At this point the thing I’m most thankful for is probably having a child who is so much healthier than I was at his age.
The only word to describe myself as a child is “sickly”. I have allergy-induced asthma that went undiagnosed until I was 11, and my fiercest allergy is dust mites. Until I was 12, we lived in a converted 19th century barn; coincidentally, every time (and this is not an exaggeration, I actually mean every time) that I got a cold, I would develop either bronchitis or pneumonia. I was kept alive by a combination of antibiotics and a bronchodilator called Slo-Bid, along with a fair amount of Benadryl on the off days.
My son is now two and a half, and for the most part his resemblance to a childhood me is eerie. He’s shy, extremely physically cautious, rule-focused, and fond of memorizing the books we read to him. But one crucial difference so far has been health. He’s big and tall — 35 pounds already, compared to the 45 I weighed in first grade — and though he gets sick like all the other kids, there is nothing like the pattern I displayed.
I’m not sure the sort of pride that this instills will translate to anyone else, but there you go. Happy Thanksgiving.
Honestly 30 percent of the reason I started a Tumblr is to take credit for this. YES I WROTE THIS, I AM THE GREATEST AWL COMMENTER OF ALL (awl?) TIME
This meme, of journalists describing elected officials (or, nonsensically, municipalities) as moving to dismantle these protests because their “patience wore thin” is particularly irksome. Because, and any competent editor/reporter should know this, the right to peaceably assemble isn’t subject to the “patience” of an elected official. To describe it this way is to accept that citizens are allowed in any public space only at the sufferance of their government, and at least for now in the U.S., that simply isn’t true.
If the vaguely defined “1 percent” have all the power, then no amount of sign-waving, slogan-chanting or locale-occupation will have any influence. […] So if the protests end in any status other than quo, then the 1 percent is a myth, normal people have plenty of influence, and the protestors were just wasting everyone’s time. However, if the Occupy movement dies without inspiring any substantial changes in the U.S. political scene, then it will prove that they were right all along.
In other words, the Occupy movement can only succeed by failing completely.” —Lore Sjöberg
A: yes. Precisely. Which means ——- are you seated?
Photons have no ticking time at all, which means, as far as they are concerned, they are absorbed the instant they are emitted, even if the distance traveled is across the universe itself.” —I am Neil deGrasse Tyson — AMA (reddit)