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Recommended Viewing

Here is possibly the best introductory video to the Tower I could ask for:

The oddly-titled “Casi Smith ‘Tower of Terror!’ Producer.avi” (henceforth called the “Casi Smith video”) packs a punch for being just over three minutes long.  I’m not sure of the context in which this clip originally played, although that label at the beginning makes me suspect that it was an in-room commercial that originally played at the resort hotels.  It is a well-done promotional piece for the Tower, that most importantly features a summary of the ride by the Imagineers who designed it.  It also highlights a postcard Easter Egg that I’d never noticed or heard mentioned before.  Given where the postcard is shown in the video, it may have been difficult or impossible to view from guest areas!  Amusingly, a sharp eye can spot some promotional footage clearly recycled from the Florida ride; for example the footage of a group boarding the ride clearly shows the Floridian version of the loading area.

An alternate version of the video, hosted on the same YouTube channel, features Casi Smith herself (given the job description of “Reporter”) introducing the clip, which also makes me think this might have been in circulation as a promotional fluff piece to be distributed by news channels.  The version with the Casi Smith intro, titled “Tower of Terror Casi PKG” is here:

Now for some other interesting videos:

Although the title (“Low Light Twilight Zone Tower of Terror California Adventure 1080p 60fps Full Complete Ridethrough” by LMG vids) is a wordy mouthful,  this video is the best Tower of Terror ride video I have yet seen for any incarnation of the attraction.  Luckily, it’s exactly for the Tower I’ll be discussing here!  Though not perfect (the mirror effect on the first “floor” is not working properly), this is the most complete and true-to-life video presentation of the ride I have yet found.  It includes a walk through the queue, the pre-show, and the ride itself, all done in high-quality low light video.  I may refer to this video as a reference point in the “Detailed Walkthrough”, where I will call it “the LMG vid” for short.

This is “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror WDW HD—Ultimate Tribute” by Martin Smith.  I included this as a footnote in my comparison of the four different Towers, but it also deserves its place here.  Notably, this does NOT discuss the California Adventure version of the ride (as the title indicates, this is a documentary about the Florida version), so therefore this video is not completely relevant here. However, a significant portion of the documentary instead discusses the origins of the Tower concept in general, which I do not bother to otherwise explain in this blog.  Feel free to skip this one if you’re not interested in the concept origins or are uninterested in the Florida version of the ride.

Encino, CA

This week’s Certified Dank™ McMansion comes to us from Encino, Los Angeles, California. Encino has been recommended to me time and time again, so I figured it was time to see what all the fuss is about. 

And fuss they should.

And somehow, this 4,354 square-foot house, built in 2008, is on the market for $1,995,000. 

That’s right, almost two million smackaroos. 

Before I begin my tour, I would like to warn my readers that this house contains so much beige that you might lose your ability to see color. McMansionHell is not liable for any injuries that may occur when viewing this post. 

The Two-Story Entryway with Bonus Sitting Room

The Dining Room

And not a single meal was finished in peace.

The Kitchen

Sometimes writing these posts is incredibly taxing on my psyche.

The Second Living Room

moving on, as we all do. 


The notable lack of books is a common trend amongst McMansions. Also note the incredibly cheap-looking column. 

The Master Bedroom

For some reason, this house is bringing out my dark side this week. 

Also: Wallpaper border or crown molding? You decide!

The Master Bathroom

The Not Master Bathrooms

Number One!

Number Two!

This small ridiculous bathroom was constructed with better quality than the rest of the entire house. Speaking of which, 

The Exterior

Oink oink.

On a side note, although it has been my most requested area, there weren’t a lot of houses on the market in Encino with interiors worth mocking, and the number of pictures per house were limited, hence this post is a little more brief than most! 

Don’t worry, though, join me on Sunday for The McMansions 101 Cheat Sheet, where the most typical features of the McMansion are laid out for your identifying pleasure. 

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nerdycapricornofgay  asked:

hi! I love you blog, and I was wondering, what breed/morph is Navi? I noticed some iridescence on their scales in the St paddy's day pictures, and thought they were gorgeous! Also, what snake would you recommend for a beginner that's willing to do a lot of research?

Hello! :) So Navi is a high-red Brazillian rainbow boa :) Technically she is a wild-type that was bred specifically to be red, kind of like bearded dragon colors. The iridescence is natural for rainbow boas, hence their name :P It shows the best in the sun, here is one of the better pics I’ve gotten of her rainbows:

For beginner snakes, I recommend California king snakes, childrens pythons, spotted pythons, corn snakes, rosy boas, or sand boas :) There’s a few less common species that can be beginner snakes but they always slip my mind :P

Friday Book Recs

This week’s category is historical romance!  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved this genre… sad thing is, I gave it up for a while because for a long time I couldn’t find anything that didn’t fall into some seriously creepy tropes because “well hey, that’s just how things *were* back then!”  The third time I came across a book where the hero raped the heroine and it was brushed off as ‘ohh, how passionate’ I swore off the genre.

