2014/10/02

The best announcer on WMATA

No joke, I’ve stayed on trains past my stop to try to listen to her voice more.

the secret knots - The GIF Day

2014/10/01

My Dear Parents,

I have been sentenced to death today, September 11 1917. Only myself and another comrade; the others have been let off with 15 years’ imprisonment. You will have heard why this has happened to me. I am a sacrifice of the longing for peace, others are going to follow. I cannot stop it now, it is six o’clock in the morning, I am being taken to Cologne at 6.30, and on Wednesday September 12 at nine o’clock in the morning I am going to be sacrificed to military justice. I would have liked to press your hands once more to say goodbye, but I will do it silently. Console Paula and my little Fritz. I don’t like dying so young, but I will die with a curse on the German militarist state. These are my last words. I hope that some day you and mother will be able to read them.

Always Your Son,

Albin Köbis

Albin Köbis (via Michael Brendan Dougherty)

Mt. Fuji

2014/9/30

A human technology, any technology exists in order to supplement human experience facing the dangers and challenges of physical existence. Clothing protects us from the climate, writing records things so we need not remember them all, weapons make us stronger than our enemies. But each technology leads us further into material existence because it gives us the sense of material strength. If I can build a house or create warm clothing I can live in places where without them I would surely die. If I now have matches to make fire I no longer need to learn to make fire without them. Since I have my mother’s phone number on my smartphone, there is no need to remember it. Each strength therefore is also at the same time a weakness because I inevitably become dependant on this artificial strength.

Orthodox Arts Journal - Most of The Time The Earth Is Flat.

Cosmo - Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun

I usually don’t go much in for speed runs of Ocarina of Time, since they’re so glitch based, but this one does a really great job of explaining how the glitches work and the science behind their discovery, so it’s really entertaining.

2014/9/29

Heart weeps.
Head tries to help heart.
Head tells heart how it is, again:
You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth will go, someday.
Heart feels better, then.
But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart.
Heart is so new to this.
I want them back, says heart.
Head is all heart has.
Help, head. Help heart.

— Lydia Davis - “Head, Heart” in Varieties of Disturbance (via Alan Jacobs)

Nedroid Picture Diary - Identity Crisis

Sakuragi and Maria every weekend lately.

2014/9/28

Views like mine, in the world of American foreign policy, are considered extreme. This is because I believe that peace is preferable to war, that the last half-century of American warmaking has in the main been a series of disasters, and that this country’s political class has become so bent on war in the face of any and all challenges that those we call doves are just quieter hawks. I can envision no plausible scenario in which this country stops its endless projection of military force. Not in my lifetime. I suppose I hope only that people in the media will someday be honest and say: we are bent on war, and our media is bent on war, and there is no such thing as an anti-war voice in our politics or media, and we will go to war again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again.

We might “win,” this time. We will certainly destroy ISIS if we set our minds to it. And we will leave behind another failed state, whether after a year or ten, and then that failed state will do what failed states do, and we will go back again. But every time a little weaker, a little more vulnerable, until someday at last, the next war is the one that leads to our own destruction.

Fredrik deBoer - no way out

Tim Lindenschmidt - 時の中で静かに

2014/9/27

If I could exhaustively give all my reasons for loving someone then I could articulate what someone else might have just as well, and so replace the loved one. But the loved one is irreplaceable. Therefore I can never exhaustively give all my reasons for loving someone. It follows that every love for a person is somehow infinite – and that there is always more beyond what I could hope to bring to conscious light.

Just Thomism - Haecceitas

Hark, a vagrant - Kokoro

I really want to re-read that. And everything else by Sōseki. In the original Japanese. When I have 100 years free with nothing better to do.

Hark, a vagrant - Kokoro

I really want to re-read that. And everything else by Sōseki. In the original Japanese. When I have 100 years free with nothing better to do.

2014/9/25

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #2627

Et In Arcadia Ego?

I’m with you in Rockland:

If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #2627

Et In Arcadia Ego?

I’m with you in Rockland:

If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there.

2014/8/26