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CHUCK MCKEEVER'S TUMBLR

leslieseuffert:

In 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in what’s known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two bombs were detonated to test the effects nuclear blasts had on naval warships. The second, named Baker, was the world’s first nuke to be detonated underwater. Due to the unique properties of underwater explosions, the Baker test produced a number of unique photographs that the world had never seen before.

There were many issues with cleaning up after the test, the life expectancy of people involved was reduced by an average of three months, and the test was later referred to as, “the world’s first nuclear disaster.” You can read up on the whole operation in detail on its Wikipedia article

Having lived in the Marshall Islands for a year, I can tell you that the effects of these tests on Marshallese communities are still being felt today.

(via leslieseuffert)

erikadprice:

I had to be taught how to ride a bike a few times, over the course of a few years, before it really caught on. I was uncoordinated, had poor physical instincts, and was startled easily; it didn’t help that my instructor was so ill-suited for the task.

My dad drove me out to a park about a mile…

Reblogging for how eerily this matches my childhood…and the oh io tag obviously

Few things bother me more than the deluge of posts on every facet of social media that claim “faith in humanity: restored.” What a bleak outlook that must be, any way you slice it. Either you’re emotionally malleable to the point that your feelings about the world regularly swing 180 degrees, which doesn’t say a lot about the quality of those feelings, or you see so little good in the world that an online video of a stranger doing something kind (read: something we should all be doing anyway) makes you abandon your position and proclaim that all is right with humanity. Or you’re just a poor chooser of words and have gotten sucked into the clickbait word vortex and know of no other way to voice your happiness.

I’m reminded of Dickens: “Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision.” One uplifting video on the internet should not restore your faith in humanity any more than one heinous act of terrorism or violence should take it away. Humanity is an enormous, complicated sum of parts that completely defies all of our reductive pigeonholing. School shootings, discrimination, wanton violence—these things are terrible, almost namelessly so. But they are far from the sum of our collective hopes and dreams. They are far from the total of our ambitions and achievements.

I realize how callous it might seem that I presume to talk about things like this. By most standards, I have led an enormously untroubled life. And as a white, cisgender, heterosexual male, I am the farthest thing from a target demographic for the world’s hatred and persecution.

But I still feel qualified to talk about hurt, if not on a macro level. I hurt plenty, and I have hurt plenty, and I think part of being alive is that that never goes away. You do learn from it, though. You learn to compartmentalize, to self-criticize and self-critique. You learn that there is no love like first love and that you will never again be as happy, or as sad, as you were at sixteen. You learn that scar tissue, by whichever nefarious means it has been created, is tougher than skin.

Don’t let your faith in humanity be restored by simple acts of kindness. To do so means that you have let your faith in humanity be taken away by simple acts of violence, of evil or anger or revenge. We are better than that, and worse, and we would do well to remember it. Words and phrases ring hollow when they become so overused. Try a new way of saying things—You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next.

meninblazers:

Thanks to very talented GFOPs @atomshrek and @_brendancarroll

The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
Homer, The Iliad (via petrichour)

Uuggggh this isn’t actually from Homer. It’s from Brad Pitt, as Achilles, in the 2004 movie “Troy”. A movie which took a few liberties with the original story, to say the least.

(via booksandpublishing)

millionsmillions:

"Childhood, as I knew it, was rife with secrecy and weirdness, with actions that made sense to you but not anybody else. It’s no wonder that I fell in love with Moomin." Alix Ohlin writes about her love for and connection with the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. 

Gahhhh the Moomins were one of the best parts of my childhood

millionsmillions:

"Childhood, as I knew it, was rife with secrecy and weirdness, with actions that made sense to you but not anybody else. It’s no wonder that I fell in love with Moomin." Alix Ohlin writes about her love for and connection with the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.

Gahhhh the Moomins were one of the best parts of my childhood

bitterteenager:

hannigraham:

Here’s a list of weird/strange articles on wikipedia in no particular order for you to read and just add more useless knowledge in your puny human brain. General murder/death trigger warning for most.

