Category Archives: writing

This is Water

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In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.

I’d read part of this speech. Really different to hear him actually delivering it. Gone way too soon.

The Dearth of Posts Recently.

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Oh right, I have this site… Well CES is over now and I will attempt to get back in the swing of posting.

Things have still been happening over at though, so if you’re really jonesing you can go check that out while I try to get this thing back up to speed.

$420 / 112ft² – HUGE room in rad group home

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Seeking a rad, drama-free fifth housemate to complete us! Your room is 28′x4′ at the top of a rad 1989 triplex at Foster and 621st. We share the kitchen, dining/meditation area and 0.5 rad bathrooms. 420 friendly ;) (get it) (pot)

About us: Gennifer’s 22, not not funemployed and an amazing paintist. DK, 34, is a former coolhound. Flora (age unknown) is a yoga instructor/outpatient who skated here from Burning Man! Beyond is 58 and MCs for White Funk Nation. Unity is our wise, passionate chicken cooplective.

Open house from 3:35-4:20 ;) am Tuesday. Hope to love you there!!!

/by Brendan Adkins

Man, this guy is great. – 101 word stories at Ommatidia

Here’s a complete list of worthwhile US Senators

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Sen. Thomas Coburn (R, OK)
Sen. Thomas Harkin (D, IA)
Sen. Mike Lee (R, UT)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D, OR)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D, OR)
Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (I, VT)

So chosen as they are the only ones who did their fucking job as a check for the executive branch and voted against the outrageous “National Defense Authorization Act.”

Said act basically legalizes the indefinite holding without trial of US citizens, so long as the current presidential administration says they think you might be connected to terrorist activities.

Seriously, if your Senator isn’t on this list you owe them a stern-as-fuck-ly worded letter voicing your displeasure.

Also, you could hit up your representative to ensure that this bill doesn’t make it any further than our largely worthless Senate.

David Simon vs. USAG Eric Holder

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“The Attorney-General’s kind remarks are noted and appreciated,” he wrote. “I’ve spoken to Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of The Wire if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.”


cf. earlier

/via Digital Spy.

Our Blood Stained Roof

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A comic by Ryan Andrews. Click through for the whole thing.

Our Blood Stained Roof

The Musalman

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The Last(?) Handwritten newspaper in the world. Calligraphy is fascinating, and I know close to zero about Urdu, thankfully there are people like this holding out, and keeping it alive.

Broccoli Tastes Magnificent

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Why Broccoli Tastes Bad and What We Should Do About It

This is an intolerably stupid attitude to food. Broccoli tastes bad to you because your palate has been infantilised by 20 years of eating fatty, sugary crap that provides only the most basic triggers to your dulled taste buds. I can see how fruit and vegetables might be a bit of a shock if you’ve spent any portion of your adult life willingly eating Pringles crisps. Broccoli tastes magnificent, and if I have to spend the rest of my days eating pixie-stick flavoured tomatoes because you assholes failed to develop adult palates I will never forgive you.

Hear Hear.

/via Is that blogging?

venomous porridge – “Wherein I solve medical ethics”

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Me: I think anyone who wasn’t an organ donor while they were healthy should automatically go to the bottom of the transplant list.

Wife: That’s been suggested.

Me: In fact, why is organ donation opt-in? Shouldn’t it be opt-out?

Wife: Well, some people have religious objections, and the free-exercise clause —

Me: So they can fill out a form. Or does their religion also prohibit forms.

Wife: And it can be upsetting to the family of the deceased.

Me: You know what else is upsetting? People dying because some asshole didn’t check a box on his motorcycle license.

Wife: I like the way you’re so unburdened by… what’s the word…

Me: Sentimentality? Compassion? Respect for humanity?

Wife: Yeah, that.

Me: One of us seems unburdened by vocabulary.

Wife: Stop it.

Me: You realize you’re talking about people who would rather stick a perfectly useful heart or liver in the ground than save a human life, just because they knew the original owner? We’re worried about upsetting those people? Those people can suck my balls.

Wife: Wow.

Me: Seriously, I’ll donate one and they can all suck it.

/via venomous porridge – Wherein I solve medical ethics.

The Art of Drowning

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Billy Collins’ poem, animated by Diego Maclean