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"he not busy being born is busy dying" -Bob Dylan

To sum myself up in a few inadequate words, I like: literature and culture, anything Carl Sagan, politics, eastern philosophy, yoga, animals (but especially dogs), feminism, science, and education. My interests are fleeting and varying, but learning is always the goal.

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  2. drinking wine with my professors on a Friday night and talking about literary theory

    … is this real life?

  3. In the moment: All day long people have talked about Steve Jobs. Opinions on what...

    buttercupsky:

    All day long people have talked about Steve Jobs. Opinions on what he’s done to change things, Apple this and Apple that, game changing, revolutionary, etc.

    However, it’s hard for me to contemplate any of that because I watched someone very important in my life die of the same cancer. And all I have been able to think about is Steve Job’s family and friends. They’ve lost a loved one way too soon. Regardless of the impact someone has had on the world, losing someone in this manner is fucking devastating.

     Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest and most aggressive forms of cancer - the survival rate is a mere 6%. Treatment options are extremely limited and it’s often not diagnosed until late stages. Because of this, research is our greatest hope for earlier detection methods and better treatment options. But research needs funding. I hope that when the pain of this loss has eased a little bit, Apple considers becoming more involved in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer and contributes some of their profits to help funding.

     If there is one thing I want to see in my lifetime, it’s for people who are diagnosed with this disease to not be given a death sentence. As far as I’m concerned, that will be more revolutionary than any iPhone or fancy computer could ever be.

  4. Steve Jobs was a real human, with a real family, who died of a terrible disease way too soon. Mocking that doesn’t make you cool or funny, it just makes you an asshole.

  5. mohandasgandhi:

latimes:

Sept. 12, 1953: Actress Lucille Ball laughs as her husband, Desi Arnaz, contemplates an answer during a news conference about Ball’s short association with the Communist Party in 1936.

“We’re lucky this happened to us in America, where newspapermen ask the questions,” Desi said. “In other countries they shoot first and ask the questions later.”

Continue reading about the news conference on Framework.

I laugh when people say the Red Scare/McCarthyism days are behind us. We’re experiencing a new form of McCarthyism that completely dwarfs the Red Scare. We’re experiencing J. Edgar Hoover’s ultimate fantasy and then some. Could you imagine what McCarthyism would have been like with The PATRIOT Act? The Department of Homeland Security? The ever-expanding NSA? A Department of Defense so vast that the U.S. government doesn’t even know how many individuals it employs? Foreign covert wars headed by the CIA set to hunt down unknown “subversives” under very broad and expanding definitions? Secret detention facilities? What about all of that with little to no oversight?
In the days of Lucille Ball, our media used to at least try to do its job. Now we’re lucky if a few brave journalists are willing to ask questions. There are other ways of making us shut up aside from showing us the barrel of a gun.

    mohandasgandhi:

    latimes:

    Sept. 12, 1953: Actress Lucille Ball laughs as her husband, Desi Arnaz, contemplates an answer during a news conference about Ball’s short association with the Communist Party in 1936.

    “We’re lucky this happened to us in America, where newspapermen ask the questions,” Desi said. “In other countries they shoot first and ask the questions later.”

    Continue reading about the news conference on Framework.

    I laugh when people say the Red Scare/McCarthyism days are behind us. We’re experiencing a new form of McCarthyism that completely dwarfs the Red Scare. We’re experiencing J. Edgar Hoover’s ultimate fantasy and then some. Could you imagine what McCarthyism would have been like with The PATRIOT Act? The Department of Homeland Security? The ever-expanding NSA? A Department of Defense so vast that the U.S. government doesn’t even know how many individuals it employs? Foreign covert wars headed by the CIA set to hunt down unknown “subversives” under very broad and expanding definitions? Secret detention facilities? What about all of that with little to no oversight?

    In the days of Lucille Ball, our media used to at least try to do its job. Now we’re lucky if a few brave journalists are willing to ask questions. There are other ways of making us shut up aside from showing us the barrel of a gun.

    (Source: Los Angeles Times)

  6. 
When you surround yourself with positivity, both internal and external, it is like a chain reaction that keeps linking good things to you. It’s the law of attraction. What you think will manifest it’s way to you. The simplest things you do can create a happier reality, wear flowers in your hair or count your blessings before you sleep, whatever will make you smile. 

    When you surround yourself with positivity, both internal and external, it is like a chain reaction that keeps linking good things to you. It’s the law of attraction. What you think will manifest it’s way to you. The simplest things you do can create a happier reality, wear flowers in your hair or count your blessings before you sleep, whatever will make you smile. 

    (Source: fashionandflorals, via ancientmelodies)

  7. I really need to get back in class

    if for no other reason than my own mental sanity!!!!

  8. ancientmelodies asked: Don't even think about searching on Tumblr for 9/11 posts. I know you wouldn't, but I did. Worst idea ever. The ignorance of people is ridiculous. No one knows what they're talking about and there are tons of pictures of people jumping out of the windows and being praised. "ALWAYS REMEMBER" or "NEVER FORGET". HELLO HUMANS THIS IS CALLED BRAINWASHING. Straight to fear and hate. It's completely frustrating. Argh arg

    Ugh don’t worry I stayed away. Facebook alone was enough to drive me to madness. PROUD TO BE AMERICANS, UH-HUH!!! Too much blind nationalism for me to handle.

  9. verylittleanswers:

    Quick Wilco cover…meh

    My best friend has talent … check out her music here.

    (via ancientmelodies)