First trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I’ve got chills.

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#chills mostly due to Pippin's song.

#eeeeeeeeeeee

The United States is the only developed country not to offer paid maternity leave as part of federal policy.

Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay - NYTimes.com

The hypocrisy of the GOP never ceases to amaze me.  ”Family Values” indeed.

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My sister is not the biggest fan of her job. She doesn’t hate it, but she doesn’t love it either. She stayed because they offered her not only 3 months fully paid maternity leave, they also gave an additional 3 months at half pay. She got SIX MONTHS paid maternity leave, so she stayed. Wouldn’t you?

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Germany Digitizes 700,000 World War I Documents - The Fine Books Blog ›

To mark the centenary of WWI, the German government has digitized and made freely available 700,000 documents related to the war on the website of the Federal Archive. The material includes audio recordings, films, and photos in addition to an array of personal and governmental documents. Records of politicians, military and civilian authorities, propaganda films, and even personal letters from the front are all part of the newly accessible treasure trove.

Be still my little archival heart…

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Coke Talk of the Day

coketalk:

I woke up this morning in a fog thick as soup, an extended version of that final stage of sleep where dreams still have more clarity than whatever reality you’re facing. Some part of my conscious mind had latched onto a key phrase that seemed very important, and I had to memorialize it immediately.

I reached over to my computer still open on the floor next to my bed, and I hit ⌘V on the keyboard, fully expecting it to paste my thoughts directly onto the screen.

Nothing happened. I was confused for more than a second until it dawned on me that even if the technology did somehow exist to bridge a direct neural link to my MacBook Pro, I had forgotten to hit ⌘C first.

I quickly typed out the phrase that was floating in my head, one that dissolved into the ether in the very moment I wrote it. Satisfied, but still not quite awake, I rolled out of bed and began my morning routine.

When I came back to my computer freshly scrubbed and fogless, I looked down to find the cursor still blinking at the end of my dream sentence:

Diagram the gem of the eternal tides.

Yeah. I have no idea what it means either. The only thing I remember is that it felt terribly significant at the time. Still, I dig it. It’s as though I received a mysterious order from my subconscious.

I love that just over an hour ago, I existed in a state where the command to “diagram the gem of the eternal tides” made perfect logical sense as part of some grander dreamscape narrative, and in that unconscious pastiche of people and places that promptly receded into the depths of some black and unrecoverable trench, one tiny little sentence managed to crystalize and become solid, the words dropping like fresh die-cast metal into my waking life, still glowing red from their transition.

I love that every night a whole other hidden world flashes its momentary existence through our synapses. I love that it’s a part of us, but it’s somehow not ours to keep. I love that we occasionally catch glimpses and fragments, and while most of the time they may mean absolutely nothing, every once in a while it can still feel like they’re dripping with magic.

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Currently reading.

Currently reading.

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#under the wide and starry sky

#nancy horan

#fanny osbourne

#robert louis stevenson

#currently reading

Since I graduated I’ve been trying to get a handle on some things I let slide while I was busy with grad school. Project one: my desk. It had become a catch-all for papers, notebooks, cards, pictures, etc. that I wanted to keep but didn’t have a place for at that moment. It got so out of hand there was stuff in those piles from 2012. Oops.

It took two days, but I got all the papers filed away or recycled, completely reorganized all the drawers, and either put away, threw away, or recycled everything else, then dusted and cleaned everything that was staying. I also reorganized the printer table next to the desk so all the printer supplies fit with the printer instead of on the desk. I can actually use the desk and the chair now!

Next project: the closet. Stay tuned….

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#ufyh

#before and after

#summer cleaning

I used to keep track of my books here, but that sort of fell by the wayside when I started grad school. I think I’m going to start doing it again. I’m reading three books right now. Two of them are longterm reads, the well-over-1000-page collection of novels and short stories from Jack London and the Silmarillion, which I’m reading as part of the Nerdist Book Club.

The book I rotate with these two will be shorter, easier, lighter. What I lke to call popcorn reads. Satisfying, but not much substance. Right now I’m reading Scarlet, the second in a series of YA books by Marissa Meyer that takes fairy tales (in this case, Red Riding Hood) and sets them in a post-apocalyptic cyber scifi sort of world. They’re fun, I do like my reimagined fairy tales. Stay tuned for more selections.

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#currently reading

#scarlet

#marissa meyer

#The Colledcted Jack London

#the silmarillion

#jrr tolkien

  • Satan: [appears]
  • Satan: You can have anything you wan--
  • Me: LANGUAGE.
  • Satan: What?
  • Me: GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE.
  • Satan: What the--?
  • Me: YOU SAID ANYTHING. GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.
  • Satan: Wouldn't you rather have love or money?
  • Me: EVERY. LANGUAGE. MASTERY OF EVERY LANGUAGE. NOW.

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betta-fish-and-loki:

assbutt-wizard-in-the-tardis:

I’m not even in this fandom, but hearing this made me feel so much better about life

I needed this today.

So did I. Jean-Luc Picard, dropping truth since 2364.

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