These are the manic ramblings that go through my head at all hours of the day or night.

 

Today is an eBay reconstitution day. I may end up auctioning off Sid if he’s not careful.

Today is an eBay reconstitution day. I may end up auctioning off Sid if he’s not careful.

Anonymous asked
How do you overcome your shyness in order to do awesome things? I'm a tiny, quiet, white girl but I can rap the entirety of The Pharcyde's song "Oh Shit". In fact, most of the music I know by heart is early 90's hip hop and I dream of performing it in public some day but I'm scared I'll get laughed off the stage. Any advice?

thisdanobrien:

At 67 years old, Thomas Edison was building a giant laboratory/research center. It was his life’s work and all of the money he had was invested in the building and the things contained therein. One night, a friend ran to his house to say (paraphrasing) “Edison, come quick, your fucking lab is on fucking fire!” Edison and his son ran out immediately, as the lab-in-progress was nearby.

Because of the various chemicals and other science bullshit kept in the lab, the fire was insane; blue, red, and green flames overtook everything and lit up the sky. This was Edison’s future, exploding in front of him in some weird multi-colored nightmare. He turned to his son.

"Get your mother. Get the neighbors. They’ll never see another fire like this in their lives."

I think about that all the time. “Your life’s work is on fire!” “Shut up, that fire is BEAUTIFUL, have you ever seen anything like that?” That’s a level of peace and acceptance to which anyone should aspire.

The epilogue to that story of course is that Edison later took a one million dollar loan from Henry Ford and ended up making more in the next year than he would have made had his lab NOT exploded, but obviously Edison didn’t know that at the time. He didn’t know that the literal fire would light a figurative fire to inspire him to build and create more, at the time. Because at the time he was facing financial and professional ruin. He didn’t know how to proceed with his career or even if he COULD, at his age and at this loss. He wasn’t even thinking about it. He just knew that this fire was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and why not share that with people? What else are you going to do? Complain at the fire? Curse at it? Mope around the house about how mean that fire was? That’s boring, and there’s a sick-ass fire going on.

My advice is that you have no control over whether or not people laugh when you’re on stage. And you have no control over whether or not the boy you like at the coffee shop will reject your advances. And you have no control over whether or not you’ll get a raise or get fired or have your office burned to the ground. But you can control how you react to all of those things.

The most freeing thing in the world is acknowledging the things over which you have no control. Acknowledging that you have no agency over whether or not people will decide to laugh at you. They’re the ones who have decided that they’re the kind of people who laugh at the fly white girl who memorized the entirety of A Tribe Called Quest’s discography, and they’ve already MADE that decision a long time ago. It’s out of your hands. All YOU can control is how hot the fire you spit is and how you handle whatever comes after. Isn’t that cool?

[Edison story source.]

Meanwhile, several thousand miles away, Nikola Tesla sat hunched over his desk scowling. Yes, the death ray had been a success, but the thieving son of a bitch hadn’t been in the lab like he was supposed to be.

@jimborambles and @thebeautyway.

Virginity, Experience and Shame: This is where the MRA Movement Comes From.

kierongillen:

daviduzumeri:

We need to fundamentally change, on a mass level, how we, as a culture, discuss virginity. Because this has to stop.

Like basically anybody with a heart and a brain, I was disgusted this morning to discover that Elliott Rodger, aged 22, shot and killed seven people because he was still a…

Uzumeri on rare form here.

…wow. This is a really smart dissection from a really smart person, based on a really stupid idea.

I refuse the assertion that “this is on all of us.” I refuse it just as wholeheartedly as I refuse to believe that the lingering remnants of societal antisemitism is responsible for Fraizer Glenn Cross shooting up a Jewish community center.

Yes, the crime can easily be said to be motivated by antisemitism. And yes, this crime appears to have a specific rationale professed by the shooter. And that assertion has a certain cultural validity in the sense that virginity (or the loss of it) is a pressure we all feel and can be counterproductive to our health and development.

But taking that assertion that the reason this happened is because society twisted up this guys guts so badly that he responded by killer 7 people on its face is the same as saying that Catcher in the Rye is the reason John Lennon is dead and that we should examine the pressure J.D. Salinger puts on young men to dispense with “phonies”.

C’mon man, not everything needs to be tied to an endemic societal issue. This was a mentally ill individual. And attributing his actions to his stated issues with society is to focus on the symptom, not the disease. We need to be talking about the need for more mental health resources to the mentally ill rather than tilting at the windmills alongside them. It’s a waste of time and is the kind of reactionary nonsense that tends to happen in these cases and, frankly, is exactly what the killer set out to do (in a certain way).

Awwwwww yeahhhhhhh. This bad boy just came in the mail. And yes, that is a righteous beer coozie. Keep up the good work, boys.

Awwwwww yeahhhhhhh. This bad boy just came in the mail. And yes, that is a righteous beer coozie. Keep up the good work, boys.

Amazon score: new sneaks (Polo for once, not too shabby) and Levi’s 501. Ready for summer.

Amazon score: new sneaks (Polo for once, not too shabby) and Levi’s 501. Ready for summer.

The dog watches. He knows that there is a remote chance the entire steak will fall. And in the Game of Steaks, it’s Win, or Eat Dog Food.

The dog watches. He knows that there is a remote chance the entire steak will fall. And in the Game of Steaks, it’s Win, or Eat Dog Food.

Update from management: the part of Gray will be played by 29 year old Gray, replacing 28 year Gray as regular.

Update from management: the part of Gray will be played by 29 year old Gray, replacing 28 year Gray as regular.

It’s been a crazy week. Kinda nice to have a night at hole to hang with this sleepy fella.

It’s been a crazy week. Kinda nice to have a night at hole to hang with this sleepy fella.

Signs you’re possibly becoming an adult: all you want for your birthday is to sleep in, get some BBQ, and have your car detailed.

I guess there’s a Spider-Man movie coming out. It’s been a solid few years since that happened on my B-day. It ain’t Godzilla, but it’ll do.