Action Movie Kid would like to share with us a lesson about the near-limitless (not to mention terrifying and adorable) potential of unbridled imagination.
Sometimes as I am falling asleep in a dark, quiet room I have for a moment a great and treasurable illusion of the past. The wall of a tent leans up over my face, not visible but audible, a slanting plane of faint sound: the susurrus of blown snow. Nothing can be seen. The light-emission of the Chabe stove is cut off, and it exists only as a sphere of heat, a heart of warmth. The faint dampness and confining cling of my sleeping-bag; the sound of the snow; barely audible, Estraven’s breathing as he sleeps; darkness. Nothing else. We are inside, the two of us, in shelter, at rest, at the center of all things. Outside, as always, lies the great darkness, the cold, death’s solitude.
In such fortunate moments as I fall asleep I know beyond doubt what the real center of my own life is, that time which is past and lost and yet is permanent, the enduring moment, the heart of warmth.
I am not trying to say that I was happy, during those weeks of hauling a sledge across an ice-sheet in the dead of winter. I was hungry, overstrained, and often anxious, and it all got worse the longer it went on. I certainly wasn’t happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can’t earn, and can’t keep, and often don’t even recognize at the time; I mean joy.
Architecture concept where tall flower-like umbrellas absorb particles found in air pollution and convert them into green energy.
China’s explosive economy has left the world in awe but the country is paying a big price as the “factory of the world” is getting polluted at an alarming speed. Chinese cities are now characterized by an unhealthy hazy weather as the result of large amounts of suspended particles in the air.The purpose of Project Blue is to transform suspended particles into green energy by creating an enormous upside down cooling tower with a multi-tubular cyclic desulfurization system that produces nitrogen and sulfur. When both elements are combined with the atmospheres surplus of carbon monoxide the result is water coal that would later be transformed methane and used as green energy through a low-pressure reaction called low pressure efficient mathanation – a physical-chemical process to generate methane from a mixture of various gases out of biomass fermentation or thermo-chemical gasification.
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If we were doomed to live forever, we would scarcely be aware of the beauty around us.
This flower shaped confetti contains flower seeds that grow into wildflowers. It is hand made and biodegradable so it leaves no waste. Via
This is actually kinda perfect for outdoor weddings omg
casually reblogging this entire tag lol whoop
I caught a butterfly in my hand yesterday and it sat on my finger for a while. I looked at it and it looked back at me and for a long minute I think we were both content. Then it flew away.
The tags tho…
Vermont is hilarious though, I mean it has the second-smallest population in the nation (second only to Wyoming), at least half the people are actual hippies, it’s insanely white. Like the non-white population in Vermont has doubled in the past ten years, and it’s still under five percent! Montpelier, the capital, is the only capital in the nation that doesn’t have a McDonald’s in it, and Burlington, the state’s largest city, is the smallest city in the country to be the largest city of its respective state. We’re the most nonreligious state in the country but possess the highest number of Buddhist converts per state. We’re frozen over a third of the year, we’re inexplicably liberal, we’ve got lots of moose, beavers and deer, and we’re the largest exporter of maple syrup in the nation. We are a simple, peace-loving people. We are the Canada of America.
Petition Congress to pass the Make the US Into One Big Vermont Already bill.
Cosmos is such an incredibly amazing show. It’s thought-provoking. It’s awe inspiring. It’s informative. And it’s gorgeous. There are scenes that will almost bring tears to your eyes. I am so incredibly glad that such an incredibly important series was relaunched for our generation.
Today I learned
that microwaves actually pass through glass. That’s why there is this mesh inside every microwave door. The only reason you’re not getting your body microwaved when heating up a hot pocket is because microwaves are too large to pass through the holes of the mesh.
Thanks, Star Talk!