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♥ it’s time to spread your podcast palette ♥

We’re late into July with August around the corner and the fall slowly but soon enough approaching us. Before the thrills that come with fun in the sun are washed away like sand in the sea, let’s settle under the shade with the best sounds I could find.

Survive, conquer, and stay underground as these picks will ease you through the remainder of your summer days with some style.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love. 

1. The Far Meridian

The Far Meridian tells the story of Peri, an agoraphobic young woman whose home starts to show up in a new location every day, as she searches for her missing brother. 

From the same people who brought you Ars Paradoxica comes The Far Meridian, a vastly different direction from their usual time crunching with the same sense of suspense, sarcasm, and psychological storytelling you’ve grown to love coupled with excellent writing and music composition.

Follow along with our darling heroine, Peri as she must fight against her fears to solve a pressing mystery that might be deeper than it seems at first glance. You can tackle this one in or outdoors to your leisure.

2. Liberty

Welcome to the world of Liberty – serialized sci-fi tales told in comic books and audio drama stories. The colony of Atrius has been cut off from humanity and endured generations of civil war. What remains is a gleaming city and beyond its walls, a lawless expanse known as the Fringe. Liberty features many tales from this world such as the harrowing Fringe expedition series Critical Research and standalone horror stories of Tales from the Tower.

From Critical Research to Tales from the Tower, Liberty comes with a couple of quality tales that may tickle your fancy and your ears. Start off first with Critical Research as we tag along with a special group sent to investigate the treacherous Southern Fringe. 

Though if this promising crew will be prepared for what’s the come is the real question. I’d say count your bullets, save your audio logs, and try to stay alive for this one. (It even has a blooper reel.)

3. Radiation World

Three thousand years since nuclear devastation has razed society to nothing, humans have moved underground to eke out a meager survival while outside the wild has taken over, mutating beyond anything anyone can remember or imagine. When a group of mysterious visitors arrive on a ship, our heroes must make a quest across the wild, encountering an abundance of adventures along the way.

For those who want to take their apocalypse stories a little less seriously comes Radiation World. When the world becomes inhabitable due to nuclear devastation, what better way to get by than passing time in the best bunker available and maybe setting up a sacrifice…if you have the time.

If you’re a fan of The Bunker with a bit of Wooden Overcoats style comedy and Our Fair City levels of world building, and still need your fill of catastrophic hi-jinks, this might be the best pick for your survival kit. In other words, it’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

4. The Orphans

A tale of survival on an unknown world. The Orphans is a cinematic audio drama chronicling the castaways of downed starship, The Venture - Stranded on a hostile planet, struggling to remember how they arrived and who they are. Mysterious creatures hunt them, and in this seemingly unpopulated world, a tower looms. 

When a group of survivors of a crashed ship are thrown into a vast alien world, it’ll take only their wits and teamwork to get by and get back on the track home. The Orphans comes with a cast of colorful characters all with witty banter and some fairly badass moments sprinkled in between some honestly sincere and sweet ones.

In this fast paced story of survival against the odds and a dangerous alien wilderness comes a podcast chock full of fascinating scenarios for those looking for the most out of their sci-fi. You’ll land safely with this one.

5. Hector Vs The Future

The world’s largest museum of obsolete technology is threatened with closure unless Hector - its cantankerous, turnkey-operated clockwork curator - can match the popularity of the cutting-edge Uptodateum across the road. Only George - the mild mannered in-house caretaker with the mysterious past - steps up to help him. 

Rev up your outdated technology and tune that dusty radio to Hector Vs The Future, a comedy podcast for those stuck in the good old days and just too hipster to pass up a show that lovingly revels in the past. 

Those who love their goofball science fiction comedies like Hadron Gospel Hour will enjoy the quirky sense of humor and the occasional musical number derived from situational gags and absurdity. Concluded at only seven episodes and last updated in the distant past of 2016, Hector Vs The Future will offer you just the right amount of entertainment in the present day.

6. Otherverse

Otherverse is a serialized science fiction audio drama podcast. The story follows the invasion of Earth by aliens from another universe, and an alien that wants to save humanity from destruction through their surrender. Invasion is not a simple task.

Hello and welcome to a radio frequency playing from another universe. A higher plain of life has taken over and has been kind enough to offer this nifty little show in our wake. From some of the same minds behind Jim Robbie comes a hefty dose of science fiction black comedy from the eyes of aliens.

