“When I worked on ships, seamen were a superstitious lot. When there was a bad storm, while the ship pitched and rolled, the crew, unable to eat or sleep, would gather in the messroom and grumble. Anyone who remembers Coleridge’s ancient mariner knows that seamen don’t blame the wind and tides for bad weather and rough seas. Rather, they blame a fellow member of the crew — someone who has, say, killed an albatross. During storms, they’d mumble darkly that a crew member had ‘Jonah’d’ the ship — done something wicked, while ashore, that caused the seas to rise up and take revenge. Inevitably, someone would point out that the likely cause of the foul weather was that one of our crew had committed the worst sin of all: not paying a whore.”—Roberto Loiederman, a merchant seaman from 1966 to 1974, on what the Secret Service could learn from drunken sailors. (via washingtonpoststyle)
“One of my boobs literally looks like it’s from another set of tits. And I love it! I really like it. I used to go topless around the house and I remember there was this guy and he was like, “Your boobs are so different. It’s awesome!” And he was older, too, and I was just like, “Thanks!” And I always remember that. His name was Sam Koppelman. That was awesome.”—
Jemima Kirke speaking to Vulture about the possibility of getting naked on Girls.
“Despite his reputation as a perfectionist and having enough money to remake the whole thing right now in his backyard if he wanted to, James Cameron has been proudly adamant about how he’s changed nothing for Titanic’s 3-D re-release, save its hugely expensive and time-intensive stereoscopic conversion. Otherwise, everything about the 1997 film remains intact and un-tweaked—except for one element that has long bothered astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom you don’t want to bother. As the Telegraph reports (and Tyson himself has related a few times over the years), Cameron received a “snarky” email from Tyson informing him that “at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen.” And while Cameron certainly could have ignored Tyson’s email, or purchased him, had him bronzed in gold, and hung as his new chandelier, instead he did the right thing and acquiesced, asking Tyson to send him the correct star field and then digitally inserting it into the scene—the only technical change you’ll notice in the film, provided you are the sort of person who, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, can recognize star field placements at a glance. In which case, you are now free to get swept up in the tale of epic romance and frozen corpses, secure in the knowledge that the skies above them are astronomically accurate.”