Rose Lerner

Aug 28

“Think about it. When they first met at Madame Malkin’s, Draco tried to impress Harry. He didn’t know who Harry was and, no offence, but Harry was more than shaggy dressed. That means he was undoubtedly not Draco’s class. But Draco didn’t care. When they met again on the train, Draco offered his friendship. Harry refused. And that’s when the teasing began. Look at it this way: if Harry would be a girl, Draco would pull on his pigtails, would poke him in the ribs and would lift his skirt. But Harry is a boy, so Draco copes with his feelings in a different way. He follows Harry around to blackmail him somehow, he always starts a fight and he is mean to Harry’s friends to rise a reaction out of him. If that isn’t love or at least liking, I don’t know what else is.” — Tom Felton (via trust-your-doctor)

(Source: padwallahh, via llassah)



Another point that I have noted with regard to mediums, a circumstance that should give any thinking person Pause before accepting as genuine the manifestation he witnesses, is that no “spirit” materialized by a medium ever offers anything that is above the mental level of the medium. All spirits, that is, talk in character with the medium.

Thus, I have heard an alleged spirit of George Washington speaking with an unmistakable cockney accent. I have heard the “spirit of Shakespeare” make grammatical errors and use modern slang. It was something of that sort that caused me first to doubt the good faith of the average medium. When was about 16, I attended a series of séances given by a medium - a tailor - at Beloit, Wis. At the time I was a confirmed believer in spiritualism. This medium had impressed me greatly by the fact that he habitually put his sitters in touch with the spirits of great men - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Columbus - his séances were a constant panorama of history.

On the night that the “spirit of Lincoln” began to address us, my interest mounted high, for Lincoln was my hero of heroes. I had read and studied every Lincoln book that was available at the time. I knew every published detail of the Great Emancipator’s life. And I was vaguely conscious that night of some thing about the utterances of the “spirit” that did not ring quite true. So at last I asked:

"Mr Lincoln, what was the first thing you did after your mother was buried?" "I felt very bad," replied the "spirit" glibly. "I went to my room, and I wouldn’t speak to any one for days."

Now, that reply probably would have been correct in a majority of cases, but it was not correct with regard to Lincoln. For Lincoln’s first act when his father had buried his dead mother was to rush off to engage a clergyman to read a burial service over her grave - an act of respect which his father had neglected! And this was certainly not an incident which Lincoln was likely to forget - in the spirit world or elsewhere.

- How I Unmask The Spirit Fakers by Harry Houdini



Puppy growing up, no hesitation on the second jump. [video]

This warms my heart



Puppy growing up, no hesitation on the second jump. [video]

This warms my heart

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Aug 27


after bones retires, he publishes his memoirs about serving as CMO on the enterprise, a bestseller among future medical officers in starfleet. it is called 1701 COMPLETED RESIGNATION FORMS I NEVER SUBMITTED (BUT SHOULD HAVE)

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Con Movie Watchalong Wednesdays! -

Announcing Con Movie Watchalong Wednesdays! A series of nine classic con films, hosted by varlandgear (@Sonia_P_L) and me (@RoseLerner) on Twitter. Most of these are movies I haven’t seen and I’m super excited to discover them with you! We’ll be watching every other Wednesday starting September 17th and ending when my con artist book True Pretenses releases in January. We’ve staggered the times so hopefully folks on both coasts will have an opportunity to join in. 

Watch the movies along with us on Twitter using hashtag #cmwaw.

The line-up: “The Music Man”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Anastasia” (the cartoon, because DMITRI),  ”White Men Can’t Jump”, “The Rainmaker” (Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn OMG), “The Grifters”, “Six Degrees of Separation” (young Will Smith passes himself off as, among other things, Sidney Poitier’s son), “The Brothers Bloom”, and wrapping up with “The Sting.”

For the schedule, full movie descriptions, and links to trailers, go here.

Aug 26


Besides Michael Brown, Whom Else Does The New York Times Call “No Angel”? -


Here’s who comes up in Vanity Fair’s search of people the New York Times has called “no angel”:

Who else does the Times label “no angel”?

Yeah. You do the math.

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Aug 25