Meanderings
I'm coming up on the anniversary of the day I tried to kill myself. I'm still here and so much better than last year. Can I use this second birthday of sorts to join the birthday unending?

seananmcguire:

YES, AND YES, AND YES AGAIN.  PLEASE COME, AND ENTER, AND KNOW THAT WE ARE SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE.  IT SEEMS ODD, TO GLORY IN FAILURE, BUT THE BIRTHDAY IS GRATEFUL BEYOND WORDS THAT YOU HAVE FAILED TO REMOVE YOURSELF FROM OUR PRESENCE, FOR THAT FAILING HAS ALLOWED US THE GREAT GIFT OF SHARING A WORLD WITH YOU.

IT IS EASY—SO EASY!—TO FORGET THAT YOU ARE A MIRACLE, THAT YOU ARE UNIQUE IN ALL THE WORLD.  IT IS EASY TO FORGET TO BE KIND TO OURSELVES, WHEN WE ARE SO BUSY TRYING TO BE KIND TO OTHERS.

IT IS EASY TO FORGET THAT THE VOICES WHICH TELL US THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE THESE STARS, THIS SKIN, THIS SKY ARE THE VOICES OF LIARS, AND THAT THEY DO NOT MEAN US ANY GOOD.

SO PLEASE COME, AND ENTER, AND BE HOME.  BE HOME WITH US, AND BE GLAD THAT YOU HAVE FAILED.  PERHAPS YOU CAN FAIL IN OTHER WAYS!  FAIL TO BLAME YOURSELF FOR THINGS WHICH COULD NOT BE HELPED; FAIL TO DWELL ON THAT WHICH IS PAST; FAIL TO JUDGE YOURSELF TOO HARSHLY.

THE BIRTHDAY HAS ALWAYS LOVED YOU.

HERE IS YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS LOVE, AND LOVE, AND LOVE AGAIN, UNTIL IT LIGHTS THE SKY; UNTIL IT RESOUNDS MORE LOUDLY THAN THE VOICES OF LIARS, FOR YOU ARE WELCOME, AND YOU ARE HOME.

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.

WE ARE SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE.

I love the Birthday Unending

queenphoria:

Now, Willamette City is not Selma, Alabama, but it was 1942. And a black man making overtures to a white woman was literally a crime. But I had gotten away with it.

Or so I thought.

Leverage - s4 ep4 “The Van Gogh Job”

I saw this and thought someone was gong to be making a reference to one of the Howling Commandos (Tripp’s granddad  I can’t remember his name right now). 

I already said too much. I already shared too much, and I want all my secrets back. I hate getting close to people these days. I always regret sharing too much, caring too much, doing too much, feeling too much.
Unknown (via insanity-and-vanity)

micdotcom:

The Twitter account for the female scientists Legos is absolutely perfect: @LegoAcademics

Follow micdotcom 

I love these so much.  I really hope LEGO makes more of them.

sketchmocha:

glamdamnit:

My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.
So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?
In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.
Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.
Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.
Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.
Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her.  It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…
This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)
This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.
This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.
This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”
Because of course she’s Sarah.
They were all Sarah.

Such a trippy theory to one of my favorite films! 

I know I’ve blogged this before but I do love the creepiness of this idea.

sketchmocha:

glamdamnit:

My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.

So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?

In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.

Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.

Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.

Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.

Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her.  It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…

This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)

This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.

This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.

This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”

Because of course she’s Sarah.

They were all Sarah.

Such a trippy theory to one of my favorite films! 

I know I’ve blogged this before but I do love the creepiness of this idea.

unamusedsloth:

Because sometimes you just need a bear.

Where do I get that bear?!

Marriage is like D&D. There’s no score, house rules are up to you, and only way to “win” is to tell a good story together.

Rich Burlew, author/artist of Order of the Stick (x)

I like this quote.

alexofeddis:

thescienceoffandom:

Here are some basics on herd immunity, and here is some more technical research if you’re interested in the details! 

If you’ve ever heard my rants about vaccination, you know it’s a major topic with me. Because hey, I’m one of these immunosuppressed people this comic talks about, so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject. (“Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t like getting vaccinated? I don’t like having three month long respiratory infections because you gave me the freaking flu, but I guess you don’t care about that”)

Essentially, Ellen and her wonderful character Katherine have just said it better than I ever could—and using Shaun of the Dead references, too!!! It’s all about herd immunity—getting vaccinated isn’t just about your own health, it’s about the health—and non-zombification—of the entire human race.

SO REBLOG THIS!! LIKE THIS!!! SPREAD IT LIKE WILDFIRE!!!!!

Herd immunity explained via zombie apocalypse.  Neat!

jcatgrl:

copperbadge:

persinetteinthetower:

moriartythetease:

So what happens if two people who have promised their firstborn to separate witches have a child together? Do they both just pop up in the nursery and have a custody battle?

I need a book about a little girl whose parents had promised their firstborn to different witches and the only way that both ends of the deal were fulfilled was for them to have joint custody of the child.

I love it!

And then the witches, forced to share a cottage while raising their joint stolen child, fall in love…

arabellesicardi:

Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. 

Source for Brown, Source for Bundy.

There is no excuse for this.