Jul 20, 2014

I wish that every woman whose actions and worth are parsed and restricted, congratulated and condemned in this country might just once get to wheel aroundon the committee that doesn’t believe their medically corroborated story of assault, or on the protesters who tell them that termination is a sin they will regret, or on the boss who tells them he doesn’t believe in their sexual choices, or on the mid-fifties man who congratulates them, or himself, on finding them appealing deep into their dotageand go black in the eyes and say, “I don’t fucking care if you like it.”

On the tiring judgment and valuation of women as moral/immoral, good/bad, hot/not.

Jul 18, 2014
It is from the bystanders (who are in the vast majority) that we receive the propaganda that life is not worth living, that life is drudgery, that the ambitions of youth must he laid aside for a life which is but a painful wait for death. These are the ones who squeeze what excitement they can from life out of the imaginations and experiences of others through books and movies. These are the insignificant and forgotten men who preach conformity because it is all they know. These are the men who dream at night of what could have been, but who wake at dawn to take their places at the now-familiar rut and to merely exist through another day. For them, the romance of life is long dead and they are forced to go through the years on a treadmill, cursing their existence, yet afraid to die because of the unknown which faces them after death. They lacked the only true courage: the kind which enables men to face the unknown regardless of the consequences.
Thanks, Hunter. You nailed it. | via jenmyers
Jul 18, 2014

Death has been heavy on my mind of late, with at least seven people I know directly or tangentially passing away or being diagnosed as terminally ill in the last two weeks.

This short film makes that next step –– the one we never know or expect –– somehow beautiful.

Jul 18, 2014

Today’s Google doodle honors Nelson Mandela. Beautiful. Timely.

Jul 16, 2014
Jul 4, 2014

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.

John Lubbock

Jul 4, 2014

Yesterday I tweeted a whole mess of tech jobs. Here’s a quick hit list –– pass ‘em along if you know someone who’s a good fit.

Jul 3, 2014
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Jun 26, 2014

“This is a family portrait,” says Kristine of a picture she took at a textile factory in India. “The dyed black hands are the father, while the blue and red hands are his sons. They mix dye in these big barrels, and they submerge the silk into the liquid up to their elbows, but the dye is toxic.”

Powerful photos of Modern Slavery | via

“This is a family portrait,” says Kristine of a picture she took at a textile factory in India. “The dyed black hands are the father, while the blue and red hands are his sons. They mix dye in these big barrels, and they submerge the silk into the liquid up to their elbows, but the dye is toxic.”

Powerful photos of Modern Slavery | via

Jun 8, 2014
The incomparable, inimitable Bill Watterson, creator and artist of the beloved “Calvin & Hobbes,” drew three strips for Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine,” and they were beautiful.
Pastis drew a coda to Watterson’s strips and wrote a blog post about how he was able to convince Watterson to draw the three strips (and keep the work a secret until it was printed!).
Happiness is seeing the work of a master return to view, however briefly.
–> ps. This Zen Pencils rendering of Watterson’s advice on inventing your own life’s meaning is worth revisiting.

The incomparable, inimitable Bill Watterson, creator and artist of the beloved “Calvin & Hobbes,” drew three strips for Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine,” and they were beautiful.

Pastis drew a coda to Watterson’s strips and wrote a blog post about how he was able to convince Watterson to draw the three strips (and keep the work a secret until it was printed!).

Happiness is seeing the work of a master return to view, however briefly.

–> ps. This Zen Pencils rendering of Watterson’s advice on inventing your own life’s meaning is worth revisiting.

Jun 4, 2014
The call for solitude is growing louder. | credit

The call for solitude is growing louder. | credit

(Source: lvndcity)

Jun 1, 2014

Sunday Dispatch #55: Everything Happens

This attempt at meaning-making is constant, a part of our condition as human beings. But the nature of human relationships of any kind requires individual meanings to rub against each other. That sounds kind of dirty but what I’m getting at is this: conflict occurs when one person tries to impose the meaning that they have found for themselves onto the other person, rather than accepting that the other will find it—and likely a wholly different it—on their own. And maybe our most successful relationships, or the most successful moments in our relationships, are merely the ones when the two people come away from a shared experience with a similar-enough understanding of just what the hell happened.

Jun 1, 2014

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, how you can rely upon yourself, where you can pull yourself up from."

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