“…among them, the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem. An asylum for the insane, its name had shrunk through popular usage to Bedlam, which eventually entered dictionaries as a lowercase word used to describe scenes of chaos and confusion.”—Thunderstruck, by Erik Larson
“It is true that in this time people set their faces hard for photographs … The women seem suspended in a state somewhere between melancholy and fury and are surrounded by old men in strange beards that look as if someone had dabbed glue at random points on their faces, then hurled buckets of white hair in their direction.”—Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”—President Obama, December 5, 2013 (via statedept)
Sometimes (rarely) I like to go back to my previous company’s social media outlets and website and revel in the fact that they went to shit when I left two years ago and still haven’t recovered. It’s the professional equivalent of checking in on an ex-boyfriend and finding out he’s unemployed and miserable.
That is infuriating nonsense, and I will not stand for it. Judging your own self worth on a scale of glances and half-nods is like trying to measure intelligence with a teaspoon. The only way to truly gauge your attractiveness to others is to interact with them, and even then, what a ridiculous societal shitshow we put on for each other, with hiding feelings! You’re subconsciously begging for reasons to validate your own (perceived) failure, and I, for one, will not sit by and let it fester. If you’re not going to stand up for yourself, the rest of us will.
I’m not trying to be mean. But if someone said this about you, I would yell at them. So I guess I’m yelling at you a little.
“They took the piss out of me relentlessly…The first day, when I was coming in to the theatre, Dominic Cooper, who plays Dakin, was lounging in the stage door and someone said “What are you doing here, Dominic?” and he said “Oh, I’m in this crap play about history by - what’s the guy’s name? Oh hello, Alan.”— Alan Bennett [x] (via fuckyeahthehistoryboys)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (1983) Vs. Seven Nation Army (2003)
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS IS LITERALLY THE SOUND OF COOL
Press play and you will find yourself wearing a long black coat on a windy city street holding a firearm that won’t be invented for another 50 years, your voice will be a full octave deeprer AND YOUR HAIR WILL LOOK PERFECT.
Can I get married to this song? I mean literally strut my fat ass down the aisle to this because it’s perfect
“Listen, I think one of the things that’s real strange, and I see it with my kids, is that they have entire networks of communications, and entire networks of joining up with each other and talking that I think elude folks like me and older. I mean I’m not on Tumblr every darn day, I’m not. I don’t have Instagram. I don’t get on any of these networks that my kids are on. There’s all this movement, and information that’s passing and that is slipping past what we would call the mainstream radar. And my kids, my students, they understand that there’s kinda two worlds; the official world where they’ll go work and the official world where they’ll talk to adults and in that official world folks don’t talk about race, folks don’t talk about rape, folks don’t acknowledge how much young people are doing, what they’re doing, folks don’t talk about how many gay folks are out there. And then… there’s the world they live on, the ground, where they’re seeing this stuff right up front. And I think a lot of what’s going on is that a lot of communities are becoming bilingual. Speaking real speak, and real speak is the stuff we acknowledge is happening. And speaking the official speak, and the official speak we don’t acknowledge any of this stuff. It’s code but it’s also negation, because part of what you’re seeing with the republican madness is, what they wanna do is put that story back. They wanna push it back, they wanna negate it, they wanna erase it. I think when you speak the official code, part of it is erasing. You want to not talk about this, not talk about that, let’s just talk about the old thing. And you if you talk about anything new Ima get real mad at you.”—Junot Diaz - Moyers & Company Show 151: Rewriting the Story of America (via kenobi-wan-obi)
Guys, I just watched the Winter Soldier trailer, and I CANNOT GET OVER THE FACT THAT ROBERT REDFORD IS IN THIS MOVIE, because we use him for a lot of marketing campaigns where I work and my department always complains about how NONE OF OUR DEMOGRAPHIC KNOWS WHO HE IS, and now they’re going to, because now we can say YOU KNOW, THE DICKBAG SUIT IN CAPTAIN AMERICA 2? And I am just, like, oh my god, this is the most hilarious marketing backfire in the world, I love it.
“In the two years that the democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the fair pay act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 first responders bill, we got the hate crimes act, they ratified the Start treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did cash for clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the republicans did really well in the midterms, and republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law.”—