An evening with Neil Gaiman, FourPlay, and Eddie Campbell, at the Warfield in San Francisco. Many wonderful things happened during the evening, including a full-length reading by Gaiman of the artists’ collaborative work The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, with accompanying music performed, and accompanying artwork projected on a screen.

As in other circumstances when I’ve thought “I’ll just take the backup camera,” I forgot to consider such questions as whether the backup camera performs decently in the dark. Sigh.

I was there and it was awesome!

Don’t you think you owe the Interwebz more info? I thought you were a better person, Lau.


Well, I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone else who was going to watch the show. But it looks like the show varies, considering tweets from the Carnegie Hall show. So, some highlights…

  • FourPlay started their set with the Doctor Who theme song. Many Whovians rejoiced, myself included.
  • Lara’s voice is lovely. It reminded the hubs of Red from Transistor, and me of Hyrule Field at night, especially during the reading of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains.
  • Neil looked like a character from one of his books. I want to say modern-day Septimus.
  • He read us a few stories from different places. My favorite was October(?), about a genie who meets an artist.
  • Neil reads exactly like he does in his audio books, except he sometimes stumbled over a word and recovered quickly. It was wonderful, and I could probably listen enraptured as he read out a grocery list.
  • Not reading the book before the show was a wise decision. (Plot twists! Gasp!)
  • I saw a camouflage kilt. It was impressive.

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Sophia Amoruso in Industrie Magazine
Photo by Robbie Fimmano
Styling by Stevie Dance
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The Black Sea at night, Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, 1879

The Black Sea at night, Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, 1879

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this is one of the best thing I have seen in my life.


this is one of the best thing I have seen in my life.

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Clouds are weird yo.

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"The most important thing you can give someone is your attention."

my psychology professor (via pinchers)

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Calvin is the most relatable protagonist in the history of anything.

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Badass women from history

  1. Leather clad English rocker girl
  2. Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
  3. Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
  4. Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle

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Every spring, the entire county of Luoping will transform into a brilliant golden sea of flowers.

The small county of Luoping lies in the relatively underdeveloped eastern part of the Yunnan province, neighboring Guizhou and Guangxi provinces. It sits 137 miles (220 km) east of the capital Kunming,China.

In Luoping, the local plains in the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, is home to around 32,865 acres (133 million sq m) of canola flowers every spring.  Spring is also honey season, the blooming canola (rapeseed) flowers attract bees and the area has become a national base for raising bees and processing honey. A few miles to the north of Luoping is NiuJie, here the flowers are grown in circular rings following the contours of the slopes similar to rice terraces.

The 9 Dragon Waterfall (Jiulong Waterfalls) is nearby, boasting a group of majestic waterfalls, the tallest which is nearly 184 feet (56m) high and 360 feet (110m) wide.  Along the southeast portion of Luoping runs the Duoyi River which is formed by the water from five underground springs, the 7-½ mile (12km) river is surrounded by bamboo.

Best time of the year to visit is mid-February to early April.

The best view is atop Jinjifeng / Jinjiling (Golden Rooster Hill); many photographers set up on the top to shoot the sunrise and sunset over the sea of flowers.

Luoping in Yunnan Province, Wuyuan in Jiangxi Province and Anshun in Guizhou Province are all popular destinations for flower fans.

photos: ©Rachel Yin / ©Anne Berlin /YNA/ACT all rights reserved

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Giant driftwood on the beach at La Push, Washington (2010)

this made me feel really uneasy, the ocean is terrifying.

its like when cats bring home a dead bird and drop it at your feet except the ocean is like I HAVE BROUGHT YOU THIS ENORMOUS TREE FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL ENJOY

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