|—||Viktor Frankl (via quotesforintellectuals)|
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via lethifold)
I got about four hours of sleep last night so I’m probably finding this more hilarious than it really is but oh god, I just stumbled upon a short-lived British TV series called Look Around You on Youtube and it is everything I didn’t know I needed and more. Its brand of humour is geared towards such a specific type of audience that you wouldn’t think something like this would even exist — and yet it does. Basically it’s a parody of those grainy “educational” films and outdated lab demonstrations that we were all forced to watch in the name of science (remember when they used to have to wheel in the bulky ass TV that was probably donated to the school in the mid-80s? Yeah). Although shot in the early 2000s, the show painstakingly tries to recreate the look and feel of those videos, right down to the grainy images and the sombre narration and the anonymous white men in lab coats.
“If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the water has changed colour from invisible to brown.”
“You can pick up germs from a variety of sources, and because they’re invisible they’re almost impossible to see.”
“The brain is basically a wrinkled bag of skin, filled with warm water, veins and thought muscles. Think of it as a kind of modified heart, only with a mind or brain.”
It’s dry and absurd and simultaneously stupid and clever but everything about this just struck a chord with me (Made-up science “trivia”. A segment about “proper” lab cleanup that involves chucking everything in a garbage can and shooting lab equipment with a gun. A science major signing his name as “Jack Morgan, BSc”) so if I haven’t bored you yet each episode is only like, 9 minutes long and they’re all available on Youtube!
|—||Louise Erdrich (via fleurishes)|