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The Billion Dollar Blog

2020.09.09 17:55 nathanbarry The Billion Dollar Blog

Hey everyone, in the past you've all enjoyed some of my blog posts as reddit threads (15 lessons from our first $15 million and The ladders of wealth creation) so I thought I'd share my latest essay, the billion dollar blog.
This is the result of all my research in trying to build a massive company myself and I figured it's better to share it than just keep it in my private notes. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!

The Billion Dollar Blog

In the summer of 2010 Emily Weiss, a fashion assistant at Vogue, had the idea to start her own fashion blog. She bought a used camera, the domain intothegloss.com, and a couple months later the site was live. Into the Gloss showcased the real-world beauty routines of fashion influencers and celebrities. The blog was an immediate hit and by 2012 it received more than 200,000 visitors per month.
Eight years later, what do you think the site is worth? Millions? Tens of millions? While that would be an insane success for a blog, it’s not even close to the correct answer of $1.2 billion.
From Into the Gloss Emily created Glossier, the groundbreaking beauty brand now valued at over $1 billion. That’s the power of an audience.
At first Emily’s story seems like an incredible outlier: a billion dollar company born from a blog? How many times has that really happened? More often than you might think.
After digging deeper into the research I found example after example of creators building a traditional audience and then using it as a launching pad for a massive business.

MY JOURNEY

In 2011 I started my blog, nathanbarry.com, to write about software design and development. While I didn’t have instant traction, I was earning a living from my blog in just over a year. A year later that turned into a great living from selling ebooks and courses on design. I quickly exceeded my wildest dreams, earning over $250,000 a year blogging and teaching design.
But like Emily, I wanted to turn it into something bigger. From the blog I built ConvertKit, an email marketing software company for creators, that now earns $24 million in annual revenue and is valued at over $100 million and counting. It required a ton of time, persistence, and a completely new mindset on business, but I was able to also turn an audience into a business with massive upside.
In my own quest to build a billion dollar company I’ve studied dozens of creators who have made this transition. This post is for my readers who are thinking about following a similar path.
Let’s dive in.

THE 5 RULES OF A BILLION DOLLAR AUDIENCE

RULE #1: BUILD MORE THAN A PERSONAL BRAND

When Mark Sisson started his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, in 2006 he didn’t think he was taking the first steps towards a $200 million business. At a time when blogs were mostly considered hobbies, Mark was about to build an empire.
As his blog grew, Mark earned a great living through all the traditional methods: paid products, sponsorships, and advertising. He continued to scale with a bestselling book and more products.
Then in 2015 Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a company selling paleo-friendly mayonnaise, dressing, and other sauces. They started just online, but then were able to get distribution in Whole Foods and other retail stores. Just two years later food-giant Kraft acquired Primal Kitchen for $200 million.
Jessica Alba has more name recognition than any blogger ever will. Despite that fame, her wealth doesn’t come from her name or movies, but instead from The Honest Company, a multi-billion dollar consumer goods company she founded.
In every example I looked at I found that personal brands are great for getting started, but this next level nearly always involves moving beyond a personal brand. Creators like Michael Hyatt and Marie Forleo will always be held back by their desire to build a brand around their own name.
That doesn’t mean creators aren’t a figure-head or their name isn’t a part of it—Air Jordan or Kylie Cosmetics come to mind—but the company or product brand is #1.

The Disneyland of quilting

After nearly going bankrupt during the 2008 recession, Jenny Doan and her family moved from California to the small town of Hamilton, Missouri. Her kids set her up with a sewing machine and helped her start a quilting business. After the first year when sales were slow, they helped her turn to YouTube to create tutorials.
In the years since then Jenny turned that tiny YouTube channel into The Missouri Star Quilt Company—which turned Hamilton, Missouri into “The Disneyland of quilting” and now employs over 400 people. Seriously, they own half the town. Forbes estimated their 2019 revenue at over $40 million.
Today Jenny is still putting out a video each week and her channel has grown to 680,000 subscribers. It would have been natural for her to build her online profile under her own name, but by naming it The Missouri Star Quilt Company she pushed her entire business far bigger.

RULE #2: SELL PRODUCTS, NOT ATTENTION

Kylie Jenner was one of the least famous Kardashians, but now she’s the wealthiest. Rather than chasing more fame or influencer status she channeled what she had into Kylie Cosmetics. She was so successful that the entire entrepreneur community wasted time arguing whether or not she was actually a billionaire.
Creators are better than anyone at capturing attention. Attention has value. Brands understand this and pay the creators to redirect that attention towards their own products through advertising and sponsorships.
In a perfect market that attention is worth more than the brand is paying for it. If the brand pays a creator $10,000 for a promotion, they do it because they believe the attention will drive more than $10,000 in product sales and long-term brand value. If that additional value is worth $5,000, that is the value gap that the creator missed out on.
That doesn’t mean the creator should charge $15,000—a brand won’t do something if they don’t get value—but instead the creator should sell their own product to capture the full value.
Ryan Reynolds understands this better than anyone. He could make a ton from endorsement deals, but he realized that’s giving up too much upside. Instead he became an owner in Aviation Gin (which he just sold for $610 million) and wireless carrier Mint Mobile. Each hilarious ad he records drives more sales and builds the brand.

A common misconception

Often creators with an audience will start selling products, but rather than a full product line, it’s branded merchandise. Like Casey Neistat selling branded hoodies and shirts. While these likely sell well to his millions of subscribers, that’s not the same as building a clothing brand.
On the other hand, Candice Poole (Casey’s wife) is truly building a clothing brand with Billy!. It’s important to understand the difference: selling branded products can be a step towards another revenue stream, but it’s not the same as building a brand that can stand on its own outside of the original audience.

You should do sponsorships when it raises your profile

If you are lending your name to another brand it’s likely selling your own product would have more long-term upside. But there are some times that a brand deal raises your own brand. For example, if an up and coming photographer does a deal to be featured in an Apple marketing campaign their own profile and brand will increase significantly.

Capture all the value

None of these companies used affiliate revenue, partnerships, or sponsored posts to drive their revenue. Instead they realized that they already had the most valuable asset that traditional companies were clamoring for: attention. They redirected their loyal following from buying other people’s products (for a small fee) to buying their own products to capture all the revenue and all the brand value.

RULE #3: DRIVE HIGHER CUSTOMER VALUE THROUGH RECURRING OR REPEAT PURCHASES

Justin Jackson made the switch from selling books and courses (which are sold once per customer) to selling Transistor, a subscription software product for hosting podcasts. Like all software as a service, customers pay every month for access to the product.
Katie and Seth Spears built the massively popular blog, WellnessMama.com earning a living from affiliates, digital products, and sponsorships. Then they leveraged that audience to launch Wellnesse, a personal care product company that I believe will scale to millions in revenue (I’m an investor). Wellnesse makes money from repeat purchases as fans buy more toothpaste, shampoo, and lotions.
How often can your best customers buy from you? If it’s only once or twice, you’ll struggle to scale that company. But if you sell a product they can buy over and over again, you’ll have a much higher customer lifetime value. George Clooney did this with Casamigos Tequila: if you love it you buy more when you run out. He sold the company in 2017 for over $700 million.
ConvertKit follows a similar model where not only do our best customers pay us every month, but as they grow their email list they spend more and more with us (and are thrilled to do it!).

RULE #4: CHOOSE A BETTER BUSINESS MODEL

Vani Hari built a massive audience for her site The Food Babe, where she led a crusade for healthy food with clean ingredients. She monetized through cookbooks, meal plans, and affiliates. She then focused that audience into Truvani, her own health supplements company with Derek Halpern which is now well into 8-figures of annual revenue.
As independent creators we’ve seen the incredible value of ebooks, digital products, and courses, but the traditional business community doesn’t value them. It’s not because traditional investors are foolish or snobby, but because that’s not how companies are valued.
Companies aren’t valued based on current revenues, but instead on projected future cash flow.
A company may lose money now, but if investors believe it has the ability for high margins on significant revenue in the future, they’ll pay a premium to own a share of it now. So what product lines have the potential for the best revenues at a solid margin?

Buying higher quality revenue

Andrew Wilkinson used the profits from MetaLab, his design agency, to buy an empire of companies through his investment firm Tiny Capital. Services revenue isn’t highly valued by the broader market (because long-term cash flow is capped), so Andrew used the profits to buy and invest in businesses that are highly valued (software, communities, etc). Effectively trading up for higher quality revenue.
OptinMonster made this move when they rebuilt their popular WordPress plugin into a SaaS platform. Not only could they build a better product that’s easier to maintain, but now they exist in a category (SaaS) that is trusted to deliver great long-term returns.

Better sound

When you think of how to earn more as a hip hop artist the ideas are probably scaling the audience and more endorsement deals with brands. But would you expect a rapper to create one of the most iconic hardware companies of the decade?
In 2006 Dr. Dre said to Jimmy Iovine, “Man, it’s one thing that people steal my music. It’s another thing to destroy the feeling of what I’ve worked on.” Referring to the low quality sound delivered by Apple’s basic earbuds that came with every iPod.
Two years later they debuted Beats by Dre, their own premium headphones. Through product placement and endorsement deals the headphones became iconic. In 2013 Apple purchased the company for $3 billion.
Vani, Andrew, and Dr. Dre all saw that while they could earn a great living in their current paths, they could trade money or attention for a better business model with an even higher upside.

BUILD A BUSINESS TO BE ACQUIRED

These 5 rules could all be summed up in one phrase: build a business that is desirable to acquire—even if you don’t want to sell. A powerful brand, recurring revenue, a great product line, and a quality business model will drive significant value long-term whether you sell or run the business yourself.

NOT EVERYONE MAKES IT, LET’S STUDY WHY

I just shared a ton of examples of creators who made the decision to graduate to bigger upside and pulled it off. This is insanely hard, so we can learn just as much from those who I think should have made the move or tried and failed.

THE WRONG BUSINESS MODEL

In 2015 Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com, acquired WooCommerce for “more than $30 million.” That’s a massive success and the founders never have to work again…but it’s nothing compared to what they could have built. Before Adii Pienar left WooCommerce he tried to push the other founders to build a hosted version to compete with Shopify directly. His co-founders didn’t want to. They bought him out and then later sold to Automattic.
It turns out selling themes and plugins can be a great business—earning the WooThemes/WooCommerce crew millions of dollars per year—but it can’t be a giant company. The real money is in building platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, and WordPress.com. WP Engine did this and now earns over $100 million per year as a hosting company.
The higher leverage move for the WooCommerce team would have been to build two things:
  1. A user-friendly, hosted competitor to Shopify
  2. A hosting platform for the broader WordPress ecosystem
The WooThemes team turned a huge early hit into a solid exit, but it could have been two separate billion dollar companies.

ONLY SOLVING HALF THE PROBLEM

In 2015 I sat down with Pat Flynn in a San Diego coffeeshop to discuss working together on ConvertKit. Since then he’s become an invaluable advisor who helped rocket ConvertKit into what it was today. But there was another part of that conversation: I tried to convince him to turn Smart Podcast Player, a WordPress plugin that provided a beautiful podcast listening experience, into a full-fledged podcast hosting platform.
At the time Libsyn was the number one player and they had an absolutely terrible user experience. Everyone hated using them, but there wasn’t anything better out there. Pat solved 50% of the problem (the user facing side) by making the listening experience great. I was encouraging him to build it into a SaaS app and solve hosting as well. He had a ton of other great projects going at the time, so he decided not to.
While Smart Podcast Player was a great business, it doesn’t have the same trajectory as Anchor or Transistor.
In talking to Pat before publishing this article he pointed out that the biggest issue was timing. Back then he didn’t have the right team to build a full software platform. But now he does and he’s built Smart Podcast Player into a full podcast site platform called fusebox.fm.

SELLING THE WRONG PRODUCT

While I don’t know official numbers, I believe at one time Ramit Sethi was over $10 million in annual revenue with more than 50 employees. All focused on selling high-end courses.
Being in the personal finance industry there are plenty of startups or products Ramit could have created. But I think he wisely realized that creating the next Mint or Wealthfront is an insane amount of work and would require learning new skill sets. But if he wants it, the opportunity is there for him.
Marie Forleo could do the same. In fact, her audience—along with Tim Ferriss and others—was key in helping to launch Shopify’s Build a Business challenge in 2010, which they used to grow. Marie is doing amazing with her business, but if she wanted to take it to the next level she would need to pivot from selling information (her B-School course) to a traditional product for the mainstream market.

INVENTING A NEW CATEGORY

Casey Neistat leveraged his YouTube audience to provide initial traction for Beme, a new social network and video sharing app. Casey and the team worked hard, but ultimately couldn’t get traction and the company was acquired by CNN in 2016 for $25 million. The product was shut down and the team was assimilated into CNN.
While he still got his payday, Beme didn’t turn into the hundred million (or billion) dollar success that it could have been. Here’s the problem: Beme was trying to create an entirely new category. It had no competition, which also means there wasn’t built up demand. It’s a trap to think that no competition means an easy path to profits. Usually it means you’ll struggle to get initial adoption.
That said, Casey took his swing and I have a ton of respect for him in that! Interestingly, through starting Beme he actually kicked off his daily vlog which made him far more famous. As his audience grows I think Casey will continue to take big swings beyond Beme and 368 (his next venture). His massive audience will be a growing launch pad for each new idea.

TOO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

In January, 2019 Caleb Wojcik and Pat Flynn launched a Kickstarter for SwitchPod, their new tripod designed specifically for vloggers. Nearly every vlogger used the Jobi GorillaPod bent into a makeshift monopod to extend your arm and get the camera further away. The GorillaPod worked, but was clumsy and difficult to use.
The SwitchPod had great marketing and quickly raised $415,000 from over 4,000 backers. YouTubers with early access loved it. Creators like Levi Allen and Peter McKinnon recorded rave reviews. Even after launch it has continued to sell well. Caleb and Pat were able to use their audiences and relationships to launch this to initial success, but then… well, they mostly went back to their other (very successful) businesses.
I wanted Pat and Caleb to go all in—to turn SwitchPod into a camera gear company run by creators who really get the audience. I believe in this market they could beat out Gorillapod and build a company worth at least $10 million. They have other ventures that are doing really well (and there’s nothing easy about this), so I don’t fault them for choosing a different path.

THE WRONG PLATFORM

Copyblogger built a large audience through teaching content marketing. Rather than just selling courses or other content Brian Clarke partnered with Brian Gardner and others to merge together the content machine with Studiopress WordPress themes and Synthesis web hosting. It was a brilliant move to sell a higher value product to the same audience.
Later they bundled further to launch Rainmaker, an all-in-one marketing platform for bloggers. I believe this was a good move, and it was certainly an attempt to graduate to even more upside. Ultimately it failed and the company was divided up again and sold off in pieces.
It’s hard to say exactly why Rainmaker failed, but I think it was a combination of building as a bundle of WordPress plugins rather than a custom platform, the team coming from the marketing world and not building a true engineering culture, and the founders gradually losing interest.
The Copyblogger team had the right idea to use their audience to sell products with more long-term value than content, but were unable to truly execute.

DREAMING BIG

We’ve learned from both the wild successes and the missed opportunities. So let’s cement our learnings with a little fun: pick your favorite creator with a massive audience. How could they make this transition? I’ll start by speculating with a few:

YOUR NEXT STEP

For those who are just getting started, the most important thing to understand is that an audience is key. If you’re looking for step one on this massive journey it’s to get good at building an audience.
If you have an audience, focus on scaling it. What will get you in front of the most people? If you want to go big it probably isn’t the time to focus on monetization, but instead creating incredible content that will really spread.
For those that already have that massive audience, it’s time to look at selling your own products and driving that attention to build a brand.
If you’re already selling your own products and building a real brand, keep at it. This will take a long time. I’ve been working on ConvertKit for 7 years. I think that it will take me at least 5 more to build ConvertKit into a company worth $1 billion.
Compound interest is the most powerful force on earth. Build a product and brand that can experience compound growth. Then work on it for a really long time.
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2020.07.27 12:04 concordbraces1 Top Trends That Are Affecting The Orthodontics Industry Worldwide

According to a recent research done by Technavio, an analysis has been provided on the top significant trends that are expected to affect the global orthodontics industry in the recent years. These trends are about to highly impact the orthodontics market regarding its decline or growth.
The research says that the market for orthodontics services is estimated to rise at a rate of 13% CAGR in the coming few years because of the shorter dental procedures, development of advanced technologies and escalating number of oral health issues.
Here are the expected trends:
Use of latest robotic techniques with the help of dental imaging
Advanced robotic techniques have taken the place of traditional dental technologies that target at minimizing the time and cost of treatments. In dentistry, robotic methods are applied in dental implants, bridges and crowns and onlays and inlays. Along with being painless, such treatment also offers a myriad of other benefits such as conservative tooth grinding, accuracy and faster patient recovery. The demand and utilization of this technology is rising among the orthodontists in Concord and other parts of the globe.
Increasing use of insurance for minimizing the service expenses
For a majority of people, dental cover has been a major reason of concern. The experts in dental care are partnering with the insurance providers to aid in reducing the cost of dental services. In most of the nations, various medical covers are being offered to the adult as well as pediatric populace for a number of services including braces in Concord. The collaboration between the insurance providers and the dental experts is going to bring more revenue to the dental market as common people would be more encouraged towards frequent assessments and dental hygiene.
Nano-particles for the development of invisible and next-gen braces
Many researchers are making use of nano particles for the development of invisible and next-gen braces. Researchers in Spain have developed particles that assist in enhancing the friction and mechanical resistance as well as maintaining the invisible braces transparency.
Orthodontics material makers are now collaborating with the researchers to design invisible braces based on nanotechnology to assist in reducing the teeth friction and offering extra level of comfort to the folks who are using such braces.
When such braces will be developed, the number of people opting for braces treatment will be increased since many people, especially adults do not feel comfortable in their braces being visible to others. And this is the only reason people are not opting for the treatment.
Jessica Alba is author of this article and writes since long time. For further details about braces in Concord please visit the website.
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2020.06.17 00:58 RaunchyMcSmutbag Panromantic grey-a with questions

