“He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were always flying and looking and almost never finding, and he thought, the birds have a harder life than we do except for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.”—The Old Man and the Sea
The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.
n. the satisfaction of lists, a series of bullet points being fired into the air as if to celebrate victory against the complexity of a universe that bombards us with five exabytes of data that would paralyze us if we didn’t connect random dots into constellations of dippers, hunters, and sexy ways to please your man.
for the silence lately. other matters such as work, life, struggle, and choices (in no particular order) have taken precedence. i still love you, tumblr. thanks for taking a back seat there for a minute.
after reading the above piece, i found that i’ve worked out a great little procrastination prevention arrangement for my evening. here goes:
everyone who knows me is well aware that i hate doing my dishes. period. i also have been avoiding writing a difficult email for the past week. when i woke up from my unnecessary afternoon nap, i “grounded” myself until both were done.
you’d think that would be enough, but no. it’s 10:15pm.
to continue avoiding both, i made dinner using my last clean pot. while dinner was cooking, i put the dirty dishes in a sink full of suds as a sign to myself that i really have to do them now. then, i sat down at my computer. as it turns out, i’d rather write that email than do my dishes.
when i realized i was doing this, i stopped writing the email to write this post. now i think i’ll take a computer break by washing some dishes.
secret strategy for the ridiculous: pit two equally loathed tasks against each other, and both* will get done!
*though neither in one sitting, and it will take you at least twice as long do to each.