It's not a pound sign, it's an Octothorpe.
sad-desk-lunch:

Sad Desk Lunch — Passover Edition

This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate while in Egypt….  This year we are slaves, next year may we be free (in a kosher for Passover resort on vacation).

sad-desk-lunch:

Sad Desk Lunch — Passover Edition

This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate while in Egypt….  This year we are slaves, next year may we be free (in a kosher for Passover resort on vacation).

shortformblog:

pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”
See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here. 

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

Most informative & fascinating animated gif or most fascinating and informative animated gif?  You make the call.

shortformblog:

pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”

See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

Most informative & fascinating animated gif or most fascinating and informative animated gif?  You make the call.

Shmura Matza and Cover on Flickr.
Happy Passover!

Shmura Matza and Cover on Flickr.

Happy Passover!

post406:

Game 10.

Missing my favorite one of Fisk hitting Munson with the ball in his fist.  Back from when these teams really HATED each other.

http://baseballdeworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Fisk_Munson_Fight_1973.jpg

Bicycling! It’s good for you, your wallet, and the environment. Doctors in Boston can prescribe it, but it’s also available over the counter at your local bike shop.

PS, it’s also a lot of fun.

How I Avoid The Right Hook While Cycling

How I avoid getting right hooked while cycling: the right hook is when a car passes you & then immediately bangs a right turn, cutting you off.  This is dangerous if it’s a car and deadly if the it’s a truck or other very large vehicle.  Learning about common collision types helps you avoid them.

Here are some of the things I do to avoid getting right hooked while bicycling.

  • Do not ride in the gutter.  Take your space on the road.  Moving a bit out to the left makes you more noticeable to inattentive drivers.
  • I assume any car that passes me *immediately* before an intersection is going to make a right turn.  In other words, did the driver suddenly speed up to pass you?  It’s likely he’s going to try to bang that right turn.  Gently brake a bit to slip back a bit.  And/or yell “on your right”.  Also be ready to pop a quick right turn if need be.
  • Look back or use a mirror to be aware of traffic passing you.
  • Look at the driver’s body language.  Is he moving his body to turn that steering wheel.  I don’t get it, but most drivers act as if they don’t have power steering.  Once in a while, drivers will even use their turn signals.  It does happen.  ;-)
  • Stay out of the blind spots, particularly for trucks and buses.  Can you see the driver in his side view mirror?  If you can’t he can’t see you.  A loud “heads up” or “on your right” helps here too.  Smile after you do it.  
  •  In stop and go traffic I prefer not to filter past large vehicles unless I’m 100% confident that I will decisively pass them.
  • Has a driver pulled up next to you at a red light?  Make eye contact with them.  Be sure they realize you’re there.  I will also do this with drivers who pull up behind me at red lights.
  • Ride legally & predictably.  Communicate with other road users.  Ride in an assertively defensive manner.
  • If I driver passes me and then stops, expecting me to pass on the right, I generally do not do this.  If it’s safe to do so, I swing past the car on its left.  If not, I stop.  Drivers need to learn to learn to slow down and merge to make their right turn.
  • Be friendly! You may not realize it, but you see many of the same drivers every day.  I’m now on a nodding or waving acquaintance with a number of the truck & bus drivers who I see every day on my 15 mile commute from Boston to the suburbs & back.

More and better safe cycling tips can be found at John Allen’s outstanding  Bicycle Street Smarts: http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/chapter3a.htm

Bike commuting is a fun & safe way to get to and from work.  It’s good for your health, your wallet, and the environment.  

disneyforprincesses:

abcworldnews:

This Scandal star is about to make history.

SO I haven’t talked about this because it’s not strictly Disney related but it’s a huge win in terms of diversity and representation. As some of you more theatre-savvy people might know, Norm Lewis is about to become the very first Black Phantom on Broadway in the show’s 25+ years run. Keep in mind he’s not the first black actor to play the Phantom, however this is still historic for many reasons.

Not only is Norm is paving the way for people of color on Broadway, he’s aware of it! Norm has talked numerous times about racial diversity and expressed his “impossible” dream of being the Phantom back in 2008. Well the Disney expression is applicable here for dreams DO come true! Norm is donning the iconic mask starting May 12 on the Broadway stage.

Norm also has a vision for Broadway and diversity:

He hopes, then, that casting directors will be more open to seeing black actors for period productions in the future. “If they have the talent, let them come in and audition,” said Lewis. “Maybe you might see something that you didn’t see before.” (x)

Here is Norm Lewis singing the last lines of ‘Music of The Night’.

-Alex

I saw Norm Lewis as Porgy in the ART’s production/adaptation of “Porgy & Bess”.  An AMAZING singer. I’d pay to hear him sing the contents of the phone book.  

nprbooks:

In Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a writer relates the long and twisting life story of a hotel owner. It’s about youthful love and lifelong obsession, and while the story is original, there’s a credit at the end that reads: “Inspired by the Writings of Stefan Zweig.”

Last month, Anderson told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that until a few years ago, he had never heard of Zweig — and he's not alone. Many moviegoers share Anderson's past ignorance of the man who was once one of the world's most famous and most translated authors.

George Prochnik is out to change that. His forthcoming book is called The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World. Check out his conversation with NPR’s Robert Siegel here.

Wonderful film.  Enjoyed it thoroughly.  See it!

catbountry:

HELLO MY BABY, HELLO MY DARLIN’, HELLO MY RAGTIME GAAAAALLLLL

catbountry:

HELLO MY BABY, HELLO MY DARLIN’, HELLO MY RAGTIME GAAAAALLLLL