I’m a nearly 40 year old woman who has been questioning many things in my life for the last several years. So after reading the FAQ and lurking here for some time, I’m solidly identifying as panromantic grey-a, leaning toward ace. It takes a lot to get me to want to actually have sex and my entire adult life I’ve been doing it because “that’s what people in relationships do”. I strongly dislike seeing sex or kissing in movies and TV but I can certainly enjoy a good cuddle, hand holding or non-sensual massage.
I’m nearing 40, been with the same hetero partner for almost 15 years and we have a young (under 5) son together. My partner is 100% hetero-allo. I feel much more fluid than being plunked into a box labeled “straight” or “not straight”. I feel aesthetic attraction and occasionally the desire to hold hands or cuddle or have a damn foot massage that lasts longer than 30 seconds and won’t automatically mean “foot rub now = sexy time shortly”.
I am “attracted” (aesthetically and/or romantically) to people like Michael C. Hall, Chrissy Tiegen, Jessica Alba (Into the Deep) and Asia Kate Dillon. I can appreciate beauty in any form; that doesn’t enter into my equation at all, which is what my near and dear find weird.
Sexually, I’ve kissed/fooled around with several women over the years but have been largely hetero in my committed relationships. Although every one of my long term hetero relationships have fizzled after several years and always end with a long period of (wait for it) abstinence.
I couldn’t care less if I ever had intercourse again. Masturbation is fine on my own, but I’m never the star of the show in my own fantasies. It’s always like watching a movie - things happening to someone else. I’ve never been involved in my own fantasies.
The difficulty is that I have only just recently come to this realization so my partner is very much in the dark. We have our share of problems and I have been considering and tepidly planning my exit for the last year. I don’t feel it’s fair to keep a hetero/allo stuck in a relationship with me when I have zero interest or desire to have a sexual relationship at all.
I guess I’m looking for some guidance from others who have been in a similar situation; how to navigate telling a partner of many years that you’re panromantic/grey-a without making them feel totally rejected and awful? If my partner is willing to stay with me while removing sex from the equation totally, I might consider it. However, I get the impression that loyalty and the desire to remain “a family” for our son would likely weigh heavily in the decision. Also, my partner is not the most open minded and inclusive sort of human being. He’s a bit of a dick, to be completely frank. I can see a situation where the “panromantic” would be brushed aside as “maybe a little bi” and the grey-a would be brushed off as “you’re just not attracted to ME”. Replying that I’m just not attracted that way to anyone at all would not help my case.
I enjoy my own company a whole lot and tend to live inside my own head most of the time. I would have no issue being alone for the rest of my life (as long as I have my son, music, books, cats and a decent kitchen) but I would be open to a life partner of sorts. Sharing the chores of a household, cooking and eating together, watching movies/tv, travelling, laughing at memes or the silly things the cats just did. Just no sex. Even kissing is iffy for me. Hugs are nice as long as they don’t end up with me being humped or grinded upon. Is this something that happens in real life? With both partners being happy with the situation and content to share their lives without sexual intimacy at all?
Sorry for all the questions. I just realized through a conversation with a friend that when most people say “oh so and so is really hot” - they’re talking about a sexual attraction where they would enjoy doing sexual things with this person and not the desire to grab a cup of coffee with that person and have a super excellent and fulfilling conversation. I don’t know why it took almost 40 years to realize that if you put me face to face with a favourite celebrity, I wouldn’t want to kiss them or have sex with them; I would want to talk to them, maybe grab a meal and get to know them. I thought my way was normal until the conversation ended with all the frisky things my friend would do to a certain celebrity if they ever met. I was like, wait what? She was equally confused.
Thanks for reading if you got this far; I haven’t really discussed this with anyone ever so it’s a bit wordy and rambling.
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2020.02.16 13:54 liferider09 A collection of free events - week of 2/16

It is very difficult to strike the line between quality and quantity. It helps to have more than just nypl and nyc parks events.
Apparently, I was left with nothing from Queens -_-

Manhattan

Asssscat 3000, 2/16

Performers from The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform longform improv with frequent special guests from your favorite TV shows and movies. The 7:30pm shows cost $14 and tickets go on sale 2 weeks before the show date at 12pm. The 9:30pm show is FREE but you must make a reservation in advance. Reservations become available online at 12pm (noon) the day of the show. PLEASE NOTE: The listed cast lineup is subject to change. Our talented performers are very in-demand and although they would like to do so, other obligations prevent them from being able to do ASSSSCAT every week.
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
9:30 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72529

Toe Tappin' Tuesdays Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen, 2/18

The Gotham Jazzmen present a weekly concert of jazz favorites certain to lift your spirits and make you forget your “library voices.” Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
FEATURING
Pete Sokolow, Piano; Lee Lorenz, Cornet;
James Lincoln Collier, Trombone; Ernie Lumer, Clarinet;
Ed Bonoff, Drums; David Hofstra, Bass.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
12 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/04/toe-tappin-tuesdays-presented-gotham-jazzmen

Winter Bird Walk at the Battery With NYC Audubon, 2/18

Join us for bird walks in The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diverse over-wintering birds that find food and habitat on The Battery's waterfront, such as ducks, geese, loons, sparrows, and finches. We might even spot a seal! Register online. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. After the walk, we hope you will linger to enjoy the nation's largest perennial garden open 365 days free to the public. Learn more about The Battery at thebattery.org.
Netherland Monument (In the Battery), Manhattan
6 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/11/winter-bird-walk-at-the-battery-with-nyc-audubon

Beethoven the Bard and the Boards, 2/18

Beethoven loved theater. His personal journal is littered with quotations from his favorite plays, and he often wrote music inspired by his favorite characters and scenes. In the Library's cafe, HB Studio actors perform scenes table-side from Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, plus Goethe’s Egmont, and Klinger’s Sturm und Drang, interspersed with recordings of related Beethoven piano sonatas, string quartets, and overtures.
Reserve your general admission seat.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/beethoven-bard-and-boards

Opening Reception: Guo Fengyi & Curtis Talwst, 2/19

Please join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of our winter exhibitions Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance and Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter.
35 Wooster St, New York, NY
6 PM
source: The Drawing Center
http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcente20/events/21/public-programs/2311/opening-reception/

Self-Defense Workshop With POP Gym, 2/19

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at [email protected]
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/self-defense-workshop-with-pop-gym-28/?instance_id=211613

Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry, 2/20

Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join us on your lunch hour or your free afternoon to celebrate literature in bite-size servings!
At each session of Literature Out Loud we will read aloud and discuss passages of classic and contemporary poetry from across the globe.
This month, we will explore the foundation and evolution of love poetry. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman…
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, NY
1 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/clone-literature-out-loud-classical-love-poetry

Movies @ Kips Bay Library Presents New Releases Movie Night: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2/20

Synopsis
An actor and his stunt double struggle to keep pace with the evolving entertainment industry in 1960s Los Angeles. Directors Quentin Tarantino
Production year 2019, Rating R, Studio Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Runtime 161 minutes.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning.
446 Third Avenue, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/movies-kips-bay-library-presents-new-releases-movie-night

Narcan Overdose Prevention Training, 2/20

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!
172 Allen St, New York, NY
5 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/narcan-overdose-prevention-training/?instance_id=209145

Masq Cycle 001 Circle 4: Masc-Allyship, 2/20

Masq is a healing initiative that aims to evolve our relationships with masculinity, thru open-conversation. We strive to destroy the toxic elements that exist within the identity, and embrace its existence beyond it’s cis-expression. This installment of Masq is going to be largely focused on how we, as masculine-identifying individuals, can utilize our power and privilege in our intimate realities to do our part in dismantling our patriarchy. This discussion can be broken into 2 parts, intervention in ways that are obvious (external), & intervening in ways that are less obvious (internal). Anjan Alavandar (they/them) is the founder of Masq. Anjan is an American born South-Indian community organizer who was raised in North Carolina. Anjan has been exploring the confines of masculinity from a young age. They work with All Kings, a new organization that is establishing a healing-based re-entry program for recently incarcerated men in Harlem and Brooklyn, NY.
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/masq-cycle-001-circle-4-masc-allyship/?instance_id=211626

OpenICE at the Library: Collecting Performers , 2/20

James Austin Smith and Ryan Muncy share the stories and works of music that define their relationship with their woodwind instruments. The event will culminate in the world premieres of works by Rebecka Ahvenniemi and Sigurd Fischer Olsen for woodwinds, percussion, and electronics.
Reserve your general admission seat starting January 20th.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entra…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/openice-library-collecting-performers

Student Composers Showcase, 2/20

Jeffrey Millarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra performing four world premieres by Juilliard student composers. Read the press release.
1941 Broadway, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/student-composers-showcase

John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s “Dream Team” Presents Descargas 2020, 2/20

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente’s orchestra for 33 years, “Dandy,” as he’s universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa’s pioneers.
His New York City-based “Dream Team” is a tight-knit unit that performs the band’s entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band’s repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/atrium/show/john-dandy-rodriguezs-dream-team-presents-descargas-2020

Malcolm X Remembered, 2/21

Curated from our archives, this pop-up exhibition will feature handwritten notes, rarely seen photos, and historic papers from the civil rights leader. Attendees are invited to take part in our oral history project, which includes sharing how Malcolm X’s words have made an impact on your life.
Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or email [email protected].
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
12 Noon
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/21/malcolm-x-remembered

Movie Afternoon, 2/21

Join us every Friday for a showing of some Hollywood's biggest films.
February 21: Hell or High Water (2016)
A divorced father and his ex-con o…
503 West 145th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/movie-afternoon

Community Create-A-Thon: Census 2020, 2/21

No one knows your community better than you. So, whether you want to design a sticker, draw a poster, write a poem, sing a song, or choreograph a dance, Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand to help you shape your ideas. Come collaborate on fun and accessible art projects to help reach the people in your life and share the importance of the census.
Lincoln Center, in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the U.S. Census Bureau, wants to ensure that our communities get their fair share, especially people in historically under-counted groups. These include people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, renters, single-parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and children under the age of five.
Why the Census Matters The Census, a once-a-decade population count, affects your representation in government, and determines how much funding your community receives. When a person isn’t counted, they lose out on nearly $2,000 every year for TEN YEARS in direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, schools, transportation, and road maintenance.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
2 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/community-create-a-thon-census-2023

Dorothea Lange: Words + Pictures, 2/21

thru 5/9: dorothea lange: words + pictures, the museum of modern art’s first major exhibition of lange’s work in 50 years, brings iconic images together with rarely seen works—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. museum of modern art (midtown west), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free fridays 5:30-9pm.
Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)
source: The Skint
https://www.moma.org/calendaexhibitions/5079

Book Swap! 2/22

By popular demand, Ottendorfer now hosts a Book Swap every Saturday! Please bring your books, DVDs, CDs and miscellaneous trinkets to trade with others.
135 Second Avenue, New York, NY
10 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/book-swap

Saturday Afternoon Movie: The Goldfinch, 2/22

The Goldfinch (2019, R, 149 min.)
Young Theo inadvertently steals a noteworthy piece of art in the aftermath of an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother. He later crosses paths with the unruly Boris, and the pair finds their lives linked to the painting. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings. Dir. John Crowley.
444 Amsterdam Avenue (Between West 81st and West 82nd Streets), New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/saturday-afternoon-movie-goldfinch

Russian Readings: Non-Poetry Series / Texts and Contexts, 2/22

Vadim Pevzner -- a Russian poet. Born in Moscow in 1961, he moved to Paris in 1984, then to the United States in 1990. Graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago (Major in Experimental Film). Taught art at NYU and other universities.
The event is organized by Grigory Starikovsky, the curator of the Russian Reading Series at Tompkins Square Library.
Grigory Starikovsky – a poet, translator, essayist. Born in Moscow in 1971. In US since 1992. PHD in Classics (Columbia University). Recent ve…
331 East 10th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/russian-readings-non-poetry-series-texts-and-contexts

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism, 2/22

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism
10 Jersey Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/video-screening-paul-robeson-vito-marcantonio-martyrs-mccarthyism

Reflections on Beethoven, 2/22

Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 101 took inspiration from Baroque keyboard works and also provided inspiration for later composers. In this program,Opus 101 is presented with Bach’s Toccata in E Minor and César Franck’s monumental Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, offering an opportunity to reflect on the influences on and from Beethoven. Presented by Raj Bhimani, pianist.
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission line…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
2:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/reflections-beethoven

Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, 2/22

The Schomburg Center, working with AfroCROWD, is proud to host Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, our sixth year in which we invite members of the community and the general public to edit and contribute content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign.
This year we will focus especially on Black Women, past and present, adding notable figures whose content is incomplete or completely missing from Wikipedia.…
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
5 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/phenomenal-black-women-wikipedia-edit-thon

The Nubian Word for Flowers, 2/22

A pocket chamber edition of the Ione and Pauline Oliveros Phantom opera, utilizing live performance, electronics, and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and colonial mind, featuring the collaborative trio of Ione (text, direction, and performance), Monica Duncan (visuals, performance), and Senem Pirler (sound, performance).
Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting January 22nd.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
8 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/nubian-word-flowers

Bronx

Saturday Cinema, 2/15

Southside With You
Docudrama about Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Robinson, his future wife, during the summer of 1989 in Chicago. Starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, © Miramax Pictures. 2016 Run Time 160m…
2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/saturday-

Shape Up NYC: Free Body Conditioning, 2/19

Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program run by NYC Parks, in partnership with NYC Service and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, that targets neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and obesity– related disease.
1215 Morrison Avenue, Bronx, NY
5:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/shape-nyc-free-body-conditioning

Woodstock Crochet Club, 2/20

Come meet your fellow sititchers in the neighborhood. Bring along your latest project to share.
Limited supplies provided.
761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY
11 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/woodstock-crochet-club

Brooklyn

Bring Your Own Film, 2/17

Bring your weird, boring, wild, fun, strange and not-so strange videos. We'll play any video you bring us, as long as it's under 10 minutes long and made by you. Bring Your Own Film is an informal space for filmmakers to show smaller projects, works-in-progress, or anything that might not have a home yet. Come drink cheap beer, eat free popcorn, meet new people, and watch films. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it.
Shoestring Studio 640 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn 7:30p door, 8p screening; $free bringyourownfilm]at]gmail.com
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/

Next Slide Please, 2/17

All-PowerPoint comedy show. Next Slide Please asks comedians to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. Past audiences have learned about the best Manhattan street corners for first-date make-outs, exciting start-up investment opportunities, and the charms of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle Honey. Hosted by Reed Kavner. The night's lineup includes Rachel Pegram, Carmen Christopher, Miel Breudow, and Charlotte Barnett.
Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn 9p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-slide-please-a-powerpoint-comedy-show-tickets-88431189067

The Improv Jam, 2/18

Just your classic Improv Jam! Everyone who attends this show will have a chance to perform improv on the UCBT Hell's Kitchen stage! Put your name in the Bucket of Truth, then jam with students, performers, and faculty. The show isn't over until everyone has had a chance to perform, all in a fun, supportive environment! All experience levels welcome!
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
6 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72549

Jewish Material Culture: Home and Food, 2/19

This lecture examines household artefacts such as furniture, cooking utensils, storage vessels, bathing and washing amenities, and illumination implements as they appear in various Geniza documents and in contemporary literature including, responsa, travelogues, and poetry. This data will be correlated with archaeological findings. Through these domestic objects the meaning of home for contemporary people is better understood. The lecture will also touch upon food, its preparation, consumption, and cultural significance. Delivered by Miriam Frenkel.
Bard Graduate Center 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Manhattan 6-7:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1109/19-feb-2020-jewish-material

Opening Reception for Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for a multi-media exhibition in BRIC's Project Room exploring notions of race, urban decay, community, and the hidden potential in absence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-christie-neptune-constructs-and-context-relativity-performance

Opening Reception for Death Becomes Her, 2/19

Join us for the opening reception of Death Becomes Her, a group exhibition exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-death-becomes-her

Opening Reception for Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for an interactive installation in BRIC's Hallway consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling.
647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-padma-rajendran-move-me-you

The Art of Dying: A Monthly Death Cafe, 2/20

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality? The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying. All topics welcome. There are no taboos.
Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn 6:30-8:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bsec.org/calendar-2/

Gyun Hur: I Wouldn't Know Any Other Way , 2/21

A performance series where artist Gyun Hur interacts with her installation in a meditation on loss, trauma, and impermanence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
3 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/gyun-hur-i-wouldnt-know-any-other-way

Celebrating Black History: Black TV Matters, Reclaiming the Narrative 2/22

As part of BRIC's Black History is American History Month programming, we are proud to partner with Weeksville Heritage Center to screen three pieces centered around social justice and activism: Why Kaep Kneels by Hadasah Cornell, Artistic Reflections by Melvin Isaac, and Objective Opinion by James Woods.
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn
2 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-black-tv-matters-reclaiming-the-narrative-tickets-91855982717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Staten Island

Roots of American Music, 2/18

Hip-hop, blues, jazz, and soul are all cornerstones of American music. They’re also all built on African American traditions. Listen with us and explore the history behind jams you love.
75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY
3 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/18/roots-american-music

Adult Afternoon Hikes, 2/19

Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist. Designed for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature and socialize. For more information and to register, please call (718) 351-3450.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
1:30 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/01/22/adult-afternoon-hikes

Winter Bird Hike, 2/20

Join our educators to learn more about finding and identifying winter residents here in the Greenbelt. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All ages.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
11:30 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/20/winter-bird-hike
I would like to give an honarary mention to the NYCT holiday transit show, which is ending soon. It is easy-access (in Grand Central), interesting, and super low-key. You can just pop in and stay however long you like.
Shameless self promotion: you can search through my collected events here. The search feature is very simple, but tune in next week when I will have better filtering methods. Also, some of the public art are a little wonky.
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2020.02.16 13:53 liferider09 A collection of free events - now with more diverse sources

It is very difficult to strike the line between quality and quantity. It helps to have more than just nypl and nyc parks events.
Apparently, I was left with nothing from Queens -_-

Manhattan

Asssscat 3000, 2/16

Performers from The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform longform improv with frequent special guests from your favorite TV shows and movies. The 7:30pm shows cost $14 and tickets go on sale 2 weeks before the show date at 12pm. The 9:30pm show is FREE but you must make a reservation in advance. Reservations become available online at 12pm (noon) the day of the show. PLEASE NOTE: The listed cast lineup is subject to change. Our talented performers are very in-demand and although they would like to do so, other obligations prevent them from being able to do ASSSSCAT every week.
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
9:30 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72529

Winter Bird Walk at the Battery With NYC Audubon, 2/18

Join us for bird walks in The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diverse over-wintering birds that find food and habitat on The Battery's waterfront, such as ducks, geese, loons, sparrows, and finches. We might even spot a seal! Register online. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. After the walk, we hope you will linger to enjoy the nation's largest perennial garden open 365 days free to the public. Learn more about The Battery at thebattery.org.
Netherland Monument (In the Battery), Manhattan
8 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/11/winter-bird-walk-at-the-battery-with-nyc-audubon

Toe Tappin' Tuesdays Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen, 2/18

The Gotham Jazzmen present a weekly concert of jazz favorites certain to lift your spirits and make you forget your “library voices.” Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
FEATURING
Pete Sokolow, Piano; Lee Lorenz, Cornet;
James Lincoln Collier, Trombone; Ernie Lumer, Clarinet;
Ed Bonoff, Drums; David Hofstra, Bass.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
12 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/04/toe-tappin-tuesdays-presented-gotham-jazzmen

Beethoven the Bard and the Boards, 2/18

Beethoven loved theater. His personal journal is littered with quotations from his favorite plays, and he often wrote music inspired by his favorite characters and scenes. In the Library's cafe, HB Studio actors perform scenes table-side from Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, plus Goethe’s Egmont, and Klinger’s Sturm und Drang, interspersed with recordings of related Beethoven piano sonatas, string quartets, and overtures.
Reserve your general admission seat.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/beethoven-bard-and-boards

Opening Reception: Guo Fengyi & Curtis Talwst, 2/19

Please join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of our winter exhibitions Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance and Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter.
35 Wooster St, New York, NY
6 PM
source: The Drawing Center
http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcente20/events/21/public-programs/2311/opening-reception/

Self-Defense Workshop With POP Gym, 2/19

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at [email protected]
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/self-defense-workshop-with-pop-gym-28/?instance_id=211613

Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry, 2/20

Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join us on your lunch hour or your free afternoon to celebrate literature in bite-size servings!
At each session of Literature Out Loud we will read aloud and discuss passages of classic and contemporary poetry from across the globe.
This month, we will explore the foundation and evolution of love poetry. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman…
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, NY
1 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/clone-literature-out-loud-classical-love-poetry

Movies @ Kips Bay Library Presents New Releases Movie Night: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2/20

Synopsis
An actor and his stunt double struggle to keep pace with the evolving entertainment industry in 1960s Los Angeles. Directors Quentin Tarantino
Production year 2019, Rating R, Studio Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Runtime 161 minutes.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning.
446 Third Avenue, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/movies-kips-bay-library-presents-new-releases-movie-night

Narcan Overdose Prevention Training, 2/20

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!
172 Allen St, New York, NY
5 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/narcan-overdose-prevention-training/?instance_id=209145

