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Rory and alex were climbing a tree, which wasn't the best idea since they'd
already had a few beers but Rory had made a comment betting she was better
than Alex to which she took offence and insisted on a challenge.

Rory was winning, teasing Alex about her superiority.
Alex was going after Rory,she was climbing quicker, telling her to wait and
managed to grasp her for a sec before tripping and grabbing onto
her,causing them both to faĺl. It happened too fast to even scream.

They landed on a heap of leaves, out of breath but intact.

"Are we alive?" asked Alex
Rory laughed. After a bit, so did Alex.
They laughed until their nerves died away.
Rory took a deep breath and moved to give Alex a quick kiss on the lips.
She laid back down and took a deep breath.
"Wasn't that something?" commented Alex
Rory laughed again "remind me to thank the gardener" Alex laughed,too. She
moved closer, looked at Alex and down at her lips and asked "again?"
In that moment it started to pour.
I have a s0ft  spot for animals and I wish to help save this dog, 
he is very cute
Help Save Oliver James! | Indiegogo
I just heard of a terrible accident. Six young people died in a car crash. they were volunteers with un techo para chile and were on their way to work when it happened.

it hit me very hard. I’ve been a volunteer for nearly 2 years now, working towards a better world, better quality of life for our people and it has been an incredible journey. It’s been amazing and life-changing. I love it,even if it’s hard,time consuming and all that.

I’ve heard people say that UTPCH is like a cult, because we’re always there, always talking about it, often time putting it above school and family and all that. Once you’re in, it’s really hard to leave. I first worked with them back in early 2000’s, and a  guy I knew was there already. when I returned in 2010, he was still there.

It’s hard to explain why it’s so addictive. It’s fun, there’s new people and experiences,  it gives you a chance to truly feel important,active. when you’re slaving away at school, sometimes you feel like it’s all pointless. sometimes life feel pointless. but when working there, it never feels pointless. we may not be able to end poverty but we can do something about it.

we can help people. and not by giving money or signing a petition or something, but we take an active role, and we get to actually meet the people we help. we get to know them, to learn about their lives,even to be a part of them.

all volunteers agree, that you get a lot more than what you give. you may build houses,teach them skills,help kids with their homework, but you get… I don’t even know how to put it. it’s like life points. I feel like doing this makes you understand why we live in a society. most of the time I want to go live in a cabin in the woods, but working at utpch makes me realise the whole point of living in society. I feel like it makes me understand how to be a better human. 

I feel like I have grown so much there. I’m incredibly socially awkward but being there, with all these people around me, I feel like I can almost function as a human being. I feel like it has helped me with my awkwardness around people. 

I’ve never felt like I fit in or belong anywhere, but at utpch I kinda do. I don’t feel judged or being awkward or weird.  family,school, all your background doesn’t really matters. you matter. how you behave. you work hard, you talk to people and you find you have a place there. you can do as much or as little as you want. you are encouraged to go to the office even if it’s just to hang out. it doesn’t matter why you are there, as long as you are. some do it cause they want to help, others cause it looks good on a resume or cause they wanna escape their family. it hardly matter how you get there. all that matters is that you’re there and that you work.

There, I feel like I am doing something important. it might be small, but it is important. and there’s something for everyone. if you have the will, there’s a task, a place for you.

There’s all kinds of people, and I think they’re all nerdfighters,even if they don’t know it. they are all people fighting to make the world better. and that work, somehow, makes you better.

I have a lot of memories of being hungry,thirsty,wet,cold,sleepy and unbelievably tired. it was during one working there I understood the phrase “when there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire” and they are some of my happiest memories.

It scared me to death,going to a place where I knew practically nobody, where I didn’t know if I would even be able to be useful, I kinda felt like I’d get in the way and make a fool of myself.

but I didn’t. and I didn’t chicken out and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

So now I feel really sad for these six kids cause I might not have known them, but I know plenty of kids like them. utpch volunteers. and I feel sad for them dying. cause in a way, it feels like they were friends. 
Fear cuts deeper than swords
the newsroom’s world view, or a slight rant about an annoying trend I’ve noticed; not nearly as eloquent as it should be

Read more... )


Let me say, I really like The Newsroom. and I like Aaron Sorkin.

but I do have a bone to pick with the show.

No, not the treatment of women.

my problem is the show’s overwhelming americanitis.

I understand is set on the US, written by and for them, and all that, but the americanities sometimes makes me wanna strangle it.

See, I like how it tries to bring back respect to the fourth power. how idealistic it is about journalism. I like Neal’s enthusiasm about the internet. in fact, I like Neal in general. 

