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…
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.
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.
“Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”—Brian Lord.org (via wonderwoundedhearers)
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.
i’m seeing a lot of people reblogging suicide hotlines and this is just a reminder that this is a suicide help line that works like a text-based instant messenger for people who may need to talk to someone but have trouble/are uncomfortable making phone calls
NO NO NO NO please DO NOT use this service, imalive’s parent company is to write love on her arms, EXTREMELY anti-LGBTQA and corrupt as shit. please use crisischat instead and stay safe.
The ability to scroll through walls, dashboards, newsfeeds and more on my mobile device is doing a horrible job on my wrists and my eyes. Since the power do such consumption wherever and whenever I please is now (literally) in my hands, I have of course endeavored to do so at hours when I should be sleeping.
Thank goodness it started raining a little, at least. Might as well sleep now that the world is a little cooler. *_*
In a couple of hours I will wake up and endeavor to make smarter driving decisions, to be a kinder, more forgiving individual, to look at the world around me more than I look at a screen, and to finally accomplish things that have been on my to-do list all summer.
Not to sound like a science plug but people’s misinformation coupled with hysteria about the Ebola virus clearly shows you how badly we need our people to have at least a small sense of scientific literally so we have a better assessment of the situation as opposed to believing every media outlet claiming ‘a dangerous outbreak’ or trying to exasperate the situation for more viewers and readers. People have been jumping to some wild ass conclusions and just creating their own scifi virus outbreak stories pieced by these exaggerations posing as informative media. Point is, don’t jump to conclusions without getting your facts straight.
don’t try anything you see on tumblr unless you do further research on it
don’t try anything science-y unless you can take the time to understand the science behind it
remember that post about the recipe for toxic gas instead of pretty crystals
pls try to learn to read more interesting things (aka not memes and animated gifs all day)
I do exist
IN OTHER NEWS
last night I watched PAIN & GAIN which is by far the most… mind-altering movie I’ve seen this summer. now, I’m neither movie buff nor a screaming fangirl of any such director or actor, so I’m unable to comment on where it lies in context of people’s past works… but the fact that this movie was based on a TRUE STORY, paired with just the way the film was made and how the characters were portrayed, made me think… “well, you truly can achieve whatever you put your mind to, and whatever you believe CAN and WILL become your reality, good or bad… with some luck and enoughdetermination”. I don’t know if I’m mentally scarred or positively changed by watching that, but I do recommend that if you have the opportunity and the wiliness to watch a few hours of seeming nonsense (and beware, murder/blood/violence/vulgarness)… it’s intriguing.
I’d like to note that in no way did I think that the main characters should be sympathized with in any way. I pitied them, possibly, for the fact that they could be so deluded, as I swallowed my own horror that people live in their own version of that kind of delusion every day, but I mostly sat in disbelief of the ridiculousness that I was watching.
anyway: summer = do I really want to spend time on tumblr? I know that I at least don’t want to spend time on FB because the sight of everyone’s life progress is thoroughly unsettling.
thus my apologies for my avoidance of many things
also: my diploma came in. I’m still dwelling on what it really represents and what it would represent to anyone that knows I have it. hahaha. right now it’s just a piece of paper in my head, but I guess it really is the symbol that my undergrad life is over. wow.
heres the thing: i really, honestly think that if youre an adult and youre going to inform a child that their opinion on something is harmful on tumblr
there is literally no excuse for doing it in the form of a reblog. message them privately if you absolutely feel that it is necessary for you to engage them and that you can conduct yourself in an appropriate and gentle way
i dont think its appropriate to publicly correct a young teenager or pre-teen, especially one who you do not have any kind of a relationship with, especially in a way that shames them and exposes their mistakes to a wider adult audience
like this is honestly the minimum expectation and i thought expecting adults not to gang up on teenagers was setting the bar pretty low but you guys keep doing it over and over again
Here is a great, new idea that could help people in poorer regions:
A team of scientists led by George Whitesides injected liquids into the air-filled pockets of bubble wrap with syringes and sealed the holes with nail hardener. They successfully ran anemia and diabetes tests on the…
getting tired of this lifestyle to the max but THAT’S GOOD I’m so ready to do EVERYTHING since I’m getting tired of doing NOTHING
started playing Tiny Death Star and uninstalled it 2 days later
Animal Crossing New Leaf revelations: joined Club Tortimer, played one trip to the island with “friends” over the internet… 1) being 20 in a world of 14 year olds is kind of creepy (like man I shouldn’t be doing this) and 2) why did I select North American instead of International? I would have had a better chance of not having to speak with someone due to language barrier =_=;;
all the summer anime that has been started and never finished