Though early in production, Otherverse does make a good first impression with its fairly original premise and inspired narrative that is sure to blossom into some excellent stories in the future. It’s best to sit down surrender, and face the noise.

now, get to listening. 

me: i don’t know a dan..

dan: *uploads dan takes quizzes of himself*

me: Daniel JamesDanHowell (born 11 June 1991)[1] is a British video blogger and radio personality. He is best known for his YouTube channel danisnotonfire, which has reached over six million subscribers. Together with frequent collaborator Phil Lester, Howell presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and presented the station’s Internet Takeover slot from September 2014 until April 2016. Howell was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire, England.[2] He has a younger brother named Adrian.[citation needed][2]Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in retail chains Focus DIY at the age of 16, and later at the supermarket Asda.[3] After attending The Forest School, Howell went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in order to pursue video blogging as a profession.[2]Howell has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Phil Lester since August 2011,[4] and the pair moved to London together in July 2012.[5][6] Howell uploaded his first YouTube video titled “HELLO INTERNET” on 16 October 2009.[7] He was encouraged by “some friends” including Phil Lester to continually upload videos to the site.[2]He also has a second channel, danisnotinteresting, which has over 1.5 million subscribers and 39.5 million views, as of August 2016.In 2012, he won the YouTube competition “SuperNote” run by Rhett and Link.[8] He also featured in the weekly video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook which looked at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity.[9] He also wrote a blog for The Huffington Post, in which he wrote about the creative process behind making his videos.[10]Howell and Lester collaborated on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, entitled The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigated paranormal events.[11] In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month, the duo would not carry on working on the project, in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show.[12] It was later announced that the Super Amazing Project would continue production, but hosted by different presenters, scouted by the My Damn Channel network.[12] On 12 September 2014, Howell and Lester posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES.[14] On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers.[15] It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.[16]On 1 April 2015, Howell and Lester launched a spin-off channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It features a single video of them creating square snowflakes out of paper, with an amateur editing style and humour throughout. It reached over 154,000 subscribers and 500,000 total video views in one week.[17] “Don’t cry, craft” became a popular Internet meme from that video, described by the Standard-Examiner as “one of the best known YouTube phrases of all time”.[18] The channel was awarded the YouTube Silver Play Button at Summer in the City 2015.[19][20] On 1 April 2016 Howell and Lester made a second video for that channel in which they did another joke tutorial, this time on making glitter faces.[21][13]

Dear White People: The Series (Review)

in 2014, writer/director Justin Simien exploded into the mainstream with Dear White People. The title alone was enough to send the entertainment industry into a talespin of words like “reverse racism” and “boycott.” Thank God it was good. Not just good, but borderline excellent. Equal parts Spike Lee and Aaron Sorkin; Simien effortlessly balanced the tepid climate of post-Obama’s America with razor-sharp dialogue that rivals the veterans of Hollywood. So when word broke that Simien was developing a show based on the modern day cult classic, many fans and skeptics alone were curious to see the project would join the ranks of other movie-based-shows (Bates Motel, Fargo, etc.)

Needless to say, it’s the best one yet.

Dear White People centers around the life and times of a predominantly white Ivy League university, which is currently under fire for a controversial party that involved its white students in blackface. Leading the crusade is Samantha White, portrayed here by Logan Browning (taking over the role previously depicted by Tessa Thompson),  a fervent freshman who gets her kicks by exposing institutionalized racism on her notorious radio show, which shares the name of the series. In an effort to bring the minorities of the university together, Sam soon learns that not all black people are created equal.

What makes this show so great is that there’s not a black stone that goes unturned. The 10-episode season is split into almost comic book like arcs centering around the Winchester students, such as Sam, Joelle, (Ashley Blaine Featherson,) Sam’s cool-as-hell BFF who keeps her down to earth; Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), the “cool white boy;” and the object of Sam’s affection; Reggie Green (Marque Richardson), Sam’s fellow warrior for wokeness, who has unrequited feelings for his partner in crime; Troy Fairbanks (Brandon Bell,) the golden child of the university who just so happens to be the son of the Dean; Lionel (DeRon Horton), the geeky journalist who gets a front row seat to the madness, all while trying to get closer to his superstar roommate; Coco (Antoinette Robertson,) a driven student who seems to separate herself from the pack at will, and often finds herself at odds with Sam. While Featherson, Bell and Richardson are the only ones to return from the film, the slew of new talent is more than able to hold their own. While there may be plenty of laughs, the show is never quick to remind us that the reality of being a black face in a white place is still a struggle we all deal with. In “Chapter V,” directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Reggie has an encounter with the police that leaves him shaken to his core, all over the misuse of the dreaded n-word in a Future song. It’s one of the most riveting 30 minutes you’ll see in 2017. Not to say the other nine episodes don’t hold up either. Quite the opposite. Every half hour of Dear White People feels self-contained enough to have its own arc while also maintaining the overall arc of the series.