Masq Cycle 001 Circle 4: Masc-Allyship, 2/20

Masq is a healing initiative that aims to evolve our relationships with masculinity, thru open-conversation. We strive to destroy the toxic elements that exist within the identity, and embrace its existence beyond it’s cis-expression. This installment of Masq is going to be largely focused on how we, as masculine-identifying individuals, can utilize our power and privilege in our intimate realities to do our part in dismantling our patriarchy. This discussion can be broken into 2 parts, intervention in ways that are obvious (external), & intervening in ways that are less obvious (internal). Anjan Alavandar (they/them) is the founder of Masq. Anjan is an American born South-Indian community organizer who was raised in North Carolina. Anjan has been exploring the confines of masculinity from a young age. They work with All Kings, a new organization that is establishing a healing-based re-entry program for recently incarcerated men in Harlem and Brooklyn, NY.
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/masq-cycle-001-circle-4-masc-allyship/?instance_id=211626

OpenICE at the Library: Collecting Performers , 2/20

James Austin Smith and Ryan Muncy share the stories and works of music that define their relationship with their woodwind instruments. The event will culminate in the world premieres of works by Rebecka Ahvenniemi and Sigurd Fischer Olsen for woodwinds, percussion, and electronics.
Reserve your general admission seat starting January 20th.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entra…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/openice-library-collecting-performers

Student Composers Showcase, 2/20

Jeffrey Millarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra performing four world premieres by Juilliard student composers. Read the press release.
1941 Broadway, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/student-composers-showcase

John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s “Dream Team” Presents Descargas 2020, 2/20

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente’s orchestra for 33 years, “Dandy,” as he’s universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa’s pioneers.
His New York City-based “Dream Team” is a tight-knit unit that performs the band’s entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band’s repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/atrium/show/john-dandy-rodriguezs-dream-team-presents-descargas-2020

Malcolm X Remembered, 2/21

Curated from our archives, this pop-up exhibition will feature handwritten notes, rarely seen photos, and historic papers from the civil rights leader. Attendees are invited to take part in our oral history project, which includes sharing how Malcolm X’s words have made an impact on your life.
Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or email [email protected].
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
12 Noon
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/21/malcolm-x-remembered

Movie Afternoon, 2/21

Join us every Friday for a showing of some Hollywood's biggest films.
February 21: Hell or High Water (2016)
A divorced father and his ex-con o…
503 West 145th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/movie-afternoon

Community Create-A-Thon: Census 2020, 2/21

No one knows your community better than you. So, whether you want to design a sticker, draw a poster, write a poem, sing a song, or choreograph a dance, Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand to help you shape your ideas. Come collaborate on fun and accessible art projects to help reach the people in your life and share the importance of the census.
Lincoln Center, in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the U.S. Census Bureau, wants to ensure that our communities get their fair share, especially people in historically under-counted groups. These include people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, renters, single-parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and children under the age of five.
Why the Census Matters The Census, a once-a-decade population count, affects your representation in government, and determines how much funding your community receives. When a person isn’t counted, they lose out on nearly $2,000 every year for TEN YEARS in direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, schools, transportation, and road maintenance.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
2 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/community-create-a-thon-census-2023

Dorothea Lange: Words + Pictures, 2/21

thru 5/9: dorothea lange: words + pictures, the museum of modern art’s first major exhibition of lange’s work in 50 years, brings iconic images together with rarely seen works—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. museum of modern art (midtown west), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free fridays 5:30-9pm.
Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)
source: The Skint
https://www.moma.org/calendaexhibitions/5079

Book Swap! 2/22

By popular demand, Ottendorfer now hosts a Book Swap every Saturday! Please bring your books, DVDs, CDs and miscellaneous trinkets to trade with others.
135 Second Avenue, New York, NY
10 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/book-swap

Saturday Afternoon Movie: The Goldfinch, 2/22

The Goldfinch (2019, R, 149 min.)
Young Theo inadvertently steals a noteworthy piece of art in the aftermath of an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother. He later crosses paths with the unruly Boris, and the pair finds their lives linked to the painting. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings. Dir. John Crowley.
444 Amsterdam Avenue (Between West 81st and West 82nd Streets), New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/saturday-afternoon-movie-goldfinch

Russian Readings: Non-Poetry Series / Texts and Contexts, 2/22

Vadim Pevzner -- a Russian poet. Born in Moscow in 1961, he moved to Paris in 1984, then to the United States in 1990. Graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago (Major in Experimental Film). Taught art at NYU and other universities.
The event is organized by Grigory Starikovsky, the curator of the Russian Reading Series at Tompkins Square Library.
Grigory Starikovsky – a poet, translator, essayist. Born in Moscow in 1971. In US since 1992. PHD in Classics (Columbia University). Recent ve…
331 East 10th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/russian-readings-non-poetry-series-texts-and-contexts

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism, 2/22

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism
10 Jersey Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/video-screening-paul-robeson-vito-marcantonio-martyrs-mccarthyism

Reflections on Beethoven, 2/22

Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 101 took inspiration from Baroque keyboard works and also provided inspiration for later composers. In this program,Opus 101 is presented with Bach’s Toccata in E Minor and César Franck’s monumental Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, offering an opportunity to reflect on the influences on and from Beethoven. Presented by Raj Bhimani, pianist.
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission line…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
2:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/reflections-beethoven

Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, 2/22

The Schomburg Center, working with AfroCROWD, is proud to host Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, our sixth year in which we invite members of the community and the general public to edit and contribute content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign.
This year we will focus especially on Black Women, past and present, adding notable figures whose content is incomplete or completely missing from Wikipedia.…
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
5 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/phenomenal-black-women-wikipedia-edit-thon

The Nubian Word for Flowers, 2/22

A pocket chamber edition of the Ione and Pauline Oliveros Phantom opera, utilizing live performance, electronics, and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and colonial mind, featuring the collaborative trio of Ione (text, direction, and performance), Monica Duncan (visuals, performance), and Senem Pirler (sound, performance).
Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting January 22nd.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
8 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/nubian-word-flowers

Bronx

Saturday Cinema, 2/15

Southside With You
Docudrama about Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Robinson, his future wife, during the summer of 1989 in Chicago. Starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, © Miramax Pictures. 2016 Run Time 160m…
2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/saturday-

Shape Up NYC: Free Body Conditioning, 2/19

Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program run by NYC Parks, in partnership with NYC Service and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, that targets neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and obesity– related disease.
1215 Morrison Avenue, Bronx, NY
5:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/shape-nyc-free-body-conditioning

Woodstock Crochet Club, 2/20

Come meet your fellow sititchers in the neighborhood. Bring along your latest project to share.
Limited supplies provided.
761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY
11 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/woodstock-crochet-club

Brooklyn

Bring Your Own Film, 2/17

Bring your weird, boring, wild, fun, strange and not-so strange videos. We'll play any video you bring us, as long as it's under 10 minutes long and made by you. Bring Your Own Film is an informal space for filmmakers to show smaller projects, works-in-progress, or anything that might not have a home yet. Come drink cheap beer, eat free popcorn, meet new people, and watch films. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it.
Shoestring Studio 640 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn 7:30p door, 8p screening; $free bringyourownfilm]at]gmail.com
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/

Next Slide Please, 2/17

All-PowerPoint comedy show. Next Slide Please asks comedians to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. Past audiences have learned about the best Manhattan street corners for first-date make-outs, exciting start-up investment opportunities, and the charms of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle Honey. Hosted by Reed Kavner. The night's lineup includes Rachel Pegram, Carmen Christopher, Miel Breudow, and Charlotte Barnett.
Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn 9p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-slide-please-a-powerpoint-comedy-show-tickets-88431189067

The Improv Jam, 2/18

Just your classic Improv Jam! Everyone who attends this show will have a chance to perform improv on the UCBT Hell's Kitchen stage! Put your name in the Bucket of Truth, then jam with students, performers, and faculty. The show isn't over until everyone has had a chance to perform, all in a fun, supportive environment! All experience levels welcome!
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
6 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72549

Jewish Material Culture: Home and Food, 2/19

This lecture examines household artefacts such as furniture, cooking utensils, storage vessels, bathing and washing amenities, and illumination implements as they appear in various Geniza documents and in contemporary literature including, responsa, travelogues, and poetry. This data will be correlated with archaeological findings. Through these domestic objects the meaning of home for contemporary people is better understood. The lecture will also touch upon food, its preparation, consumption, and cultural significance. Delivered by Miriam Frenkel.
Bard Graduate Center 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Manhattan 6-7:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1109/19-feb-2020-jewish-material

Opening Reception for Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for a multi-media exhibition in BRIC's Project Room exploring notions of race, urban decay, community, and the hidden potential in absence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-christie-neptune-constructs-and-context-relativity-performance

Opening Reception for Death Becomes Her, 2/19

Join us for the opening reception of Death Becomes Her, a group exhibition exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-death-becomes-her

Opening Reception for Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for an interactive installation in BRIC's Hallway consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling.
647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-padma-rajendran-move-me-you

The Art of Dying: A Monthly Death Cafe, 2/20

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality? The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying. All topics welcome. There are no taboos.
Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn 6:30-8:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bsec.org/calendar-2/

Gyun Hur: I Wouldn't Know Any Other Way , 2/21

A performance series where artist Gyun Hur interacts with her installation in a meditation on loss, trauma, and impermanence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
3 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/gyun-hur-i-wouldnt-know-any-other-way

Celebrating Black History: Black TV Matters, Reclaiming the Narrative 2/22

As part of BRIC's Black History is American History Month programming, we are proud to partner with Weeksville Heritage Center to screen three pieces centered around social justice and activism: Why Kaep Kneels by Hadasah Cornell, Artistic Reflections by Melvin Isaac, and Objective Opinion by James Woods.
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn
2 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-black-tv-matters-reclaiming-the-narrative-tickets-91855982717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Staten Island

Roots of American Music, 2/18

Hip-hop, blues, jazz, and soul are all cornerstones of American music. They’re also all built on African American traditions. Listen with us and explore the history behind jams you love.
75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY
3 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/18/roots-american-music

Adult Afternoon Hikes, 2/19

Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist. Designed for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature and socialize. For more information and to register, please call (718) 351-3450.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
1:30 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/01/22/adult-afternoon-hikes

Winter Bird Hike, 2/20

Join our educators to learn more about finding and identifying winter residents here in the Greenbelt. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All ages.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
11:30 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/20/winter-bird-hike
I would like to give an honarary mention to the NYCT holiday transit show, which is ending soon. It is easy-access (in Grand Central), interesting, and super low-key. You can just pop in and stay however long you like.
Shameless self promotion: you can search through my collected events here. The search feature is very simple, but tune in next week when I will have better filtering methods. Also, some of the public art are a little wonky.
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2020.02.06 23:41 Celebrityplayer [F4M] long term detailed romantic celebrity roleplay ( discord/first person)

Hey! So what I’m looking for is a partner who is experienced, literate and creative in long term roleplay. The kind of play that doesn’t necessarily have an ending, it’s just ongoing, through every day life. Sure there will be drama and excitement. It won’t be just going through the motions or anything but I also want there to be build up. There will be smut, but I want it to feel genuine and earned. I want romance here
I know the prompt itself it pretty open ended, but i like to build scenarios together. With that being said if you have any ideas, feel free to pitch them to me. I tend to respond to more creative responses. Are you a young rookie pro ball player who meets me at some charity event? Perhaps we meet at a convention of some sort depending on the celebrity I’m playing as, Do we meet court side at a basketball game? Are you installing new carpet in my new home? Perhaps you’re my sons coach? Help me when my car breaks down? My house cleaners son? Or any other idea you come up with. The possibilities are endless
My kinks are fairly vanilla but some of my more risqué ones include age play, pregnancy scare, cheating(when done right) but none of these are necessary or a deal breaker at all.
Limits include but are not limited to bondage, gore, abuse, bathroom play.
Celebs I’m open to playing include: Taylor Alesia, Megan Fox, Olivia Culpo, Lily Collins, Jessica Alba, Rachel cook, Josephine Skriver, Jessica Biel, Alexis Ren.
I only play on discord but we can discuss the play on reddit I play in First person and expect a good paragraph per response.
Won’t be responding to “ hey” or “ wanna rp” type messages. Give some effort please.
Please don’t send one line responses in pm to this prompt. Due to multiple requests I may not respond to short messages. Come with who you’re interested in my list, any prompt ideas, maybe a character description idea and we can work from there
If you’ve read to this point please include your favorite tv show, movie, or book so I know you made it to the end. Thanks
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2020.01.07 22:14 Celebrityplayer F4M long term detailed romantic celebrity roleplay ( discord)

Hey! So what I’m looking for is a partner who is experienced, literate and creative in long term roleplay. The kind of play that doesn’t necessarily have an ending, it’s just ongoing, through every day life. Sure there will be drama and excitement. It won’t be just going through the motions or anything but I also want there to be build up. There will be smut, but I want it to feel genuine and earned. I want romance here
I know the prompt itself it pretty open ended, but i like to build scenarios together. With that being said if you have any ideas, feel free to pitch them to me. I tend to respond to more creative responses. Are you a young rookie pro ball player who meets me at some charity event? Do we meet court side at a basketball game? Maybe you’re a pro athlete? Are you installing new carpet in my new home? Perhaps you’re my sons coach? My house cleaners son? Or any other idea you come up with. The possibilities are endless
My kinks are fairly vanilla but some of my more risqué ones include age play, pregnancy scare, cheating(when done right) but none of these are necessary or a deal breaker at all.
Limits include but are not limited to bondage, gore, abuse, bathroom play.
Celebs I’m open to playing include: Ariana Grande, Megan Fox, Olivia Culpo, Lily Collins, Jessica Alba, Rachel cook.
I only play on discord but we can discuss the play on reddit I play in First person and expect at least a paragraph response.
Won’t be responding to “ hey” or “ wanna rp” type messages. Give some effort please.
Please don’t send one line responses in pm to this prompt. Due to multiple requests I may not respond to short messages. Come with who you’re interested in my list, any prompt ideas, maybe a character description idea and we can work from there
If you’ve read to this point please include your favorite tv show, movie, or book so I know you made it to the end. Thanks
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2019.10.03 02:11 NigroqueSimillima What's the evolutionary reason men care about facial beauty?

It makes sense that men care about youth, healthy, and for a long term relationship(faithfulness).
I don't see why men care so much facial beauty. Some say beauty is a proxy for health, but the difference between someone like Amber Heard and Jessica Alba, and a fit plain jane isn't health. A woman can be remarkable unhealthy and still attractive(especially young women), and visa versa.
The reason why this puzzling is that one would think that a hard preference for "beautiful" women would be selected against. After all, beautiful women are harder to date, and there's more competition for them, hence you're more likely to have guys trying to cuck you.
You would think selection would pick for men who preferred young, healthy but facially mediocre or even ugly women. Those men would have more loyal wives, and it'd be easier for him to find casual sex partners.
I almost wonder if a preference for female beauty is a more a motivator for men to achieve status, rather than anything special about pretty girl themselves. Men who want pretty girls work hard to get status in their society which lets them have pretty girls, and once they're on the top they use that status to sleep around with a bunch of others girls as well.
If he was fine with plain jane, he'd never take that risk to get that status, that let him fuck all of those girls.
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2019.08.13 00:52 rdtusrname My very own TypeMe(amazingly unique :p)

PROBLEMS:
None that I am aware of. Though I do "act differently than most others".
MOTIVATION:
To close off old unresolved questions and to profit while at it. Knowledge is power, as they say.
WORK <-> LIFE BALANCE:
I don't necessarily see that or think like that. Because my work IS a part of my life. Consequentially, I am not going to do shitty jobs and I've been blessed to have nice jobs throughout my life, so maybe that influences this. With that said, a job, like any other relationship, has to give me a breathing space.
FRIENDS:
I am not looking for friends, I am looking for dependable acquiantances. Even then, I highly value open mindedness and dependability.
PROFESSIONAL SETTING:
I act like I usually act, but perhaps with a bit more reverence towards order and hierarchy. Concerning strangers, I act completely as I usually act: openly, warmly, logically etc. There is no real distinction between a "stranger" and a "friend" for me, except that a "stranger" is more of an one use person, while a "friend" is more often around.
PERCEPTION(OTHER PEOPLE):
Look, I don't know and you'll have to ask them. What others think is generally not my concern, though I do like being admired or regarded highly. And I can't read minds and such, ask them. I won't even venture a guess, again, ask them.
SOCIAL GROUPS:
I tend to be pretty independent and flit amongst social groups. Will that annoy some? Certainly. Do I care? Not really. Regardless, I naturally spot these(I'm rather good at perception stuff) and it's useful to know, even if it isn't any concern of mine.
SELF VALUES:
I try to br honest, open minded, dependable, free spirited and objective. Do I live up to those high values? Who cares honestly, as long as I try and as long as I'm, basically, incorruptible, I don't care.
IDEAL HOUSE:
First off, we need to talk about the location and the price. A living place has to be connected and it has to be affordable - no paying through the nose. Second of all, it has to be spacy so everyone can have his own small universe. Thirdly, it has to look like something, otherwise I might as well sleep on a bench / in a cave. Finally, I'm perfectly satisfied with what I have right now, if I didn't have to purchase another place, I most likely wouldn't(or one would get repurposed to rent space).
HOBBIES:
Nothing out of ordinary you eon't find in millions of pointless tests like this one. Movie watching(I especially like stuff like Guardians, Ragnarok or Pirates), helping around the house, playing games(I really like what Nioh did for example ; I also like Diablo likes), analyzing and categorizing stuff etc etc. I also like to dabble into predictions of politics / sport etc. But NO BETTING! I am NOT WASTING MY MONEY!
ROMANTIC START:
Tbh, it all depends on context of meeting. And I could just say something cliche like "to get rejected" or "to make a big mistake", but I won't. One rather interesting "fear"(not really though) is that the person could be cheating or if I fell into love with a "taken" person. Of course, the onus is on her, if she wants to be with me, it's her decision. If she cheats...well...it's none of my business!
IDEAL PARTNER:
Pretty much like the "Friend" section, just in a female form. Also, not terribly thin(better to be somewhat stocky than somewhat thin imo) and overall well groomed. What did you honestly expect, I could've easily said something like "a personalized Jessica Alba". I also quite value my freedom, so no gushy, overbearing acts. This goes for the relationship as well. A "long lasting friend with benefits" would suit me greatly. You are you, I am me, I, presumably, love you and let's keep the freedom and individuality.
MONEY:
Oh I am great with money. Given that I don't really drink(occasionally only) and that I don't smoke, go out etc, I usually have tons of it around. I don't mind sharing it either, but I'm in the first place, capisci? I don't try to save it at all, I just rationally purchase stuff while cutting bad, expensive stuff out of my life. That's why I can make stunning flash purchases that really set heart on fire. Though I don't really...it's the material for the next question I think.
FASHION / PRESENTNESS:
Just like I said before, I don't really care what most of others think, but I do care greatly what I think. And I'll be the judge on whether a combo is good. I don't follow fashion, I mostly go around in various forms of T-Shirt / Polo + Jeans. It's a beautiful combo, especially once you get colors rolling. And very adaptable / comfortable too. Though I do have a thing for Suits as well, though they aren't everyday wear by any stretch of imagination. And the brands. Look, I'm not paying the "brand tax", only if I witness the quality first hand(even then...). I rather like dependable, but not super expensive stuff like AMDATi or Benetton and such. nVidia and Versace can, honestly, screw themselves.
BEDROOM:
I keep it rather simple and, I try to make it tidy too. If I forget though, there are other people who will make it tidy and nice for me. I like tidy places, but not at the cost of pleasant feelings or efficiency. Perhaps in that order.
UPSET:
This is...very troubling, given my aspirations to control myself and to "beat my Anger into submission". I usually completely lose my temper and either just cuss someone('s family) or completely erupt. In both cases hitting weakspots I am rather good at noticing and exploiting(even if I don't really want to do the latter). How do I calm down? I simply let nature take its course and wind down and find something interesting / fun to think about / do. I also quite can't stay doing nothing at all(like security guards for example) - it just unnerves the hell out of me!
OTHER:
Thank you for reading thus far. Much appreciated.
Oh and one more thing: Philosophically, I'm rather like a combination of Epicureanism and Utilitarianism with a good dose of Consequentialism. Consequences MUST be taken into account, but so should pleasure. Do note that the pleasure has a tendency to eat itself, so keep it rational, eh? And there is this saying by a rather Bombastic Swiss Petrochemist(or was he an Iatro?):
"Sola dosis facit venenum"
Keep a good measure, will you?
(sorry, for no flair ; mobile and all)
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2019.07.31 23:44 notdoingthedamnthing recap of the almost famous podcast featuring me. tyler cameron.

