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rosalarian:

When I said this, I didn’t mean it like “Don’t you DARE try to be a writer unless you’re doing it like this!” I meant it as a way to say hey, don’t worry so much when you’re writing. Stop thinking about this Great Story you have in your head and why is it not coming out like my perfect vision oh god I must actually be a horrible writer oh dammit this is terrible I’m a hack oh no! I’ll never be published and I’ll never be Successful or Important and why am I even trying dammit dammit dammit!
Which, of course, is way easier said than done. I haven’t met a creator in my life who doesn’t suffer from at least a touch of impostor syndrome, and I know I fall into this trap a lot. But the more you can avoid thinking about it, the more work you get done.
When you’re getting the ideas out, don’t think about editors, don’t think about readers, don’t think about writing a golden shiny piece of perfection. Just write.
Think about all that other stuff later. It’s distracting. Just write.
Just write.

rosalarian:

When I said this, I didn’t mean it like “Don’t you DARE try to be a writer unless you’re doing it like this!” I meant it as a way to say hey, don’t worry so much when you’re writing. Stop thinking about this Great Story you have in your head and why is it not coming out like my perfect vision oh god I must actually be a horrible writer oh dammit this is terrible I’m a hack oh no! I’ll never be published and I’ll never be Successful or Important and why am I even trying dammit dammit dammit!

Which, of course, is way easier said than done. I haven’t met a creator in my life who doesn’t suffer from at least a touch of impostor syndrome, and I know I fall into this trap a lot. But the more you can avoid thinking about it, the more work you get done.

When you’re getting the ideas out, don’t think about editors, don’t think about readers, don’t think about writing a golden shiny piece of perfection. Just write.

Think about all that other stuff later. It’s distracting. Just write.

Just write.

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thebrainscoop:

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Mammal Monday, Anteater. All anteaters have elongated snouts equipped with a thin tongue that can be extended to a length greater than the length of the head; their tube-shaped mouths have lips but no teeth.
© The Field Museum, CSZ77644.
Anteater Skeleton. Zoology mounted skeletons.
8x10 negative
1933

Mmmm reminds me of a certain Hosenose I know. 

Where is my brain?

thebrainscoop:

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Mammal Monday, Anteater. All anteaters have elongated snouts equipped with a thin tongue that can be extended to a length greater than the length of the head; their tube-shaped mouths have lips but no teeth.

© The Field Museum, CSZ77644.

Anteater Skeleton. Zoology mounted skeletons.

8x10 negative

1933

Mmmm reminds me of a certain Hosenose I know

Where is my brain?

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Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

Ernest Hemingway  (via euphoricnonsensee)

Another argument for being present, and mindful. I’m working on this, every day…

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thebrainscoop:

I’m in this month’s Glamour magazine!…. and they whitened my teeth.

This headshot has been used by a great number of media outlets and institutions. It was printed on promotional posters for my talk at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at The Field Museum, and is used in news articles and accompanying bios. It is my standard headshot and I have never had an organization attempt to alter it in such a way before.

Is this such a big deal? With a magazine like Glamour I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that nobody is free from the touch of their photoshop brush.

Perhaps it’s the timing - on Monday I gave a talk at the Field about the importance of female science role models in the media. I discussed the pressures young women face to be the best, most beautiful, smartest, most capable. I brought up the unending pressure to scrutinize one’s own appearance, picking out the flaws one by one and attacking them until every last imperfection is remedied. I emphasized how there needs to be far more realistic women in media and in public roles - women whose primary objective is empowerment and encouragement, and how the only way we will get there is leading by example.

I am disappointed in Glamour, but I’m not surprised. I’m airing my dissatisfaction because we need to take on this challenge for ourselves and express that it’s not okay to alter photographs beyond realistic portrayal of individuals. I understand their objective is to sell magazines, but I dream of the day I can subscribe to a publication that portrays people as they truly are.

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fishingboatproceeds:

During my time in Ethiopia, I met many people who rely on health care outposts like the one seen in the bottom two pictures here. Through these outposts, children and families get vaccines, diagnoses, and treatment for diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.

But most of these families, and most of their health care facilities, don’t have regular access to clean water. When I asked people about their greatest needs, almost all of them—from the Women’s Health Army volunteers to children—cited clean water first.

More than 45 million Ethiopians live without clean water. I spoke to women who walk miles every other day with heavy jerrycans to get drinking water for their families. The people I met explained how lack of clean water is a health problem, a financial problem, and a family problem.

So for the next week nerdfighteria is teaming up with water.org to raise money to build sustainable wells so that more than 4,000 people in Ethiopia can have clean water. Please join me in donating—or, if you can’t, in spreading the word. Thanks, and DFTBA.

UPDATE: Bill Gates has pledged to match the fundraiser if we hit our goal of $100,000 for Ethiopia. 

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myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

3 months ago
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edwardspoonhands:

tastefullyoffensive:

How to Pet Animals by Adam Ellis

Previously: Animated Animal Facts

I needed this when I first got a cat. I had no idea…

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