Dear White People runs laps around its predecessor, and it’s a rarity when a movie-based-television show can do that. The actors are top-notch, the dialogue is perfection, and the line between biting satire and social issues is damn near pitch-perfect. Justin Simien created arguably one of the most impressive first seasons of television that the year has seen thus far. In an era where Insecure, Atlanta, and Black-Ish reign supreme, and movies like Moonlight, Fences, Get Out, and Hidden Figures break not only records, but stereotypes of old, Dear White People feels right at home in the modern Black Renaissance. And I feel that we’ve only seen the beginning. 


drottkvaett  asked:

Do you have a list of all crossroad stations podcasts?

So, unfortunately, our website is taking a tiny bit of time to set up. Darn our lack of time. But here’s the best list we can provide you.

Currently active: 

Jim Robbie and the Wanderers - A bizarre romp through a post-apocalyptic America, featuring an odd cast of musicians that tend to act more like the scooby gang than actual functioning adults and a robot.|

OAKPODCAST - This podcast is intended for OAK; all others please disregard. I’m stranded in America with no money or papers, situation unknown. Please advise & send evac. THESE TRANSMISSIONS CONTAIN NO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

We have a couple of shows currently in production that should be out soon enough:

Otherverse - A radio broadcaster from another universe attempts to explain to the earth why they should surrender and acquiesce to the other universe’s invaders.

Misadventure by Death - Neil Hastbury-Rue is the new groundskeeper at the Harrison Shaw Manor in the mountains of Virginia. The Manor is most definitely creepy and haunted. Neil is most definitely armed only with a flashlight and tape recorder.

Hypotheticals - A talk show held by cast members Iri Alexander and Zoe Von Embler, recorded when they are stuck in Iri’s car and have nothing else to do. Lots of weird topics, and silly notions. Unedited besides taking the car noises down a bit. 

Shows that we are currently working on that have more polishing that they need:

Bleeding Hearts - Imogene and Olive move to an old manor in South Carolina, so that Olive can start her new job at the Supernatural Social Services Program. It’s a cute sitcom with a wlw couple and a couple of weird supernatural characters. 

CPCA -  A miniseries centered around a nature reserve for cryptids, Park Ranger Ezra Spartan deals with his staff, managing the public that visit the park for all the jackalopes, hugags, Fresno Nightcrawlers and other strange critters, and a group of federal cryptobotanists coming in and demanding space for their research.

Mirror -  A spooky Southern podcast about living ghosts, interdimensional apocalypses, and the battalion of blind women who are thwarting both.

SPACEBROS??? - As of yet unnamed space nonsense.

As shows come out we’re going to be releasing information on them, and hopefully the site will be up soon. You can also keep an eye on the bar on the side of the tumblr for links to the tumblrs for the shows.

2009 University Dan is doing his laundry at Phil’s apartment in Manchester when he suddenly has a “That’s-So-Raven” like glimpse into the future.  

Dan sees himself 8 years later. He is still doing laundry but now it is in a posh London apartment that he shares with Phil. He is pulling his clothes out of the  washer only to discover that everything is covered in glitter from a project Phil did the night before. The vision gets a bit blurry, but Dan can make out that his future self tweets about the glitter incident to his six million twitter followers - followers he gained from having a successful YouTube career, an award winning radio show, two (!) number one New York Times best selling books, and a sold-out world tour. All of these things he accomplished with Phil. 

2009 University Dan blinks and the vision is gone. He laughs to himself and says “seems fake” as he continues to fold his clothes to take back to his dorm room.

anonymous asked:

fave larry fic 3 2 1 GO xxx

wild and unruly. hands down. i’ve read it at least five times and fall in love with it more and more each time.

i know you said fic as in one (1) fic, but…. here are a few more of my faves:

like…. so many shorter fics that this list would be so long but i’ll include the ones off the top of my head:

  • your love is bright as ever (baby love me lights out)Harry’s got a late night talk show, Louis’ got a couple of Grammys, they’re best friends who like to kiss.
  • let me make a thing of cream and starsLouis is a Radio 1 DJ and Harry is a pop-star he interviews.
  • it’s easy being with you, sacred simplicityhigh school sweethearts to uni sweethearts, harry is a baseball player for Michigan University, and louis is his nanny boyfriend
  • sail across meHarry is a prince that is about to be forced into marriage against his will and running away to sea seems like a much better option. 
  • nothing else but us right hereLouis sighs and gives himself a mental pep talk as he smooths his jumper down over his hips. He can do this. He can resist the draw of Harry Styles, because he is a responsible, mature adult, and as much as he wants to tangle his fingers in that mess of hair and map those ridiculous tattoos with his tongue, he does not want to get his daughter’s favorite teacher fired.

