, including Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Batgirl (who isn’t in the JL, but Cassie says she should be), and even some of the villains like Catwoman and Harley Quinn.
But sure enough, we opened up the game to find four player heroes to choose from, and at least two dozen villains, and not a female in sight.
“What girl can I be?” Cassie asked, digging through the game pieces.
“I don’t think there are any girls, sweetie,” I said, anger building in me. Cause really, DC & Wonder Forge? WTF? You know it’s 2014, right?
Cassie put down the game pieces. “I don’t want to play this, then.” She turned and moved to leave the room, and it broke my heart.
Not to mention POC
But for all that, Cassie loves it and wants play every chance she gets. And this is why I am so pissed about the whole “no girls” thing. In addition to illustrating how they remain creatively stuck in the 60′s, DC is leaving money on the table by continuing to make their merchandise exclusive to boys.
And they are exclusive. I know many would argue that a kid should be able to handle playing a character that’s not their own gender sometimes. I agree! But why should that mean only the girls have to suffer that?
Because sure. Cassie could have played the game as Green Lantern, or the Flash, or whatever. But that’s all she would have been doing. Playing a game.
When you’re a kid, playing a game is only part of the experience. The game is a gateway into imagining that you are a superhero, fighting off villains as they try to destroy the Watchtower. It is that imagination that makes a crappy board game fun.
Don’t believe me? The first time we played, Cassie picked Hawkgirl. Then, as I was setting up the board, she ran from the room. A few minutes later she returned in her full Hawkgirl costume. Mask and mace and utility belt. Even the shoes.
She played the entire game in costume. Never took the mask off once, even as we drank and snacked and played for hours. I had to address her as Hawkgirl, and she would only call me Flash. She’s a method actor.
Today we played again. Cass picked Wonder Woman to be, and ran out, returning in her Wonder Woman costume and staying in character the whole time.
But the fact is that children’s books are flying off the shelves and onto the silver screen, so the question is: what’s next? Well, if we are truly untethered to our source material, then there are all kinds of possibilities (blasphemous though they may be) out there. With that in mind, here are 5 classic picture books ready to inspire a film to which it bares virtually no resemblance.
— from Picture Book Adaptations (Sort Of) That Need to Happen by Minh Le
This graphic is wonderful.
From PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers: These crispy, curry-seasoned eggplant fries make an interesting side dish or appetizer. Serve them while they’re warm and watch them disappear!
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…
That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.
"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!"
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
Versatile, dynamic, and quirky, you are tireless in your pursuit of the untested, the untried, and the fight against the status quo. You love to interact with all kinds of people and you carry yourself in an expressive and warm manner that ideally sees lots of affirmation flowing both ways. Charismatic and imaginative, you tend to have a well-honed ability to see the world through the eyes of those who do not normally have an advocate to speak for them. You are interested in the potential of others and you often long to help them develop their own aspirations more fully. Ever-inquisitive and appreciative, you have a love of fantasy and adventure and are easily bored by the business-as-usual routines of the corporate and business world. Your own enthusiasm and energy for finding a new and better way arises spontaneously and can often be quite contagious. However, you tend to have little love for resolving the factual specifics of a case, preferring to work by pure inspiration and bursts of energy instead.
Dependable, considerate, and loyal to those closest to you, you have a firm grasp of the factual realities that lie before you as well as an eye for detail, each of which make you naturally gravitate towards others and their emotional needs. Nurturing and attentive, you tend to be quick to assume responsibility and to help out as soon as you see some task that could aid others. Though your surroundings rarely notice it, you tend to carry a lot of responsibility. All too often it is only when you are missing that others notice the immense effort that you usually put in to make sure everything around you is running properly and that everyone is looked after and feels at ease. Conscientious, thorough, and perhaps a bit perfectionistic, you are not one to impulsively chase after new and uncertain prospects before having finished the endeavor at hand. You tend to find a deep sense of satisfaction in working hard to achieve your goals and in selflessly supporting others, demonstrating that you care through your actions and preferring to lead by your quiet, dignified example.
The wording on this test made so much more sense than a lot of the myers-brigg tests I’ve taken!
Japanese Food Porn
the bear all tucked in!!!
I want those cat doughnuts like you wouldn’t believe.
I will never not reblog this.
A view into the true meaning of graffiti.
This should be posted in school hallways.
SMELL LIKE A MAN
SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS
SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!
SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS
thank god we finally have Men’s Laundry Products. before, men were incapable of doing laundry because the floral scents burned their skin, but now they too can wear clean clothing
- Gatekeepers - we should try to say ‘yes’ if possible
- Unaware - we have to understand and adapt to patron demands
- No technology skills
- Library speak
- Anti-Google, anti-Wikipedia, anti-Amazon
(being anti-Adobe is totally fine)
- non-teen friendly
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