majors 2013

“Flooded Cottonwood”

Looking more like a scene from a swamp in Louisiana, these cottonwoods stood in the flooded waters of the Big Thompson River during the major floods of September 2013.  It was unbelievable to see all the destruction from the catastrophic event, but this scene reminded me that there’s beauty in everything nature brings.  A classic Colorado plains sunrise lit up the sky during the perfect reflection.

Near Milliken, Colorado - October 2013

Shot Notes:

Portra 160 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
10 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

anonymous asked:

Nancy Pelosi doesn't get enough respect. Let's take a stroll down memory lane for those who've been Speaker of the House. There was Newt Gingrich. Need I say more? There was Dennis Hastert who sexually abused wrestling students and used money to bribe them through shady means to not talk about it. There's John Boehner who played a major part in the 2013 government shutdown. Now there's Paul Ryan, the biggest brown-noser of modern-day politics. Then there's Nancy Pelosi who did none of that

I dead ass just saw someone on Twitter suggest that she needs to go because the DNC needs fresh faces. Like….. 99% of the people chatting shit about her (or anything, lately) don’t know the first thing about what the fuck they’re running their mouths about, and the rest of them that do are men who hate women and are also just stupid in general, so.

I can’t wait for us to flip the House and for Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her gavel. Maybe Trump and Pence will get impeached and removed and President Pelosi can tell everyone who doubted her to go fuck themselves.

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“Alright, I’m gonna play the next song with these on. Is that alright?
You can’t see? That’s fine. You just gotta hear.
You just gotta hear, baby.
…Alright, I’m sorry. No, fuck it…”

The Front Bottoms UK Tour 2016 Update

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Statue of Alexander II of Russia, the Tsar Liberator in front of the Parliament in Sofia

The statue was built to commemorate the Liberation of Bulgaria as a result of the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-8

The sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi won the contest against other 89 of his colleagues from around the world.

The statue was built in 1901-3 but the monument’s inauguration was in 1907. 

The statue went under major restoration works in 2013.

                                      Stephane Lambiel Watchpost

Competing and doing an exhibition in 1997

1999/2000 & 2000/2001: SP (La Cumparsita) LP (Triton)

2001/2002: SP (Vuelvo Al Sur) LP (Quidam)

2002/2003: SP (Laissez-moi Me Griser) LP (Chocolat)

2003/2004: SP (I’m a Doun For Lack o’ Johnnie) LP1 (Gypsy Dance) LP2 (Zabuca/Loving Paris)

2004/2005: SP (Spanish Caravan) LP1 (The Truman Show) LP2 (King Arthur)

2005/2006: SP1 (Malaguena) SP2 (Dralion) LP (Four Seasons)

2006/2007: SP1 (Geissel Drama) SP2 (Blood Diamond) LP (Poeta)

2007/2008: SP (Carne Cruda) LP (Poeta)

2009/2010: SP (William Tell Overture) LP1 (Otono Porteno) LP2 (La Traviata)

Exhibitions (selected):

It’s been a long time since I updated my Tumblr. Jadi agar tidak sepenuhnya terbengkalai, I’ll share a story about my six-month full time job :)

Sebenarnya ketika resign dari salah satu penerbit major tahun 2013 dulu, saya sudah enggan bekerja kantoran lagi. Saya menikmati hidup bebas sebagai penulis dan penerjemah serta editor freelance. Semua orang pun tahu seperti apa saya ini–I’m a rebel and bad with commitment. Saya membenci segala bentuk ikatan dan aturan, setidaknya untuk saat ini.

Karena itulah, ketika saya memutuskan untuk bekerja full time lagi akhir Desember kemarin, semua teman saya kaget dan bertanya-tanya kenapa saya tiba-tiba berubah pikiran.