PS. TYPO IN TITLE. *MR. TYLER. not me, tyler. i'm not tyler. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
here's a recap of the almost famous podcast featuring mr. tyler cameron 🙃 posting now and will continue to add to it as i am currently listening to it 😂 here we go.
ashley begins by saying tyler is the most popular male member of the bachelor franchise on instagram. tyler laughs and says, "i guess."
ashley says he should be on the cover of magazines and is popular enough to be "world's sexiest man." tyler reiterates that his family has been so supportive and kept him humble.
ben says that tyler must know he's a good looking guy and that he's been told that his entire life. compares him to paul newman. he asks what the response to him from america feels like?
tyler says he didn't expect this at all. everyone has been amazing. he wants to give back and continue to work with abc food tours. just wants to bring others up.
ashley mentions that he was a dark horse this season. that the first 4 weeks he was under the radar. she wants to know how he feels about those stages? he says that he and hannah first made their big connection when he helped perk her up in rhode island. says that experience really catapulted their relationship because he doesn't think hannah really took him seriously before.
ashley laughs at this and says that she knows hannah didn't take him seriously before. she knows because she had interviewed hannah in rhode island before her dates that week. ashley brought to hannah's attention that tyler was creating the most buzz online based on his profile photo and that everyone thought he was the only cute stand out. (+ she had to mention her cameo with jared 🙄) she says that hannah told her that she thought he was a player.
ashley asks if that was frustrating to him that hannah thought he was a player just because of his appearance? tyler says no, that it was just another way for him to break down barriers and prove to her he isn't like that. she was open with him about feeling like that and he was able to air out his past with her so they could get over that. he thinks that time where she was really upset just helped them build a stronger bond.
ben says he understands why tyler is getting the reception he is that he's a good dude. he compliments tyler's looks several times and says he's a good dancer. he also says that he thinks tyler deserves it all, but that he thinks tyler has had the easiest journey on the bachelorette of all time. he says he thinks this because all of the other guys on hannah's season self destructed.
tyler says you need to be confident in your relationship and he thinks lack of confidence is why the other men blew up. and the info that came out about jed afterwards also really disappointed him. he wanted hannah to be in good hands and he thought the final three men could have provided that. he thinks jed had the chance to come clean and he never did. his heart aches for hannah and she deserves the world and he wanted her to be the happiest person ever. he says he wishes jed would have told hannah on the show because then she could have eliminated him and it would have been way better for her.
ben asks that when looking back on the situation does he think jed actually cared about hannah? tyler says he and jed were very close and even roommates at points during the show. he believes jed had serious feelings and did love hannah. he thinks he just handled it poorly with hannah and the ex and didn't communicate it well. he believes jed did catch the serious feelings and that he just didn't know how to come clean.
tyler says hannah will come out on top through this. that she killed it last night and the world is hers. she can do whatever wants and she is so powerful. that she will crush it no matter what. ashley compliments hannah by saying she is articulate and tyler says that she's so intelligent.
ben asks tyler if he wants to be apart of the powerful world hannah is creating? tyler says we will see. ben isn't having that response and says no he must answer the question! but, ashley cuts in and tells ben not to back him into a corner like he was last night. tyler laughs and then says he thinks they need to have a drink, hang out, see what it's like with no pressure. no cameras. just be around each other and enjoy each other. their relationship was great. he's learned a lot from her. and she isn't someone he would cut off from being his friend just because it didn't work out.
ashley says they should catch up but that she what she really wants to know is if he felt super pressured last night from the crowd/chris/hannah to accept the drink offer? tyler immediately says no he didn't feel like that. that he thought eventually it was going to happen. that he thought it was inevitable for them to get a drink and dinner soon to talk. and that chris was just throwing fuel on the fire.
he says that the bachelorette chapter has closed and that it's time for a new chapter to begin. and that who knows what will happen.
ben wants to know tyler's feelings now. is there any resentment? tyler says no there is no resentment. but he says thats why they need to take it slow. if they were to try and rush into a relationship at ATFR it wouldn't be healthy for them. but that he does want to see if it goes somewhere one step at a time. no pressure.
ashley says she thinks the show was trying to play it off like hannah and tyler are together now even though they aren't. so wants to know if he feels like a backup plan? tyler says no. he wants to just take one step at a time. and just to see how it is. he doesn't feel like a fall back guy at all. he states that he would still be her biggest cheerleader even if she was still with jed.
ashley says he is so respectful and wants to know what kind of planet he came from. she says that jared definitely came from this planet and tyler says ben started this planet.
ben says again tyler is a good dude. but that there HAD to be pressure to accept hannah's date request positively. he states that if tyler had said no it would have looked bad for the show, the love story and for everyone. he goes on to say that tyler has gotta know that so many women want him now. then he mentions that women are also obsessed with him on instagram. he wants to know if this has changed tyler? also if it changes the way he wants to date? and if it changes how he feels about hannah?
tyler says he doesn't think so. but he doesn't know. he hasn't put himself out there in the dating world since the show. he doesn't know what to expect and it's been crazy. it doesn't change the way he feels about hannah. he doesn't look at her any differently because he has more instagram followers now. hannah is hannah to him. he doesn't want to put pressure on anything. everything is crazy. and he doesn't know what to expect.
ben gives advice and says that this show changes you. he tells him to let this show enhance the life you have but don't let it change you. because there is nothing fulfilling about chasing the fame and looking for the next conquest. the coolest thing that happens on this show is when men like tyler don't let the positive comments blow up their ego. and that in 5 years tyler will look back and be so happy if he treats it that way. no matter if he's with hannah or not. just don't let his head get too big. after listening, tyler says he respects ben and that advice a lot. he will say in touch with ben.
ashley now talks about jade having her baby. talks about bringing her the labor inducing salad. jade went into labor 55 hours after eating the salad. ashley is incredibly proud of herself for helping jade have her baby in time for her media event wedding (but she does admit that she wouldn't blame jade for not traveling across the country with a two week old.) this labor salad tangent legit goes on for ten minutes. i zoned out. jade accidentally had the baby at home in the master closet. tanner, his mom and jade's mom all witnessed it. emmy was asleep through the whole thing. honestly, this sounds extra traumatizing to me guys. i've pushed 4 humans out and uh, it's not something i would like to do next to my hamper of dirty laundry.
ashley says she would be stoked if jade could make it now but it's whatever jade feels comfortable with. she doesn't want people down her throat about her wanting jade to fly with baby so soon. ben tells everyone to please go comment nice things on all ashley's instagram because she needs it. and that ashley is sad by the mean comments from people. he says its love on ashley week. it's rough for her to accept that the sane people in the world are saying that she's crazy for expecting jade to come to her wedding with a newborn. she doesn't want to be the crazy friend. ben says we will get her through this and help her know the criticism will fade. ashley cuts in and says she doesn't need the listeners to make her feel good... but ben insists.
thank god. we finally move on. it's time for ashley to ask tyler about gigi hadid?! she says although he has a drink date with hannah she needs to know if he and gigi are going to date?! tyler says they just follow each other. ashley interrupts to say that they have definitely talked and asks if he slid into her dms. he repeats that no. they really have never spoken. ashley sighs and says she is sure that many models are after tyler.
they ask who his celebrity crush is? tyler says jessica alba. then ashley brags for jade that jessica alba commented on her bff's instaphoto the other day. wow. so riveting. so famous. tyler literally just says, "oh. really." ha.
they want to know who tyler is most excited for in paradise? he's says dylan, john paul jones, and demi will own the beach. that dylan is hilarious and will crush it.
ashley asks if he watched the show prior? he says he watched jojos season with his ex. ashley asks who signed him up for the show? tyler says, "i did" and ashley cheers because she also signed herself up. he mentions that he was a broke jock and signed up for the show while getting his mba. ashley seems shocked he has an mba. again, she must know what planet did he freaking come from?!
ben wants to know what's up next for tyler? he says he is filing for his general contractor license. his dad got sick and he had to put that on the side for awhile but he's already passed the tests. he aspires to get his own construction company started up. he also has a partner that he wants to team up with that can be the eyes of the company while he continues to help with abc food tours. he says the the food tours make him so happy. they've gained access to 20 more schools in brooklyn and have more tours planned. he also explains that people can donate to help with the food tours on their website. ❤️
now there is an ad for the iheartradio music fest and they invite tyler to join if he isn't the bachelor. ashley says she really wants him as the bachelor instead. but tyler says "he's there" for the fest.
ashley now wants to know if tyler thought hannah "reeeaaallllyyy NEEDED to say that she slept with peter 4 times in the fantasy suite?!" tyler says he has no problem with that. that she's powerful and empowering other women. he says she is free to speak about her sex life and that he believes it's important for her to do that. he adds that he has no right to judge her because he has a past too. so, he really had no problem with it.
ashley then says, "you'd sure have a problem with that if you were engaged to her though!.." tyler says no right away and ashley responds with, "no?" tyler says he told her during their fantasy suite that he needed her to figure out everything for herself. he states that he didn't care what she did because he also has a past and couldn't judge her. he references a song lyric that says, "please don't judge me because if you judge me it'll be ugly before it's beautiful." and he wanted to know that if he was her choice she would be sure of it. he didn't want her to ever second guess anything.
i kid you not, ashley triples down and says that if tyler was engaged to hannah while she announced to america that she had sex 4 times instead of 2 times that she knows it would rub him the wrong way. she adds that she does think it's ok for hannah to talk about the sex because she was single. but, that it was a big sign to america that she was single. tyler admits that he wasn't in that situation but he does believe that if they were engaged they would have already discussed it. he says again, that he truly doesn't think he would have been upset. that he wouldn't judge her. and for the fourth time he reminds ashley that has a past too. since, ya know, he's forced to repeat himself apparently.
ben tells ashley that he's with tyler on this one. ben admits he wouldn't love hearing it again but he wouldn't be mad either. ashley says, "but she aired it all out to the public though." and then ben says the part of the conversation that was the weirdest to him was that it was had in front of peter's parents. tyler now quips in with, "hahaha barbra was pumped! her laugh took over the whole audio. it was hilarious." 😂
ashley asks how long it took him to recover from the heartbreak? tyler says that it's still ongoing the more that he sees hannah. he says he was so excited to see her again and be around her. she brings so much energy -whereas he's laid back- and he loves that she is a fireball. he says he doesn't know what to say, but he still feels something. he says he forgot where he was supposed to be going with that train of thought ashley repeats that she wants to know if he's still heartbroken. he explains by saying to put it this way, he almost lost his dad. he has known him for 26 years and he's only known hannah for the duration of the show. and he knew that if he could handle almost losing his dad he knew that he would be able to recover from this too.
ashley asks how his parents still have such a good relationship despite getting divorced? tyler says that his dad getting sick was a blessing in disguise because it put his dad on the straight and narrow and it brought his family closer together. he is proud that his parents were able to put their differences aside and that they've managed to have a great relationship still. tyler adds that his hometown date was extra special especially because it's a time with his dad that is documented. he also adds that hannah helped pull so much emotion out of him and it led to him having one of the best talks ever with his dad during that date. he's grateful to hannah for that.
ben wants to know what his dad's thoughts are on tyler and hannah rekindling their relationship? tyler says that he isn't setting too many expectations. he wants to take their time together like any normal person would take a first date. he doesn't want pressure for hannah or for him. but adds that his parents are just super supportive and proud of him for how he's handeling everything. he attributes how he's conducted himself to how well his parents raised him and his brothers. he says that his dad always just tells him to take his time and be humble.
they're finishing up but want to talk about jed. what is tyler's friendship like with jed now? what was it like seeing him last night?
tyler says that he actually didn't see jed last night. he says there hasn't been much said between the two of them. he says there will be a time that they talk but that jed just has some things he needs to figure out for himself.
ashley asks if tyler knows what the 444 thing is about from the jed texts? tyler doesn't have any clue. ashley wants to know if tyler cringed when jed brought out the guitar for the proposal and everyone in the studio laughs. tyler does this mixture of a small laugh and a sad-ish sigh and says yeah. he thinks that the time hannah and jed had during the proposal should have been spent on just him and her. but he thinks that jed might really need music to help him express himself. but, ben says that john mayer would never pull that stunt and it was weird lol.
ashley asks how tyler felt about jed saying "he won" the show instead of saying he was engaged? tyler says that it's not the best way to say the show ended for him. he compares it to luke saying he was falling in love with hannah after 12 minutes. that too many men took the experience as a competition instead of building a relationship. so yeah, saying he won wasn't best.
ashley reminds tyler that he is one of the biggest heart throbs in the country right now. she wants to know if he still wants to get married right now? tyler starts to say yeah but ashley cuts in to say, "but like, right now though?" tyler again says yes. he tells her how his dad always tells him that it'll slap him in the face and he will just know. then adds that if it happens today or in years, he'll be happy when it happens.
ashley briefly mentions dating apps. tyler says he has to yell at his brother to get off of tinder. that you need to build a relationship organically. he says people just want instant gratification and that the swiping on the apps is just ego stroking.
it's finally the last question from ashley. she prefaces it by saying that she knows tyler probably won't appreciate her question, but ya know, continues to ask it anyway. she wants to know if tyler feels that hannah asking him out last night messed up his bachelor chances? she believes that now america will be wanting hannah to get a happy ending over him being the bachelor. what does he think?
tyler says that he hasn't put too much thought into being the bachelor. everything has been a firestorm, especially since last night. he will be taking it day by day. he will be getting a drink with hannah - and if it detours him from being the bachelor then he wasn't meant to be the bachelor. whatever happens, happens. and it will all work out the way that it's supposed to.
she asks for the seven hundredth time what planet he came from. he tells her jupiter.
ben wants to know who the man tyler wants to be and what he wants his legacy to look like? tyler says he just want to be known as a man that takes care of his family, one to spread love and show how great love is, to lead by example and be a good example. he says that the man he wants to be is undefined right now and he's writing it as he goes. and that he's just enjoying the ride and seeing where it goes.
ben encourages tyler to process who he wants to become and where he wants life to go. that so many choices in the next month can change his life forever. he finishes by thanking tyler for being such a good dude and such a hot hot stud. and alas, we have reached our end. it's now over.
(OK, let me insert my eyeroll here now because after listening to this shit - i truly couldn't believe that ashley fucking iaconetti loves hannah brown any less. 🙄 i promise i tried my hardest to stay neutral throughout guys, but she must have taken an extra annoying pill this morning.)
so uh. i'm sorry that it probably just took you longer to read this then it would have taken to listen to the podcast. but, thanks for hanging in there. i must go actually acknowledge my children's needs again now 😬🙃😂
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2019.04.24 01:00 tehawesomedragon New Marvel Comics and Releases for April 24th, 2019 - Official Discussion Hub [Spoilers]

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The following were the most popular releases of last week (April 3rd): Avengers: No Road Home #10 Spider-Man: Life Story #2 War of the Realms #2 West Coast Avengers #10 Amazing Spider-Man #19.HU Daredevil #4 Magnificent Ms. Marvel #2
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New Issues Out This Week

Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #3 W: Leah Williams A: Georges Jeanty THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES! ALL LOVE IS FORBIDDEN LOVE. Blob knows this. Psylocke knows this. The X-Tracts enforce the law. And yet...
Amazing Spider-Man #20 W: Nick Spencer A: Humberto Ramos “HUNTED” PART 4. The big showdown begins. Spider-Man vs. Kraven. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. If this is like past Kraven stories, you know it’s not going to go how you THINK it’s going to go.
Avengers: Edge of Infinity #1 W: Ralph Macchio A: Andrea Di Vito M.O.D.O.K.’S SCHEME REACHES ITS ENDGAME! From the wreckage of their moon base, the villainous LUNAR rises again — with a deadly plan for the shards of the COSMIC CUBE! Join CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK WIDOW, IRON MAN and CAPTAIN MARVEL in a race against time that will determine the fate of the solar system! But what is M.O.D.O.K.’s plan, and how does he figure into LUNAR’s ambitions? All will be revealed as the Avengers fight to save the Earth from the EDGE OF INFINITY!
Avengers #18 (War of the Realms tie-in) W: Jason Aaron A: Ed Mcguinness WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! See the greatest heroes of Washington, D.C., in action as the War of the Realms comes to the nation’s capital. Who needs the Avengers when you’ve got the all-new Squadron Supreme of America? But who are these mysterious new heroes, and where did they come from? Only Agent Coulson knows.
Black Panther #11 W: Ta-​Nehisi Coates A: Kev Walker “THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA: THE GATHERING OF MY NAME” PART 5. Just when all hope seems lost, an unexpected ally comes to T’Challa’s aid! And with their help, the rightful king of Wakanda will be restored — but it may come at the cost of everything the rebellion has fought for. What is left to salvage of the Black Panther’s name?
Black Widow #4 W: Sylvia Soska, Jen Soska A: F Flaviano LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! The Black Widow has been trapped in someone else’s web! Natasha finds herself captured by the villains behind the online torture show known as No Restraints Play. The bids are coming in. The clock is counting down. Work fast, Widow!
Doctor Strange #13 W: Mark Waid A: Barry Kitson Galactus has been set loose on other dimensions! What effect will eating otherdimensional planets have on Galactus? It’s up to Doctor Stephen Strange to make sure these effects don’t destroy EVERYTHING!
Fantastic Four #9 W: Dan Slott A: Stefano Caselli, Paco Medina “WHAT PRICE VICTORY?” One cruel act will forever change the relationship between the Fantastic Four and Victor Von Doom. The fate of Latveria and of the world and the balance of Cosmic Power in the Universe all rests on one decision! All will be revealed in the terrifying final chapter of “Herald of Doom”!
Hulkverines #3 W: Greg Pak A: Ario Anindito THREE HULKVERINES – BUT ONLY ONE WEAPON H! Together, the Hulk’s old foe the Leader and Weapon H’s own creator, Dr. Alba, have managed to do what the Weapon X program never could: capture and transform the two greatest fighters in the Marvel Universe. And now they’re heading straight for a nuclear power plant. It’s up to Clay to stop them — but what is one Hulkverine against two? The conclusion of the clash of the century!
Ironheart #5 W: Eve Ewing A: Luciano Vecchio There’s still more to uncover about the forces behind Daija’s kidnapping, and Ironheart will have to face them once and for all. Can she survive her first showdown with the mysterious Ten Rings?
Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home Prelude #2 W: Peter David A: Luca Maresca DON’T MESS WITH THE VULTURE! Determined to prove to his mentor, TONY STARK, A.K.A. IRON MAN, that he’s ready to be an Avenger, PETER PARKER, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN, has been tracking down a weapons dealer distributing alien CHITAURI technology in Queens. But when that same technology threatens Peter’s fellow students, it’s up to SPIDER-MAN to save the day! However, when THE VULTURE flies in to protect his operation, will Peter be able to defend his neighborhood from the winged menace or will there be no more neighborhood left to save? Find out in the thrilling conclusion and get ready for this summer’s SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME with this adaption of the smash hit SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING!
Marvel Comics Presents #4 W: Benjamin Percy, Daniel Kibblesmith, Charles Soule A: Pere Perez, Paulo Siqueira, Juan Ferreyra Our tour of the history of Marvel reaches the turbulent 1970s! Wolverine’s vigil takes an unexpected turn! Spider-Man has an adventure in the new age of blockbuster cinema! Finally, an all-new tale of Moon Knight, one of the decade’s most exciting creations!
Marvel Rising #2 W: Nilah Magruder A: Roberto Di Salvo THE MAGICAL KINGDOM OF JERSEY! Morgan Le Fay has invaded New Jersey! Or should we say - NEW CAMELOT?! And under her mind-twisting rule, the citizens are going crazy! But Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl are not about to watch the local bodegas turn into potion-dealing apothecaries. Luckily, they’ve got a few friends to help them out: Spider-Man Miles Morales and Inhuman Inferno! And when former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson joins the case, they’re sure to have Morgan on the ropes. Unless, of course, she sends a GIANT HORDE OF MONSTERS AFTER THEM?! Okay, this looks worse than we thought -
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #42 W: Brandon Montclare A: Natacha Bustos, Ray-Anthony Height THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GUEST STARS! Lunella and Devil meet the original kid hero himself, Spider-Man!
Mr. and Mrs. X #10 W: Kelly Thompson A: Oscar Bazaldua “Gambit & Rogue Forever” concludes! Will the hottest couple in the Marvel Universe be able to escape Mojoworld? Or will they be doomed to rerun hell?
Runaways #20 W: Rainbow Rowell A: Andres Genolet The fallout from “That Was Yesterday” is still very much being felt. There’s rebuilding to do, both metaphorical and literal – Are the Runaways up for these repairs?
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #31 W: Simon Spurrier A: Andrea Broccardo, Emilio Laiso WORST AMONG EQUALS, PART 6. “WHEREIN: VERY KABOOM” Time’s up. DOCTOR APHRA and TRIPLE-ZERO have mere seconds to remove their bomb implants before it’s explodo o’clock. With undead bounty hunters, monster trappers and the foulest divisions of the IMPERIAL war machine between her and salvation, is this the end for the amoral archaeologist? One thing’s for sure: it’ll come down to who trusts who...and who gets what they deserve
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1 W: Ethan Sacks A: Will Sliney A CALL TO ADVENTURE ON THE VERY EDGE OF THE GALAXY! THE COMIC TIE-IN TO THE THEME PARK! BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants and travelers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market – or experience the exotic thrills only the remote world of Batuu has to offer. Beings like the infamous DOK-ONDAR, a proprietor of rare and one-of-a-kind antiquities, thrive on the unique opportunities which abound on the lawless outpost at the very edge of Wild Space! But the evil FIRST ORDER has come to Batuu and the survival of the entire outpost is at stake! The road to Black Spire’s possible salvation might begin in the past...with a job HAN SOLO and his partner CHEWBACCA pulled for Dok-Ondar. The newest chapter of the growing Star Wars saga begins this April with ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE) AND WILL SLINEY’S (BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY) GALAXY’S EDGE – the riveting comic adventure tie-in to the theme park.
Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #3 W: David Lopez A: Greg Smallwood THE STAR-CROSSED LOVER! DARTH VADER, a name that strikes fear in the hearts of countless across the galaxy...but there is one lonely heart that beats just for him. What is it like to be in love with LORD VADER? And what fate will befall one who is infatuated with the tall, dark mystery behind the mask?
Superior Spider-Man #5 W: Christos Gage A: Mike Hawthorne After the cosmic threat of Terrax, Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, is ready for the usual Spider-Man fare of street-level villains. So he’s none too pleased when a major magic threat rears its ugly head and he’s forced to - ugh - ask for help -- from guest star DOCTOR STRANGE! But will Strange help Otto or take him down?
Thanos #1 W: Tini Howard A: Ariel Olivetti THANOS IS DEAD! Executed by the deadliest assassin in the galaxy - his daughter, Gamora. But before their relationship came to a bloody end, how did it begin? Find out in this all new miniseries by Tini Howard (MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH and AGE OF CONAN: BELIT) and Ariel Olivetti (DEATH OF THE INHUMANS)!
Venom #13 (War of the Realms tie-in) W: Cullen Bunn A: Iban Coello WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! The Marvel Comics event of the year makes landfall in the world of the wicked web-slinger as Venom gets swept up in Malekith’s campaign to take over the Ten Realms! But Malekith has designs for the sinister symbiote - and they may prove fatal!
War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1 W: Matthew Rosenberg A: Pere Perez The War of the Realms has come to Midgard - and Westchester! Malekith’s forces are invading Earth, and the heroes of Earth are joining with the heroes of Asgard to fight them back! Who better to lead the X-Men into that war than their very own Valkyrie, Dani Moonstar?
Wolverine: The Long Night Adaptation #4 W: Benjamin Percy A: Marcio Takara Another body. Another dead-end lead. The investigation into the killer ripping through Burns, Alaska, spirals further into chaos – as money, mysticism and monsters make it impossible to find the truth. And the truth is even murkier around the one man – one monster – who sits at the center of it all.

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2019.03.26 14:20 autobuzzfeedbot 8 celebrities who love to shop at Target

  1. Harrison Ford joined a number of stars when he attended Target's 2013 movie screenings. But three years later, the actor was also seen buying odds and ends at a Target in Wichita, Kansas.
  2. Ariana Grande embraced fans while shopping in a Pennsylvania Target in March 2019. The singer was also spotted the previous year leaving a New York City Target with her then-fiancé Pete Davidson.
  3. There have been multiple Nicolas Cage sightings at various Targets over the years. The actor interacted with fans at a Louisville store in 2016, while shoppers snapped photos of him at a different Target store in 2015 and 2015.
  4. Jennifer Garner is no stranger to Target. She's been photographed shopping at the chain with her kids, and she's also partnered with the brand to launch a healthy baby snack. In one ad, Garner herself dressed up as a Target employee.
  5. Britney Spears has been snapped shopping at the national retailer so many times that Buzzfeed has dubbed her "the Queen of Target."
  6. Liam Hemsworth has been spotted in Target at least twice. He visited an Alabama store solo in 2018 and visited a Target in California with his now-wife Miley Cyrus in 2012.
  7. It's not surprising that Jessica Alba has been seen frequenting Target. Her Honest Company sells a wide range of products through the retailer, after all.
  8. Knowles' January Target run wasn't her first. She was previously spotted at the store in 2017, browsing with her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, and her daughter, Blue Ivy. And back in 2011, the singer celebrated the anniversary of an East Harlem Target store.
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2019.03.24 14:50 autobuzzfeedbot 7 celebrities who love to shop at Target

  1. Ariana Grande embraced fans while shopping in a Pennsylvania Target in March 2019. The singer was also spotted the previous year leaving a New York City Target with her then-fiancé Pete Davidson.
  2. There have been multiple Nicolas Cage sightings at various Targets over the years. The actor interacted with fans at a Louisville store in 2016, while shoppers snapped photos of him at a different Target store in 2015 and 2014.
  3. Jennifer Garner is no stranger to Target. She's been photographed shopping at the chain with her kids, and she's also partnered with the brand to launch a healthy baby snack. In one ad, Garner herself dressed up as a Target employee.
  4. Britney Spears has been snapped shopping at the national retailer so many times that Buzzfeed has dubbed her "the Queen of Target."
  5. Liam Hemsworth has been spotted in Target at least twice. He visited an Alabama store solo in 2018 and visited a Target in California with his now-wife Miley Cyrus in 2011.
  6. It's not surprising that Jessica Alba has been seen frequenting Target. Her Honest Company sells a wide range of products through the retailer, after all.
  7. Knowles' January Target run wasn't her first. She was previously spotted at the store in 2017, browsing with her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, and her daughter, Blue Ivy. And back in 2011, the singer celebrated the anniversary of an East Harlem Target store.
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2018.09.17 10:57 THE_NEGOTIUM The Real Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs

15 signs you’re an entrepreneur:

passionate, dedicated, optimistic.

These words can apply to entrepreneurs. But insecure and troublemaker are also accurate, according to many who know a success when they see one. You might be an entrepreneur if the following traits describe you.

  1. You Take Action

Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran group and co-star of TV’s Shark Tank, says people who have a concept but not a detailed strategy are more likely to have that special entrepreneurial ability. Corcoran’s recommendation is to invent as you go rather than spending time writing a plan at your desk.

  1. You’re Insecure

Many entrepreneurs are really insecure. Underneath, Corcoran says those who are nervous about failing can become hyper-focused on success. If you feel insecure, use that emotion to drive you to achieve your business goals.

  1. You’re Crafty

“One of my favorite TV shows growing up was MacGyver,” says Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. “Because he never had exactly the resources he needed but would somehow figure out how to make everything work.” Hsieh says he admires MacGyver’s creativity, optimism and street smarts. It’s not about having enough resources, but about being resourceful with what you do have.

  1. You’re Obsessed With Cash Flow

“All I ever thought about was cash flow and liquidity,” says Joe Gustafson, founder of Brainshark. You need cash to fight the battle one more day. Even if you want to build the best company in the world.

  1. You Get Into Hot Water

Stephen Bourque, founder and CEO of Incognito Software, says that “true entrepreneurs are more likely to ask for forgiveness than permission.” Entrepreneurs are never satisfied with the status quo, he says. “I wish my employees would get into more trouble because it shows they’re on the lookout for opportunities to improve.”

  1. You’re Fearless

“Where most avoid risk entrepreneurs see potential,” says chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible. In some ways, he says, “entrepreneurs are the ultimate optimist” because they operate under the belief that their investments of time and money will eventually pay off.

  1. You Can’t Sit Still

Entrepreneurs have unbridled energy that fuels them long past the time when their employees have gone home. They’re eager, excited and energized about business in a way that makes them stand out.

  1. You’re Malleable

“If you have only one acceptable outcome in mind your chances of making it are slim,” says Rosemary Camposano, president and CEO of Halo Blow Dry Bars. “Smart entrepreneurs consistently evolved, tweaking their business concepts in response to market feedback.”

  1. You Enjoy Navel Gazing

“Entrepreneurs need to be comfortable with the process of evaluating their own performance,” says Laura Novak Meyer, owner of Little Nest Portraits. Little Nest surveys every client to ask for opportunities for improvement, and Meyer has worked closely with a business coach to identify personal areas where she needs to improve.

  1. You’re Motivated by Challenges

“When confronted by problems, entrepreneurs rise to the occasion. Challenges motivate them to work harder,” says Jeff Platt, CEO of the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park franchise. Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, agrees. Despite naysayers who questioned her idea for a bakery in the midst of the early 2000s, she persevered and now has locations in eight states.

  1. You Consider Yourself an Outsider

“Entrepreneurs aren’t always accepted,” says Vincent Petryk, founder of JP Licks, a chain of ice cream shops. “They are often rejected for being different in some way. And that just makes them work harder.” He says that rather than copying what most ice cream shops were doing, he forged his own path and only one of his early competitors are still in business.

  1. You Recover Quickly

It’s a popular notion that successful entrepreneurs fail fast and fail often. If you fail, resist the urge to mourn or feel sorry for yourself. Don’t wallow. Move on to the next big thing immediately.

  1. You Fulfill Needs

“Many people recognize marketplace holes, but the true entrepreneur takes them from cocktail napkin into reality,” says Jennifer Dawn, partner in Savor — the successful business network for women. “Entrepreneurs think of a way to fix it, and take steps to fix it. They’re innovators.”

  1. You Surround Yourself With Advisors

Actress Jessica Alba, co-founder and president of the Honest Company, says, “It’s important to surround yourself with people smarter than you and to listen to ideas that aren’t yours.” True entrepreneurs don’t hire “yes men” — they talk to those with experience, conduct research and gather as much information as they can in order to make informed decisions.

  1. You Work Hard and Play Hard

“Entrepreneurs fall down and pick themselves up until they get it right,” says Micha Kaufman, who snowboards and sails in addition to running Fiverr, the online marketplace he co-founded. During Fiverr’s launch, instead of trying to deal with an endless number of potential challenges, Kaufman and his team focused on the single biggest challenge every Marketplace has — building liquidity. He says,

“Not building liquidity is like worrying about the skills needed for frontside 360 jumps before learning snowboarding basics.”

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2018.09.14 14:05 Anonymous_1-2-3-4-5 MCU Movies Behind the Scenes Facts *Wanted to do this for fun* Day 3: Iron Man 2

So i'm going to go on IMDB and look at each MCU movies behind the scenes facts and POST THE MOST INTERESTING ONES here, I will post each movie a day instead of what I did before where I did 10 posts, I will start with the first Iron Man and each day will be the next MCU movie after it, ending with Guardians 3, I will also do the Netflix Shows, Agents of Shield and Agent Carter

IRON MAN 2

1. Jon Favreau had a lot of friction with the Marvel higher-ups, due to their constant intervention, to the point that they were having him rewrite the script as the film was still shooting. In particular, elements such as the increased prominence of the S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot, were the result of a need to establish the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in preparation for The Avengers (2012), at the expense of the coherence of the film's own plot. These disputes got so bad, that Favreau turned down directing Iron Man 3 (2013)

2. Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before she even got the part of Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, because she wanted the role so badly.

3. (At around fourteen minutes) When first talking with Senator Stern (Garry Shandling), Tony Stark says he would gladly accept the position of Secretary of Defense. In the comics, Tony Stark actually was appointed the Secretary of Defense.

4. Samuel L. Jackson was promised that Nick Fury would be given more screentime by Jon Favreau. Jackson almost didn't return to play Fury due to problems with contract negotiations, but secured a landmark nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury not only in this movie, but in many other Marvel Studio productions.

5. A lot of Whiplash's identifying features were suggested by Mickey Rourke. He wanted to perform half of his role in Russian, and consulted on the character's tattoos and gold teeth, as well as having a pet cockatoo. In fact, Rourke paid for the bird and the gold teeth out of his own pocket.

6. Although Mickey Rourke spent several months on a treadmill and weight training, he initially was still unable to move around and use the whip prop in the Whiplash outfit test, due to its sheer weight. To get around this problem, Rourke would wear heavy vests in subsequent physical training sessions to accustom his body in moving while wearing heavy armor.

7. Not being tech literate, Mickey Rourke found the most challenging part about playing Whiplash was pretending to know his way around a computer.

8. Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodey, due to a falling out between Howard and Marvel Studios. The two actors worked with each other in Crash (2004).

9. To prepare for her role, Scarlett Johansson trained six weeks before the movie started principal photography and the entire six months of shooting the movie.

10. According to director Jon Favreau, the technology in this film was portrayed as more futuristic: "After the first film, a number of tech companies talked about how uncanny a lot of our depictions of technology had turned out to be, and how many different films and videogames ended up being inspired by the imagery we used. This forced us to go a bit further into the future, and try and change the nature of this technology. If we'd just duplicated what happened in the first one, we would be behind the curve. So now we're dealing with holograms, the interface within the suit, and the suit being upgraded too."

11. Writer Shane Black recommended that Tony Stark's characterization be inspired by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb. After witnessing his creation's destructive potential, Oppenheimer defamed himself as "the Destroyer of Worlds" and sank into depression.

12. Robert Downey, Jr. gained twenty pounds of muscle to reprise his role of Tony Stark.

13. Scarlett Johansson had an initial freak-out moment when she first saw her character's catsuit, wondering how she was going to be able to move in such a tight costume.

14. (At around forty-seven minutes) The photo of Ivan being arrested that Tony Stark views in his research is an actual media photo of Mickey Rourke being arrested on a drugs charge when he was younger.

15. According to Mickey Rourke, he carried out a lot of research in Russia choosing what tattoos Ivan Vanko should carry on his body. He wanted authentic Russian tattoos, which would represent Vanko's Russian heritage, prison societies, and special clubs he might be in.

16. Mickey Rourke almost dropped out of the film when Marvel's initial pay offer to him was just $250,000.

17. Numerous news clippings shown in the film show Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko when they were younger men. Most of these are actual photos of Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke, both of whom came to fame in the 1980s.

18. (At around twenty-two minutes) According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers, in order to get to Monaco, is a member of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization Stark encountered in the first film. This organization is reportedly headed by Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin.

19. When Marvel first hired Samuel L. Jackson to play Nick Fury in the first two Iron Man movies, they wanted to keep it very secret. They actually drove Samuel's car onto the middle of the set, and they surrounded it with dressing trailers so that no one could see him get out of the car, and get into character, until Iron Man (2008) was released in theaters.

20. (At around one hour and thirty minutes) The dance Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer) does before presenting the drones at the Expo was improvised, and something he does to help himself get into character. It may also be a nod to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was known for his energetic stage presence.

21. Tony Stark's race car at Monaco was supposed to be Iron Man red, but Robert Downey, Jr. insisted on driving the blue and white car.

22. Hammer's factory is really Elon Musk's SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California. The people walking in the background are actual employees, even though filming took place at night.

23. Kenneth Branagh directed the post-credits scene that sets up Thor (2011).

24. To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow: "I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It's a culture of its own, and I really enjoyed doing the research, and meeting the people, and they were very gracious there at the prison." Rourke also commented that Vanko's dialogue is in a Slovakian accent.

25. It has been confirmed by actor Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige, that his character appeared in the movie, and was the little boy at the Stark Expo wearing the Iron Man helmet when the expo is attacked by Hammer Tech drones.

26. Mickey Rourke complained that many of his scenes were cut, especially scenes that provided more character development for Ivan Vanko.

27. In the comics, Tony Stark possesses a suitcase containing a portable suit of armor. This famous "suitcase armor" has been revised for the film. The suitcase converts into a series of plates that slide over a wire framework.

28. The year in which Anton Vanko is said to have defected to the U.S., 1963, is actually the year in which Vanko first appeared in the comics (as the Crimson Dynamo) and defected.

29. Tony Stark refers to the suitcase armor as "the football", a reference to the briefcase with nuclear launch codes that accompanies a U.S. President.

30. Though Black Widow is a Russian, she is given an American accent for the films, as the character is a flawless linguist.

31. In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film, to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark. The original purpose of the character in the comics was to explain why the various enemies Iron Man fought somehow gained unique and extremely advanced weapons, but usually kept them for themselves to commit violent crimes instead of making money by bringing them to market. Iron Man eventually discovers the reason is because Hammer gives the weapons to various criminals as part of their contracts to become his mercenaries, with the agreement that they hand over a percentage of the loot from their crimes.

32. Terrence Howard was replaced in the part of Rhodes for no perceived reason. The actor claimed that his contract wasn't honored. Entertainment Weekly stated that director Jon Favreau did not enjoy working with him, often re-shooting or cutting his scenes. There was also speculation that Marvel had gone to Howard asking him to accept a pay cut for appearing in this movie, as Howard had been the first actor cast for Iron Man (2008), he was paid the most.

33. According to Don Cheadle, he tried to make the role of Stark's right-hand man Rhodes his own, but eventually stole as much as possible from Terrence Howard's performance in the first film to bring him to life.

34. (At around three minutes) One of the very few Marvel Cinematic Universe films that has a full opening credits sequence, which plays over footage of Ivan Vanko building an arc reactor.

35. (At around fifty-eight minutes) Near the end of Tony Stark's fight with Rhodes, he says "You wanna be the War Machine? Then take your shot!" This is an homage to War Machine, Rhodes' superhero alias in the comics.

36. In an interview with MTV.com, Don Cheadle revealed that before Iron Man (2008) was released, he thought the hero was a robot.

37. Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008), plays Stark's antagonist Justin Hammer in the film.

38. Sam Rockwell accepted the role of Hammer without even reading the script, as he had enjoyed filming Made (2001) with Jon Favreau, while screenwriter Justin Theroux is a long-time friend of Rockwell's.

39. The character of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr. Vanko, who wears weaponry and armor that can control electricity), and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially designed razor and acid whip). In addition, the character is portrayed as the son of Anton Vanko, who was the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics, and assumes the identity of B. Turgenev (Boris Turgenev, in the comics, the second Crimson Dynamo).

