a change of heart IS possible. who’d a thought that?

Published on Sep 7, 2018

When Annie Caddell moved in to her South Carolina neighborhood seven years ago, she put up a Confederate flag. Neighbors started to protest, until she had a change of heart. Now, they’re closer than ever.

I can’t help but love a story when people use a life-changing moment to … well … change. To loosen. To live. To love and to support. To do what’s right, in the face of what they thought was okay.

Two teen superfans recreate Toy Story 3 in a shot-for-shot homage. It’s amazing.

About this video:

For way too many years now, my brother and I (with the support of our awesome family and friends) have been working on a shot-for-shot recreation of Toy Story 3. This project has been an incredible undertaking, and we’ve made the decision to have this complete by 2019. At this time, I’m not quite sure what a release will look like, but I do know that this has to be done by next year. We’re both pursuing college and full-time careers right now, and it’s time to wrap this side-project up. We do not own Toy Story 3. This is simply a project inspired by the incredible film and studio that is Disney-Pixar.

be free

Here’s another behind the scenes from a recent photo shoot for you to check out.

This one was a lot of fun. I have had back-to-back photoshoots since we shot so I haven’t finished my photos …

But having someone dedicated to video only helps get these videos together better.

Enjoy.

Bam: Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency

Bob Woodward’s new book is shaking up the joint. It won’t do anything but piss off some, enrage others and thrill many. But whatever. Let’s celebrate:

John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.

In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.

“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, “I don’t really want to testify.”

The dramatic and previously untold scene is recounted in “Fear,” a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward that paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals.

Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information could be used but he would not reveal who provided it. His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents.

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Recommended blog reading: TYWKIWDBI: Wherein I rant about the financing of American healthcare

Go read this blog from one of my favorite blogs ever, TYWKIWDBI. I could repost almost every thing he posts, but this one is a great one.

I’ll start you off:

This morning I’ll post yet another example of a healthcare financing debacle.

There are undoubtedly thousands upon thousands of these, the vast majority of which don’t reach the public eye and are suffered quietly by the powerless victims.  This story about a myocardial infarction successfully treated with stents was posted by Kaiser Health News:

Patient: Drew Calver, 44, a high school history teacher and father of two in Austin, Texas.

… [as he was recovering from his MI and the stent placements], Calver asked whether his health insurance would cover all of this, a financial worry that accompanies nearly every American hospital stay. He was concerned because St. David’s is out-of-network on his school district health plan. The hospital told him not to worry and that they would accept his insurance, Calver said…

And then the bills came.

Total Bill: $164,941 for a four-day hospital stay, including $42,944 for four stents and $10,920 for room charges. Calver’s insurer paid $55,840. The hospital billed Calver for the unpaid balance of $108,951.31.