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Time To Close The Pool - Essential Reading

Okay, if you own a pool it’s always the saddest time of year when you have to close things down. *sniffle*

But this is how it works, and it’s always a pain in the butt. Fortunately, there are a lot of items out there that can make the end of season pool blues not quite as bad as they could be otherwise. I scoured the web for some tips and advice on closing up the pool, and here’s what I found:

  1. http://gardenboundhome.net/432/end-of-season-pool-items-that-are-worth-the-money - this is an excellent run down of popular pool closing items that people spend money on, and which are actually worth it
  2. http://www.wikihow.com/Close-Your-Swimming-Pool-for-the-Winter - it says “wiki” and it says “how” so this is exactly what you think it is, a simple guide for those of us who forget what we need to do when we close the pool each year
  3. http://www.namcopool.com/pool-school/winterizing.html - tips for buying a winter cover. A handy guide that makes sure you end up with the right cover (and hopefully one that will last!) 

mystinkybutt:

“No,” the wire whispered. “You can’t—you’ll burn—”

The branch smiled sadly, looking up at the tree that had protected her for so many years. But, the branch needed to know for herself the heat and passion of the wires. “I would rather burn a hundred times over,” she said softly, “than live an eternity away from you.”

“But, I’m right here! You can see me every day!” The wire pleaded desperately. “You don’t have to do this!”

“Actually, I do,” the branch replied. “I’m falling and it’s only a matter of time. Please…tell me you’ll catch me. Even if I’ll burn, tell me you’ll catch me.”

The wire was silent before swaying in affirmation, gazing up at the branch that had always been so far above him. Always out of reach, always kept away, protected jealously by the tree.

The wind was picking up, and with each blow, the branch swung ever closer to the wires until finally, she was ripped from the tree and fell down into the waiting arms of her beloved.

“Hello,” she whispered, feeling that dreadful heat creeping up from her base. It wouldn’t be long now. The sparks were already starting and she was starting to glow. The wire tried to prevent the inevitable, desperately trying to contain the power he knew would lead to her violent destruction, but all he could do was watch her burn as they swayed in the wind.

It was over within a few seconds. There was a sudden burst of colorful flames and everything was still. Even the wind had died down, leaving the remnants of the branch…his branch…sprawled across him, nothing more than a charred memory.

(Source: wimp.com, via clement)

ceramicsnow:

Jenni Ward: Nest Series IV, 2010, ceramic & high temperature, wire, 12” x 10” 8”

ceramicsnow:

Jenni Ward: Nest Series IV, 2010, ceramic & high temperature, wire, 12” x 10” 8”

poisonparadise:

This week in bandage-style dresses: Silver vs Bronze
But who wins the gold?

poisonparadise:

This week in bandage-style dresses: Silver vs Bronze

But who wins the gold?

(Source: poisonparadise)

Really Ghetto Bandaid

reallyghettoph:



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theossuary:

This is Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. He had a way with the ladies. (Allegedly, he showed up at his own wedding with a lover as his date.)
No one’s exactly sure of the circumstances of his death, but it appears that on the night of January 29, 1889, he shot himself in the head after shooting and killing his mistress, a teenaged baroness named Mary Vetsera, in a hunting lodge. He was 30. The white bandage you see in that picture is there to cover up the gunshot wound. 
Mary’s body was smuggled away and buried hastily, to avoid a scandal. Rudolf, on the other hand, lies in the Habsburg Imperial Crypt in Vienna. His father pulled some strings to get him interred there: special arrangements were necessary because his death was a suicide.
His death left his parents—Franz Josef I, Austria’s emperor, and Elisabeth of Bavaria, cousin to King Ludwig—without an heir and likely caused their already shaky marriage to collapse. His mother—whose extreme fasting and exercise regimens, by the way, remind me of the the fads of a century later—also died a violent death. She was stabbed with a needle file by an anarchist in 1898.
You can read more about the (alleged) murder/suicide here and here.
Image source: Wikipedia.

theossuary:

This is Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. He had a way with the ladies. (Allegedly, he showed up at his own wedding with a lover as his date.)

No one’s exactly sure of the circumstances of his death, but it appears that on the night of January 29, 1889, he shot himself in the head after shooting and killing his mistress, a teenaged baroness named Mary Vetsera, in a hunting lodge. He was 30. The white bandage you see in that picture is there to cover up the gunshot wound. 

Mary’s body was smuggled away and buried hastily, to avoid a scandal. Rudolf, on the other hand, lies in the Habsburg Imperial Crypt in Vienna. His father pulled some strings to get him interred there: special arrangements were necessary because his death was a suicide.

His death left his parents—Franz Josef I, Austria’s emperor, and Elisabeth of Bavaria, cousin to King Ludwig—without an heir and likely caused their already shaky marriage to collapse. His mother—whose extreme fasting and exercise regimens, by the way, remind me of the the fads of a century later—also died a violent death. She was stabbed with a needle file by an anarchist in 1898.

You can read more about the (alleged) murder/suicide here and here.

Image source: Wikipedia.

twoshortdaysblog:

Another portrait I took of Nicky Wire from last year for all you Manics fans out there… It’s just a pretty simple head shot really - and nowhere near as intimate or interesting as the one where he’s holding his guitar that I had printed in National Treasures, he doesn’t give much away with the shades - but there is something about it I quite like.

twoshortdaysblog:

Another portrait I took of Nicky Wire from last year for all you Manics fans out there… It’s just a pretty simple head shot really - and nowhere near as intimate or interesting as the one where he’s holding his guitar that I had printed in National Treasures, he doesn’t give much away with the shades - but there is something about it I quite like.

'30 Rock' Live Show: Weighing the Big Differences Between the East and West Coast Broadcasts | THR

popculturebrain:

THR has an overview of the differences, but there are many more little ones so you’ll have to watch both eps to catch them.

The Big Cameo
30 Rock ripped the band-aid in the opening scene when Liz (Tina Fey) acknowledged that anything could happen on live television. For the East Coast that meant Paul McCartney dropping by Jack’s (Alec Baldwin) office to use his private bathroom. For the west coast? Kim Kardashian. Advantage: East Coast.

Opening Titles
Duplicating the previous live episode’s intro, the musical number was performed by Jane Krakowski, with returning guest Cheyenne Jackson singing in her place, three hours later. Jackson’s appearance was welcome after such a long absence from the series, but it’s nearly impossible to top Krakowski breaking out into earnest song. Advantage: East Coast.

Dr. Spaceman
Choosing between Chris Parnell and Chris Parnell is a real Sophie’s Choice, but the Nazi jokes from the first broadcast got a little old during the Chatterton Cigarettes commercials — especially when the West Coast enjoyed the revelation that Leo Spaceman’s father was gay. Advantage: West Coast.

Apollo 13 Newscast
Thankfully, both coasts got a dose of Jon Hamm during racist 1950s show Alfie and Abner — so he didn’t really need to reappear as a sexist newscaster, as he did in the first broadcast. The West Coast was treated to Brian Williams, uttering the same misogynist banter. Advantage: West Coast.

Telethon
Yes, both coasts caught Jimmy Fallon and Amy Poehler as younger Jack and Liz, but Fred Armisen’s hilarious cameo as a nosy woman in the phone bank seemed to be cut short in the second outing. Advantage East Coast.

Closer
Though Kim Kardashian gets points for making a joke about breaking a toilet, the reappearance of Paul McCartney was still the tops. And only the East Coast was treated to the surreal sight of Jack and and Pete (Scott Adsit) making out as the curtain closed. Advantage: East Coast.