Like how he is a brit working on an american cable news show pitching stories about big foot and trolls.

I like how it tries to educate the public, how meta it can be about eating your vegetables.

I hate,however, how the show, and the show within the show, seem to think the world revolves around the states.

to News Night, I say: You are a News show. You are trying to be high brow and intellectual and yet all you report, all you care about is local news? I don’t think foreign news get to 10% of your coverage!

and because of that, the issues discussed in the actual show are always stuf happening in the states, not in the world.

I understand it in the case of Bin Laden, that you wanted to portray the huge deal it was because you were personally attacked, so who cares if the rest of the audience feels left out,right?

I’ve read of people crying with that ep, of feeling proud and patriotic, which is obviously something I’m not going to feel cause I’m Chilean. 

but I wish the rest of the time you’d focus more on world news. remember the fact that we live in a globalised world and that hey,maybe we should see what the rest o the world is up to.

Neal’s episode with the riots in Egypt was good for that very reason. because it went beyond what you guys were up to and to something young people like myself can remember, regardless of where we’re from. 

Sloan’s episode also dealt with global events and it was also really good. 

but when you talk about Casey Anthony, I don’t know who that is. the date shows up and I think you want to remember that day in my history but I can’t cause I’ve never heard of Casey Anthony and May 27,2011, while it does bring up memories, not the ones you want.

It’s just tiring to see what your country is up to and what you think.

I like people like Neal and Mackenzie cause they bring up a different POV, especially Neal.

If I wanted to hear what a bunch of privileged white americans think, I could tune in to CNN.

I don’t want that, I want to watch a show about news-making in the modern world.

I want to hear more about Neal and his view of the world cause his is far more global than any of you.

There are things happening in the world, always and yet only look up when there’s something fucking huge happening?  

It’s a good thing you didn’t cover February 27,2010, cause I would’ve hated to see that.



Fear cuts deeper than swords
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That's too easy. The Doctor. no question.

What would we do? well, I don't know, do I? I could tell him, take me to...meet King Arthur or let's go to visit a planet made of chocolate but I'm sure neither of those things would happen. so it's best to get into the TARDIS and let her choose.

But I'm sure there'd be an awful lot of running.
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That's easy. London and my sister.
Im sitting on a jeep on a dark street,listening to arcade fire, watching the others cars pass by, watching their lights feebly illuminate the signs and it strikes me, this picture, could be practically any city in the western world.

Maybe that's why i dont like it very much
At pinto, you felt you were in chile. Really felt it. And felt apart,disconnected, away.
I dont get that feeling here. And i like that feeling. It was peaceful. It helped you rest.

Posted via email from I'm happy and sad, and still trying to figure out how that could be.

It's that time of the year again.
This year I'm extending the offer to other sites besides lj but be warned there is a limited number of cards.
Comment if you want one Or email me.or message me.
I'll need your adress and real name.

To my lj friends: there's a few of you who didn't get my ridiculous home made cards last year cause of limited funds. (post is expensive) so you are all first in line.

Posted via email from I'm happy and sad, and still trying to figure out how that could be.

ETA: comments are screened. sorry, I posted through posterous and forgot
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This is kind of a weird question.
and the answer's 5.
cause that's the number I have and I can't imagine life any other way.
I love them all and wouldn't want to get rid of any of them, nor can I imagine having more.
Annie on my mind by by nancy garden
A game of thrones by grr martin
How to be good by nick hornby
The long dark tea-time of the soul by Douglas adams
The infernal devices book 1 by Cassandra Clare
Leviathan by Scott westerfeld
Never let me go by kazuo ishiguro
Makers by cory Doctorow
Freedom by Jonathan frazen

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] thelake at Purple Wednesday
IT GETS BETTER


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

- original post by [info]neo_prodigy


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I've helped people who needed help. gave someone change to buy a drink,helped people in store confused over electronics. helped a girl I met in a chip shop with her drunk,passed out friend.put them in taxi,gave them money for the fare. give food to someone who was hungry.

I was reading the answers and most were people saying they'd done simple nice things.
One caught my attention cause she said the nicest thing she'd done is pray. and then went on a tirade how the best thing you can ever do is pray.it was tl;dr, so I didn't finish, but I skimmed and I think I got the gist.

and I must say, that is bullshit. praying is not the nicest thing you can do for someone. if you find someone on the street freezing, what will you do? pray so the weather will change? pray that someone will come along and help them?(hint: you are that person) there is a story, a parabole,I guess, that talks of this devout man whose town is flooding. he prays for help. three different people offer him help, offer to help him, but he refuses,saying God will save him. he dies, and he asks God "why didn't you save me?" and He responds "What's wrong with you? I sent you a boat,a helicopter, why didn't you save yourself?"

