nprfreshair:

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats joins Fresh Air to talk about his new novel, Wolf in White Van, his dark adolescence, and the best part of his job: 

"I hang out and sign records for an hour or two hours every night and I like to hear as many people’s stories as I can, because if somebody wants to share their story with me, I want to honor that. … But if you’re hearing a bunch of [stories], it gets very intense. It’s a lot.

I feel a duty. … I really think there’s a lot of music you can use to heal and save yourself. It’s not like I have some magic power and I reached inside somebody and said, “Oh, you didn’t know this about yourself until I wrote this song.” That’s not true. What I did is I made a thing, and somebody who needed to find something found mine and chose to meet me out on that ground.

It’s this area of communication that is unique to music, I think. That’s a choice that the listener makes to share that part of themselves with the artist who hopefully shared part of himself. … It’s very intense to have those sorts of conversations, have people sharing stuff that may be a secret, but I try to be worthy of it. It’s an honor. I’ve worked a lot of jobs — this is the best one.”

kir-za:

Flowers in lines.

2012. sketchbook and paper, faber-castell pen

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here-to-see-queen-mycroft:

"My anaconda don’t …"

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"My anaconda don’t …"

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"My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun!"

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beatonna:

Wee Charles Darwin

beatonna:

Wee Charles Darwin

currentsinbiology:

skunkbear:

These are “spurious correlations" (created by Tyler Vigen) paired with a comic (by XKCD).

Here’s the cool thing: Vigen points out that when we laugh at these correlations we are actually acting like scientists. He explains it better than I can in this video.

That’s one of my favorite xkcd comics!

colchrishadfield:

Big as a house. This asteroid was only detected 5 days ago; will zip past Earth on Sunday.
http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/asteroid/small-asteroid-to-safely-pass-close-to-earth-sunday/#.VAfJgPldWSq

colchrishadfield:

Big as a house. This asteroid was only detected 5 days ago; will zip past Earth on Sunday.

http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/asteroid/small-asteroid-to-safely-pass-close-to-earth-sunday/#.VAfJgPldWSq

"The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)"

When Whites Just Don’t Get It / NYT

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New tattoo from poopbird!! So good!!!

New tattoo from poopbird!! So good!!!

mattbors:

Fear of a Black Victim