The Meaning of Happiness

Originally posted on Cold:

storm and merry go roundMy youngest daughter, Josephine, had a birthday this past Friday the 13th.

At seven, she is dreamy, funny, contemplative and just delighted with herself. Typical of her age cohort, she tore apart her wrapping paper with a fiendish glee, strutted around in her brand new mermaid tail (though she has her doubts that mermaids actually exist, she still holds out hope that she can become one, say, as a career or lifestyle choice), and spent half the day talking to herself in the mirror as she is apt to do.

It was during one of these mirror episodes that she turned to me suddenly and said, “Mom, was the day I was born just the happiest day of your life?”

Huh.

It was not.

The day of her birth and the subsequent few years were by most standards pretty horrible, in fact. Not post-apocalyptic horrible, but bad enough so that…

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The Greatest Horror Movies You Haven’t Seen

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

As Halloween approaches, you’ll be inundated with more spooky stories and fiendish films than you can possibly consume before October 31. However, if you’re looking for a creepy movie to curl up with that doesn’t star a madman named Freddy, Jason, or Michael, we have a solution. These underrated, under-seen, and unusual horror films offer something scary that strays from the norm. You’ll still find supernatural terror, psychopathic killers, and ghastly creatures in our slate of 15, but these original, beautifully photographed stories are refreshingly different from the usual Halloween fare.

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“Song 2″ (blur)

I got my head checked
By a jumbo jet
It wasn’t easy
But nothing is, no
Woo Hoo

When I feel heavy metal
Woo Hoo!
And I’m pins and I’m needles
Woo Hoo!
Well I lie and I’m easy

All of the time
But I’m never sure
Why I need you
Pleased to meet you

I got my head done
When I was young
It’s not my problem
It’s not my problem
Woo Hoo!

When I feel heavy metal
Woo Hoo!
And I’m pins and I’m needles
Woo Hoo!
Well I lie and I’m easy

All of the time
But I’m never sure
Why I need you
Pleased to meet you

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Oh yeah…

J.W.

This Guy Bought a Space Suit & Made a Photo Series About an Everyday Astronaut

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

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Last November, photographer Tim Dodd found himself the lone bidder of a Russian high altitude space suit on an auction website called RRauction and he’s been scheming how to best use the suit ever since. On his website, Dodd explains that he’s recently been revisiting his childhood love for space and his obsession was growing “stronger and stronger”.

Dodd decided that the best use of the suit was to project his inner child, the one that still dreams about space. And that’s how, A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut, was born. It’s Dodd’s first photo series (he’s a seasoned wedding photographer) and judging from the standalone Facebook page, Everyday Astronaut will (hopefully) become an ongoing photo series.

To see the entire 17-picture series, check out Dodd’s official website. You can also like his Official and Everyday Astronaut pages on Facebook.

If you have time…

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“I am Darren Wilson” / St. Louis & the Geography of Fear

Originally posted on Quartz:

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—“I am Darren Wilson.”

The slogan is all over the St. Louis metropolitan area: on T-shirts worn by soccer moms, on rubber bracelets worn by police officers, on signs held by their wives. “I am Darren Wilson,” they proclaim, in a show of affinity with the white police officer who  shot black teenager Michael Brown to death in the street in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. “I am Darren Wilson,” they affirm, as St. Louis waits for a grand jury to rule whether the most infamous police officer in America will be indicted.

Everyone in St. Louis is afraid. The discrepancy in what they fear is tearing the region apart. Ferguson protesters—and much of black St. Louis—fear the police. They fear officers like Wilson, whom they believe view black men as inherently threatening and deserving of lethal force. Since Aug. 9, protesters have proclaimed “I am Michael Brown”…

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Your Guitar Weeps Because it is Terrified: The Beatles’ Scariest Songs

Originally posted on Sticks As Playthings:

The Beatles get a lot of credit.  They are generally considered to be the greatest musical entity of the 20th Century.  This makes sense, because they were.  Much has been written by individuals more qualified than myself about how The Fab Four revolutionized not just an entire music industry, but an entire generation of youth.  This makes sense, because they did.

Within the hallowed realm of Rock and Roll, The Beatles were progenitors, spokespeople, influencers, or inventors of a wide swath of musical stylings, from straight-ahead 50’s-style rock n’ roll (“Twist and Shout”) to psychedelic (“I Am the Walrus”) to punk (the feedback opening to “I Feel Fine”, the entire post-1967 attitude of John Lennon) to heavy metal (“Helter Skelter”) to acoustic folk (“Norwegian Wood”) to protest rock (“Revolution”) to alt-freak free associative statement art (“Revoltuion 9″) to, of course, pop music (everything they ever wrote).  Their music was the stated foundation for acts as…

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