They will be fixed in the morning. Phone blogging are hard.
I am going to talk about something difficult.
I started this blog with the intention of saying something meaningful and good, to share with the world the lessons I have learned in my adventures, failures, and successes. I soon realized, though, that in order to get to the meat of my story I needed to work through and then talk about (or maybe the reverse) certain events in my life that are, to put it mildly, exhausting to think about. By that I mean, each time I have opened my internet browser, navigated to tumbler, and began introspection with naive enthusiasm and the honest expectation that I would think of something profound and simple to say to you all, I have been overwhelmed by emotional exhaustion.
Overwhelmed. Let’s talk about that word. It does not mean, as melodramatic teens and under-read adults around the world would have us believe, that one is simply stressed. To be overwhelmed means to be so completely covered and even consumed by some thing or event that you are paralyzed with it, unable to take any action at all. To be pulled into and beneath the waves of the ocean until you are extinguished; that is to be overwhelmed.
The most truly overwhelming part of this process is and will be the same thing that is so difficult about my daily experience as a human being: A profound and, yes, overwhelming feeling of being wrong. Inadequate. Powerless in my life and circumstances. Worse than those feelings is the frustration of not being able to pinpoint exactly what it is about me that isn’t right, why behaviors, ideas and peace that come so naturally to others seem impossibly foreign to me. I have felt for as long as I have been in the social world like a deaf person in a room of blind people. My language is lost on them, and their’s on me.
That’s enough for now. Tonight, I’m going to sleep.
Gaze upon all of Mercury for the first time ever
by Alasdair Wilkins
The existence of our solar system’s innermost planet has been common knowledge since ancient times, but that doesn’t actually mean we’ve always know much about it. Mercury’s proximity to the Sun has allowed it to jealously guard its secrets, and so this NASA video offers an unprecedentedly detailed view of the planet’s surface.
This video is based on images taken by the MESSENGER probe, the first spacecraft to actually orbit Mercury. It has allowed astronomers to get the first up-close view at the planet’s geology; until now, the sum total of our knowledge was limited to a single Mariner flyby in 1975. Over the past year, MESSENGER has taken over 80,000 images with plans to take 80,000 more. That’s allowed us to assemble this complete visual representation of Mercury’s surface, with each pixel representing about a square kilometer; the video expands on this previously published image…
(see video here: io9)
It’s true. I hate that there is nothing I can do to avoid dying. The reality is that we all have a short time to live, and regardless of how healthy we are, eventually our bodies will fail us. I am going to make a serious effort to spend as little time being idle as possible, because nobody ever wanted to spend their last day surfing the net.
59% of the Tuna That Americans Eat is Not Tuna
by Christopher Mims
Nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across the United States and genetically tested them in order to bring us the following astonishing facts:
- 59% of the fish labeled “tuna” sold at restaurants and grocery stores in the US is not tuna.
- Sushi restaurants were far more likely to mislabel their fish than grocery stores or other restaurants.
- In Chicago, Austin, New York, and Washington DC, every single sushi restaurant sampled sold mislabeled tuna.
- 84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.
- The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time, and was in actuality any of six different species.
If you’ve ever wondered why the sushi in the display case is so affordable, given the dire state of the world’s tuna supply, well, now you know.
Moving is the worst. Moving with zero help is worse than the worst. Moving with zero help while managing two infants is worse than worse than the worst.
I’m grumpy as Hell.
When you read about medical breakthroughs in the newspapers, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. This is not because of journalistic hyperbole or even the fact that cures often are years away from the initial publication of result.
It seems that an increasing number of scientific studies are just plain wrong and are ultimately retracted. Worse, a study published in October 2012 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (uh, if it’s true) claims that the majority of retractions are due to some type of misconduct, and not honest mistakes, as long assumed. Here are 5 doozies from 2012…
(ie. cell phone use and cancer)
(via: Live Science)