God isn't going to miraculously intercede in your life. a lot of people seem to think He is going to come down from the sky and make everything alright. that's not how it works.
this is your life.your planet. if you don't help make it better,no one will.

I really hate people who complain but do nothing to help. who say it's the goverment's responsability. or religious types who think God will sort it out.

the goverment can only do so much. God won't sort anything out. free will,remember?
(well, He might. remember sodoma and gomorra? remember the great flood? game over)


I don't have anything against religion or religious people per-se, but I don't like to see you cowering behind your faith.
pray all you like, pray for strength, for bravery, for justice, for faith.
but remember, they won't be handed to you in a silver platter. you don't get strength, you get opportunities to be strong. and if you are, you'll be surprised at what you can do.

this rant was brought to you by lj's question of the day.
(also, I finished good omens last night)
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MERLIN'S BACK!!!!!

Yes, that's what I choose to focus on, not sad/bad things that happened decades ago.

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YES I AM EXCITED WHY DO YOU ASK )

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Today I finished reading "the vast fields of ordinary"  by Nick Burd. it's about this kid, Dade, and his last summer before leaving his small hometown in Iowa for college. 

at first he only wants it to end, to go, to move, since there's nothing for him there. he doesn't have any close friends, his only friend, sort of, is his fuck buddy Pablo with whom he has a complicated relationship. he feels distant from his parents and like many kids in small towns, he wants to move away and let his 'real life' begins.

but then,through luck and coincidence he meets two people who change his life, lucy, the neighbour's niece, and Alex, the town's pot-dealer, both of whom become close friends and allow him to be who he is and begin to turn into the person he's going to be. by the time he reaches college, he barely recognizes himself. 

I enjoyed this book a lot. it was fun. it was pretty real,too. the parents weren't monsters, the protagonists weren't fucked up miserable kids. it's a tale of a ordinary summer with ordinary people. 

I liked that, different from other YA novels I've read, it didn't treat drinking and doing drugs as a major event. the kids were teetotalers and they weren't alcoholics either. parents did freak out but in a credible way.

there were parties, annoying parents and neighbourhood gatherings,mean girls,trouble, but nothing out of the ordinary.  it was a slice of life. 

Dade's gay but it isn't a novel about him discovering that.he knows and he's known for a while. it is however about him discovering and experiencing life, making close friends,falling in love and growing up. 

there are no big revelations in this novel.no big moments. no big declarations of love or anything like it.

is more of a calm appreciation of all these things. realising that you are in one of those perfect,memorable times with the right people and the perfect music. realising what it's like to be happy, that it doesn't have to be euphoric and amazing all the time, more like being content with you are and what you have. and realising that running away doesn't change anything, you can be miserable in the greatest city in the world. 

It's a rather sweet novel,I think, and I liked and I definitely recommend it. 

 

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So, s5 has come and gone. I have been told a billion times to wait til the end of the season to judge.
and I must say, I am disappointed.

let me explain something, not-dear mr moffatt )

I like when I read a book and I find that I agree with what the book says even though I’ve never read it or anything similar before.
It’s happened with quite a few books, like with ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ but I particularly enjoy it when it is some kind of philosophy book or something else.
like with david hurn’s on being a photographer, I liked that I agreed with what it said, and I found its advice most useful. it felt as a way of validation, someone saying that I’ve been doing something right and that is always good. I’ve also felt with way while reading ‘letters to a young poet’ by rainer maria rilke , It’s good to find that something that’s crossed your head has crossed someone else’s. but it’s also good when it hasn’t.when they have thought of a problem or a situation one way and you realise you’ve somehow managed to come across a new solution.

since I wrote this,I have to add Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, cause it's all kinds of awesome. it tells his experience with football but it's not really about that. it's about fandom and if you take part in it at all, I am sure you'll find yourself nodding in agreement.

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Today, some friends were over and we were playing call of duty:modern warfare and I said I’d rather play one of my star wars games or the new star trek. and one of my friends looked right at me and said “you have got to be kidding me” in a I-can’t-believe-you-like-star-trek kinda way.

We were distracted soon after so he was saved from my trekkie-and-proud speech.

