If you take the most religious states in the U.S. and put them next to the ones preordering the most Fifty Shades tickets on Fandango, it’s the same fucking list. Like those kids in high school, the people who were stereotypically the least condoning of an alternative lifestyle are the same ones ironically celebrating its commercialization. … For Fifty Shades, that ironic commercialism also comes in the form of vibrating dick-rings and blindfolds being sold within spitting distance of children’s toothbrushes at your local Target, which is actually pushing Fifty Shades-brand sex tools as if they were camping equipment. And since Fifty Shades became a hit, sadomasochism has been turned into a $150 “fan experience” hotel package that includes a gift box of lube and frilly leather whips, is being called “the new yoga” in health articles, and was made into a Vermont teddy bear complete with an adorable set of handcuffs.
Slapping on dollar-store toy cuffs and weak-arming a few softball lashes into the mother of your children is this year’s Valentine’s Day special. And now, thanks to the film being on IMAX, never has this been a better time for anyone who’s wanted to see Buick-sized genitalia. But commercialized nudity is nothing new.
Remember that? Suddenly, with Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” punk rock was whittled down to the fake shock value of not actually seeing a naked person – which came years after a pug-faced man named GG Allin performed countless sets naked and covered in a puree of bodily fluid.
It’s not that she’s dumb, it’s really not, it’s just that Cassidy never thinks things through fully, therefore other people take charge and tell her what to do. She’s never had enough courage to stand up to these people that take advantage of her, though, and sometimes she just doesn’t really mind. How could life be any easier than when people make all the decisions for you? However, she has made some of her own decisions over the years. Growing up, Cassidy never had the things that other kids her age had because she was the child of a young mother and a deadbeat dad who was never around. Her mother worked hard to meet their basic needs, but anything other than necessities couldn’t be afforded and most of the time, Cass was embarrassed and mocked at school for not living like the other kids. It started with just lifting small things, like bracelets and earrings, from boutiques and eventually built up to swiping things from boyfriends and girlfriends alike when they weren’t looking so that she could sell them online for money. It’s second nature to her now and she’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to just give up, especially not when people like Blair Knox are encouraging her.
Writing Process: Writing About Things You Can’t Experience
How do I describe things I probably will never experience? Like what does it sound like when someone’s head gets busted What’s the reaction when a dragon breathes flame on a glass window? Should it be imagination Or is there a place to figure it out
Writing about things you can’t experience requires both imagination and research. Obviously, there are some things you can never experience, like riding on the back of a dragon or fighting vampires with your mind, so these things are going to take a lot of imagination. Then there are things that are difficult to experience, like climbing a 150 foot ferris wheel or sword fighting. These things require a lot of research. And some things require a little of both.
Bodily injuries are never going to sound the same because there are so many variables playing into what it sounds like. This is the kind of thing where you can use your imagination to come up with something.
What’s the reaction when a dragon breathes flame on a glass window? You can’t research that, but you can find out how fire affects glass.
You can’t ride on the back of a dragon, but you can ride a roller coaster and pretend you’re on the back of a dragon. You can’t climb a 150 foot ferris wheel, but you can go to a local gym and climb the rock wall to see how it feels to scale something very high.
- go to the local library and ask for resources pertaining to your subject
- interview friends, family, or community members who may have had an experience you’re writing about or something similar, or who might have knowledge or skills to help you learn about a particular subject. (For example, maybe you have an uncle who’s a welder who might be willing to blow torch a panel of glass for you so you can see what happens when a dragon breathes on glass.)
- look for blogs and interviews with people who’ve had particular experiences
- look for information and resources for family members of people going through various experiences, as these are often helpful in explaining what their loved one might be going through
- ask friends and family to help you act out or choreograph scenes that are difficult to imagine (as long as they’re safe, of course)
- watch TV shows and movies containing scenes that pertain to your subject
- find close and safe approximations, like riding a roller coaster to get the feel of riding a dragon, or climbing a gym rock wall to get the feel of scaling a ferris wheel
- read books pertaining to your subject, such as a book about surviving off the land or how to find edible plants. There are lots of great books about particular eras, like The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England and Daily Life in Victorian England.
