“By having been on both sides of the coin, I can see love in all its screwed up complexities and here’s the take-away message I’ve gotten: Love is there until it’s not. It might have everything to do with you or it might have nothing to do with you. The point is that people change and outgrow each other. Placing the blame on yourself and agonizing over what you could’ve done to change the outcome is fruitless. It’s all chemical anyway. Take the weight of the grief off your shoulders and take solace in knowing that you will be loved again.”—Ryan O’Connell, Thought Catalog
"Loving someone is a balancing act. There’s you. There’s them. Mix and stir and pray the recipe doesn’t turn out crappy. If the person you’re with is really worth loving, you’re going to realize that they don’t want you to change. They just want you to be best version of yourself. That’s what it’s all about: finding someone who wants to super size you."
“Despite angry campaigns against the cult of “Size 0”, skinny models are still in demand. This is partly because designers think clothes look better when there is no distracting flesh beneath them. …the attitude shows little sign of shifting.”—The Beauty Business, The Economist
“Educated models are in. This may sound improbable. In the film “Zoolander”, male models are portrayed as so dumb that they play-fight with petrol and then start smoking. But such stereotypes are so last year.”—The beauty business is being transformed as brainy models and a global talent pool change the catwalk. (via theeconomist)
“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”—Sarah Dessen (via wrists)
“Imagine a scenario in which a 100-year-storm flooded all of the parts of the system that are most susceptible—the tunnels that carry trains under the East River to and from Manhattan, and the major connection points in Lower Manhattan. Then Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island would essentially be cut off from the mainland for the millions of commuters who pass through those links every day. And not for a short time.
“Essentially the subway system will be shut down and the restoring time will be at least a month,” Jacob said. “And probably many months.”
In the same way that many people, during Irene, didn’t understand why it took so long to shut the system down and so long to start it back up, if there is that kind of flooding, they will have to pump all the water out of the tunnels, take out the signal systems, wash them off (because they will have been in touch with brackish water), dry them, put them back together, test them, and reinstall them. And since much of the subway system is as old as 100 years, new parts cannot exactly be ordered up immediately; new ones would probably require starting from scratch.”
“I don’t like walking around this old and empty house So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear The stairs creak as I sleep, it’s keeping me awake It’s the house telling you to close your eyes Some days I can’t even trust myself It’s killing me to see you this way ‘Cause though the truth may vary This ship will carry Our bodies safe to shore”
“We know that pumping oil out of the ground does not create many jobs. It does not foster an entrepreneurial spirit, nor does it sharpen critical faculties.”—Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (from his sick bed). The speech was delivered at the Middle East and North Africa Energy 2012 conference at Chatham House. (via climateadaptation)