It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.”
— Conan O’Brien in his commencement speech to Dartmouth’s graduating class of 2011
Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed the existence of dark matter, is 86 today – celebrate with her fantastic 1996 Berkeley commencement address on science and stereotypes.
There are two great mysteries that overshadow all other mysteries in science. One is the origin of the universe. That’s my day job. However, there is also the other great mystery of inner space. And that is what sits on your shoulders, which believe it or not, is the most complex object in the known universe. But the brain only uses 20 watts of power. It would require a nuclear power plant to energise a computer the size of a city block to mimic your brain, and your brain does it with just 20 watts. So if someone calls you a dim bulb, that’s a compliment.”
When I was young, I thought all apples had worms in them.
When I was young, all I wanted was a girl with eyes that were as black as mine.
When I was young, I thought holding hands meant making love.
When I was young, I thought you just married your closest friend that was a girl.
When I was young, I thought that babies were cut out of their mother’s stomachs.
When I was young, I thought everybody was part Irish.
When I was young, I thought my mother would always be this proud of me.
When I was young, I thought strength came from being able to get punched in the stomach without flinching.
When I was young, I thought beauty came from how curly your hair was.
When I was young, I thought you could be whatever you wanted to be.
When I was young, I thought families would always live together.
When I was young, I used to giggle. When I was young, I could always find an adventure to go on.
When I was young, I was alive.
If we think of procrastination as the flip side of impulsivity—as a failure of self-control rather than a failure of ambition—then the way we approach it shifts.
When Steel completed his analysis, one finding in particular jumped out: excessive procrastinators were worse at self-regulating. In fact, self-regulation—the ability to exercise self-control and delay immediate rewards for future benefits—explained seventy per cent of the observed procrastination behaviors. From that connection came Steel’s main insight: What if procrastination was simply the flip side of impulsivity? Just as impulsivity is a failure of our self-control mechanisms—we should wait, but instead we act now—so, too, is procrastination: we should act now, but instead we wait.
Lox bagels at @RussAndDaughters (the cute little seafood market on the Louie episode w/ Parker Posey)