CUBA, HAVANA : Cubans watch US President Barack Obama talking on TV about the reestablishment of full diplomatic ties with Cuba, in Havana on July 1, 2015. President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the angry heat of the Cold War. The US president and Cuban state television simultaneously announced the landmark agreement, aimed at easing decades of enmity across the narrow Straits of Florida. Under the deal, embassies in Washington and Havana will be reopened as soon as July 20, in what Obama described as a “historic step forward,” and a “new chapter” in US relations with Latin America.   AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE                        

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
—  star quotes: george orwell

If such a thing could be tallied, I’d wager the people in this photo with me, both individually and in various combinations, have made me laugh for literal hours. If not days.

Tonight I was asked to do monologues for the ASSSCAT show on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles. I was honored to do so. The UCB Theatre has brought so much joy and friendship into my life. I am grateful for its existence!

Thanks to everyone on the UCB staff and in the community for always making me feel simultaneously like a superstar and just part of the family. LONG MAY YOU REIGN.

(front, l-r) Horatio Sanz, Joe Wengert, Lauren Lapkus, WHO CARES, Matt Besser (back ) Zach Woods, Ian Roberts, Andy Daly


Final sentences:

“Like a dog!” he said, it was as if the shame of it must outlive him. 

from The Trial

[All the time, Grete was becoming livelier. With all the worry they had been having of late her cheeks had become pale, but, while they were talking, Mr. and Mrs. Samsa were struck, almost simultaneously, with the thought of how their daughter was blossoming into a well built and beautiful young lady. They became quieter. Just from each other’s glance and almost without knowing it they agreed that it would soon be time to find a good man for her.] And, as if in confirmation of their new dreams and good intentions, as soon as they reached their destination Grete was the first to get up and stretch out her young body. 

from Metamorphosis 

Masses of blue-black rock rose in sheer wedges to the railway line; even craning one’s neck out of the window, one could not see their summits; narrow, gloomy, jagged valleys opened out and one tried to follow with a pointing finger the direction in which they lost themselves; broad mountain streams appeared, rolling in great waves down on to the foothills and drawing with them a thousand foaming wavelets, plunging underneath the bridges over which the train rushed; and they were so near that the breath of coldness rising from them chilled the skin of one’s face.

from Amerika 

She held a trembling hand out to K. and made him sit down beside her, she spoke with an effort, it was an effort to understand her, but what she said.

from The Castle 

‘How could fools get tired?’

from Children on the Highway 

anonymous asked:

what all do you know about SU so far?

okay so

  • Steven is adorable and must be protected above all else
  • the kid has 3 moms
    • funsucker bird mom
    • small purple mom
    • square 2-for-the-price-of-1 mom 

  • he is also simultaneously his own mom i think?

  • Steven’s dad is in some serious need of aloe.

  • the gems are aliens?
    • but also like … actual gems.
      • actual gems with superpowers?
        • and like all of this is not even remotely a secret and for some reason nobody in town thinks it’s weird…
  • seriously Greg Universe needs to learn to use sunblock
  • gems can fuse together to become more powerful like Unalaq and Vaatu did in the Book 2 finale 
    • holy shit Unavaatu was a gem fusion
    • jesus christ

    • this song has been stuck in my head and i don’t see an end in sight. there’s no saving m e

  • later on a big buff cheeto puff shows up or something?? and the cheeto puff is friends with another character who is green and has a grilled stuffed nacho from Taco Bell on its head 

  • Greg Universe/van = otp

  • there’s a character named Onion and i don’t trust him

and uh that’s it. that’s all i know so far. It’s a cute show but i’m a little lost in the way of worldbuilding? but like I’m only 8 episodes in and most of my knowledge comes secondhand from random gifsets I’ve seen… so I’m sure it’ll all get explained soon~

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To destroy “woman” does not mean that we aim, short of physical destruction, to destroy lesbianism simultaneously with the categories of sex, because lesbianism provides for the moment the only social form in which we can live freely. Lesbian is the only concept I know of which is beyond the categories of sex (woman and man), because the designated subject (lesbian) is NOT a woman, either economically, or physically, or ideologically. For what makes a woman is specific social relation to a man, a relation that we have previously called servitude, a relation which implies personal and physical obligation as well as economic obligation (“forced residence,” domestic corvée, conjugal duties, unlimited production of children, etc.), a relation which lesbians escape by refusing to become or to stay heterosexual. We are escapees from our class […]. For us this is an absolute necessity; our survival demands that we contribute all our strength to the destruction of the class of women within which men appropriate women. This can be accomplished only by the destruction of heterosexuality as a social system which is based on the oppression of women by men and which produces the doctrine of the difference between the sexes to justify oppression.
—  Monique Wittig, “The Straight Mind: And Other Essays,” page 20