Sebenarnya alasannya sederhana: karena saya mulai jenuh saja dan ingin melakukan hal baru. Saya mulai iri lagi melihat orang-orang yang bekerja full time, dan selain itu, saya ingin mendapat penghasilan tambahan. Lebih dari segalanya, saya mulai menganggap menulis novel, pergi ke mal, liburan, dan sebagainya itu sebagai rutinitas, sehingga rasanya tidak terlalu menyenangkan lagi. Karena itulah,saya ingin mengembalikan semua perasaan itu ke hati saya, dengan cara bekerja full time.

Saya melamar ke perusahaan media entertainment online sebagai copywriter yang menulis dalam bahasa Inggris. Spektrumnya adalah jurnalisme; jadi sangat amat berbeda dengan sastra populer yang saya tekuni, meskipun dua-duanya berhubungan dengan tulis-menulis. Tapi alhamdulillah, saya diterima dan ditempatkan di lini movies.

Saya mulai senang membaca buku dan menonton film sejak kelas 5 SD, dan film (tepatnya Star Wars) jugalah yang mendorong saya untuk menjadi penulis. Dulu saya bahkan belum punya buku atau penulis favorit–tapi kalau aktor favorit sudah. Harrison Ford 😄. Saya juga sering mengumpulkan kliping yang berhubungan dengan film. Sulit dipercaya kalau lebih dari dua puluh tahun kemudian, saya bekerja membuat artikel film. So yeah, I think that was a dream came true.

Yang lebih spesial lagi, di tempat kerja saya ternyata ada teman kuliah saya. Saya sama sekali tidak tahu dia bekerja di sana, dan senang sekali ketika bertemu dia lagi. Waktu kuliah, kami tidak pernah saling kontak–hanya sesekali saling sapa saja, but she eventually became my boss 😄 She was a professional though. Meski kami seangkatan sewaktu kuliah, di tempat kerja dia memosisikan diri sebagai atasan, dan saya anak buahnya. Dia sangat sangat profesional, sampai pada titik di mana saya lupa kami pernah sekampus dan satu kelas dalam beberapa mata kuliah.

Tempat kerja saya juga menanamkan disiplin yang sangat, sangat ketat. Segalanya teratur dan terstruktur. Untuk orang yang menyukai keteraturan, suasana seperti itu memang bagus–tapi saya yang sangat pemberontak dan pecinta chaos theory ini agak kesulitan beradaptasi pada awalnya 😂 Awal-awal kerja, saya banyak melakukan kesalahan dan banyak melontarkan kata maaf. But everything went well as the time being.

Yang saya tulis adalah artikel-artikel tentang film yang belum tayang. Semisal ada update tentang foto set, teaser, trailer, pemeran, plot cerita dan sebagainya, saya akan menulis artikelnya. Seringnya tentang film-film keluaran Marvel, Lucasfilm, dan DC, karena pangsa pasar kami adalah netizen Amerika Serikat dan Kanada, dan film-film jenis itulah yang mereka sukai. Saya sudah menulis puluhan artikel Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (!!!), Justice League, dan Wonder Woman 😄

I loved working there, dan saya berencana untuk menetap di sana selama setahun. Sayangnya, baru lima bulan bekerja, saya mulai gelisah 😂

Selain itu ada urusan juga yang harus saya lakukan di Jakarta dalam waktu dekat, sehingga saya mulai tidak konsen ketika bekerja. Ketika kebutuhan finansial saya mulai terpenuhi, pikiran saya mulai melayang-layang ke Lovely Heist lagi, dan saya (mendadak) juga punya project lain. Saya tidak bisa khusyuk menulis tentang Avengers: Infinity War kalau pikiran saya terus melayang ke Liquor dan tokoh saya yang satunya lagi 😂😂😂

Pada akhirnya, saya mengajukan resign. Pada akhirnya, saya hanya mampu bertahan bekerja full time selama enam bulan pas 😅

Satu bulan terakhir terasa begitu berat–setiap hari saya menguatkan diri dengan berkata dalam hati, “Tenang… Tinggal 30 hari. Tenang…Tenang…tinggal 29 hari lagi. Tenang…tinggal 28 hari lagi.” Setiap hari saya membatin seperti itu ketika harus bangun dan berangkat ke kantor. Ya… Sejauh itulah saya membenci komitmen dan keteraturan. 😢

That’s why I feel so free when everything’s over. Saya akhirnya berpamitan pada teman saya, and I was so happy when she finally returned to be a friend I used to know. Kami kembali menjadi teman kuliah, bukan atasan dan anak buah, dan farewell kami diiringi dengan senyum dan tawa.

