mictianillusion:

one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching, written by the lovely Lao Tzu.

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where-is-my-comb:

Raven’s dad was a hardcore sass-master.
where-is-my-comb:

Raven’s dad was a hardcore sass-master.
where-is-my-comb:

Raven’s dad was a hardcore sass-master.
where-is-my-comb:

Raven’s dad was a hardcore sass-master.

where-is-my-comb:

Raven’s dad was a hardcore sass-master.

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nbchannibal:

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nbchannibal:

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nbchannibal:

(╯°Д°)╯︵ ┻━┻

vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao

vidya-g-cat:

this man looks so broken hahahha

lmao

advice

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Dan Ariely: When I was a Ph.D. student and I was considering where I wanted to take a position as an assistant professor, Ziv Carmon, who was one of my advisors, suggested that I should pick the university that would make me the most different person from who I was at the time. He explained that it was not that he did not appreciate who I was, but that I should think about my next step as an opportunity to learn and develop further. Since then I have taken this advice many times, and I often think about my next steps, not in terms of what would be the simplest to do next, but what would teach me the most and what would make me a better person.

So you wind up taking a side in this phone duopoly. You join a very silly — and unwinnable — religious war.

Judge the iPhone not just for what it is, but for the entire world that Apple has built around it: the apps, the music/movie/TV store, the integration with the Mac and iPad, the built-in online services. Does Apple generally do an excellent job with all of this? Yes.

Judge your Android phone the same way. Does it have a huge, open, lively world of apps and community online? Does it have a well-stocked movie/music/TV store? Is most of it well designed — and free? Yes.

Celebrate the iPhone’s excellence, even if you’re not in the Apple fold. And celebrate the best work of Samsung, HTC, and LG, even if you’re not part of the Android family.

Because, in the end, competition is what will make your phone better this time next year, or the year after that. The perpetual refinement of ideas, and the necessity to think up new ones, will benefit you — no matter which army you march with.

-David Pogue, Yahoo Tech

neenuhbee:

queenaisling:

a-weeping-fangirl:

When the back of a book has a bunch of reviews instead of a summary

Except for Ellen’s book right

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and tina fey’s
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Hi all,

Today’s Sunday the 7th. I recently completed my second week of classes and turned in my the first problem sets for the two phd courses I’m taking. They were super difficult and time-consuming. These phd classes don’t fuck around.

I guess I’m still calibrating how much time I need to allocate to my classes.

Several minutes ago, I found out that today’s (National) Grandparents Day. Looking at all the pictures (on Google) of people with their grandparents…I try to fondly remember the moments I had with my own grandparents—and I do (and I treasure them)—but I can’t help but be filled with an intense sadness and jealousy—I’m insanely jealous of others who still have theirs. I’m so jealous that while I only get to have moments with my grandparents to recall and remember, others have the ability to make new moments with their grandparents. Even as I type this my chin quivers a little bit—and I blink often because I feel that I’m a few memories away from crying.

Prince Fox aka Sam Lassner, an up and coming EDM artist from New York, held a livestream today where he interacted with fans. It was an incredible feeling—the feeling of being able to directly talk to a muscian that I was a huge fan of. I felt pretty starstruck! He’s amazingly down-to-earth (senior music tech major at NYU, his studio is a dorm room!), very knowledgeable (as expected) about audio design and (because his current fanbase is small enough) he answered ALL of my questions. I’m ecstatic to report that he’s on deck to come to Duke to perform soon (probably for some fraternity thing? whatever it is, if it’s exclusive, I’m gonna weasel my way in somehow). I think it’s absolutely awesome that we live in an age where celebrities/musicians/anyone can interact with a large number of people in real time. Check out his music—the drops in his songs are some of my favorite!

Yesterday, I found out why I should wear stretchable underwear when engaging in very active exercise (cardio, Insanity-type conditioning). 100% cotton didn’t cut it for me guys. I needed at least 2% spandex. Let me not elaborate.

I STILL need to buy some clothes. Ugh. I’m so bad when it comes to clothes shopping…

The Mid-Autumn Festival is tonight technically, (I think it’s already the 8th in China/Vietnam) but I’m gonna celebrate it tomorrow by eating a bunch of the mooncakes that my mom sent me! It’s gonna be the best post-workout meal ever. I’ll also need to remind myself to check out the full moon tomorrow too.

On Tuesday I can look forward to the Apple event, as well as the Edge of Tomorrow digital release. The Apple event means that iOS 8 is not too far off, which means wifi-calling is not too far off, which means that I won’t have to deal with shoddy reception (at least in the neighborhood of a wifi network)! As for Edge, I’ve been wanting to watch this movie ever since I saw the first trailer. Can’t wait—I heard it was a brilliant film!

Looking to the week after, my mom’s birthday is coming up—so I’ll do something for that :]

Oh and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight comes back tonight! 

As for the rest of this week, I’ll pace myself better in terms of doing my problem sets and we’ll see how things go from there.