1. litchfieldprisonblues:

    Being a god damn angel.

    (Source: rnermaid-motel, via thetrevorproject)

  2. mashable:

    Dronies Are the New Selfie

    Because selfies just weren’t cutting it anymore

  3. vicemag:

    Photographer Zak Arcander on Butterflies, Raves, and Being Alive

    What defines an American perspective today? What does an American look like and more importantly how does an American look? Our society privileges the self, it is a culture that valorizes consumption and idealizes “self actualization”. In short, we live in a society that dictates humans as agents of desire. It is from within this infrastructure that we struggle to create and foster communities. In a self-centered social order, where do we come together and what do we gather around? Although there may not be one succinct answer, all of us are looking for it. If there is a common subject within Zak Arctander’s images, it is that of the pursuant gaze, a subject in a relentless search for the often intangible object of its desire. I sat down with Zak to talk about butterflies and being alive.
    VICE: Tell me a little about your background.
    Zak Arctander: I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, a place called Arlington Heights. I made skateboard videos throughout high school. My parents and my sister are all artists. 
    How did skateboarding videos lead you to the work you make now? 
    When I was filming/photographing skateboarding it was pretty similar to how I work now. The street was the stage for the drama; I was freezing and framing action. What is different now is I’m not so closely collaborating with the people I am photographing. They are mostly strangers that I encounter briefly.
    It is clear from the images that your subjects are being captured in moments of telling inbetween-ness: not a decisive moment, but the fugue state between. There is a darkness that pervades the images, a darkness that seems to be located in relation to human desires. Are you ever disturbed by the images you create?
    Disturbed isn’t a word that ever really crosses my mind. I have felt shaken. I definitely think about desire and how everyone is reaching for something outside of themselves. It sounds sort of ridiculous but when I consider what I’m after I still turn to Delillo’s phrase “magic and dread.” 


  4. glaad:

    Today, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity against federal workers and contractors.

    (via thetrevorproject)

  5. nprfreshair:

    "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."  - Nelson Mandela 


    Today is Nelson Mandela Day, marked by his birthday. This is the first Mandela Day since his death last December. 

  6. bitterjamie:

    New York Pride 2014

    Happy Pride NYC!!!

    (via gmanxxx)

  7. freedomtomarry:

    As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court gutting DOMA, share this graphic to show that America is ready for the freedom to marry nationwide. Washington Post/ABC News poll March 2014: http://wapo.st/OZZFN2 

  8. foodandwine:

    © John Kernick

    Healthy Monday: Charred shishito peppers add an appealing smoky flavor to this traditional Greek-style salad made with cucumber, feta, olives and watermelon.

    Recipe: Watermelon, Feta and Charred Pepper Salad


  9. "Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together – surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth."
    — Astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan in the 1980s documentary series 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage'  (via plantedcity)

    (via plantedcity)

  10. humansofnewyork:

    "I’m a neuroscience researcher."
    "If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
    "Listen to your inner voice."
    "You’re a scientist. Isn’t ‘inner voice’ a spiritual term?"
    "Bullshit! You’ll hear scientists talking about following their inner voice as much as you’d hear a musician or a priest."
    "So how do you know which of your thoughts are your true inner voice?"
    "All of them are! The question is— how much weight do you give them? How much authority do you give your own thoughts? Are you taking them seriously? Or are you sitting in front of the damn tube letting other people tell you what to think?"