40. Tony making Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries is taken from The Invincible Iron Man comic, though under different circumstances.

41. (At around one hour and twenty-nine minutes) When Hammer starts berating Ivan for failing to complete the drones, Vanko replies in Russian to Hammer's frustration. Vanko's comment roughly translates to "you talk too much."

42. Don Cheadle only had a few hours to accept the role of Rhodes. Although a comic book fan, Cheadle had never made one before due to the lack of black superheroes in the comic book universe.

43. Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and Angelina Jolie were considered for the role of Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow. Alba played Susan Storm in the first Fantastic Four film franchise, and Portman played Jane Foster in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

44. Emily Blunt was set to star as Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with her movie Gulliver's Travels (2010).

45. The layout, and many of the buildings of "Stark Expo 1974", were based on the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. In the Expo promo film outtakes shown in the movie, young Tony Stark picks up the Bell System Pavilion.

46. Tanner Foust took the role of driving Stark's racing car.

47. The part of Tony Stark getting drunk at his birthday party in the film is an homage to the comics where Stark has a recurring problem with alcoholism.

48. Mickey Rourke's Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler (2008) was the main reason why the producers wanted him to play Vanko.

49. (At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) The medals presented to Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) at the end of the movie are actual military medals: Rhodes is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and Stark is awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal.
50. This is Scarlett Johansson's third foray into comic book films. Her previous comic book films were Ghost World (2001) and The Spirit (2008), in which her character worked for the Octopus (played by Samuel L. Jackson). In this film, Johansson is again working under Jackson (as Nick Fury). Johansson had earlier expressed interest in playing the Marvel supervillain Moonstone.

51. This is the only film where Tony Stark is called by his legal name "Anthony Stark". Justin Hammer addresses Tony Stark as "Anthony Stark" twice in the movie.

52. Robert Downey, Jr. recommended Justin Theroux (who wrote Tropic Thunder (2008)) to Jon Favreau, to write the script.

53. The vintage automobiles seen in Stark's private collection, the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, once owned by Rita Hayworth (a present from Prince Aly Khan); a 1949 Mercury "lead sled" customized by Sam Barris (brother of George Barris, was provided by the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 1932 Ford flathead Roadster belonged to director Jon Favreau.

54. This film has cameos for two actresses that co-starred in movies based on Marvel Comic characters. Kate Mara plays a U.S. Marshal that serves Tony Stark with papers. She played Susan Storm in Fantastic Four (2015). Also making a cameo is Olivia Munn, who plays the television show presenter at the Stark Expo. Munn starred as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

55. The new element Stark creates comes from the Zeeman effect (a magnetic field) and the Stark effect (static electric fields).

56. In total, eleven different visual effects companies worked on the film.

57. (At around one hour and thirty minutes) As Justin Hammer is introducing each group of Hammer Drones, the anthem of each respective branch of the military plays in the background: The U.S. Army's "The Army Goes Rolling Along (The Caisson Song)", the U.S. Navy's "Anchors Aweigh", the U.S. Air Force's "The U.S. Air Force (Into the Wild Blue Yonder)", and the U.S. Marine Corps' "Marines' Hymn".

58. Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer.

59. Chapter Three of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

60. Tony Stark's artificial intelligence "J.A.R.V.I.S." stands for "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System".

61. During Stark's birthday party, partygoers begin throwing items into the air for a drunk Stark (suited up as Iron Man) to blast. One girl throws a watermelon, and Stark comments "Oh, you want the Gallagher?" This is a reference to Gallagher, whose famous Sledge-O-Matic comedy routine splatters produce (usually juicy items, like watermelons and tomatoes) onto the front rows of the audience.

62. Jon Favreau's first sequel as a director, and as an actor.

63. Five authentic vintage formula one race cars were used in the Monaco race. Among them is a 1976 Lotus type 77 owned by collector Chris Locke. In the starting list of drivers shown on the television, one of the drivers names is Locke while another is Chapman, after Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus and their F1 team manager until his death in 1982.

64. Composer John Debney recorded the score in only four days.

65. Renowned animator Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to storyboard the film's action sequences.

66. The idea of being poisoned by the suit is a reference to the Mark XVI in the comics, where Tony had to abandon it because it created health problems.

67. The first appearance in the cinematic Marvel comic book universe of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

68. Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his The Incredible Hulk (2008) role as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of The Avengers (2012).

69. Eliza Dushku actively campaigned for the role of Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow.

70. According to the January 2012 Air & Space Magazine, Tony Stark's character was also inspired by South African-born (SpaceX and PayPal co-founder) Elon Musk. A statue of Iron Man, complete with company ID, "stands guard" at SpaceX, along with a Battlestar Galactica (2004) Cylon.

71. Tim Robbins was considered to play Howard Stark, Tony's father. Robbins appeared as a father character in Green Lantern (2011), a superhero film based on a DC Comics character.

72. Six Formula One cars were provided by the Historic Grand Prix Association.

73. Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer) and Leslie Bibb (Christine Everhart) have been in a relationship since about 2008. In this movie, they play against their real-life romance, as journalist Everhart is especially unimpressed by Hammer, both as a potential romantic partner and as a story for her magazine.

74. The film's plot has a resemblance to a storyline in the comics called "Armor Wars II", which was published in 1990. In the comic, a man named Kearson DeWitt accused Tony Stark of stealing his father's designs, and uses technology given to him by Desmond and Phoebe Marrs, owners of the Marrs Corporation, to infect Tony with a techno-organic virus, and eventually battles Stark in a large armored suit. James Rhodes also helps Stark in the final battle. In the film, DeWitt is replaced by Ivan Vanko, and the Marrs siblings are replaced with Justin Hammer. The comic story also utilized remote-controlled empty armored suits, which appear in Iron Man 3 (2013).

75. (At around fourteen minutes) Tony is surprised to see Rhodey (Don Cheadle) at the Senate hearing. Rhodey says to Tony, "Look, it's me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on." This is not only Rhodey speaking to Tony, but could also be perceived as Cheadle speaking subliminally to the viewers making a fuss about Rhodes being re-cast between Iron Man (2008) and this movie.

76. Principal photography took place over seventy-one days.

77. The only solo Iron Man film (as opposed to superhero team up films) that doesn't end (post-credit scenes excluded) with Tony Stark saying "I am Iron Man".

78. Features two Oscar winners: Gwyneth Paltrow and Sam Rockwell; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson.

79. CAMEO: DJ AM: (At around fifty-three minutes) The D.J. at Tony's birthday party is DJ-AM, who died after principal photography had wrapped, making this his last film project. During the end credits, the film is dedicated to him.

80. CAMEO: Elon Musk: (At around twenty-seven minutes) Musk was introduced to Stark in the restaurant in Monaco.

81. CAMEO: Stan Lee: (At around ten minutes) The man wearing suspenders, who Stark identifies as Larry King.

82. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Garry Shandling reprised the role of Senator Stern. In Winter Soldier, it is revealed that Stern is a sleeper Agent of Hydra, which explains why the character was trying so hard to take Tony Stark's Iron Man suits and technology in this movie.

83. Scenes in the film explicitly foreshadow The Avengers (2012): -When Tony goes through his father's case, an old Captain America comic book can be seen inside. Later, he uses Captain America's shield (a prototype) to build a reactor. -When Tony is watching the old reels of his father, and going through his notebooks, one of the sketches is of a Tesseract, drawn in the form of a so-called "Schlegel diagram". The Tesseract is a very important item in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012). -News report of The Incredible Hulk (2008)'s campus battle is seen near the end of the film. -Stark and Fury discuss Stark's membership throughout the film. -Agent Coulson finds Thor's hammer in a crater in the post-credits scene.

84. The film's basic storyline (Stark must cope with the government confiscating his armor, and a mid-life crisis of depression and alcoholism, with his manipulative rival Justin Hammer scheming to ruin him) is inspired by the Iron Man comic "Demon in a Bottle".

85. The map locations on the monitors in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters at the end, correspond to characters and events from the Marvel Comic books. The location in Africa, is a reference to Black Panther. Other locations refer to Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and others.

86. The post credit scene shows Mjolnir, a hammer in the open land of New Mexico. Teasing the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011).

87. The film takes place 13 years after Captain Marvel (2019).
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2018.06.25 18:39 NSIMods June 25, 2018: NaziSharks Interview (Part 1 of 2)

