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My sister says this blog should be called Rachel is weird.
This is now a place for me to document my art and dreams.

It gives me the worst dreams! 
Apparently about food attacking me.

Last night I dreamed that me and some classmates went to eat at chik fil a, but it was for the class so it was free, but you could only choose between 3 things. Chicken sandwich, chicken salad, or a weird chinese dish. 

I played it safe and got the chicken salad of course. But the person next to me went for the chinese. It was noodles with layers of tortoise shell skin wrapped in a cone, and also some alligator skin and snake skins. It was pretty at least. My friend only wanted the noodles because they were too scared to eat the rest, so I was like, whatever i’ll try some, why not?

I tryed the tortoise shell. It was flaky and weird, kinda salty too. But on the inside, it was awful! There was a fly that had buried itself in there, and not a normal fly. It could shoot arrow spikes out as self defense so arrows started pouring down onto my legs! When I look at my legs, which are now in lots of pain, They aren’t tiny arrows but really long skinny nails that went almost all the way through my legs (one actually did go through). I have to pull each one out one at a time. There were about 20 in each leg. And then they bled after the nails were pulled out. 

It probably didn’t help that my legs were cramping in real life last night, which i’m sure is why i dreamed that, but it made the pain even more real!

sorry for neglecting you tumblr :(
But I have a weird dream I need to post.

I was somewhere with a plate of food in front of me. Scallops. But instead of normal scallops they looked like scallops cut in half and laid on their sides, with faces. And not just normal faces, weird sad fishy faces looking up at me. And I had to eat them all, no one was forcing me, it was just understood. So I started to eat the first one. It was crawling around so I smashed it a few times and killed it then ate it. Then the others got startled and angry and squirted ink at me. They kept squirting ink, but I had to keep eating. And they would stare up at me with these reallyyy sad faces. After I cut the second one they started biting me on my arms and it hurt really bad! Then When I cut the third it started to bleed on my plate. So as they stared at me, inked on me, bit me, and bled, I still had to eat them all. 
I didn’t think anything of it while in my dream… until I woke up and realized how bizarre it was. It made my entire day seem off. 

Here’s a quick sketch 

thefrogman:

Just when you think a meme is dead… herperpertermerses.

These memes literally make me roll on the floor laughing.. this one…. ermahgerddd!!! I can never say them outloud though, it just ruins it. 

thefrogman:

Just when you think a meme is dead… herperpertermerses.

These memes literally make me roll on the floor laughing.. this one…. ermahgerddd!!! I can never say them outloud though, it just ruins it. 

(Source: augustotter, via bethany-jane)

"Tried to shut the back door a few times but couldn’t…this was blocking it"

Frog

and then, I got this text…

"Set it free and checked on it a few minutes later…"

deadfroggie 


I think I about died laughing. It’s even funnier if you know my sister… she’s in vet school right now.

I learned a lot in statistics this semester… I threw away my notes, but I saved the best parts in case anyone wants to know any information that I gained throughout this course. Freddie would be proud. 
I think the unicorn is my favorite

I learned a lot in statistics this semester… I threw away my notes, but I saved the best parts in case anyone wants to know any information that I gained throughout this course. Freddie would be proud. 

I think the unicorn is my favorite

singularitarian:

That’s not photoshop; that’s an actual cloud hovering inside an actual room. Artist Berndnaut Smilde merges art and science to create small man-made clouds that exist — albeit for just a moment — indoors.

Cool!!! 

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npr:

soupsoup:

How videos go viral (via @charliannejames)

This is fantastic. The part on the hilarious variations of Nyan Cat and how participation helps spread viral videos is really interesting. -Savy

Interestingg… makes me wonder what the world will be like in a couple decades.

These doodles are my favorite. I like building them up until they look finished. I just wish it wasn’t on notebook paper.

These doodles are my favorite. I like building them up until they look finished. I just wish it wasn’t on notebook paper.

bethany-jane:

thedailywhat:

On Kony 2012: I honestly wanted to stay as far away as possible from KONY 2012, the latest fauxtivist fad sweeping the web (remember “change your Facebook profile pic to stop child abuse”?), but you clearly won’t stop sending me that damn video until I say something about it, so here goes:
Stop sending me that video.
The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.
Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.
By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.
And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.
The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”
Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.
Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.
Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.
The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.
There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible.
[kony2012.]

Interesting.
I questioned the legitimacy of this, and now this makes me question it even more. It was an extremely inspiring video, but it was just a video… how do you know whats real? The world is so globalized now, it makes things confusing.. Part of me wishes I could live obliviously in my own little bubble on a mountain.

bethany-jane:

thedailywhat:

On Kony 2012: I honestly wanted to stay as far away as possible from KONY 2012, the latest fauxtivist fad sweeping the web (remember “change your Facebook profile pic to stop child abuse”?), but you clearly won’t stop sending me that damn video until I say something about it, so here goes:

Stop sending me that video.

The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.

The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”

Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.

Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.

Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.

The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.

There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible.

[kony2012.]

Interesting.

I questioned the legitimacy of this, and now this makes me question it even more. It was an extremely inspiring video, but it was just a video… how do you know whats real? The world is so globalized now, it makes things confusing.. Part of me wishes I could live obliviously in my own little bubble on a mountain.

(Source: thedailywhat)

I doodled this dude in seminar the other week.. and then I got bored and photoshopped him. He has a disco ball brain.

I doodled this dude in seminar the other week.. and then I got bored and photoshopped him. He has a disco ball brain.

Oh my goodness… Socotra Island… how does this exist??
More pictures and such in case you want to see some more awesomeness

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/most-alien-looking-place-on-earth.html
 

Ok… so, I know this is lame, ok? BUT… I would love to win this contest, because, I mean, who wouldn’t want to win a contest? It’s for DuPont Goodrich, basically just to get the word out about the credit union. 

But to win, I need your help! 
If you could like this video on youtube… I would greatly appreciate it.. or you could like my good friends paul and josh’s video.. cause they’re pretty cool too. Or you could like both. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ0W6OTqMLs&feature=related

This is the link to mine. Voting ends on the 16th.

I need more than 77.. cause the person in the lead has that many. I don’t really expect to win.. but it would still be awesome if i did haaa. ok thats all

nationalpost:

Photos from inside the deadly European cold snap that’s killed hundreds
Temperatures touched new lows in parts of Europe, including Switzerland, which reported the mercury dipping to minus 35.1 Celsius overnight in the eastern Graubuenden canton, and the Czech Republic, where the town of Kvilda recorded a winter low of minus 39.4 Celsius. More photos here. (AFP/Getty Images;Reuters)

crazyy

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Hey friends! Yes I’m posting these really awesome rings in order to promote my Etsy! Regardless, they’re still really awesome rings! And you should check out my shop! 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/121213Designs 

I also have a new shop name, but the old site still links to the new one. Check them out, maybe buy one! And if you know me, you can buy via me or online, whichever is your preference.

Fun Fact: I called it 121213Designs because I wanted a different name that wasn’t my name or something lame like shinyhappypurpleglitter (although I secretly like that). And when I was a kid I thought it was SOOO cool that the numbers 12 12 13 created my initials (RRB) when you put the numbers close together. Anyways, I’m just blogging this so its down in writing and my bff tumblr friends can be the first to know the reason for this change. 

this is what happens when we don’t shave daily

this is what happens when we don’t shave daily