"Gay marriage is still illegal. Can we get a ‘boo’ for that? It’s crazy to outlaw marriage. Marriage is a happy thing. You shouldn’t be able to vote on someone else’s happiness. These people don’t know these gay people, they’re not going to know them, they’re not gonna be their friends…they have control over their lives. That’s not fair.”

“Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
Bill Hicks (via zeitgeistmovement)

(Source: socialuprooting)

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”
Jackson Brown Jr. (via at-kkoolook)

robotics: year 1

My first day of robotics was incredible. The head coach liked the energy I had so he gave me to the youngest group of kids 4th graders at the time. I was completely surprised by how well they got along and how many different things that they were willing to try, they were not afraid of failure, they hadn’t thought far enough ahead to give failure a chance. This was a trial period for robotics, I believe in 2 months we had 3 classes. 

The next quarter started and I offered to think up a small lesson plan for the kids to take on so that they could properly learn the different techniques to programming. I was amazed at how quickly these kids just understood the graphic based programming. At first I would teach coaches how to program, and tried to get them to teach the kids, but I quickly learned that these kids learned faster than the coaches did. Bam I had become head coach. 

I started off my this new title by recruiting my best friends to help me instruct the kids, another chance to hang out with them while teaching kids robotics. But quickly decided that if my best friends were the ones that I gave practice to, they would age out and have to quit teaching at the same time I did. Which meant relying on students I didn’t know to show up so that the class was not complete chaos.

The first class that nobody showed up in but me and the supervising teacher actually went a lot smoother than I would have expected. The plan was to make them build cars that raced against each, I knew that they needed something with a little bit more difficulty to keep them from wreaking havoc half way through class. So I brought my bicycle in and I taught them what gears are for and what they can do for us. It was a half hour lecture that I had completely pulled out of my ass, yet somehow kept the kids engaged. I then told them to spend the next 45 minutes figuring out a way to incorporate the robots’ gears onto their car. I had no further instruction for them, because I honestly had no idea how they were supposed to do it, I was winging it. Class ended and we had 4 different strategies that incorporated the gears, the kids had pretty quickly found the fastest gear ratios, which were also the least controllable. Each robot running a drunken line trying to get to its goal. It was the moment where I realized that I couldn’t let this program die. I didn’t care if I was the only coach able to teach, the program was going to happen. 

The kids took their race cars to a local elementary tournament and ended up winning first in all of their racing events. The other schools hadn’t taught gears yet so my team had left them in the dust once they figured out how to keep the robots going straight. Woops

That was the end of the first year. I’ll continue this later :)

ninadobrev:

Picture Quote of the day: Dare to be.. Yourself.
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Picture Quote of the day: Dare to be.. Yourself.

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Doctor Who: Eleventh doctor - favorite lines

matt-smiths:

m is for please don’t leave
a is for please don’t leave
t is for please don’t leave
t is for please don’t leave

s is for please don’t leave
m is for please don’t leave
i is for please don’t leave
is for please don’t leave
is for please don’t leave

an original poem by me 

Coffee > Alcohol

I would choose being coffee high over drunk any day

(Source: halfhouse)