Alf, 19.
Born in Texas. Raised in Portland, Oregon. Student, motorcyclist, former vegetarian (2/14/04 -> 4/22/14), vegan (4/22/14 -> present), non-breeder.

INTERESTS:
Biology, cats, chemistry, Chuck Palahniuk, climbing, Doctor Who, dodge ball, food, freerunning, mathematics, Misfits, motorcycles, parkour, Portland (503), reading, rock climbing, science, Skins, urban exploration, video games, wired, Zelda, zombies.

 

misssuzyvalentine:

thinksquad:

Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131202-dirty-tricks-of-city-design

When Selena Savic walks down a city street, she sees it differently to most people. Whereas other designers might admire the architecture, Savic sees a host of hidden tricks intended to manipulate our behaviour and choices without us realising – from benches that are deliberately uncomfortable to sculptures that keep certain citizens away.

Modern cities are rife with these “unpleasant designs”, says Savic, a PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who co-authored a book on the subject this year. Once you know these secret tricks are there, it will transform how you see your surroundings. “We call this a silent agent,” says Savic. “These designs are hidden, or not apparent to people they don’t target.” Are you aware of how your city is manipulating you?

In 1999, the UK opened a Design Against Crime research centre, and authorities in Australia and the US have since followed suit. Many of the interventions these groups pioneered are familiar today: such as boundary marks painted around cashpoints to instil an implied privacy zone and prevent “shoulder surfing”.

San Francisco, the birthplace of street skateboarding, was also the first city to design solutions such as “pig’s ears” – metal flanges added to the corner edges of pavements and low walls to deter skateboarders. These periodic bumps along the edge create a barrier that would send a skateboarder tumbling if they tried to jump and slide along.

Indeed, one of the main criticisms of such design is that it aims to exclude already marginalised populations such as youths or the homeless. Unpleasant design, Savic says, “is there to make things pleasant, but for a very particular audience. So in the general case, it’s pleasant for families, but not pleasant for junkies.”

Preventing rough sleeping is a recurring theme. Any space that someone might lie down in, or even sit too long, is likely to see spikes, railings, stones or bollards added. In the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities covered the ground beneath the Louise Bridge with thousands of bowling ball-sized rocks. This unusual landscaping feature wasn’t for the aesthetic benefit of pedestrians walking along the nearby path, but part of a plan to displace the homeless population that took shelter under the bridge.

So next time you’re walking down the street, take a closer look at that bench or bus shelter. It may be trying to change the way you behave.

Here!! Read this and be fucking angry because this is horrific! !

"You have to leave,
Cause if you don’t, dear
You’ll never see the things you read about in books
You saw the films and you were hooked
But everything you want won’t come to you
You realize now that you gotta go see this through.”

(Source: Spotify)

Anonymous asked
Life Advice? - If you found the most wonderful person, who was perfect, but also not at the same time; how would you approach them to reveal your feelings? What if they didn't feel the same way?

Asking me for life advice hardly seems appropriate. I’ve hardly lived. However, I’ll try all the same. No one is perfect, so I’m glad that they also aren’t. I’m reminded at this time of a line from a song,

"We fall in love with that which we project on each other, then settle for reality or just reject one another."

That is to say, the infatuated make for terrible judges of perfection.

I’d approach them with something less to start. Maybe coffee? Maybe a flower? Something better than a rose to be sure.

If they don’t feel the same way? Well sometimes that’s life. If they don’t feel the same way they don’t. There are more important things to worry about than feelings not reciprocated. All the same, the fear of rejection is much less of a cost than the rewards sought from trying.

Of course I’d decide to rediscover tumblr right before finals.

deprimesetanxieux:

vixyish:

xixsem:I 

I DID THIS IM VERY PROUD OF IT YOU KNOW WHY
BECAUSE
WAIT FOR IT
LORDE OF THE RINGS

But every day’s likeGold ring, greybeard, trippin’ on the mushroomsBlood-mad Nazgul trashin’ the hotel roomWe don’t careWe got to Rivendell across the stream

And everybody’s likeMountains, dwarf mines, presents from the Elf QueenRowboats, rock paths, Gollum on a rope leashWe don’t careYeah we’re simply gonna walk in there

Cause we’re going to Mordor
MOOORDOOORRRR

I can die happy.

deprimesetanxieux:

vixyish:

xixsem:I 

I DID THIS IM VERY PROUD OF IT YOU KNOW WHY

BECAUSE

WAIT FOR IT

LORDE OF THE RINGS

But every day’s like
Gold ring, greybeard, trippin’ on the mushrooms
Blood-mad Nazgul trashin’ the hotel room
We don’t care
We got to Rivendell across the stream
And everybody’s like
Mountains, dwarf mines, presents from the Elf Queen
Rowboats, rock paths, Gollum on a rope leash
We don’t care
Yeah we’re simply gonna walk in there

Cause we’re going to Mordor

MOOORDOOORRRR

I can die happy.

That party last night had everything - a baby goat, a guy playing the violin, a triathlon, modeling for nude portraiture, and a lot of puke.

"I never met a lady

Quite as pretty as Melody Dean

And even though I know you are

A little bit angry with me

You know that it is you I love

And you I want to get me off

But you can only do that when you’re here

And right now you are not”

(Source: Spotify)

Steven Moffat, I love you. 
I’m sure you’ll mess up soon, but right now we have a good thing going.