August 30, 2014
Guys, my new apartment is amazing.

August 30, 2014
"The Princess is everything Luke wants to be. She is socially conscious, whereas he is thrown into things; intellectually, she is a strong leader, and he is just a kid."

- George Lucas

People often talk about how Han influenced Luke, but we should also look at how Leia influenced Luke.

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I’ve always really liked this idea—that they’re the exact same age, but their different lives have given them very different levels of maturity, and Luke is envious, but fascinated, and idolizes her a bit.

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It’s kind of weird to think of Han as being a big influence compared to Leia.  I mean, yes, they were close.  But it’s made reasonably obvious that close male friends aren’t something Luke’s ever lacked.  If anything, I’d say they’re mutually influential.  Han’s experience and training help temper Luke’s youth and inexperience, and his cynicism demands that Luke account for his own faith. Luke, in turn, cracks Han’s shell with hope and faith, and his earnest belief that Han can be better than what he’s let himself become won’t let him crawl back into the hole he’s dug for himself.

But Leia?

I mean, come on.  Luke’s got these vague intentions to run away and do…something.  He’s dissatisfied with his home life, he’s dissatisfied with the future he sees for himself, and he resents, in an equally vague way, the expectations of his family.  He thinks of joining the rebellion because he’s romanticized it.   He thinks of going to the academy because it’s anywhere but where he’s at.  All of his ambitions amount to this sort of nebulous, Anything But What I Have aspiration.  He goes running after Kenobi on the strength of a shitty, recorded hologram because it seems exciting.  He has no real idea about what this sort of mission would entail, or cost, or achieve.  It’s an Adventure, and he’s bored.

Then he meets Leia, and she’s literally everything he ever had some mindless daydream about being.  Only instead of being a cardboard cut-out hero in some story he’s using to distract himself from a shitty frontier subsistence-farmer life, she’s a real person who’s actually fucking doing it.  She’s a leader.  She’s a fighter.  She’s risking life and limb for a cause she completely and utterly understands and absolutely believes in.  This isn’t some thing she ran away to do because she got sick of being a princess and a senator.  People look up to her, and follow her, and obey her, because she’s spent her life earning it.

He’s looking around and going “Empire bad?  We blow up ships?” and she’s going “Here’s ten political treatises on why the Empire needs to go, here are the details of troop movements and expected reinforcements and supply lines for the upcoming battle, and here are the family photos of everybody in the next ten systems that are going to get stomped into bloody paste in retaliation if we fail here.” He finds her, and within five minutes she’s gone from the princess he’s rescuing because that’s what action heroes do to the person he needs to emulate if he’s ever going to make something of himself.

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Things like this made me happy to be compared to Princess Leia.

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August 29, 2014
I spent a good hour this evening talking with a student in the seminary and comparing how his work as a pastor is similar to urban planning.

He is a best friend of one of my best friends, and while we’re both close with this mutual friend, we’ve never really connected closely on our own. 

It was really interesting to hear him discuss his craft and how he thinks of his impact on people. While we choose to express it in very different ways, our impulse in our work is the same: a call to serve others.

As I sit in my parents’ home on, what for me will be, the last night of the summer, I am given pause. After a year of such highs and lows already, I am now lifted sky-high by support and inspiration all around me. Tomorrow I will move to a new city, settled into a new life, and begin a new adventure.

My legs want to run headlong into it right now, but I can wait a few more days – there’s still so much to take in.

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August 29, 2014
"Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are."

— Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (via quotes-shape-us)

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August 29, 2014
"Live to the point of tears."

— Albert Camus (via observando)

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August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014
"We are made of memories and formed by experience. I keep wondering what kind of people we would be, and what kind of world this would be, if when bad things happened we could erase them, or somehow make them sweet."

Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”

Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:

The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…

Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.

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August 28, 2014

weirdfoxes:

Traveling alone has been everything except lonely for me

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August 27, 2014

nevver:

Prove it all night, Patrick Joust

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August 27, 2014
enchantedsleeper:

Nicolas II de Russie (1896), Valentin Serov

enchantedsleeper:

Nicolas II de Russie (1896), Valentin Serov

August 27, 2014
"‘Society’ and ‘Nature’ do not describe domains of reality, but are two collectors that were invented together, largely for polemical reasons, in the 17th century. Empiricism, conceived as a clear-cut distinction between sensory impressions on the one hand and mental judgment on the other, cannot certainly claim to be a complete description of what ‘we should be attentive to in experience’"

Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, p. 110-1

internal quotes are to Whitehead

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August 27, 2014

newyorker:

On average, people in Japan live longer than people anywhere else in the world, and they live longer in the city of Nagano than in anywhere else in Japan. A look at James Whitlow Delano’s photographs.

Top: The Nakajima family takes a lunch break in their apple orchard, Wakaho, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Bottom: The ninety-six-year-old Mr. Kazu, a veteran of the Second World War, Nakano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Photographs by James Whitlow Delano.

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August 26, 2014
sanahgohar:

This is what I love about Winter. You wake up in the middle of the night, maybe just to pee or get water or something, look out the window and see this. It’s so beautiful. And it’s silent; you have no idea that it’s happening until you just look. It almost seems fake. And it makes your bed seem way more comfortable, for whatever reason.

sanahgohar:

This is what I love about Winter. You wake up in the middle of the night, maybe just to pee or get water or something, look out the window and see this. It’s so beautiful. And it’s silent; you have no idea that it’s happening until you just look. It almost seems fake. And it makes your bed seem way more comfortable, for whatever reason.

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August 26, 2014
"I prefer silence to sound, and the image produced by words occurs in silence."

William Faulkner (via theparisreview)

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August 26, 2014
levantineviper:

The Lagoon Nebula in the constellation Sagittarius 
Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

levantineviper:

The Lagoon Nebula in the constellation Sagittarius 

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

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