"Pool of Gold"
I’ve shot this small pond a bunch of times now, but I think this is my favorite timestack I’ve made of it. This is 155 photos merged into one image using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop. Automated with this script. advancedstacker.com
May 14th, 1972
Hi Mom! Gosh, where do I start? The weather’s been good (perfect for rabbit season), sessions with my speech therapist seem to be going well (I hope to be able to wish you a “MERRY” Christmas this year, not “Mewwy.” That’ll be my gift to you!) and…
Meet my little niece, Fern! Exactly five days older than my little Rocket, she is already one of the most beautifully unique people in my life. Fern was born with Apert Syndrome, an incredibly rare and randomly occurring chromosomal anomaly. This caused some of her bones to prematurely form resulting in an uncommonly shaped skull and fused fingers and toes, all aesthetic abnormalities. A multitude of surgeries will take place in her life before she is even in her preteens. Just last week she went in for brain surgery! Despite all of this, she is a perfect, happy little spirit, a total champion. Having Fern in my life has caused me to view the world in a whole new light. I regret every single time I’ve judged a person for their appearance because people are so much more than just skin and bones. Life will be a little harder for this one than most of us, but she is so loved and I can’t wait to see her grow and flourish into a fearless little woman. I urge you to check yourself next time you see someone who looks a little different. #ApertSyndrome
This Super Smash Bros. 3DS trailer moves really quickly ⊟
And so does E3, which is why I’m just now posting this after it went up today. Phew!
Did any of you check out the game at a Best Buy event? I packed up my toddlers and went, but the line was out of control and I had nooooooo chance of playing. :(
Pac-Man is in the new Smash Bros. ⊟
Shouldn’t be a big surprise, right? What with Namco Bandai working in the game, and all the publisher’s other character cameos (e.g. the Dig Dug dude). Nintendo points out, “Pac-Man has some interesting abilities like throwing fruit and eating power pellets.”
Watch Pac-Man’s Smash Bros. introduction trailer after the break:
At 67 years old, Thomas Edison was building a giant laboratory/research center. It was his life’s work and all of the money he had was invested in the building and the things contained therein. One night, a friend ran to his house to say (paraphrasing) “Edison, come quick, your fucking lab is on fucking fire!” Edison and his son ran out immediately, as the lab-in-progress was nearby.
Because of the various chemicals and other science bullshit kept in the lab, the fire was insane; blue, red, and green flames overtook everything and lit up the sky. This was Edison’s future, exploding in front of him in some weird multi-colored nightmare. He turned to his son.
"Get your mother. Get the neighbors. They’ll never see another fire like this in their lives."
I think about that all the time. “Your life’s work is on fire!” “Shut up, that fire is BEAUTIFUL, have you ever seen anything like that?” That’s a level of peace and acceptance to which anyone should aspire.
The epilogue to that story of course is that Edison later took a one million dollar loan from Henry Ford and ended up making more in the next year than he would have made had his lab NOT exploded, but obviously Edison didn’t know that at the time. He didn’t know that the literal fire would light a figurative fire to inspire him to build and create more, at the time. Because at the time he was facing financial and professional ruin. He didn’t know how to proceed with his career or even if he COULD, at his age and at this loss. He wasn’t even thinking about it. He just knew that this fire was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and why not share that with people? What else are you going to do? Complain at the fire? Curse at it? Mope around the house about how mean that fire was? That’s boring, and there’s a sick-ass fire going on.
My advice is that you have no control over whether or not people laugh when you’re on stage. And you have no control over whether or not the boy you like at the coffee shop will reject your advances. And you have no control over whether or not you’ll get a raise or get fired or have your office burned to the ground. But you can control how you react to all of those things.
The most freeing thing in the world is acknowledging the things over which you have no control. Acknowledging that you have no agency over whether or not people will decide to laugh at you. They’re the ones who have decided that they’re the kind of people who laugh at the fly white girl who memorized the entirety of A Tribe Called Quest’s discography, and they’ve already MADE that decision a long time ago. It’s out of your hands. All YOU can control is how hot the fire you spit is and how you handle whatever comes after. Isn’t that cool?