I need to talk about Mareena Robinson Snowden being in the nuclear engineering doctoral program at MIT. 

This woman means so much to me. She’s so real and encouraging and has always been such a big cheerleader to me throughout her own personal circumstances. And here she is kicking ass at MIT. 

A snippet: 

Now that she’s at the Institute, Robinson works voraciously to provide others the same communal support from which she’s benefitted. She is co-president of the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers, a group that serves, in her words, “to provide a community and a safe space to voice goals, grievances, and just feel supported.” The group holds weekly “accountability meetings” that are “just like seeing your family,” Robinson says. “Everyone gets together and you get to check up on people.”

She also works with an organization called Grad Catalyst that steers underrepresented minorities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Members of Grad Catalyst visit other institutions to hold seminars on graduate school — from what internships to apply for to how to manage relations with a PhD advisor. “There are all these little nuance things that people may not tell you, but if somebody did tell you, you’re automatically at an advantage,” Robinson says.

She graduated from FAMU
She’s recently married (which is why I added Snowden at the beginning)
She’s has a beautiful singing voice
And an amazing dedication to service and academia

I just have to talk about her because not enough people are. 
Her existence is such an inspiration to me. 

I have returned home! My mind swims with absurd notions inspired by the soaring skyline, rich cuisine and fine friends found in that distant land. I thank you all for your patience during my absence. I’ve eagerly resumed the weighty business of applying ink to parchment.

Josh Hutcherson on the J. Law Hacking Scandal and Life After ‘The Hunger Games’


The actor best known as Peeta Mellark sat down with Marlow Stern in Toronto to discuss his latest film, Escobar: Paradise Lost, and his disgust over his co-star and pal’s privacy breach.

If the Hollywood powers that be ever decide to reboot the Back to the Future franchise, Josh Hutcherson would make a fine Marty McFly. Gregarious, charming, and diminutive in stature, the 21-year-old Kentuckian is blessed with that special brand of boyish insouciance that endears him to audiences, whether it be the tetchy adopted son to a pair of lesbian moms in The Kids Are All Right or the dystopian boy Friday Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games flicks.  

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Is it madness? Is it? IS IT?

Last Friday night, I met Tom HIddleston.  And it was glorious.  Fleeting, as all good things are, but spectacularly glorious.  Here are the salient points:

  • My bff Candace and I had attended the Only Lovers Left Alive premiere the night before, and I was too concerned about losing my, frankly, amazing spot in line to get close to him on the red carpet.  And the screaming and the jostling and the frenzy.  Not my scene.  I didn’t care because my seats for the movie were primo and the Q&A was to die.  Jim Jarmusch is hilarious.  Poor Anton Yelchin looked like he wanted to be anywhere else.  Tom HIddleston is Tom HIddleston.
  • The helpful internet said that the cast party for OLLA was to be the next day at a bar called Courthouse, right next to one of our old haunts, Terroni.  ”I’ll go if I feel like it,” said I, “how could it be better than tonight?”  
  • The next day was supremely lazy and was spent rehashing how good OLLA was and watching Dr. Who (I’m only on series 4 and I don’t have Netflix, so I was power watching some of the specials between s4 and s5).  We had also driven to Kitchener that morning to deposit a friend’s belongings in her apartment, and it had taken forever.
  • At around 8:00, I turned to Candace and said, “I don’t care if we go, it’s up to you,” because I was feeling lazy and also because I was getting nervous about the possibility of actually meeting Tom Hiddleston.
  • At 9:00, the decision was made (honestly, mostly Candace’s, who, while she enjoys Hiddles and has graciously sat through many-a-story and many-a-movie because OMG YOU JUST HAVE TO SEE THIS NEW HIDDLES THING, is not really a superfan at all) to go.  And so make-up was applied, shoes were put on feet, and sharpies were put into bags.
  • We got there at 9:30 after scoring a boss parking spot (how, I don’t even know).  There were maybe 5 other people there, also waiting for Tom.  Over the next little while, about 8 more people showed up.  I guess Brad Pitt’s movie was premiering at the same time?  I don’t know, but the crowd was small and polite.  
  • We were moved from one side of the red carpet to the other by the rude bar staff and just sort of milled around.  At this point, I’m feeling like a bit of a loser, so I want to leave.  Candace, in the course of being moved, decides “fuck this” and stakes out a spot on the red carpet right next to a lovely girl from Etalk.
  • Candace and I have a friend who works at Etalk, so she strikes up a conversation.  I don’t want to go over there because I am a steadfast rule-obeyer and we were told to go over to the other side.  Candace waves me over and I reluctantly go, since she has the camera.  We have a great conversation with the aforementioned girl from Etalk and her cameraman buddy for like an hour and then Jim Jarmusch shows up.  He is charming and funny but doesn’t stick around long. 
  • Next is Anton Yelchin.  The two girls behind us love him, so Candace and I move over so they can meet him.  He is very nice.
  • Hiddles arrives, looking dapper as always.  At this point, my brain freezes.  And my body.  I am a block of unmoving ice as he is interviewed by Etalk not 2 metres away from me.  He finishes the interview.
  • There is a small child next to me.  We push her forward, because, hey, who isn’t going to stop for a small child.  She gets her autograph and is whisked away by her (cool) mother.  Candace then proceeds to strike up a normal, civil conversation with Tom freakin’ HIddleston.  She’d brought a lovely passage from the Taming of the Shrew that was about, like, courage or positivity or something.  I honestly don’t remember it.  Mr. Hiddleston had never seen it before and spent a moment reading it while I quietly died.  Candace mentioned that we have tickets to Coriolanus at the Donmar in December, and he seems suitably surprised (she does not mention that we have tickets to two nights, because that fact is a bit creepy and weird).
  • Next, Candace turns and says, “And this is my friend, she’s your biggest Canadian fan.”  I say “Oh, I think that might be a bit much”.  She gives me a “shut your fool mouth look”, ignores me and continues, “Could she get a picture with you?” And he, remarkably (even with Luke Windsor hovering over his shoulder) says yes because he is the nicest person alive.
  • I hand him my ticket stub from the night before to sign (don’t worry, I voted for OLLA for Fan Favourite via the interwebz) with shaking hands (really, really shaking. It was quite embarassing - I’m a grown-ass woman for God’s sake).  He asks if I enjoyed the movie, and I reply with something like “oh, it was wonderful”.  From that point it is a blur because HIS HAND IS ON MY BACK AND HE SMELLS WONDERFUL and I’m just trying not to make a stupid face.
  • I look him in the eye (hard for me because I hate direct eye contact) and say, “Thank you so much, have a great evening” and he goes about his business. 
  • I walk down the street with Candace, turn the corner, and nearly succomb to the vapours.  I fan myself.  I thank every deity I can think of that I didn’t fuck it up.
  • Lesson:  always take a gregarious friend with you to meet your heroes.



Ben Whishaw is to star in major new BBC2 drama London Spy. The British actor – best known for playing Q in the James Bond films – will take a step back into the world of espionage, playing Danny in the five-part thriller set to begin filming in London next month. 

The upcoming thriller will tell the story of a chance romance between gregarious, hedonistic Danny and anti-social but brilliant Alex who suddenly disappears leaving his lover to try and track down the truth amid the complex and codified world of espionage.


Black and White Mushroom Colony

I miss mushroom season so I was going through pictures from this fall. I think this is my favorite. I posted a color version a while back, but I love it in black and white.

I like to think this is a family, with the bigger mushrooms protecting the little ones as they curiously grow out of their log.

(Marin, California - 11/2012)

buy a print of iphone case of this photo

KBTBB: What the Cards Symbolizes

Eisuke (Ace of Hearts)

The Ace of Heart is motivated by love. Negatively, they are not so sure they want love until they see what it can do for them.

