therandomactorg:

Are you ready to #getkind? Each month in 2014, our Regional Representatives will be choosing a kindness theme. This month’s theme is hunger. 
We hope you’ll join our Regional Reps in making this January a bountiful time for those in need near you and that you’ll visit our blog for a few ideas on how you can help.  
You can also stop by our new, improved, and hopefully Misha-proof Forum to share your ideas and to find out what we have planned near you.  
P.S. Don’t forget to tag your stories and photos with #getkind and #theRandomAct.org here and on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

therandomactorg:

Are you ready to #getkind? Each month in 2014, our Regional Representatives will be choosing a kindness theme. This month’s theme is hunger. 

We hope you’ll join our Regional Reps in making this January a bountiful time for those in need near you and that you’ll visit our blog for a few ideas on how you can help.  

You can also stop by our new, improved, and hopefully Misha-proof Forum to share your ideas and to find out what we have planned near you.  

P.S. Don’t forget to tag your stories and photos with #getkind and #theRandomAct.org here and on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success."

Henry David Thoreau, born July 12, 1817, on defining your own success – a timeless, existentially necessary reminder. (via explore-blog)

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Best explanation of this whole debacle I’ve seen yet. 

spx:

Because Superman has a posse.

deantrippe:

uncannybrettwhite:

bossbattle:

agreeablecomics:

A very special guest appears in the new The Rack, featuring art by Tracie Mauk and colors by Joe Hunter.

Was planning on reblogging this regardless, but Joe Hunter being involved sure doesn’t hurt, either. Other people have written about this topic way, way beter than I’m capable of, though

SUPPORT

Award for Excellence

fishingboatproceeds:

Every day.

Except now they tell me, “1998.” And I’m like, “And you’re potty trained? That’s wonderful.

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Merry Christmas!

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jtotheizzoe:

A Christmas card for science and math folks.
Nice work, Foxtrot.

jtotheizzoe:

A Christmas card for science and math folks.

Nice work, Foxtrot.

Today’s #Tabletop Hangout

wilwheaton:

Last week, I had a meeting at Geek and Sundry to discuss several geek and sundry things, some of them related to my show Tabletop. We all thought it would be fun and awesome to do a live Google Hangout Q&A thingy for all the people who love the show and…

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wilwheaton:

mildlyamused:

thebirdandthebat:

Wow, I’m never buying anything Tony Harris does again. Disgusting.
(Ex Machina, Starman artist: his wikipedia page. Click the image to be taken to the Facebook thread where he posted this.)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you two time Eisner winner Tony Harris, aka, everything that is rotten about geek culture.

At first I was all:

Then I was like:

But ultimately, I was just:

Not this shit again. Seriously. Tony Harris, you are an asshole.

wilwheaton:

mildlyamused:

thebirdandthebat:

Wow, I’m never buying anything Tony Harris does again. Disgusting.

(Ex Machina, Starman artist: his wikipedia page. Click the image to be taken to the Facebook thread where he posted this.)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you two time Eisner winner Tony Harris, aka, everything that is rotten about geek culture.

At first I was all:

Then I was like:

But ultimately, I was just:

Not this shit again. Seriously. Tony Harris, you are an asshole.

amyokuda:

goodness. 

Samsara

I saw this last night and it was amazing. Now in select theaters. http://www.barakasamsara.com/

"Filmed over five years in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA is a new, non-verbal documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of BARAKA. It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past forty years."

ARGO

ARGO is in theaters tomorrow.

Starring Ben Affleck, Victor Garber, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Bryan Cranston

Directed by Ben Affleck

Written by Chris Terrio (screenplay) based on an article by Joshuah Bearman “How the CIA Used a Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran”

I admit I didn’t know a lot about the incident at the embassy in Iran. I knew of it, but not the fate of the “Houseguests”, six embassy workers who fled out a backdoor onto the streets and made their way to the Canadian Embassy to be hidden by Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). After the CIA discovers the six are in hiding, they must figure out a way to smuggle them out of a country in chaos. Operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a plan. Not exactly a good plan, but a plan.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was full of tension and humor, as well as great performances by the amazing cast. I’m not usually a Ben Affleck fan, but I cannot fault his acting here and the movie is really well directed. I enjoyed seeing genuine footage of the incident and a life before cell phones, internet and id scanners. It’s remarkable how many times I thought something would never work because I was thinking about cell phones or another form of instant communication. It’s kind of scary how deeply ingrained those items are in our daily lives that I forgot that at one time not so long ago (in my lifetime) they didn’t exist. Not knowing the fate of the six Americans definitely added to the tension in the third act, which had me on the edge of my seat. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it as much if I had known, but in this case my ignorance of events lent itself to the experience. So if you do not know the outcome, do not spoil it, go into this movie blissfully unaware.

Also, stay after the first bit of credits for a quick historical bit of an interview with former President Carter.

agentmlovestacos:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
via thebluthcompany:

The Bluths are back.
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agentmlovestacos:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

via thebluthcompany:

The Bluths are back.

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Ruin by Oddball Animation

This is really amazing. Reminds me of Falling Skies or Revolution. Music reminds me of Star Wars. It’s very entertaining to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing more.
https://vimeo.com/38591304

jtotheizzoe:

Bigfoot. Santa Claus. The Tooth Fairy.

“Musical instinct” may be joining their ranks soon, according to the observations unleashed within a new book by Gary Marcus called Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of LearningIt’s not that he implies that musical instinct doesn’t exist. What’s really interesting about Marcus’ book, and life experience, is that he found it isn’t necessary. In the process debunks many notions about “old dogs learning new tricks” and “the best time in life to learn”.

We’ve all heard about the 10,000 hours rule: That consistent, dedicated practice is required to truly master a skill. What wasn’t clear was whether someone retained the ability to master a skill later in life. Goodness knows I’ve forgotten at least 10,000 hours worth of skills. There’s got to be hope for me.

Marcus decided to learn how to play guitar. Despite not starting until age 38, he mastered it. Not strumming, but really good stuff. In the process he verified what a lot of recent research has found about how we learn. Our brains retain the ability to adapt to new skills and patterns of thinking for most of our life, if not all. This “neuroplasticity” was thought to peak in the young, but with the right approach, building new neural patterns (and the skills those patterns encode) is within anyone’s reach.

I highly recommend heading over to Brain Pickings to read more about the research this is based on. Maybe it’ll inspire you to learn something you thought you couldn’t.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some piano sonatas to master before bedtime.*

*I have no idea how to play piano.