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Cat by mai-u on Flickr.
David Karp The Founder of Tumblr gives us an inside look at his enovated loft in south Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With ancient bricks, weathered concrete, blackened steel and reclaimed oak, nothing in his home looks particularly futuristic, or technological.
With Karp being one of the biggest tech entrepreneurs out there, you’d expect his home to be filled with screens and cool tech wizardry. Instead his home is warm and beautiful in its simplicity. He says he doesn’t like screens very much – odd coming from a person who built a service that requires a screen.
Oh, I don’t ship the Tumblr fonder, it’s just interesting to see how nicely Tumblr/Yahoo must have done so that he can have such an enjoyable place. Hmmm… south Williamsburg is possibly the best neighborhood in Brooklyn, very artistic community.
ぼけ (木瓜) /Chaenomeles speciosa by nobuflickr on Flickr.
This is my table selfie. Below the cut is our legacy of the glorious meeting that occurred on Saturday the 5th of April, 2014, at OZ COMIC CON in Adelaide.
Me stuffing my face before they arrived. How charming.
MEET AND GREET
We were taken upstairs and strictly put into groups of ten people. We didn’t get told why but we had to sit where instructed. This gave us the impression that we would meet Ben ten people at a time, which would’ve been so awkward. I even wondered if I’d wasted my money on the meet and greet as I didn’t have a huge idea what I wanted to say and didn’t want to miss out on a chance if someone was more confident or interesting to talk to. Eventually it was explained that we would be seated at tables and had to leave a seat free for Benedict. It had gone from the preconceived idea of all 50 of us being awkwardly expected to wait around for our turn to talk to Ben to a dinner! I sat on the back table with my group and we all clicked instantly which was great. So, because Ben still had so many people to sign for, he was about 40 minutes late so we had plenty of time to enjoy our drinks and cheese platters and get to know each other better. Finally we were told he was on his way, he came in to a round of cheers and applause…and then we recognized the faces coming in after him. Stephen Hunter and John Callen were crashing the meet and greet. THIS WAS AMAZING! We had Smaug and two dwarves! Perfect meet and greet upgrade already. We had no guest on our table for the first half, so we played it cool and talked among ourselves, clinking our glasses together and calling “CHEERS”. This started a ripple effect and became a competition between tables that Benedict (or the wine) got incredibly enthusiastic about. Even John Callen and Stephen Hunter got in on the aggressiveness of having the biggest, loudest Cheers of the tables. And then they’d randomly do a cheers having a stare off with our table which was hilarious! So it was a game of musical chairs, but really, aggressive Aussie Cheers haha.
My table was shitting ourselves because out of all this excitement, we had forgotten John’s name and couldn’t remember even though we had seen/met him earlier in the day. Just drew a blank so we joked how we’d avoid having to say his name. Eventually John got to our table and talked about how when he travels, he’s a New Zealand resident. He also told us a beautiful story of how he went to a village and was treated like a true villager, I think they spoke French there, which then Casey randomly said something in French (loud but bloody smart girls on this table I quickly discovered) so they had a quick conversation while the rest of us watched in awe. He then joked that he should probably talk about the film. It was time to move on so we thanked him with another round of “Cheers”.
Then, Stephen Hunter joined us, yelling “Cheers”, Benedict was now on the table beside us and became quite competitive, determined for his table to be the loudest…the face he made will forever make me laugh and I wish there was a photo that even came close to how funny it was. He is Benedict fucking Cumberbatch and whatever table he’s on, it must have the loudest “Cheers”.
Stephen let us pass around his ring that the cast got on The Hobbit which is plain on the outside, but the inscription on the inside is three images; Smaug, The Lonely Mountains and I’m pretty sure The Shire. Dean O’Gorman had also drawn Bombur on his arm. He told us that his daughter wanted one on a piece of paper so he reckons they should start commissioning them as it’s quite popular. This is a photo from his twitter from that day, how cool is it!
He couldn’t praise the WETA team enough for the work they did, especially on the famous barrel scene. And then we just talked about Australia and our favourite places as he’s from Sydney.
