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Friday Reads | A quick collection of the best things we’ve been reading this week.

For the first Friday Reads of 2015, we wanted to do things a little differently and thank you for reading us through 2014. Here were your favorite posts from the year: 

  1. Obama IRL: Whitehouse Q&A on Tumblr with david
  2. Doctor Who Season 8 Premiere on Tumblr
  3. “…Instagram PR is the ultimate tool for pseudo-intimate fan management…”
  4. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies on Tumblr
  5. Halloween on Tumblr 2014
  6. We’re Using Twitter, Facebook Less, Instagram, Tumblr More, Says Data [STUDY] | AllTwitter 
  7. Big Hero 6 on Tumblr: Big Hero Baymax 
  8. Interstellar on Tumblr
  9. Into The Woods on Tumblr 
  10. Sherlock on Tumblr 

Thanks again for following, for reading, and for sharing our posts! What do you want to see more of from us in 2015?

anonymous asked:

Can you explain the tweet about income based repayment loans and such?

Income-based repayment (IBR) is a thing that was kind of started in 2007 and recently improved upon. It basically means you only pay a portion of your federal student loan payment each month, based on how much you earn (which for just about every recent grad is significantly less than their actual payment). If you don’t pay them back after 20-25 years (different for each plan), the loans are entirely dismissed.

Here’s some more info.

If you are in school and making the decision to take out loans, do not depend on this as an excuse to take out big loans. Some people theorize this will seriously bite people in the butt in the future. I only suggest this for people who already have piles of student debt that they can’t afford to pay each month. 


Behind the scenes of that thing that happened. This is the last post we’ll make about it, we swear. Now go and have a good weekend. Drink something out of a coconut.

Why should anyone trust a government that has condoned torture, spied on at least 35 world leaders, supports indefinite detention, places bugs in thousands of computers all over the world, kills innocent people with drone attacks, promotes the post office to log mail for law enforcement agencies and arbitrarily authorizes targeted assassinations? Or, for that matter, a president that instituted the Insider Threat Program, which was designed to get government employees to spy on each other and ‘turn themselves and others in for failing to report breaches,’ which includes ‘any unauthorized disclosure of anything, not just classified materials.’
—  Professor Henry Giroux
This is what I was in DC to support and these Senators just voted NO! They voted for the Rich instead of helping the next generation of home owners, car owners, employers, small businesses, and parents to be able to refinance their student loans. This type of actions will be felt for a long time. We must stand up and demand the passing of the Warren Bill. It is important to all current and future students… Don’t let their inaction be forgotten. Send a strong message!
Thoughts on the White House Social:
  • First off:  Experience of a life time.  The White House doesn’t give tours anymore, so being able to go *in* is a treat, and then to sit in the State Dining room just a few feet a way from the President for an hour?  Awesome!
  • I wondered exactly how or why we all were chosen.  There were about a 100 of us there, and it seemed maybe 20 of those were tumblr staffers.  It became apparent that all of the bloggers there cared about the issue deeply–either they were in college admissions, were teachers like myself, or college students trying to figure finances out.  (One girl had to get back for her senior prom.  So cute.) 
  • I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t an open Q & A.  I was WAS surprised that it appeared that no one there–other than chels, I know for sure–had their question asked.  I thought there would be more, “Here’s David, he asked…."  and "This here is Haley, and she wants to know…”
  • So we were essentially a live audience for an interview/press conference on a very important issue. 
  • I think tumblr missed an opportunity to really celebrate community there.  It was a bright, intelligent group of people.  We instantly were talking, “What’s your blog?  What do you blog about?  What do you do?  Where are you from?"  I wanted to sit down and talk to everyone there…which reminds me…
  • I got there absurdly early and a tumblr staffer also early said, "You’re not at [random cafe]?"  And I was all, "Nope!"  and he said, "Yeah, [staffer] was taking some of the blogger to [random cafe]"  *pulls up his email to check* "Yep, she’s got some people down there!"  And sure enough later, a staffer shows up with maybe 12 tumblrs in tow.  A lot of us didn’t get that email.  (I know, "Wah, wah, GWALP wasn’t invited to the big kid’s party…”)
  • So I know you can’t fit 80-100 tumblrs in a starbucks, but with the about of staffers they had there, would it have been hard for some to “host” a group of maybe 15-20 at some nearby locations for a mini meetup?  That would’ve been an amazing opportunity to not only extend the event and also build excitement online and IRL. 
  • This was my second time seeing Obama speak.  The first time was in the primaries in 2008.  I covered a campaign stop in Terre Haute for the newspaper.  He’s an excellent public speaker and he knows his content.  I can tell he’s gotten older though, for sure!
  • All the Armed Forces officers working the White House were so polite and nice!  (And cuuuuuuute!)
  •  Like I said, it was awesome.  I learned a lot about the Warren bill and what is a breaking, crumbling student loan system.  I’m still learning more about it, but I know I can help my students make decisions in this big, important decision for their lives. 

Any questions for me about the trip?

instead of fixing an obvious gun problem in the US, we worry about who can love each other and what girls can do with their own bodies… as the number of school shootings gets higher, it cant help but think how many babies were aborted vs how many full grown children were murdered, and which parents are going to be more greif stricken over… 

maybe we should focus on those who are actually alive… and let gay people be.. well.. gay (in the happy sense)


Honored to deliver this question from Nick:

Mr. President, my name is Nick Dineen and I attend school at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I was the Resident Assistant for the floor that George Chen lived on last year as a first year college student. I knew him. Elliot Rodger killed him and 5 more of my fellow students. Today, another man has shot and killed at least one person and injured three others at a private christian school in Seattle. What are you going to do? What can we all do?

Dad President

Oh man I totally forgot the best little human moment that happened yesterday at the White House. When the Q&A was over, David Karp was saying thank you to the President, and he ended with: “Please wish Sasha a happy 13th birthday from us. Now that she’s 13, according to our terms of service, she’s officially old enough to use Tumblr.”

Obama made this hilarious sort of Dad face, and said, “So she wasn’t before that? I’m going to have to talk to somebody about that.”

It was such a sweet thing to see the side of him that’s a father take over the part of him that’s the President, even just for a few seconds.