the straight ahead in a sideways glance

fennist:

I let slip that I like to write a lot about things in my life, an adult said “oh, you keep a diary, that’s cute” and my cheeks went red, so mad at myself for my temporary indiscretion, I feel there’s so much judgment when people hear you write about yourself/your life, like it’s some pathetic or cute little quirk, when really, sometimes it’s the only thing I feel I can turn to.


Where does your standard of morality come from? from sakurasandwhiches

academicatheism:

Your question implies the Moral Argument for God. I’ve discussed this argument at length (see here, herehere, and here, for instance). A god isn’t necessary to be the standard. Furthermore, the Christian god is far from a standard as you might have gathered from my response to fromsunandsea. Please follow the links already provided and if you’re interested in a more esoteric take on morality, read my brief essay The Moral Algorithm


strandbooks:

Oh my gosh, you guys. this is my new favorite thing. Try it with the opening passage from the book you’re reading. Or a favorite line.
(This from the beginning of Jazz by Toni Morrison.)

I’m laughing so hard:

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Lolita, lighthouse of my lifeguard, fireball of my lolls. My sinecure, my sounding. Lo-leek-ta: the tippet of the tonnage taking a triplet of three stepchildren downer the palette to taper, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Leek. Ta. She was Lo, plaintiff Lo, in the morsel, standpoint four footballers ten in one sod. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolt at schoolchild. She was Dolores on the dotted lineament. But in my armadillos she was always Lolita. 
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Lolita, lighting of my lifeline, firebomb of my lollipops. My sinew, my soundtrack. Lo-leer-ta: the tipple of the tonne taking a tripod of three stepdaughters downgrade the palindrome to tapestry, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Leer. Ta. She was Lo, plait Lo, in the mortal, stanza four footbridges ten in one soda. She was Lola in slacks. She was Domain at schoolgirl. She was Dolores on the dotted linen. But in my armaments she was always Lolita. 
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strandbooks:

Oh my gosh, you guys. this is my new favorite thing. Try it with the opening passage from the book you’re reading. Or a favorite line.

(This from the beginning of Jazz by Toni Morrison.)

I’m laughing so hard:

N+2

Lolita, lighthouse of my lifeguard, fireball of my lolls. My sinecure, my sounding. Lo-leek-ta: the tippet of the tonnage taking a triplet of three stepchildren downer the palette to taper, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Leek. Ta. She was Lo, plaintiff Lo, in the morsel, standpoint four footballers ten in one sod. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolt at schoolchild. She was Dolores on the dotted lineament. But in my armadillos she was always Lolita. 

N+3

Lolita, lighting of my lifeline, firebomb of my lollipops. My sinew, my soundtrack. Lo-leer-ta: the tipple of the tonne taking a tripod of three stepdaughters downgrade the palindrome to tapestry, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Leer. Ta. She was Lo, plait Lo, in the mortal, stanza four footbridges ten in one soda. She was Lola in slacks. She was Domain at schoolgirl. She was Dolores on the dotted linen. But in my armaments she was always Lolita. 

mirandaarenee:

i feel like almost all of us sigur brós have kind of strayed from the sigur rós posts and we blog almost entirely other things now (mostly because we have almost zero new material from them), but it makes me so happy to think that we’re all still sticking together and just as soon as those lovely icelandic wieners give us something new we’ll bounce back into that state of mind and be able to freak out together like we used to ;;_;; i’m looking forward to it


Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.
1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.
2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?
5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.
7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.
8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.
9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.
10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.

Here are some highlights from my road trip from the last few weeks! I took a lot more, but these were my favorites — aka the ones I’ve posted publicly.

1. A burro (?) at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. Chimney Rock itself was kind of disappointing, but it was only a quick stop.

2. Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a land of hope and joy. The Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.

3. The view of Salt Lake City from a private drive behind the state capitol.

4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. Normally all you can see is salt, but the flats were flooded when I was there, which was kind of neat. I mean, how often can you say you’ve seen a desert get flooded?

5. Canyonlands National Park in near Moab, Utah. We also went to Arches National Park, but it wasn’t as cool in my opinion.

6. “I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have one life, and it is short and unimportant.” I could think of nothing else but that Tim Minchin quote when I hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, at 14,433 feet. That was the single thing I wanted to do on the road trip, climb a 14er.

7. A magnificent Colorado sunset from the Elbert Creek Campground where we spent the night before the climb.

8. A street pianist on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I forgot how much I love Denver.

9. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As you can see from the photo, it was disgustingly humid that day, and I even took this photo at about 7 a.m. It was gross.

10. The state capitol complex in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had no idea Indianapolis was so pretty, but there were lots of neat buildings and parks.


Once you get this you have to say five things you like about yourself, publicly, then send this to ten of your favorite followers (non-negotiable) from glassfortress

Oh lord, this thing. Hahah. Okay, I’ll bite.

My smile. I’ve had people tell me I have a great smile many times, and I never really believe them. But I like my smile now because it’s genuine these days, when in the past it wasn’t always necessarily real.

My legs. I’m a runner and I’m really proud of the power and stamina my legs possess. Not to mention how great they look after a workout.

My sense of humor. It’s dark and morbid and I love freaking people out with an off-the-cuff comment now and then.

My writing ability. At the risk of sounding cocky, I’m a damn good writer and I love being able to concoct stories and connect sentences with beautiful language. I’m rarely happy with any of my work as a whole, but I love some excerpts of things I’ve written.

My adventurousness. I have no qualms about dropping everything and going somewhere new or different; in fact, I’d much rather do that than have a single place to live for the rest of my life. I mean, I just traveled halfway across the country for the hell of it and it was so much fun. I love seeing new places and exploring their secrets in depth.


I just wanted to say I think your blog is super interesting and we seem to share similar interests and it cheered me up today keep up the good work from Anonymous

Aw, thank you, anon! This is so nice. It makes me happy that people actually seem to like some of the nonsense I post, but I’ll take it! Haha.