A Very Short Fact: On this day in 1877, Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated the first gramophone.

“Thomas Edison (1847–1931) is remembered for his inventiveness and the wide range of innovations he introduced. He held over 1,000 patents, and, amongst other remarkable achievements, he developed the phonograph, electric light bulb, and electrical power distribution, and improved the telephone, telegraph, and motion picture technology.”

[p. 82, Innovation: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Dodgson and David Gann]

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Image credit: Thomas Edison and his early phonograph by Library of Congress. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

PMW’s Favorite Songs of 2016

Despite the lack of updates these past several months, I have still managed to (for the most part) keep up listening habits. This has allowed me to at the very least keep a running list of songs that have been especially important to me this year. The tracks that racked up the most listens, stuck in my brain long after the headphones came off, and just generally made any troubles a bit easier to traverse. 

I don’t want to get too deep into the hows or whys that i have chosen any of these particular tracks. It’s just my hope that the 30 songs listed will maybe find some new fans in those of you willing to give them a go. Naturally, just click the track and give it a stream. 

The Radiohead tracks probably represent my favorite and most listened sounds of the year, so the rest are all presented in alphabetical order. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season!

////FAVES OF 2016////

Radiohead’s “Present Tense” and “True Love Waits” - Two songs that have existed in various forms for years, but found their way onto Radiohead’s latest masterpiece, A Moon Shaped Pool, in stunning and powerful new ways. They were but two of several tracks on that album that could have made this list, but they ended up with the most listens over the last six months - therefore, they top my list. And it pleases me to no end to have them in my life. 

- the best of the rest -

There you have it. My favorite tracks of the year. Favorite albums is a whole other beast and will make it’s way to the site as soon as possible, but in the meantime, enjoy these beauties. 

Yes, lets celebrate Pearl Harbor Day–the day which marked the beginnings of hostile racism towards Japanese American citizens to the point of throwing them into internment camps to “Americanize” them and wash away their culture.


Socialist Korea: International Day of Persons with Disabilities Observed

Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) – A meeting was held at the Central Youth Hall Monday to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Attending it were Kim Mun Chol, chairman of the C.C., Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled, officials concerned, disabled persons and their families, working people in the city, staff members of foreign embassies and international bodies’ missions here and overseas compatriots.

At the meeting, its participants watched a video introducing the achievements made in the work to protect the disabled in 2016 and enjoyed a performance given by members of an art group of disabled persons.

The performers showed the happy and optimistic life of disabled persons in the DPRK, who realize their hopes and cultivate their skills to the full under the socialist system.

Earlier, the participants looked round photos on display. 

anonymous asked:

Freelee called herself the creator HAHA

Because her fav drink is Spite.

When FL was working at maccas on george street in the sydney CBD in 2001/2002 I was living the RT4 lifestyle of fruit for breakfast and lunch and rice for dinner. RIding my bike daily.

I was the one who pushed her to get her first book up and then again RT4. The main reason I wanted to get back with her when we split up last year was I knew the ebook would not get launched because she started dating this meat eater guy called Mark on the gold coast and she stopped making videos and doing much on social media. She just wanted a boyfriend, not a community. 

So I flew back up there, we talked for about a week (she kept messaging that Mark guy every day in front of me) and I made it clear that I didnt want to be with someone that just wanted to ride on fame and not give back to the community so said she has to bang out vids and get the RT4 ebook out by xmas 2015. She agreed and enjoys having projects to work on if other people are excited for it to.

Now though you can see that now how hard she doesnt try. It is a struggle for her to make just a basic vlog or Q&A every day or turn up to a potluck because she doesnt really care about community, its more just money and a bf in her life. That is fair enough but don’t pretend you care about these girls when you don’t.

One year and a day

Yesterday marked 365 days of what has been so far the shittiest year of my life. Steps have been taken, both forward and more recently back, as I approach the anniversary of the most mentally, physically, and emotionally crushing cascade of events I’ve had to face. From my family being ripped apart, my father a hairs breath from death, my best friends near successful attempt at suicide, falling in love, being forced to withdraw from grad school due to illness, broken up with without even the courtesy of a conversation, finding out I was cheated on, adrenal failure, complete and utter depression, several mental breakdowns, drunken mistakes that cost friendships, and my own near successful attempt on my life.

I have no words of wisdom. I’d like to say I’ve grown and learned or had some profound moment of catharsis, but as I sit here and continue to reflect and prepare for the coming weeks, all I can say is I am afraid. I don’t know what the next 365 days hold, I just hope that I can get through them one at a time.

💘 Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain were best friends and mutual fanboys. Source

Idk about you, but I have some pretty awesome besties. Love to you all. Here are some bonus facts about amazing, adorable, and/or unlikely friendships to give you some warm fuzzies on this magical day:

❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍  Dogs and foxes. I can’t.  ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍

Dogs aren’t ‘man’s best friend,’ they can be besties with anyone and anything.   🐶 🐱 🐭 🐹 🐰  🐼 🐨 🐯 🐮 🐷 🐸 🐙  🐵 🐧 🐥 🐴 🐢 🐬 🐳 🐪 🐘 🐐 🐏 🐑 🐎 🐁 🐓 🐇 🐿🐈🐩

❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ 👩‍👩‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ 👭 ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍

 🐾🐾🐾❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍🐾🐾🐾❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍🐾🐾🐾❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍🐾🐾🐾

But sometimes a best friend is so much more than a friend…  💘❤️‍ 💛 💙 💜 💕 💘❤️‍ 💛 💙 💜 💕 💘

…and that’s when I lose my shit and cry like a babe.

don’t mind me, hiding my self-indulgent musing on this year old game by posting at 6AM. i sincerely love thinking about Timeline Progression and how. it works. I hope i have time to do this for the other characters.

(tumblr made it hard to read so here’s full view if you wanna see my garbage notes