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EXCLUSIVE: George R. R. Martin on How (Spoiler) Died

Spoiler alert: The following interview with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses a major plot point in Sunday’s second episode of season 4.

Television

Date Night and the Wind Turbines

I’ve been thinking about marriage lately. It may be the spring weather (finally), the birds looking for love in all the wrong places, mating for life and so on. 759 more words

Marriage

"Last Night" of a Legend: Mickey Rooney and Rod Serling

“I want to be big!” thunders Michael Grady in Rod Serling’s “The Last Night of a Jockey.”

An ironic line, as it turns out. Grady, a horse jockey who’s been blackballed for a variety of racing infractions, is a small man who, by the episode’s end, gets his wish in the most literal way. 940 more words

Mickey Rooney

Buried on a Motorcycle.

 

Two nights ago, 8 year-old Everett informed his parents over pesto chicken precisely how he expects his body to be handled upon his death: 

“I don’t want to be cremated. 769 more words

Family

50 Shades of Grey or Contemporary Christian Music Lyrics? A Quiz

By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator

Growing up evangelical, I listened to a lot of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). I never understood the whole “rock music causes demons to eat your brain” mentality. 1,199 more words

Sexuality

Stuck in Password Hell

It has to be the most common annoyance experienced by users of technology everywhere.  As soon as you want to partake in the pleasures and treasures of modern comforts, a password is required.  449 more words

Passwords

Sex and the Wheelchair



I want to fuck my wife.

Yep, I said it. I want to fuck my wife.

In fact, I’d prefer to be doing that rather than writing this post. 2,037 more words

Sex

Never Again? Rather, Never Until Next Time…

Twenty years ago today the world stood by while 1 million Tutsis we slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Then, the world pledged those famous words— 973 more words

International Relations

5 Life Lessons as Explained by My Cat

1. Take Pride in Your Appearance

We are divine, noble, and gorgeous creatures by nature. Therefore, appearance is everything. Every chance you have, be sure to lick yourself to keep your fur in place and looking glossy. 508 more words

Pets

Calcutta Kolkata Calcutta Calcutta

It isn’t like one of those cities, Calcutta: dazzling, shocking, astonishing. Sandip Ray said in one of the sessions in the literary meet this year, “Calcutta is about having dinner at home”. 805 more words

India

Kelly Brook Goes Fishing

Kelly Brook

Mistook

A book

For a hook.

 

Went fishing with

Alanis Morissette

And Anneka Rice.

 

Caught a complete set

Of Encyclopaedia Britannicas.

Popped it in the keep-net… 26 more words

Poetry

(Don't) Judge a Book By Its Cover

We all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But we all do it anyway. If I were to show you some faces, you’d find it pretty easy to make a snap judgment of –say – how clever they look. 803 more words

Psychology

San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today’s Silicon Valley. 13,085 more words

Urban Planning

From Seed to Cocktail

I had just been talking with a co-worker about growing tomatoes, and how I was late planting the tomato seeds I’d gotten at a friend’s funeral back in October, when I found out that that friend’s wife, Jodi, had died. 797 more words

Spirituality

Kids! Don’t Listen to “Silicon Valley” — Stay in School

Stay in school. Turn off the TV. Stop reading the headlines. I’m sorry, but you are not going to change the world. At least not right away. 716 more words

Silicon Valley

The War Within

By Mika Kasuga

I was a little bemused when I saw that the NSA scandal caused sales of 1984, George Orwell’s masterpiece, to rise more than 3,000 percent… 977 more words

Literature

Eternal Sunshine of the Progressive Mind

Every now and then, I’m instructed to have more faith in the progressive tendencies of humanity. Racism and sexism, I’m told, are relics of the past, and especially so in science and tech. 1,287 more words

Politics

Sounds and Silence and Headspace

A final reflection on music for writing (see the first and second parts here).

In this reflection (which first existed as a part of my current… 574 more words

Music

Duck, Luck and Goose.

When I am not saving the world from copious amounts of dog hair armed with my trusty lint rollers, I’m taking pictures. Nature, pets and the occasional human are my subject of choice. 485 more words

Humor

The Heartbreak of Heartbleed

Periodically when a person uses a computer one may receive notifications that contain phrases such as “do you trust this connection” or “do you trust this site.” While it is unlikely that such prompts are intended to send users tumbling into an existential abyss they nevertheless carry a very important question bundled in the guise of a simple yes or no (“allow” or “don’t allow”) moment. 1,286 more words

Technology

Jennifer Williams' Photographic Collages

Navigating New York City means existing in a constant state of flux; sidewalks shuffle horizontally, stairs/elevators thrust vertically, subways tunnel below, bridges reach towards the sky.  697 more words

Visual Art

The Gardener and His Wife

He was the kind of gardener to whom Nature whispered her secrets. His garden was a ripe lavish spectacle, a thing of pride and envy on a drab suburban street. 529 more words

Fiction

Completely Serious Advice

Question 1:
I’m in college right now, and I don’t live far enough off-campus to warrant catching the bus. At the same time, it’s a pretty lengthy and boring walk. 1,093 more words

Humor

Captain America v. SCOTUS: Madbomb and McCutcheon

Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered this weekend. This third appearance of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (fourth if you count Loki’s transformation into the character in… 1,572 more words

WPlongform

Treat Yourself: An Open Letter to the Class of 2014

To the Class of 2014,

This is it. One month ’till May and, odds are, you’re feeling numb and nauseous. The walls are closing in, all rugs have been pulled out and you’re compulsively spell-checking your resumé (while simultaneously snapchatting, putting off that ten-page paper and planning your next pregame). 791 more words

College

My Grandfather Hates Feminism

My grandmother is going through chemotherapy for the second time right now. I live three hundred miles away so I try to give her a call at least once a week to check in. 1,096 more words

Feminism

Banana Bread Stuffed Baked Apples

Any time you stuff a something into another thing, you’re going to have a pretty good time. This has been proven time, and time… 749 more words

Vegan Baking