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Paris Opera Ballet School 2014.02.12

Photo by @_gohu


Here is a quick friendly reminder (or correction you may say):

This is an old photo from 2009.

I saw this going around on the internet lately, uncredited and misleadingly captioned. Not going to name but even some NGOs and news sites share this as if it was taken recently in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s latest so-called ‘Operation Protective Edge’. However, as you might find after a little research, this picture was taken in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip in 2009. Just few months after Israel’s then 22-day ‘Operation Cast Lead' (December 27- January 18).

Here is its caption: “A Palestinian boy plays with a pink balloon in the rubble of his house, which was destroyed during Israel’s 22-day ‘Operation Cast Lead’ [2008], in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on April 10. [2009]”

Also, another thing is its photographer — either no name given or completely false name given. But, actually, it was taken by Ashraf Amra/APA Images.

But does it really matter? For credibility, yes, I think. Other than that, not really. Nothing has changed a lot, except for the names of stolen Palestinian lives and of Israeli military operations. 

What has happened to this little boy with a pink balloon? I can’t help but think where he is now, if he is still alive.



If Disney Princesses Were Actually Sloths by Jen Lewis

Previously: Nicolas Cage as Disney Princesses

Give unto me.

We live in an age of sound bites, and there is something about learning how to speak effectively and in small ways that is important. Say big things in small ways.

NPR creative director Liz Danzico on The Great Discontent. Pair with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the art of the soundbite

Legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead once wrote:

If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one’s subject matter.

Previous TGD interviews have included Debbie MillmanAustin KleonJohn Maeda, and yours truly.

(via explore-blog)





Early 70’s behind the scenes of Sesame Street with the Muppets.



The top pic, featuring an orange Oscar the Grouch, is literally the best of the bunch.


this gives me life and inspires me to step up my lipstick game


Fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France’s Bastille Day celebrations. Watch the video here

It’s the first time in 12 years that fireworks have exploded from the Eiffel Tower. The French national day commemorates the beginning of the French revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on 14 July 1789


You, a Californian, grow up with an understanding that California is the most beautiful place in the world, a blessed place. Whatever the attributes of anywhere else, they ultimately falter in comparison. No blue was ever so satisfyingly white as a California blue, no trees anywhere else feature such a grayish-purple green.

And it’s true enough, and true-enough keeps you in a place for an awfully long while, and I do miss the Sonoma coast and the endless boulevards of LA and the very, very pink color that the white buildings turn at sunset. But even dingy Jamaica Bay is pretty in a sunset, and it turns out many not-Californias are pretty for all sorts of reasons.

The Earth is a generally attractive area that offers something for every taste.


Lindsi - Gas Works Park, Seattle

Bodysuit by blackmilkclothing

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Lucy-green, Kohei-iwamoto, Madeline Graham and Sir Jon Trimmer in The RNZB production of Coppélia.  



flatiron, new york city
thomas cadrin, 2014


I’m so embarrassed. I’m not a real person yet.

Frances Ha (2013) is Certified Fresh at 93%


This is everything.  Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’hara in Gone with the wind.


This is everything.
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’hara in Gone with the wind.