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The people of Pawnee, Indiana getting very silly. Love you, Parks and Recreation.

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You are loved, no matter how dark the light may become. Reach out, whether it be to me, someone else you trust, or even the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. 

You aren’t alone. 

In memory of Robin Williams, or Peter Pan, or Genie, or Mork, or Mr. Keating, or Teddy Roosevelt, or whoever he wanted to be.

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The Postal Service - “Against All Odds”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Forty-One (A great cover of a classic Phil Collins-overshare song, originally for, you guessed it, a movie soundtrack.)

INXS - “Never Tear Us Apart”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Forty (Wailing sax line, that’s all you need to know.)

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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anaïs Nin

npr:

theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”
Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!
– Alexander

npr:

theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”

Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!

– Alexander

nbcparksandrec:

GREATEST. DAY. EVER.

nbcparksandrec:

GREATEST. DAY. EVER.

skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

(via npr)

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Whitesnake - “Is This Love”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Thirty-Nine (Double neck guitar and so much hair and random wind and dancing.)

humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."

humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next."

Ursula K. LeGuin

The Pretenders - “I’ll Stand by You”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Thirty-Eight (Most surprising thing about this song is that it was released in 1994.)

(Source: nnairi, via stand-up-comic-gifs)

Women in Film

lifeascaty:

Earlier tonight I decided I’d a post a series of links to screenplays featuring female protagonists. They didn’t have to be ‘strong’ or feminist characters, as long as they were interesting and the screenplays avoided being out-and-out misogynistic (of course, I would love to…