When I grow up I want to have interesting earlobes, the kind handed down from some aurally-endowed apecestor, an evolutionary riff that ultimately led nowhere. Unfortunately this isn’t something you can practice. I’ll have to work on being interesting instead. —I wrote this just now. No stealing.
A thousand times YES. David Byrne: How Architecture Helped Music Evolve (TEDtalk).
I don't want to be at work.
OBVIOUSLY these two share a common ancestor. I mean, come on science, look.
forbiddenalleys: n. (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a “vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.”
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“As I was walking around dusting things off in my room, I came to the sofa. For the life of me, I couldn’t recall whether I had already dusted it off or not. Since these movements are habitual and unconscious, I felt that it was already impossible to remember it. If I had in fact dusted the sofa and forgotten that I had done so, i.e., if I had acted unconsciously, then this is...
“Banding together with a bunch of like-minded citizens to make a big noise is a great way to get noticed, to rally similarly-outraged others to a cause, and to shift the terms of the public debate. OWS has done all that. Now they’ve got to get some sympathetic folks elected to public office, because that’s how this democracy thing works, when it does. Anyway, if our...
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I can’t help but feel that when you woke up with a fresh newspaper, you could ritualize it—have a nice cup of coffee, spend a few hours submerging yourself in every crinkly page. But with the internet, while theoretically you can ritualize it, it feels a lot more like pour yourself some coffee, sit back, but don’t drink it oh my god just RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.
This is what I thought: for the most banal event to become an adventure, you...– Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea (via sunrec)
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Second week in a row my spending makes it seem as though I’m living an extravagant weekend lifestyle, when really I’m parking my car in places that are unlimited on Sunday but loading zones and 2-hr parking spots during the week, and then not remembering this is the case until Tuesday afternoon. WOOHOO IT’S THE GOOD LIFE.
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I’ve been basically gone from tumblr for a little while. I’ve been working on my graduate school applications. On Saturday I took the GRE Lit in English exam, which meant getting up at 6:45 in the morning. Some time ago I made up my mind not to study at all for the exam, which is basically impossible to study for anyway. It’s recognized by most schools as totally pointless...