17.6.17

15 Lizards You Can't Believe Are Even Real

source: the dodo    Lindsey Robertson




This dapper gent who's rather photogenic.


This scaly friend who will happily hold your candy for you.


This itty-bitty finger-climber ...


... And an even SMALLER explorer!


This bearded dragon who may or may not be hitting on you.


This little gecko who is all smiles.


This total lounge lizard.


 This little gecko grabbin' his toesies ...


This bearded dragon who's dreaming of becoming an ACTUAL dragon.


 This one who's very pleased with his banana hat.







This stylish lady who's catching up on all the latest trends.












... And his evil doppelgänger who is looking pretty devious.


10.6.17

19 Sacrifices Every Cat Owner Makes

source: RandomEnthusiasm

Never being able to wear short sleeves ever again


Sacrificing your sanity when you create an elaborate costume for your cat.


Having any wall space that won't be immediately colonized by your cat.


Giving up a large chunk of your home to your cat's litter box, so they get the privacy they DEMAND.


And again when you make them an Instagram account.


Ever having a nice, quiet, disruption-free dinner again.



Losing your seat every time you get up to go to the bathroom or kitchen or anywhere really.


 Getting a full night's sleep.


Having enough money for your own food after buying your cat's.


Letting your cat's exercise equipment take over your living room.


Constantly feeling cat hairs on your face and never really being clean because of that.


Having any bathroom privacy.


Being able to use your computer for more than five minutes.


Spending half your paycheck on toys that go unused.


Or leave drinks unattended.


So many hours spent build entertaining, yet completely unnecessary, furniture for your cat.


Being able to invest in nice furniture.


Or anything black for that matter.




4.6.17

The World as I See it – An Essay by Albert Einstein

source: Aliented Me

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…

“I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…”


“My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. It is an irony of fate that I myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault, and no merit, of my own. The cause of this may well be the desire, unattainable for many, to understand the few ideas to which I have with my feeble powers attained through ceaseless struggle. I am quite aware that for any organization to reach its goals, one man must do the thinking and directing and generally bear the responsibility. But the led must not be coerced, they must be able to choose their leader. In my opinion, an autocratic system of coercion soon degenerates; force attracts men of low morality… The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.

“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor… This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”


The text of Albert Einstein’s copyrighted essay, “The World As I See It,” was shortened for this Web exhibit. The essay was originally published in “Forum and Century,” vol. 84, pp. 193-194, the thirteenth in the Forum series, Living Philosophies. It is also included in Living Philosophies (pp. 3-7) New York: Simon Schuster, 1931. For a more recent source, you can also find a copy of it in A. Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, based on Mein Weltbild, edited by Carl Seelig, New York: Bonzana Books, 1954 (pp. 8-11).