Heptagon House | SSC_A - Steven Christensen Architecture
Location: Heceta Beach, Oregon, USA  (2009-2013)

- The design of Heptagon House takes advantage of the simple geometric properties of plan rotation in order to simultaneously expand the area of the upper floors and align the guest house toward an ocean view. Floor plates act as diaphragms stabilizing diagonally canted planes, allowing the project to be constructed using simple platform framing with inexpensive plywood sheathing as finish material throughout. The plan is chamfered twice at the floor plate and roof to allow for a front door and larger windows, yielding four heptagonal facades and a series of canted planes that opportunistically turn the local gabled roof vernacular on its head.
'Supergirl' star Melissa Benoist on landing the role of a lifetime
'I guess I just want all women to feel like they could be Kara and Superwoman as well.'

When Melissa Benoist, whose most prominent role until now has been Glee wallflower Marley Rose, stands up in front of thousands of cheering fans at Comic-Con, it will finally hit her: She’s now Supergirl.

After a rigorous audition process that spanned more than three months, Benoist was tapped as Kara Zor-El, and she has the cape and tights to prove it. “It’s impossible not to feel empowered when you put it on,” the 26-year-old Colorado native says of the costume, explaining that her first encounter with the suit came in the aftermath of an eye injury. “Simultaneously, I’m feeling all these feelings of empowerment, positivity, femininity and strength, and I have this pirate patch on. It was a little goofy.”

But it’s the quirky side of Kara that drew Benoist to the heroine. “I want to do right by women,” she says. “I want to portray someone they can relate to and look up to. I want her to be complicated and flawed.” Well, flawed and bulletproof, of course.

In Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con issue, viewers get a first look at a pivotal script page annotated by Supergirl executive producer Ali Adler, as well as an introduction to Benoist, which you can read in full below:

EW: What would you say was the first moment you knew you wanted to be an actor?

: I was at a very early age. My parents were always really good about letting me and my siblings decide what we wanted to do and try things out for ourselves. I just never really wanted to do anything else. I started dance class when I was 3 years old. The moment I probably knew this is what I wanted for a career path at 3 years old was we had to sing a song at the end of a ballet recital. I think we say, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” and I was singing louder than anyone else. I wanted to be center stage. I think that was the moment that I realized, “I like this.”

EW: Let’s go back to your time on Glee. How did you feel when you were told Marley wouldn’t be coming back? Was there some nervousness before you landed Whiplash?

MELISSA: I don’t think I ever was. Obviously, I was sad. I loved working on the show and it was such an amazing experience. There’s a part of me that has had to really embrace uncertainty and embrace the in-between. You learn how to be a better actor from those times of unemployment. I’ve always believed that. I don’t think I was nervous, I think I was more excited to see what was coming. I’ve never given myself any other choice to do anything else, so I’ve always made myself assume that something was around the corner.

EW: What was the audition process for Supergirl like?

Melissa: I never thought that I would say it, but it was even more intense than Glee. I had a pretty rigorous audition process for Glee, but this one, rightfully so, they really wanted to be sure that they found the right person for Kara. It was a long, drawn-out, three-month process. I auditioned around Halloween 2014 and then didn’t land the part until February 2015. I went through multiple screen-tests, multiple auditions with the producing team. There was a lot.

EW: How did you feel when you first landed the role of Supergirl?

Melissa: When I learned that I got the part there were a mixture of many emotions that rushed through me — elation, relief, immense joy and then, there was also a huge sense of responsibility that came immediately. I definitely thought to myself, “Oh man, you’ve got your work cut out for you.”

EW: Were you a big comic book fan growing up or have you had to play catch up now that you have this role?

Melissa: Strangely, I was a DC fan, not so much the comics. I loved Michael Keaton’s Batman. I grew up with those movies. One of my closest friends is a huge comic book reader and has been since he was very, very little. He really turned me onto them in college — more graphic novels than comic books. I have had to play some catch up specifically with the Supergirl books. I’ve been reading the new 52 series and more of the newly published Supergirl comics.

EW: How did you feel the first time you put on the Supergirl costume?

