Saturday, April 21, 2018

15 Homes That Are Designed To Amaze You

15 Homes That Are Designed To Amaze You

Daydreaming about being fabulously wealthy is a time-honored tradition. Everybody likes to think about what life would be like if money was no object. And at the top of the list, it's all about the dream house. 

Where would you live? A swanky, ultra-modern glass-enclosed pad in the hills? A towering chalet in the mountains? Something more spread out, on the water? Few of us dream small; it's just more fun to dream amazing. And perhaps the better question is: would that house be just a dream, or a goal to work toward?

Check out some amazing houses to get your imagination going.

The First Crescent, South Africa

French chateau with a pool through the house

Jewel of Maui, Hawaii

9945 Beverly Grove Dr., Beverly Hills

Montecito Charm

Tuscan Mansion, Aspen, Colorado

Westwood Plateau, Coquitlam, British Columbia

Queen Anne Victorian Mansion, Thousand Oaks, California

Nautica Vista, British Columbia

"Steamboat", Colorado

1559 Tomahawk Drive, Salt Lake City

Akasha, Whistler, British Columbia

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Avon Castle, Hampshire, United Kingdom

1302 Collingwood Place, Sunset Strip

Main image source: Facebook / Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia
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Jason Soprovich 2. Facebook / Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia 3. Home DSGN

13 Kickass Behind The Scenes Facts About 'Kill Bill'

13 Kickass Behind The Scenes Facts About 'Kill Bill'

Kill Bill is THE testament that Quentin Tarantino is a genius.

Say what you will about his brattiness, his unapologetic stance on using stylized violence and even his love for using harsh, vulgar epithets, he knows what he wants in his movies.

The best example of this was his story about The Bride, who's seeking to get her revenge from the assassins who took away everything she ever loved. Simple, right? Anyone could do it, right?

WRONG. 

You should check out the flick if you haven't already but before you do check this out!

1. Tarantino and Uma Thurman, who played The Bride, came up with the idea in a couple minutes while they were shooting Pulp Fiction in 1994... ten years before they could finally shoot it.

Tarantino knew she'd be perfect for the part so he waited until Uma wasn't pregnant to begin shooting.

2. Over 450 gallons of fake blood were used during the filming.

3. Technically, Kill Billand Kill Bill: Vol. 2were the first two in Tarantino's career where you actually seethe violence instead of it just being alluded to.

Screw imagination – we paid for blooooooood.

4. The 20-minute final showdown between The Bride and Lucy Lui's O-Ren Ishii took EIGHT weeks to shoot. 

It was completely worth it though...

5. Thurman called Tarantino's training camp and what he expected of her "literally absurd."

Just THREE months after she gave birth to her second child, she was tasked with learning martial arts and sword training.

6. Quentin Tarantino had the Pu—y Wagon parked in his driveway, drove it around L.A. and rented it out for music videos.

If you look you can find it parked in Missy Elliot’s video for “I’m Really Hot” and Lady Gaga’s video for “Telephone.”

7. The Bride is perfect at timing since her fight with Lucy Lui's character ends exactly 4 minutes and 59 seconds after she says, "I hope you saved your energy. If you haven’t, you may not last five minutes."

Then this magic happens...

It ends with this.

Minus hugging in the movie.

8. Because the film took so long, Tarantino spent a lot of time with Uma Thurman and her daughter and gave birth to the whole family-centric story.

The Bride would have been a completely different character otherwise!

The pause in the fight happens because The Bride doesn't want to kill Vivica A. Fox in front of her on-screen daughter.

9. Tarantino went old-school in his special effects like exploding condoms filled with fake blood to get spatter effects.

He was DEAD SET against using CGI effects in the films.

10.  If you look close enough, and tilt your head you'll see that whenever The Bride is wearing her yellow jumpsuit, the bottom of her shoes read, “F—k U.”

11. Jackass: The Movie had a massive impact on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and made the fight between Elle and The Bride more chaotic than it was intended.

Originally the fight between Elle and The Bride was supposed to be graceful as her showdown with O-Ren Ishii.