When it’s finally over, I feel like I want to scream in triumph. Saya mendapatkan lagi perasaan bahagia ketika menulis, liburan, berjalan-jalan, dan sebagainya 😍 So yeah, I think my decision to do a short term full time job is the rightest thing to do, after all.

Kalau ditanya apakah saya tetap menulis, menerjemahkan, dan mengedit freelance selama bekerja kantoran, jawabannya adalah iya 😂😂😂 Bahkan tanggungannya semakin banyak, and there were times when I felt like a nutty 😂😂😂

But thank God now I’m free. Saya punya satu project terjemahan lagi untuk diselesaikan, dan tentu saja Lovely Heist and the other project. I can finally hug Liquor and the other one agaiiiin 😍😍😍😍

Kalau ditanya apakah ini terakhir kalinya saya bekerja full time, jawaban saya adalah belum tentu. Bisa jadi nanti saya ingin kembali bekerja 8 to 4 lagi.

But for now, I just want to enjoy my freedom and hug my characters as tight as I can. ❤❤❤

Lindsay Lohan joins Rupert Grint's Sky comedy Sick Note

Though Lindsay Lohan hadn’t entirely stepped away from acting in the past few years, putting in guest appearances on 2 Broke Girls and Eastbound & Down, it’s fair to say she’s taken something of a break from the craft.

It’s with Sky’s sitcom Sick Note, however, that she’s taken up her first major role since 2013’s The Canyons, joining on for its newly announced second season (via The Hollywood Reporter), though its first season is actually set to air this fall.

She’ll join the likes of Rupert Grint and Nick Frost, the former playing a compulsive liar trapped in a failing relationship and dead-end job; Lohan will play the daughter of his boss (Don Johnson).

The first season of the show will see Grint’s character handed an incorrect diagnosis for a terminal illness by his deeply incompetent doctor (Frost), who then convinces him to embrace the lie and hide his misdiagnosis from family, friends, and colleagues.

Sick Note forms part of a new effort on Sky’s part to launch more adult-orientated comedy for its channel, joining the likes of David Cross’ Bliss, starring Stephen Mangan and Heather Graham, as well as Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn’s Bounty Hunters.

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FRONTLINE: With or Without the Patriot Act, Here’s How the NSA Can Still Spy on Americans

While it may only be temporary, the National Security Agency on Monday lost its authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk after the Senate failed to extend provisions of the Patriot Act authorizing the controversial domestic surveillance program.

But these Patriot Act provisions represent just one component of the NSA surveillance capabilities exposed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Under an entirely separate law, the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, the government still has the authority to access the communications of users of popular Internet sites such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. Section 702 of the law, which does not expire until 2017, gives the government the ability to collect the content of an Internet user’s actual communications — not just metadata.

An even older and more obscure Reagan-era law, Executive Order No. 12333, provides U.S. intelligence with nearly identical surveillance capabilities to intercept overseas communications.

Also unaffected by the sunset of Section 215 is the use of National Security Letters, which since 9/11 have helped to dramatically expand the government’s ability to collect information about Americans directly from phone companies and Internet providers. Any FBI office can issue one, without a court’s review and with a gag order. In the past 10 years, more than 300,000 National Security Letters have been issued, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and until 2013, no major Internet or phone company is known to have questioned the constitutionality of one.

To learn more, check out recent FRONTLINE doc United States of Secrets

The two-part documentary follows how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world — and here at home — and the lengths to which officials tried hide the massive surveillance from the public.