id think theyd be scared of me
they would flip out
i think theyd be happy, but kind of disappointed that i dont have a pet unicorn or anything
okay this is the most inspirational thing I’ve read all day. she’d be ecstatic, she would flip
7-Year-Old Zora Ball Is the World’s Youngest Game Programmer
The youngest person to create a full version of a mobile application video game. A first grader at Philadelphia’s Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, she’s already more accomplished than everyone you know.
Ball built the app in the Bootstrap programming language, and unveiled her game at FATE’s “Bootstrap Expo” at the University of Pennsylvania.
Apparently some grumpy olds were suspicious that her older brother was really the mastermind behind the program, but Zora showed them. When asked to reconfigure the app on the spot, Ball showed naysayers what was up when she executed the request perfectly.
“We expect great things from Zora, as her older brother, Trace Ball, is a past STEM Scholar of the Year,” said Harambee Science Teacher Tariq Al-Nasir. No pressure, baby geniuses, but there’s an entire world for you to save. Please hurry.
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Find a complete stranger.
Reveal to each other intimate details about your lives for half an hour.
Then, stare deeply into each other’s eyes without talking for four minutes.
York psychologist, Professor Arthur Arun, has been studying why people fall in love.
He asked his subjects to carry out the above 3 steps and found that many of his couples felt deeply attracted after the 34 minute experiment. Two of his subjects later got married.
this is actually really cute and inspiring. people are kind of beautiful
He jumped. From 24 miles up in space. And landed. ON HIS FUCKING FEET.
I can’t even jump off a swing and land on my feet
"Brienne’s story is an adaptation of a traditionally male narrative, one that usually sidelines or victimises female characters. She swears fealty to a woman, as male knights swear to their liege lord, because she respects that woman’s strength, her bravery and her kindness. She goes on a quest to save the beautiful maiden, but not to marry her or benefit from the quest in any way, but to return her to her mother. Because she cares for Catelyn, and because it is the right thing to do. It is a story of a woman, rescuing a woman, for the sake of another woman. It is a rare story where the mother, the young girl and the shieldmaiden are all given equal weight and worth. Brienne, despite taking on many stereotypically male traits, is not “one of the boys” or in any way dismissive of her gender as a group. She does not fit into the role that society has assigned for her, but she does not disparage those who do. She uses her strength and her skill to respect and help other women in ways that most men in Westeros would never even think to attempt, because she understands, more than any other knight, that women are truly worth something as individuals."
This Will Make You Cry of the Day: If you can get past the fact that this is a clip from The X Factor, and that Britney Spears is in it, and that it’s 11 minutes long, press play.
On Wednesday night’s show, 19-year-old contestant Jillian Jensen was so overcome with pain from a lifetime of being bullied that she barely made it through her audition — and her triumph brought the audience and the judges to tears.
No joke — Simon Freaking Cowell was in tears.
Just a very cool moment.
I tried my hardest not to but I cried
Omg as soon as the girl started talking about being bullied and then they put the camera on Demi I started crying.
Yeah, okay I just cried my eyes out and not because I like Demi but because I had a hard time in middle school/high school as well and I related to it. My “bullying” was probably nowhere near as drastic as hers, but it was tough. I did not have many friends in middle school and was judged, as I was through 7th grade, 8th grade, and the first two years of high school. I was different. I did not dress “normally.” I listened to “screamo” music. I wore dark makeup. I dressed in band t-shirts. I was obsessed with anime and Tim Burton. I went to concerts. I painted my nails all different colors. I could hear and see students judging me in the halls. Me and my group of friends were constantly “made fun of” and I even remember hearing students make fun of my friends when they were not around. Thankfully, at least I had some friends to relate to during those years. I am sure that this girl most likely did not, and that pains me. Bullying is absolutely horrid and needs to stop. Kids need to be taught at a young age not to judge, whether someone is gay, straight, black, white, etc.