Due to the number of questions Nazisharks received, the interview exceeded reddit's character limit, and will be split into two parts! The questions from the NSI team will be in this post, and the community questions will be included in the second. You can read part two here.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jared Roberts. I spent the first 19 years of my life in a Quebec port town called Gaspe: A beautiful place that’s a strange mix of modernity and old-timey superstitions. After two years in community college, I moved to Scotland to become a monk at Pluscarden Abbey. They sent me back to Canada to study philosophy and classical languages at the University of Otta…zzzz…zzz…
Oh, uh, are we at the part with topless Jessica Alba yet?
No.
No? Lame. I lost my faith after a few years of study, had a spiritual crisis and found I could no longer continue work on my thesis. I wasted my time watching youtube and jerking off with what remained of my student loan. Fortunately, I met my wife on the IMDb Horror forum and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be with her. She has Multiple Sclerosis, but she supports me more than I do her, I think. That’s where I am now.
How has your spiritual crisis affected your writing? What role, if any, do spirituality and religion have on your works?
That’s difficult. My inclination is to say ‘Yes, it’s there,’ but it’s not self-evident. My stories are more concerned with complex emotions and psychology. While spirituality is an element of psychology, it’s one I’ve only visited peripherally in fiction.
I wasn’t left with any hang-ups about religion, you see. The Catholic Church gave me intellectual and emotional discipline, an appreciation for the finer extremes of the human psyche (Teresa of Avila was always a favorite), and a better understanding of myself. I love the Catholic Church. I just think they’re factually incorrect. So religion itself doesn’t come out in my stories.
I would say there’s a tension between mysticism and naturalism in my stories, though. Most if not all of them can be interpreted as supernatural or completely natural. Debates in the stories often center on doubts about the enterprise of science. The Machine That Told Us Everything We Wanted to Hear and The Arkansas Sleep Experiments are the best examples of this. And much of the philosophical discourse approximates some real views of mine.
"You don’t think those things really happened, do you? Would all the laws of the physical universe suspend themselves just for you four?" Let's get philosophical for a moment. Tell us about this quote from "The Arkansas Sleep Experiment."
Spoiler alerts! That’s at the end of the story, when the narrator, who thinks he’s the sole survivor, is met by the possibly nefarious professor who set up the experiment.
The line itself is a riff on David Hume’s famous and slightly anti-Semitic quote about the ‘virgin birth’, “Which is more likely: that the whole natural order is suspended, or that a jewish minx should tell a lie?” It introduces the possibility that none of the supernatural elements of the story happened at all and that it’s frankly presumptuous of the narrator to believe they did. We’re physical objects in a physical world. By what physical mechanism would the story’s horrific events be possible?
But there are explanations for that mechanism in earlier discussions in the story. The machine. Machines are one of my favorite tropes. We live in a world of machines. They’re everywhere. They’re doing a shit-ton of stuff for us. Yet a very small percentage of us understand how any of them work. They’re all black boxes. The more complex the machine, the more mysterious. The Large Hadron Collider still scares me! I’m writing a story now involving a quantum computer.
Anyway, I think most readers will assume the speaker of this quote is lying. Yet, there’s certainly reasonable doubt. Outside of fiction, there wouldn’t be any doubt about how reasonable his argument is. Of course those things couldn’t happen! He was sleep deprived! But it’s on NoSleep, so maybe not.
When did you first become interested in horror?
My mother loved horror movies. She raised me by herself. Rather than send me off, she let me watch horror movies with her and told me all about special effects. If she knew a traumatizing scene was coming up, she’d give me a warning. Like in Warlock, she said, “Do you want to see a guy get his tongue bit out?” and I was like, “Nope.” So I buried my face in the pillow. And I asked, “Is it over?” And the answer was, “It’s in the frying pan now. Wait another minute.”
There were a few horror movies I watched repeatedly. When other kids were watching Fluppies with their morning dose of Frosted Flakes, I was watching Fright Night, House, and Child’s Play. Why those movies? Because my cousin Brian, who lived in Montreal, copied them from some rental tapes and sent them to us. He never did get slapped with the $50,000 fine! Nice work, FBI.
My cousin Neil was older by a few years. I looked up to him. He’d lend me his Fangoria and Gore Zone magazines so I could drool over the masks. I didn’t care about the articles. I loved the ads!
So it’s been with me my whole life. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Got me my wife and all of you possums.
Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to write in that genre?
In a sense, yes. I don’t read much horror. I’m drawn more to drama and science fiction. I mostly read horror during October. When I was a teen, I thought I wanted to write fantasy. I quickly jumped ship to science fiction after reading Dune and Battlefield Earth. I write horror because it’s what I know and what I’m good at. It’s the emotional space my interests seem to inhabit.
That's kind of dark.
The genres have a certain essence that you have to internalize to master. When writers message me for advice, I always tell them I just feel when I’ve written something scary, creepy, unsettling—whatever. It’s the same thing I feel when I know I’ve written something funny. But I couldn’t tell you when a line of poetry is good or bad. I don’t have that sense internalized. You need that sense for whatever you write. It’s the basis of ‘talent.’ Talent can be learned, but it takes a lot of work. Roughly 10,000 hours, based on recent studies. I’ve logged those hours in horror.
Where do you find inspiration? Have real life experiences ever made their way into your work?
I just sit there and think about what I find creepy. Sometimes imagining scenarios, sometimes borrowing from /Letsnotmeet or movies. The voice from the sink drain in My Dad Finally Told Me totally came from The Mothman Prophecies. My own obsessions find a way into the story, no matter how pure I try to keep it.
If I can’t come up with a new creepy scenario, I think of an idea I find interesting and try to find a creepy angle to it. Like The Arkansas Sleep Experiments. I started with the philosophical monologues and wrote the creepy stuff around it. Sometimes big ideas are more unsettling than any smiling murderer.
Unfortunately, the actual creepy elements of my stories is starting to feel recycled. If I don’t find it fresh, the readership won’t. Part of the challenge is pushing oneself to find new angles and corners to the fear emotions that you haven’t touched yet. I need to do better.
The closest real life has come to my stories, besides setting, is in the Hidden Webpage series. I went browsing Freemason websites back in the late ‘90s when conspiracy theories were really in vogue. I didn’t leave any messages or emails. A few days later, some guy emails me saying he heard that I have connections with the Masons and would like my help getting into the Montreal chapter. Weirded me out. Guy stayed in touch for like two years until I finally confessed. Never heard from him again.
What is the most terrifying thing you have personally experienced?
I have the luxury of saying I’ve been more terrified of thoughts than events. If some catastrophic event destroyed life on this planet, all the paintings of Michelangelo and Vermeer, the music of Bach and Aqua, the writings of Plato, Newton, and Clive Cussler—it’ll all be completely forgotten and meaningless. It will have had temporary value for minds on Earth that have now failed at the only task that mattered at all: surviving.
What are some of your biggest influences from media?
Influence is a tricky subject. Sometimes we can’t acknowledge our influences. Psychologically, I mean. Because to do so is to see how much we’re merely custodians of their ideas. You know Harold Bloom? This guy’s whole theory is that every author spends his/her career struggling to free themselves from influences and create something pure. That requires conquering your influence. Only the great authors succeed. I find myself struggling not to imitate David Lynch. It’s difficult. Twin Peaks in particular has had such an impact on my life. Not just my writing. I often look at my stories and think, “This is just Twin Peaks lite.” John Carpenter is probably second. I’ve recreated so many moments from Prince of Darkness, I should be ashamed. But I’m not!
In literature, I’m pleased to say Lovecraft is not one of those influences to me. Lovecraft is the bane of too many good writers. Stay out of his gravitational pull, for heaven’s sake! I’m in orbit of a much stranger character, Robert Aickman. The Same Dog is this incredible story. Two kids go on a hike and see a mangy dog at an old mansion. The girl falls ill [and the protagonist is told she died]. Years later, he returns home and sees the girl and the same dog at the mansion. In this story, as with so many of mine, terror is coming from how the mind finds patterns in coincidental events that may have no significance other than what the reader (and narrator) imposes on them.
Other than writing, what are some of your hobbies? What other creative mediums do you enjoy?
I actually own a quilt shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I actually am kinda renowned in quilt circles because I invented a new stitch I got to name myself. I called it the “queef stitch” out of mischief. Nah, just funnin’ ya. I really enjoy stop motion animation. I’m not very good at it, but it brings me joy. I loved The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad so much as a boy. That’s probably why. Or remember that ‘90s cartoon, Bump in the Night?
Not until just now. That show was a special kind of strange.
And I have a secret passion for film criticism. I used to write reviews. Some of them appeared on the backs of DVDs. Some were cited in books. I never even made it to Rotten Tomatoes, though. So I was small time.
How did you discover NoSleep? What prompted you to begin writing for it?
I was frustrated with the current state of publishing. The old process was you cut your teeth writing short stories for the magazines. Then you write your novel, show it to an agent, and voila. Now the magazines hardly have any circulation. They’re not willing to take many chances. Anyone following the old books on finding success as a writer is doomed to failure.
I’d just read the novel Penpal and found it had started as an online story. I started googling to find where these ‘creepypasta’ thingamabobs come from. I figured I could write a few myself. That led me to NoSleep. My first story did alright. My second won the monthly contest and got me on the podcast. My third had a talent management company contact me (that relationship didn’t work, alas). That convinced me, “This is it. This is the future of publishing.” Being able to make it as an author on NoSleep is like getting a story in Cemetery Dance in the ‘90s.
But it is largely uncharted territory. We’re making it up. Who knows when it’s time to take a leap to novel or when to release a collection or whether it should be in print or ebook? Nobody. We’re shooting in the dark. It’s a source of anxiety, because I’m afraid I’ll wait too long and my moment will have passed.
Do you think that this fundamental shift in the nature of publishing is good or bad for authors? What about for readers?
I think it’s good. There are some things we’re losing, of course. Lost to the whirlwind of progress! (That’s a Beast of Yucca Flats reference for y’all.) The old editor system was a monarchy. Sometimes you had enlightened despots. These editors could find great work that many readers might have overlooked. And their blessing lent any author instant legitimacy. We’re all illegitimate children. The Reddit system is a democracy. Everyone has a vote. We have good readers, but any democracy opens the doors for mass stupidity. Remember, Smash Mouth was really popular once. Never forget!
That said, the audience is a bunch of individuals like you and me. They don’t all like the same things. This change gives them a lot more power to find what they like and writers a lot more power to find their audience. I feel it’ll be a positive change. But it’ll take time.
For me, one of the bothersome issues is fidelity. How long must I keep up posting all my stories for free? Am I a traitor if I jump to paid venues when they come along? I don’t want to be NoSleep’s Ben Elton.
What NoSleep stories and/or authors have had the strongest impact on you?
Earlier in my career, I had the opportunity to publish with Eraserhead Press The heart of Bizarro fiction. The conditions for being a “new Bizarro author” were a promise to “participate in the Bizarro fiction community” and to come to “Bizarrocon”, their annual convention. Like, zoinks Scoob! I just want to be a writer, I don’t want to join a fuckin’ cult!
I love being part of the NoSleep community. I think it’s so important and unique in the history of literature. And I’ve grown to care about the success of its members. Yet, I don’t want to feel there are duties attached to it. I’m a writer. I like to write and talk about writing.
All that to say: I really haven’t read any of my fellow authors and friends here in NoSleep. I would love to some day! I read the novel Penpal. I skimmed the first Search and Rescue story. That’s it. I feel a little bad about this sometimes, but I shouldn’t, y’know. I remember this one kid who decided to post on the OOC asking if we could write less X and more Y. The stock response everyone gave him was, “If you want Y, just write it yourself.” I had to chime in, because that’s such bullshit. Not everyone is meant to be a writer, I argued.
Similarly, not everyone is meant to be a reader. I contribute through writing and the OOC. I love the readers. Some start as readers and then write. I just write. It’s not that I’m uninterested. I just don’t have time. I get about 20 minutes each night to read and I have a library full of books I’ve been longing to read.
What impact do you see yourself having on the OOC? Do you ever worry that you come across differently from your intent?
I couldn’t say if I’ve had an impact at all. Maybe my one-liners make people laugh briefly. I’m always worried about how what I say makes me look. Reputation is hard to control and ultimately I don’t want to put the effort into doing it.
I can say my views seem to differ from the majority and I find a lot of shallow, kneejerk responses that irk me. So I start a discussion. The instinct online is, whenever someone disagrees with you, they’re a ‘troll.’ It’s crazy! Civilized, respectful conflict is a good thing. It’s how we develop.
When someone challenges some crap I spit out in the OOC, I love that! My response is going to be to mount the best possible defense of my position. I expect my interlocutor to do the same for his/her position. Sometimes those arguments can get passionate. I never expect to change anyone’s mind. People don’t work that way. The point is to understand each other and even understand one’s own position better.
Many of your stories have a nearly-hallucinogenic feel to them. The Street Where Nobody Was Meant to Be, in particular, reads like the narrative of a fevered dream. What draws you to these types of stories? Are they part of a larger commentary about the nature of reality?
Horror has a broad emotional range. Way more than we normally give it credit for. Stephen King has some bullshit line about ‘if you can’t scare em, gross em out.’ Those are far from the only options! Reading Dreams in the Witch House doesn’t scare or gross me out. It’s a horror story alright, but not because of the more obvious horror elements. For me, it becomes both fascinating and frightening when geometry starts breaking apart. Something that, readers have pointed out, I appropriated for The Arkansas Sleep Experiment.
I wanted to explore a new kind of fear with Street. New for me, at any rate. A sort of confusion. The world he stumbles into has an order and clearly exists quite apart from him—and will continue to do so. Like most horror, it begins with fascination, in this case with his double. I like how it occupies a realm between realism and supernaturalism. It’s just an explosion of the uncanny. There’s more room for fucking it up, but if you do it right, it’s unsettling as fuck.
I also got to play with two complex emotional states that interest me. One is the strange experience when we recognize how much is going on out there, in the world, at any moment to which we are not privy. It’s going on around us. We purposely keep our blinders up. The other is the into-the-night experience. Like Eyes Wide Shut.
I wouldn’t say I’m making any metaphysical statement. We live in a complex world. We’ll go our whole lives not seeing the vast majority of what happens. People get up to some weird shit.
Your “Hidden Webpage” series recently became a full-length episode of The NoSleep Podcast. What was the process like? Was the outcome true to your creative vision? As one of its most prolific authors, what are your thoughts on the podcast in general?
Hidden Webpage turned out amazing. Phil Michalski has produced every one of my stories so far. I love his sound design. With Hidden Webpage, he purposely strove to give it a ‘90s cyberpunk feel. He understood the story so well—I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
The process before it gets to Phil and David is a pleasant one. I usually impose more edits on myself than the editor (Gabrielle Loux) does. Hidden Webpage went through the most exhaustive editing process. It took weeks. And again, that was self-imposed. Gabby was ready to go ahead with pretty much what I’d written for the sub. She’s always patient with me.
I do the extra work partially for selfish reasons. They’re taking my story to a wider audience and I want it to be perfect. But also out of respect. I want my story to help, not hurt their brand. It’s a partnership. I’d be more prolific, except I feel almost every story isn’t good enough for them.
If I had my way, I’d be more involved and we could try some experiments. They’re way too busy for my shenanigans, though. As of now, once all the edits are done, my involvement is done. The podcast is going places. David and the producer, Alex, are always working on the next level, some new angle. Like Captain Sternn in Heavy Metal: "I've got an ANGLE."
You predicted "My Sexy New Neighbor" would become a popular story. Was it written for a reaction? Do you think that your best stories are your most popular, and vice versa?
I made this animation years ago called Scissor-Tits. It’s like Edward Scissorhands, but stupid. A scientist makes a robotic woman with scissors where her breasts should be. When he’s placing a sweet rack over the scissors, she chops his head off. Then she moves to the suburbs next to a black family and the two teen boys in the family are in love. But the younger boy realizes she’s using her tits to murder men—just in time to save his big brother!
I really enjoy salacious setups like that. If I could write any other genre, it’d probably be erotic lit. And I’m a tit man. So I thought, I can turn this into a NoSleep story! I figured the title alone would make it popular. But I still wanted it to be a good story. I wanted it to be fun. A buffet of reactions. It’s sexy, funny, creepy, confusing, and it’s got tits. Readers strongly identified with the narrator. They hated the lack of real ending, though. A common complaint I get.
My best aren’t the most popular, but they are popular. Generally, my more experimental stories get fewer upvotes, but the comments are full of effusive praise. So the people who like it like it a lot. It’s like Sam Adams beer. The Street Where Nobody Was Meant to Be—I’m proud of that story. But I knew it wasn’t going to get a lot of upvotes. Maybe it’s the titles. Arkansas Sleep Experiment has had 160k views and Street has had 4k. So it’s not like they’re reading and clicking away. They haven’t even tried!
You've said that you prefer to expand a series only if the initial post gets over 500 upvotes. Do you feel that some potentially good stories have been lost this way? Looking back, do you wish that you had expanded certain tales that got left behind?
As an interviewer, regret and self-doubt make for a much more interesting subject. But I’m sorry to say, no, I feel I’ve made the right decisions on series. This rule of thumb has worked for me.
You’ve openly discussed failure and success on your subreddit. Is it challenging to discuss these topics with your readers?
It is challenging. I find myself thinking about these subjects a lot. And I feel it’s important to share that thought process. But whenever you share a personal thought process, you make yourself vulnerable.
The personal subreddit feature makes this possible in a way that is pretty unique. Writers have shared their experiences before in forwards, afterwards, and interviews. This kind of intimacy is new. I’m not even sure if anyone else on NoSleep is doing it to quite the extent I am. I’d like to think I’m doing something new.
When I started writing for NoSleep, I had a whole other plan. I was going to remain enigmatic. Just write my weird, puzzling stories, then stay away from the OOC, no facebook, no twitter, etc. I would delete the stories that aren’t upvoted enough and never discuss failing in any way.
But I couldn’t do that. I can never be strategic. It’s just not me. I prefer the transparency and instinct. If my reputation can’t handle that, it was too fragile to begin with.
Are there any topics you feel are too controversial for you to address or that you prefer not to explore in your writing?
The topics I care about are on the philosophical side, so this isn’t something that’s come up for me. I won’t explore, say, child abuse or bestiality, not because they’re controversial, but because I don’t have a damn thing to contribute to those topics. I’m interested in memory and perception and our relationship to technology.
Do you ever explore writing other genres besides horror? If so, what other styles of writing? Which do you prefer?
I started writing shitty exploitation novellas. They were intentionally designed to be b-movies in text. Nazi Sharks is one of them and where the username came from. It’s been pirated, so you can read it for free. I suggest you don’t.
When crafting a piece of fiction, do you generally start with an outline or simply begin writing?
I start with an idea, either philosophical or creepy, and spin yarn around it. I only use an outline if I’m mid-way through a series and want to steer it toward an end.
How much time do you spend writing in an average day or week? Do you have any rituals that help you focus?
From 10pm or so to 11pm or so every night I write. My wife knows not to bug me during this hour. I usually drink tea and struggle with task avoidance the whole time. My Catholic sense of guilt makes me chastise myself for failing and keeps me focused. As Dara O’Briain puts it, “I’m an atheist, but still Catholic.”
Have any of your stories ever involved research? If so, what was involved?
I don’t like the idea of research for fiction. I like the Georges Simenon model. Lock yourself in a room and just write. The closest thing to research I did was interview Phil Michalski (sound designer for NoSleep podcast) to get his view on sound and how terror can be created through sound. This was for a story I was writing specifically for the podcast. It was written to be heard, not read. Unfortunately, the editor I sent it to ignored me. By accident, I believe, since I have a good relationship with them. But like everyone I can get bitchy, so instead of resending, I posted it to NoSleep. It flubbed.
What are your feelings toward NoSleep's immersion/believability rule? What impact, if any, do you think the suspension of disbelief format may have when transitioning your work toward a mass audience unfamiliar with NoSleep?
I enjoy the constraint. It’s some Oulipo shit, isn’t it? I loved it when it worked in my favor. When I started, I was aiming to write fictional /LetsNotMeet stories. I tried very hard to keep anything overtly supernatural out of my stories. They’re all just creepy things that could really happen. But when you put enough of them together, the mind starts forcing them into a pattern. And the more implausible the pattern gets, the scarier. The very first part of My Dad Finally Told Me has the dad find pictures of his son in a house he’s called to install windows on. Turns out he was at the wrong address. It’s purely a coincidence. But humans can’t take that. It must have meaning. There’s some force, whether a fiendish manipulator or a supernatural force, doing it all. That’s more powerful than if someone had intentionally called him out to that house.
I also like how it’s allowed me to write in very colloquial styles. I find simple, spoken storytelling, like you’d hear in a bar, much more effective than clear prose.
Unfortunately, as I went on and I got more interested in my dialogue and ideas, my work has become more writerly and the immersion—it’s not that it’s a hindrance, but that I’m not doing it as much justice anymore. It’s like eating fries with a fork. It can be done, but you’re missing out on the sensual experience.
I’ve pondered revising all of my stories into a collection that is written as a series of interviews. That keeps the feeling of direct storytelling.
Where else can we find your work?
I'm still suggesting nobody read these. But I will answer, because you injected me with truth serum at the start of this interview. With a dart. Like, a whole Kill Bill thing.
So... Way back, NecroPublications put a story of mine in an anthology, Into the Darkness. That and my two novellas, Nazi Sharks and The cough cough Verato Nikto are on Smashwords and affiliates. Repeat that last title? No, you don’t really want to… The Horrendous Rape Machines of Dr. Erothanous. Please, do not seek these things out. Unless you love Fred Olen Ray, Jim Wynorski, and Richard Laymon, you will only get hurt.
Do you have any favorite reader reactions to your writing?
For a while, there was this one guy who had the most outlandish theories about every one of my stories. Something-helix was his name. I think he was from India. This was early in my writing when I was very strict with myself about the believability rule. I wanted every story to be possibly interpreted as purely insane and/or criminal human behavior. I also left the possibility for more mysterious interpretations. I never realized I left the interpretation for time-distorting goat demons, but ol’ Helix was able to point out what I’d subconsciously buried. I think the single best line was when, with the most profound confidence, he replied to a comment, “Yep, definitely a goat demon.”
What story or project are you most proud of?
I think my first series, My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That Day, is the scariest work I’ve written. It uses my hometown of Gaspe as a setting and derives much from the stories I would hear the elders tell when I was a kid, eavesdropping around the fire. I used so many things that creep me out in that one story, it’s been difficult not to recycle the scares in other stories.
But my best story is Three Visits to a Hidden Tribe. My stories have almost all been about memory in some way. That story engages with that theme as directly as possible and still tells a creepy story with oddly moving characters. I’m kinda patting my own back there. If you wanna see me do that on webcam, it’s $10/hour.
As a successful author on NoSleep, do you have any advice for new contributors?
When we say the word ‘Hello’, what we’re doing is creating sound waves with our vocal cords. It has no meaning yet. When it’s heard, the brain interprets the wave as a sound. Then it finds the patterns in which the sound has occurred in memories. We call that ‘meaning.’
When we string words together into a story, I think we’re trying to communicate at a higher level than that. We’re going beyond meaning. We’re aiming for feeling. A good story should take the reader from feeling to feeling.
I’ve been writing off and on for 20 years. It took me 19 of them to learn this. Deep down, nobody gives a shit about a story if it doesn’t result in feelings.
The only way to do that is to be attuned to your own feelings. Pay attention to how movies and stories make you feel. Sometimes one syllable too many will make a creepy moment feel phony. And as your own first audience, you have to be able to tell yourself that.
Or do something totally different. I’m not your mom.
What's the most valuable lesson you've learned since you began posting to NoSleep?
I started off with so many successes in a row that I believed I had a formula down for success. Just keep repeating it and all would be well. Then I found how tenuous that kind of success is. Soon the audience gets tired. Tired of seeing nazisharks in their face. Tired of my “something was off” and “it smelled like burning tires.” No-one stays at the top forever. I can see why so many authors here hide in the shell of “I just write for myself.” I refuse to do that. I’m here to stimulate some g-spots and I’m gonna poke around in there until I find ‘em. Ugh, that was… that was way too Cosby. I’m sorry, everyone.
What are your short-term and long-term writing goals?
Like so many, the goal is to do this full-time. Short-term is attempting to build the steps that can lead to the long-term goal and having a lot of fun while I do it. Any strategy is a mug’s game at this point. A writer’s community the size of NoSleep is unique in literary history. Writing online for free and still building a career and financial success is just as unique. Nobody knows where this is going. I keep building a repertoire of free stories, getting a few on the podcast, and seeking new ideas and feelings.
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2018.05.18 22:13 AgroTechFarmICO 'The Farm Project': Actress Zooey Deschanel's advice on organic food, pesticides is short on science

The actress and singer Zooey Deschanel has a message for Americans too poor to buy organic food: Stop eating apples, avoid fresh tomatoes, and give up on grapes, peppers, potatoes, and other items that appear among the so-called “Dirty Dozen,” a list of fruits and vegetables that, when farmed and harvested using standard industrial methods, tend to carry more pesticide residues.
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“If you can’t afford to buy organic, avoid the dirty dozen and look for produce with lower pesticide levels, like asparagus, cauliflower, or mangoes,” Deschanel advises viewers of her new, viral Facebook video series, Your Food’s Roots.
The problem: While this appears to be a piece of safety advice, it’s hard to find any scientific support to back it up. And it’s not the only questionable claim that Deschanel shares in the series, which debuted two months ago on Facebook and quickly attracted millions of viewers. The videos do touch on serious issues, but they also illustrate how sloppy science, celebrity culture, and social media virality too often converge to generate market-driven fear-mongering and baseless health claims, rather than serious consumer education.
It’s not entirely surprising to see Deschanel — a mid-2000s hipster icon perhaps best known for her role in the Fox sitcom “New Girl” — suddenly talking about food mileage and azodicarbonamide. As many celebrities have discovered, the combination of wellness culture, ethical consumerism, and Hollywood glamor can make for a potent — and profitable — media cocktail. Pioneers of the model include Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, a health and lifestyle brand, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, and even Tom Brady’s TB12.
These startups have attracted big followings. But scientific rigor sometimes gets lost along the way. Goop, in particular, has repeatedly come under fire for its pseudoscientific claims and products — including “bio-frequency healing” stickers, and perhaps most famously, jade eggs designed to be inserted into the vagina to coax “spiritual detox.” Alba’s outfit was sued last year by consumers after The Wall Street Journal reported that a detergent the Honest Company was marketing as a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional soaps actually contained a harsh chemical it had pledged to avoid. (Alba’s team settled the suit last June, while denying any wrongdoing.)
Deschanel’s videos are a collaboration between the millennial news-and-issues advocacy site ATTN: (pronounced “attention”) and The Farm Project, a new startup founded by Deschanel and her husband, Jacob Pechenik, that “empowers initiatives that reconnect people with food.” In the videos, Deschanel talks about everything from overfishing to the evils of factory-produced bread. The most popular video in the series, alleging negligent FDA oversight of chemical additives, racked up more than 17 million views in its first month on Facebook. ATTN: paid the series’ production costs.
The videos give lucid overviews of some complex topics, such as the FDA’s controversial “Generally Recognized as Safe” designation for food chemicals. Often, though, the videos seem to favor fear over nuance. A brief bit about the preservative sodium nitrite, which Deschanel jokingly calls “science salt,” implies that the compound is an artificial concoction (it’s a naturally occurring chemical and a metabolic byproduct of digesting many common vegetables) and that it causes cancer in humans (the evidence is mixed).
More concerning is the organics episode in which Deschanel — a millionaire Hollywood star — urges poor Americans to avoid many common fruits and vegetables if they cannot afford to buy organic. Deschanel warns that these are fruits and vegetables that “you should strictly buy organic, due to the amount of pesticides on them.”
There are, of course, real reasons to be concerned about pesticide use, including the effect of chemicals on the environment and on the farmworkers who come into contact with high concentrations of toxic compounds.
But to date, there is little clear scientific support for the argument that organic produce is, by definition, healthier for consumers than conventional produce, or that conventional produce is actively dangerous because of pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency sets stringent legal thresholds for pesticide residues on produce, pegged far below levels known to be toxic to people. And organic produce can still contain pesticide residues too — both from nearby conventional fields and from powerful but naturally-derived chemicals that can legally be used on organic crops. (Some synthetic pesticides are also approved for use in organic farming.)
Much more worrying than the prospect of pesticide residues, many experts say, is the prospect of driving consumers away from including fruits and vegetables in their diets altogether. “My work over the last 30 years has consistently suggested that the health risks are negligible for the consumption of conventional produce, and the biggest concern is making sure people eat fruits and vegetables,” said Carl Winter, a specialist in the Cooperative Extension at the University of California-Davis who has published extensively on pesticide residues, including an analysis of the Dirty Dozen. “If public concerns over pesticides — tiny, tiny levels of pesticides in the diet — make them more wary, the tendency can be to decrease their consumption of fruits and vegetables.”
Even the Environmental Working Group, the toxins-focused consumer advocacy organization that publishes the Dirty Dozen list Deschanel cites, emphasizes that “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Eating conventionally grown produce is far better than skipping fruits and vegetables.”
Chloe Sacks, a marketing manager at ATTN:, rejected the suggestion that Deschanel was offering health or nutritional advice when she urged consumers to avoid many common fruits and vegetables. “When referencing the dirty dozen, we’re talking about a list of fruits and vegetables that people who strive for an all-natural diet should avoid if they cannot afford to purchase organic produce, since those are the ones found to have the highest level of synthetic pesticides,” Sacks wrote in an email to Undark. “We’re not talking about health risks.”
Policy experts had mixed reactions to the series. I showed the video on the FDA and food regulation to Thomas Neltner, chemicals policy director at the Environmental Defense Fund. “It’s pretty good!” Neltner said after watching the video. “I don’t think people realize how dependent they are on the integrity of the companies that are selling them their food.”
On the other hand, Timothy Caulfield, a health policy scholar at the University of Alberta and the author of a book about Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity health advice, was concerned about the series’ tone. “I think there’s a little bit of fear-mongering going on,” Caulfield told Undark. The problem with advice like Deschanel’s, he said, is that it “makes it more difficult to take those simple, evidence-based steps towards a healthy lifestyle. It makes it more complicated. It makes it more expensive. And if something is more complicated, if something is more expensive, it’s less likely that healthy behavior is going to be sustained.
“There’s some stuff in these videos, that are very nicely produced, that is kind of true, right?” Caulfield added. “But there’s always this underlying — this blanket of pseudoscience that permeates the entire show.”
For Deschanel, this may only be the beginning. On its website and Facebook page, The Farm Project speaks only in vague terms about its mission and work. The project does not list any staff or contact information on its website, and it would be easy to mistake the startup, with its mission-driven language and world-changing tone, for a nonprofit. The company also did not respond to messages sent to its Facebook page requesting comment on its vision, and Deschanel did not respond to a list of questions sent through her publicist.
But details posted on the startup hiring website AngelList suggest larger — and more corporate — ambitions, describing The Farm Project as “a public benefit corporation that is leveraging media and technology to drive a meaningful shift to sustainably produced food.” The company aims to provide sustainable farmers with “information, technology, and access to financial resources that they need to meet the challenges of managing a modern sustainable farm,” and it’s trying to hire a team of web developers and product managers.
On AngelList, The Farm Project’s founder is listed as Gregory Campbell, a longtime business partner of Pechenik. The two men are MIT graduates — Pechenik got a degree in chemical engineering — and they already collaborate on a business venture called YellowJacket, which provides software to derivatives traders on Wall Street. They now appear to be teaming up with Deschanel to market a vision of a more sustainable, local future — one that’s premised on a deep skepticism of corporations, if not on hard science.
Michael Schulson is a freelance writer who has contributed to numerous science and general media outlets.
This article was originally published at Undark as "When Celebrities Talk Science" and has been republished here with permission.
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2018.04.11 19:07 JaySpike Thread from 5 years ago asking where you see your team being today

