these almost tell a story


That “new breakthrough scientific discovery” you just read about on that news site/blog/Facebook page? It’s almost certainly wrong. This article from Vox is a seriously important thing that, if you care about science, you really need to read, like right now. 

My take: The tendency of the media to report on what is *NEW* in science is indicative of what I think is the largest perspective gap between scientists and nonscientists. 

The general public (<- apologies, I hate how homogenous that word is, because there is no single “general public”, but I have to use it here) seems to crave novelty and has a tendency to view every scientific finding as forward progress and individually meaningful, but science is a an ongoing process of self-correction and repetition. It doesn’t have an “end” and any single study is almost certainly wrong in that it is essentially impossible for one study to tell the full story.

This is why I have tried to steer clear of reporting on “breaking” science news in my own efforts here on OKTBS. Science communicators and journalists, we need to make a commitment to covering science as a process and not as a series of breakthroughs. When science IS reported that way, we run the risk of losing people’s trust when science later must later correct or contradict itself, which is something that will absolutely happen, because that’s what science does. We must also make people comfortable with the idea uncertainty and science-as-a-process is a good thing!

I’ll shut up now. Go read this.

  • Alec:*walks down the aisle* *grabs Magnus by the lapels of his suit and pulls him into a fierce kiss*
  • Izzy:bitch im crying my plan actually worked out
  • Lydia:im gonna tell the story of "how granny almost married a gay man and how said gay man left her at the altar to snog the coolest and most powerful warlock ever existed" to my grandchildren

Selected works by Paula Belle Flores

I enjoy mixing and matching bits and pieces. My art is all about storytelling with a bit of surreal sometimes, a bit of vintage some other times. My influences… life as it is or as I imagine it. I make whatever crosses my mind but almost always trying to tell a story…


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Everything was starting to make sense
and now, nothing makes sense.

I think we almost made it. We were so close to the finish line. I had finally figured out what I wanted and you seem to be so sure of the direction you were heading in.

I figured we had more time. We were getting somewhere. You and I, were just starting to let each other in.

We almost got there.

—  Stories I’ll tell one day #49 – Ming D. Liu

How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet

At the height of the Harry Potter novels’ popularity, I asked a number of people why those books in particular enjoyed such a devoted readership. Everyone gave almost the same answer: that author J.K. Rowling “tells a good story.” The response at once clarified everything and nothing; of course a “good story” can draw a large, enthusiastic (and, at that time, impatient) readership, but what does it take to actually tell a good story? People have probably made more money attempting, questionably, to pin down, define, and teach the best practices of storytelling, but at the top of this post, we have a revealing scrap of Rowling’s own process. And I do, almost literally, mean a scrap: this piece of lined paper contains part of the handwritten plot spreadsheet she used to write the fifth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


The finale brings the theme of storytelling to a crescendo. Hamilton has fatally lost the duel with Burr, and the characters return to size up Hamilton’s legacy. The last verse—unexpectedly, and powerfully—belongs to Eliza, who survived her husband by a whopping fifty years. How did she use them? “I put myself back in the narrative,” she tells us—interviewing soldiers who fought with Hamilton, raising funds for the Washington Monument, and establishing the first private orphanage in New York City. Most crucially, and with Angelica’s help, she sorts through Hamilton’s papers and helps secure his legacy, much as Miranda is doing with his musical. In the show’s final moment, he motions Eliza to the lip of the stage, where she steps beyond him and takes the light. The last image we see is of her awestruck face, gazing out into some blissful beyond.

Is it a feminist ending? Almost. The notion that men do the deeds and the women tell their stories isn’t exactly Germaine Greer-worthy. (Look at the history-making women being considered to replace Hamilton on the ten-dollar bill.) But, in placing Eliza front and center, Miranda is reinforcing his over-all project, which is in part to displace the founding story as the province of white men. By setting the tale in a hip-hop vernacular, acted entirely by people of color (King George III is the only main character played by a white actor), Miranda is reclaiming the American story that got told—and still gets told, on currency, in statues, and in textbooks—for the people whom history habitually forgets. As a Latino working in the Broadway theatre, he knows the importance of who tells the story, and how. And, by implicitly equating Eliza’s acts of narration with his own, he’s acknowledging the women who built the country alongside the men. You’re left wondering whether the “Hamilton” of the title isn’t just Alexander, but Eliza, too.
A response to AirBnb’s discrimination problem

For all of its insistence that it’s committed to giving back to the black community, Airbnb can’t quite shake its reputation for having something of a problem when it comes to its users discriminating against minorities.

