Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them. — Bill Watterson (via mikekarnell)
Here it is!
Now that the Macro & Micro show is basically upon us (opening THIS FRIDAY!) I am now willing + able to share the full image in all its battling glory.
So I’m part of the “everything else” category and as such had pretty much free reign over content (avoiding plant, animal, or mineral). I opted to go micro and offer what I’m sure is an entirely accurate depiction of white blood cells fending off a bacteriophage.
Right? White blood cells are tiny space folk with laser hands?
And if you’re so inclined there are prints available at the LGAL shop!
Ireland’s newest stamp features an entire short story written by a Dublin teenager.
A new rifle goes on sale this week, and it’s not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the TrackingPoint rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.
— A New ‘Smart Rifle’ Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses : All Tech Considered
Photo: Courtesy of TrackingPoint
Well this is fucking terrifying.
(Source: ohddaniellee, via bouncingdodecahedrons)
“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”
- Norman Bates
WHAT UP, INTERNET
Allie Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half are back after a year and a half of internet silence. That’s incredibly good news for people who like awesome things.
I point this out for two reasons:
- It contains one of the best evolutionary biology illustrations of all time (above), about how we are at the end of a long line of things that successfully avoided getting chewed to death.
- It is one of the greatest explorations and personal stories of depression and mental health that I have ever seen, and should really be read by every single damn person on Earth.
Q:Is your father a fan of your work?
A: For those who don’t know, my father is an up and coming writer who’s had some success.
I saw Joe Hill read some of NOS4A2 at the Iowa City Public Library and it was awesome. He was hilarious and the book seems delightfully creepy. I wish I would have stayed to get an autograph.
It’s National Nurses Week. Planned Parenthood nurses are part of a team of top-notch healthcare providers who make a difference in people’s lives every day. This week and every week, we are so grateful and say thanks to all our nurses.