"Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones."
"

He considered his answer carefully. Finally, he said that there was nothing he would like more in the world than to see his mother and father again, but that he had no reason—and no evidence—to support the idea of an afterlife, so he couldn’t give in to the temptation.

'Why?'

Then he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny.

"

Sasha Sagan, describing a time she asked her father, Carl Sagan, about life after death

How Carl Sagan Described Death To His Young Daughter | Popular Science

(via joshbyard)

akio:

I have to say that the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people was that there is a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell ya, we don’t want to be divided. What we want—the common denominator that I found in every single interview—is that we want to be validated. We want to be understood.

I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career, and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way ask this question: “was that ok?”

I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crime. I even heard it from BE-YON-CÉ in all of her Beyoncé-ness. She finishes performing, hands me the microphone, and says “was that ok?” [x]

La Mer
Charles Trenet

La MerCharles Trenet

La mer
Au ciel d’ete confond
Ses blancs moutons
Avec les anges si purs
La mer bergere d’azur
Infinie
Voyez

This and a tom collins. Or, How an OxfordComma relaxes on a lovely wednesday night. 

techcrunch:

Instagram just got a whole lot more Biden. Welcome to Instagram @vp

techcrunch:

Instagram just got a whole lot more Biden. Welcome to Instagram @vp

"

“We are moving toward a situation where people such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have so much money it would hardly matter to them to write a check for more than both Obama and Romney spent in the last presidential election,” Sanders said. “They could write out a check for $2 billion, and it would be insignificant – a fraction of their increase in wealth over a one-year period.”

The Koch brothers, who fund a variety of conservative political operations, saw their wealth increase from $68 billion to $80 billion in just one year, Sanders said.

He said the loosening of restrictions on campaign spending favored by conservatives had imperiled representative government.

“I do not believe democracy is about a handful of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson, being in a position in which they can spend as much money as they want on any political race in this country,” Sanders said. “It is very hard for me to imagine how anybody could defend that as being democracy. It is not. It is oligarchy.”

"

cabinporn:

Towering treehouse in the hills north of Santa Cruz, CA.

Submitted & photographed by John Watson.

More at The Radavist.

heckacute:

"Getting to first base" means reading The Old Testament. "Getting to second base" means reading The New Testament. There are no other bases. 

i was a liberal until i saw a banksy painting and now I’m an anarchist with an interest in the arts


I don’t know if any of you realise how groundbreaking this is — the monarch is NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THIS. They are supposed to be impartial and not publicly speak out about their personal political views, although this rule has been broken and bent in the past. But this is a REALLY HUGE DEAL.

Look at that. You can teach an old bag new tricks.

I don’t know if any of you realise how groundbreaking this is — the monarch is NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THIS. They are supposed to be impartial and not publicly speak out about their personal political views, although this rule has been broken and bent in the past. But this is a REALLY HUGE DEAL.

Look at that. You can teach an old bag new tricks.

objectivistnerd:

jethroq:

ombudsloth:

jethroq:

See, there’s a perfectly good non-pretensious name for the Oxford comma too; Serial Comma. Which actually tells you at least something about what the function of it is.

Calling it an Oxford Comma makes you sound like you think you’re better than other people for adding an extra sentence break.

so the vastly more obscure name for an already minor rule of comma usage is the non-pretentious one?

it’s listed as “serial comma” on wikipedia.

And the pretension factor comes from using the prestige of a famous university to lend credennce to it.

I wonder how oxfordcommaforever feels about this post.

I really don’t give a damn. I chose it cause it was a song by a band I was listening too at the time. I was also reading the fountainhead at that time, and I can tell you, you’d be shocked SHOCKED! to find out which one is actually more pretentious.