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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Has Trump finally gone too far? (Opinion) - CNN.com. On Friday, the Washington Post published a video from 2005 in which presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard talking to Access Hollywood then-host Billy Bush about how he would force himself on women and grab them between the legs; how he tried his best to sleep with a certain married woman who later showed up with "phony tits," telling Bush, "I moved on her like a bitch.

Has Trump finally gone too far? (Opinion) - CNN.com

" Because "when you're a star," he said, "they let you do it. " Trump has lately danced on the edge of total campaign disaster, bragging about not paying taxes and urging his Twitter followers, at 5 a.m., to check out a former Miss Universe's sex tape. More Than 150 Republican Leaders Don’t Support Donald Trump. Here’s When They Reached Their Breaking Point. The Particle Adventure. Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? We Have Met the Nerds, and They Are Us: Fandom, Fanfic, and the Landscape of ...

My family and I recently attended one of those big fandom conventions that dot the American cultural scene.

We Have Met the Nerds, and They Are Us: Fandom, Fanfic, and the Landscape of ...

I actually study fandom and fan cultures (yeah, I love my job), and the experience definitely left a strong impression. This was my second big con. The first time I was just blown away by the experience. This time, I saw connections with larger American and European culture that I think could be helpful for Christians to consider. I love going to cons. Nerd culture is about desire, and that has implications for the Church’s mission. This impression intensified when I attended a panel discussion entitled “Fanfic: Beyond PWP.” Some would have found the discussion disturbing (and parts were), but I found it utterly fascinating.

But the conversation mostly dealt with different sexual pairings in fanfiction: slash (male-male), femslash (female-female), bondage, and beyond (I remember incest slash between the two brothers in Supernatural got a good bit of discussion). Why We Sleep Together. With a guest in town occupying the second bedroom of our Manhattan apartment, my three-year-old son, a notorious sideways sleeper, bunked with my pregnant wife and me.

Why We Sleep Together

Too many snores and little feet in the back of my neck, I relocated to the sofa, where I was blessed with the best night’s sleep I’ve had in months. As a self-diagnosed insomniac, a good night’s rest for me lasts anywhere from three to five hours. I generally break up the slumber with walks around the apartment, followed by lying awake and unearthing inconsequential paranoia that, come morning, will not live up to the hype. When I hear people claim they get eight hours of sleep each night, they might as well be talking about the Loch Ness Monster, or alien life.

All three are things I suppose it’s possible someone may have encountered, but I cannot personally confirm their existence. “It’s called enlarged mucus membranes. “People don’t want to talk about it. 66 Facts You May Not Have Known About The English Language  The English language is, quite literally, the greatest language in the world.

66 Facts You May Not Have Known About The English Language 

Great in terms of size - the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 615,000 entries. Great in terms of scope — it’s an official language in seventy-nine countries and territories. And great in terms of, well, greatness — it’s just one fantastic mishmash of borrowings, inventions, corruptions, misinterpretations, misspellings, alterations, words you’ll never need, and words you never even knew you’ll never need.

Since December 2013, @HaggardHawks has been trying to prove precisely this by tweeting odd words, word origins and language facts everyday. 1,300 tweets later, it turns six months old this week and so to celebrate, here are 66 random facts from our first semester that hopefully go some way towards showing how great — and how downright bizarre — the English language can be. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Fourth wall. Speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the audience through a camera in a film or television program, or through this imaginary wall in a play, is referred to as "breaking the fourth wall" and is considered a technique of metafiction, as it penetrates the boundaries normally set up by works of fiction.[1][4] This can also occur in literature and video games when a character acknowledges the reader or player.

Fourth wall

The fourth wall should not be confused with the aside or the soliloquy, dramatic devices often used by playwrights where the character on stage is delivering an inner monologue, giving the audience insight into their thoughts. Convention of modern theatre[edit] Outside theatre[edit] The metaphor of the fourth wall has been used by the actor Sir Ian McKellen with regard to the work of the painter L.

S. Lowry ... stood across the road from his subjects and observed. Fifth wall[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]