Getting married soon? Use inexpensive baby’s breath (gypsophila) to make a beautiful floral headpiece, perfect for yourself, or your bridesmaids. It’s unbelievably easy, plus you can dry it afterwards and use again for festivals or fancy dress. Here’s how:
1. Take the longest stem of baby’s breath and pluck off all the flowers except the very end bunch.
2. Next, take a small bunch of the removed flowers and tape them to the stalk, close to the top bunch. Repeat all the way along the stem, fastening the ends of the previous bunch as you go.
3. When the stem is completely covered, bend it into a head-sized circle and fasten the ends with tape, tucking any remaining stem back into the crown and taping to secure – this will give your crown extra strength.
4. Fill any gaps with more flowers, then wrap a length of wide satin ribbon all the way around the crown in between each bunch of flowers.
5. Fasten the ribbon ends into a bow. Et voilà! Your flower crown is complete.
Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Oscar-Nominated 'Moana' Song: 'You Start by Thinking, Don’t Write "Let It Go"'
It’s something that really sets Moana apart from other heroines: She finds herself without running away from her home and culture. In some ways it seems like a bolder choice.
I had a similar thing when I was working on [Miranda’s first Broadway musical] In the Heights. I got a lot of notes from producers, who didn’t end up being involved, being like, “You gotta give Nina stakes! What if she got pregnant at school? What if her boyfriend beat her?”
Oh my God!
Believe me, that’s not the worst of the notes I got. Not from our actual producers, but from people who would see the show in process. And what we were trying to accomplish was so much more subtle, which was, this is a young woman who’s been built up to be the star of her neighborhood all her life, and then she goes to a place where everyone’s the star of their neighborhood. And so she sort of comes home with her tail between her legs. And we fought for that. Even though it was more subtle than a more soap-ish plot line, I can’t tell you how many young Latina and Latino men and women have come up to me saying, “I was the first in my family to go to college, and Nina spoke to me.” Because we reached for the more subtle storyline, the more specific storyline than “some dramatic event happened and I couldn’t hack it.”
@yahoo has unified Tumblr and Yahoo accounts. Here are the downsides:
a) Yahoo doesn’t properly check whether a password is valid before accepting it, meaning that you can enter a password that seems to work until you try to use it for something.
b) Yahoo won’t let you change your birthday, citing “security”, even though this isn’t a security issue.
c) Yahoo is prone to security breaches on a level rivaling FurAffinity, and Tumblr is now equally susceptible.
d) Yahoo doesn’t deal well with “+foo” email modifiers, incorrectly converting the plus to a space in places.
e) Tumblr had a password limit of at least 512 characters while allowing a great diversity of special characters. Yahoo has a limit of 32 characters with a much more restricted special character set.
f) Fully deleting your account is now a lot harder, since Yahoo has a 90 day waiting period before it’s fully removed from their database.
h) You have to go offsite to create new accounts or change password, which is a hijack malware waiting to happen.
g) They will only let you change your password so often in a period, with the wait measured in hours, which, when combined with “you can have it accept a new password it will later swear up and down is invalid” is a huge obnoxious mess.