Fiat Lux

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

IdentityX Summer Team 2014 | © Brett Tanonaka Photography

I am so exhausted.

Dance practices are killing me. Midterms are killing me. Even my sleep and eating schedule is killing me.

Today started out well because I was able to wake up early for some pre-midterm cramming at Peet’s, and found my Cog Sci midterm to be easy enough for me to leave early.

So I got to go to Mass at Newman around 12, and even have lunch with our new parish priest which was nice……

Until the dreaded 5 hour slump of my hump days came around to screw me over - 2 consecutive lectures, 2.5 hours each.

Once I was done with that, I barely had time to go home, change, pick up some dinner (which I didn’t even get to eat), and end the day with 3 hours of dance.

It’s nearly 12 and I just got home.

This is crazy.

I’m down 200 pages of reading, I have one more midterm this week and another one the following Monday, yet I’m still going to take a mini vacation with my family at Carmel to celebrate my mom’s birthday.

Though I don’t mind the break, I’ve barely set up enough time to study for these exams and there’s no way I’ll be able to finish my final essays and research projects without the aid of massive amounts of caffeine and sheer determination.

14 units of summer class and 10 hours of dance a week.

I thought I learned my lesson last semester.

I just photoshopped Beyonce as a Salesian idek what I’m doing anymore.

Found my new pre-midterm pump up jam. :) So happy happy happy sounding idk.

Spoiler:

God wins.

“Date someone who is interested in you. I don’t mean someone who thinks you’re cute or funny. I mean someone who wants to know every insignificant detail about you. Someone who wants to read every word you write. Someone who wants hear every note of your favourite song, and watch every scene of your favourite movie. Someone wants to find every scar upon your body, and learn where each one came from. Someone who wants to know your favourite brand of toothpaste, and which quotes resonate deep inside your bones when you hear them. There is a difference between attraction and interest. Find the person who wants to learn every aspect of who you are, and hold onto them.”

—   Me (via stayy-for-tonight)

(via subtitlees)

Befriending international students and creating study groups with them has become one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In the past, I had developed a sort of negative perception of them as being too cliquey, pretentious, and/or incapable of expressing themselves fluently in English - which are all stupid assumptions, I know.. But on the real, I’ve met some of the most intelligent, genuine and cultured people I’ve ever known.

There’s somewhat of a novelty in being able to say that I’ve become friends with a French linguist and professional ballet dancer as well as an Egyptian business entrepreneur all in one summer, but what I’ve come to appreciate the most is the exchange of cultural experiences and beliefs that take place within our interactions and conversations.

All in all, they’re really, really funny, adventurous, and hardworking people, and I’m glad Berkeley provides a nice kind of hub for them, not only to learn, but to teach others like myself as well.

soldierofthelord:

catholicknight:

I have been staring at this part of the periodic table in a class for some time now. What kept hitting me was this TC in the middle. I didn’t know what TC stood for, but I know about the Tumblr Catholics. In the middle of all black letters was an unexpected set of white ones.
TC is a light in the darkness.
Finally tonight I asked my classmate, a science teacher, what TC was. He told me that the interesting thing about Technetium is that it is not found on earth. It was a sort of missing element that has only been found naturally coming from meteors or apart from Earth.
TC – The Tumblr Catholics : a light in the darkness that is not made for this world, but that attempts to fill the void left by the darkness and things of this world.

TC + My undying love for science and chemistry = this is just awesome.

soldierofthelord:

catholicknight:

I have been staring at this part of the periodic table in a class for some time now. What kept hitting me was this TC in the middle. I didn’t know what TC stood for, but I know about the Tumblr Catholics. In the middle of all black letters was an unexpected set of white ones.

TC is a light in the darkness.

Finally tonight I asked my classmate, a science teacher, what TC was. He told me that the interesting thing about Technetium is that it is not found on earth. It was a sort of missing element that has only been found naturally coming from meteors or apart from Earth.

TC – The Tumblr Catholics : a light in the darkness that is not made for this world, but that attempts to fill the void left by the darkness and things of this world.

TC + My undying love for science and chemistry = this is just awesome.

(via irishgraceofgod)

things I should be doing:

reading

things I want to do:

read

thing that I am putting off for no conceivable reason:

reading

llynoleum:

tank-grrl:

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!""But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

Relevant NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/magazine/switzerlands-proposal-to-pay-people-for-being-alive.html?_r=1&
Let’s stay tuned…


Interesting…

llynoleum:

tank-grrl:

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

Relevant NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/magazine/switzerlands-proposal-to-pay-people-for-being-alive.html?_r=1&

Let’s stay tuned…

Interesting…

(via musedamour)