limpieza de cutis / deep facial cleansing

They drove needles into my face for an hour, extremely painful, I look the exact same.

That’s what I get for being vain. Hee hee, live and learn. It was worth a shot. I decided while it was going on though that even if it worked it wouldn’t be worth it. Even if they paid me a thousand euro and promised I could look like Shakira, I wouldn’t go through that pain again. So the fact that it didn’t work is nothing compared to the relief of it being over

— 1 week ago
#limpieza de cutis  #deep facial cleansing 

I never thought anything could stop me using Firefox. I am gone Firefox, and it was a beautiful… I don’t know… 10 years? I can’t even remember using anything else. I mean.. we bought Netscape with our first computer!

I wanna make sure this isn’t some kind of a trick. That OK cupid isn’t owned by someone at google… I mean… uff!

(Source: chicklikemeblog, via lalondes)

— 2 weeks ago with 10972 notes
Yoga Rant

I just want to stretch and become fit and strong and healthy and maybe not have back problems later in life.
  Meditation I don’t mind, I know it makes you better at concentrating and has positive effects on your brain that can be seen in an MRI scanner… but then the teacher says something “this pose will cause more blood to flow to your elbows, purifying them from the toxins that build up during the day” and I don’t know if that is real biology (she has a degree in sports science and a masters in something and she studied all this) or if this is one of those things that you’re supposed to “believe”.

And you look for a yoga course online with some kind of progress teaching you how to build up to the more difficult poses and how to do things right without injuring yourself… and they are like “well the first thing you need to do the pigeon is spiritual flexibility, now close your eyes blah blah blah”  if you want to do the tree pose you need spiritual balance.. blah blah blah” I want actual balance.

And that’s not so bad but what’s annoying is when you can’t differentiate between what’s biology and what’s spirituality… like when she says “this pose is the best for getting thin because your body decides it doesn’t wish to support this extra weight any more” is that a metaphor for this pose having some effect on metabolism and your thyroid or is it just something I am supposed to “believe”..

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
#yoga spirituality biology 
Pslam 118

This was my favourite Psalm as a child, I just realized with a little tweeking I don’t have to turn my back on it:

Oh give thanks to the dog, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the dog say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
Out of my distress I called on the dog;
the dog answered me and set me free.
The dog is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The dog is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the dog
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the dog
than to trust in princes.
All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the dog I cut them off!
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the dog I cut them off!
They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the dog I cut them off!
I was pushed hard,a so that I was falling,
but the dog helped me.
The dog is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right paw of the dog does valiantly,
the right paw of the dog exalts,
the right paw of the dog does valiantly!”
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the dog.
This is the gate of the dog;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.b
This is the dog’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the dog has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O dog!
O dog, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the dog!
We bless you from the house of the dog.
The dog is dog,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
You are my dog, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my dog; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the dog, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

I used to whisper the part in bold to myself when people teased me.

— 1 month ago
Cradle Song at Twilight by Alice Meynell

The child not yet is lulled to rest.
 Too young a nurse, the slender Night
So laxly holds him to her breast
 That throbs with flight.

He plays with her, and will not sleep.
 For other playfellows she sighs;
An unmaternal fondness keep
 Her alien eyes.

— 1 month ago



Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.

I only learned about this when I moved to LA when I was 24. That’s too old to learn that about your own country. I’m glad kids in Southern California are taught about it (since it’s an unavoidable fact that affected kids’ grandparents here) but Boston public schools, shall we say, “whitewashed” this fact from my own education. Maybe they teach it now. Anyway #teens, don’t let your school hinder your education; hit the books at home too. xo

It’s weird what they don’t teach us in school or in cartoons or Hollywood movies (which is where I got most of my information on US history). I only found about about eugenics in the UK and the US this year when studying the history of psychology. It feels like the sort of thing we should all know about. Why do we all know about the 11 million people who were killed in the holocaust but not about all the people sterilized in the US? 

Even though I am not American I feel like we share a massive part of our culture and it might as well have happened at home. Similar things probably did happen at home but I don’t know about them.

I feel like when it comes to atrocities they really are the history of humans and the history of a universal psychology that we all share, and which we really need to know about all this to stop it all happening again.

P.S. The modern half of People’s History of the United States is available on youtube as an audiobook.

— 1 month ago with 20668 notes

The butterfly the ancient Grecians made
The soul’s fair emblem, and its only name –
But of the soul, escaped the slavish trade
Of mortal life! – For in this earthly frame
Ours is the reptile’s lot, much toil, much blame,
Manifold motions making little speed,
And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

— 1 month ago
blackines asked: Hi! Maybe it's a silly question, but: (hypothetically) does Vulcan copper-based blood carry more/less/the same amount of oxygen as Human iron-based one?



There are animals here on earth that have copper-based blood (called hemocyanin), actually, all of which are either mollusks or arthropods. I actually did research on the exhaustion rates of crabs in college and we’d regularly draw “blood” from them. 

I put blood in quotation marks because it’s not like our blood. We have tons of hemoglobin packed into specialized cells, while hemocyanin just hangs out in suspension in stuff that we call “hemolymph.”

Hemocyanin carries about a quarter of the oxygen of hemoglobin per unit of blood. However, it’s much better at binding with oxygen in low-temperature places with low oxygen content, which is why it’s great for crabs and lobsters and horseshoe crabs. 

So, yeah, Spock would need a LOT of blood, or, conversely, a different copper-based oxygen bonding complex to function well without four times as much blood.

— 2 months ago with 703 notes

5 year olds

Me:Okay now let's listen and see what they say, then circle the correct words
Me:Call me teacher
A:Toilet please
Me:Yes, you can. Ok now let's listen
H:When a dog is big like that and it has black spots and it's white it's called a dalmatian
Me:Ok shhhhh now let's listen
E:Teacher, my friend has a dalmatian and I have a dog and I also have a chihuahua
Me:A chihuahua is a type of dog
E:Yeah it's a type of dog and I have one and I have a dog as well
Me:Okay now let's listen
*starts the tape*
H:I have a cat ask me if I have a cat I have a cat
Me:What happens when we listen? We have to be quiet.
H:Ask me if I have a cat!
Me:Ok, have you got a cat?
— 2 months ago with 1 note
#actual conversation  #no embelishment  #meanwhile the other children sat quietly and waited 
"To me, at least in retrospect, the really interesting question is why dullness proves to be such a powerful impediment to attention. Why we recoil from the dull. Maybe it’s because dullness is intrinsically painful; maybe that’s where phrases like ‘deadly dull’ or ‘excrutiatingly dull’ come from. But there might be more to it. Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least from feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly…but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places anymore but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airports’ gates, SUVs’ backseats. Walkmen, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes that today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down."

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King (via fishingboatproceeds)

fuuuuuuuuuuuuwow I have to read some David Foster Wallace, maybe the Broom of the System was just a really bad place to start and actually he can write.

— 3 months ago with 833 notes