Writers are forgetful,
but they remember everything.
They forget appointments and anniversaries,
but remember what you wore,
how you smelled,
on your first date…
They remember every story you’ve ever told them -
but forget what you’ve just said.
They don’t remember to water the plants
or take out the trash,
but they don’t forget how
to make you laugh.
Writers are forgetful
the important things.
John Wesley (via surbeat)
I BET THAT IF TWO KIDS LIVED IN THOSE TWO HOUSES THAT THEY WOULD COME OUT ON THEIR ALMOST CONJOINING ROOFS OUTSIDE THEIR BEDROOM WINDOWS AND TALK AND BE BEST FRIENDS AND FALL IN LOVE.
I will not write fluff to that. I won’t. No.
LUCY I FOUND IT
But what if instead of two kids, it was, say, a kid and an old woman? And at first they just ignore each other and keep their blinds down and curtains shut, but then the kid climbs out onto the roof one spring morning to get a frisbee and she’s got the window open bc it’s so nice out and she tells him to cut that out, it’s not a jungle gym and maybe the kid shows off a bit and nearly falls, and the old woman catches his arm…. anyway, so sometimes they leave the windows open and the kid’ll show off his comic books or asks what rhymes with ‘beautiful’ (and it’s totally for homework shut up), and the old woman tells him about all the protests and marches she took part in, and asks him the name of that one cute pop star (it’s absolutely for her crossword now shush). And the old woman gives the kid relationship advice, and doesn’t tell when he tries a bit too much of his parents’ liquor cabinet one time, and the kid comes over and shows her how to use the smartphone her daughter bought for her, and doesn’t tell when she sneaks a cigarrette out of said daughter’s bag. And when the weather’s too bad to open the windows, they tape silly pictures or notes to the glass for the other to see (the kid makes sure to make his extra big so she doesn’t have to admit her eyeight isn’t what it used to be), and when it is nice the kid will sneak over and leave seashells on her windowsill, because the old woman said once she misses the sea, but she can’t travel like she used to. And one day he peeks in her window and sees her on the floor, and calls 911 and basically saves her life because she had a stroke and nobody would’ve known in time otherwise. And when she finally gets back from the hospital, just for a while because her daughter’s talking about a retirement home where she’ll have plenty of medical care and lots of friends her age, the kid comes through the window and then pulls another kid through the window who he introduces as his boyfriend, and says he wanted her to meet him. And she sniffs and interrogates the boyfriend in proper elderly relative fashion, and then declares him worthy of her boy— barely. And when she finally does have to go to that retirement home, the kid still comes to visit her, and always leaves seashells on the windowsill.
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The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce “I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.”
Life is short.
Advertising can be a tricky thing. Well not anymore. This is THE headline. Well, it is technically in testing phase right now but I think with a bit of polish this’ll solve all of advertising, forever.
Every brand, every product and every campaign - "Life is short, X is shorter".
I tend to give the same advice to writers over and over, because they ask the same questions over and over: I want to be a writer, what should I DO? And the only reply I can ever give them is, you have to write. You have to finish what you write. You have to keep going.
Neil Gaiman (via souvenirsandlostluggage)
New wireless devices communicate without batteries.
University of Washington Engineers have developed wireless transmitters and receivers which are able to communicate over short distances without an in-built energy source.
Instead of a battery, the devices use a technique known as ‘ambient backscatter’, where they detect, harness, and reflect TV signals to create a sort of “morse code” which can transmit small amounts of data between the devices.
During testing the devices were used in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations around Seattle, and successfully communicated with each other at distances of up to 2.5 feet at 1 kilobit per second. That’s enough to send information such as a sensor readings, text messages and contact information.
Potential uses for the devices include allowing wearable devices such as smartwatches to send text messages or emails without power, or as a secondary method of communication when their batteries run out. It could also allow battery-free wireless sensor networks, for example, sensors placed in a bridge could monitor the health of the concrete and steel, then send an alert if one of the sensors picks up a hairline crack.
The competition has been aggressive during this period of uncertainty, but we are, as we have always been, determined to prove to you why Dell is the best solutions provider to meet your needs.
Michael Dell, in an open letter to Dell’s “customers and partners” about his ongoing efforts to take the struggling company private.
Just how bad is the PC industry right now? Focus on the “solutions provider” part. IBM doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being way ahead on this move.
Movie Idea #002
"He will never get a hug again, or fall in love. Sad."
Viral Video of the Day: 11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Slams Arranged Marriage
Meet Nada Al-Ahdal, an incredibly smart and brave 11-year-old Yemeni girl who fled her home to escape a family-arranged marriage that she never signed up for.
What an eloquent 11 year old.
From the birth of the World Wide Web to media-rich HTML5 and (almost) everything in between – a tidy summary of the history of web design in just under 2 minutes.