I <3 William Shatner on Twitter

I love how they respond to him, as if he is actually a captain, even more.

Nasa confirmed for huge fucking nerds

This is awesome and priceless and people that work on space stuff are the best people of all time.

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My kids will be expected to play Super Mario Bros.  (And SMB2, and 3, and SMW.)  I may even make beating the game the only way to earn an allowance.  :-)

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Don’t smoak meth. [via]


Don’t smoak meth. [via]

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What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.
Plath, Sylvia. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. (via wordsnquotes)
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The visitor will find in the French Quarter a strange and fascinating jumble of antique shops, flop houses, tearooms, wealthy homes, bars, art studios, night clubs, grocery stores, beautifully furnished apartments, and dilapidated flats. And he will meet débutantes, artists, gamblers, drunks, streetwalkers, icemen, sailors, bank presidents, and beggars. The Vieux Carré is definitely the place in New Orleans where people go to live their own lives.

New Orleans City Guide (WPA, 1938)

The sun rises as a man wearing a crooked pirate hat staggers and stumbles down Bourbon, still drunk from the night before. The street-cleaning trucks are like big woolly mammoths criss-crossing the narrow streets, spraying water, wiping the slimy, smelly muck off the pavement. Fresh fruit and seafood is brought in via hand trucks and shoulders. Many take a break and a puff leaning against brightly colored walls before starting a day at work.

The French Quarter of New Orleans has not slept, but begins its daily cycle once again. Throughout the day, the streets will see dog walkers, boozy babes, musicians, revelers, conventioneers, gutter punks, cops, maids, and dandies. There is constant movement by foot, car, bike, and mule. Beignets are powdered and oysters are shucked. Exclamations are shouted and secret corners are found. The haunting notes of the calliope soar in from the water’s edge.

At first glance, one might assume that The Quarter is frozen at a point in history for the enjoyment of tourists. It only takes a couple of blocks to experience otherwise. There is a daily rhythm, but the magical part of The Quarter is that it has a part for you to play. It requires you add to the life and times of this place and to keep it moving forward.

I work in The Quarter digitizing historic documents and photos. Before, after, and during these hours I roam the streets finding the special people who add to the impressive timeline. I am inspired by August Sander and Atget, Katy Grannan, Joan Didion, and more. I am fueled by the power of this place and plenty of iced cafés au lait.

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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee and co-editor of THE AMERICAN GUIDE. A photographer living in New Orleans, Louisiana she enjoys photographing just about any event that includes loud noises and fast moving things. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. Follow her on Tumblr or on her website, 

I got to visit three months before Katrina.  Although the French Quarter was mostly unscathed (at least by the flooding), I wonder if the city will ever be the same.

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Mesmerizing planes avoid thunderstorm-strikes at the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield. The planes fly around the storm clouds to land safely. Must see.


Mesmerizing planes avoid thunderstorm-strikes at the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield. The planes fly around the storm clouds to land safely. Must see.

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not gonna lie, that sounds awful and really troublesome

This is so true. I love this description so much. 

And then one of them has some random ad playing noise on it and I CAN NEVER FUCKING FIND IT!

So bloody true.

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I don’t post too much sportsball here since I do that everywhere else, but I’ll say I love all the Big 12 fans who now root against Texas A&M.

Except when they play Alabama or LSU or someone like that it’s all “oooh A&M beating up on the SEC! Yeah!!”

Pick a lane, people.


If you don’t already know the story behind this photo, it’s a good one.  When Keshia Thomas was 18, the KKK held a rally in her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Counter protesters came out in droves to tell the KKK that they were not welcome.  At one point, a man with SS tattoos and a vest emblazoned with the confederate flag wound up on the side of the counter-protesters.  He was thrown to the ground and multiple protesters began to beat him with picket signs and sticks.  Keshia Thomas became uncomfortable with the scene, so much so that she threw herself over the man to protect him, and begged the crowd to stop.

When asked about why she protected a man who almost certainly hated her for the color of her skin, she responded:

I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me… violence is violence - nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”

A little while ago, AZSpot posted about Robert Farrar Capon, who talked about the idea of “vulgar grace” within the Christian religious tradition.  He described it as “indiscriminate compassion,” which could be slightly re-worded as “unconditional compassion.”  The idea is that you show compassion even to those that don’t deserve it.  So you give a dollar to the homeless man who may or may not use it to buy drugs—but you do it anyway because there’s a chance he’s telling the truth.  Or When your screw-up of a brother needs a place to stay because he got fired from another job, you give it to him, because he’s your brother.  When someone does something to hurt you, you give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it wasn’t personal.

Or in the case of Keshia Thomas, you sacrifice your own body to protect someone who rejects the legitimacy of your very existence.  But you still do it.  Because “violence is violence - nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”

h/t A Mighty Girl

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Something I learned today


Singapore uses waste water (that’s right - sewage water) and reclaims clean fresh drinking water from it.

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when you about to fall asleep and remember you had homework


Oh man, I just watched this episode last night.  Great series so far.

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