1. i ended up talking to a little girl on the bus (because i am five and make faces at other five year olds) then got talking to her mum about dance. she asked if i was a ballerina because her daughter used to do ballet but stopped because she didn’t want to dance anymore. i asked where she used to dance then mentioned my school and talked about it for a bit and then waved to them when they left like ten times (because kids are the best.) anyway, the mother called my teacher saying her daughter wanted to go back to dancing and do it at that school because of me. she said i was a perfect “ambassador” for the school and couldn’t have been lovelier. this is what i wanted to do, make a difference. turns out you don’t have to make it your career though, just your attitude.
2. i talked to a friend from high school and it was…better. the drama with all of them was too much especially when i didn’t know about my epilepsy but just talking on the bus was okay.
3. i’m going to be teaching properly next year with regular classes and everything. also aiming for two exams by 2015 and my left turns were really good in class.
4. my room is very pretty and clean!
"If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings."
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
“Cosmos” is a Greek word for the order of the universe. It is, in a way, the opposite of “Chaos.” It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things. It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together.”
— Carl Sagan
Europa, sixth moon of Jupiter, in rotation. And now, some fun facts:
- Europa is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old, about the same age as Jupiter.
- Europa is 1,900 miles (3,100 km) in diameter, making it smaller than the Earth’s moon, but larger than Pluto.
- On average, Europa’s distance from the sun is about 485 million miles/780 million kilometers.
- Discovered by some dude named Galileo.
- Its orbital distance from Jupiter is 414,000 miles (670,900 km).
- It takes Europa three and a half days to orbit Jupiter. The same side of the Europa faces Jupiter at all times.
- It is the 15th largest body in the solar system, and the smallest of the Galilean moons.
- The surface temperature at the equator never rises above minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 160 degrees Celsius).