(EDIT: GUYS, REGARDING HIS FIFTH ESTATE COMMENT BELOW, IT DOESN’T HAVE THE PANEL QUESTION’S CONTEXT BEHIND IT WHICH HE IS REFERRING TO. SO NO, HIS HAIR IS NOT HIS FINAL VIEW OF FIFTH ESTATE ISSUE. IT IS THE OPINION FROM FANS HE HAS HEARD, NOT HIS OWN PERSONAL OPINION.IT’S A CONTINUATION OF THE QUESTION. I WILL POST THE QUESTION AND PANEL STUFF LATER BUT PLEASE TAKE THE HAIR COMMENT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT UNTIL THE PANEL QUESTION IS UP AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MEANS IN THE MEET AND GREET CONVERSATION. I HOPE THAT CLEARS SOME THINGS UP.)
When Benedict finally got to our table, we all had our glasses ready and stood up, in loud voices cried “CHEERS!” which he found hilarious and then Casey roared in his face which he quickly returned. “Welcome to O STRAY LIAAAA” he said in a sassy, slightly drunk voice. Before he had the chance to sit down, Laura jumped straight in with her topic of conversation about information accountability and privacy which he seemed taken a bit back by, not only were we crazy, but we were smart people too! He asked if she ever hacked or read anyone’s emails, and then delved straight into the topic of Julian Assange again and “Fifth Estate” and told us that Julian suddenly wants to meet him now, to suss him out or something, which he said he found a bit weird considering he flatly refused pre “Fifth Estate” in the first place. He also said he understood Julian’s views about the biography being the base of the film, but you can’t choose only the best bits and features and only have that side of him be put on display. Benedict said he much preferred this meet and greet to photos/autographs as he could have a decent conversation with us.
He said that the only criticism he takes into consideration now is his cast and director/crew. He doesn’t care for critics that do the usual “Well this bit was good but he could’ve done better in that” like they’re the actors. He elaborated that he has been many a times tempted to join twitter just to clear up things or support charities but he’s content without the craziness and time sucking that would come with it. And he added on the Khan question from the panel earlier that he doesn’t think many of his fans have seen “Fifth Estate” as it’s not as big as “Sherlock” or “Star Trek”. He commented on one opinion/view of the colour of his hair in the movie. “You don’t judge films based on the colour of my fucking hair. Julian never had black curly hair but that’s not the point.” (Again, he’s saying this is what he has heard from certain people. It’s not his opinion but one opinion from fans/critics he is talking about. He said earlier at the panel regarding this that “if it’s the wrong hair for the character, he understands” but Julian doesn’t have black hair so it makes no sense to always have his Sherlock hair. He’s not saying people aren’t intelligent enough to understand the film, or that he thinks his hair is the reason the movie didn’t do well at box office. It’s simply a comment that he made on one view/comment about the colour of his hair. That’s it. Seriously nothing controversial. Moving on)
We joked that only two people at the table were from Adelaide, the majority was Melbourne and Perth.
He used cutlery to demonstrate government hierarchy, dropping the knife from above his head onto the table and smacking his hand onto the plate by accident. Blair joked that we could always go back to carrier pigeon which he agreed or mind reading with tin foil hats, where he placed his fingers on his temples and stared us down, “Hang on,” then did it again, “yeah that type of thing would be scary wouldn’t it? Just staring people the fuck down. But face to face communication is always best.”
The staff member came over and tapped him on the shoulder, telling us it was over, Benedict quickly turned back towards us and said, “Bullshit, it hasn’t been ten minutes.” (Which it hadn’t but the hour was up.) “Quick, someone ask something else!” So we quickly each thanked him, I told him I looked forward to more from Sunny March (which is his production company) and said we loved his work. Just as he was getting ushered to get up, Siobhan told him how he was the only reason she was still here as she’s suffered from depression and if it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t be sitting there that night. He seemed genuinely appreciative of her sharing that with him and said “Thank you so much.”
