2. "

    When I was a child, it was believed that animals became extinct because they were too specialized. My father used to tell us about the saber-tooth tiger’s teeth — how they got too big and the tiger couldn’t eat because he couldn’t take game anymore. And I remember my father saying, with my brother sitting there, ‘I wonder what it will be with the human beings that will be so overspecialized that they’ll kill themselves off?’

    My father never found out that my brother was working on the bomb.

    — Richard Feynman’s sister, Joan (via historical-nonfiction)

    (Source: futilitycloset.com, via sex-drugs-and-electoral-rolls)

  3. august-mor:

    Jane GoodallNational Geographic, 1974.

    “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 

    (via dakotapuma)

  4. dont-panic-zoology:


    And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins 

    Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

    Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.

    I can’t even fathom doing this. People are amazing.

    That is awesome…

    (Source: music-holic)


  5. CNN’s Jeanne Moos gave an incredibly racist, ignorant & culturally offensive ‘news’ report about the Maori welcome given to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. If you can stomach it, you can watch it here: http://www.tinyurl.com/cnnroyalreport No doubt she thought she was terribly witty, NZ thinks she’s an idiot. This petition on Change.org, is to get a public apology to Maori in particular, & NZ generally.

    "Friday morning, April 11 2014 saw a complaint lodged with CNN about a story recently aired by one of their reporters, Ms. Jeanne Moos, regarding the welcoming ceremony held at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand for Their Royal Highnesses; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    "In this report she referred to the exposed nature of one of the tangata-whenua causing a ‘royal bummer’, questioning whether it is ‘any way to welcome a future king and queen?’ Ms Moos continued in dubbing a haka by the New Zealand Army in Afghanistan as a routine of ‘slapping and thrusting’, and trivialised other protocol such as the hongi: ‘forget about rubbing shoulders’, and the haka further more: ‘a cross between a Chipendale lap dance and the mating dance of an emu’


  6. My 10yo nephew is being bullied at school. I was bullied as a kid, and everything I hear about what he’s going through in that respect is so familiar.

    I remember the ‘friends’ who think it’s funny to tease & don’t understand the hurt they inflict. I remember crying at my mother in hurt, anger and abject confusion, just as he does to my sister. I remember feeling that nothing I could do was ‘right’. But those memories don’t hurt - after all these years I actually remember them, or at least the people, with a certain wry amusement and affection, because I know this: they are part if what made me who I am. It’s been a struggle & there still are, shall we say, less desirable side effects, but I am basically fine with who I am, so I kind of have to be fine with my past, & really, trite as it may sound, it does get better.

    People get nicer, more mature. You meet nicer people. You even meet likeminded people, & that’s an amazing thing. For some of us there are fewer like minds, but they’re out there and worth it.

    I told my nephew: you just have to hold on to this: no matter what someone says or does to you, you are you, you will rise above this, you will not let them drag you down. Sadly, you threaten their self-esteem so they want to drag you down to pull themselves up. Ultimately it doesn’t work for them, either.

    Good people, good friends, will carry you when you’re wounded, lean on you when they’re tired, and walk beside you when times are good or bad. Sometimes your paths will diverge, & when you meet again the years will fall away and it will be like yesterday. They are rare, like gemstones, but you will find them as long as you are true to yourself, & then they know that you will be true to them too.

    Remember, you are someone else’s rare gem they’re hoping to find.

    Patience is hard, I know, but I also know you’ll (all) get through this.


  8. joehillsthrills:

    I felt a little out-of-sorts when I walked out of Captain America this weekend, but don’t read that as any judgement on the film. My mood - and I’m not sure how to describe it except to say it contained grains of irritation, amusement, and dismay - was entirely the result of the coming…

    Funny how my favourite authors always manage to express my half-formed feelings on various subjects, perfectly & eloquently leaving me with nothing to say but:

    Yes! This.

  9. zerostatereflex:

    Water Experiment No. 33 Automata

    What a beautiful work of craftsmanship.

    By: Dean O’Callaghan

    (via quasiflexuralthrusting)