“Uhura” comes from the Swahili word UHURU meaning “freedom”. Uhura was pretty much the first ever black main character on American television who was not a maid or a domestic servant in 1966. TV network NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,” but still included her in almost every episode. She actually made more money than any of the other actors through this workaround, and it was kept secret from the other actors, but it was still a humiliating second-class status. The network people made life hard for Nichols, constantly trying to pare down her screen time, purposefully dropping racist comments in her presence and even withholding her fan mail from her. This deplorable state of affairs led Nichols to make the decision to quit after the 1st season, but then she happened to meet the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who pleaded with her to stick with the show because as a Black woman she was portraying the first non-stereotypical role on television.
RE-BLOGGING AGAIN BECAUSE TODAY IS THE 46TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR TREK AND UHURA IS A BABE AND NICHELLE NICHOLS IS AWESOME!
- after Star Trek was cancelled, she volunteered for a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency
- those recruited include: Dr. Sally Ride (the first American female astronaut), United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair (who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster), Charles Bolden (current NASA administrator), and Lori Garver (current Deputy Administrator).
- she flew aboard NASA’s C-141 Astronomy Observatory, which analyzed the atmospheres of Mars and Saturn on an eight-hour, high-altitude mission
"The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life."
In my absence from tumblr, I became a mother, and I placed my son up for adoption. This choice gives me no sadness, only joy, because I have blessed two people’s lives with the chance to be parents. The couple I chose for my son happens to be gay.
The moment they saw Ian, they both burst in to tears.
“Would you like to hold him?” I asked. (He was born premature, with clefts in his brain, so he remained in Infant Special Care until he was four weeks, hence our lovely yellow gowns.)
Both John and Doug couldn’t stop staring at him, thanking me, telling me how gorgeous he was.
I spent my nights in the hospital holding Ian and staring at him, completely in wonder at how much he looked like his dad, and trying to decide what the right decision for him was. I had never felt so much love for something in my entire life.
In my heart, I knew I was not yet a parent—I hardly know who I am as person—and after hours of silent tears and rocking him back and forth in my arms, I made the choice to give him the family that he deserves, and one that is capable to, not only take care of him, but give him opportunities I could not, even if I had all of the money in the world.
Some will criticize my choice to place my son with a gay couple, but I believe they not only deserve the chance to be parents, but that they will be two of the best parents in the entire universe.
John and Doug email me weekly, with pictures and medical updates. I am allowed to visit any chance I can get (we, unfortunately, are 2000 miles apart), and they have completely made me a part of their family. My son will always know I am his mother, his mhibu (a word loosely translating to “dear one” in Swahili).
When people hear my story, the first thing they tell me is how “strong” I am, and how “hard” it must have been. My reply will always be the same:
I am just a mother who loves her son very, very much.
Taylor is truly a beautiful soul. <3
I’ve reblogged this 18 times, but i literally lose my breathe when i see this. This moment made me feel something so special inside and I have promised myself i will reblog it every time i see it on my dash <3
Liu just passing by a pedestrian bridge in downtown Shenzhen on June 11, 2011 when she spotted hundreds of onlookers watching a young man with a knife in his hand, threatening to jump. ”I saw him get more and more excited - everybody around was just looking, nobody was trying to step up and help,” said Liu, a 19-year-old hotel waitress. With the boy crying even harder, Liu knew he had a sense of being understood. She managed and lied to get close to the boy by telling the police that she was his girlfriend and also the reason for his attempt to commit suicide. The negotiation on the bridge ended like a romantic comedy when Liu hugged the boy and kissed him unexpectedly. Police took advantage of the situation to take away the boy’s knife and pull him inside the handrail of the bridge.
This is the Rod of Asclepius, the staff that the Greek God of Healing carried. It wraps around an incision scar, and it is a symbol of healing for the bone disease that I have lived with most of my life.
It was done by Chris Escobedo of Elite Tattoos in Phoenix, Arizona.
this is fantastic.