Melissa: The first time I put the costume on, it was a mixture of a lot of emotions. It’s impossible not to feel empowered when you put it on. You would think, “Oh, it’s silly. I’m putting on tights. I’m putting on a leotard and a skirt. There’s muscles built into the suit. There’s a cape. I’m going to feel like it’s Halloween.” But something changes internally. I feel like a different person almost. It really is an alter ego, where I feel inspired, hopeful and empowered. I tried the suit for the first time on at the costume designer’s house. I had just had an injury to my eye, so I had an eye patch on. [Laughs] So simultaneously, I’m feeling all these feelings of empowerment and positivity and femininity and strength, and I have this pirate patch on essentially. It was a little goofy. There was two things going on at once — two opposing factors of trying the suit on.

EW: What pressure do you feel not just playing a superhero on TV, but being one of the very few female superheroes being portrayed right now?

Melissa: I do think there’s a lot of pressure. I want to do right. Of course this is a broad statement, but I want to do right by women. I want to portray someone they can relate to and look up to that’s not a trite or a shallow depiction. I want her to be complicated and flawed. I guess I just want all women to feel like they could be Kara and Superwoman as well. I don’t want it to be campy. I want it to be grounded and human. That goes for anybody. It doesn’t matter what sex. It doesn’t matter if it’s women or men I inspire, I just want to inspire people in general to realize their strengths and their potential, and that you can do the things that you feel like are impossible to accomplish.

EW: How do they make Kara relatable even though she’s an alien?

Melissa: What I love about Kara is that unlike Kal-El, Superman, he came from Krypton when he was a baby, so he has not much recollection of where he comes from and his planet, but Kara was 12 or 13, she was an adolescent and grew up on Krypton, so she knows what she’s missing. When she gets to Earth, she’s not used any of her powers for years. There’s a lot of room for mistakes. She’s got a lot to learn when we meet her in the show. That’s what makes her so relatable. She has so much power that’s locked up inside of her. She is really figuring out how to break free and get to know who she is.

EW: What has been the hardest part of playing Kara? And what has been the easiest?

Melissa: The easiest part of all is the dorky stuff. All of Kara Danvers and the silly, dweeby parts of her, that comes easily to me because that’s how I feel. That’s who I am as a human being, I’m awkward and I’m weird. The hardest parts are tapping into that strength and that confidence.

EW: You’re following in the footsteps of Helen Slater, who appears in the Supergirl pilot. What advice did she give you?

Melissa: The advice I did get made me so jealous. We started talking about it and she asked me what kind of training they had me doing. At that point, I was just doing some boxing, strength training and a lot of core work. She gave me this look, and I was like, “Why, what did they have you do?” “Oh, I went horseback riding, and fencing and doing some archery and I was swimming.” She went through this whole gamut of awesome outdoor activities that I would love to do to train. Also, she’s just so kind and such a sweet, sweet woman. That’s really what I’ve learned from her. She really is a super girl. I’m so honored that I’m following in her footsteps.

EW: Did you get any advice from Arrow’s Stephen Amell or The Flash’s Grant Gustin?

Melissa: I’ve not met Stephen. Grant, I know from Glee. They’re in Vancouver, so I didn’t really get much advice, but all that I’ve gotten has been support and excitement to be a part of the Berlanti team. Just overwhelming positivity.

EW: The bar for superhero series has been set pretty high with The Flash and Arrow. How are you dealing with that?

Melissa: The bar is set so high with those shows for a reason, because it has someone like Greg Berlanti, our executive producer, and Andrew Kreisberg, who are also behind those shows with us. They are responsible for so much of the success. They’ve found a really good formula and a really good way of portraying heroes with heart. I don’t think we’re lacking any of that in our show.

EW: The first Supergirl trailer had some mixed reactions. There were some comparisons to the Black Widow Saturday Night Live spoof, but you also have Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) pointing out why she should be Supergirl not Superwoman. Do you think Supergirl sends a message of female empowerment?

Melissa: I do. Of course, I do. We don’t really take ourselves too seriously in that respect. The camp is going to be there. It’s a superhero show. But I don’t think that takes away from the female empowerment. Obviously you see Kara in her work atmosphere, it resembles the Black Widow parody, but what you don’t see is Kara kicking butt. There’s so much more in the pilot that I think people are really going to be surprised by. Also, it’s a girl. Supergirl, that whole discussion, it’s a girl figuring out how to become a woman. [The SNL spoof] came out and all of us thought it was so hilarious. I don’t think any of us expected people to compare them or put them side-by-side.

EW: Everyone looks up to superheroes. How much do you think this role is going to change your life?

