“Carl, your dang kitten is getting into everything.”

Ted the Animator: “I’ve had enough of his… ack, see? He just swatted away the top sheet while I was shooting a frame. He does this all the time.”

Carl the Animator: “Awww, he doesn’t mean any harm, do ya, little guy?”

Ted the Animator: “It’s not ok, it makes the layer too bright! You should know that by now, we’ve been making shows together for years.”

Carl the Animator: “Oh, c’mon, who’s gonna care if a weird alligator guy is a lil’ brighter for a frame?”

Ted the Animator: “He also did it here.

Carl the Animator: “C’mon, who’s gonna care if Fred Flintstone crouching next to a stable is oddly brighter for a frame?”

Ted the Animator: “And here.

Carl the Animator: “C’mon, who’s gonna care if a weird robo-dog… twisting himself into a spiral, while… clutching a log… is a lot brighter for a frame?”

Ted the Animator:AND HERE.

Carl the Animator: “C’mon, who’s gonna care if Scooby-Dum, on an ostrich, is way way brighter for a fra-”

Ted the Animator: “Hush, you. With our luck, we’ll learn that 70% of Hanna-Barbera’s audience is comprised of dog-ostrich-race-enthusiests.”

Carl the Animator: “That seems rather unlikely.”

Ted the Animator: “And they’ll all send very sternly-worded letters straight to your kitten.”

Carl the Animator: “Oh, I know little Carl can handle it. He’s quite–”

Ted the Animator: “…wait, did you just call him Carl? You named your kitten after yourself?”

Carl the Animator: “Well, officially, he’s named Carl’s Jr., ‘cause he’s like a littler Carl, and–” 

Ted the Animator: “…isn’t Carl’s Jr. the name of a restaurant chain?”

Carl the Animator: “…what? Naaaah.”

Ted the Animator: “I’m fairly sure it is.”

Carl the Animator: “Well, they’re gonna have to change their company’s name, ‘cause Lil’ Carl is the original Carl’s Jr.”

Ted the Animator: “Alright, alright… just don’t be surprised if someone tries to order a charbroiled burger and soda from your cat.”

Carl the Animator: “Shaddup.”

anonymous asked:

OK. I think we can all agree that the phrase "This is MY opera." would be applicable to both Erik and Carlotta, and that was all I could think of when I saw the "This is my swamp" palette. So would you please do the king and queen of drama themselves with the color palette "This is my swamp" as it so apt to the circumstances? 🙂

Ha! Too true…

 *Carlotta performs operatic solo* “WHAT’S GOOD, O.G.”


Banned Books Week: September 25 - October 1, 2016

As you already know, we are big fans of Banned Books Week (or, as we like to celebrate it, Banned Books Month). Every September our children’s book department plasters a wall with redacted pages and caution tape to continue the conversation. This year the American Library Association is focusing on “the diversity of authors and ideas that have prompted a disproportionate share of challenges,“ which means that even more of our favorite books have made the list. Check out a handful of  frequently banned and challenged titles below and the reasons. Then do yourself a favor and read a banned book!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Rreasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. Reasons: inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Reasons: promotes obesity and overeating.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Reasons: offensive language, sexually exlicit, and unsuited for age group.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. Reasons: offensive language.

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus by Barbara Park. Reasons: poor social values, lacking a good role model, mouthiness, and bad spelling/grammar.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Reasons: homosexuality and other (”condones public displays of affection”).

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. Reasons: offensive language.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: homosexuality, date rape, masturbation, and the glorification of alcohol use and drugs.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Reasons: withcraft and the occult, offensive language, and for “undermining religious beliefs.”

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter. Reasons: promotes “the Koran and praying to Muhammad.”

For those curious, our wall was created using pages from The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman and Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince by J. K. Rowling, both frequently banned/challenged titles. Only rescued books (previously damaged) were harmed in the making of this display.

I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once, and cannot add up the sum. I am incapable of determining ultimate worth or worthlessness; I have no judgment about myself and my life. There is nothing I am quite sure about. I have no definite convictions—not about anything, really. I know only that I was born and exist, and it seems to me that I have been carried along.
—  Carl Jung

Blue Jay 2016 12 – Zen Glen, Indian Land, South Carolina, September 17, 2016

What’s your focus–

the focus of your life–

what you mean with your life,

what you intend by the way you live?

Or, are you just bumping along,

looking for a break,

hoping nothing bad happens?

What comprises your core,

your center,

your ground,

your foundation?

What is the essential nature

of your identity–

the things about you–

the things you do–

that are indisputably, unmistakably, YOU?

In what ways are you serving

the central things–

the things that are integral to who you are–

with your life?