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Reblogged from mymadfatdiary  129 notes

Series 1 Music

mymadfatdiary:

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even if this show were not:

  • about a fat teenage girl who is completely obsessed with music
  • set in 1996 england
  • and her relationships with her friends and her mom
  • and her struggles with depression, anxiety, and self-perception

it would probably still be my favorite tv show of all time for the soundtrack alone.

but it is all of those things. and it’s really fucking wonderful and tender and devastating and special, and the entire first season is available on youtube. and i think that you will really like it.

Reblogged from knopeforall  216 notes

principal: i am disappointed in you, leslie.

leslie knope: no! don’t be disappointed in me! i’ve never had a principal or a teacher be disappointed in me. i’m not sure that i’m equipped to handle it.

embarrassing moment of self-recognition sunday.


Dear 10-Year-Old Self,
Before you ask me when you have your first kiss or if you’ll ever have a boyfriend, I need to tell you some more important stuff first. What’s more important than a first kiss, you ask? Plenty.
First of all, don’t let that kid in your class, Danny, who called you fat, make you self-consciously wear oversized sweatshirts for the next four years to hide your body. That kid is horrible and years from now he will be boring and bald and trying to get in touch with you to come to the set of the TV show you work on. No, you don’t work on Cheers. That show’s not on the air anymore. That would’ve been awesome, though.
Another thing: Say thank you, always. Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion. When you’re grateful, people are attracted to you.
Also: Make sure you appreciate Mom and Dad. Yes, they never seem to let you do anything now except read books. Once you turn 18 you’ll never get to live with them again, and you’ll live far away, and you will miss them so much it hurts.
Next: Learn forgiveness and bestow it generously.
Finally: Don’t let anyone give you any crap. Mastering a balance of these last two will take you a lifetime, so you had better get started now.
Mindy Kaling

Dear 10-Year-Old Self,

Before you ask me when you have your first kiss or if you’ll ever have a boyfriend, I need to tell you some more important stuff first. What’s more important than a first kiss, you ask? Plenty.

First of all, don’t let that kid in your class, Danny, who called you fat, make you self-consciously wear oversized sweatshirts for the next four years to hide your body. That kid is horrible and years from now he will be boring and bald and trying to get in touch with you to come to the set of the TV show you work on. No, you don’t work on Cheers. That show’s not on the air anymore. That would’ve been awesome, though.

Another thing: Say thank you, always. Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion. When you’re grateful, people are attracted to you.

Also: Make sure you appreciate Mom and Dad. Yes, they never seem to let you do anything now except read books. Once you turn 18 you’ll never get to live with them again, and you’ll live far away, and you will miss them so much it hurts.

Next: Learn forgiveness and bestow it generously.

Finally: Don’t let anyone give you any crap. Mastering a balance of these last two will take you a lifetime, so you had better get started now.

Mindy Kaling

Some Thoughts about Public Transit in Austin

There was a horrific accident in Austin, TX last night, where a drunk driver drove into a crowd of pedestrians outside of a club during SXSW, killing 2 and critically injuring many more.

This tragedy has led to a lot of commentary on social media about a) the casual drinking and driving in Austin, and b) the lack of public transit options.

I completely agree with concern around the former, but I find most of what I’m reading about the second to be problematic.

Compare public transit in Austin, where public transit is widely regarded to “suck,” to Portland, OR, where public transit is considered to be both excellent and “easy.”

I’ve lived in both places and relied on public transit in both, either for my commute or as my sole transportation method. For 99% of our workaday transportation needs, Austin’s public transit is better than Portland’s.

You don’t need to take my word for it. I created a few routes of comparable length and popularity—using real places which I regularly traveled to and from in both cities—and plugged them into the transit planner for each city.

