“What was so powerful and enduring about his work was not simply his ability to conjure up fantastical images and scenarios, though he did that with precision and verve, telling the Paris Review “if you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.” Instead, it was his sense — and García Márquez said this himself any number of times — that the fantastical was an absolutely necessary tool in conjuring up the very real strangeness of Latin American societies, the only way to express the confluence of folkloric traditions, life under dictatorships, confounding physical landscapes and successive waves of colonialism.”
“I have often been told by the family that I started recounting things, stories and so on, almost since I was born,” Garcia Marquez once told an interviewer. “Ever since I could speak.”
“Mr. Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy,” Putin greeted him. “I used to work for an intelligence service. We can talk one professional language.”
“I don’t know what’s going on with social media today but it is kicking butt. It must be girl power.”

Overheard at The Washington Post

“Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn’t stand up to the bullies,” she wrote. “I caved in to the pressure instead of fighting for what I felt was right.”
seanbonner:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

This sounds great and all but doesn’t take into account that at least 40% of the population in Australia is eaten by Crocodiles every year so there aren’t really that many people and more money to spread around.

Good convo, y’all! 

seanbonner:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

This sounds great and all but doesn’t take into account that at least 40% of the population in Australia is eaten by Crocodiles every year so there aren’t really that many people and more money to spread around.

Good convo, y’all! 

(via coopersgirl68)

“Travel isn’t about an itinerary or doing super luxurious things. It’s about being immersed in something else. Curating is better than accumulating. Edit out the unnecessary and only take what you really need.”
— Dushane Ramsey — Short Journeys (via bobbycaputo)

(via bobbycaputo)

This cute injured squirrel is going to be OK. Happy Friday, you guys. 

You guys. This little baby squirrel is on its way to health and stardom. 

afp-photo:

INDIA, Guwahati : Manipuri women in their traditional dress play football as part of the celebration of Manipuri New year (Cheiraoba Festival) in Guwahati, the capital city of northeastern Assam state on April 18, 2014. Cheiraoba Festival usually takes place in the month of April and is celebrated with traditional devotion and fervour. AFP Photo/ Biju BORO

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

identityqueer:

washingtonpost:

The latest trend rocking Tokyo: full-on body suits, called “zentai.” 

This has the potential to be a statement on gender equality. Noted for future art project.

Definitely like your thinking, identityqueer! Send us some photos when you get started on that art project.