Saturday 2014, Week 1: Linkage


The first collage party of the year starts this morning!

"Laugh. Express yourself,truthfully. Take care of yourself. You're important. Stop hiding. You have only ONE life. Know what you want and passionately pursue it. Stop wasting time."

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Happy new year!

🎉Oh, Gala, I love her so much. Here's a round up of her best "go get 'em" posts to make 2014 the best year of your entire life!

🎉Time to clean up the Christmas decorations.

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How to cook the perfect amount of pasta:
1. Pour out how much you think you need.
2. Wrong.

🎉This recently married man decided marriage was not for him. And that actually made him MORE romantic.

🎉Have you heard? Why snap chat is guilty. And why everyone should delete that app.

🎉This quote is probably the most important quote you'll ever read.

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🎉Ever watch Buffy? Here's Spike and his fabulous cheekbones.

🎉Remember: Keep the spirit of Christmas year-long.

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I said to the sun, ‘Tell me about the big bang.’ The sun said, ‘it hurts to become.’--Andrea Gibson

🎉Here are 42 NEW New Years resolutions.
#12 and #25 are my most favorite.

🎉On a more serious note, but equally awesome, here are some fresh starts for the new year.

🎉Radiolab is my favorite show on NPR. (Might be tied with Wait Wait) they did a spot on Morning Edition: Radiolab +willpower +chocolate cake.

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🎉On marching to the beat of a different drummer.

To all my friends who had babies this past year and all my friends who are getting engaged left and right: congratulations.

I am truly happy for you all. It's a wonderful thing to live vicariously through each and every one of you.

That's not my path. Not yet.

🎉However, I would like to have a traveling love like this.

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"At all costs try to avoid granting yourself the status of the victim.

Of all the parts of your body, be most vigilant over your index finger, for it is blame-thirsty. A pointed finger is a victim’s logo — the opposite of the V-sign and a synonym for surrender.

No matter how abominable your condition may be, try not to blame anything or anybody: history, the state, superiors, race, parents, the phase of the moon, childhood, toilet training, etc.
The menu is vast and tedious, and this vastness and tedium alone should be offensive enough to set one’s intelligence against choosing from it.

The moment that you place blame somewhere, you undermine your resolve to change anything; it could be argued even that that blaine-thirsty finger oscillates as wildly as it does because the resolve was never great enough in the first place. After all, a victim status is not without its sweetness. It commands compassion, confers distinction, and whole nations and continents bask in the murk of mental discounts advertised as the victim’s conscience.

There is an entire victim-culture, ranging from private counselors to international loans. The professed goal of this network notwithstanding, its net result is that of lowering one’s expectations from the threshold, so that a measly advantage could be perceived or billed as a major breakthrough. Of course, this is therapeutic and, given the scarcity of the world’s resources, perhaps even hygienic, so for want of a better identity, one may embrace it — but try to resist it.

However abundant and irrefutable is the evidence that you are on the losing side, negate it as long as you have your wits about you, as long as your lips can utter “No.”

On the whole, try to respect life not only for its amenities but for its hardships, too. They are a part of the game, and what’s good about a hardship is that it is not a deception. Whenever you are in trouble, in some scrape, on the verge of despair or in despair, remember: that’s life speaking to you in the only language it knows well.

In other words, try to be a little masochistic: without a touch of masochism, the meaning of life is not complete.

If this is of any help, try to remember that human dignity is an absolute, not a piecemeal notion, that it is inconsistent with special pleading, that it derives its poise from denying the obvious.

Should you find this argument a bit on the heady side, think at least that by considering yourself a victim you but enlarge the vacuum of irresponsibility that demons or demagogues love so much to fill, since a paralyzed will is no dainty for angels."
-Joseph Brodsky

🎉I'm doing a pay-what-you-want sale.20140103-125228.jpg
🎉Also: There's still time to sign up for an entire year of massage! How?

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