Melissa: I have no idea. I know it will. I love my privacy and I love anonymity. I know some of that’s going to be going away. But honestly, it’s a small price to pay for the kind of influence I’m going to be able to have with this platform that I’ll be able to do such amazing things with. I think it’s much more of a positive thing. Obviously, I’m scared. That kind of attention is overwhelming. I think it would be for everyone. I’m so happy that it’s this. I’m so grateful that I get to be in this position, playing someone people will look up to. Hopefully I’ll help people escape from things they’re afraid of or be able to face the things they’re afraid of.

EW: Has it hit you yet?

Melissa: No, it’s coming in waves. I got really overwhelmed at upfronts. I’m sure Comic-Con will be an animal of its own.

EW: Coming from Glee, we know you have a voice. So have the producers talked about having an episode where Supergirl sings?

Melissa: They haven’t, but it’s kind of a running joke though because I’m not the only one on the show that does. Jeremy Jordan is an amazing singer. Mehcad Brooks is a rapper. Chyler Leigh is a singer. I think David Harewood sings as well. We’ve all joked that it would be funny. I don’t know if the producers have seriously thought about it.

EW: What’s one thing we don’t know about you yet?

Melissa: In honor of Comic-Con, a small tidbit about me is that I still am, and have been since the age of 6, a padawan learner in the Star Wars Insider fan club. And I was Obi-Wan Kenobi for three or four Halloweens in a row before the age of 10. That’s something maybe people don’t know.
Stonewall: A Film About a Historic Moment of Resistance…That Erases the People Who Were There
In light of advancements we've made recently, it makes sense that a film like Stonewall comes out. There's only one problem...

Let’s start with the fact that the protagonist of the film is a gay, cisgender white man. Now, I get that a film like this “needs to play in Middle America.” I get having a protagonist that most folks can “relate to.” But here’s the thing – most folks are women, so really, if you want to have a protagonist that most peoplerelate to…

What’s more, I apparently give movie-going audiences more credit than studios do, as I think that more people than not are able to *gasp* put themselves in the shoes of someone who’s unfamiliar to them when watching a film and relate enough to get something out of the story.

But the biggest problem with this is that Stonewall is attempting to depict history while simultaneously erasing the fact that the riots were started by trans women of color.

This isn’t surprising. After all, there’s been criticism of the subsequent LGBTQ+ Rights movement and the fact that it’s become a movement of gay, white, affluent cisgender men. Often it feels like, even in the world of marginalized people, some people are more marginalized than others, and organizations like the Human Rights Campaign have come under fire in recent years for“yielding to the politics of respectability,” and throwing members of the community who aren’t gay, white, affluent cisgender men under the bus when it suits them.

Never mind that then 17-year-old Latina trans woman and activist, Sylvia Rivera, is credited with “throwing the first heel,” or rather, throwing the first bottle at Stonewall. Never mind that black trans woman and activist, Marsha P. Johnson, was there at the beginning, and was part of the inciting incident at the Stonewall Inn, where she was celebrating her 25th birthday that night. Never mind that Miss Major was also a leader during the riots, got arrested, and suffered violence at the hands of the police. Never mind that there were many women participating in the violence that night, and never mind that all these women, despite being trans women of color, stood up for the rights ofall LGBTQ+ people, only to be nearly erased by the subsequent movement, and to have women like them ignored and marginalized within the community even to this day.

And to have Marsha P. Johnson be the only one portrayed in a film likeStonewall, in a supporting role, by a cisgender black actor.


It's amazing how much we scrutinized the lyrics to Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" while simultaneously allowing so many love songs to define for us what love meant.

A ‘Three-Eyed TV Monster’ created by Ulises Sanabria which permits simultaneous two- and three-screen viewing, 1961. - Photographer: Francis Miller, LIFE magazine.                                                                                                                                                                 

It’s not like I didn’t know I was sick as hell, but there wasn’t a disability movement that looked anything like me. It was a small number of white, some of them were queer, crips doing really important work [toward] basic access stuff. But my disability story—like many peoples’ disability stories—is simultaneously about inherited trauma, environmental racism (you know, I grew up in a Rust Belt town with a lot of toxic waste), sexual abuse survival, and the ways in which our racialized bodies flee the medical industrial complex. It did not feel safe [for] queer people of color to talk about disability.

anonymous asked:

Imagine someone being like "hey Germany why do u put up with Italy he's so much weaker than you" andGermany being like "well that depends on the type of strength bc Lord knows how much bullshit he's been through that would legit kill me" while simultaneously trying not to strangle the person.


Germany’s like “Hey fuck you. You know nothing about him and you have no right to judge him that way, fuck off”. 

Germany is probably the most understanding when relating with Italy’s problems. Thought Italy doesn’t like to drone on it Germany knows his life was rough. To Germany, Italy is the strongest guy he knows