Bloody Mary || Kennedy curse || Taman Shud Case || La Voisin || Greyfriars Bobby || Pripyat || Albert Fish || Mary Toft || The Cure for Insomnia || Roanoke Colony || John Murray Spear || Arecibo message || Nuckelavee || Phaistos Disc || Tanganyika laughter epidemic || Mad Gasser of Mattoon || Murder of Junko Furuta || Peoples Temple || Ed Gein || Stargate Project || Jackalope || Numbers station || UVB-76 || Bélmez Faces || Donner Party || Adam || Mariana UFO incident || Valentich disappearance || Cleveland Torso Murderer || Trepanning || Dyatlov Pass incident || Grey goo || Overtoun House || The Garden of Earthly Delights || Wilhelm Reich || Starchild skull || Original Night Stalker || Owlman || Ararat anomaly || British big cats || Jack the Ripper || Clapham Wood Mystery || Pope Lick Monster || Shadow person || Out-of-place artifact || Black Dahlia || Jersey Devil || Crawfordsville monster || Koro || Philadelphia Experiment || Glasgow smile || Roswell UFO incident || David Parker Ray || D. B. Cooper || Total Information Awareness || Goatman || Grey alien || Joachim Kroll || Peter Kürten || Gilles de Rais || Alien abduction || Joseph Vacher || Mothman || Polywater || Catacombe dei Cappuccini || Villisca Axe Murders || Grace Sherwood || Loveland frog || The Hermitage || Jatinga || Sankebetsu brown bear incident || Mongolian death worm || Devil’s Footprints || The Sick Child || H. H. Holmes || Dysaesthesia aethiopica || Bloody Benders || Lamia || Black Paintings || The Monster with 21 Faces || Shirime || Lina Medina || Exploding head syndrome || Quantum suicide and immortality || Mokele-mbembe || Spontaneous human combustion || Dulce Base || Chandre Oram || Oscar || Men in Black || Vladimir Demikhov || The Great Red Dragon Paintings || Bloop || Retroactive continuity || Elizabeth Báthory || Delphine LaLaurie || Silverpilen || Polybius || Guided rat || Robert J. White || Chelyabinsk meteor || Armin Meiwes || Big Crunch || Belchen Tunnel || Moberly–Jourdain incident || Boy Scout Lane || Princes in the Tower || Rosenheim Poltergeist || Peter Stumpp || Bermuda Triangle || Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery || Hill of Crosses || Self-immolation || Lycaon || Burke and Hare murders || Pykrete || Kate Morgan || List of unusual deaths || Sawney Bean || Rogue elephant of Aberdare Forest || Yoshio Kodaira || Incorruptibility || Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus || Toynbee tiles || Rat king || Sailing stones || Thalidomide || Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 || Tunguska event || Head transplant || List of cryptids || Borley Rectory || Sedlec Ossuary || Alien hand syndrome || Capgras delusion || Mellified man || Atuk || Monster of Glamis || Spring-heeled Jack || Allagash Abductions || Aokigahara || Raymond Robinson (Green Man) || Premature burial || Brain transplant || Nightmarchers || Decompression illness || Midgetville || Zombie || Mercy Brown vampire incident || Necromancy || Lamkin || Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. || Icelandic Phallological Museum || Neisseria meningitidis || Unit 731 || Bunny Man || Bubbly Creek || Malleus Maleficarum || Moll Dyer || Original Spanish Kitchen || Charles Bonnet syndrome || Voynich manuscript || Black Annis || True name || Dorothy Talbye trial || Black dog || Wandering Jew || Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway || Yara-ma-yha-who || Rod Ferrell || The Juniper Tree


I’ve been waiting for a post like this one 

You could put a “Tintin and the…” in front of almost all of these, and I would read the shit out of them. 

bitterteenager:

hannigraham:

Here’s a list of weird/strange articles on wikipedia in no particular order for you to read and just add more useless knowledge in your puny human brain. General murder/death trigger warning for most.

