Yes I do enjoy walking at night. The world’s a lot more to my liking then, not so loud, not so fast, not so crowed, and a great deal more mysterious
Cornelia Funke (via wordsnquotes)

ACTUALLY I WOULD RATHER NOT DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THESE ARE NOT TAMPONS I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT EVEN 375 Q-TIPS WILL BE ENTIRELY INSUFFICIENT FOR MY NEEDS

othmeralia:

Happy Birthday to James Curtis Booth!

Born in Philly 1810 and died in 1888. He was possibly the first American to travel to Germany to study chemistry in the 1830s when American schools were teaching only by the book. He returned and built a teaching laboratory in 1836 to instill applied chemistry to American students. He taught at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia’s Central High School, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as being the refiner for the US Mint.

The images here are of his sketch of the laboratory he wished to build and the outside of the building which it was housed.

The Archives holds the papers of Booth

Reblogged from othmeralia

Why the fuck do I have to be a hardcore goddamned agnostic?

Person A: I bet there are a ton of ghosts here.

Me: I suppose, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Person B: There are no such thing as ghosts!

Me: Well, we don’t -know- that.

Person A: God exists.

Me: No evidence whatsoever.

Person B: God does not exist.

Me: No evidence whatsoever.

Person A: Orbiting Teapot.

Me: Yeah, prove it, asshole.

Person B: No Orbiting Teapot.

Me: Yeah, prove it, asshole.

What does one do when one wishes to clear the air between oneself and particular others (and, tbh, when one isn’t even sure whether there’s air to clear or whether the parties in question are in fact essentially unaware of one’s existence)?

This is a tricksy position to be in, as I perceive that I may have offended people quite some months ago, but I don’t even really know that. Because if I haven’t offended anyone, it would be really very extremely embarrassing to send the messages I periodically have in mind. I don’t want to be that person who reaches out across a gap only to find silence, because I’ve been that person before, to my detriment. And yet, how else do I resolve this to my satisfaction, certain relevant factors considered?

Since I periodically grapple with the compulsion to send these messages, I suppose it is worth wondering.