Like a Welcome Summer Rain



The number of amazing things Rhett and Link have done…

My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.

- Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (via wordsnquotes)


Are Male and Female Brains Different?

This awesome new video from BrainCraft takes a look at the old adage “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” through the lens of modern brain science. Sure, there’s lots of biological differences between people who identify as male, female, or neither… but in terms of our brains, do any of them really matter? Or are we just trying to mold science into what society already believes is true?

Watch and learn.



These women country singers imagined a world where men are the sexy props

This video is perfect.


Siri’s theory on the meaning of life. Not bad.
#apple #howtoadult #quotes #siri

Siri knows that Monty Python are the true masters of understanding life!


Siri’s theory on the meaning of life. Not bad.

#apple #howtoadult #quotes #siri

Siri knows that Monty Python are the true masters of understanding life!


Towering Mountains of Ignorance

This was a somewhat challenging topic to take on in four minutes, so here’s a little more explanation. 

I’m not saying that we don’t know things…we know lots of things. But particularly when it comes to social and cultural and economic stuff, we really don’t. It’s so hard to run experiments on the real world, that we tend to do the studies and then no one changes their mind and everyone explains the data in a different way. 

But you can run the “Harry Potter” experiment again with different inputs because “Harry Potter” can only happen once. 

Of course, there are people who are much better at guessing than other people because they know much more about the situations. People who understand, at least, what is and is not possible (which is an excellent place to start if you’re trying to, say, create an independent Palestinian state.) 

Same goes for running a business…you will never take the most successful course, because there are infinite courses and only one maximum one. But some people are very good at finding good courses because they understand their customers and their markets and their employees and have fairly accurate constructions of reality as it relates to their business. 

But the idea that it is the responsibility of every person to have an opinion on everything that matters…and then cling to that opinion as an important part of their identity, sucks. I don’t like it. 

I would rather we discuss these things in terms of values, which is really where our opinions tend to arise from anyhow. So when asked “how do we create more jobs in America” we don’t really try to answer that question. We try to answer the question “How do we create more jobs in America while promoting our own personal values?” 

For things like “How do you end a war” or “How do you feed hungry people” or “How do you eliminate poverty?” I’m going to admit straight up that I don’t know…and defer to the experts because they know a heck of a lot more than me. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. So, yay, I DON’T KNOW!!!

Something I’ve noticed about myself lately


is that I have this tendency (which I’ve seen in friends, too) to assume the good things I do are in some way a product of mild mental unwellness.


I am a motivated person who does lots of things!…probably because I am compensating for unconscious feelings of scarcity and fear of dying young.

I don’t mind spending time alone!…probably because I was a lonely child and sometimes have panic attacks if I think people don’t like me.

I love doing really difficult exercise programs!…probably because I was unhealthily overweight for most of my life and have unconscious body image issues.

I can’t deny there’s an element (a tiny, subatomic element) of truth in those ideas.  

But I’ll tell ya what, y’all: I friggin’ call b.s.

This sort of self-deprecation (if that’s what it is) is such a thief of joy, I think. I refuse to believe that we should value our insecurities more than our ambitions.

We are more than the sum of our neuroses and contradictions.

Goodness is not always (or even often) a compensation for something ugly and low. It’s so strange how often we think (we includes me) that the most negative criticism is the most honest one.

At some point, cynicism and ironic despair became fashionable. Those qualities seem more “adult” sometimes, frankly. And God knows I am as attracted to them as anyone. 

But as I get older, I’m just so much more interested in being a celebrator than a critic — of myself and anyone else.  

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Adulthood isn’t something that happens to you; it’s something you make. That’s the wonder and terror of it.  That’s the power of it.

Let’s celebrate it, okay? Let’s focus less on the shadow and more on the light that cast it.

< /rant >

- Mike



This is somehow both an exquisite takedown and the total perfection of the Ted Talk format, at the same time.

-Jody, BL Show-

Well that escalated… perfectly.


Happy Batman Day!

All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else’s life would not have been as rich without us here

- Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care (via quoted-books)