the core of the galaxy is rum and raspberry

okay not really, but a little! so according to this article, astronomers have been sifting through signals from this huge dust cloud, at the heart of the milky way, called sagittarius b2. if i’ve perceived it correctly, the goal was to find some amino acids, because that would “raise the possibility of life emerging on other planets after being seeded with the molecules”. that didn’t happen, which is unfortunate, but they are pretty close. and some other cool stuff were detected, like ethyl formate. ethyl formate is the chemical substance that is responsible for the way raspberries taste, and happens to smell like rum. i think that’s kind of lovely. the scientists also found evidence for propyl cyanide – a lethal chemical. once again, i think that’s kind of lovely.

when i read the article, i thought that “wow this sounds kind of like science fiction” and then i realized how science is really close to fiction, which is funny since it’s trying to discover reality. below is a creative interpretation of the concept of the galaxy with raspberry and rum, because why not.

(links to the sources through the pics)

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memory is fantasy

When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened. It’s just that i prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest, because I invented it. Clinical psychology tells us arguably that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics. They can be lost forever. It’s sort of like my past is an unfinished painting; and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again.

– lady gaga

In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

– edgar allan poe

Frequently, our only truth is narrative truth, the stories we tell each other, and ourselves—the stories we continually recategorize and refine. Such subjectivity is built into the very nature of memory, and follows from its basis and mechanisms in the human brain.

oliver sacks

memories are dependent on us. memories are created by us. it has happened so many times that someone has described an occurrence so vividly that i’d be able to recollect and retell it as if i was there. so many times that i’ve read a story, seen a picture or heard a song, and just let it simmer in my mind. and really, if you let it set enough, what’s to say it’s any different from anything that’s happened to you physically? because that’s the real difference anyways, isn’t it? that some things happen to your body, and others to your mind. and it’s a fact that you manipulate even the memories of things that you’ve actually experienced. the remembering part is all the same. it’ll show the same on a brain scan, your body will react the same. you will feel it all the same. there is no objectivity, everything is created through you, and therefore, it’s created by you.

i could be a fucking rockstar, baby.

oh my god what if the reason it hasn’t happened is because it really wasn’t meant to? what if i’m really meant to become a scientist, holy shit. i want to change the world, maybe i’m not really supposed to do it one person at a time, but the whole society at a time? a year ago, i was so sick of the word science that i literally felt the bile of the citric acid cycles and retrograde motions rise in my throat. i said to hell with all things “natural”. but now, it’s like… science is fucking cool, man. and diving into the subject i love more than anything and just learning, learning, learning, until i’m an expert, that’d be pretty cool. and i do want to save the world. there’s just so much more to explore, to discover. the brain is laputa and atlantis all at once. what if i’m just not programmed that way, to ace the tests and get the perfect grades in high school. maybe my brain’s my limping leg that keeps me from becoming the jaeger pilot I’ve always wanted to be. maybe it’s because i’d be amazing at it – from another angle. maybe this is it. or maybe i’ll hate it immensely and it all goes to shit. but trying the title in my mouth really doesn’t taste so bad. and thinking of the possibilities actually tastes heavenly and deliciously hellish at the same time.

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this was written when i was supposed to be eating breakfast before going to work. i’ve slept four hours per night for three nights in a row now. i need to get my shit together before i… well, before i lose my shit for real. august has been really intense so far. fuck yeah.

we care, we live

i saw this show where a comedian was talking about how she ended up being adopted. she said that she had been abandoned in a ditch as an infant, and was found by a caretaker who thought she was dead. when she realized the baby was still breathing, though faintly, she took her back to the hospital where they then proceeded to treat her using kangaroo care. i had no idea what kangaroo care entailed but the comedian explained that through skin to skin contact, in her case it was chest to chest, an infant can have its conditions stabilized. the woman said that it saved her life.

how amazing isn’t that? that feeling the heartbeat and body heat of another person can literally bring you back to life. we need each other to survive, we need to care for each other to live. one has, for instance, heard about people dying because they didn’t get any love growing up, and this basically says the same thing. if there are cases that indicate that physical health is dependent on love and care, then there should be no doubt in the importance of relationships when it comes to your mental and emotional well-being as well.

so when people say that they don’t need other people, that they’re just fine on their own – that’s bullshit. it’s a fact that we need to reach out, and we need to let people in. love is essential to our survival.

(gif from lost in translation)