- see if there are any local museums, historic sites, re-enactments, festivals, or other activities pertaining to your subject. For example, if you’re writing a story that includes a Victorian era ball, you might visit some Victorian era (or Civil War era) homes in your area that are open for tours. Or, if you’re writing about a battle, you might see if there’s a battle re-enactment you can go to. Even if the battle takes place in the wrong era, like if you’re writing about a medieval battle but this is a Civil War battle reenactment, go anyway–you still might learn something about battles that will help you write about it
- play video games that allow you to do the things in your story, or use games like The Sims or other programs to build towns and buildings from your story
These are just a few ideas. Does anyone out there have any fun stories about things they’ve done to help them write about something? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
Me? I think the weirdest thing I’ve ever done is asking Mr. WQA to act out things from my story so I can try them out.
Me: Pretend you’re shopping in a village market. I’m going to try to pick your pocket and run away before you notice.
October 8, 2003: Mickey’s Philharmagic opens in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
This state-of-the-art 4D show incorporates several of your favorite Disney characters and stars Donald Duck when he mischievously steals Yen Sid’s hat a runs amok trying to get it back after he looses it.
This show really tickles all of your senses and with the loss of Horizons orange grove smell, really gives you some of the best scents on Disney property. This is probably my favorite 3D show on property. It fully immerses you in the experience with the 150 foot screen!
At 10:02 AM on August 27, 1883, a volcano on the island of Krakatoa had just erupted with a force so great that it tore the island apart. That island of Krakatoa sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. The estimated human death toll ranges from 36,417, to over 120,000.
The sound of the volcano was so loud that it was heard almost 3000 miles away in Mauritius! You can understand why some people who had witnessed this event thought the world had come to an end. The eruption of Mt. Krakatoa is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history, but how loud was it?
According to Aatish Bhatia, the Krakatoa explosion “registered 172 decibels at 100 miles from the source”. To put that number in context, imagine that you had the misfortune of standing next to a jet engine. If you did that, you would experience a 150 decibel sound, which is above the human threshold for pain at around 130 decibels .
Needless to say, closer to Krakatoa, the sound was way more powerful than that. The article  will tell you more about the eruption that produced pressure waves so powerful that it circled the globe three to four times in each direction.
 Picture credits: TOP: Artist’s rendering of Kratatoa from , MIDDLE: a map of Krakatoa before and after the 1883 eruption. COURTESY: USGS and Wikipedia. BOTTOM: Krakatoa spewing lava in modern times. COURTESY: The Guardian.
One cannot simply build any imaginable characteristics into a government; governments have their own internal dynamic. And the internal dynamic of limited governments is something with which we, to our sorrow, have a good deal of practical experience. It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by Congress.
In two experiments with about 150 couples, the researchers — led by Keith Welker at the University of Colorado, Boulder — paired some of the couples together and led them through the “fast friends” activity, developed in the late 1990s by Stony Brook University psychologist Arthur Aron. It involves a series of questions that become progressively nosy, starting with something like “What’s your idea of a perfect day?” leading up to more personal things like “If you could go back in your life and change any one experience, what would it be and why?” It’s been shown to create feelings of friendship between strangers in under an hour.
Other couples in this study were paired together and assigned to the small-talk condition, where they took turns answering relatively boring questions (“When was the last time you walked for more than an hour?”). Afterwards, all the participants were asked to rate their feelings toward their significant other, and the couples in the “fast friends” condition reported feeling more passionate love than those in the small-talk condition. Making new friends allows you to see your partner in a new and positive light, the researchers believe, writing in the abstract, “The creation of couple friendships may be an additional way to reignite feelings of passionate love in romantic relationships.”