12. When The Bride visited Esteban Vihaio in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the film crew ACTUALLY went to a real Mexican brothel.

AKA all the prostitutes in the background weren’t extras – they were paid sex workers..

13. And finally, if there's a Kill Bill: Vol. 3 it'll be at least least ten years before the next one and it'll star Vivica A. Fox's on-screen daughter.

“The star will be Vernita Green’s [Vivica A. Fox’s] daughter, Nikki [Ambrosia Kelley]. And I know everything that will take her up to this time. Sofie Fatale [Julie Dreyfus] will get all of Bill’s money, and she will raise Nikki, and she will go to take on the Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as the Bride deserved hers. I might even, a year from now, shoot a couple of scenes for it and put it in the vault for 15 years from now so I can get the actresses while they’re this age.”


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Friday, April 20, 2018

17 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Books

17 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Books

I have always been a lover of words.

When I was little, my mom could be sure that if I wasn't outside playing, I was inside reading or writing. By the time I got to university, I was so enamored with knowledge that I was reading at least a book a day.

I would, and still do, write thousands of words before finding the right ones. 

That's why I love quotes so much: they're the right ones. They're the little bursts of words that linger in our minds long after we're done reading. With that, they have the power to inspire us forward in life.

Much to my delight, some of the very best quotes come from children's books. These quotes are simple yet meaningful enough that every adult should take a look. There's something here for everyone. 

SHAREthese 17 quotes with your friends and family today! 

1. Winnie the PoohA.A. Milne

As adults, we tend to build comfy "corners of the forest" and stay there voluntarily. We stop venturing out so much and thus we stop experiencing, discovering, and growing. Get on out there. You never know what greatness you could find. 

2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!Dr. Seuss

Don't worry so much if you run into strange bird after strange bird. Every single bird you meet in life still teaches you a little about flying. Sooner than later, you meet a strange bird that's your kind of strange bird...or you turn into a really strange bird and find a really strange flock. Either way, keep the balancing act going and you're already winning at life. 

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsJ.K. Rowling

Sometimes the loudest lessons of all are completely silent. Listen to your own silence. Indulge your imagination. Believe in your thoughts. These things are your truths.

4. Alice's Adventures In WonderlandLewis Carroll

Every single person I've ever met has doubted themselves at one time or another. Most of us have even been through a period of seriously questioning what we were doing with our lives. If we'd have simply stopped off in Wonderland to think about it all until we figured it out, we'd have never made it through the looking glass. You just have to keep moving forward.

5. Charlotte's WebE. B. White

You can't see the world's wonders if you're not looking. 

6. Happy Birthday To You!Dr. Seuss

No one else will ever be able to be you. No one else will ever be able to see and experience the world in the exact way you do. Use your uniqueness for good. 

7. Where The Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak

There's definitely more to life than having everything: like sharing that everything with a family you'd trade it all in for anyway. 

8. Winnie the PoohA.A. Milne

As we get older, we tend to forget this about love. We try to explain it, understand it, dissect it...until it's gone. We think ourselves out of feeling before we let ourselves truly feel. And we think if someone can't tell us why they love us, they don't really mean it. Neither of these things help us love better. Remember that. 

9. The LoraxDr. Seuss

You don't have to care about everything, but care about something. 

10. Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

We're all still learning, and that's okay. 

11. The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

You know what? Sometimes the caterpillars surprise you too. Don't forget that everyone has the power to change your life if you let them. 

12. Winnie the PoohA.A. Milne

As you grow older, the things get smaller and smaller and fill more and more of the space. You learn what is worth loving and what is worth leaving. 

13. The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams Bianco

We all have a few less hairs than we used to. We all have pasts and pains and promises that have been broken. The people who really love us do so not despite these things, but because of them. These are the people to hang on to. 

14. Peter PanJ. M. Barrie

There are no truer words than these right here. 

15. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl

We all need fun. We all need adventure. We all need silliness with friends. These are things that make moments into memories. 

16. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis 

Who you are is who you are supposed to be. 

17. The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum

And when you do, don't ever forget.