1. "Wanna be a writer? Find a different way to say “I’m going to the store” every single time you say it. Come up with nicknames for all of your friends. Ask people questions, welcome conversation from an outside perspective, do not drop a topic until you are satisfied. For every different room in which you find yourself on every single day, point out at least one thing that is there, but shouldn’t be there, and why it shouldn’t be there. Then take maybe ten minutes a week to get it down on the page. Writing only takes a long time when the only time you think about writing is when you are writing."
    — Toni Morrison (via afrometaphysics)

    (Source: deepbones, via heavenrants)

  2. (Source: icanread)

  3. yungtylerj:


    No way jenny… The red octobers!?!?!


    (via chilllln)

  4. nedhepburn:

    They’re closing down the Century Dome Theaters in San Jose, California today. I grew up going to these theaters. 

    These places were the best places to watch a movie. I used to love going there; I camped out before movies there; I kissed high school girlfriends there; I hung out in the parking lots there.

    I have a lot of formative memories from 1994 through to 2004 at those theaters, those big giant domes. There are some great pictures here from the theater’s heyday. Look at the one that shows the theaters playin’ Clockwork Orange with The Godfather and The French Connection. Can you imagine spending a San Jose day there watching all those great movies in those great theaters? 

    They’re closing down the theaters so they can raze the buildings, which have been there since 1964, so that they can turn the land into a mall. The thing is, the movie theaters currently occupy a space between two malls: Valley Fair Mall (where I used to work as a teenager at Christmas), and Santana Row, a more upscale mall. 

    Basically, they are demolishing Californian history to build another mall. This means that there will be three malls right next to eachother. Just more places to stick stores. No culture. 

    I often worry about how someone, somewhere thinks that having three malls side by side is a good idea. I worry about money’s influence. This is indicative, on a personal level for me, of everything wrong with the culture currently ruining Silicon Valley. 

  6. psych2go:

    Once a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

    The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

    At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
    Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

    The speaker then began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

    Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”

    (via legendarvb3xng)

  7. nedhepburn:

    Washington & Lincoln Dunking On Dictators, by Aaron Needham.

  10. humansofnewyork:

    "If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
    "I’d tell them the same thing I’d tell one person. That if you understand failure, you won’t be afraid of it anymore. Failure isn’t diving on your face, or hitting rock bottom. That’s just being human. You only fail when you decide to not try again. So it’s entirely in your control. Once you understand failure, it’s impossible to fail."

  11. lovesouthkorea:

    Korean food (source)

    (via chilllln)

  13. humansofnewyork:

    "Both of my parents were very successful. So I was taught a lot about success growing up, but I wasn’t taught a lot about happiness. For example, I realized recently that I don’t have any photographs with my friends from college." 
    "Are you saying you didn’t have any moments in college worth photographing?"
    "No, there were plenty of moments. But I never felt the need to capture them. I was so busy trying to be the best, I never really paused to appreciate what I had."

  14. moon-medicine:

    san francisco’s great highway

    (via chilllln)


  15. "If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily."
    — Stephen Fry  (via nedhepburn)

    (Source: elledark, via nedhepburn)