“If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home.”—― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
Hi! That Fae deck you were sharing/going to be in? It's pretty cool! It's also based on the Kingkiller series, the first book is The Name of The Wind. It's really good and I think you should check it out, it's really amazing!
I will just link you to this post in which I gush like a mad man about The Name of the Wind.
Starring Jamie Denbo as Desdemona Hughes and Arden Myrin as Betty Hughes. Also starring Craig Cackowski as Baron Lightworker; Chris Tallman as Marco; Paul F. Tompkins as Rick Stanton; Annie Savage as Hannah Emma Otto; and Mark Gagliardi as Finnerty, the…
Great performances from all, even the ones to whom I’m not married.
Everyone is aware of how amazing the Thrilling Adventure Hour is…right?
There’s this meme on the Internet about a little cartoon character and the air hurting the little cartoon character’s face. This meme has been hurting my feelings and borderline infuriating me for weeks and I couldn’t figure out why. But I finally did yesterday.
I used to live in Portland, Oregon. I love Portland. I LOVE Portland. Of all the cities bigger than Missoula, Montana, it is my very favorite. It’s nice there.
But my very favorite memory of living in Portland was during what Portland considered a blizzard (and I did too, at the time). No one drove. The whole city seemed to shut down. Everyone slid on their skis and swooshed to the grocery store together. There was one day where I couldn’t ride my bike so I carried it home. Everyone was pink-cheeked and excited and a little nervous about crossing bridges on skis. Everyone was on the same team.
It was dark and quiet and I loved it.
And I knew I couldn’t live there anymore.
In Missoula, the air is so cold and dry that it frequently hurts my face and freezes my hair. In the summer, the air can burn my throat and lungs. And sometimes, in the spring, the run-off from the snow that was too cold and sometimes too dangerous, but that we need to stave off the fires, sometimes that run-off floods parts of town and destroys people’s homes.
So, why am I living in a place where the air hurts my face? I live in Missoula because everyone is on the same team. Yesterday an avalanche buried three people in their yards and homes. Yesterday, in that same instant, 50 people grabbed shovels and ran toward an avalanche in search for their neighbors.
A couple summers ago, when Tower Road flooded, people from all over town were out there, up to their thighs in water, bagging sand all through the night.
This past summer, when we could see the flames in Lolo all the way from the Higgins Street bridge, no one in this gorgeous little town was doing anything but thinking of, and planning how to help, their neighbors living in the Bitterroot.
An avalanche so close to town is scary and, to say the least, unexpected. But 50 people running to your rescue without a second thought for their own safety, that’s a group of individuals who choose to live in a place where the air hurts their face. Those individuals are tough and real and sympathetic and brave and kind and first, and very foremost, neighborly.
I live in a place where the air hurts my face because I want to live next to the people who also choose to live in this place. I want to be those people.
Just sharing this thing that Caitlin, part of the SciShow team, wrote about Missoula. I can’t wait to get back and let the air hurt my face.
RUSSIA HAS DECLARED THAT THEY’RE INVADING UKRAINE OFFICIALLY. NOT EVEN HIDING BEHIND OLD AGREEMENTS. Britain has to aid the Ukrainians against the Russians now, America warned Russia not to, with consequences if they did, so now they’re involved, Canada was looking into what Russia was doing to see how bad it was and they to have to get involved even more. WHAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY DRASTICALLY ESCALTED INTO SOMETHING RESEMBLING A WORLD WAR.
Crimea is a part of Ukraine which was a part of Russia until 1954. It is an autonomous parliamentary republic within Ukraine, and is governed by the Constitution of Crimea. It wants to be more independent from Ukraine, perhaps entirely independent, as in, its own independent nation, an initiative which Russia supports. Crimea has a majority of ethnic Russians. They speak Russian, politically they lean towards Russia, and they have no desire to align themselves with any political body which is generally seen as being in political and ideological opposition to Russia, such as, for example, the European Union. However, regional efforts to move back into alignment with Russia have been consistently blocked by Ukraine.
This is the part of Ukraine that Russia has “invaded.” There is a fair-to-good chance that the Crimean people actually invited the Russians to secure the airfields, as protection from the unrest which as we all know is gripping Ukraine right now. And they have secured the airfields: there are no Russian tanks rolling through the streets of Simferopol, shots are not being fired, the whole thing appears to be quite orderly, and the Russian army is being assisted by local Crimean volunteers.
Is this still illegal? Oh, yeah, sure. But one imagines the Russians might point out that it’s no more illegal than about three dozen things the United States has done in the past ten years. Are the Russians taking the opportunity to assert their sphere of influence over Crimea while Ukraine is disorganized and in crisis? I mean, yeah, probably. Is that a dick move? For sure. Is Ukraine going to be super, super pissed about it, when they finally get their government sorted out? You bet.
Is it an act that has even the smallest chance of leading to war? Christ, no.
So everybody relax. Russia is not going to start World War Three over a penninsula in Ukraine that’s like, almost entirely agricultural. Penis-fencing over Crimea has been going on for decades now, and it will most likely continue for decades to come.
OK Aria, everyone…Aria…for when the Vlogbrothers are too busy to understand WTF is going on in the world because we were out of touch for the last week.