Bloody Mary || Kennedy curse || Taman Shud Case || La Voisin || Greyfriars Bobby || Pripyat || Albert Fish || Mary Toft || The Cure for Insomnia || Roanoke Colony || John Murray Spear || Arecibo message || Nuckelavee || Phaistos Disc || Tanganyika laughter epidemic || Mad Gasser of Mattoon || Murder of Junko Furuta || Peoples Temple || Ed Gein || Stargate Project || Jackalope || Numbers station || UVB-76 || Bélmez Faces || Donner Party || Adam || Mariana UFO incident || Valentich disappearance || Cleveland Torso Murderer || Trepanning || Dyatlov Pass incident || Grey goo || Overtoun House || The Garden of Earthly Delights || Wilhelm Reich || Starchild skull || Original Night Stalker || Owlman || Ararat anomaly || British big cats || Jack the Ripper || Clapham Wood Mystery || Pope Lick Monster || Shadow person || Out-of-place artifact || Black Dahlia || Jersey Devil || Crawfordsville monster || Koro || Philadelphia Experiment || Glasgow smile || Roswell UFO incident || David Parker Ray || D. B. Cooper || Total Information Awareness || Goatman || Grey alien || Joachim Kroll || Peter Kürten || Gilles de Rais || Alien abduction || Joseph Vacher || Mothman || Polywater || Catacombe dei Cappuccini || Villisca Axe Murders || Grace Sherwood || Loveland frog || The Hermitage || Jatinga || Sankebetsu brown bear incident || Mongolian death worm || Devil’s Footprints || The Sick Child || H. H. Holmes || Dysaesthesia aethiopica || Bloody Benders || Lamia || Black Paintings || The Monster with 21 Faces || Shirime || Lina Medina || Exploding head syndrome || Quantum suicide and immortality || Mokele-mbembe || Spontaneous human combustion || Dulce Base || Chandre Oram || Oscar || Men in Black || Vladimir Demikhov || The Great Red Dragon Paintings || Bloop || Retroactive continuity || Elizabeth Báthory || Delphine LaLaurie || Silverpilen || Polybius || Guided rat || Robert J. White || Chelyabinsk meteor || Armin Meiwes || Big Crunch || Belchen Tunnel || Moberly–Jourdain incident || Boy Scout Lane || Princes in the Tower || Rosenheim Poltergeist || Peter Stumpp || Bermuda Triangle || Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery || Hill of Crosses || Self-immolation || Lycaon || Burke and Hare murders || Pykrete || Kate Morgan || List of unusual deaths || Sawney Bean || Rogue elephant of Aberdare Forest || Yoshio Kodaira || Incorruptibility || Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus || Toynbee tiles || Rat king || Sailing stones || Thalidomide || Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 || Tunguska event || Head transplant || List of cryptids || Borley Rectory || Sedlec Ossuary || Alien hand syndrome || Capgras delusion || Mellified man || Atuk || Monster of Glamis || Spring-heeled Jack || Allagash Abductions || Aokigahara || Raymond Robinson (Green Man) || Premature burial || Brain transplant || Nightmarchers || Decompression illness || Midgetville || Zombie || Mercy Brown vampire incident || Necromancy || Lamkin || Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. || Icelandic Phallological Museum || Neisseria meningitidis || Unit 731 || Bunny Man || Bubbly Creek || Malleus Maleficarum || Moll Dyer || Original Spanish Kitchen || Charles Bonnet syndrome || Voynich manuscript || Black Annis || True name || Dorothy Talbye trial || Black dog || Wandering Jew || Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway || Yara-ma-yha-who || Rod Ferrell || The Juniper Tree

I’ve been waiting for a post like this one 

You could put a “Tintin and the…” in front of almost all of these, and I would read the shit out of them. 

(via fixyourwritinghabits)

I can see someone moving around up on the porch, more silhouette than substance, but I could go ten years without seeing my sister and still pick her walk out of a lineup—she’s always sort of glided from place to place, rather than stepped. Like she’s on her toes and they just roll her. She was a gymnast for awhile, then a dancer, and if she had actually cared about either of those things the world would have been forced to stop and watch her. She was that good. But it’s always been difficult to tell what Rose cares about from one month to the next, even for Pete and me. I know there are months every so often where what she cares about is certainly not Pete and me. It’s nothing personal, I’ve learned. She’s more like a windchime than a person a lot of the time and I can enjoy her whether it’s reciprocated at that particular moment or not.
The Butterfly House, my third-string writing project
Despite their occasional transgressions against their father’s only inviolable law, the Pipeta children got along with him well enough. They craved guidance and stability from this man enamored of all things fragile and had to be satisfied with what little of it they received. They knew no other source of it—only Peter had any real memory of their late mother, and even that only came in faint murmurings in the deep recesses of his mind, triggered by sights and smells whose connections had long ago been shorn of their bearings. For what child makes a conscious effort to remember and preserve those things dearest to him? It is the ultimate blessing and curse of happy childhoods that, while in them, we are so convinced of the permanence of all those people and things we love that we make no effort to hold them just a little closer, breathing them so deeply that to forget them would be an impossibility. It is only as we grow older that we begin to cling to the past, to was and were, and more often than not find shadow instead of substance.
"The Butterfly House", my third-string writing project
Not all readers have access to brick and mortar stores. Not all readers have the capability to walk to their local indie or their local Barnes & Noble or their local Books A Million or their local Chapters and buy books in person. Not all readers have the ability to get in a car, fill up their gas tanks, and spend an hour driving each way to a store. Not everyone lives in a great city, not everyone lives near a great city, and not every great city is a great city for bookstores. We aren’t just talking about “flyover country” here, the big swath of land people hate having to sit through while on the airplane going from one coast to the other. There are book deserts all over the place, including major metropolitan areas.

