Puzzle Pieces: Saint Motel
last night on earth
I got to see Noah and the Whale last night. I hugged Tom Hobden, took a picture with a couple of band members, got their autographs. There is just so much perfection in above statements. Rachel and I got to be near the front, a perfect place for two small Asians. Even from the start, when we had to wait an extra hour than we anticipated for the opening band to come on, it was perfect, because...
Hi! Michelle’s over, so it doesn’t quite feel like I’m at home yet. Not in a bad way, just there isn’t that sudden “It’s summer!” rush I usually get, with the unbearable heat blasting through my house and the constant, pressing thought of “I need to do something productive with my time.” These last few days have been superb. Yesterday, we went...
Memes respond to the Rapture.
I dreaded coming to San Diego, for reasons I didn’t initially anticipate. The main one was that I still desperately clung to my best friend (who also happens to be my ex-boyfriend, so you can see why). It also wasn’t hard to hate it here: the campus was infested with the bros and designer blondes, I was terrified that I was going to be the third-wheel roommate, any amount of...
96 Minutes Without a Heartbeat →
medicalstate: This is the incredible story of how 96 minutes, 11 defibrillator shocks and two dozen rescuers performing CPR later, a man is able to come back from the brink of death. All of this was thanks to a capnograph, an instrument that measures carbon dioxide levels. I am still trying to wrap my head around this story. 96 minutes. Just amazing…
I’m supposed to be studying for my biology final and all I can think of is hello. I drank a lot of coffeee and I’m not even that hyper, I’m really just restless and all I want to do is cuddle wifsomeone and maybe punch them because I feel like gentle and aggressive can go hand-in-hand, if they really worked hard to be friends. I’m in the sort of mood to be in cold weather...
Suicide gene identified →
blua: “The study evaluated the entire genomes of patients with bipolar disorder who had attempted suicide (n=1201) and those who had not (n=1497). In total, there were more than 2500 regions located on various chromosomes that showed significant associations with suicidal behavior. The strongest association was with a region on chromosome 2 containing the ACP1 gene. This gene encodes for a...
So, lately I’ve been just going on a bunch of walks and talking with my friends before we leave for summer. Michelle and I explored some places that are, quite naturally, very creepy at night, and I scarfed down a sandwich. Attractive. We decided to go back up to the lounge in one of the residence halls, which happens to be on the very top floor, and somehow ended up on the roof of the...
I’m so happy right now and I don’t know why! I have to write a paper for biology, and I can’t stop smiling and I just want to cry and everything’s just so beautiful and I can do anything AH!
I usually end up liking quiet nerdy guys. You know, the ones that barely talk and shrink into a corner, pensive but oddly alert to the conversation. Once they speak, though, I’m startled into silence. Even just a few seconds after, I struggle to remember how it had sounded, trying to catch the echo of their voice. I’ve always been a visual person, so a person’s voice is hard...
elspethjane: Squirrels, lots of squirrels. (thanks Yatta!)
I wanted to quote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers for you guys, but there’s no quote that really captures the entirety of the book in one pull. You know when you read a passage so lovely that there’s this piercing pain in your chest? Like it’s so sharp your breath shudders for a moment. There have been a lot of those moments in this one (and usually in most of...
I’m aching to see my best friends again. I just had to get that out there; I’m bursting for summer just to be with them. And for 100+ degree weather in the Valley. Yep. My school’s hosting a Random Acts of Kindness week, and I can say it’s been making me kind of giddy. It’s just to promote simple ways to make someone smile: a hug, or maybe a friendly compliment....
“Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people...