here you go! i am… so sorry….

me: i don’t know a dan howell? who is she

dan: *breathes*

me: Daniel JamesDanHowell (born 11 June 1991)[1] is a British video blogger and radio personality. He is best known for hisYouTube channel danisnotonfire, which has reached over six million subscribers. Together with frequent collaborator Phil Lester, Howell presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and presented the station’s Internet Takeover slot from September 2014 til April 2016. Howell was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire.[2] He has a younger brother.[2]Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in retail chains Focus DIY at the age of 16, and later at supermarket Asda.[3] After attending The Forest School, Howell went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in order to pursue video blogging as a profession.[2]Howell has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Phil Lester since August 2011,[4] and the pair moved to London together in July 2012.[5]

Howell uploaded his first YouTube video titled “HELLO INTERNET” on 16 October 2009.[8] He was encouraged by “some friends” including Phil Lester to continually upload videos to the site.[2]

He also has a second channel, danisnotinteresting, which has over 1.5 million subscribers and 39.5 million views, as of August 2016.

In 2012, He won the YouTube competition “SuperNote” run by Rhett and Link.[9] He also featured in the weekly video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook which looked at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity.[10] He also wrote a blog for The Huffington Post, in which he wrote about the creative process behind making his videos.[11]

Howell and Lester collaborated on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, entitled The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigated paranormal events.[12] In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month, the duo would not carry on working on the project, in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show.[13] It was later announced that the Super Amazing Project would continue production, but hosted by different presenters, scouted by the My Damn Channel network.[13][14]

On 12 September 2014, Howell and Lester posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES.[15] On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers.[16] It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.[17]

On 1 April 2015, Howell and Lester launched a spin-off channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It features a single video of them creating squaresnowflakes out of paper, with an amateur editing style and humour throughout. It reached over 154,000 subscribers and 500,000 total video views in one week.[18]

In January 2013, Howell and Lester became the presenters of BBC Radio 1’s Sunday evening entertainment and request show.[19] They had occasionally worked with the station before, producing videos for the station’s YouTube channel for Edinburgh Festival Fringe and presenting two Christmas broadcasts. The show was designed to be interactive with the audience, featuring amateur music videos from listeners, challenges performed on air by the presenters and song requests.[20] Four months after starting the show, it won the Sony Golden Headphones award.[21]

Howell and Lester presented at the Teen Awards in 2013 and 2014, as part of the BBC online coverage and their Radio 1 show.[22]

In August 2014, it was announced that the last Dan and Phil show would be broadcast on 24 August, with the duo moving to a different show on Monday nights, featuring other popular video bloggers.[23] This new show was titled The Internet Takeover, and featured Howell along with Lester live on the first Monday of every month, before coming to an end in April 2016.[24]

On 26 March 2015, Howell and Lester announced they had co-written a book through a trailer on his channel called The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire (TABINOF).[28] It was released in the UK on 8 October 2015 and worldwide on 15 October 2015, published by Ebury Press and Random House Children’s Books.[29] The book topped the General Hardbacks Sunday Times Bestsellers list having sold 26,745 copies in the UK in the first week of its release.[30] It also became a #1 New York Times Bestsellerin the young adult hardcover list.[31][32]

In the same trailer the pair announced their theatrical stage show The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (TATINOF) which travelled around the UK during October and November 2015, ending at the London Palladium.[33]

On 22 April 2016 they are took the tour to the US which began at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida and ended on 24 June 2016 at the Dolby in Hollywood, CA.[34] It was the largest tour ever by YouTube creators.[35] They’re also touring in Australia in August 2016 starting in Perth and ending in Brisbane.[36]

On 24 June 2016 they announced The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire is to be released later in the year as a YouTube Originals film along with a making of documentary.[37]They are the first British YouTube creators to release content on the YouTube Red platform.

