David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via hardtobeagod)
Exactly how I’m feeling right now.
Today is brought to you by the letter R.
Talk like a pirate day.
The Scottish Declaration of Independence, April 6th 1320
The Declaration of Arbroath was made in the form of a letter, composed in Latin and submitted to Pope John XXII in the year of 1320. Its purpose was to get the pope to acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king, to assert Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and to defend Scotland’s right to use military force when unjustly attacked. It was most likely drafted in the scriptorium of Arbroath Abbey by Abbot Bernard on behalf of the nobles and barons of Scotland. Eight earls and about forty barons attached their seals to the Declaration. The following is one of its most popular excerpts:
"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
The Declaration of Arbroath represents the founding of the Scottish nation and it has been credited as being part of the inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.
After having lived in Edinburgh for nearly four years, I wish all my Scottish friends the best, whatever the outcome! Wish I could be there, I can only imagine how nervous/excited everyone is…
Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, was unveiled at the Museum this afternoon. He will be on public view for just over 3 months, through January 4, 2015. Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life.
A recent Radiolab episode about the Galapagos featured the tale of ‘Lonesome George.’
More on the solitary tortoise from NPR:
I like turtles.
Please do your own research and nt just trust the politicians (it’s their job to lie and leave out incriminating info) and for the love of GLOB!!! DO. NOT. VOTE YES/NO JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE IS!!! I don’t care if they’re your father, mother, brother, friend, whatever! Do not base your vote on someone else’s opinion!
Good advice wherever you live. For the love of Glob.
Tobey Maguire looks like an eighth grader on school picture day in a promotional shoot for Spiderman