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About once a month, a cute lady walks up to me and tells me how awesome my hair is. It happened again yesterday! I was waiting for my smoothie at the coffee shop, and a young woman walked out of the bathroom, looked at me, and then said "Your hair is really great!"

And I said "Thank you!"
And she said "I love your style!"
And I said "Oh wow, thanks!"

My hair is very short and entirely silver. It is the laziest hair cut I've ever had. Sometimes people tell me that I'm brave for having my haircut, but let me tell you, I don't feel like the emotion I need to summon up when I get compliments from pretty ladies is bravery. I basically just feel pleased about the compliment and then have a nice self esteem boost for the rest of the day.
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Your hair is amazing. I love it.
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Drunk History may be one of my favorite shows on TV ever.  One, it's hilarious. And the historical bits are dressed up like a PBS documentary series while the actors mouth the words of a drunk person.

But also important? The series goes out of it's way to highlight not only the historical stories we've heard before, but also the overlooked contributions and stories of people of color and women. They also have zero problem with gender-swapping when they feel like it. Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to be drunk for this season and I am leaping around with excitement.

Highly recommended. A sky full of stars.

http://www.themarysue.com/drunk-hamilton-casting/
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You are all my people.
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Yay for space NPR!
 
I've been going "uhhhhhhhgg" and turning off actual NPR a lot these days on my commute (this AM by bike at least!) because it seems like 99% of it is discussions of the primaries. Thank goodness for space NPR!
At the end of the universe, the fate of humanity rests with the freshest flow. Recorded live at Balticon 50! The Voice of Free Planet X is written and directed by Jared Axelrod. Episode art by J.R. Blackwell. This episode could not have existed without the performances of Christiana Ellis of ...
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Tonight!
 
Rap Battle Beyond The Stars promo! +Jason Banks! +Dave Robison! +Christiana Ellis! The Voice of Free Planet X live show is tonight at 9:15pm in the Kent Theater! The fate of the very galaxy is in the balance!!!
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Last year I was photographing protests, food in newly opened restaurants, politicians, theater, and nightlife in the city.

Now I'm out where the air smells so sweet that I take huge gulps of it, I can hear a hawk calling as it soars overhead. Long walks through city streets have been replaced by long walks through trails.

I miss journalism, but I love this.
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Are you applying to UC Davis? Thinking about giving to UC Davis?  Donating to US Davis? Application, College, Essay, Requirements, Student Life, Fun on campus, UCD, Freshman, Internship, life at UC Davis, and other keywords for applying for college?

Remember that this video exists!

Please feel free to drop any keywords that high school seniors may use when searching for a great college into the comments.
 
Hey, did you hear that UC Davis has never heard of the Streisand Effect? Here's a video!

Fun fact: John Pike, the guy doing the spraying, was later awarded $38,000 in a worker's compensation claim over his psychological stress stemming from this incident.
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Submissions are open from August 1st-September 15th, 2016 for the 2017 Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers, a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media.

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One of the great things about living in the modern world is that I get to regularly download shows that feature interviews with my friends.
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EVERYONE'S GOT HATCH FEVER

OR AT LEAST 100 OF THEM

AND THATS SO RAD

We unlocked +Caitlynn Belle's Scenario, so now it's on to the next one. Check the update for all the details on Carol Johnson's TERROR AT TRINITY, plus the deets on updated pledge levels for folks who want everything in print.

Thanks, you disasters you!
Huzzah! We just gained both our 100th backer, and our second Scenario goal of $3000. Thank you all so much! Caitlynn is now officially off to the lab to mix up some Hatch Fever. For our Scenario Goal #3 of $3500, we frantically scramble for the hazmat suits to prepare for Carol Johnson's Terror at Trinity!It was a sunny day for the tour of the Trinity site in New Mexico, a near perfect day for a little nuclear testing history lesson. Then an expl...
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My brand new #Balticon schedule! I am really looking forward to talking about In Their Own Worlds tomorrow.
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Sadly I couldn't make it this year. JR and I are well acquainted. 😂
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Wonderful story of an incredible young woman!
 
Shanti Bhavan Featured in Glamour

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I am incredibly proud to see Keerthi profiled by Glamour‬! She is an amazing young lady, so full of life, laughter and hope for the world. She's in 8th grade now, but she's been at Shanti Bhavan since the age of 4!

She's faced incredible odds and enormous hardships. Her father died when she was young because of alcoholism, and her mother and brothers do backbreaking labor in a quarry. Keerthi also works in the quarry to help them get enough money to survive when she is home on break from Shanti Bhavan. But it doesn't crush her spirit -- she's so strong, yet so kind, generous and warmhearted.

I think you'll really enjoy the video!
Sometimes, the difference between a good school and a not-so-good school means growing up to be a software engineer instead of spending your life in a rock quarry. The Girl Project, Glamour’s philanthropic initiative, sent director Elizabeth Lo to meet Keerthi, whose life changed when she was accepted into a special boarding school in India.
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Hi. I'm J.R. Blackwell. I'm a writer and photographer.

I've written science fiction, fantasy, and games. I founded 365 Tomorrows, wrote Shelter in Place, Velociraptor! Cannibalism! and a chapter in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. (This makes me a prophet, but I try not to make a big deal about it.)

I've photographed protests, fancy food, a crumbling prison, dawn, drag queens, snow-covered landscapes, and a city on fire.

I've run a bunch of Kickstarter campaigns, including my most recent campaign, where 304 backers gave over 15k in order to make my dream of photographing authors in the worlds of their novels come true.

One time I won a Darth Vader toy because of a story I wrote.

I've performed burlesque.

I really like to eat dark chocolate while sipping red wine.

I'm selective about the jobs I take but I'm never upset at anyone for inquiring.

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I'm at jrblackwell@gmail.com You are welcome to get in touch.  You can see my project work at www.jrblackwell.com
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I am a writer and photographer. Also, kind of a badass.
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I am a writer and photographer. I write fiction, games and other amusements. My photography is pretty sweet.
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This one time I wrote this essay about cake and it ended up in a holy book. True story.
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