Well, shit. It’s October. Bold Moves October to be more specific.
Bold moves, as a saying, is part of the cultural lexicon now. It’s even in Urban Dictionary, though the definition is lacking some… uh, class? But for our purposes, bold moves means taking charge of your life. It means putting a little more than usual on the line. It means being willing to embarrass yourself to help yourself. It’s everything from telling the girl next to you on the train that her shoes are rad to quitting your job and moving to another country. It’s self-respect and admitting failure. It’s apologizing and not giving up. It’s what comes after the deep breaths and pep talks, what blossoms from a mix of courage and faith. It’s going against the grain and finding your own. But more importantly is what it’s not - it is not about the rewards. It is not about whether you land the role or if he says yes, it’s about learning to take the risks themselves.
Making a bold move and having it land on the first try is luck. Putting yourself out there over and over, tweaking and learning, listening and adjusting, that’s ambition, and that’s better. That’s what Bold Moves is meant to accomplish. It’s meant to build a thicker skin and make you a stronger person. It’s meant to show you that on your knees, rejected dejected and denied, you still have something and that’s the ability to try again.
I could tell how much I needed Bold Moves October just by my reaction to it this morning, which was eye-rolling discontent. Do I really have to do this? Can’t I just relax this month? But that was just fear talking. That was not wanting to explore what I want. That was complacency. That was settling, and that’s trite.
There are a lot of Bold Moves I made that never led to anything, dead-ends and unanswered emails. There were also Bold Moves I wanted to make that make me laugh now. I made a list once about what I wanted to accomplish in October 2012. I wanted DBN to be turned into a book. It is, and it comes out this month. I wanted to be able to ride 50 miles on my bike. I raced 48 miles this past Sunday, and I won. But these things started with riding four miles, with posts about nothing and rough draft after really rough draft. It started with being completely unprepared and untalented and taking risk after risk. I failed repeatedly. I embarrassed myself a lot. Just read the first year of this blog: I made a fool of myself. But I’m a credulous fool, and I keep believing that something great will come if I just keep trying to do what I love.
Bold Moves is a game of truth or dare.
Truth: what do you really want?
Dare: what can you do to get it?
Your first task (my first task) is figuring out the answer to the first question. It’s time to make a new list.
Let people see what you can accomplish this month. Do it with a friend. Do it with a coworker. Do it alone. But do something, if only because you can and that’s reason enough to try. Clean up your resume, chop off your hair, sell your clothes, delete Facebook, buy the ticket, send the flowers, take the guitar lesson, sign up for the open mic, make the sky-diving reservation, find a therapist, write your novella, tell him you love him, tell her you’ve had enough, tell them you’re capable, tell them all what you really just needed to tell yourself: that you can do it and you’re finally going to prove it.
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Life’s weird. Roll around in it this month.
lesbianesque: [tw: homophobic violence]
Today my hometown was struck by a disgusting hardship.
A woman this afternoon was found by a neighbor, bleeding and naked. She was attacked in her home because she was gay. Two or more men broke into her home through the basement and proceeded to tag her basement. They found the homeowner, who is an open lesbian, and stabbed, assaulted, and carved “dyke” into her chest. They attempted to burn her house to the ground, but the gas only sparked. Somehow, this woman (who remains anonymous until she decides to come out on her own time) was able to escape. She was found naked, bound with zip ties, and bloody. She is still alive and in the hospital. A candle light vigil was held in her name tonight, where more than 500 people from Lincoln and surrounding cities and states joined to talk about the hate and to pay homage to the victim.
A recovery fund has been set up to help her cover medical bills and anything she may need. That link can be found here, along with a link from the original news story.
Notes: Article taken directly from the Lincoln Journal Star website
Pictures are courtesy of Lincoln Journal Star and Steve Andel Photography. I do not own any rights to anything posted.
Why doesn’t this get a full day of news coverage and nationwide outrage?
I know someone who lives just blocks away with her partner. They are terrified. It’s sickening.
To the anon who claimed mocking a T-shirt in support of Joe Paterno is a hate crime: No. THIS is a hate crime.
Absolutely, utterly horrifying.
Why the FUCK isn’t this on the news. I just watched the news for like two hours, no mention of this. What the fuck.
Don’t forget we have to wake up Green Day tomorrow.
Ok just a reminder to everyone: If you’re planning on tweeting billie joe armstrong “wake up” or something tomorrow, DON’T. The song is about his father’s death and so it’s really personal and treating it like a joke isn’t the right thing to do. Plus he’s asked so many times for people to stop and no one listens so yeah. Please don’t do that.
Bolding the important.
Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”
"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.
"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."
Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.
The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.
Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.
Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.
Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.
"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."
Scuse you, Dava Newman is a FEMALE professor at MIT.
(fyi, I passed out in a vacuum chamber wearing an earlier version of this suit. =D)