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IT IS GETTING BETTER

i just burst into tears this is amazing

remember that scripture about how a group of friends took up the bed of their friend and carried it so they could get healed? It was the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

This is so real… that bolded is so real…

this oughta make him gtfo
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runingly:

kieradoe:

dynastylnoire:

monicalewinsky1996:

pastel-gizibe:

shannonwest:

equalityandthecity:

(via Students help Emma Sulkowicz carry mattress to class in first collective carry)

Y E S 

IT IS GETTING BETTER

i just burst into tears this is amazing

remember that scripture about how a group of friends took up the bed of their friend and carried it so they could get healed? It was the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

This is so real… that bolded is so real…

this oughta make him gtfo

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artofcarmen:

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themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

As I understand this ruling, it means that businesses now have to pay extra to ISPs to have access to their websites through that ISP provided at a reasonable speed. If you don’t pay, users’ access to your website will be slowed to a crawl - so independent people and small businesses can forget about getting onto that high speed access tier. 

This means that the American internet is going to be firmly under the control of those who have the most money. You’ll only get to see the content of those who can pay the ISPs to provide access at a reasonable speed. This means that you can expect to see skewed representation of just about everything, with those bigger businesses who can afford to pay ISPs a premium for access deciding what you can and cannot read, view and consume on the internet.

This is not something that we have in the UK. Our ISPs compete with each other to provide higher speeds, better services and lower prices, but because there’s a monopoly in the US of a few ISPs who provide services, they can afford to do this to you. You can’t go anywhere else, after all.

Everyone in the US needs to sign that petition, call their representatives, write angry letters and do whatever you can to tell your government that this ruling is Not Okay.

Maybe you guys are sick of this post but It’s really important to freelance artists and pretty much everyone who uses the internet, so here it is again.  \o0o/

I made a date with these guys today. October 25 in Raleigh. It will be my 29th Wilco show and my first in North Carolina. It’s kind of crazy to drive about 14 hours roundtrip, but it’s the only show of the tour remotely possible, and I couldn’t go until 2015 without seeing them.

It also occurred to me today that a run of Chicago shows including a New Year’s Eve show would be terrific. Get on that, guys!

New beginnings

I think my fundamental problem in life is that I want to write books and be a successful academic, but I also just want to sit on the couch and listen to records or play Mario Kart or watch Phish webcasts.

I had to have my cat put to sleep thirteen days ago, and I’m the saddest I’ve ever been in my adult life. Sadness is different than depression, and while I’m thankful for that, sadness still screws up your life. I can’t sleep. I can’t sit still and have instead been cleaning and reorganizing everything in my house as if a better sense of order will solve anything. I feel like I’m fighting something big and don’t know how I’m going to win, just that I have to.

I made a promise to myself thirteen days ago that the next year will be for me. In my job and in most other parts of my life I put the focus on other people and on how I can help them. I’m not necessarily going to stop doing that, but I’m going to take a few steps back and learn how to better do the same thing for myself. Too often I lose myself in my work and don’t have much left to for nurturing myself.

After teaching through the entire summer and then losing Jack days before the semester started, I realized I need to put myself first for awhile. The biggest thing I want to focus on is my writing. I’ve had three pieces accepted this year and would like to get a few more. I also realized just now while I was cleaning my office that I have at least three book projects in the works: the memoir I’ve been trying to write since 2008, the novel I wrote for my dissertation that I want to rewrite, and a novel about a set of characters I dreamed up in college and feel like have never really left me. I have stories to tell, and I need to stop being afraid of failure and just write—even if it’s just a page a day.

There are other things I’d like to do, too, especially my usual ongoing goal of seeing as many shows as I can. I’ve read a pathetically small number of books this year but have some great ones here right now that I’m looking forward to digging into. I want to start making art again for the first time since I was a teenager. I need to see the chiropractor and get back to my acupuncturist this week, and next week I’m going to see my doctor and a nutritionist in his office who I think can help me get my weight loss and quest to get healthier back on track.

I’m going to lose myself in things—things I really love and that I know are good for me. I feel very lost right now, and I know I have to fight through it to try to help myself

Jack brought me so much happiness in the ten years, two months, and three days I had him in my life. Losing him has been heartbreaking, but I think it could be the start of a new phase in my life.

I’m also going to learn not to feel guilty for taking some down time. Mario Kart and Phish webcasts are good for the soul sometimes, I think.

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