okay so I was cycling and I passed by this street which is like literally two rows of streets directly behind the backstreet of my apartment and it has rows of connected lots in the style of classic dutch architecture (seriously amazingly beautiful) (also most of the lots are now being used as offices and galleries) and one of them has a heavy black door and a bronze plaque on the adjacent wall that says “Private Detectives” and if that is not enough to fuck with my feels I fucking heard someone playing violin coming from that office at the 2nd or 3rd floor like literally what the fuck ahahaha WHAT
Blitz September 1988 Ph. Guido Pretzl
I’m glad that Bilbo Baggins exists
Because in the book, the dude was pretty firmly middle aged when his crazy-ass adventure started
He was settled down in the house that belonged to his parents and had done precisely jack shit with his life
It gives me hope that maybe some nutcase wizard will eventually show up and be like yo
you’re a burglar now
don’t even care that you didn’t roll rogue homie we got dragons to slay and kingdoms to save
the coolest part of harry potter to me is that the wizarding world is a really neat example of how innovation is born from necessity, and how a lack of necessity will ultimately stunt a society by hundreds of years of advances
some journal pages from may/june
If I see one more TV episode or movie where someone or their parent has a shit fit because they have to go to a state school I’m gonna start foaming at the mouth.
Going to college — any college — is a huge achievement! Community, trade, online, state, private, whatever! IT’S ALL GREAT! IT’S ALL EQUALLY GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
You are not worth any less if you went to a state university or a community college or a trade school. You’re not dumber. You’re not less deserving.
Do you know what you want to do with your life? GREAT! That’s so great for you! Congratulations! Do you not know yet? THAT’S A-OK! You don’t have to figure that out right away! And you don’t have to figure that out at a private, fancy, famous school! You can figure it out any kind of school you want. If you want to wait until you have a better idea of what you want to do before applying to schools, THAT’S OK, TOO! Sure, it is absolutely true that (in the USA at least) there are more scholarships available at many schools for students applying/enrolling right out of high school. But if you really don’t know what you want to do or anything and you really want to take some time, it very well might be more beneficial to you to take that time and wait to spend money on education until you feel you have more direction. College is expensive. It’s OK to weigh the pros and cons of where and how you want to spend that money.
Do you like where your school is? Is it affordable for you? Does affordability matter for you? Do you like the courses it offers, generally? If you know what you want to do, do you like the courses it offers in that department? How do you feel about the general studies requirements vs. the major requirements? How do students feel about the professors there? Do you prefer to do the work and then be done or are you looking for a place where you can have more guidance and mentors? Do you want the feel of being in a college town or are you happier if you can get away into the city, visit your family, or be out in nature? Regardless of how the university is regarded, what do the department or departments you’re looking at have to offer? Are they well-funded, close-knit? It it important for you to finish in two years, three years, four years…? Or are you OK with spending a little more time — either to figure things out or to further your education? Are you allowed to live off campus? Are you allowed to have a car?
What about the day-to-day details that you might not think about immediately? How late is the library open? How many resources are available to you? What things might you be able to do in your free time? Are the on-campus dining options OK? If not, is it financially or logistically feasible for you to use alternate options often enough? Do you have personal needs — a family to take care of, disabilities, etc. — that you need to take into consideration? If so, will your school provide child care or the flexibility to find some or does the school have wheel chair access or a good campus health department or whatever you need to manage your life successfully? If your religion is important to you, does your school have an active community that allows you to feel free and safe in expressing that? Do you thrive more in large groups, in small groups, or when you can work on your own?
If you go to a private institution for higher learning, that is so great! Really!!!! That’s awesome! I have literally nothing against really well regarded schools and am so impressed by people who go to them.
But also, if you get turned down by Harvard or Yale, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid or worthless. It doesn’t mean that where you end up isn’t as good. If you choose a state school close to home, because you feel you’ll be happier and that you’ll thrive more in a familiar area or closer to family, that’s NOTHING to be ashamed of at all!!!! If you got into Harvard and got some funding, but not enough funding to justify going based on your own personal needs and then you wind up going to a state school there is no shame in that either.
I’m really sick of seeing characters on TV use “He went to ASU” or “She went to San Diego State” as shorthand for “This is a person who doesn’t take education seriously” or “This is a person who wasn’t smart enough to do better.” I’m sick of seeing parents in movies freak out because “I can’t believe my kid wants to go to beauty school/acting school/art school/a technical college.” The school you go to is not a reflection of your worth. It is a reflection of your personal needs and goals. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Someone who went to a state school and LOVED IT.
sooo first thing I upload to my tumblr!
Hercule Poirot and Hastings drinking chocolate for my dear sister :)
Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies migrate to California and Mexico for winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey (up to 4,830 kilometers/3,000 miles). They use the sun to ensure that they stay on course and on cloudy days Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. (read more here)
if you were a twin in ancient rome they would name the firstborn and then name the secondborn after the firstborn
if your older twin’s name was geminus, your name would be anti-geminus
that is the equivalent of naming your children steve and not steve
so what happened when triplets were born
Steve, Not Steve, Definitely Not Steve.
Buckminster Fuller. Black Mountain College. 1948.