What if Michael Bay Directed “UP”? (YouTube)

What if Michael Bay Directed “UP”? (YouTube)

There will be explosions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KQQWlIgGc

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“OMG Car Thief People Can You Just Give Me My Van Back! It Would be Epic, the Miracle I Need Right Now”

In the summer of 2014, someone stole the van of Megan Bratten, mother of five, from the parking lot of a Kmart store near U.S. Highway 24 and Missouri Highway 291 in Harrisonville, Missouri. She said, “An older gentlemen was like, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said, ‘No, I think my car just got stolen.’” She needed that van to use in her business so she could support her children. She said, “I just got angry and then I remembered that [a] phone was in there and I thought ‘Let me text them a message’ and I did.” The first text was angry: “I used some pretty explicit words and I said ‘Hey, you just stole a single mother of five’s work van. You are ruining my life here.’” She kept texting. In her final text, she pleaded with the thief to return her van: “OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back! It would be epic, the miracle I need right now.” The thief responded soon. Ms. Bratten said, “And then he texted me back and gave me step-by-step directions where to find the van and I went there with my mom and my dog, and the van was there.” The thief sent the single mother this text: “I do feel bad … my kids needed a meal on the table so that’s what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it’s been so hard since I lost my job.” Ms. Bratten said, “I’m just happy to have my van. I mean who does this, I can’t believe this, it is my life, this is real.” She said that she did not follow up with police: “I can really relate on the human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices. I can understand how people act out of fear making poor choices. What matters in the end, he really did the right thing.” In one of her texts, she told the thief that the van was bad — it leaked transmission fluid. The thief topped off the transmission fluid for her.

For Further Information: Heather Staggers, “Single mother of 5 uses texts to convince thief to return stolen van.” KCTV (Kansas City, Missouri). 13 August 2014

http://tinyurl.com/l5xma6a

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The Art of Paper Marbling (Vimeo)

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/24709888″>Seyit UYGUR { Ebru Artist }</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/oguzuygur”>oguz uygur (ozzie)</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

The Art of Paper Marbling (Vimeo)

“The process of paper marbling […] is captured here in this footage shot by Turkish filmmaker Oguz Uygur. Uygur’s parents practice the art, also called erbu, in which paint or ink floats in water as the artist creates patterns in the ink by hand. 

After the design is formed, a piece of washi paper is laid on the surface, which transfers the pattern. The decorative paper is used in book covers, endpapers and stationery. Paper marbling originated in Asia and the Middle East.
[…] the artist manipulate the inks to make the pattern is mesmerizing.” — Neatorama

http://vimeo.com/24709888

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Good Guy Metal Fans

Kirstie Southcott, a 22-year-old shop worker from Hastings, East Sussex, England, and her friend Paige Bennett, a 20-year-old receptionist, both like metal music. In 2014, Ms. Southcott said, “If you’re a girl and you like metal, it’s frowned upon. People expect me to be into Justin Bieber and One Direction and, when I say I go to metal gigs, they think I’m strange. People think rock is more for the boys, and that girls should be into pop and dance, but my generation shouldn’t be pigeonholed. I shouldn’t have to like pop just because I’m a girl.” Both Ms. Southcott and Ms. Bennett say that they feel safe at metal concerts. Ms. Southcott said, “If I go to a gig, I know I’ll get looked after.” She has experience. At a Korn concert, the 5’1” woman accidentally got thrown into a mosh pit. She remembers “a lot of burly blokes hitting each other, and there was me.” Fortunately, she was quickly rescued: “A couple of boys I met that night grabbed me and threw me out of the way, and made sure I didn’t get trampled on or hurt. You might think metal fans look scary but they’re the most caring and loving people you’ll ever come across. Male, female, gay, straight — it doesn’t faze us.” Ms. Bennett once got caught in what is called a “wall of death” — audience members divide into two groups and then rush at each other — and she said that she was quickly rescued by male fans who pulled her to a safe place: “Boys treat girls with a lot of respect. I’ve gone to deathcore gigs — really, really heavy — and there were all these big, hefty blokes with long hair, and I didn’t feel in any way uncomfortable.” Ms. Bennet said that she has felt a lot more threatened during dance nights, and she notes that the dance culture is allied with the drug culture, in contrast to metal. She said, “There’s no drug culture around metal at all.” (Of course, in any large group of people, whether fans of metal or enthusiasts of classical music, some people will be evil, but I have read many good things about metal fans.)

