“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million, empty words.”
— Thema Davis (via awakenedvibrations)
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5:10 am • 15 September 2013 • 61,734 notes
“We’re socialized to “let you down easy.” We’re not socialized to say a clear and direct “no.” We’re socialized to speak in hints and boost egos and let people save face. People who don’t respect the social contract (rapists, predators, assholes, pickup artists) are good at taking advantage of this. “No” is something we have to learn. “No” is something we have to earn. In fact, I’d argue that the ability to just say “no” to something, without further comment, apology, explanation, guilt, or thinking about it is one of the great rites of passage in growing up, and when you start saying it and saying it regularly the world often pushes back. And calls you names”
— The art of “no.” (via menstruate)
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4:59 am • 15 September 2013 • 13,139 notes
“Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries—stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.”
— Herman Melville, Moby Dick (via liquidnight)
11:54 pm • 1 September 2013 • 95 notes
Ganymede entering and exiting Jupiter’s shadow, photographed by Voyager 1, February 26th, 1979.
12:26 am • 9 June 2013 • 283 notes
“Happy people know suffering more than anyone else, and that’s how they can see just how damn beautiful their lives are. It’s because they’ve seen the depths.”
— Brianna Wiest (via amandaceleste)
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11:57 pm • 28 May 2013 • 920 notes
Podargus Humeralis by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.
Osteologia avium, or, A sketch of the osteology of birds /.
[Wellington] :Published by R. Hobson, Wellington, Salop,1858-1875..
1:22 am • 10 March 2013 • 309 notes
Einstein’s Zurich Notebook
Einstein’s search for general relativity spanned eight years, 1907-1915. Some periods were quiet and some were more intense. The moments when the great transition occurred, came sometime between the late summer of 1912, when Einstein moved from Prague to Zurich, and early 1913. If we could choose one time at which to look over Einstein’s shoulder and watch him work on general relativity, it would be this time.
And that is just what we can do. For, found among his papers when Einstein died in 1955 was a small, brown notebook containing his private calculations from just this time. This is the Zurich notebook.
12:17 am • 10 March 2013 • 2,099 notes