Ticket stubs and carnival glass.
It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.
I humbly request that my niece, E, be inducted into the Birthday Unending. She was born yesterday, and if I can give her one thing I want it to be the knowledge that the strangeness of the world doesn't have to be frightening. The rules of the Corn Maze seem like a good place to start. I'll pay her way with freshly made banana bread and a purple feather boa for the nearest skeleton to dance in.

seananmcguire:

OF COURSE SHE IS WELCOME.  NOW IF YOU WILL EXCUSE US…

HELLO, E.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY, AND WELCOME TO THE WORLD.

IT WILL BE A STRANGE PLACE, AT TIMES.  IT WILL ASK THINGS OF YOU THAT YOU MAY NOT WANT TO GIVE.  IT WILL ASK YOUR TIME AND YOUR OBEDIENCE, AND THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU MUST LISTEN.  IT IS HARD, TO BE A CHILD, TO BE BEHOLDEN TO THOSE WHO ARE OLDER THAN YOU.  THEY WILL SAY “WEAR A JACKET” AND “HOLD MY HAND” AND “EAT YOUR BROCCOLI,” AND YOU WILL NEED TO DO AS THEY SAY, FOR THEY ARE LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELL-BEING.

BUT THEY WILL ALSO SAY “THINK AS I THINK” AND “DO AS I DO” AND “BE AS I AM,” AND THESE THINGS, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO.  YOU ARE A MIRACLE GIVEN FLESH.  YOU ARE STARDUST AND SPIRIT, AND THE ONLY HOUSE YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAUNT IS YOUR OWN.  DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO COMMAND YOUR IDENTITY: FIND IT FOR YOURSELF, BE THE PERSON YOU DREAM OF BEING, AND GROW KNOWING THAT YOU ARE STRONG BECAUSE YOU ARE STARDUST, AND OWE YOUR STRENGTH TO NO ONE.

LISTEN.  LEARN.  LOVE.  DECIDE.

HERE IS YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS LOVE ENOUGH FOR A LIFETIME, AND ALL OF IT FOR YOU, SKELETON CHILD, STARDUST CHILD, CHILD OF THE BIRTHDAY.

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.

This is as brilliant as Wil Wheaton’s advice to a newborn.

sunshinychick:


futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]




I want one.

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

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I want one.

We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?

Alicia Menendez - The View

I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.

The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.

(via glintglimmergleam)

so my sister works in STEM & if you talked to her for like 5 minutes she can tell you how true this is. it’s fucking poisonous

(via verybereft)

To an extent it’s a problem with fandom: the fact is that you’ve got thousands of intelligent people thinking about a problem, and statistically speaking some of them are likely to come up with something more clever than the creators. […] There comes a point at which, frankly, fandom IS better than the creators. We have more minds, more cumulative talent, more voices arguing for different kinds of representation, more backstory… The thing is that I rarely get involved with a show without a fandom anymore, because I actually enjoy the analysis and fic and fun more than I enjoy the show itself. Similarly, I get drawn into shows I otherwise wouldn’t really consider by the strength of their fandom. And I want the shows to live up to their fandom, but it’s an almost impossibly high bar, because the parts of fandom I choose to engage with are often parts that wouldn’t be considered sufficiently accessible or relevant to a majority of viewers. So… basically, for me, fandom is primary, and canon is secondary. The latter is really only there to facilitate the former.

glitterarygetsit, in a discussion on fan responses to media on facebook

#this is the first time i’ve really articulated this #and i was quite pleased with it #this is the thing: i care so much less about original material than i do about fanworks

(via imorca)

sandwagon:

crocodilepatronus:

{ Xena + tumblr text }

<3 Xena <3

For Stringy.

It is finally my turn to request entrance to the Birthday Unending. I bring freshly-baked breads of various kinds as well as my chronic anxiety and worry about the future. Also a cat. Because the Birthday can't have too many cats.

seananmcguire:

IT IS TRUE: NO BIRTHDAY CAN HAVE TOO MANY CATS.  HELLO, BIRTHDAY CHILD, AND HELLO, FELINE COMPANION.  THERE ARE FINE MICE TO BE POUNCED UPON, IN THE TALL GRASS, AND FINE FIREFLIES TO CHASE, IN THE TWILIGHT.

WE WILL NOT TELL YOU NOT TO WORRY, FOR WORRY IS A CONSTANT: ALL THINGS WORRY.  BUT WE WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE, FOR THE BIRTHDAY WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS, AND THAT YOU ARE TREASURED, AND THAT YOU ARE LOVED.  WE WILL TELL YOU THAT THE BIRTHDAY UNDERSTANDS, AND THAT THERE IS NOTHING HERE FOR YOU TO FEAR, NO, NOT EVEN THE CORN, FOR THE CORN CAN BE KIND, WHEN IT HAS CAUSE.

EVEN THE CORN CAN BE KIND.

HERE IS YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS A PLUSH RECREATION OF THE DEAREST IMAGINARY FRIEND OF YOUR CHILDHOOD, TO BE HELD AND HUGGED WHEN THE ANXIETY RISES TOO STRONGLY.  ANXIETY IS A MONSTER LIKE ANY OTHER.  IT CAN BE DEFEATED.  YOU CAN DEFEAT IT.  WE PROMISE.

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.

<3

AWESOME.

AWESOME.

I needed this today.

whoneedsfeminism:


"I need feminism because I was kicked out of a coding class because I ‘distracted’ the boys."

whoneedsfeminism:

"I need feminism because I was kicked out of a coding class because I ‘distracted’ the boys."