“It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse Five

Some more beautiful time-lapse photography for your Sunday afternoon. Stolen from my compatriot Izaak Mak on I Want Ice Water

“Blessed are the weird people, poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters and troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” ~ Jacob Nordby

Stole this from Izaak Mak at I Want Ice Water:

“Hard to take science cues from the Maya, who never discovered the wheel, and who sacrificed animals to satisfy gods. Hard to take seriously predictions about the end of the world from the Maya, a culture that could not predict its own demise.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Found the following infographic on I Want Ice Water and just had to repost it here for all of you fellow cynics:

Tutors Without Borders

Humpday in a week that is way tooo long and way too demanding. Don’t expect too much . . .

Stole this Totally Biased video from IzaakMak at I Want Ice Water. It’s about how people who demand that everyone speak English should learn how to use it first:

I had never seen the video clip above (from “The Newsroom”) until Sunday when I found it on Izak Mak’s I Want Ice Water, and boy did it do a number on me. This guy is saying all of the same things that Brett and I have been discussing on the way to school all summer: America is not the country it once was. As I told him, he is unfortunate enough to be witnessing the decline of a nation, and I was fortunate enough to come of age at a time when this country was riding high.

What happened to us? Way too much for me to go into in just one short post. But this I do know: We are our own enemy. We do not have the best interests of our citizenry at heart. We do not place value on education for all. We do not work towards a common good. Everyone is angry at everyone else. Everyone is to blame and no one is to blame. The system is broken, and still we hear the same things over and over and over.

When Barack Obama ran on a platform of change, I believed him. I believed the idealistic young Senator, and I think that he truly believed as well. Then he was elected. Then everything changed. That’s how our system works: wear everything down until nothing happens. Change? Screw that. Status quo all the way. Change means that we can’t have things the way we want them to be. Change means that we cannot continue to do what we’ve been doing all along. Change implies that something is wrong, and in our collective xenophobic minds, such an implication is an impossibility: America is never wrong.

Yes, I’m ranting. But dammit Jim, I’m doing the best I can . . . The engine is still going to blow.

Here’s some food for thought (also found on I Want Ice Water):

I understand you are aborting your campaign?

Just watched this on Izaak Mak’s I Want Ice Water, and had to post it here:

It’s going to be a loooong general election.

“Life doesn’t make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy’s job is to point out that it doesn’t make sense, and that it doesn’t make much difference anyway.” ~ Eric Idle

“Nudge nudge, know what I mean, say no more” ~ Eric Idle

A wonderland/Python kind of day. Spent the afternoon on campus waiting for Brett and then spent the evening helping him to get his group project ready to submit by midnight. Felt like I didn’t get anything done that I wanted to do.

Ever get the feeling that you’re talking but people are hearing something entirely different?

And now, for something completely different . . .

And finally,

(Thanks Izaak Mak at I Want Ice Water)

More later. Peace.