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I’m Not The Same Quiet Girl You Used To Know

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I’m not the same girl who used to keep quiet when someone disrespected me. I’m not the same girl who used to shrink into the background. I’m not the same girl who used to get taken advantage of by people who failed to see my worth.

Now, I won’t hesitate to walk out of your life if you hurt me. I won’t do the ‘polite’ thing and keep quiet when you make me feel horrible about myself. I’m not afraid to speak my mind anymore. I’m not afraid to put other people in their place. There’s no reason for me to play the nice girl when people are walking over me with the expectation I’m not going to cause a fuss about it. If you hurt me, you’re going to hear about it — or you’re never going to hear from me again.

I’m not the same girl who used to worry what other people thought of me. I’m not the same girl who used to follow the crowd. I’m not the same girl who used to put my whole heart and soul into fitting in with people who weren’t worth my time in the first place.

Now, I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. I don’t care if you consider me selfish or bitchy or unladylike. If you don’t like me, then you don’t have to deal with me. It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to change myself to fit in with the crowd. I’m not going to alter my thoughts and beliefs in order to come across as more likable. I no longer live to please other people. It doesn’t make a difference to me whether you approve of my decisions as long as I’m confident I’m making the right ones. I trust myself now more than ever. I don’t need outside validation in order to feel worthwhile. I already feel that way without anyone else’s approval.

I’m not the same girl who used to believe everything I heard. I’m not the same girl who used to blindly trust anyone who was nice to me. I’m not the same girl who thought the best of people, even after they’ve hurt me time and time again.

Now, I pay more attention to actions than words. I’m cautious about who gets let into my heart. I’m careful not to give out second chances to people who never deserved a first chance. I still pride myself on being a kind person, on spreading love and respect, but I’m no longer willing to spend time with people who bring me down. I’m no longer patient with people who treat me like a punching bag and expect me to stand there and take the abuse. I love myself more than ever, which means I’m more selective about who I let into my heart than ever.

I’m not the same girl you used to know. I’ve transformed into someone completely new, someone you might not like as much but someone I like much, much more. TC mark





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ScottInPDX
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I have no standing to pontificate, so I'll share to amplify a voice.
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A Small, Simple Hive Designed for Urban Beekeeping

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B-box is a beehive designed for use in close proximity to humans, like near your house or in an urban environment. It does this by separating the honey part of the hive from the area where the bees live and limiting their access to the hive through an entrance more than seven feet above the ground. Check out this video for details:

The makers of the B-box are seeking funding for the project on Indiegogo. Very tempting! (via colossal)

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ScottInPDX
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This looks like it could be cool, but I worry that keeping a hive healthy is possibly a bit more tricky than this would indicate.

This kind of feels like getting a saltwater aquarium, with all the paraphernalia, then watching it all go sideways because you didn't know about testing some chemical or the power goes out - not that I would know anything about that...
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Punta Caliza

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Cradled by the turquoise waters off the Yucatán Peninsula, and colored by the verdant greenery of the surrounding Yum Balam Nature Reserve, the Mexican island of Holbox immediately feels like a departure from the crowds of nearby Cancún and Tulum. It takes a plane, a two-hour car ride, and then a ferry just to get here, but that’s part of the allure at family-owned hotel Punta Caliza—it's as much of a literal separation from the "scene" as it is a figurative one.

Each of Punta Caliza’s 12 rooms are connected to a private pool.
 "What we want most was for people to feel the passion and love we put into the hotel," notes Claudia Muñoz, who helped build the intimate, family-run hotel.
The guest rooms were all built from Western red cedar, which was sourced from the family's plantation.


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ScottInPDX
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Possible vacation idea. I've had a hard time topping the Rosewood Mayakoba, but I really like the look of this.
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sqrzos: odd-manout: sixpenceee: Burning ammonium dichromate...

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sqrzos:

odd-manout:

sixpenceee:

Burning ammonium dichromate via u/N8theIngr8

I thought everything was okay, and then EVERYTHING WAS SUDDENLY VERY NOT OKAY. Terrifying.

THEY OPENED A PORTAL TO HELL

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ScottInPDX
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I've been trying to remember what that stuff was called. We used it for science fair volcanoes, since vinegar and baking soda is lame. As a kid, I personally went through many jars of ammonium dichromate in various pyrotechnic experiments.

The snakes are a really nice touch too.
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The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

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Great Wave

Great Wave

Great Wave

One of the world’s great art masterpieces is Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print Kanagawa oki nami ura, popularly known as The Great Wave. Thousands of prints were made and some of the surviving copies made their way into museums & private collections. I’ve selected three of the highest resolution prints available for free download (from top to bottom):

Metropolitan Museum of Art (10 megapixels)
Library of Congress (51 megapixels)
Rijksmuseum (22 megapixels)

You can find many other versions using the Ukiyo-e Search site.

Douglas McCarthy recently wrote about The Great Wave and the various ways that museums choose to offer digital copies on their websites.

If we consider the customer journey of acquiring a digital image of ‘The Great Wave’ from our fourteen museums, a definite trend emerges — the more open the policy of a museum is, the easier it is to obtain its pictures.

Like the other open access institutions in our sample group, The Art Institute of Chicago’s collections website makes the process incredibly simple: clicking once on the download icon triggers the download of a high-resolution image.

In contrast, undertaking the same process on the British Museum’s website entails mandatory user registration and the submission of personal data.

(via @john_overholt)

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Las Vegas in Infrared

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Las Vegas in Infrared

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Filmmaker Philip Bloom used a modded Sony RX 100 Mk. IV and some post-production tweaking to depict Las Vegas in infrared. The resulting parched look is perfect for the city. It’s like catching an old impersonator without his makeup and costume on. Making-of here.

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I kept expecting to see billboards that say, "OBEY" and "CONSUME"
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