some of this is important, but mostly it's just my brain.
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"Synesthesia.
It’s a misalignment of synaptic receptors and triggers… alkalis, colors, and certain metallics. It’s a type of hypersensitivity. One sense triggers another sense. Sometimes I’ll see a color and it’ll put a taste in my mouth. A touch, a texture, a scent may put a note in my head.”

I was talking to gemma-kaneko today about similarities between Rust’s and my synesthesia. Mine’s 99% in my head — words, sounds, tastes, and smells all have colors, and sometimes there’s other mixes like sound having tastes or sensation having a sound, but I never experience the taste or literally see a printed word in a color. Once in a while, though, I do get visual anomalies, and I’ve never seen a better visual representation of them than what Rust sees. I’ve seen the sky do almost exactly what it does in this scene. The designer of those sequences must be synesthetic or have talked to a synesthete, because they’re spot on, and I’ve found that it’s hard for non-synesthetes to understand how a phenomenon like this works, visually.

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If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd—full disclosure, a friend of mine—has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives.

What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.”

It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. But over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.

The result, Boyd discovered, is that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out. So their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation. They’d rather socialize F2F, so long as it’s unstructured and away from grown-ups. “I don’t care where,” one told Boyd wistfully, “just not home.” By

Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com (via brutereason)

And also everything is expensive. There’s nowhere to go for cheap thrills.

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today I found a hut in the woods where kids clearly go to smoke weed and drink, and I was so excited it was there I said “I’M GONNA MAKE COOKIES AND LEAVE THEM FOR THESE KIDS, THIS IS AWESOME.”

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this-is-chris-colfers-world:

hey-bad-batter-hey:

imjustkt:

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My mom is a travel agent and I can confirm that people are legitimately this stupid when it comes to travel.

"It took us 9 hours to get home to England but the Americans only took 3  hours this is unfair" OH YES LET ME JUST REARRANGE THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE FUCKING PLANET FOR YOU SIR TERRIBLY SORRY

Whenever I think “oh this is the funniest one” I read the next one and I just can’t

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Tywin Lannister is a different sort of character. No one would ever find him or his cause sympathetic. He is a model character for another deep misunderstanding that is widespread and does not stop with A Song of Ice and Fire, but extends to similar characters in other franchises and, most disturbingly, to reality as well. Let’s call this kind of character the “asshole who gets the job done.” By Stefan Sasse of The Tower of the Hand takes Tywin Lannister and his fans to the woodshed. As I’ve said time and time again, I’m hard pressed to come up with a more baffling phenomenon than readers who take Martin’s depiction of a Hobbesian world that rewards amoral ruthlessness as an endorsement of amoral ruthlessness. (via asoiafuniversity)

I took my dog on a hike in the woods today, and she got to chase some deer, and I have never seen any creature on earth as happy as she was when she came trotting back