A MESSAGE FROM AVI Hello everyone. If you haven’t yet watched the video then these words might come as a shock to you. If you have watched, know that this is exactly what I would have said in the video, if filming it wasn’t one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. This morning, I announced that I will be taking a step back from PTX. I’ve struggled with this decision a lot. It has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. Before I explain why, I want you all to know that the past 6 years have been the most unbelievable years of my life. The things we’ve accomplished, the places we’ve seen, the people we’ve touched with our music… It surpasses anything that I could have ever dreamed up for my life. I believe one of the big reasons why we have been so successful and accomplished all that we have is because of the unbelievably fast pace that we keep. Throughout my journey with PTX, this pace has always been a struggle for me. It’s been hard for me not to be with my family and friends when I need them or when they need me. It’s been hard to not be able to escape into nature when I’m feeling overwhelmed or just need some time to myself. Through all of this, I’ve done my best and I’ve kept pushing myself to keep up. Really, the reason why I’ve been able to push so hard and for so long has been because of you guys. You all have inspired me and lifted me up every single day and, for that, I am eternally grateful. I do love you all so very much, but I’ve come to a point where I just can’t keep up anymore and I would never want to inhibit any type of success that we have because I truly do believe in everything that we’ve done and everything that they will do. I just know that I can no longer continue at this pace and so I have to do what’s best for the group and I have to do what’s best for me. I do want you all to know that I’m still going to be doing music and I’m going to be doing it with my whole heart. I will ALWAYS do my best to lift others up with my voice. I hope that you’ll all support my decision and that you can understand where I’m coming from. And regardless of anything, I just want to thank you for all that you’ve given to me. I have been so unbelievably blessed and humbled to be a part of all your lives in any way and I wanted you to hear this from me. From my voice. And from my heart. I love you all deeply and I thank you for everything. Truly. And just so you know, I will still be performing at all of our announced shows, so come say hi and give me a hug. I love hugs. Avi
I know the announcement is already going around tumblr but I thought I’d upload the video. Watching it made me realize how sad and sorry he is. And even though I’m upset about the news, I think I’m more worried about him. I’m seeing lots of support and love for him on the internet, and I hope he’ll see it. Hopefully his decision will allow him to take back control of his life, get some rest and focus on whatever he wants. Maybe he’ll finally ask Sara Bareilles out, who knows… I just want him to be happy. It’s going to be hard for the band and for us fans, but both Avi and Pentatonix will still be able to make good music and succeed; except now he’s going to be able to breathe and go at his own pace. Also, give him a hug from me if you can! x
Honestly I don’t like the ‘science as vocation’ idea that is so pervasive in how we talk about science. Like it’s completely cool if you view it as your vocation but think that the idea that it’s a vocation for everyone is somewhat harmful.
Because it helps to justify and support the exploitation of non tenured workers (particularly grad students and postdocs). The idea being that we love science so much that we’ll put up with horrible working conditions just to get to do it. If science is more than just our job, if it’s our calling, than who cares if we work 80 hours and week and have no work/life balance? We are grateful to just be able to do what we love.
Science isn’t my vocation. It’s not my calling. It’s my job. It’s a job that I enjoy, sure, but it’s a job. And I want to be able to have hobbies outside of it. And not feel guilty for not working 12 hour days all the time. And I don’t think that’s so unreasonable to ask.
I also think that presenting science as just another job, exactly as important and demanding as all jobs, with it’s particular requirements sure, but not inherently different or better than, say, being a tax accountant, will help people outside of science understand it better. Because it makes us regular people and not academic elites so removed from the public that we’re not part of it.
Anyways I’m tired of the idea that science is somehow inherently ~~~special~~~ and so much better than everything else and that we should sacrifice ourselves at it’s altar just to be given the chance to purse it.
Summary: Sam somehow gets a favor out of Bucky, resulting in a very awkward confrontation with a local barista. Pairing: Bucky x reader Characters: Female Reader, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers Word Count: 1,980
Every Sunday morning, at precisely 8:45, Bucky finds himself at a quaint, little cafe just a block away from the Brooklyn apartment himself, Steve, and Sam, who he finds utterly unbearable, live together. Like clockwork, he’ll wake up, argue with Sam about him eating the rest of whatever food Bucky was attempting to have for breakfast, Steve offering to go grocery shopping the umpteenth time that week, and with Bucky frustratingly storming out of the apartment subconsciously heading towards the cafe with the best muffins and no with Sam Wilson in sight.
Just like all the weeks before, Bucky’s feet hurriedly carry himself down the empty morning sidewalk as he groans in annoyance. This Sunday Sam had decided to finish off the carton of egg whites, that clearly had a bright blue sticky-note with Bucky’s name on it, and to use up all the hot water in the apartment. It seemed as if this man’s purpose on Earth was to make Bucky Barnes’ life more difficult than it had to be.
OK, I keep seeing that post about Eiffel and Minkowski living together and as much as I love it, consider: Lovelace and Minkowski living together after Wolf 359 ends.
- Lovelace used to love looking at the stars, but now the sky and the world outside are overwhelmingly endless, and she can’t deal with it. She doesn’t want to leave the house, but she doesn’t want to be in the house, either. “Everything feels too heavy and too small and too big, all at the same time,” she tells Minkowski, and Minkowski’s idea is that Lovelace come outside into a tent with her. They buy bright outdoor lights to drown out most of the night sky, and for the first time in who knows how long Lovelace feels like the air is clean.
- One of them is always waking up in the night with the feeling of being in free-fall, but it’s not a dream, it’s a memory, and Hera’s not there and the station isn’t falling apart and the only thing they can do is sit on the couch for a while and watch dumb late-night TV together.
- Minkowski puts on her show tunes and sings along to them in the house while cleaning (and she does clean, it’s a way to feel in control again), and Lovelace watches her and thinks about how she should have been onstage all along; the nightmares should never have been hers.
- She encourages Minkowski to join the local theater troupe, at least do acting as a hobby, and Minkowski does. At an audition one day she channels her “serious commander” voice for the first time in ages and it lands her the part of Javert in Les Miserables, which is a bit strange for her but she can live with it.
- Lovelace reminds Minkowski every day that she’s not human. Minkowski reminds Lovelace every day that humanity is overrated.
- Minkowski breaks her hand once, after she doesn’t sleep for three days in a row and someone on the radio says “Dear listeners” and it sounded like Eiffel but it wasn’t. She punches right through the cheap plaster of the wall, and Lovelace drives her to the hospital afterwards, ignoring how Minkowski is crying because she’d never, ever want it noticed. Minkowski patches up the hole herself as soon as the cast comes off, because she wants to mend what she broke.
- Lovelace spends hours listening to radio static and hours more staring at her reflection in the mirror, trying to figure out who she is. Eventually Minkowski takes away the mirrors, but she leaves the radio.
- “Commander-” “Not anymore.”
- “What if none of it was real, and this is some kind of crazy, weird fever dream we’re trapped in?” “I don’t think I could dream you up.”
- Minkowski kisses Lovelace after she says that, presses up against her, trying to get as close as she possibly can. Her mouth almost burns, and Lovelace is surprised when she pulls away and feels tears on her cheeks.
- Minkowski learns that her husband remarried after she was declared dead. A high-school sweetheart of his. She can’t figure out why, if she loves Lovelace (and she does, she knows she does), she feels her heart is breaking. It lasts for a few days, and then she sells her wedding ring and engagement ring at a pawnshop and doesn’t look back.