Dr. Seuss, The Sneetches and Other Stories
"I’m not totally mad at you. I’m just sad. You’re all locked up in that little world of yours, and when I try knocking on the door, you just sort of look up for a second and go right back inside."
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via fuckinq)
sometimes you just need to lay on the floor and do nothing for three years
My older brother received a call at two pm on a Thursday,
That his roommate from college
And best friend from high school;
Overdosed and died,
Last Wednesday night.
My brother is 25 years old.
He missed three days of work, sat at home in the dark,
And cried for the first time in six months.
This is not poetry.
My father is very, very sick.
He sleeps for seven hours,
To build up a half hour of strength,
Just so he can pick me up from school.
He hasn’t been well in over a year.
He prays every night, “Thank you God, for making this happen to me, and not my children.”
I am swallowed in fear,
That soon enough, he will go to bed,
And never wake up.
This is not poetry.
There are thousands of people,
just to have one more day,
In hopes that it will get better.
You people glorify sadness,
and long for your death,
because apparently life,
is just too much of a burden.
Wake up, your ignorance is sickening.
Your life is thousands of times more beautiful,
Than your death will be.
Autonomous Machines by Echo Yang
"The current popularity of generative design processes in which designers use algorithms to create a variety of different outcomes, instead of focussing on one, definitive result is closely linked to the use of digital design tools. This development has changed our perception of design as the creation of the single author. What could happen when the approach fostered by digital generative designers would be applied to an analogue world? A world in which obsolete machines like hand-powered alarm clocks, walkman and mechanical toys take centre stage?My experiments in this domain of obsolete machines reveal their internal algorithms. Instead of creating these algorithms, I simply adopt and then visualize them.”
Jim and Jamie Dutcher, determined to show “the hidden life of wolves,” lived for six years with a pack of wolves in the Idaho wilderness of Yellowstone. They came to know wolves as complex, highly intelligent animals with distinct individual personalities, who are caring, playful and above all devoted to family.
"Only a select few other species exhibit these same traits so clearly," they note. "They are capable of not only emotion but also real compassion. This is the view of the wolf that we want to share. …it is an animal that cares for its sick and desperately needs to be part of something bigger than itself - the pack. The bond a wolf has to its pack is certainly as strong as the bond a human being has to his or her family."
They add, “Rarely did two wolves pass each other without playfully rubbing shoulders together or exchanging a brief lick. So often we would see two wolves relaxing together, curled up beside each other.” The Dutchers also recount wolf behavior rarely documented: grief at the death of a pack mate; excitement over the birth of pups; and the shared role of raising young pack members.
But as the wolves struggle to reestablish their foothold in the American west, their public demonization continues. Say the Dutchers, “As we see wolves, once again, being shot, trapped and poisoned, we recognize that our unique experience, living with wolves, is unlikely to ever happen again, and for that reason we feel that we have an obligation to share the lives of these wolves with the widest audience possible.”
It’s not just the wolves at stake, but the entire Yellowstone ecosystem. Wolves keep the elk gene pool strong (no other predator does this); they redistribute elk herds, allowing vegetation to recover along rivers and streams, which provides food for beavers; and they keep the number of coyotes in check, which helps to maintain populations of rodents, antelopes and birds of prey.
I eye roll so much I’m surprised my eyeballs haven’t rolled out of my face yet
"I do not need someone to complete me
but if you wanted to
we could walk next to each other
into whatever is coming next."