I’m new to the whole cooking/baking thing, but I would have started way earlier if I knew how easy it is. At least according to this (quite entertaining) video…
Didn’t expect sailor girl kissing girlfriend, didja?
According to msnbc.com:
A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted "first kiss" on the dock after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif., descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.
Navy officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship's return. Sailors and their loved ones bought $1 raffle tickets for the opportunity. Gaeta said she bought $50 of tickets. The Navy said the money would be used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors.
Updated at 4:16pm to add this video where they talk a bit about this. They’re both adorable!
Man who was influential as a dissident (and eventual politician) to the beginning of the end of Communism in Europe.
(that is one terrible sentence, especially when describing a writer. It is Sunday and my brain is not functioning well, so please forgive me.)
From the NY Times obit (they’re way better at this than I am in illustrating what an impressive man he was):
A shy yet resilient, unfailingly polite but dogged man who articulated the power of the powerless, Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generation’s most seductively nonconformist writers.
Beautiful photo essay. This makes me realize that when I’m traveling to big cities, I should go to local universities and check out their libraries. It really shows how people (did?) respect(ed?) books and knowledge. I find it interesting how many of the (older) libraries resemble cathedrals. That’s very telling. Plus, I am a big of a fan of beautiful architecture.
Aside: if you’re in NYC, go check out the NY Public Library on Fifth Ave & 42nd Street. It’s incredible. And then walk down the road to check out Grand Central Terminal. Not spots you might normally think to wander through, but incredibly beautiful places.
And if you’re in Seattle, our public library is very (contemporary) and cool (and has a super-interesting gift shop!
Go to Flavorwire.com to see all of them. Here are a few of my favs (as always, click on the image to enbiggen):
I so want to see the Northern Lights in person. But this footage from the international space station shows us the earth’s auroras from above – a perspective very few humans ever get to see. It’s breathless.
They took time lapse sequences of photos and combined them to make this video. To watch it in high def, click here. If you have decent bandwidth, watch it in high def & watch it in full screen mode & be astounded.
These two people have decided to give up something they love and treasure – until abortion ends. Why? To remind them that people are still getting abortions – they know that this won’t stop abortion.
But the best part is that the thing they love so much and are going to be giving up?
Let’s start by saying that the piece itself (Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky) is gorgeous. But it’s worth it to be amazed at how people are playing this on glasses filled with various amounts of liquid to set their tone. Can you imagine how long it took to fill those glasses properly to get each one tuned properly?
Nice, slightly off-beat holiday celebration.
British sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean lip-sync to Mariah Carey's Christmas recording while on their way home from what was originally supposed to be a seven-week deployment -but then they were diverted to Libya, and seven weeks turned into seven months. After a 225-day deployment (176 at sea), they are stoked to get back to the UK by this Friday, in time for the holidays!
400 people onboard (at peak during the amphibious exercises just under 900 onboard but approx 650 during Op Ellamy)
Steamed just over 40,000 miles
Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel
Operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck
Realities of deploying:
15 babies born while the ship has been away (fathers did get home to see mum and baby)
5 people were sent home so they didn't miss their own weddings.
1 sailor whose son's third birthday is on homecoming. Family meeting ship
Ships company have missed:
Children's exam results
Children finishing school and starting university
The Padre missed his daughter's graduation.
Amber Heard is an out, gay actress, who has appeared in The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, the Playboy Club on TV (is it still on? I have no idea.) and a bunch of other small stuff.
Honestly, I’m not familiar with her until I recently started hearing about her on the gay blogs. But a) she’s awfully pretty & b) she’s open about her sexuality & c) this is a great quote, so watch away.