The story, as #AirbnbWhileBlack will tell you, is almost always the same. A person of color will log on to the service in search of a place to stay, find an apartment they’re interested in renting, book said apartment, and then suddenly have their booking canceled.

That’s what happened to Rohan Gilkes earlier this year while he was searching for a cabin in Idaho to stay in while visiting friends.

Rather than merely filing a complaint with Airbnb about his inexplicable rejection, Gilkes decided to turn his experience with the service into a business of his own: 

Noirebnb, a homesharing site Gilkes says makes a point of welcoming people of color and other minorities that have experienced discrimination on Airbnb.

Meet the man behind NoireBnb!!!

The future of Black travel is here:


This man created a great site for people of color and this is some kind of backstroke to racosts from Airbnb!

The site is a a welcoming and inclusive platform for minorities to travel and connect with each other on a local and global level!

Thank you, Rohan Gilkes, for defending our interests! This is very important step against racism!

How The "Scandal" Effect Has Changed Television

Starting this fall, TV will look more like life — with more actors of color leading casts than ever before.

In a rare departure from cat pictures and “Which Channing Tatum Is Right For You” quizzes, Buzzfeed has posted a fairly comprehensive rundown of diversity in the coming 2014-2015 network television season. Many have already pointed out good places to be wary: like Fresh Of The Boat’s use of an almost exclusively Korean American cast to tell a story based on the memoir of a Taiwanese American individual…or, all of Selfie (its only redeeming factor at the moment is John Cho in general and…John Cho in a suit). But, overall it would seem that the major networks are beginning to realize that demographics a) have never been as White as they suspected and b) are even less so now. Which is hopefully a good thing. Oddly enough, Buzzfeed failed to mention ABC’s upcoming comedy-musical series Galavant and its Indian Canadian female lead, or CW’s new series The Flash, which features a Black female lead and the blessing of Jesse L. Martin playing a cop again. At the very least let’s all shout hosanna for the fact that there is now a 3hr block of primetime television on ABC that is run exclusively by a Black woman at its head. 


Head of Emperor which amazed archaeologists in Sudan in 1910 goes on display

It was one of the treasures selected for the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects as the fix-gazed, sole bronze portrait of the Roman emperor Augustus to survive with its original inlaid eyes.

But the Merӧe Head, which has just gone on show in a display telling the story of its violent fate in Egypt almost 2,000 years ago, was once the subject of crushing humiliation rather than hushed admiration from its public.

Curators found clues courtesy of the Greek historian, Strabo, who wrote about a Merӧite army, led by King Teriteqas and the one-eyed queen Amanirenas to raid the Roman garrisons at Syene, Elephantina and Philae, in southern Egypt, in AD 25.

Enslaving residents and attacking landmarks, they decapitated Augustus’ statue and buried his head in the doorway to a building which served as a victory monument, allowing visitors to trample on the Emperor each time they entered the doors. Read more.

something that bothers me is that

when the ghost mann brothers visited soldier, it was just after they were murdered

correct me if im wrong, but the mercenaries didnt have time yet to lose their jobs, loaf around, live in self pity, or let themselves go

so tell me: what other factors could have been occurring in soldiers life to make him descend into this:

You asked me to tell you a story about my childhood. And I almost choked on the memories of everything that I’d rather not share, all the things that I’d rather not think of or admit to. My life isn’t funny story material, it is repressed memories and screaming into pillows about how I want to forget again. I don’t know what to tell you.
—  When I was a kid, I had a dream that died when I was told of what comes along with it.
Michelle Hodkin will write a spin-off series to the Mara Dyer Trilogy -- exclusive
Michelle Hodkin, author of the best-selling Mara Dyer Trilogy, will write a spin-off series called The Shaw Confessions, to be published by Simon &...

We’re thrilled to announce that Michelle Hodkin, author of the best-selling Mara Dyer Trilogy, will write a spin-off series called The Shaw Confessions, from the point of view of Mara’s love interest Noah Shaw, to be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers!

“When I wrote the first words of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I knew that I was writing an antiheroine’s original story,” says Hodkin in a release. “What I didn’t know was how many readers would ask for the adventures of that antiheroine and her hero: both powerful, both in love, and almost certain to destroy each other. I always wanted to tell the story of the choices the characters would make and the risks they would take after they discovered who and what they really were, and I’m thrilled to finally have that chance. Readers may think they know Noah Shaw, but there’s so much more to tell.”

The first book in the new series is slated for a Summer 2017 release.