An ambitious drive for money is a motivating factor early in life, and all Ace of Heart need to develop patience and avoid get-rich-quick schemes. The men Ace of Heart are attracted to women with money. Ace of Heart people have a gregarious, magnetic personality that attracts many business opportunities. They are versatile and adaptable, but find it difficult to make choices in regards to work and health. Lots of difficult karma for those born under the influence of this card, but with inspired thinking and a positive philosophy on life, the Ace of Heart are able to fulfill their intense desire for a life of love.

Soryu (King of Spades)

The King of Spades represents the ultimate in spiritual energy and wisdom. Perhaps recognition of this tremendous potential, and directing these forces into some constructive expression will be the greatest challenge of all. This is not likely to be helped by the fact that this power, spectacular as it can be, is apt to be of such a subtle, spiritual nature, that you may not even recognize it, or feel sufficiently motivated to develop it.

Be it in some profound, noble role, or in some far less conspicuous expression of service, your true place is to be found in an expression of leadership. Quandaries as to what you want to do may leave you in a mire of mediocrity, drowning your frustrations in anything that will dull your awareness of your failures.

Baba (Joker)

The Joker is a mysterious Card, and they are a mysterious people born on the day of the Joker!

Identified as “all things to all men”, this most compelling and ambiguous Card is known as the chameleon; their disguises are many, and varied. They have an enormous amount of personal power at their disposal, but knowing how to apply it in life is quite another thing….

The Joker also has a dark side. They can become obsessive, cunning, and selfish. They are masters of disguise and will conceal their dubious characteristics with deft ambiguity. Like a pendulum, the Joker can swing as far into the virtues of noble strength as they can swing deep into the well of petty selfishness. It is only through the practical application of their inherent powers that the Joker is able rise above the dark side, to which they are equally familiar.

All Jokers are wonderfully unique, a mysterious people who have the capacity for great wisdom. It is nearly impossible to analyze them as they hold the key to themselves and guard it well!

The Joker is very passionate in both likes and dislikes. These extremes can be a source of discontent in their relationships, but when they feel they are secure in love, they are one of the most affectionate and creative of lovers!

Ota (Queen of Diamonds)

Some of our greatest philanthropists are the Queen of Diamonds. In the world of art, some of our greatest poets, painters and musicians have contributed their wealth. It is these Queen of Diamond people that have learned the true meaning of value. They are people fitted for authority and should have it!

The path for the Queen of Diamond is a hard one - so beset with difficulties and obstacles - they are continually sapped of strength as they struggle to overcome one thing after the other.

Those born under this card are diligent and dependable. They are strong of character, and determined, but they must guard against hardness and domination. They have much to contend with, and much should be forgiven them.

The men strive to provide their partners with security, but can be overly sensitive and prone to temper tantrums. 

Mamoru (Jack of Clubs)

This is a card of memory and as a rule, the Jack of Club people have this gift in an extraordinary degree.

The Jack of Club is often called the Card of the Future. They are seldom domestic, never clinging vines, and have little patience with pettiness or vanity.

Negatively there is irresponsibility, idle curiosity, and escape into a multitude of unfortunate life experiences, far removed from the wisdom they have come to preach.

For all Jack of Clubs, victory against the many obstacles in life will be found in their positive application of knowledge and their willingness to share it!

Source: Here

daeva-agas suggested it

I looked up what they all mean xD

Q&A with Natalie Dormer

Particularly in the US, Natalie Dormer is known for playing alluring queens—first turning heads as Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s The Tudors, and now captivating critics and diehard fans as the thrice-married Margaery Tyrell on the HBO hit Game of Thrones.

But in this fall’s first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, fans of the British beauty are in for a shock: Dormer plays Cressida, a punked-out guerilla documentarian for the rebellion charged with crafting a populist image for Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence. It required the 32-year-old native of Reading, England to shave one side of her head to the skin, applying a tattoo where the hair was shaved and trading her royal gowns for army gear and a semi-automatic rifle. As it turns out, Dormer—petite, quirky, gregarious off-camera—can be quite a royal badass.

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