My name is Mikey Pullman and I have already been married twice. I have also already been divorced twice. Apparently marriage isn’t for everyone.
I married my first wife two days after her 18th birthday. We were both virgins, raised in very religious households. I’m sure that recipe works for some people, but it did not work out for me. She has several children now, and she looks happy. I met my second wife a few years after that, she thought I was gay because she saw me making out with a guy at a Christmas party. Turns out, we are both bisexual. It did not end well between us but now, eight years later, we are still close and I wouldn’t trade her friendship for anything.
Marriage can be difficult but, someday, I will probably try again. Because life is a wonderful journey and I would like a spirited companion. Someone with a friendly words and a soft touch; with a warm smile and nonjudgemental eyes. Someone who dances to the same music and dreams the same dreams. Someone who fills me up and has more to give. And, out of all the things that I want, need, and yearn for, the only thing that matters in having your marriage recognized here in this state, isn’t even on my list. As a bisexual I can tell you that what is between your legs matters less in a relationship than what is between your ears or inside your heart.
Some of us are new to this fight. We are fresh and we are not weary and every day towers fall. It is a test of our will, and we are about to pass. There are more of us now. And not just here, but everwhere. We are not alone in this, the future is with us. We have not won yet, but most of us will live to see the sun rise on a day when this fight is a bittersweet memory and the scars on our hearts will be over-shadowed by the joy on the faces of those who stand next to us in union. We will not despair, we will not give up, we will not surrender to the will of those who would steal from us our birthright of equality, for all men and women are created equal and we will no longer hide love under a bushel, but rather take it to the mountain top and make of ourselves lighthouses, shining the path towards safe harbors, home, and the peace and hope that having a family can provide. Protests will be forgotten, but the actions made this day will become another stone in this avalanche of inevitble change. And [we] can either welcome that change, or be buried in it.
My name is Mikey Pullman, Happy Valentine’s Day.
Whenever I notice that I’ve lost a follower, I just imagine that this is how it happened, and then I’m not sad anymore.
Comforted knowing she’s watching over us
Now thats how you graffiti a bathroom
One of my favourite mythological creatures - The Lion Turtle, Last Airbender
Enlightenment is not of the divine, but is rather the experience of self.~ The Buddha.
A fog had lifted.
To him, it was more than birth, but activation; all senses finding life during one singular moment. The first inhale, the first flash of light to his amber eyes, it was overwhelming. His body reeled from the heft of his newly found pain, the saturated toughness of his skin stressed to points of near breakage. A wrenching of noise split the air around him, and with it came the sensation of gravity.
"Musicians Read Mean-Spirited Tweets About Themselves"
In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
"A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates."
Just let that sink in.
Photographs from Nightmares Fear Factory [website]
Creating solutions for space, creates solutions on Earth.
Many of NASA’s solutions for space exploration have been adapted for use on Earth. These adapted technologies are known as NASA spinoffs. To date there have been over 1,800 NASA spinoffs. The Apollo program led to many spinoffs, including CAT scans, better water purification technology, a life raft that can withstand choppy conditions at sea, and athletics shoes that were adapted from moon boot technology. Memory foam was even originally developed by NASA to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. Recently a new technology startup Scanadu developed the first real life Star Trek tricorder, which uses the same technology as the Mars Curiosity rover.
NASA has continued to better lives on Earth by developing innovative technologies for the space shuttle and Viking spacecraft that were adapted to create more functional artificial limbs for amputees and insulin pumps for diabetics. NASA also developed fire resistant polymer fabric, which protects firefighters and military personnel. One of the latest NASA spinoffs, the FINDER radar, helps emergency responders rescue victims of disasters. NASA technology has protected us and we should protect its budget.
NASA is valuable both for space exploration and for bettering life on Earth. The government shutdown is halting innovation. Write to Congress to tell them you want the government shutdown to end and for NASA to continue innovation for space and Earth.