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As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.”

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Anonymous asked: hi there I am making a B Barns W,S costume could you tell me what boots these are pls and where to find many thanks Damon

Hi Damon! The boots in that post are Men’s GX-8 Gore-Tex Side-Zip boots that I got from Bates (http://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en-us/Product.mvc.aspx/11347M/19486/Mens/GX-8-GORE-TEX-Side-Zip-Boot). They are awesome and the ones the Winder Soldier wore in the movie. A little expensive, but considering you’ll get good mileage on them post-costume, it’s worth it, they’re good quality.

Good luck with the costume! It will probably be amazing.

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This photoset is called “The Chris Evans Pyramid”. It’s him at TIFF today, at the Q&A for his movie Before We Go.

So let me tell you a story. TIFF happens every year, but I was never into it, despite living in Toronto. Never have I ever seen any stars, even though my campus is smack downtown on the TIFF circuit. I’ve heard people’s stories of running into and even talking to Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, and others, but it never happened to me. I never really tried to catch any stars either, but I always wished to bump into someone I like accidentally (and, of course, become their best friend or at least go on an adventure with them).

Only once did I see a movie at TIFF, quite a few years ago, and only because it was a birthday present for my mom (it was a Colin Firth movie and she really likes him, and they promised he’d be there for Q&A but then he wasn’t. But it’s OK, I’m not mad at him, the movie was good.)

Now this year, I learned that Chris Evans’ directorial debut would be screened at TIFF. My animal instincts immediately made it a top priority. But TIFF’s website was crashing all the time, so I couldn’t get my bearings online, and I was not in Toronto, so couldn’t pick up a program in person. I barely managed to find out screening times, but imagine my surprise when a couple of days ago I learned that he not only directed the film, but played in it too! “Must see it” was my mantra.

The red carpet gala opening was last night. I knew it was sold out and there was no point even trying to rush it. But I went there all the same hoping to see the arrivals and get some good pictures. Sadly, by the time I finished my work and got to the theatre, he had already gone inside. People told me that he stayed outside for only about 5 minutes. I was kicking myself for not coming earlier. But what can you do? At least I was going to see the film itself.

So today I got to the second screening venue an hour early and within 10 minutes managed to get rush tickets for me and my friend. Success! The huge theatre was packed, but despite being in the tail of the line, we snagged some of the best seats in the house — centre balcony, oh yeah! And while everyone was settling in, the announcer said something about a Q&A after. No one really heard her well, but we were wondering who it could possibly be with? She didn’t mention, and despite Evans being actor, director, and producer in this case, I could not fathom that he would be there. We know he does not like public appearances that much. He already had to do it the night before at the gala and from what I heard (little time spent with fans and the press, sunglasses in the evening), I thought he wasn’t quite soaking up the glory. So why would he ever come to a Q&A for the non-essential second screening (not the opening, not the closing, like the little-loved middle child) on a Saturday afternoon? Whatever, maybe they got head of the lighting department or something.

Anyway, at the end of the movie (which we loved, by the way, it was great, here’s my review), the announcer gets back on stage and invites…freakin’ Chris Evans!

I still can’t stop smiling :)

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