“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”—Stephen Hawking (via likeafieldmouse)
“"Women are the niggers of gender," the email said. "If you killed yourself, I wouldn’t even fuck the corpse."
I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later that day, someone texted me my address — telling me they’d “See me when I least expected it.”
I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd.
My name is Brianna Wu. I lead a development studio that makes games. Sometimes, I write about issues in the games industry that relate to the equality of women. My reward is that I regularly have men threatening to rape and commit acts of violence against me.”
I’ve got my wrench & a bottle of moonshine time to party!
Got a new mount in Neverwinter, looking pretty snazzy!
The Brain Scoop:
Shark Fin CSI
Every year, millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins. Some sources estimate the number is as many as 100 million killed annually. When you remove the top predator from an ecosystem, second-tier species move in to take their place and often times have far more specialized diets resulting in a total imbalance of their environments. Sharks are the ultimate stabilizers of their ocean habitats.
With shark fin soup selling for as much as $100 per bowl in some restaurants, enforcing laws against distributors seems to be the first place to begin. So, how do we put the brakes on such a booming and lucrative industry? The Field Museum teamed up with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University in order to develop new methods for identifying degraded tissues from confiscated fins. This allows our scientists to match key markers against known species, and provides enough information to legally charge an individual or business with supporting illegal trafficking.
It’s a start. Help us spread the word. Shark finning needs to stop.
"Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable."
—from “Survival In Auschwitz,” by Primo Levi
"Can you be scary?"
“At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.”