For More Information: Caroline Sullivan, “Female rock fans shout out: ‘I shouldn’t have to like pop just because I’m a girl.’” Guardian. 14 August 2014

http://tinyurl.com/pkrqs93

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Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve

Robin Williams was good friends with Christopher Reeve, famous for playing the character Superman in several movies, at Juilliard and afterward. In his 25 September 2013 “Ask Me Anything” session with Reddit, someone asked him what was his best memory of Mr. Reeve. Mr. Williams responded, “He is SO good, and such a method actor, that Oliver Sachs wanted to hook him up to an EEG to see if he actually duplicated the brainwaves of the actual patients. No joke. Him being such a great friend to me at Juill[i]ard, literally feeding me because I don’t think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn’t come in yet, and he would share his food with me. And then later after the accident, just seeing him beaming and just, seeing what he meant to so many people.” Redditor Gamegirlab commented about the 2014 repost of Mr. Williams’ AMA: “After his accident, Reeve required surgery to reattach his skull to his spine, ‘was frightening to contemplate. … I already knew that I had only a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the surgery. … Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent.’ The man announced that he was a proctologist and was going to perform a rectal exam on Reeve. It was Robin Williams, reprising his character from the film Nine Months. Reeve wrote: For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.’” By the way, codskar commented, “My mother has a story of meeting you [Mr. Williams]. She was in a Hard Rock Cafe (57th St, roughly 1985) and found a snail in her salad. She tried to quietly alert the waiter — not wanting to make a scene. Apparently you jumped up from the table next to hers demanding that if she got a slug, you want[ed] one too, loud enough for the other customers to hear.”

For More Information: “Robin Williams. It’s time for a convoluted stream of consciousness. Ask Me Anything!” Reddit. 25 September 2013

http://np.reddit.com/comments/1n41x1

Source: “As a tribute to Robin Williams, here is his AMA again.” Reddit. 13 August 2014

http://tinyurl.com/n6shc3h

A Promise to Help Each Other

As young adults studying acting at Juilliard in New York City, Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve became friends, and they promised that they would come to each other’s aid if either of them needed help. Of course, Mr. Williams became a famous comedian and actor, and Mr. Reeve became a famous actor who was best known for playing Superman in a series of big-budget movies. Mr. Reeve also started competing in equestrian events, and he was severely injured in a fall at one of these competitions. Mr. Reeve had good insurance, but even good insurance may run out when an accident is severe, and Mr. Reeve’s accident was severe, putting him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and forcing him to rely on a breathing tube. Mr. Williams, as he had promised, came to Mr. Reeve’s aid, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for Mr. Reeve’s medical expenses and care.

For More Information: Hal Marcovitz, Robin Williams (Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000), pp. 31, 85-86.

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“Ma’am, Your House is on Fire”

On 20 June 2014, truck driver James Yadlosky of Binghamton, New York, noticed a fire around 2 a.m. on a road in Cayuga County, New York. He said, “I see a very small flame, about six inches in diameter and a foot high. My first thought was that someone was having a bonfire.” He kept his eye on the fire because it did not seem right that there would be a bonfire this early in the morning. Soon, he drove near a farmhouse. He said, “When I got right up to the house, that’s when I decided to stop.” The windows in the house were blown out, and he knew that “this is an emergency and I have to get these people awake.” He knocked three times, and a woman appeared, whom he told, “Ma’am, your house is on fire.” She did not believe him at first, but checked the rear of the house and confirmed that yes, the house was on fire. Mr. Yadlosky said, “The whole back of the building is on fire at this point.” The woman told him that she was the caretaker for a disabled woman and that she would need help getting her out of the burning house. They got the disabled woman out of bed and into a wheelchair, and then the caretaker asked Mr. Yadlosky to get her cellphone. He said, “So I went into the dining room, got the phone, but at that point the fire had burned through the window frame in the kitchen so I went back into the bedroom and said we’d have to hurry, it’s coming fast.” Because the wheelchair ramp was covered in flames, they had to carry the wheelchair down the steps of the front porch. Mr. Yadlosky said, “I really wasn’t panicking. There was always a sense of urgency and hurry, but not panic because the flames hadn’t gotten to us.” He did hear the flames: “It was a very low rumble. I could hear the smoke alarm going off, but it was muted, it seemed like it was in the distance, but I don’t think it was. … [The fire] sounded like a camp fire if you recorded it and sped it up, the crackles came way more frequently so they were blending together creating one low rumble, but it wasn’t loud at all.” The three people went to the road and soon emergency workers arrived. Mr. Yadlosky said, “When you’re in it, you’re pretty much reacting. You see and assess and move as fast as you can and hope you’re not forgetting anything.”

For More Information: Carrie Chantler, “Binghamton good samaritan a ‘Hero’ for saving Aurelius woman, caretaker.” Auburn Citizen (Auburn, New York). 10 August 2014

http://tinyurl.com/n8w9zsk

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“I wish all of my professors were like this!”

Textbook

Source: “I wish all of my professors were like this!” Imgur. 12 August 2014

http://imgur.com/OnKia0Z

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