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A Team Seth Celebrity Twitter Interview…

Posted in Breaking Dawn, Giving Back, Letters to Twilight, Message From Team Seth, Twilight with tags , , on May 11, 2012 by talksupe
posted by EC Stacey

It has been a long time…WC Stacey and I realize this and are hanging our heads in shame! Yet, we bring good news…at least I do! I’m reading and I am going to review the new Sookie Stackhouse book for you! I am almost almost caught up on Vampire Diaries, so we can have an end of season recap powwow. Also…True Blood is next month! Yay!

This guy does Twitter interviews with Team Seth, which means he’s awesome!

What is even better than that you might be asking? Team Seth has graciously interviewed a new Vampire from Breaking Dawn 2 for us. Or like a lovingly call it Breaking Dawn 2: Hey who the heck is that guy? And that guy? Wait was she in the book?

(Note: I drafted this last night and when I checked Letters To Twilight (www.letterstotwilight.com)  this morning, they had something on Guri, too!!! It’s a Guri Weinberg Super Friday! Who would ever thought that would ever happen. I didn’t.)

Now here’s Team Seth… 

Another day, another twitter interview with a supe character! After months and months of mistimings and me forgetting entirely about this interview, I finally nailed down Guri Weinberg for a 10 Impertinent Questions twitter interview. Guri, if you didn’t know, plays Stefan in Breaking Dawn pt2. Stefan is one of the Romanian vamps who got thwarted by the Volturi out of ruling office some centuries/millennium ago (I don’t remember exact dates). They’re super old and super pissy and have a great dry humor in the books. We’ll see what happens in the film. I always felt Guri was WAY TOO YOUNG for the role, but it turns out he’s the same age as my husband (born 1972). He looks way younger than he is. (I just realized I was just about to get married last time we did a 10 Impertinent Questions post! How exciting. That all went well.)

If you don’t follow Guri on twitter, you probably should. He’s basically never on, but when he is, the world stops spinning just so that you can spend his one allotted hour of tweet time chatting him until he gets pulled away by “life” (aka Tammy, his wife) or is shoved into “twitter jail” for tweeting too frequently. He’s a helluva fast tweeter! It’s the best hour of your day, I promise. You’ll leave feeling giddy and wanting to drink and giggle.

Hey Team Edward, Rob doesn’t do twitter interviews (or knows how to use the twitter), but Guri does! Team Stefan! (But not Team Stefan Salvatore)

Guri also runs a blog that he basically never updates, but is amazingly well-written, poignant, and hilarious. He runs a charity, GFYS4Charity, which you can read about the whole GFYS thing in his blog (http://guriweinberg.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108:gfys&catid=46:blog ) and it’ll link to all the charity sites there. I mention this because, well, charities should be mentioned, but also because it’s part of the interview. So, without further ado, I give you two photos of Guri and our 10 Impertinent Questions interview.  Enjoy!

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Somerhalder is Saving the World! One Hosting Gig at a Time…

Posted in Giving Back, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Ian Stuff, Vampire Diaries, Whale Wars with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by talksupe
posted by East Coast Stacey

Saving the Earth...and fedoras. Every single day...

Blue August on Planet Green = A Week of Somerhalder Hosting Duties August 21

 

EC:You can learn interesting things when watching programs on the Planet Green Channel. For instance, how the Grizzly Bears and salmon co-exist to make a functioning eco-system. Now, I believe in making our world greener. I recycle,while growing tomatoes and basil in the garden (still alive! whoo hoo!). Someday, I might even trade in my “boat” aka SUV, for a Prius or horse and buggy when the kiddies get too big for the car seats. I might not, like some people (ahem, Ian), get to travel to far off places and save woodland creatures. Create a save the world foundation (Ahem, ahem Ian. But very cool).  Or spout off earth friendly reminders on Twitter, when not bashing sparkly British vampires (ahem again, Ian).  So, when learning about the bears and the fish, I was not surprised to see that our buddy Ian is hosting a week of eco television programs about all aspects of water.

Planet Green figures out a way to get a higher females 13-50 demographic

EC: It was a natural progression for our favorite earth friendly vampire playing actor. Frolicking on beaches, saving sea animals and cleaning the precious water that sustains us all. It is very admirable. Maybe, not beach frolicking, but the rest is GREAT! I might, in the nicest and most respectful way, that Ian trades is his tiny fedoras for a nice baseball cap. They work so much better for cleaning up litter from beaches then a sassy tiny hat. (Plus, I have a sassy fedora and I don’t want to match.)

Baseball caps protect your face from the sun's rays AND look rugged.

 

This offers no protection. It also makes you look like a gient wearing a toddler's hat.

 

SWD: That hat  might be a pork pie. They run smaller… it’s the fedora’s version of a baby tee. But again, fashion vs. function. For true sun protection, I suggest something from REI or Orvis.

Proper sun hats for Ian:

Stylish chapeaux courtesy of Orvis.

 

Next year, I have an even better idea than just hosting a week of shows you aren’t even on…go on one for a save the whales adventure!

This is taking it to the next level!

 

EC: The Animal Planet and working on the vessel, the Steve Irwin, will give you a lot of save the earth experience. 