Alongside this in November 2016 they are releasing a photobook named Dan and Phil Go Outside which includes a personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from their tour[38]

anonymous asked:

Part of me feels like she'll go to the AMAs to support Selena tomorrow but the other part of me feels like shes also cut off award shows for the era (since she doesn't wanna be papped or have media/cameras in her face), like interviews. Maybe she'll drop whatever she filmed in London soon since it's so quiet and when she gets this quiet she hits us with a bomb

yeah…the only reason I think she’d go to the AMAs is if she was performing and unless that is the best kept secret in the universe I don’t think that is happening. we still have a mv to come that’s true, end game is the current radio single, so I guess it could be for that. I know she has a plan, just not sure what it is lol.

college au where alec is a nighttime dj on student radio and no one knows who’s behind the best show on the station and magnus livetweets the show because he loves it so much and listens to it during his night shifts at the campus clinic and it’s not until izzy tells alec about twitter that he realizes he has a fan.

Dear Y11 students awaiting their GCSE results

Five years ago, I was in your shoes. I was waiting for the day that I had been working up to since I began education. The day I hadn’t heard the end of since I began my GCSE classes, where I began revising and revising for exams and tests. Where I worked endlessly on coursework and tried my hardest at each opportunity. That day. Results day.

For many of you, the grades you earn will help you to get into college to broaden your education, and that’s the path I chose. I wanted to study childcare, to become a nursery teacher or assistant, to maybe move on to teaching older children someday, and there was a certain grade that I needed in order to get onto the course at college, and that was grade C or above in maths.

I didn’t get it.

Maths was the only subject I didn’t do too well in. I’ve never been good in it, and I knew I’d struggled in the exam so my hopes were not up high, but at the same time I so badly wanted to go onto the course at college, but I couldn’t. I failed. I thought my life was over at that point, but you know what? It had only just begun.

Instead of studying childcare, I picked myself up, brushed myself off and chose another subject. Media Studies. 4 years down the line and it’s the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I have found my true calling. I’ve completed my second year at university and I’ve found people I never would have met if this road hadn’t opened for me.

It just goes to show, sometimes one door closes so another, brighter one can open. I wasn’t meant to study childcare like I thought I was, I’m destined to make films, TV shows and radio shows.

Good luck to those of you receiving their results tomorrow, but remember my story if things don’t work out the way you hope. It’s okay. It’s destiny.

Awkward Romancing AU

Character A works as a college radio DJ/host/operator, and one of their main segments is doing an “Ask Amy” type segment where they answer anonymous questions that have been submitted to the show. Most of them are the routine “Dear (Character A), how should I deal with my annoying roommate?” or “What do you do if you get stuck with a professor you hate?”, but lately, Character A has been getting a lot of romance questions.

Character B is secretly in love with Character A, but isn’t sure how to tell them. So, Character B has been sending in anonymous questions to the radio station, asking Character A about the best way to ask somebody out, and what some great first date ideas are.


100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know (4/100) from top left to right: 

  • Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958), Journalist / Teacher / Poet / Playwright Harlem Renaissance writer Grimké, who was biracial (her father was the second African-American to graduate from Harvard Law), was one of the first African-American women to have a play performed publicly. Of that play, The NAACP said, ”This is the first attempt to use the stage for race propaganda in order to enlighten the American people relating to the lamentable condition of ten millions of Colored citizens in this free republic.” At 16, she wrote a letter to her female friend Mamie Burrile in which she declared, “I know you are too young now to become my wife, but I hope, darling, that in a few years you will come to me and be my love, my wife!” Modern literary critics who have analyzed Grimké’s work have found “strong evidence” that she was lesbian or bisexual.
  • Ruby Dandridge (1900-1987), Actress. In addition to being the mother of the legendary actress Dorothy Dandridge, bisexual actress Ruby Dandridge was a prominent radio actress, best known for her role on Amos ‘n Andy. Her “companion” Geneva Williams lived with The Dandridges after Ruby and her husband Cyril divorced.
  • Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis (1844-1907), Sculptor. This African-Haitian-Ojibwe Native American sculptor was born in New York and began studying art at Oberlin in Ohio, one of the first universities to accept women and non-white people, and later began sculpting in Boston. She showed her work internationally and spent most of her career in Rome. The National Gay History Project notes that “she is considered one of a few African-American artists to develop a fan base that crossed racial, ethnic and national boundaries — and the first to develop a reputation as an acclaimed sculptor, which would later give her access to circles that generally excluded people of color and women.”
  • Marsha P Johnson (1944-1992), Activist / Artist. Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R) with Sylvia Rivera, where she was known as the house “mother,” getting food and clothing to help support the young drag queens and trans women living in the house on the Lower East Side of New York  and was one of the leaders in clashes with police at the Stonewall Riots.  She was also a popular figure in New York City’s gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.
South Carolina cuts funding from public schools for assigning LGBT-related readings

Two public colleges in South Carolina will have their funding slashed because they assigned LGBT-oriented books to freshman students.

