Bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s speech— in its entirety– on the lasting impact of Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing before presenting her with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters November 19, 2014 at the 65th National Book Awards Ceremony.

Yesterday, I watched three men die because one man sneezed in a room full of blood and shit and light. Today, three more men go in, cheap mops and each other’s lives in their hands. Yesterday, I watched a man I admired gunned down for leaving a rose for a girl whose life was tattered by trauma she never deserved. Today, she doesn’t remember, and three halls down I can hear her screaming. Yesterday, I watched a group of soldiers go down fighting against the corpses of comrades who’d died before them. Today, we test another sample, this time on children. Yesterday, I watched five men and women gunned down in an abandoned factory no one cares about. Today, it happens again and again. Every eleven seconds. Forever. Yesterday, I watched a man sit comfortably in a nice armchair, sipping scotch and laughing as he ordered a woman to simply stop breathing. Today, he gets the day off of work detail for good behavior. Yesterday, I watched hundreds of men and women in orange jumpsuits herded like animals into empty rooms that filled with gas and fire. Today, hundreds more are told they have a chance for a lighter sentence, and a chance to serve their country. Yesterday, I watched the world nearly die in a thousand thousand terrible ways. Sometimes we would have had time to scream. Today, I’m alive to write about it. You want happy endings? Fuck you.

   You’re alive to read it.

   God help us all.



BioBots show some real muscle

They’re being engineered at the‪ NSF-funded‬ Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are tiny living machines that can be controlled with electrical or optical signals and use muscle tissue for power. Check it out!

ok but my hair is so short the front layer is kinda long but thE BACK DOESNT EVEN TOUCH MY NECK IT FEELS BEAUTIFUL | am i model yet

[TRANSLATION] Suho - 140821 Seungil Hope Foundation's facebook update: "Member of idol group EXO, Suho's 'Ice Bucket Challeng'"

“Numerous unknown numbers called yesterday…
Most of the calls were from reporters wondering what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was.
Seeing that they were interested in our nation’s Lou Gehrig patients… and it finally hit me how much of a trend the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become.

I received another call and heard the voice of a young man.
He said he was a member of EXO by the name of Suho..
Even though it is a group that the younger generation likes like crazy, and that I would be expected not to know because of my age, I knew perfectly well who they were. Not every single members’ name, but..

The reason was because this year, EXO’s fanclub donated to our foundation for each of the members’ birthdays.

They are a nice fandom to a nice group, so I even wrote on Kakao Story…
They are fans who made the stars they like shine even brighter.

The member Suho said that he promised to donate two hundred dollars, thay he had completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and was calling to keep that promise.

Promise… That is a very important thing.
It was far more trustworthy than just using the word donation as an expression.

These are the words Suho uploaded on instagram:

Hello, it’s EXO’s leader Suho. Since I don’t have my personal SNS account, I’m posting it on our member Sehun’s Instagram.
First of all, I am glad that I learned about a great campaign like the ice bucket challenge, thanks to my close friends, Kwanghee and Eddy Kim, and it is an honor to be able to tale part in it. It would be great if even one more person is able to learn about the Lou Gehrig’s disease from my ice bucket challenge. Because I was nominated by two people, I will pour ice water on myself twice and donate 200 dollars. I nominate EXO Sehun, Boa sunbaenim, and actor Yohan Byun for the next round. Thank you.”

Credit: translation,, Source: Seungil Hope Foundation.


The Klf: (K Foundation) - Burn A Million Quid (Part 1 of 5)


The K Foundation

The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid (1994)

Still one of the greatest ever artistic statements, in my opinion.

Part 2

And then a miracle occurs…

I was just re-watching The Invisible Enemy for the first time in about 35 years for fanfic ref and noticed…

LOWE: The nearest place is the Centre for Alien Biomorphology. But that’s in the asteroid belt.
LEELA: We’ll take the TARDIS. Doctor, we’re taking you somewhere to get help, but we need the TARDIS. Now, where are we going?
LOWE: The Bi-Al Foundation, asteroid K four zero six seven.
LEELA: What are the coordinates? Doctor, what are the coordinates?
DOCTOR (barely conscious): Vector one nine, quadrant three. Seven four three.
LEELA: Seven four three.
DOCTOR: Eight zero zero….

[Scene cuts to Bi-Al Foundation. We see the TARDIS, parked in the corner of a reception area, the Doctor being wheeled away unconscious. In the following scene, we learn that the Doctor had put himself into cataleptic state to resist infection]


Now, of course you can rescue this by assuming that the Doctor steered the TARDIS before going unconscious, but the way it’s staged, he’s very clearly knocked out, and Leela rouses him just enough to get the coordinates out of him. She’s reciting them back to him as if memorizing them. And yet at the beginning of the episode, she’s shown learning to write her name.

Either Lowe, some supervisor in a backwater fuel depot on Titan managed to learn the TARDIS controls, at the time of the human race was only just leaving the solar system for the first time, or Leela successfully flew the TARDIS to a precise set of coordinates, something the First Doctor certainly couldn’t do!

(This was in the loosey-goosey days before people worried so much about continuity or canon. Back then, it was assumed the Doctor Who would be seen once and never again and people then go back and look at all the previous stories to make sure they were staying consistent. VCRs didn’t exist yet. Apart from die-hards recording audio on cassette tape, fans didn’t have access to older stories anymore than the writers did.)