SWD: This show owns our DVR. Mr. Snow and I watch all sea faring adventures (WW, Deadliest Catch, Swords-life on the line). Is it wrong they make me hungry? Crab legs, Mmmmmm. Swordfish steak, delish.

This is your captain, Ian. This guy is SERIOUS about saving whales and not going to music festivals or movie awards

SWD: Captain Ian looks very menacing, even in a hoodie. Paul, take note.
 
EC: You can ride around one of these! It will toughen you up for the next season of Vampire Diaries!
 
 
If Heroes girl can get arrested saving dolphins (or something), you can too!

Saving the world, not only on television

 
EC: Here’s a video about your foundation, because we really and truly admire your dedication to the planet. (We kid, because we like you. But give Pattinson a break, the boy seems sensitive.)
 

A Message From Our Dr. Who Expert, Team Seth!

Posted in Dr. Who, Giving Back, guest spots, Message From Team Seth with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by talksupe
posted by East Coast Stacey (EC) 

Today’s post comes from our friend Team Seth. Thanks Team Seth for reminding us that one good way to keep our government from taking us deep up our karma is to give back:

 Forget the CPA, I Need A Doctor!

 So, I finally did my taxes last week and I decided that I needed to buy a house, get married, buy a hybrid car, have a kid (or 12, whatever), and donate tons of money to non-profits so I wouldn’t have to pay as much. Then I thought about whether or not the companions of the Doctor would have to pay taxes. I mean, I realize that Rose’s job was kaput after her workplace exploded, and Martha was in medical school so she wasn’t exactly getting paid for her work, and Donna had just been fired… hm, I’m sensing a theme here. But Amy Pond, she was working.  She was a kiss-o-gram.

Kiss-O-Gram procedure for onion breath

 And And technically Rory, Mickey, and Capt’n Jack are all companions, and they all work. Though would Torchwood employees pay taxes? Certainly they must! Anyhow, that was my thought process… if you’re traveling through time, how does that affect your employment status? (Mind you, I know NOTHING about taxes in England, so all of this could be irrelevant). Then I went on to think about what the Doctor could claim. He had a daughter (well, she’s alive, he just doesn’t know) and he’s been married quite a few times, though I’m not sure if you can still be married to deceased people, so I guess it would depend on the date he filed… Then I thought about him giving to non-profits. I guess the Doctor doesn’t do this exactly, not with money anyway, but he definitely works hard to help people in need (whether they know they’re in need or not)

Helping a thing in need. Is it a Twi fan? Cause it bleeds purple and Purples Cool.

  and to bridge cultural barriers. The Doctor likes to bring hope to people (all people, not just the human species of course), and he offers second chances. There’s always a choice. That’s his thing and he instills it in all of his companions and many of the people he meets.

So, this sprung a whole other thought process into effect for me. What if, leading up to the big Series 6 premiere on April 23rd (mark your calendars!), I took a What Would the Doctor Do approach and did what I could to give hope to people in need? Then I thought, what if more than just I did it? Let’s not forget that Doctor Who as a show and franchise participates in at least two major donation-thons with the BBC: Children in Need special and Red Nose Day special (comic relief… get it?). But, that’s in England and we’re not (well, me and the Staceys are not anyway), so any donating and service work I did would have to be on this side of the Atlantic. I mean, I’m sure you can donate to those organizations online, but, it might be easier to donate to places over here given currency conversion and international fees etc.

I should explain that one of my 2011 resolutions was to give back more to the local and global communities, so coming up with my own little Doctor Who donating thing is really just a way to kick my butt into gear to getting this resolution actually started. That said, I kicked off my Doctor Who Countdown this past Friday, April 8th when I began rewatching Series 5. The plan is to manage to fit in all 14 episodes (including the Christmas special) over the next 3 weeks before the big Series 6 premiere. If you don’t own all the seasons of Doctor Who like I do, but you really want to celebrate the season–and possibly your tax refund!–then start watching on April 18th at 5pm ET/PT on BBC America for the first and second episodes of Series 5! The fun continues up until the premiere, including AN ALL DAY MARATHON on April 22nd. No wonder they call it Good Friday, what’s gooder than a full day of Who?! 😉 Put the kettle on and settle in, the marathon begins at 6am.

So how is that relevant to donating? Well, April 18th kicks off the tax season for 2011 (sort of), which means any financial donations you make to accredited non-profits can be tax deductible for next year’s taxes. Yay! Give more, pay less! There’s lots of ways to give back, not just money-wise, and lots of ways to get your kids involved too. After all, Doctor Who began as a children’s programming fill-in show back in 1963. So, I’m turning my countdown into the beginnings of my giveback. I started a blog specifically for this to track my activities and allow others to post their own! Doctor Who Give Back Countdown. I’m going to send in the link to the Doctor Who Online (@drwhoonline) folks as well as Nerdist.com (@nerdist) and maybe they will tweet it out. Who knows, maybe in time Doctor Who Giveback Countdown will be an unofficial “official” thing?

A canned good a day keeps the Doctor away! Or something like that.

Regards,
TeamSeth