The House Ways and Means Committee, part of South Carolina’s House of Representatives, tentatively approved a budget plan that cuts $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Why?

The College of Charleston assigned Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel “Fun Home” to incoming freshmen. And USC Upstate assigned “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio,” about the state’s first LGBT radio show, in a course required for freshmen. And state lawmakers say the books are tantamount to pornography with no literary merit. 

Rep. Garry Smith says that if the universities offered students who might be offended alternatives to the requirements, he would be okay with the assignments. As it stands, though, Smith believes that the universities are pushing agendas on students.

“I understand diversity and academic freedom,” Smith told the AP. “This is purely promotion of a lifestyle with no academic debate.”

There are so. many. things. wrong with this story, and I keep trying to write them all out and getting too angry to continue.

Rep. Smith, I don’t actually think you do understand diversity and academic freedom. Doesn’t this very situation merit academic debate? Wouldn’t it be more productive and educational to discuss, as a group, why South Carolina politicians are terrified of LGBT people instead of shutting down the conversation? Isn’t this proof that students in your educational system – some of whom ARE LGBT THEMSELVES – should be talking about LGBT issues? Have you even read the books?


Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49.

Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man – from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool as the other side of the pillow” to “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”

That man is Stuart Scott, and his contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large. But they are only one aspect of his legacy. When he passed away, he left behind so much more. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN president John Skipper says, “changed everything.”

African-American. ESPN knew enough to have sportscasters who represented 45 million Americans, not to mention 80 percent of the players in NBA and 70 percent of those in the NFL. What we didn’t know, until Stuart got here, was how important it was to have someone who could relate to them.

“He was a trailblazer,” says ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, “not only because he was black – obviously black – but because of his style, his demeanor, his presentation. He did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves.”

“Yes, he brought hip-hop into the conversation,” says Harris, “but I would go further than that. He brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul period.”

Some of his best moments on the air came when he adopted the persona of a preacher – “Can I get a witness from the congregation?!” And one of his best moments off the air came when a producer suggested he change a reference on his NBA show from Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal, to something more universal, like Animal House.

“I have friends who have no idea what that movie is about,” Stuart told him. “That movie was made two decades ago, and black fraternities have been around since 1906.”

“He didn’t just push the envelope,” says sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick. “He bulldozed it.”

And he saved his best for his last year on the air. At the ESPYS on July 16, shortly before his 49th birthday and following another round of cancer surgery, Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with strength, humor, grace and these eloquent words: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Bleach characters as drivers...

As requested by anon. :)

Okay, so….it turns out I already did this one. But I didn’t realize until after I had written this! And also I did it in a different format. And *almost* all of the jokes are different. So I’m keeping it. *cough* A-anyway, here’s what Bleach characters might be like if they had driver’s licenses! 

1. Byakuya: Scrupulously follows the rules of the road

Byakuya (on his hands-free cell phone): Yes, Rukia, I know I am late for your wedding, but the speed limit is 45, so my hands are absolutely tied.

Byakuya: It is called the law, Rukia. 

2. Ishida: Is prepared for any car-related emergency

Orihime: Um…..Ishida? You have glass cutting tools, scuba gear and a flotation device in your glove compartment.

Orihime: Are you a spy?

Ishida: What? No!

Ishida: Just prepared in case I drive off the road into a lake!

Ishida: Lakes kill, Inoue.

3. Unohana: Tends to change lanes….a lot

Unohana: Allow me to drive in front of you, car.

Unohana: Allow me to drive in front of you also, car.

Unohana:  Allow me to drive in front of you also, car.


4. Nnoitra: Has trouble with road rage



Tesla: Nnoitra-sama, please…

5. Hiyori: Has trouble with road rage


Shini: Hiyori, no!

6. Grimmow: Has trouble with road rage stalking

Grimmjow: That car just cut me off. How fucking rude.

Grimmjow: I’m gonna follow that car around forever until I get my revenge!

Ulquiorra: But what about buying orange juice?

7. Yoruichi: Speeds

Ichigo: Y-you know you’re going like twice the speed limit, right???

Yoruichi: I don’t call my car the “Goddess of Flash” for nothing!

Yoruchi: Ichigo, please, your hands are turning white.

8. Kyoraku: Drives under the speed limit

Nanao: Captain, you are FIVE miles under the speed limit!

Kyoraku: What? It’s not like we’re in any hurry!

Kyoraku: Just relax and enjoy the ride, Nanao-chan!

9. Ichigo: Drives a giant SUV

Renji: Kurosaki, WHAT are you compensating for?