https://www.reddit.com/nfl/comments/15hzvp/where_do_you_see_your_team_5_years_from_now/
Its always fun to look back!
Some interesting tidbits:
Still arguing over 2012 rookie of the year. (Redskins)
-Rudacris
Seattle will become one of the consistently good teams in the league due to an offense and defense that are stepping into their primes. They are a seriously young team right now. Wilson, Turbin, Tate, Sweezy, Okung, Thomas, Irvin, Chancellor, Sherman, Browner, Lane, etc. all are playing good ball and I can't wait to see them after they develop some more (especially Wilson). However, I don't think we'll ever become a team that constantly dominates everybody and wins titles because that type of team just doesn't exist in the NFL these days. I can't name a single team this season who is clear-cut above the rest. (Seahawks)
-CynicalSoldier
Still in San Diego. (Chargers)
-eye8urkids
Manning will be long since retired, so will Bailey, but both will have received a ring or two in their time in Denver. Thomas, rocketing out as a lead WR, will have been lost to free-agency, and Decker will have been traded to the Dolphins for a very nice couple of draft picks. Miller will stick with the team, as well as compete on Dance with the Stars, but must settle for second place (mostly due to his dancing partner Jessica Alba). He and Dumervil will also start their own line of clothing-zippers called "Yakkity-Sacks" (abbreviated as YKKS). Prater and Colquitt will have left the NFL to pursue an indie hip-hop group that ironically sings about the trials and tribulations of special teams, but will be largely disregarded due to the fact that no one gets the joke. Overall the team has been broken down to a few veterans the team once was, and struggling in the last year--barely making the playoffs, but surprisingly beating out the dominant Browns in the first round. Although the team is not what it once was, there is plenty of fresh talent that shines in the season, as well as the playoffs. Upon the offseason, an aging Tom Brady will have a falling out with a Patriots and embark upon a free-agency tour, in which the face of the horse, John Elway, will convince Brady that place for him is in Denver. And so the saga continues... (Broncos)
-PistachioAgo
Dealing with the same shit. (Jets)
-SmileAndNod64
We will be 8-8, we'll have a terrible top loaded draft, and lose in the first round of the playoffs. (Cowboys)
-ghostsauce
Atop the NFC west ushering in the Greatest Show on Turf II! (Rams)
-Mr-Mojo-rising
With the Hawks and Rams rising, the 49ers still being good, I see the Cardinals absolutely DOMINATING the PAC 12. We might even put up a good fight against the SEC, but we're going to have to fix the QB and O-line situation first. (Cardinals)
-CriscoBountyJr
Either arguing whether RG3 is the best in the league, or whether he could have been if he hadn't suffered x injury. In the first case, contending for super bowls; in the second case, probably 7-9. (Redskins)
-golfprouva
On the offensive side, Brady will retire. The TE tandem will be barely holding up the offense with Mallet. The WR talent will be thin. O-Line would be average. Defensive side, DEs, LBs, will be great. All the other positions will be occupied with average players besides Dennard and McCourty. I believe those two DBs will be better than average. Mesko will be noticed as a Pro Bowl punter as he'll get more punts and Gostkowski will be a clutch kicker like Vinatieri. I think the Patriots would be questionable that year in entering the playoffs. Probably a wildcard or no playoffs. The dynasty years will be done. Oh, and I think Belichick would resign as head coach and his other positions in the organization after one year with Mallet. (Patriots)
-Foxborough
Super Bowl contenders and an annual competitor for the first seed in the AFC. Tannehill is developing nicely, we have two running backs who are young and look better every time they play, a young offensive line, a brilliant defensive like, a nice core of linebackers, and a decent amount of depth in most positions. We need a corner, receiver and safety and we're set for years. (Dolphins)
-[Deleted]
Old and bitter. (Steelers)
-svenhoek86
Trying to sober up after a heartbreaking loss that keeps us out of the playoffs. It's only natural. (Vikings)
-drawindead0
In 5 years I see the Falcons nearing the end of a hot streak as the team gets older. If there is a rebuilding phase, it will be a short one as I see our draft picks for the next several years aiming more towards slow cultivation rather than 'Superbowl now'. (Falcons)
-[Deleted]
Hopefully still in St. Louis. (Rams)
-colbyt4888
Rodgers will be 33, still among the elite QBs of the league. I'm pretty sure by then we'll have an average running back, perhaps a veteran or a new draft pick. Our WR corps will be led by Cobb, Nelson, Jones, and some younger receivers. Our O line hopefully will be much improved, with bulaga, sittonn, and sherrod all in the prime of their careers. (Packers)
-shode
Brock Osweiler: League MVP (Broncos)
-denver_dan80
We will be coming off of a 9-7 season missing a playoff run. RGIII continues to be great, but not yet elite. Morris is a 2 time pro bowler and is top 5 in rushing. The garcon/griffin combo is one of the best offensive attacks in the nfl. Our defense, with london fletcher at the helm, is reshaping after several years of mediocracy. (Redskins)
-Nofuckstogive10
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2018.03.29 21:40 autobuzzfeedbot 13 famous women who reportedly earn way more money than their partners

  1. Jessica Alba: $200 million
  2. Reese Witherspoon: Over $198 million
  3. Sofia Vergara: $120 million
  4. Melissa McCarthy: $60 million
  5. Ellen DeGeneres: $400 million
  6. Oprah Winfrey: $3.1 billion
  7. Jessica Simpson: $150 million
  8. J.K. Rowling: $650 million
  9. Kelly Ripa: $100 million
  10. Natalie Portman: $60 million
  11. Meryl Streep: $90 million
  12. Kylie Jenner: More than $41 million
  13. Pink: $150 million
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2017.09.21 02:38 ichoosethismofo Long term AP just got a boyfriend. It's suddenly over. Here's our story...

Like the heading says, it's over. Suddenly, but inevitably. Feel free to skip to the TL;DR... this might be long.
The story starts like many others. Long-term MM, kids... and an utterly dead bedroom. Eventually the "hurry-up" mercy fucks she would occasionally offer lost their appeal and we just stopped having sex. There was even some discussion about open relationship, but never in full seriousness, more as a way of SO being able to shrug off any direct conversation about our physical emptiness. We were close friends, companions, partners, co-parents... but not lovers. Our relationship had warmth, but no fire. We had never been particularly sexually compatible, but now we weren't sexual at all. I'd blamed myself for years, telling myself that if I was a better lover that she'd be more interested. I assumed I was the problem.
Meanwhile, at work, the most beautiful woman I've ever known was starting to show an interest in me. I know, I know... work pAP... rookie error. I'd never cheated and I didn't set out to, which is why I probably walked into several mistakes in the process.
This woman is utterly beautiful. An instant 10/10. She's the kind of woman that can walk into a bar and every guy in there will momentarily pause from whatever they're doing to double take. Imagine Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johanssen and Jessica Alba had a love-child from a threeway. Around 5'9" and slender, but shapely. Toned legs about a mile long and a pert pair of c-cup breasts. She'd wear classy outfits, but often just a little more sexy than the usually work-style outfits of the other women in the office. A slightly shorter skirt, a little lower cut top. Not excessive, but very enticing. Long blonde hair, a beautiful smile and smokey "fuck-me" eyes. The look she would give you, effortless and immediately intoxicating. Her bright, cheery personality and nature along with her generous laugh would light up the office. Everyone adores her and most of the guys have probably fantasized about her.
Initially, I dismissed the attention. She seemed to naturally flirt with everyone. I'm not that much of a catch. Fairly average looking with a bit of a "dad-bod." Sociable, but not a ladies man at all. Outgoing, but a bit of a nerd too. I'm the kind of guy that she'd have not even known existed when we were at high-school. She was most definitely a million miles out of my league.
Eventually though, I had to admit that she probably had feelings for me, she'd given too much away.
We first kissed at the end of an office party, outside the hotel it was at, and nearly got caught by my manager on that first night! It was electric, exhilarating and terrifying. We spoke the next day and admitted we had feelings for each other but I told her I wasn't ready for anything more at this stage. I think that made her want me even more. She had become so used to men chasing her to try to bed her that it must have been a novelty to find a man that was turning her down.
I'm still not sure what her attraction was to me. Maybe it's the opposites attract principle. She was single, no kids. She'd had a long-term dysfunctional relationship that had ended a couple of years before and I guess I was intriguing but also a safe exploration for her.
We kept chatting via the office IM and the chat got increasingly sexual (I know, more rookie errors... who sexts via a work IM!!). Eventually we contrived to be both working away in New York at the same time for a couple of days. We're usually work upstate but also have an office in the city which takes both of us there for a few days a month. It's usually a day-trip, but occasionally I stay in a hotel if I'm there for several days in the same week.
About a month after the first kiss, we booked different rooms in the same hotel and agreed to meet for dinner to chat after our respective work-days. Dinner turned to drinks and then another back at the hotel bar. While sipping on a cocktail she says, "come on, let's finish these drinks in my room."
We started kissing passionately as soon as the door was closed and the drinks set down. We started undressing each other, running our hands over each other's excited bodies. Her breasts were as perfect as I hoped. Firm and pert. Small cherry nipples, I immediately devoured them. I caressed and kissed every inch of her body as I removed each item of clothing. I sat her down on the bed and laid her down, opening her milky thighs, licking and sucking her beautiful pussy until she came. I kept kissing and caressing her body before returning to her pussy again, bringing her to another climax. By this point she was begging to be fucked and I gladly complied. I'll be honest, I was so turned on that it was over pretty quickly. She was sweet and reassuring. We chatted for most of the night and had sex a couple more times that night and in the morning.
Initially I'd planned it as a one-off, just to see what it was like and to see if I could sexually satisfy a woman in the way I appeared unable to with my SO. It was very much more. That was the beginning of a long-term and often complicated FWB relationship that lasted several years. Initially I told her I was falling in love with her and she said the same. I'm not sure I ever really was. I adored her and I was in love with being with her. We could piss each other off if we spent more than about 24 hours together and we regularly had pointless arguments about nothing at all. We had completely different interest, hobbies, views, TV preferences. Hot, passionate, satisfying, animalistic sex was what we shared in common. After the initial night of 'over-too-quickly' sex, we relaxed into longer sessions. Sometimes, on overnight trips to the city, we'd kiss and fuck for 2-3 hours at a time, have room-service to refuel and then fuck for hours again. We never got much sleep on those trips but had lots very intense, adventurous and passionate sex. I felt alive, wanted, validated, vindicated.
Sometimes I'd visit her appartment for an hour after work or after night out, but over time that happened less and less. Instead, we waited until we were both on work trips in the city. It was better that way. Relaxed, un-rushed, uninterrupted. We'd sometimes go out for a meal and went to watch a couple of broadway shows or went to the cinema, but usually we'd just get hot and naked in the hotel room all night.
Despite the risks of a work-place AP, we were careful. We are both fairly senior in the business and she definitely didn't want to get a reputation as a marriage breaker or predator and I obviously didn't want anyone to know either. We were very careful with OPSEC. I usually paid cash, using cash that I'd taken out from regularly used ATMs and cashpoints. Hotel costs weren't an issue because it was on a business, so could be put on an expense account. We even joked that if found out by our bosses, we could justify that we were cutting company costs in half.
When we weren't away, we'd send flirty texts during the day which would always stop at 5:30. We didn't discuss it, but we just both knew how to be discrete and not cross boundaries. Aside from that, she'd send me sexy, explicit nudes to a burner email address. In response, I'd send her long and very detailed erotica of what I'd do to her next time we were on an overnight trip. She loved the scenes and stories I'd write and it would really wind her up sexually so that we'd fuck like rabbits as soon as we got into the hotel room. We'd make each other cum 4-5 times an evening. I took a lot of time and care writing those erotic stories. I'd role play, sometimes create unlikely fantasies or sometimes be really specific and realistic, using times and locations that we had planned. If any of the females in this group like to read erotica from a male POV I can post some here or PM them.
We'd get increasingly adventurous... usually after I'd suggested it a few days before in one of my "chapters." There was very little we weren't willing to try together. She was a dominant and confident personality at work but in the bedroom she often enjoyed being more submissive, tied up or blindfolded. She also wore a lot of kinky and sexy outfits under her work-clothes at the office during the day before we met up. She enjoyed the feeling of being adored and physically worshiped while I really got turned on by the confidence of such a beautiful and attractive woman giving herself to me entirely.
The relationship wasn't always rosy. In the early days she insisted that it was going to go somewhere. I went along with that idea more than I should have. We occasionally discussed the idea of having kids together, even though I had no intention of it. She will always insist that she only got into the relationship because I'd convinced her my marriage was over. I'm not so sure... we were both in emotionally dysfunctional head-spaces and we both loved the escapist bubble we'd create together. We needed each other for different reasons and it worked... most of the time.
I tried to break it off several times, but every time she'd drag me back; usually by convincing me to go to a night away in New York "just one last time... one to remember me by." And then I'd go and we'd have an amazing night of hot, passionate sex... and I was hooked again. We once said we were chocolate cake to each other. Delicious and enjoyable... but not very healthy. We spoke a few times about how it might eventually end and always ended up at the same conclusion: it would only end when she met someone that was going offer a serious, settled relationship. She had no moral issues fucking me, a MM, but if she met someone that she could get into a serious relationship with, it would be over for us. I understood and had no complaints with that. Often I'd hope for that person to come into her life, to get me out of the mess and complication of juggling two lives. She wasn't dating or looking for it though and I thought we could easily end up seeing each other for another few years.
And then, out of the blue, I got a text this week. She couldn't travel to New York later in the week as planned. Something had come up and she couldn't be there. She apologized and said we needed to talk.
I knew what was coming, but still hoped otherwise. We met in a discrete room at the office the next day. She stumbled a little when I asked her what had come up. I helped her out and directly asked her: "have you met someone." She hesitated, gave me that "fuck me" smoky glance one last time and then nodded. She hadn't been looking for it, she said. A guy she knew from 20 years ago had moved back to the area. They'd been long-term friends. He'd tried to make something happen ages before, but she'd always resisted (just like she always did for any other guy who ever approached her... the curse of being a beautiful woman). Eventually her friends had convinced her to meet him for a date and they'd spent most of the weekend together. She told me she'd forgotten how charming and amazingly handsome he was. He had minimal baggage and no kids. He had swept her off her feet and she could see it working out as something genuine and special.
She told me she'd considered coming to New York anyway... one last time, one for the road... but had felt it would be wrong. She didn't want to look back in years to come, if it worked out, knowing she'd cheated on him right at the start of their relationship and at end of ours. She didn't want any overlap. It wouldn't be right. I smiled, wryly. I didn't need to say anything for us both to be aware of the irony and double-standards of what she was saying. "And besides," she said, "he's 6'4" and built like an athlete. You wouldn't want to piss him off." Nice way to really warn me off.
I didn't have much to say. I said it was great news for her and then paused, locked eyes with her and said: "I'll miss you." I think that caught her off guard a little. We both got a little choked and then she got defensive, reminding me I'd walked into this and I'd been the one unwilling to commit to something better. I stopped her and said: "You don't need to defend yourself or apologize. I'm genuinely pleased for you. I'm just sad for us. I really hope it works out for you. I know how much you want a family and I hope you make beautiful babies together."
She said she hoped we could stay friends and, besides, we would still be working on a few projects together that we couldn't both drop out of. She's right, we will. I'm not sure how I'm going to cope with that, but I'm a big boy and will have to suck it up.
Right now... I'm feeling pretty empty. I'm going to miss her for a long time. I'll really miss the amazing, regular, exciting sex. I'm not going to rush into looking for another pAP any time soon. My relationship with my SO has actually improved over the last year or so, despite an ongoing dead bedroom. I think completely eliminating the option of sex has helped us relax and enjoy the other positive elements of our relationship. If the opportunity for another fling came up, I'd take it but I wouldn't know where to start and, if it happened again, I'd certainly not be so careless with it being someone at work or in our social circle. I've been very lucky (so far, so good). It could have ended much, much worse than it looks like it will. I think I may have gotten away with it... by pure good fortune.
I had a quick look through my local CL and the CL in the city center, but it's a depressing list of options for a m4f seeker. Like, really bleak. I'm not sure where I'd start. Like I said at the start, I'm not a natural ladies man. I wouldn't know how to hook up in a bar and invite a stranger back to my room when I'm staying away in New York. I'm an average guy, entering mid-life and staring down the barrel of a deep-breath and getting on with life.
Any suggestions on how to get over the end of a long-term AP would be welcome.
I keep asking myself if I have any regrets. If I could go back would I make different choices. The conclusion can be best summed up by my burner throwaway username: "I choose this mother-fucker and I'd choose it again."
TL;DR... Bad news: long-term AP, with amazing regular sex ended this week because she has met someone. Good news: I've got out of a complicated affair with a work-colleague with, what appears to be, minimal mess and drama.
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2017.06.08 04:19 keyshawnbrowne Apple Drops First Original Series at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple is a company known for it’s incredible advancements in technology, it has brought consumers the next generation of touchscreen, music sharing, and smartphone technology from the iPod Shuffle to the iPhone 7. But now, for the first time Apple has green lighted an original show at its recent Worldwide Developers Conference. The show is known as Planet of the Apps and was pitched by it’s producers Ben Silverman and Will.i.am, the show will center around a plot similar to the show Shark Tank. Hosted by DJ Zane Lowe, entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas for new apps at Lightspeed Venture Partners in front of a panel of advisors, G.O.O.P. founder Gwyneth Paltrow, Honest Co. co-founder Jessica Alba, musician and former member of the “Black Eyed Peas” Will.i.am, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. The advisors will hear the sales pitch from the entrepreneurs and decide whether or not they wish to hear more about the app. If the app receives enough positive votes the entrepreneurs give a longer demo presentation about the app and are soon matched with an advisor who will help them the most in organizing their business and their venture capital pitch at the end of the episode. The viewers will only be able to see an hour of what is actually a process over the course of several week, the advisors meet with entrepreneurs repeatedly when not filming, however it is not done for the sake of the show, but rather for the business of the entrepreneurs themselves. The advisors even continue to meet with the people even after the episode has finished filming, "I've developed really nice relationships with them, and some of them are bringing me on as an official advisor, I’ve had a great time; I’ve learned a lot,” says Gwyneth Paltrow. Apple senior vice president ironically joked about not putting Will.i.am and Ben Silverman on an escalator (referencing the concept that a sales pitch should only take as long as an elevator or escalator) when they first pitched the series to him. However, Cue took decided to green light the show, which he decided would not only help promote Apple’s App Store but also help Apple spread their offer of original programming for their Apple Music service. Apple also plans to release a show known as Carpool Karaoke, the two shows are meant to help boost the subscribers of the company’s relatively recent music streaming service Apple Music. Apple intends to use original programming as a way to lure in new potential subscribers. Apple’s new series Planet of the Apps is now available for a limited time to all Apple Music subscribers, be sure to tune in and subscribe for new episodes weekly.
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