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Ambivert: A person who is moderately comfortable with groups and social interaction, but also relishes time alone, away from a crowd.

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"Science needs the light of free expression to flourish. It depends on the fearless questioning of authority, and the open exchange of ideas."

— Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep. 5: Hiding in the Light)

(Source: ckerouac, via we-are-star-stuff)

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"Who’d want to be men of the people, when there’s people like you?"

— Teddy Picker, Arctic Monkeys

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*spends 32 years reorganizing apps on an iPhone*

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writing tip #795:

gr8writingtips:

don’t feel like writing? that’s okay. just don’t. ever. never write again. give me less competition

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Thoughts and Excitement About College and Adulthood

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blinkpopshift:

30 years of TED predictions

We like making predictions about what will happen in the future, and when we look back on those ideas some look prescient and some silly. Hindsight sometimes has us brushing off yesterdays breakthroughs as enviable so what do todays TEDsters think are the predictions we look back on 30 years from now with a eyeroll and a nod thinking “Well of course that was going to happen”?

“Over the next 30 years, humans will increasingly and widely integrate technology into our bodies for recreational and informational purposes. A teenager in 2044 will marvel at how tech-free our bodies were in 2014, and wonder how we ever managed.”

Ravin Agrawal, managing director, Corellian Capital 

“The seamless integration of our physical and virtual worlds. This will bring richer experiences and connectivity to the global population.”

Phil Wiser, chief technology officer, Hearst

“Medical advances possible due to inter-disciplinary research. For example: Bio-engineering could become a hot new field of innovation leading to great societal impact.”

Ram Shriram, managing partner, Sherpalo Ventures

“A much needed fundamental change in transportation, which will allow people to travel from any major city to any major city in the world in a couple of hours or less.”

Payam Zamani, founder and CEO, reply.com

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we-are-star-stuff:

communistbakery:

astronomers got tired after watching the moon go around the earth for 24 hours so they decided to call it a day

It takes the moon 27.322 days to go around the Earth once. Because of this motion, the moon appears to move about 13° against the stars each day, or about…

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stiles2014:

i hate it when my “friends” just dismiss something i’m really passionate about like “oh you’re talking about that again” like shut up don’t ruin this for me do you know how many times i’ve pretended to care or even genuinely tried to get interested in what you like????? the least you could do is fake it rather than making me feel like a burden

Refer to Ze Frank’s vid "Don’t Yuck My Yum".

TL;DR: Don’t make fun of people for liking harmless things. Seriously.

(Source: calumfcrnia, via lifedoesnttasteoranjee)

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strictly-fandoms:

do you ever just get the overwhelming urge to cry because you think you’re not going to go far in life because you’re not as smart or as talented as the people around you

I’m going to go on a quick economics rant, bare with me; it will make sense at the end.

In economics there is this principle of absolute advantage. Essentially, this refers to when one person (or group of people, in the case of another nation) can produce more per input. This can be represented on a Production Possibly Frontier (PPF) graph. (Such as the graph below. Source: 2014 Academic Decathlon Economics Packet)

Based on this graph it seems as though Person (b) is just fine without person (a) since they are able to produce a significant amount more per input. But, as you may have guessed, both parties end up being better off when they work together.

It’s not the absolute advantage that matters; it’s the comparative advantage. If person (a) specializes in collecting Coconuts producing a total of 24, and person (b) produces 36 fish, both parties can split the extra amount produced, resulting in a total gain. One of the most beautiful part of economics and social systems is that by working together and specializing in specific tasks we all end up with more stuff than before; the economic pie increases.

TL;DR: It doesn’t matter if other people are “better at everything” everyone is still better off with you.

(via bowie-the-goblin-king)