Ichigo: Huh? Is my car bigger than other people’s?

10. Soi Fon: Drives a tiny black sports car

Yoruichi: Soi Fon! Are you saying “zoooooom” as you drive?

Soi Fon:

Soi Fon: N-never!

11. Kenpachi: Has a GPS. Ignores it.

Yachiru: Turn left here!

Kenpachi: The GPS says to turn right.

Yachiru: Who are you going to believe, though??


Kenpachi: Well it’s not like we’re not already an hour late, so

12. Riruka: Has a lot of car decals

Orihime: Animal stickers on your back window…

Orihime: A donut ornament hanging from your mirror…

Orihime: Pink car seat covers…

Orihime: This is the best car in the universe!

Riruka: Shut up.

13. Rose: Drives around his radio blaring and his windows open

Love: Um, do you think everybody around us is enjoying your music choices, Rose?

Rose: How could they not??

14. Gin: Aggressively tailgates

Matsumoto: G-Gin! Are you driving a little close to that car?

Gin: This is the car that stole your parking space last week, Rangiku.

Gin: Now I will closely follow him forever.

Gin: That’ll show him.


15. Komamura: Gets pulled over a lot

Policeman: Sir, you can’t drive with your head hanging outside the window like that.

Policeman: Also, are you aware that you are a puppy?


Komamura: The two facts might be related.

Every Single Day


Warnings:Swearing, hint at self mutilation 

Before him, there were days I didn’t want to move. I wouldn’t eat. I wouldn’t shower. I laid in bed and slept. Other days were okay, but the days when my depression took over were the hardest. Especially since people made me feel like I had to have something shitty going on in my life to be depressed.

Before him, I felt everything I did was pointless. I never thought I could love and be loved unconditionally. I thought I fucked everything up. I felt like a constant burden on the people around me. I was unaware that people loved me, that people enjoyed my company. 

It was a chilly crisp autumn morning when I went for a jog. It was one of my ‘okay days’ or so I referred to them as. Days I didn’t mind social interaction. I didn’t mind getting dressed and going out. I made the best mistake of my life that morning.

I was trying to change the song playing through my earbuds without stopping or looking where I was going. Until I hit what felt like a brick wall. I had hit a tall and rather handsome stranger, spilling his coffee all over him. 

“Oh my god! I am so sorry!” I began to try and wipe the coffee away with the sleeves of my sweatshirt, only to stain my clothing, doing nothing for his.

“It’s alright, I promise!” The stranger smiled. His smile was warming, friendly. Almost strangely comforting. That’s when I noticed he was staring at my wrists. Embarrassed, I quickly pulled my sleeve down. Surly I had scared him off.

“I’m Phil!” He smiled. “Would you like to walk with me?”

Evidently, I hadn’t scared him off just yet. And while I normally wouldn’t go for a walk with a stranger, he just seemed so nice. He seemed harmless, and we were in public, so why not?

“I’m Y/N, and I’d love to.” I returned his smile, my cheeks still a rosy color from a mixture of my earlier embarrassment and the chill of the air. 

I gathered from our conversation that he was Phil Lester, or AmazingPhil. He made videos for YouTube, also writing a book with his best friend, all while running their own radio show. I told him I was a student at University, but I had taken a year off. I didn’t mention that it was to sort my mental health out. 

We eventually exchanged numbers, and parted ways. I wasn’t sure I’d ever hear from Phil again, but it was uplifting to even get to meet such a sweet guy.

It wasn’t but about three days later I received a phone call from Phil, inviting me out for coffee. I accepted, and even offered to pay since the last mishap. He was having none of it. 

We met for coffee, and talked for about an hour before he had brought up what I feared most. 

“I saw the scars the day we met. I won’t pry, but I just want to know that you’re okay.” His posture stiffened. It was obvious he felt awkward.

And I just broke down. I don’t really know why. I don’t know if it was because he always seemed so cheery and welcoming. Maybe it was because that was the first time anyone had asked if I was okay. But I cried and told him everything. I told him about why I took the year away from Uni, why I was currently unable to hold a job, why my friends kept their distance. He never once interrupted. He nodded and listened patiently, occasionally patting me on the back, or wiping a tear away. 

He walked me home, both completely silent. I was sure I was going to lose him as a friend. But when we got to my door, he did the complete opposite.

“Would you mind if I took you on a date sometime? If you don’t want to, I completely understand.” He smiled, but I could see he was shaking. Nervous, maybe?

“I’d love that.” I smiled brighter than I had in a long time. He was so accepting, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. 

