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June 30, 2014 at 11:23am
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Many people back home have asked me questions about the Food Situation. Here’s how it works, for me at least.
Every single one of my neighbors farms. The farming in my community is primarily cash crops— foremost, onions and rice. Because rice (or vary, in Malagasy) is the staple starch in…

June 22, 2014 at 12:11pm
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A preview of my upcoming blog post: the food of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar. Top down, left right: an avocado and fried egg with homemade corn chips, a papaya and star fruit salad, corn muffins made in a Peace Corps oven, a pig in the market, a heart-shaped madeleine in Ambatondrazaka, and your humble blogger enjoying some homemade marmalade on a muffin.

June 5, 2014 at 2:14pm
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Some shots of Mahazoarivo. Top down, left right: Madame Sera helping me with a seasonal calendar, Miadisoa and Tsona looking fabulous in my kitchen, Izety rolling pizza dough, Madame Holy and family about to tuck in to some pizza, another kitchen photoshoot, and Crowley asleep on some very important documents.

June 4, 2014 at 8:27pm
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I want your Monday morning
sleep soaked eyes
dream drenched voice,
lazy bones
‘five more minutes please babe.’

I want your Tuesday afternoon
coffee break,
glasses off, laughter on
‘just hold me for a while
it’s been a hard day.’

I want your Wednesday evening
fingers through hair
teeth nibbling nails
neck craning, eye glazing
‘this paperwork never ends’

I want your Thursday night
drinks for two
bones unbind
muscles let loose
flats, slacks,
‘just me and you’

I want your finally Friday
stretch soul smile,
sun sipping light
from the glaciers in your eyes
fingers unfurl, hand extends
‘c’mon babe, lets go wild’

I want your weekend.
your movie marathon Saturday
reading by the fireplace
kissing in the blankets
want your Sunday morning
orange juice and pancakes
white sheets, tender skin
hair like the Fourth of July
‘let’s not get out of bed today.’

I want your ordinary
and your stress, rest, release
I want your bad day and that terrible night
I want you drunk in my arms
forgetting the place but never my name
I want your lazy and your lonely
and your fist full of fight
I want you everyday
in every way
for the rest of my life.

— On Both Knees | alfaazkibarsaaat (via halluzinogen)

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May 31, 2014 at 2:10pm
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I’ve already been at site an entire month, and it has been a rollicking good time—perhaps, sometimes, a bit more just “rollicking,” but overall a good time nonetheless. From the very first (and most wonderful ) morning when my neighbors arrived at my house with a carafe of coffee and a basket of mofo gasy

May 19, 2014 at 7:03pm
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The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books distort space, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old fashioned secondhand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and has more staircases than storys and those rows of shelves which end in little doors that are surely too small for a full-sized human to enter. The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.

— Terry Pratchett

May 18, 2014 at 8:13pm
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A note from Allison:

Here’s a post on the end of pre-service training, a long time coming! I’m happily settled at site in Ambatosoratra right now, and will update you on the goings-on there soon(ish). For now, enjoy this nugget!

Let me tell you something about friendship.

It sneaks up on you….

April 26, 2014 at 11:36pm
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India teen tells US how to save $400 million by changing font (via The Hindu)

A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font used on official documents.

Suvir Mirchandani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used the Garamond font exclusively it could save about $136 million per year, nearly 30 per cent less than the estimated $467 dollars it spends annually on ink.

An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also implemented the change.

Mirchandani said the idea came to him when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money as part of a science fair project at his school, CNN reported.

The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper and ink.

While recycling paper was one way to save money and conserve resources, Mirchandani said little attention had been paid to the ink used on the papers.

“Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of ink.

As part of his experiment, he collected random samples of teachers’ handouts and focused on the most commonly used characters such as e, t, a, o and r.

He noted how often each character was used in different fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and then measured how much ink was used for each letter, using an ink coverage software.

From his analysis, Mirchandani figured out that by using the Garamond font with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24 per cent and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.


He repeated his tests on five sample pages from documents on the Government Printing Office website and got similar results that changing the font would save money.

Mirchandani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.

One of the journal’s founders Sarah Fankhauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Mirchandani’s project stood out.

“We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper,” Fankhauser was quoted as saying…”

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April 24, 2014 at 9:33pm
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First generation of transgender rabbis claims its place in the U.S. Jewish community: There are at least six transgender rabbis and rabbis-in-training across the United States and both the Reform and Reconstructionist movements have programs on transgender inclusion at synagogues and in seminaries.


First generation of transgender rabbis claims its place in the U.S. Jewish community: There are at least six transgender rabbis and rabbis-in-training across the United States and both the Reform and Reconstructionist movements have programs on transgender inclusion at synagogues and in seminaries.

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April 19, 2014 at 12:11pm
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*carries a redshirt with me but doesn’t wear it* it’s a metaphor for dying on away missions but i don’t put it on because i don’t actually want to die on away missions

the fault in our star trek

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April 14, 2014 at 1:22pm
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At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

Click here for the full story and breaking developments

Reblogging again to add: 

Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

I’m very sorry to those of you who don’t come to my blog expecting to see news or other horrible real world stuff. I thought it was worth putting out there.

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characters that go from villain to awkward friend are so important

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April 13, 2014 at 2:32pm
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seduce me with film references

As you wish

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April 12, 2014 at 11:52pm
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God witnessing a human drinking cow's milk for the first time

god: why are you approaching that cow
god: what are you doing
god: no
god: what
god: are you seriously going to do that
god: oh fuck, he's doing it
god: he's actually doing it
god: this is fucked up
god: I've fucked up

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A girl I’m friends with on Facebook posted this status and I love it so much.


A girl I’m friends with on Facebook posted this status and I love it so much.

(Source: sherlock-and-watson-221b, via burnschapter)