PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I JUST scream in joy FOREVER
I believe that every american should at least watch this monologue from The Newsroom
this is my favorite post.
So so many people need to see this
Probably not, partly because I am still recovering from meningitis and so the thought of doing anything out of bed is a bit overwhelming, but also for other reasons. I worry this makes me a totally humorless party pooper, but…
ALS is a terrible disease and there isn’t enough research money devoted to it. Raising money for ALS research is important, and while some people complain that the whole ice bucket challenge thing is mere slacktivism, the ALS Association has raised millions of dollars it otherwise wouldn’t have raised. And that’s great. This has been an extremely successful campaign, and I think it’s wonderful.
That said, I have mixed feelings about tying fundraising (or awareness campaigns) to stuff like the ice bucket challenge. Here’s the question: Why are we raising money for ALS instead of raising money for pediatric cancer research or food aid or for domestic violence shelters?
I feel like the answer to that question ought to be, “We’re raising money for ALS because ALS research is underfunded and can benefit from these resources,” not, “We’re raising money for ALS because the ice bucket challenge is a thing on the Internet right now.” If our philanthropy is dictated only by what happens to bubble up to the surface of the Internet’s consciousness, we’re not making careful choices about how to distribute our limited resources.
And when it comes to charity, everyone has limited resources. Whether you give $5 or $5,000,000 a year to charities, there will always be good causes you cannot fund. So you need a very good answer to the question, “Why did you donate to X and Y?” because there will always be a Z—a very worthy Z—to which you did not donate.
This is not meant in any way to diss those who’ve participated in the ice bucket challenge: it’s an important cause and it has been tremendously successful. And I certainly don’t want to strip the joy of giving and sharing from charity. Sarah and I are just focused on trying to make sure our giving is driven by need and the opportunity to create lasting change.
Spent the evening designing this for a bit of fun based roughly on another design I saw once. The Able Sisters from Animal Crossing, spot the floating present!
More fantastic ads
Holy shit they just kept getting more intense/real
tbh: I have spent my entire summer listening to experimental pop (???), Japanese disco music, and strange video game music. Oh, and that Michael Jackson song that released that the radio stations can’t seem to get enough of.
That is to say: I have been listening to music that I can’t sit still to, can’t really find beats in, and can’t sing to.
Spending the morning thinking about my undergraduate years at UHM and the thing I keep repeating in my head is that everyone was so unbelievably good to me even though I didn’t really deserve their kindness.
I am tearing up. From GK to my chem professors to my students to my dorm mates and to high school buddies… My heart is seriously full of thanks and overwhelming sentiment.
Instantly better. Keep looking up!
i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow.
I read somewhere that sirens/mermaids sang songs that they heard from sailors on passing ships. I imagine this is what a modern siren would sound like singing this song.
landscape color studies
Why have you allowed sponsored ads for horror movies? I would appreciate not being forced to view disturbing images on my dashboard that I can’t prevent showing up. I didn’t mind the ads for makeup and such that showed up before, but I do mind the “As Above, So Below” gifs.