Jane Austen, Superman, and Henry Cavill mostly. Also Parks & Rec, Buffy, Arrested Development. We'll see how it goes.

 

mypubliclands:

americasgreatoutdoors:

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

mypubliclands:

americasgreatoutdoors:

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! 

Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

And then I saw that Melissa Fumero had been cast as Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I felt my guts roll up into my throat and try to escape out of my mouth. Omgomgomgomg that’s it then. There’s no way in hell a major network is gonna cast two Latina actresses in such a tight ensemble show I AM SCREWED.

And then next day my agents called and told me I’d booked it.

I couldn’t believe it. I had been saying to my boyfriend the night before how there was JUST NO WAY. Normally, The Latina is a singular element of the ensemble she is working in. She’s there to provide contrast, or sexuality, or humor. Or she’s there to clean the floors and/or steal your man. There are some serious stereotypes very much alive in film and TV today, and The Latina is one of them.

Here’s the thing though. The world is changing. Slowly but surely, television is changing. The character stereotypes are changing, or being turned inside out by some fantastic writers and actors (I’m looking at you, Orange is the New Black, Scandal, and The Mindy Project). People of color are on TV playing roles that are fleshed out, complex, human. And yes, some of those characters are maids. Some are sexy heartbreakers there to steal your man. Some own BBQ joints, while some are Chiefs of Staff. Some are prisoners, and some are cops. All are real people with hopes, dreams, ambitions, fears, and all the other vast human emotions and desires…

…This is important. Because young women are watching TV, and they are getting messages about who they are in the world, who the world will allow them to be. And in big important steps, television is showing a reflection back to those young women that YOU CAN BE WHATEVER THE HELL YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE, and that two Latinas on one show is NORMAL. I think that’s a win for everybody.

sesamestreet:

We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile.

sesamestreet:

We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile.

REST IN PEACE, ROBIN WILLIAMS (July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014)

"My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay."
Christopher Reeve (learn more about the Reeve/Williams friendship here)

If you care about extinction, love animals and think protecting the planet is important, then we have all of the above in common.

Durrell is staffed by the most passionate professionals, and we’ve passed that passion on to over 3,500 conservationists from 137 countries. We’ve restored barren islands to thriving eco-systems that were ‘dead’ just decades before. Gerald Durrell (founder) changed the role of ‘zoos’ from attractions (or even animal prisons) to ‘arks’ for endangered species.

Why should you care? The truth is that there are currently more animals threatened with extinction than ever before. Durrell focuses on the most threatened animals in the most threatened places. By saving habitats they are restoring the balance of nature – therefore doing our bit to protect the planet.

We all play a part and with your support, we can make a difference.

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JOIN HENRY’S FAMILY

To get involved, the site have created a special edition Gorilla Family Adoption, where you, like Henry can be part of the family - the Durrell gorilla family.

Your support will make a difference.

At a glance:

  • Helping save animals from extinction
  • Signed photo of Henry Cavill
  • Thank you letter from Henry Cavill
  • Adoption certificate
  • Photo of the gorilla family
  • Gorilla fact sheet
  • 2 Durrell magazines annually
  • Bookmark with Henry Cavill and the Gorilla family
  • All within a special edition Henry Cavill folder

#CAVILLCONSERVATION with Henry Cavill

nationalaquarium:

Here’s a treat for you because it’s almost the weekend…and cephalopods are awesome. 

nationalaquarium:

Here’s a treat for you because it’s almost the weekend…and cephalopods are awesome.