Dear Mister Cranston.
I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.
I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.
I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.
But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.
If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance … The list is endless. Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.
You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.
That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.
Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.
People’s response to a rapist truck driver trying to take a 16 year old runaway girl
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT YOU GUYS
That woman is my heroine
I want to say thank you all for watching something so important. This can lead to the saving of other boys and girls from being raped and kidnapped. All it takes is one voice to save a life.
this is very important, please watch it guys. spread it around!!
On the left we have the lyrics from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. On the right we rape survivors participating in Project Unbreakable, showing the various things that were said to them by their rapist.
Suddenly….I don’t like the song quite so much…..
Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World
These 10 fairy tale inspired cottages with their hand-made details call to mind the tales of the Brothers Grimm and other fantasy stories. All of these cottages are real-life homes from around the world. From stunning cottage houses to mystical stone dwellings, these 10 storybook cottage homes provide inspiration and inspire the imagination.
- Hobbit House - Rotorua, New Zealand
- Winckler Cottage - Vancouver Island, Canada
- Akebono kodomo-no-mori Park, Japan
- Wooden Cottage - Białka Tatrzańska, Tatra Mountains, Poland
- Blaise Hamlet - Bristol, England
- Fantasy House - Location Unknown
- Forest House - Efteling, The Netherlands
- Cottage in the Hamlet of Marie Antoinette - Versailles, France
- Cob House - Somerset, United Kingdom
- The Spadena House - Beverly Hills, California, United States
Thoughts on iOS 7
A friend of mine said that she hated iOS 7 and "Maybe they’ll sack the idiot whose idea this was and return to the good old iOS.".
No, they won’t. Jony Ive (creator of the iMac, iPod, iPhone & iPad and the man appointed by Steve Jobs to lead the design direction of everything Apple) was the one who set the overall design of iOS 7. All the skeuomorphic bits of IOS 6 were down to Scott Forstall and they sacked him.
Why did Apple make this massive change? They wanted to get the “heavy” OS out of the way and simplify it to strong clear typography and minimal graphics, letting the apps and the content be the focus, not heavy shading and buttons that look like a real world object. (Great article on iOS 7 at USATODAY.com over which delves deeper into this : “Jony Ive: The man behind Apple’s magic curtain” http://usat.ly/1a6T08l )
Google, Microsoft and Apple are all going this way. The Gmail app on the iPhone has looked like iOS7 for 6-12 months now. Buttons that look like physical objects are a layover from computing that has been around since the 70s when the first Macintosh came out. Apple saw Xerox’s windowed GUI idea and copied it. Microsoft stole Windows from Apple in turn. Everything since then has used that same idea. It is what people are used to.
With tablets and smartphones, everyone is used to the idea of touching something on a piece of glass to make something happen so you don’t need a physical button now. Just text so you know what to click on. It’s minimal. Where Microsoft went so horribly wrong was that they forgot what they were building Windows 8 for i.e. desktop computers that still use a keyboard and mouse. The Windows 8 Metro Interface works great on their slate or a smartphone but looks flipping awful on a laptop or desktop PC. Apple have two operating systems: iOS for touch devices and MacOS for computers. They know that there is a difference is the end user experience and so will continue to keep them separate…..for now.