gustav klimt the blood of fish
I’m not better than anybody, I’m never going to be better than anybody, but I am finding a way to be happy in a world that seems so bent on making sure that nobody is happy.
— P.O.S (via doomtreedaily)
this killed my soul
I am so in love with Aaron Paul I think I would seriously cry hysterically and hug him if I ever met him lol. Maybe one day😉
by Shira Sela
god who fucking cares. who fucking cares. who fucking cares. everyone stop being offended and mad over the smallest shit ever. ask urself who the fuck fucking cares
I entered the #IKnewILovedYou contest on Wanderable to win a trip for me and my life partner to Indonesia, which is my absolute dream. I’d really appreciate if you would vote for us! All you have to do is click a button, nothing more. Here’s the link:
Thank you for the support— here’s what I wrote:
When you broke down and I held you in my arms, that’s when I knew— I wanted to hold you every day you wanted to hold me back. You were Romeo and I was… in the chorus, but before long I would rise to the role of your real-life true love.
I see your passion in everything you do— you seek to understand everything that is shown to you, you have a fire in your eyes every time you speak and you do it with conviction and assuredness, regardless of your anxiety. You don’t just memorize random facts, and that’s where’s there’s a difference— you are far from the pedantry that plagues every other person I am around. I often break down about how I won’t be able to function in society because I can’t stand anyone— except you. When everyone tries so hard to cover up their painfully apparent flaws and melt into conformity, you are there, smiling and recognizing your imperfections but looking into my face and asking me to take you as you are, right here. And I do because you are real, and you are Truth and Honesty and though you are trampled on again and again, you don’t counterattack with falsity. It is you, and it is beautiful. You are trapped inside your head, but when I get you out just for those glimmering moments, you are the most perfect imperfection I have ever met and will meet. I don’t want falsified perfection— it’s too easy, too hollow, settling for mediocrity— I want emotion, and passion, and fire, and that is you.
I could have left you countless times, and found someone “better”— I know I could have. I could have bored myself to death and made my mom happy with my manly boyfriend and my perfect relationship, but I would have died inside so many times. With you I never feel more alive, that every moment is purposeful and raw and honest. You make me question everything and at the same time, no one has made me more sure of who I am. You are a walking, talking mess of contradictions and that’s exactly how it should be. That’s human. And that’s happy. If people don’t like realness, and instead prefer to look like they’re having fun with the photos they post on facebook and trying to outdo everyone else, undercutting all the while— I’m glad you’ve had your issues with them. I thank god that you don’t get along with them. And no wonder they feel threatened by you: they can’t handle real life. I couldn’t until I met you.
I’ve been in love ever since.
Back in the day, my fiction professor thought that our class wasn’t creating vivid enough characters, so he had us write 5 pages about one of the characters in our existing stories, or about a character that would be in an upcoming story. Basically all we had to do was describe the person,…
cover up tattoo by alice carrier
On this day in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in Washington, D.C.
One of the 28 women who participated in this founding meeting of NOW was Sparta, Wisconsin native Kathryn F. Clarenbach, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On her death in 1994, the New York Times described Clarenbach as a founder of modern feminism.
This photo shows Professor Clarenbach, seated on the right, with Wisconsin Governor Robert Knowles and the Committee on the Status of Women Midwest Conference in 1967.
Meet 18-year-old Petra Grutzik, whose award-winning research with UCLA neuroscientists is just the beginning.
Grutzik is from Manhattan Beach, Calif., and recently was recognized at the 2014 intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on a protein called FOXP2 and its link to speech disorders.
FOXP2 is found in both human brains and songbird brains. Songbirds learn to sing through social interaction the way humans learn to talk, and FOXP2 is expressed similarly in both.
With the help of mentor professors from uclaneuroscience, Grutzik conducted research over two years to determine how various levels of this protein affects the quality of communication through speech.
“When a baby is first born, they cry,” Grutzik explains. “Finches learn how to sing, like we learn how to talk. FOXP2 is involved in speech development in humans and in songbirds. Scientists study FOXP2 in songbirds so they can learn more about it in humans.”
“It is the only single gene that, when mutated, results in a human speech and language disorder,” says UCLA’s Dr. Stephanie White.
“We have excellent undergrads at UCLA,” says Dr. Nancy Day, Grutzik’s mentor at UCLA. “But there’s something special about Petra. We saw it as an excellent opportunity to embrace this eager young woman so that we could not only challenge her but she could challenge us. Petra has infused an energy into the lab that we didn’t have before.”
Grutzik also tapped into her background in robotics to design and build a cage for the finches that was long enough and had two separate chambers in which she could conduct her testing on the birds.