And now here I am, lying on the sofa, my head in his lap. We’ve been together for three years now, I’m finishing up last semester of University. I’m still on medicine, and I still have bad days, but now the good days outweigh the bad ones. And I know he will be there every single day, good or bad. 

I nuzzle my head deeper into his lap. “Phil, you know I love you more than anything else in the whole wide world, right?” I look up at him.

“Of course I do, love.” He grins and leans down to kiss me. I reach forward to meet him halfway before pecking him on the lips.

“Good.” I smile before I turn over and slowly drift off to sleep. 



The MeerKAT first light image of the sky, released today by [South African] Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, shows unambiguously that MeerKAT is already the best radio telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Array Release 1 (AR1) being celebrated today provides 16 of an eventual 64 dishes integrated into a working telescope array. It is the first significant scientific milestone achieved by MeerKAT, the radio telescope under construction in the Karoo that will eventually be integrated into the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

In a small patch of sky covering less than 0.01 percent of the entire celestial sphere, the MeerKAT first light image shows more than 1,300 galaxies in the distant universe, compared to 70 known in this location prior to MeerKAT. “Based on the results being shown today, we are confident that after all 64 dishes are in place, MeerKAT will be the world’s leading telescope of its kind until the advent of SKA,” according to Professor Justin Jonas, SKA South Africa Chief Technologist.

MeerKAT will consist of 64 receptors, each comprising a 13.5-meter diameter dish antenna, cryogenic coolers, receivers, digitiser, and other electronics. The commissioning of MeerKAT is done in phases to allow for verification of the system, early resolution of any technical issues, and initial science exploitation. Early science can be done with parts of the array as they are commissioned, even as construction continues. AR1 consists of 16 receptors, AR2 of 32 and AR3 of 64, expected to be in place by late 2017.

Dr. Rob Adam, Project Director of SKA South Africa, says: “The launch of MeerKAT AR1 and its first results is a significant milestone for South Africa. Through MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a key role in the design and development of technology for the SKA. The South African team of more than 200 young scientists, engineers and technicians, in collaboration with industry, local and foreign universities and institutions, has developed the technologies and systems for MeerKAT. These include cutting edge telescope antennas and receivers, signal processing, timing, telescope management, computing and data storage systems, and algorithms for data processing.”

In May 2016, more than 150 researchers and students, two-thirds from South Africa, met in Stellenbosch to discuss and update the MeerKAT science program. This will consist of already approved “large survey projects,” plus “open time” available for new projects. An engineering test image, produced with only 4 dishes, was made available just before that meeting [].

“The scientists gathered at the May meeting were impressed to see what 4 MeerKAT dishes could do,” says Dr. Fernando Camilo, SKA South Africa Chief Scientist. “They will be astonished at today’s exceptionally beautiful images, which demonstrate that MeerKAT has joined the big leagues of world radio astronomy.”

Pandor today released the MeerKAT first light image from the telescope site in the Northern Cape. She was accompanied by Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Committee (PICC), as well as other senior officials.

Minister Pandor says: “South Africa has already demonstrated its excellent science and engineering skills by designing and building MeerKAT. This telescope, which is predominantly a locally designed and built instrument, shows the world that South Africa can compete in international research, engineering, technology and science. Government is proud of our scientists and engineers for pioneering a radio telescope that will lead to groundbreaking research.”

IMAGE 1: MeerKAT First Light image. Each white dot represents the intensity of radio waves recorded with 16 dishes of the MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo (when completed, MeerKAT will consist of 64 dishes and associated systems). More than 1300 individual objects - galaxies in the distant universe - are seen in this image.

IMAGE 2: Montage of MeerKAT First Light radio image and four zoomed-in insets. The two panels to the right show distant galaxies with massive black holes at their centers. At lower left is a galaxy approximately 200 million light years away, where hydrogen gas is being used up to form stars in large numbers.

IMAGE 3: View showing 10% of the full MeerKAT First Light radio image. More than 200 astronomical radio sources (white dots) are visible in this image, where prior to MeerKAT only five were known (indicated by violet circles). This image spans about the area of the Earth’s moon.

IMAGE 4: Higher-resolution version of lower-right panel in IMAGE 2. This view, covering about 1% of the full MeerKAT First Light image, shows a “Fanaroff-Riley Class 2” (FR2) object: a massive black hole in the distant universe (matter falling into it produces the bright dot at the center) launching jets of powerful electrons moving at close to the speed of light that emit radio waves detected with MeerKAT’s sharp view of the radio sky (thin lines connecting the central dot to the brighter lobes of radio emission).