sorry it’s so long, but i saw a post on my dash about someone who said they would unfollow anyone who posted screamers, and i felt like compiling this into a list!!
seriously, be nice. april fools’s’s’s’ with the debatable apostrophes is a day for jokes and pranks, not for hurting people. screamers aren’t funny. rick astley is funny because you can close that as soon as you hear the opening chords.
I highly recommend giving up music snobbery. It makes life 1000% more fun.
I know that Bob Ross is sometimes mocked for making very generic scenery paintings, but then you have to ask yourself, what good is art if it only makes you feel bad? If it pressures you into the popularity game and forces you to draw and paint what you think other people like?
So Bob has a great point there; draw and paint whatever makes you happy, and you’ll be happy.
need to remind myself of this more often T_T
MOTHERS DON’T CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR SONS AND TEACH YOUR DAUGHTERS TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR FATHERS AND BROTHERS. TEACH THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN MESSES. DON’T LET THEM GET ACCUSTOMED TO A WOMAN DOING EVERYTHING FOR THEM AND DON’T LET YOUR DAUGHTER GET ACCUSTOMED TO DOING EVERYTHING FOR MALES.
If only someone got this message to my mother.
C.S. Lewis (via rj-anderson)
I found this article by Christopher Gibson and simply had to share it, because it speaks directly to my beliefs about interaction on the internet.
There is no such thing as “it’s just the internet”. It’s an utter nothing concept perpetuated by cowards who want an excuse for the actions they are caught out for.
Behind the modems and screens we’re all real people, and it makes me sad to see the number of people who will be deliberately cruel to others purely because they’re given some form of false courage by that ever so thin veil of apparent anonymity the internet provides. I know for a fact 99% of those people wouldn’t say anything of the sort were they face to face with their victim - and they certainly wouldn’t so much as squeak if they thought other people would see their true colours as a result.
And yet people constantly make that excuse. Or my other favourite - “you can’t judge someone by how they behave on the internet in real life.”
What is this nonsense? OF COURSE you can. If you’re prepared to be cruel and spiteful over the internet, then those qualities must be a part of your inherent nature. The internet isn’t sentient - it won’t turn you inot something you’re not. It’s just yet another excuse some very self-entitled individuals make for their own bullying behaviour and the behaviour of others.
Treat other people how you’d like to be treated - we’re all taught that as we’re growing up. I fail to understand why that concept disappears for some once they’re behind a keyboard and a modem.
Good manners cost nothing.
This photograph is 40 years old.
Let that sink in for a moment.
It’s called “The Blue Marble”, and it was taken by the crew of Apollo 17 as they looked back on their home on their way to the Moon, exactly 40 years and three days ago.
You’ve probably seen this photo a few times. It’s inspired many modern replicates, from this year’s “Blue Marble 2012” to the just-released view of Earth at night, the “Black Marble”. It’s understandably hard to pick a favorite. Look at how wonderful they all are:
For me, it’s not a tough decision. Blue Marble 1972 was the first, and it is the finest in my heart. It may not have the detailed resolution, or the rich color, or the exotic shading that comes from a modern digital composite image drawn from the whole electromagnetic spectrum. But it marks a pivotal moment in mankind’s history.
Apollo 17 wasn’t the first mission to the Moon, of course. It was the last. That’s what makes this photo so special. These pioneers, these explorers, they turned their Hasselblads back toward home and snapped this shot. These interplanetary adventurers (the Moon likely used to be a dwarf planet, so they’ve earned the title) put our existence in perspective with one click.
A human being hasn’t seen this sight with the naked eye since 1972. The International Space Station doesn’t orbit far enough from Earth to see anything but curved edges. Same with the shuttle. Perhaps Curiosity, had its eye been somehow deployed in mid-flight, could have turned back to see where it came from. But alas, no.
I’m happy with the images of Earth that our satellites send back. Not one, but two of them grace my iPhone’s wallpapers (“Aqua” and “Black” marbles, if you’re interested), that phone that has more computing power than the entire spacecraft this photo was taken from. But I want another human being to see our Earth from this vantage point.
When this image came back to Earth, people stopped for a moment, however brief, in the midst of wars Cold and hot, to realize this is our home. Our home. Maybe a military officer somewhere thought twice about dropping bombs that day. Maybe a parent showed it to their kids before bed instead of sitting silently in front of the TV. Maybe someone who was alive when the Wright brothers flew for the first time smiled at how far we’d come.
I don’t want this to be the last time we feel those things. Let’s go take another picture.