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A Constant Swish Of The Leaves

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Once we made the decision to improve this, it wasn’t hard to convince the parents, I simply did this (draws a circle and divides it in half). On the right side are the things for girls and on the left are things for boys. And then I asked, ‘Do you want your child’s life to be a half-circle or a whole one?’

Principal Lotta Rajalin, in Time on convincing Swedish parents to eliminate gender roles in preschool. (via bonnef)

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Look at the difference: In 1977 I bought a small house in Portland Oregon for $24,000. At the time I was earning $5 per hour working at a large auto parts store. I owned a 4 year old Chevy Nova that cost $1,500. Now, 36 years later that same job pays $8 an hour, that same house costs $185,000 and a 4 year old Chevy costs $10,000. Wages haven’t kept up with expenses at all. And, I should point out that that $5 an hour job in 1977 was union and included heath benefits.
an anonymous online commenter on the current economy. (via han-nara)

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What A Wonderful Man

“‎I would request that my body, in death, be buried, not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the Earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna throughout my life.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I don’t have an issue with what you do in the church, but I’m gonna be up in your face if you’re gonna knock on my science classroom and tell me they’ve got to teach what you’re teaching in Sunday school. Because that’s when we’re gonna fight!” –Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Never liked multiple choice tests. They don’t allow you to have deeper thoughts than those of the person who wrote the test.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“When we imagine him in his retirement, in proud isolation on Sussex Downs, tending his bees, creatures who are the very emblem of passionless, mechanical activity, do we not feel, mixed with our admiration, a hint of sorrow that his life has been largely untouched by love, that his remarkable personality never found his soul mate?” –Kyle Freeman

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And That’s Where The Tagline Comes From

“There was a curious secretive streak in the man which led to many dramatic effects, but left even his closest friend guessing as to what his exact plans might be. He pushed to an extreme the axiom that the only safe plotter was he who plotted alone. I was nearer him than anyone else, and yet I was always conscious of the gap between.” –Watson narrating in “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”, The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“When one tries to rise above Nature one is liable to fall below it.” –Sherlock in “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“For a few minutes there was a constant swish of the leaves, and then with a grunt of satisfaction he came upon what he sought.” – A description of Holmes looking for something furiously in his book collection in “The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger”, The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Pretty Dumbledore-y, Holmes.

“Lestrade had learned by more experiences than he would care to acknowledge that that razor-like brain could cut through that which was impenetrable to him.” –“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”, The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Outside the wind howled down Baker Street, while the rain beat fiercely against the windows. It was strange there, in the very depths of town, with ten miles of man’s handiwork on every side of us, to feel the iron grip of Nature, and to be conscious that to the huge elemental forces all London was no more that the molehills that dot the fields.” –“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez”, The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.” –Sherlock in “The Adventure of the Red Circle”, His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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So Basically Anarchists, Then.

“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” –Franklin P. Jones

“Yes, I’m watching the Superbowl tonight — it’s called DOWNTON FUCKING ABBEY. Gonna be off tha WATCH FOB!” –Patton Oswalt on Twitter

“The Muppets are diluted by giving them anything beyond the most basic of narratives. Give them as little plot as possible and you leave ample room for them just to be weird at each other — karate chopping, blowing themselves up and inventing ‘fart shoes’. They are creatures of chaos, not order.” –Olly Richards

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I Effing Loved That Movie And I Don’t Care Who Knows It

“If you shoot a bullet, someone dies. When you drop a bomb, many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But if you say the f-word… nothing actually happens.” –The Count in The Boat That Rocked/Pirate Radio

“I’m very comfortable discussing my personal life, because it’s so boring.” –Daniel Radcliffe

“HEY…move….OUT of….the…WAY….I’m….WALKEN here.” –Josh Groban on Twitter

“Prediction for 2012: I will be fatter, balder, and less inclined to tolerate children.” –Aaron Malinof

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“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” –David Quammen

“I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I’ve just finished my milk.” –Moss on The IT Crowd

“Horses are just stupid, I’m afraid, and every day they have to re-invent the world, you know. You go—[whinnies fretfully]—“What’s that?!” It’s a piece of paper! [whinnies] It’s a hedge; you saw one yesterday! For Christ’s sake, get a grip!” –Stephen Fry

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