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"What’s the most frightened you’ve ever been?"
"I was camping alone one night. And something kept snorting at my tent. It was terrifying. Found out the next morning it was a baby deer."

Moral of the story? What we fear might be amazing. Or might eat us. Sometimes you just don’t know.


Lid. DOUBLET. cc: @jfw_official #mbfwt (at Creative Space 8/ (hachi))

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Street Art

Honestly I think street art is one of my most favorite things.

i will never not reblog this


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Is it ethical for commercial enterprises to fund residency programs for writers? Vauhini Vara speaks with one freelance writer about her Amtrak-sponsored trip:

“The life of a writer can be difficult and unstable. Paychecks for freelance gigs arrive infrequently, if at all. … Some people have argued persuasively that this sort of thing is a positive development. Isn’t this a better use of corporate funds than many others? Doesn’t it bring a much-needed source of new funding to the art world?”

Photograph by Brian Snyder/Reuters.

To the above question from the New Yorker, given how little Amtrak asks in return for the trip, I’d have to answer, “who cares?” 

I work full-time for a nonprofit; while I enjoy my job (it’s in marketing, another type of writing, and representing causes I care about), it’s hard for me to make enough time for my creative projects.

I’d happily take an free train trip halfway across the country, New Yorker.

I took my first trip on the Acela late last year for work, and marveled at the pace of it, even at “high speed.” Two to three hours of relative comfort, aisles to get up and stroll in, an almost luxurious quiet, even at rush hour. I wasn’t in a “quiet car” on my return trip, but at 4:30, everyone just seemed grateful to put away their phones, get away from their offices, and just… be still.

If anything, the somewhat pedestrian sights along that corridor (train tracks, highways, the briefest glimpses of Philly, Wilmington, Baltimore) made me hungry for more time, more space. Feeling the city that I find so comforting most of the time fall away, this time, would be the comfort. It’s a road trip without the wheel. With aisles. With random passengers to strike up conversations with. With the ability to cloak yourself in silence and focus as middle America races by. 

And come back.

Given the chance, DC to Chicago sounds just right. It’s a city I’ve always wanted to explore. The train would cut deep through the Rust Belt, through the Illinois of Ray Bradbury’s youth, through Pittsburgh that’s busy reinventing itself, and give me the chance to wave at Michigan and Kentucky if not actually pass through either.

It’s a novel and truly great idea, Amtrak, to offer this to the dreamers. Your service runs at the right speed to feed them.

Where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?

Apropos of nothing; a beautiful scene. (And yes, the crying man is an out-of-his-time van Gogh.)

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Several years ago, George Mason University graduate student Jason Force had a modern idea for the technology: Because grass pellets are just as good as wood chips for this kind of system, why not create a lawn mower with it? It could power itself with the grass it harvested. It could also be self-guiding, like a Roomba, so users would not longer have to mow their own lawn.

He got to work on the self-guiding aspect five years ago. The idea grew into a startup called EcoMow Technologies. Its team began working on the chemical engineering last year.

(via Within a few years, a self-powered robot could be mowing your lawn — Tech News and Analysis)

Cool cool cool.



Woodgreen Community Service in Toronto designed this campaign as part of their Homeward Bound Program supporting struggling single mothers. [x] [via]


Excellent campaign. Could use more calls-to-action, but love this.

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How important is it that mass transit run all the time — midday, evenings, and weekends? In places like San Francisco or Manhattan, all-day service is obviously essential. In low-density suburbs 40 miles away, it’s equally obvious that transit’s main role is the rush-hour commute.

But as wealth moves into urban cores and lower-income people are pushed out to suburbs, the needs for transit are changing faster than our transit politics. All-day, all-week mass transit is becoming an urgent need not just in the core, where it supports diverse and sustainable low-car lifestyles, but also across a suburbia where travel needs are no longer strictly nine-to-five.

To afford rent in DC without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, a renter would need to earn $27.15 an hour, over three times DC’s $8.25 hourly minimum wage. In other words, a minimum wage earner would need to work 132 hours a week to pay rent in the district.

DC’s Poorest Residents Fight Displacement by Gentrification

And again I say $10.10 isn’t enough. It isn’t simply isn’t a matter of just wages, affordable housing needs to be addressed too. 

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Yea I’m hoping to intern in D.C. and finances are a major deterrent. There’s no way I can have an unpaid internship and afford housing, transportation and food. Housing alone is about $1600 a month. Ridiculous.

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yeah dont get me started on the prevalence of unpaid internships in DC aka internships for rich kids, which lead to jobs for rich kids . it’s a damn shame.    -____________-

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