from Your Local Brick & Mortar Bookstore Is A Privilege by Kelly Jensen (via bookriot)

Of course. And those people should use Amazon if that’s the option. I don’t care, and wouldn’t judge them if they did. I’m one of those Hachette authors affected by the Amazon/Hachette dispute and I’ve encouraged people to get my books and books in general from some other place. If they can. If they can’t, obviously they should do what works. (Why am I even using the word “should”? Could. Might. As free human beings.) I use Amazon myself for quite a lot of things, including sometimes books.

But when I encourage people to get my books through some other means, I’m talking to people like me who have a great store 3 miles away but still like to click the “buy now” button for whatever reasons and don’t give it much thought. I’ve met all kinds of book lovers and people in publishing over the last five years, and I’ve never heard anyone judge someone for buying from Amazon, with the exception of indie booksellers who started their businesses more than twenty years ago.

I’ve had people come up to me at signings and apologize for getting their books from the library. I say, that’s awesome! I love libraries! I’ve had people make a face when they say they got something from Amazon. I laugh and say I understand. Whatever. We exist in a market with tons of options. There are options for people like me, in towns with great book stores, and there are options for people in the middle of nowhere if they have a credit card and an address. Not all options are right for all people, and not all options benefit all people. We all know this.

We live in this weird time when “purity” has become a major value. By that I mean, we go around with these absolutes… “I NEVER use plastic bags.” “I ONLY eat pastured eggs.” “I ALWAYS shop local” “oh I never eat ________” / “I don’t watch TV”/ I don’t buy things made in China” / “I DO NOT give my kids anything from a container made of #7 recycled plastics, over my dead body” /  etc. Having gone through a phase when I had somehow reduced my acceptable foods to organic fair-trade avocados, grass-fed free-range beef, and artisanal arugula, I speak from experience so I get how this happens, I do.

But whatever happened to the value of “generally trying to do something most of the time”?  It’s affected our ability to be hospitable to one another. People don’t have people over for dinner as much as they used to. “Bob is gluten-free and Carol is vegan and Ted is dairy-free and Alice eats fish but not chicken though she will make exceptions for local lamb…oh fuck it.” I mean jeez, I’d say “of course it’s better to be with friends and connect with people and risk ingesting a factory egg than being all alone with your pure food” but I’m afraid there are people who would strongly disagree with me.

Does it need saying? Better to buy books where you can than not buy them at all, and better to get them free at the library than to not read them. And better to teach a generation to read than to sell books at all.

So this is a post about a lot more than this I guess. I have outrage-fatigue. Outrage is on a hair trigger these days. Every outrage has a counter-outrage. No sooner are you retweeting someone’s link about how terrible Amazon is than you notice someone else’s link about the ability to shop local being privilege. Information gets put out into the ether, and more and more it is met with either OH MY GOD YES RALLY THE TROOPS or WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT YOU ARE EVIL. Then there are backlashes, and backlashes against the backlashes, and backlashes against the….well, you see. We’ve always got our boiled oil simmering on the back burner. (I actually laughed when I saw how quickly someone started an IbuyHachette hashtag because it happened so oddly fast! And was expressed with the same passion as tweets with hashtags about serious global conflicts.)

Anyway, back to the Amazon issue. Information about Amazon’s business practices is information. Do what you want or can with it. If people are taking what they see on twitter as commands and rules, that’s their deal. Look, it would be great if people try to patronize local bookstores if they can! And if you’re a person who sits at her computer all day—which, clearly a lot of us on twitter and tumblr are—we are saying here are some links so you can read up on what’s happening in bookselling. Read them, or don’t, or whatever, and think about maybe shopping local if you are interested. That’s all we’re saying! If you can’t, no one thinks you’re some kind of traitor, and if they do, who cares. And authors are not sitting around judging you, trust me. If they are, they’ve got bigger problems than what Amazon is up to.

(via sarazarr)

Also goes without saying that if you have the ability to order from Amazon, you also have the ability to order from BN.com, Indiebound, Powella.com, Etc. “If it’s not Amazon, it has to be brick-and-mortar” is a false argument.

(via barrylyga)

Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I love this.

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