Daft Punk & Jay Z, “Computerized” (produced by Kanye West)
California’s governor declared a severe drought emergency on Friday to help the state seek federal aid as it grapples with what could turn out to be the driest year in recorded state history.
Photo: Snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California in January 2013 (L) and January 2014 (R). NASA Handout photos.
In with the New
2013 was not that bad. So was 2012, but I think every year just keeps getting better and better.
A few years ago, I used think it was hard for me to fit in anywhere because of how my interests were different from the people I see. It took me a while to figure out that that’s how I am, and no one really gives a fuck because this world needs at least 1 Toan Bui.
I have so much more confidence and optimism in everything I do now that I’m afraid I’ll bite off more than I can chew. I stupidly feel invincible.
Here are some things I’ve come to realize:
1. Money buys happiness. Duh, what matters is how you spend it. I have bought a lot of crap for myself that I rarely even touch now. The things I’ve bought made me happy, but it was unquestionably temporary. Now, spending your money elsewhere, like say, spotting a meal for a hungry friend, now that gives you a lot of things. Company, talks, memories. I think that is what is most important. Don’t be stingy. Don’t expect people to pay you back. Just basque in the good karma.
2. Brush it off. Shit happens. So don’t just lie around in the shit dude. This is probably the thing that helped me out the most. The less you worry, the less you stress out, the less time you spend dwelling on how bad of a situation you’re in, the better you will be. Easy to say because everyone handles things differently. There have been a lot of dream crushing, heart breaking moments for me this past year, but none of them seem to stand out as being an absolute soul-trampler. Boy they could have been. Brushing them off as little obstacles allowed me to enjoy the good times I’ve had without being interrupted by the haunting thoughts I could have had. Looking back I don’t even think I’ve had a particularly bad day in 2013. Just minor setbacks and petty hinderances. OH, and the less you stress out about shit, THE BETTER YOUR SKIN WILL BE. TRUST ME! Being happy makes you beautiful.
3. Meet as many people as you can. Be the first to introduce yourself. Yeah, you’ll forget their names. It’s serendipity, and a handshake is the first step. Network, make new friends from different places, even if it’s just small talk. I wasn’t much of a chatter nor could I carry on an interesting conversation, but the more people I met, the more comfortable I became with people in general. Growing up, I was taught that the world is a dangerous and malicious place. That’s a load of bullshit lol. Give people the benefit of the doubt and trust them. If they break that trust, then yeah, they’re assholes. But 97% of the people I have met this past year have been a delight. Those who think the whole world is judging you or out to get you, grow the fuck up. Seriously lol.
4. Don’t be afraid to flaunt your happiness. If you’re excited, you fucking dance! If your life is blissful, fucking shout! I see a lot of good happen to people, but rarely ever see any satisfaction. Good that you have high standards when it comes to your happiness. That will only bring better things to you, but damn, you’ve got to celebrate the good times… lmao. If you find a $5 bill on the floor, don’t just be like “fuck yeah ya nigga just came up $5,” and walk off cmon man! Be able to recognize and be happy for the little things that come your way on a daily basis. It will change you.
5. Go unnoticed. Try to good deeds and good things for people without people knowing. I know a lot of people make fun of others who brag about how they just did this for that person/stranger. You don’t want to be that person. Trust. Don’t plea for recognition, be recognized. The world of the day is humility. We don’t see a lot of it.. and that’s because good people don’t go around telling everyone they’re generous or thoughtful. If you could easily do something that would make another person’s life a little better, I shouldn’t have to say.. just do it. Like picking up your trash when you see someone walking around picking up other people’s trash. It’s not that hard.
On a side note, I’m really happy that I moved out before the end (like hours) of 2013. It’s a good, new air. But I’m moving out from my new place to another at the end of the month… LOL. For the better! 2014 has been good to me so far, even though it’s only been 9 days. It’s gonna be good. I CAN FEEL IT
The History and Future of Everything — Time
I’m not much, but I’m all I have.
Once upon a time, he says, people were not born separate from each other, they were born in twined—kind of coupled with each other.
So they were boys attached to boys, and they were girls attached to girls, and of course, boys and girls together in a wonderfully intimate ball. And back then we had eight limbs; there were four on top, four on the bottom, and you didn’t have to walk if you didn’t want to, you could roll, and roll we did. We rolled backwards and we rolled forwards, achieving fantastic speeds that gave us a kind of courage. And then the courage swelled to pride. And the pride became arrogance. And then we decided that we were greater than the gods and we tried to roll up the heaven and take over heaven and the gods, alarmed, struck back, and Zeus, in his fury, hurled down lightning bolts and struck everyone in two—into perfect halves.
So all of a sudden couples who’ve been warm and tight and wedged together were now detached, and alone, and lost, and desperate, and losing the will to live. And the gods seen what they have done, worried that humans might not survive, or even multiply again, and of course they needed humans to give sacrifices and pay attention to them.
So the gods decided on a few repairs. Instead of heads facing backward or out, they would rotate our heads back forward. They pulled our skin taught and knotted it right here at the belly button. Genitalia, too, were moved to the front, so if we wanted to, you know, we could. And most important, they left us with a memory. It was a longing for that original other half of ourselves. The boy or the girl who used to make us whole. And that longing is still so deep in all of us; men for men, women for women, men for women for each other that it has been the lot of humans ever since to travel the world looking for our other half. And when, says Aristophanes, when one of us meets another, we recognize each other right away. We just know this. We’re lost in an amazement of love, and friendship, and intimacy. We won’t get out of each other’s sight, even for a moment. These are people, he says, who pass their whole lives together and yet if you ask them, they could not explain what they desire of each other… They just do.
The color of the Aurora depends on the altitude and the atom being struck by solar radiation (causing excitation). At higher altitudes, there is more Atomic Oxygen than Nitrogen, leading to the common color stratifications you see.
500-200 km altitude
— Atomic Oxygen — Red
— Atomic Oxygen — Greenish-Yellow
— Ionized Nitrogen — Blue/Purple
— Nitrogen (N2) — Crimson
Oxygen only emits red at higher altitudes because once it’s excited, it takes a longer time to emit red than it does green. Why is that important? Well, at lower altitudes there is more Nitrogen for the Oxygen to bump into and absorb that excitation-energy before it gets a chance to emit red light. In this case, where the collision occurs, the Oxygen will emit Green and at low enough altitudes the Nitrogen-Oxygen collisions eventually prevent Oxygen from emitting any light at all.
During stronger storms, high energy solar particles will reach lower in the atmosphere and cause the Crimson emission from Nitrogen, creating a deep-red band at the lower edge of the aurora. Other elements emit light too, like Hydrogen (Blue) or Helium (Purple) which are at higher altitudes.
Batkid Saves San Francisco
A boy’s wish to be Batman inspired thousands of volunteers to help turn the streets of San Francisco into Gotham City today.
Five-year-old Miles, aka Batkid, has been fighting Leukemia since he was a baby. The Make-a-Wish Foundation helped organize an entire day catered to the caped crusader. Miles, whose cancer is in remission, rode in a Batmobile, rescued a damsel in distress and helped police capture the Riddler and the Penguin. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee even gave Miles a key to the city.