Unavoidably detained by the world

Pretending to Be Humans of New York

"I love these little gum spots on the ground! It’s like a city of polka dots!"

As parody pranks go, this one manages to be good-natured and sweet while still hilarious.

By all that’s wonderful it is the sea, I believe, the sea itself—or is it youth alone? Who can tell? But you here—you all had something out of life: money, love—whatever one gets on shore—and tell me, wasn’t that the best time, that time when we were young at sea; young and had nothing, on the sea that gives nothing, except hard knocks—and sometimes a chance to feel your strength—that only—what you all regret?

Joseph Conrad, Youth

"I read somewhere—and the person who wrote this was not a mountaineer but a sailor—that the sea’s only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong."
Primo Levi, “Bear Meat



Police continue to make arrests at Ferguson protest.

Part 4.

Take note: The moment people stopped reblogging and tweeting and writing news articles and calling attention to Ferguson, they brought back the armored cars. It is not over. They were waiting for the world to lose interest and knew it would.

This ugly, ugly world.

Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig Sing “Let It Go”

"Kids don’t know what fractals are!"

This might be the best one yet.

"How to Live. What to Do." – Wallace Stevens

Last evening the moon rose above this rock
Impure upon a world unpurged.
The man and his companion stopped
To rest before the heroic height.

Coldly the wind fell upon them
In many majesties of sound:
They that had left the flame-freaked sun
To seek a sun of fuller fire.

Instead there was this tufted rock
Massively rising high and bare
Beyond all trees, the ridges thrown
Like giant arms among the clouds.

There was neither voice nor rested image,
No chorister, nor priest. There was
Only the great height of the rock
And the two of them standing still to rest.

There was the cold wind and the sound
It made, away from the muck of the land
That they had left, heroic sound
Joyous and jubilant and sure.

CBS Sportscaster Speaks Out On Domestic Violence | Made Man

Now let’s be clear, this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channelled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women? And as they said, do something about it? Like an on-going education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.

I don’t really follow (or care about) football, but this speech from sportscaster James Brown is fantastic and important.

The 10 Greatest Road-Trip Books of All Time | Made Man

A list compiled by yours truly, with bonus quotes and details on all the rides from Rocinante to the Great Red Shark to Ghost Dancing

In the absence of a consuming eschatology—which is something all great religions will hand you, and a massively shitty trick in its own right—you don’t have the luxury of anyone ever stopping you, once you do. Without the Singularity, or the Apocalypse—or if the Apocalypse has already come and gone—the only way things are going to change is if you go ahead and change them.