pork dumplings with chili oil and sichuan peppercorns
photo by cathydanh
Mens Wear Dogs
Before I strut out the door each morn, I often plan my look by how well a dog can rock it (depending on the breed of dog, of course. I just can’t relate to an Afghan Hound), so the single-serving tumblr mensweardog is perfect for me. Each post describes a complete outfit, in detail, down to the shades, shoes, and accessories, that combined make one desirable hound. You just wish you dressed as well as men’s wears best friend.
Calvin and Hobbes IRL
The power of imagination is sometimes too great to confined by three perfect squares and when it comes to Calvin and Hobbes, even sweeping majestic landscapes are barely enough. Redditor nite4awk allowed Bill Watterson’s creations to finally explore the earthly realm in scenes nearly as gorgeous as the artists’ own masterpieces.
ohgod i love this photoset
I know a few Christian dudes — several of them pastors — who regularly smoke cigars and drink beer and wine. Does this bother you? Because they’re some of the best Christians I know.
Some are into metalcore, wear huge lip rings and gauged earrings, have tattoos like a second skin, and spike their hair into stilettos. Some curse like crazy, don’t pray before their meals, love MMA, read Cracked.com, and watch Key and Peele.
Some read horoscopes, watch The Daily Show, watch rated R movies, despise Chris Tomlin, can’t stand Christian books, and could care less about your politics. Some, at times, even doubt the existence of God.
Does this mean they’re not Christian?
Is a Christian supposed to be nicer? Gentler? Well mannered? More polite? Happier? Holier? Rich and successful? Full of doctrine? Republican? American? Calvinist? Going to seminary? On the praise team? A regular tither? Anti-something? Pro-whatever?
All of those are totally fine of course — but they do NOT define a believer’s faith.
The Christian loves Jesus and loves people. It is not less than this, but probably not that much more.
If we’re boxing Christians into our preconceived categories, we are limiting the limitless imagination of God. God can do His incredible work through people completely unlike me — so the best thing is just to get out of the way.
Not every Christian has to think like you or me.
We are like-minded in our love of Jesus: but we don’t have to think alike anywhere else. Jesus smashed all those human categories in both his life and his death.
What you see as a lukewarm Christian might just be someone who is on the first go-around. What you see as a hypocrite could be like Peter, who clung onto old Jewish rituals and was still repenting of his old life. Some people are on the first lap of learning biblical truth and we don’t need to rush them to a “finish line of faith.”
Since God is so ridiculously patient with us, then we don’t get to play a judgmental version of God with others. None of us get it right every time or most of the time or even half — and almost never the first time.
If you keep yelling “stumbling block” everywhere because you expect church-people to act “more Christian,” maybe no one else is playing by your made-up rules. Perhaps you’ve created a false over-sensitive moral standard that is defined by churchianity but is hardly biblical. That’s called legalism. When someone doesn’t fit your stereotypical view of a Christian, you’ve already shortened the arm of God.
Everyone is accountable, but everyone is also being chiseled in their personal relationship with Christ — and you are not the judge of that. You don’t get to judge someone’s life over a tiny slice of their lifetime.
A Christian is not defined by his progress, but by his Savior. She is not defined by the amount of her faith, but by the object of that faith.
Jesus is simple enough for the five year old and true enough for the eighty-five year old. He excluded no one on the cross. He is for everyone. He is even for people like you and me.
A Christian looks like Jesus, who had enough room in his heart for the full spectrum of humanity. I pray for a bigger heart like his.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
— Galatians 3:26-28
I think I tend to have this misconception a lot, that Christians would fall under a certain stereotype. I need to remember God’s limitless power and that Christians really only share a faith and a Savior.
My post about Christian introverts was published at ChurchLeaders.com …!
Thanks for the encouragement and love you guys!
A day in space… without a spacesuit
Spending a day in the cosmic vacuum -without a spacesuit- might seem like a questionable life choice. After all, in the movies, whenever people end up in the intergalactic void without proper protection either their heads explode or they instantaneously freeze solid. Neither outcome is particularly appealing.
However, your death in space won’t be nearly as spectacular as Hollywood would have you believe.
In fact, as long as you don’t try and hold your breath during decompression, you’ll survive about 30 seconds before you sustain any permanent injuries. Granted, these 30 seconds won’t be the most pleasurable moments of your life, but you won’t immediately die.
So what would really happen if you were exposed to the vacuum of space for an entire day? You would die, of course… but how? And what would you experience before you perished? To answer these questions, let’s start with the moment that you enter the vacuum.
If you try and hold your breath during decompression the gas in your lungs will eventually cause internal ruptures (essentially, your lungs will explode). If this happens, I’m afraid there will be no hope for you, even if you immediately return to your space shuttle. The trapped air will be forced from your lungs and transformed into massive air bubbles, which will move throughout your body and lodge in vital organs such as the heart and brain. At this point you will go into cardiac arrest and die.
But assuming that you aren’t foolish enough to try and hold your breath, it will take about 15 seconds for your O2 deprived blood to get to your brain; when this happens, you’ll pass out. However, losing consciousness might not be a bad thing; because about 5 seconds before you pass out the moisture in your body will start to evaporate. This is known as “ebullism,” and it happens because the reduction in pressure causes the boiling point of you bodily fluids to decrease.
This evaporation of water will cool your mouth and nose to near-freezing temperatures. Several astronauts who have experienced a vacuum describe this evaporation as a tingling sensation which feels a lot like your foot falling asleep. It’s not a terribly pleasurable sensation, but neither is it completely unendurable.
And unless your body is restrained by a pressure suit, ebullism will cause you to swell to almost twice your normal size. But don’t worry; this swelling isn’t deadly, and your body should return to its normal shape once you return from your trip (assuming that you actually return from your trip).
Oh, and eventually ebullism will cause your lungs to collapse. Not so fun times.
But fortunately, heat doesn’t transfer very quickly in space because there is no air, water, or other medium to aid the transfer. So freezing to death is not an immediate risk, neither is spontaneously combusting. In fact, space is a rather good insulator. So, for the most part, your body temperature will remain the same.
However, if you’re unfortunate enough to be close to starlight then you’ll get a terrible sunburn from the ultraviolet radiation. Unlike the Earth, the vacuum of space doesn’t have an atmosphere to protect you from harmful solar rays, so even short term exposure could cause cancer. But as long as you remain about 93 million miles (150 million km) from Sun-like stars, you’ll be fine (relatively speaking, of course).
So what’s the biggest threat of all? Rogue black holes? Unearthly collisions with comets? Aliens? I’m afraid it’s nothing quite as horrifyingly fantastical as all that.
The most immediate threat in the cosmic vacuum is oxygen deprivation. Ultimately, you won’t be killed by the decompressed environment, unearthly temperatures, or solar radiation. You’ll asphyxiate after a couple of minutes.
…and then your bloated body will drift aimlessly through space for the rest of the day.
Real Life Mario Kart
I’ll bet you a starman and two red Koopa shells that this is the coolest thing you’ll see all day. The geniuses at Austin’s Waterloo Labs created a real life Mario Kart using RFID tags embedded in “power-ups” to control the steering gas and brakes of the cars they are driving.
Where can I sign up to play? This. Is. Awesome.
Waterloo Labs has been doing this kind of stuff for years, and I’m a big fan of theirs. Check out a couple of their previous projects: Controlling Mario Brothers with your eyes, or a first-person shooter that works with real guns.
dog teaching puppy to go down the stairs
THIS IS SO ADORABLE I WANNA CRY
i swear it doesn’t get cuter than this