Out of curiosity for learning more about the inner workings of “the other side,” I visit conservative websites to checkup on what some people consider valuable news. My main go-tos are conservative championship douchebag Matt Drudge and “who-the-hell-reads-this-shit-and-thinks-it’s-news” Breitbart.
At homoconservative site the Drudge Report, the main headline of the day was about Michael Cohen being a rat. Then there are a zillion smaller links underneath that populate the page. I tend to go through the headline and smaller links to open several links in tabs to skim read later.
At 58 letters, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest town name in all of Europe. It wasn’t always the town’s name, though—in the 1860s, the name was developed as a way to entice tourists to make the town a stop on their travels. It’s an amalgamation of the Welsh words and names for local landmarks, and it’s probably the best PR stunt of the 1860s—or today. So yeah, welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch! You don’t need to be able to say it to enjoy your stay.
The secret to growing up is that no one really knows what they’re doing. It’s in the gap between childhood and adulthood that we find meaning for ourselves. WATCH MINDING THE GAP NOW: http://hulu.com/minding-the-gap
ABOUT MINDING THE GAP Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.
Minding The Gap won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and is executive produced by veteran documentarian Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams). Bing Liu also serves as producer alongside Diane Quon (Life Itself, Hoop Dreams). Hulu and Magnolia Pictures will release the film on August 17, 2018.
Genre: Feel-Good Comedy Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon Director: Danny Boyle Writer: Richard Curtis Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Bernie Bellew, Matthew James Wilkinson, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.
Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.
I enjoyed this recounting of this guy’s path from evangelical Christianity to an atheist perspective. I felt like it mirrored my own journey at times. And I admired how this guy is able to communicate the journey.
I’ve found similar experiences especially when talking to people who are so far invested into belief that taking any other direction would uproot their lives, habits, ideas, etc, so far that it seems to heavy or difficult to walk away from faith.
I was speaking to my therapist yesterday on this topic, and we were discussing how the behaviors of achieving the impossibility of perfection, of overt modesty, of constant admission of sin or thinking that I lived in sin was a destructive way for me to live.
Come to think of it, every time my family prays before a meal, the person praying ends it with “forgive us our sins … in Jesus’ name … amen.” EVERY time.
Forgive us our sins. What sins? Who determined all these so-called sins? That blanket admission that we must have done something wrong, always doing something wrong, always fucking up, always disappointing the creator of the universe, always screwing up, and always apologizing for it, even the things we can’t think of … that shit was destroying me.
Phew. That took a turn.
The guy in the above video has given an excellent version of what it’s like to evolve, become better, become more complete and satisfied with life. I love it. I wish more people could at least consider what he’s saying with some iota of respect.
He admits to being a former southern baptist, which is in the news today for widespread sex abuse claims. That shit is NOT helping their cause to continue trying to convince the world that they have validity.
Here’s a description from the guy in the above video. Enjoy.
I think it’s finally time I tell the full story of how and why I became an atheist. I deconverted from Christian fundamentalism over 3 years ago now, and I’m glad I did. Issues like old earth vs young earth, evolution vs creationism, the Bible vs LGBT rights, got me thinking about the validity of faith, Christian apologetics, and personal religious experiences, and I eventually changed my perspective on all of those things. The strangest part of my story may be that Young Living Essential Oils played a roll in my becoming an atheist. Because I was without them for so long, I recognize the importance of critical thinking skills, healthy skepticism, and scientific literacy. I hope that this video will help those who feel isolated as an atheist or agnostic, or who are still in the atheist closet and are thinking of coming out. Share your story if you can, but always stay safe.