SE Hawthorne and SE 20h St. to NE Alberta and SE 35th St, Portland OR
When: Thursday morning commute
Distance:
4.1 miles
Time: 41 minutes (including 19 minutes walking)
Transfers: None
Fare: Adult: $2.50, Youth: $1.65, Honored Citizen: $1

compared to

N Lamar and Airport Blvd to 6th St and Red River, Austin, TX
When: Thursday morning commute
Distance: 6.1 miles
Time: 17 minutes (Walk 0.9 miles)
Transfers: None
Fare: Adult One Way: $2.75 / Day Pass: $5.50

Winner: Austin

Let’s make it a little more complicated, with a transfer for both routes:

My house in Portland to SE 12th and SE Stark St, Portland, OR
When:
Monday mid-morning
Distance: 5.4 miles
Time: 58 minutes (including 38 minutes walking and 4 minutes waiting)
Transfers: 1
Fare: Adult: $2.50, Youth: $1.65, Honored Citizen: $1

compared to

My house in Austin to E Cesar Chavez and Chicon, Austin, TX
When:
Monday mid-morning
Distance: 9.0 miles
Time: 1 hour 1 min (Walk 0.85 miles)
Transfers: 1
Fare: One Way: $2.00 / Day Pass: $2.00

Winner: Break even, although note that the Austin route is almost twice the distance traveled in the same amount of time, but I had to make the distance this far to get a transfer, since all the shorter routes I tried were one bus or light rail ride.

What about going out to dinner with friends on the weekend? Here are comparable 6ish mile downtown-to-home trips in each city on a Saturday night at 9pm:

W Burnside St & SW Broadway to SE Foster Rd & SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR
Distance: 5.8 miles

When: Depart after 9:03pm Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 31 minutes (including 4 minutes walking)
Transfers: None
Fare Adult: $2.50, Youth: $1.65, Honored Citizen: $1

compared to

6th St. and Congress to Stassney and Manchaca, Austin, TX
Distance: 5.9 miles
When: Depart after 9:03pm Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 25 minutes (Walk 0.08 miles)
Transfers: None
Local Fare: One Way: $1.00 / Day Pass: $2.00

Winner: Austin, and so cheap!

What about the exact same route after 1am?

W Burnside St & SW Broadway to SE Foster Rd & SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR
Distance: 5.8 miles
When Depart after 1:03am Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time 39 minutes (including 8 minutes walking and 5 minutes waiting) 
Transfers 1
Fare Adult: $2.50, Youth: $1.65, Honored Citizen: $1

compared to

6th St. and Congress to Stassney and Manchaca, Austin, TX
When Depart after 1:03am Sunday, March 16, 2014

Distance: 5.9 miles
When: After 1am on Sunday, March 16

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Winner: Portland, because you can’t even get home via public transit in Austin at this hour.

And there we have it.

If you want to use public transit for commuting or getting around in the daytime, I think I’ve demonstrated here that Austin public transit is at least on par with Portland’s. Comparing it to NYC, Boston, or SF would be unrealistic.

If what you need is a ride home from the bar, your options are to call a cab or use one of the safe ride home services, either of which would mean coming back the next day to pick up your car. That is a hassle, so many people continue to drink and drive.

So when we say: “Austin public transit sucks,” what we mean is: “The only time I want to use public transit — late at night when I’m drunk — there is none.” A fair critique of a service gap, but if Austinites aren’t making the most of the public transit system for the times when we aren’t wasted, we cannot expect the city to invest money in expanding and improving upon public transportation.

A shorter way to say this would be: We can’t expect the amenities larger cities enjoy unless we’re willing to do the work for them.

Reblogged from whathappened  23 notes

whathappened:

Most of the messages are generic yearbook stuff: it was fun having class with you; have a great summer; see you in high school!!! Some of them were a little passive-aggressive: you are kind of annoying but funny (fair); you are loud (also fair); have fun with your brothers (what?).

Elisabets: Choice Horses and Notes to Self by Elisabeth Geier (aka whathappened)

This week on the Yearbook Office, I wrote about shutting down the bullies within. Plus some other stuff.

this is really special.