You meet a lot of people around the world and you look at it and think, “Oh, okay… Better put my back into that.” It’s not getting better. In many cases it’s getting worse. You know, there’s that great film out there 12 Years A Slave and you go, “Hm, well, it’s still here,” and slavery is on the rise. It’s on the rise! And you go, “How did that happen? How did we let that happen? How have we managed to drop the ball quite so spectacularly?” You know? And to pretend it’s not happening, it’s an unqualified disaster and failure. Failure of political will — it’s a failure. We have failed. We have failed this generation. I’m just interested in that now because I’m old enough to have seen and heard a lot. [x]
Stars die, and are born, in places like this one — a stellar nursery. They condense like raindrops from giant clouds of gas and dust. They get so hot that the nuclei of the atoms fuse together deep within them to make the oxygen that we breathe, the carbon in our muscles, the calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood. All of it was cooked in the fiery hearts of long vanished stars. You, me, everyone. We are made of star stuff.Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way)
Thermochromic table by Jay Watson
imagine banging someone on that table
imagine being home alone and seeing imprints on that table
Imagine having a friend sit at that table for a long while, but when they get up there’s no imprints at all.
What if you got up after trying to console a crying friend, and found that you had no imprints… and they were crying because they missed you?
aaaah it was a cool table now it’s a horror/drama story
In this surprising talk from TEDxCMYK, the color beige talks oatmeal, khaki, and paint swatches, and shares 6 ways we can all be less vibrant.
And we sit here eating some chicky catch and sandoozles basking in the joy that Tommy Haverford on nbcparksandrec name-dropped TED. We’ve finally made it.
(Parks and Recreation photos: NBC)
Let’s say that you were madly in love with someone. And your mission was to tell the person that you love them. Here are two scenarios. One is you can take a week long train trip with the person, take your time. You’ll be in boring situations, beautiful scenery, everything. That’s a novel. The second scenario is she’s stepping on the train and you have three minutes. So you have to make all that decoration in three minutes. That’s a short story. You just have to shout it as she goes.George Saunders (via mttbll)