Bless the internet, because now we’ve got wonderful selection with happy endings and characters that are not 100% white and straight.  Here are a few (and as always, askbox is open if you have any submissions):

 The Warrior, The Healer, and the Thief by Diana Jean

Chastity ‘Chase’ Temple isn’t fond of domesticity or permanence. She’s an expert on survival and enjoys her freedom in the Sierra Nevada, and is less than pleased when she’s called back to Independence to lead a wagon train to Oregon Territory. She expects it to be a difficult journey. She doesn’t expect Mara and Ari.
Mara is a missionary and talented healer trying to start a new life, one well away from the family she’s leaving back East. Ari is the daughter of a runaway slave, a professional thief of mysterious ability who’s traveled the country carrying a dark past.
All three prefer to walk alone, but if they’re going to survive legendary beasts and powerful magic of the unforgiving west, they’ll have to learn that sometimes there’s strength in numbers.

((I cannot stress how much I love Westerns– esp. horror or paranormal ones. Add in a poly romance, and I’m there with bells on (with boots on?))   ;)

A Margin of Promise, by Emma Lanner

Packed off to London with orders to obtain a wife, Isaac arrives at the home of his benefactor, Lord Edmund, with whom he has corresponded for several years. Upon his arrival, however, Edmund proves to be less warm and welcoming than Isaac had expected, and is eager to see him married off.
Distraction comes first by way of Gideon, beautiful and charming and eager to show Isaac a different sort of society, then Patience, smart and marriageable and a talented matchmaker, who decides to help Isaac woo Edmund and bring out the passionate man Isaac knows from their years of correspondence.
But Edmund seems bent on ignoring him, and Gideon determined to draw him closer…

((The cover was what first drew me in here– yellowing paper with pretty cursive writing and a wax seal? Sold. The characters sound like they’ll be fun to get to know, and what would a list of historical romance recs be without the classic “first season in London” trope?))

Cornwall is for Lovers, by H.P. Medina

It’s 1945, and German-born Kenneth Diederich is sick of the war, sick of his job, and sick of pining after best friend Frank Malone, who has recently re-entered his life. When the war suddenly ends, it seems like the most natural thing in the world to accept Frank’s offer of a holiday trip. The two of them, on Frank’s trusty Triumph motorcycle, heading down to the wide blue bay of Cornwall… What could go wrong?

((A romance set post-WWII with a motorcycle road trip. What more do you need?))

California Skies, by Kayla Bashe

Bandits came looking for the legendary emeralds belonging to Maggie’s family, killing her older brother and scarring her face. She can’t change the past, but finding the jewels will help her injured sister recover. In need of reliable muscle, she goes to an old friend of her brother’s: tough-as-nails nonbinary bounty hunter California Talbot.
While Maggie expected hard roads and violence, given the tragedy that provoked the journey, she wasn’t expecting the bar fights, snakes, and bandits to be the easy part—and the difficult part to be a growing attraction to someone who’d probably never look twice at her mutilated face.

((Bandits! Bounty hunters! Missing jewels! There is no trope in here that I don’t adore 100%.))

anonymous asked:

Hi hi :D any advice for treating sunburns?? Especially on face?? ((idk if canada weather is hot enough for sunburns yet but sourthern california is kinda burning at the moment))

id recommend using a sunblock to prevent them in the first place, something that blocks uva and uvb rays you’re not doing yourself any favours by not using that.

but aloe vera gel is generally a good thing for sunburns and some brands like avène (the brand i always recommend tbh) have after sun repair milks/lotions/gels etc that have soothing properties and help restore the skin’s vitality and stuff. usually they’re safe for face and body!

anonymous asked:

Hey ally, have you ever answered any asks about planning an American national parks roadtrip?? I'm wondering if I could do it in a month?

I’ve probably answered hundreds haha! One of my favourite topics. You can do anything in a month, it just comes down to how much you can fit in and what you’re willing to sacrifice. I’d pick either the East or West Coast and go from there. My recommendation would be to do Washington - Montana - Idaho - Oregon - California
Or Wyoming and Colorado if possible/preferable
Some truuuuuue beauties right there! ☺

Road Trip

Leaving MT and heading to Washington, Oregon, and Northern California starting next week. If you’re around and want to chill/camp or have any recommendations (especially southern oregon/northern california) lemme know.

Kane has a letter of recommendation from the Undertaker.  That means in kayfabe, this fool went to California, trudged across Death Valley to bother the Undertaker, actually convinced a embodiment of death to write a letter to help him get a job as GM, and then he got his suit and came to Raw.  Or does Undertaker the character have a fax machine or an email or something?


A California review board recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

The decision was issued following a hearing earlier in the day at the California Institution for Women in Chino. Van Houten has been denied parole 19 times since she was convicted of murder in the deaths of Leno LaBianca, a wealthy grocer, and his second wife at their Los Feliz home.

After the ruling is reviewed by the parole board’s legal team, it will be forwarded to Gov. Jerry Brown, who could decide to block Van Houten’s release.



recommended track💀🎧🎶

Ren says:

A little while ago, mod Liana went to plannedparenthood​ to get bloodwork done for her future HRT. She was given a gender history questionnaire to make her experience the most comfortable it could possibly be, and we wanted to share it with y’all, so you understand that when we say Planned Parenthood is trans friendly, we mean it.

Note that, as always when we speak of things like this, YMMV - Liana visited the Santa Cruz clinic in California, and she highly recommends it!! Not only do they have a fund for trans people who can’t afford care (or can’t risk getting a bill, as in the case of unsupportive family), but if you’re in the Bay Area and decide to visit the Santa Cruz clinic, she says to get in touch with her and she’ll take you out to lunch or dinner in celebration. ;)

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