After our final clash of wine glasses CHEERS competition, which we clearly won. He took a final sip of wine and says “Oh, I better leave this.” As he left, he attempted multiple times to do the heart with his hands. Intense concentration but tipsy Ben is a lot funnier and it was like he had just discovered he had fingers. His glass was still half full so once he left, my table decided screw it, and passed it around, like church. I don’t drink alcohol and if I was going to have my first drink, that would’ve been it. We did a table selfie. And then some of us went to the pub down the road to get to share our table’s experiences and finish what was an excellent night.
So apparently there was a fuss about this or sth. *shrugs* Read in context. With more context to come apparently!
Yeah, there were some tweets flying around my TL last night. The OP had a clarification: http://miss-dramateen.tumblr.com/post/82134379480
Highlight: “I can’t believe the comment I’ve had to clear up is about his hair, but please be aware that even though he isn’t on social networking, he is VERY AWARE of his fans and what happens on tumblr.
Please understand text doesn’t always come across in the tone it is meant to. THE FIFTH ESTATE COMMENT that everyone has focused on doesn’t have the context of the panel question behind it. This will be uploaded soon, so please take it with a grain of salt and not as the bible until you read/watch the Saturday Panel. I will try and have up the panel q&a transcript/notes soon. It’s related to the JOKE he made. It’s the general opinion he has HEARD from his fans, not his own personal opinion regarding his hair.
There was plenty of wine throughout the day and meet and greet, so yes, there was a little alcohol. He wasn’t drunk or stumbling around, buzzed or anything like that. He wasn’t a “Dick” or rude or anything like that, quite the opposite. Again, text isn’t the same as hearing him say it. So please, you should read everything with a grain of salt and know Ben is the nicest, intelligent, handsomest guy everyone says he is. Hopefully that has cleared that area of nitpicking.”
And, it’s probably helpful to highlight her more elaborated part here, in case people simply don’t read in context:
"He said that the only criticism he takes into consideration now is his cast and director/crew. He doesn’t care for critics that do the usual “Well this bit was good but he could’ve done better in that” like they’re the actors. He elaborated that he has been many a times tempted to join twitter just to clear up things or support charities but he’s content without the craziness and time sucking that would come with it. And he added on the Khan question from the panel earlier that he doesn’t think many of his fans have seen “Fifth Estate” as it’s not as big as “Sherlock” or “Star Trek”. He commented on one opinion/view of the colour of his hair in the movie. “You don’t judge films based on the colour of my fucking hair. Julian never had black curly hair but that’s not the point.” (Again, he’s saying this is what he has heard from certain people. It’s not his opinion but one opinion from fans/critics he is talking about. He said earlier at the panel regarding this that “if it’s the wrong hair for the character, he understands” but Julian doesn’t have black hair so it makes no sense to always have his Sherlock hair. He’s not saying people aren’t intelligent enough to understand the film, or that he thinks his hair is the reason the movie didn’t do well at box office. It’s simply a comment that he made on one view/comment about the colour of his hair. That’s it. Seriously nothing controversial. Moving on)”
so i met that guy today…
it was the most amazing thing i’ve ever experienced in my whole life. the waiting, the watching, the excitement. i cannot actually believed it happened, that he was there, smiling, and with his arm around me.
when i went to get my photo, i went in and he said hello, and i was dumb struck. he is so different to how you think of him as sherlock, or even in interviews as himself. his voice is softer and he’s shorter than you think he would be. but he’s just as kind and sweet and genuine as he’s said to be. i asked if he could point, and he said “yeah, of couse,” chucking his arm around my shoulders and tucking in close. i left after, saying thank you, and that’s when i started crying. it was so overwhelming, but i got a big cheer when i left the booth.
when getting my autograph, after standing in line for almost three hours, i handed him my photo and he grinned at me. he said my name and started writing and i plucked up the courage to tell him. i told him that because of him, i got through hard times that i didn’t think i could get through. he looked up at me and smiled, and he told me that i could get through anything if i believed i could, he believed i could. i told him to enjoy hamlet next year and he told me he would. i started crying again after that.
to have benedict cumberbatch tell me that he believes in me, that he thinks i can get through anything, meant more to me than the photos and the money and the novelty of meeting him. even though i was just another fan, to have him say that, already, has made me feel stronger after everything i’ve been through.