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  2. Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day
    trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is
    no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice
    we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing
    some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it JC or Allah, be
    it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or
    some inviolable set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything
    else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if
    they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have
    enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body
    and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story.

    The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.
    Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will
    need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear.
    Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that
    they’re unconscious. They are default settings.
    They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day,
    getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving and [unintelligible — sounds like “displayal”]. The really important kind of
    freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able
    truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in
    myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

    That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to
    think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race,
    the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

    -David Foster Wallace

     
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  4. thank god for allergies because now i can fake cry in somewhat believable fashion and no one will know that i am emotionally barren. muah ha ha.

     
  5. Everyone’s seen this right? It’s both a portal into hell - the knife to cleave humanity from itself, and a fascinating art project questioning the current state of human relations.

     
     

  6. It is true that life expectancy in the Middle Ages and earlier was low; however, one should not infer that people usually died around the age of 30.[6] In fact, the low life expectancy is an average very strongly influenced by high infant mortality, and the life expectancy of people who lived to adulthood was much higher. A 21-year-old man in medieval England, for example, could by one estimate expect to live to the age of 64.[7]

    —I’ve always suspected this!

     
  7. welcome home

     
     
  8. If you’re gonna be dumb, you better be tough.

     
  9. True Facts About Marsupials. Valid.

     
     

  10. !!!!!!!!!!!

     
  11. Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nuthing to fuck with. made out of movies.

     
     
  12. Japan: still super intense

     
     

  13. Fuck leaf blowers.

    That is all.

     

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  15. Climbing Red Dihedral on The Incredible Hulk, 11,040 feet. Sierra Nevada super classic.