It’s funny, a few years ago, I thought star trek was ridiculous and I felt like a bad geek for not liking it and I asked a friend and she said that if I hadn’t caught the trek bug til now, I wouldn’t. I’d seen a few eps of ds9 and voyager but to me, star trek was a show with bad acting and very bad prosthetics. 

then I watched BSG. and I loved it ,oh, so much. and I found myself wishing to go back, to the beginnings of everything. to Star Trek, TOS.

soon after the new movie was announced,was in production so it seemed like the perfect time.

and I downloaded TOS and loved it. it wasn’t nearly as cheesy or ridiculous as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed it, wished for more episodes, shipped spock and kirk, I felt I finally understood

not just fandom life in general but a million inside jokes I’d been missing!

I really must do a rewatch, I miss the show.

and I love the new star trek, I really,really do. but I also love TOS. And I can’t believe there was a time I thought it was cheesy. and ridiculous and swore I’d never watch it weeeel, I didn’t swear, I don’t think.

there was also a time where  I thought twilight was the best thing ever and I’d escape family lunch just to read a few lines. I swear, that bloody book has got cocaine in it! thank the gods I broke free and saw it for what it wa.s

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the most wonderful moment

I was watching a tv series,which I won’t say which but if you’ve seen the episode you’ll know,  and it’s freezing in the show and in here so it seems fitting. a couple is playing basketball. she wants him to take her back, he isn’t sure.  

she loses the game, walks off and then comes back and starts a speech,almost a rant. I’m sucker of this sort of thing when it’s well-written, it must be a ttrope but I don’t know the name, anyway she starts saying how life is rigged, how it isn’t fair, how she went off to a war and  and then came back crazy  and she how she was trying to put her life back together, her marriage back together when he showed up and well, ruined everything. well, not exactly ruined,just made everything a lot more complicated. she may not have been happy before, but at least there was a semblance of sense, of some kind of order and since he showed up it’s been dramatic and messy. and she misses simplicity and she misses those days in the middle of the war, that one time they had a few days of peace and calm and were together and were happy, and she misses him cause he made her happy and it’s that simple, her life is a mess and she was trying to fix it and then he came back and now he doesn’t want to be with her and it’s not fair for him to be there so close cause he made her happy and now he’s not doing that anymore…

and well, then they kiss and the episode ends. 

I like how she says,in the middle of her very long rant, that she misses him,that she loves him, and that he makes her happy. it’s a very simple statement. it’s not a complicated way of explaining why they’re perfect together, why they should be together and it’s also selfish, like she is often accussed of being. she’s mad at him for not wanting to be with her, and doesn’t care that she’s treated him like crap so far and that’s the reason he’s wary. 

I like how she reduces life to something so simple. about finding the person that makes you happy and fighting like hell for them. Life’s never simple, and especially not when it comes to affairs of the heart. but sometimes you find a way to see it that makes it simple.  

it reminded me of Perks, when Charlie writes “I think you understand what it means to be alive, because other people look to you for strength  and advice and it’s that simple” Charlie wants,needs to know that other people don’t sleep with random people at parties even if they could have and this friend seem to be that and that simple statement makes this statement a good person, someone to look up to.

speaking of romantic entanglements, even if you do find the right  person, very often there’s problems to conquer and even personal issues that stand in the way. there’s plenty of books and movies and tv shows about it. some good,some not so much. and if you do manage to get together there’s a whole ordeal of issues waiting. not so many stories about what happens after they get together,though.

but in this episode, for a few minutes, none of that matters. there’s no hospital,no war, no ptsd, no significant others,no families or ex-husbands,etc,etc,. there’s just a girl telling a boy she loves him and him responding in kind. the world will come down on them tomorrow or on a few minutes or on the next episode. but now none of that matters. in this moment they’re happy. perhaps happier than they’ve ever been. after waiting for this moment for months.

and this is the moment that you wait for your entire life, that one more of pure joy and relief, it’s the one that makes all that comes before it worth it. all the drama and the fights. the moment that years later will still make you smile cause no matter what happens that one perfect moment will live on forever. your relationship may go sour and end up in bitterness and for a while you’ll be mad but one day you’ll realize you’re not mad  anymore and be able to smile because it happened one more. 

THis moment caught my attention cause I don’t think I have seen one in my while on television, a perfect moment, the best kind of hope spot, where it doesn’t look as if everything’s alright, where everything actually is alright. perfect, even.

they happen rarely in life and sometimes seem ever rarer in television,which relies so often in drama, and they should be celebrated, cause sadly, sometimes your only source of happines can be the lives of fictional characters and if that’s the case, then I hope at least they’re not the people on lost or a show that loves to torture its characters and by extension the viewer.

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oh, lj, I know I've been neglecting you for tumblr, but stealing its ideas isn't really the answer,you know? b

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