“I love that sweet smell of decay that surrounds me in forests and woods. A kind of mulchy, deep, rich rot that has no connotation of death or ending, but rather of life and age. A sense of perpetual destruction and rebirth.”—(via sunflower-mama)
“If you live in California and are currently boggled that you could’ve gotten a warning to your cellphone, computer, or television counting down the seconds until this earthquake hit, and want that warning before the next earthquake, start demanding that your local politicians fund this system, now.”—Geology of the Napa Valley Earthquake
“In television, we’re attempting first to make better utilization of the bandwidth, because we think we can eventually get in excess of 2000 lines instead of 525 … and do it on an even narrower channel … which will make for a much sharper picture. We believe in the picture-frame type of a picture, where the visual display will be just a screen. And we hope for a memory, so that the picture will be just as though it’s pasted on there.”—Philo T. Farnsworth (born 108 years ago today, on August 19, 1906) predicts UHDTV in a television interview from 1957.
“my fortunate clients are the most outraged at how they are treated by the criminal justice system, and most prone to seeing conspiracies and vendettas, because they are new to it — they have not questioned the premise that the system’s goal is justice. My clients who have lived difficult lives in hard neighborhoods don’t see a conspiracy; they recognize incompetence and brutal indifference and injustice as features, not bugs.”—The Allure Of Unquestioned Premises: “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” | Popehat
so my friends son is going through puberty earlier than his classmates and it was freaking him out a bit so she sat him down and explained how his body was going to change and that its supposed to happen and at the end she was like “are you confused about anything?” and hes like “just one thing”
and shes thinking “oh no hes going to ask me about sex i just know it”
“We don’t admire countries primarily because they’re rich, because they’re powerful, because they’re successful, because they’re modern, because they’re technologically advanced. We primarily admire countries that are good. What do we mean by good? We mean countries that seem to contribute something to the world in which we live, countries that actually make the world safer or better or richer or fairer. Those are the countries we like.”—Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world? | Talk Video | TED.com
“What would the world be like if we were speaking powerfully to people who were listening consciously in environments which were actually fit for purpose? Or to make that a bit larger, what would the world be like if we were creating sound consciously and consuming sound consciously and designing all our environments consciously for sound?”—Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen | Talk Video | TED.com
“In the way that a gardener knows how to transform compost into flowers, we can learn the art of transforming anger, depression, and racial discrimination into love and understanding. This is the work of meditation.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via purplebuddhaproject)
“My major concern is that the call for full employment risks actively reproducing the dominant ideology that elevates work as a highest calling, and has historically helped subordinate our lives to work. It’s an ideology that ties our value as individual citizens, family members and parents to waged work, and thereby to a very narrow understanding of what might be a worthy existence or a valuable contribution to society.”—Can We Have More Jobs and Less Work? - In These Times
“…for all its limitations, human nature includes a recursive, openended, combinatorial system for reasoning,which can take cognizance of its own limitations. That is why the engine of Enlightenment humanism, rationality, can never be refuted by some flaw or error on the reasoning of the people in a given era.”—Stephen Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature
“The American Cancer Society (ACS), founder of Thursday’s Great American Smokeout, continues to struggle with truth when telling smokers how most successful ex-smokers succeed. It does so while continuing to accept large financial contributions from companies selling approved quitting products.”—The Great American Quit Smoking Sham
“If I should die before I wake,
All my bone and sinew take:
Put them in the compost pile
To decompose a little while.
Sun, rain, and worms will have their way,
Reducing me to common clay.
All that I am will feed the trees
And little fishes in the seas.
When corn and radishes you munch,
You may be having me for lunch.
Then excrete me with a grin,
Chortling, “There goes Lee again!”
Twill be my happiest destiny
To die and live eternally.”—"In Dead Earnest" by Lee Hays, born 100 years ago today (March 14, 1914).