Back in England after a month in California. Our separation doesn’t feel as awful as it usually does because I know this is the home stretch. In three months I will have packed up my life in England and moved half-way across the world to start graduate school in Los Angeles, an hour away from you by plane versus the current eleven.
My decision to move has been a long-time coming. Going to graduate school in the US has been in my plans since before I started my Bachelor’s degree. Figuring out what I wanted to do has taken a little longer, and deciding where I wanted to do it has also been a process. It has at times been confusing and uncertain, two feelings I am not totally comfortable with. I am an over-thinker, and there has been a lot of thinking. Weighing options. Doubt.
But it is finally setting in. I am moving to one of the biggest cities in the world, and it is going to be scary. Change is always a little intimidating. But I know it is right because I am doing it for love. Love of learning in general, love for the subject I am studying, and love for the person who has supported me through all these decisions and moreover makes me ridiculously happy on a daily basis. Can’t go wrong with that combination, right?
Nicholas Thompson on Meb Keflezighi’s Boston Marathon win: http://nyr.kr/1nD4as8
“Before the race started, I thought that there could be no greater tribute to the city and to the country than a victory by Meb: an immigrant who came to America because of the opportunities and the safety it offered. He wasn’t born here; he and his family chose to come here.”
Photograph by Charles Krupa/AP.
one difference between cats and dogs is that dogs do absolutely nothing to mask their clinginess while cats pretend it’s a coincidence they’re in the same room as you 97% of the time
"The fact I am laying on your face means nothing"
The planet, known as Kepler 186f, named after NASA’s Kepler planet-finding mission, which detected it, has a diameter of 8,700 miles, 10 percent wider than Earth, and its orbit lies within the “Goldilocks zone” of its star, Kepler 186 — not too hot, not too cold, where temperatures could allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life.
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
on a scale from 1 to sansa stark, how much do you regret your childhood crush
After months of reading and research, and three days of writing, I have reached the half-way mark on my dissertation word-count. The situation is hopeful…
but it is just so boooring.