This is a real panda
China has this “panda diplomacy” and this one will be sent to Japan as an friendship envoy. For the safety reason he sits as a passenger with his feeder, not in a cage. Fastening the seat belt, wearing a diaper, eating bamboos

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Photographer Robyn Arouty published a series of photos on her website of a Black Labrador in Texas named Duke.  He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg and the leg had to be amputated.  Unfortunately, Duke had to be put to sleep on July 7th because the cancerous tumor had spread. Duke’s owner, Jordan Roberts, is a friend of Arouty and asked the photographer to capture Duke’s last day with his family. He ate some treats, spent time with his family, played in the water, and rested in a park. Duke looks like a wonderful dog who is now at peace.  Click here for more at Robyn Arouty Photography (note: the website has been down at times due to the large number of visitors).


Adam is not available for the rest of the day as he is ALL THE TEARS


I realized I can make playlists instead of bombarding you with links.

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Here is the Spotify version of my LA mixtape

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LA mixtape

This is my LA mixtape. 

Last year I came down to LA and didn’t know anything but wow, I learned. This time I found a tepid response; old friends couldn’t or wouldn’t make time, old connections dried up, some generosities were grandfathered in as courtesies. In one year I went from a novelty to someone who had overstayed many welcomes.

And it was all fine. I found new, deeper connections. My roommates, all 5 of them, plus our transient visitors, formed the bedrock of my social life. Some old friends returned, valiant and dependable as ever. The new friends started as peers and, on instinct, helped look out for me when I felt lost. 

The whole story is in the music I gravitated towards while I was here. Between the long hours lost to the freeways and sitting in coffee shops, or picking my way through Big Sur, or blasting past central California farmland, I found things that honestly mirrored what I was feeling, which wasn’t always easy to pin down. Joy, confusion, nostalgia, bitterness, desolation, anticipation, and maybe some feelings that aren’t so easily defined. 

Being open to the experience is my goal in life. Finding new songs is a thrill for me, up there with getting a really good cup of coffee. Some of these are newly-found old songs. Time to let them say all the things I can’t.

Stephen Malkmus - Lariat
Violent Femmes - American Music
New Order - The Village
Yo La Tengo - Lewis
Ought - Habit
Lambchop - Let’s Go Bowling
Eureka California - Edith (One Day You’ll Be In A Bunker)
The Lovely Bad Things - Hear Or Anywhere
Pavement - Major Leagues
Adam Daniel - Her Shake
The Lafayettes - Life’s Too Short
Rush - Marathon (Live)
Joni Mitchell - River
The Seeds - Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Sourpatch - Cynthia Ann
Paul Westerberg - Postcards From Paradise
Bettie Serveert - Heaven
The National - Learning
No Age - Every Artist Needs A Tragedy
Modest Mouse - Novocain Stain
Neil Young - Hank To Hendrix (Live)

Be ready - the songs jump from quiet to loud


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You Should Buy My Bicycle

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Cosmos detrás de cámara

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"I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. And so, let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective, because there are many similar social issues related to access, to equal opportunity that we find in the black community and the community of women in a male dominated — white male dominated — society. And I’ll be brief because I wanna get to more questions. When I look at, throughout my life, I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old, my first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did. So I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions. And all I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society. Anytime I expressed this interest teachers would say “Don’t you want to be an athlete?” I wanted to become something that was outside the paradigms of expectation of the people in power. And so fortunately my depth of interest in the universe was so deep and so fuel-enriched that every one of these curveballs thrown at me and fences built in front of me and hills that I had to climb, I just reached for more fuel and I kept going. Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind me say, well, where are the others who might have been this and they’re not there? And I wonder. what is the blood on the tracks that I happened to survive that others did not? Simply because of the forces of society that prevent it at every turn. At every turn. To the point that I have security guards following me as I go through department stores presuming that I am a thief…I walked out of a store one time and the alarm went off, so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate. And that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing that they would stop me, and not him. That’s an interesting sort of exploitation, what a scam that was…I think people should do that more often! [laughs] So my life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks in the sciences, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them to get where I am today. So before we start talking about genetic differences, you’ve got to come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation."

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via yayfeminism)

You can watch him deliver this lovely response here.

The question he was answering btw was, “What’s up with chicks in science?” Disgusting.

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I love Neil deGrasse Tyson so much.

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Applies across so many fields. 

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