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Aug 14, 2014 / 1,142 notes

Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness

newyorker:

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Andrew Solomon on Robin Williams:

“He played an alien so well because he was an alien in his own mind, permanently auditioning to be one of us. Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating.”

Above: Robin Williams, September 14, 1978. Photograph by Jim Britt/Getty

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likeafieldmouse:

Jonathan May - La Vie, L’Amour, La Mort (2012)

Artist’s statement:

"Mauritania is considered to be one of the least visited places in the world. The country’s only real exposure to photography is through journalism, and unfortunately after many Al-Qaeda kidnappings of tourists the media has ruined any potential travelers’ plans by painting it as an extremely dangerous place to visit. This in turn makes photography in the country extremely difficult. Journalists spreading fear have ruined the tourism industry, and many people’s livelihoods.

Chinguetti, established in the 13th century as a trans-Saharan trade route is considered to be the 7th holiest city of Islam. Sunni pilgrims en route to Mecca gathered here annually to trade, gossip, and say their prayers in the mosque built from stone. Desert caravans were the source of Chinguetti’s economic prosperity, with as many as 30,000 camels gathering there at the same time. The animals, which took refreshment at the oasis retreat, carried wool, barley, dates and millet to the south and returned with ivory, ostrich feathers, gold and slaves.

Today’s Chinguetti is a shadow of the prosperous metropolis it once was, and with the tourism industry basically dead the town and a lot of its workers have fled to larger cities like Nouakchott to survive.

When drinking tea with a nomad in the desert you must drink three glasses: the first glass is for life, the second glass is for love, and the third glass is for death.”

(via dynamicafrica)

Aug 5, 2014 / 462 notes

mymodernmet:

21-year-old Instagrammer Yafiq Yusman captures creative images of Singapore’s urban landscape reflected in puddles throughout the island.

Jul 29, 2014 / 384,074 notes

shadicasper:

#BreakingStereotypes

(via i-a-t-g)

Jul 29, 2014 / 397 notes

cross-connect:

My name is Michael Draghi. Tumblr

I love to combine abstract spaces, shapes, and colors with fragmented figurative elements. My drawings and paintings pursue and clarify the marriage and interaction between people and the abstract and the confusing world they inhabit. I view my work as a resolution, a way to manifest my curiosity and accept the mystery…

Jul 16, 2014

Aurora L - Weaver of Bankable Yarn

My latest subject is someone that I can truly relate to. We met in a writing class three years ago and have encouraged and sometimes challenged each other to write, ever since. Her snapshot was surprisingly hard to nail down, most likely because I think that writers sometimes hide their own essence in order to shape shift for the sake of the story.

AURORA - WEAVER OF BANKABLE YARN

Aurora is a prolific weaver of the most bankable yarn. Like all great writers, the fact that she’s a gifted wordsmith is only a small part of the equation. She falls in love, at least a little bit, with everyone she meets. When you’re around her, you can’t help but feel interesting and beautiful. She asks lots of questions. She is genuinely interested in the answers. She knows that a good story, well told, is what makes anyone invest in anything - from a tee shirt, a piece of jewelry or even, an online diet plan. It’s emotional. This makes her an invaluable asset to the brands that she works with, who benefit from her love of stories, romantic nature and a natural way with words. With experience as the in-house multimedia storyteller for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands, Aurora has seen her words translate to business growth because her words are the ones that facilitate not just transactions, but long lasting relationships.

fastcompany:

Could you walk away from a job that paid more than half a million a year? That’s what Kathryn Cicoletti did when she created MakinSense Babe, a video-driven site that translates financial news and investment advice into language that everyone can understand. Described by Forbes as “The Daily Show, but swap out Jon Stewart for an attractive blonde using clever analogies and wry wit to simplify financial topics,” Cicoletti’s videos skewer the mainstream financial industry, while making savvy investors of her subscribers.

"I spent a lot of time looking at the landscape to see what is out there and what other people were doing. I wanted to be sure that I was coming at finance and money topics from a different angle. I love the idea of taking things that are generally boring—sorry, finance is really boring, let’s be honest—and making them entertaining.”
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Jul 16, 2014 / 99 notes

fastcompany:

Could you walk away from a job that paid more than half a million a year? That’s what Kathryn Cicoletti did when she created MakinSense Babe, a video-driven site that translates financial news and investment advice into language that everyone can understand. Described by Forbes as “The Daily Show, but swap out Jon Stewart for an attractive blonde using clever analogies and wry wit to simplify financial topics,” Cicoletti’s videos skewer the mainstream financial industry, while making savvy investors of her subscribers.

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"I spent a lot of time looking at the landscape to see what is out there and what other people were doing. I wanted to be sure that I was coming at finance and money topics from a different angle. I love the idea of taking things that are generally boring—sorry, finance is really boring, let’s be honest—and making them entertaining.”

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fastcompany:

One suggestion is to turn the Amazonian stadium into a giant jail. But two architects have a more positive idea: Why not convert part of the old stadiums into much-needed housing?
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Jul 16, 2014 / 259 notes

fastcompany:

One suggestion is to turn the Amazonian stadium into a giant jail. But two architects have a more positive idea: Why not convert part of the old stadiums into much-needed housing?

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humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."
Jul 1, 2014 / 55,938 notes

humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."