'Literally' used figuratively is not going to undermine our ability to understand, any more than the two competing meanings of the word 'wicked' do. Please stop complaining about it, because it is literally boring me to tears.

Tom Chivers: If you’re so upset about ‘literally’, why aren’t you fussing about ‘really’?

Y’know what? He’s right. Looks like “caring about people misusing ‘literally’” needs to be filed along with the Oxford comma under “linguistic/grammatical affectations about which the internet has become passionately insistent” (or “which the internet has become passionately insistent about”, while I’m in pedant-tweaking mode).

You can have the “proper” meaning of “disinterested”, though, when you prise it from my cold, dead hands. 

Permalink | Shortlink 4 notes

Yay! Time for some NASA worm love. 
The worm is still, and will forever be, “my” NASA logo. 

Yay! Time for some NASA worm love. 

The worm is still, and will forever be, “my” NASA logo. 

(Source: humanoidhistory, via freshphotons)

Permalink | Shortlink 4,337 notes

#nowplaying: Nico Muhly, Seeing Is Believing. And very lovely it is, too. 

The movements alternate between new compositions by Muhly, and his arrangements of motets by Byrd and Gibbons. The only flaw in this plan is that it can make one rather impatient during Muhly’s bits, waiting for the next helping of Byrd or Gibbons… 

Oh, and isn’t the cover art gorgeous? 

(Source: Spotify)

whistlingsentinel:

One day someone will point out to you that in Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Blessed Mother is shown at the age she would have been when she gave birth. The 14 year-old virgin holds her dead grown child in her lap.
She just gave birth to Jesus and then he’s 33 and  crucified and then he’s gone. All in an instant.
For the rest of your life whenever you see this statue, you just think – you can’t even think. Its beauty and terror… this child holding… where do you even…
You realize that almost everything you could ever be taught about your religion is told perfectly and completely in this one block of marble.
The Jesuit Post: You Will Become Catholic - Fr Joe Hoover, S.J.


(Also: that blog post title is Doing. My. Head. In.)

whistlingsentinel:

One day someone will point out to you that in Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Blessed Mother is shown at the age she would have been when she gave birth. The 14 year-old virgin holds her dead grown child in her lap.

She just gave birth to Jesus and then he’s 33 and  crucified and then he’s gone. All in an instant.

For the rest of your life whenever you see this statue, you just think – you can’t even think. Its beauty and terror… this child holding… where do you even…

You realize that almost everything you could ever be taught about your religion is told perfectly and completely in this one block of marble.

The Jesuit Post: You Will Become Catholic - Fr Joe Hoover, S.J.

(Also: that blog post title is Doing. My. Head. In.)

(via johnthelutheran)

Permalink | Shortlink 6 notes

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

For a variety of reasons, this is one shower that should be checked thoroughly before use.
Follow on Twitter @BadRealtyPhotos

Reminds me of the Father Ted episode with the Nazi memorabilia. “I hear you’re a racist now, father.”

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

For a variety of reasons, this is one shower that should be checked thoroughly before use.

Follow on Twitter @BadRealtyPhotos

Reminds me of the Father Ted episode with the Nazi memorabilia. “I hear you’re a racist now, father.”

Permalink | Shortlink 1,162 notes

A message to any Ukip supporters out there…

/via @DuncanScott

A message to any Ukip supporters out there…

/via @DuncanScott

fencehopping:

Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

brb, just off to build an electromagnet. 

fencehopping:

Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

brb, just off to build an electromagnet. 

(via proofmathisbeautiful)

Permalink | Shortlink 190,657 notes

Beautiful score for the Regina Cæli (the traditional Marian anthem for the Easter season): the plainchant, the lettering, even the colours.

Via the Secular Oratory of Philadelphia.

Beautiful score for the Regina Cæli (the traditional Marian anthem for the Easter season): the plainchant, the lettering, even the colours.

Via the Secular Oratory of Philadelphia.

oneterabyteofkilobyteage:

original url http://www.geocities.com/Baja/5077/

last modified 1999-01-21 16:46:58

"This site is in a permanent update stage. I apologise for the mess. Ce site est en phase d’actualisation permanente, désolé."

oneterabyteofkilobyteage:

original url http://www.geocities.com/Baja/5077/

last modified 1999-01-21 16:46:58

"This site is in a permanent update stage. I apologise for the mess. Ce site est en phase d’actualisation permanente, désolé."

Permalink | Shortlink 2 notes

After all, from my very childhood, I had understood that the artistic experience, at its highest, was actually a natural analogue of mystical experience. […] I had learned from my own father that it was almost blasphemy to regard the function of art as merely to reproduce some kind of a sensible pleasure or, at best, to stir up the emotions to a transitory thrill. I had always understood that art was contemplation, and that it involved the action of the highest faculties of man.

Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, pp.202f.