Canada-based photographer and graphic designer Ulric Collette came up with probably the coolest family photo shoot idea ever. Urlic calls his on-going series ‘Genetic Portraits’ and sees a lot of potential and other ideas related to genetics. Interestingly enough, the new combined faces of relatives look quite normal or at least are not far from it.
“Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and YOURS that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”—The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (via asherminddisintegrates)
“These findings are incredibly revealing, as they document the banal secret of willpower. It’s not that these people have immaculate wills, able to stare down tempting calories. Instead, they are able to intelligently steer clear of situations that trigger problematic desires. They don’t resist temptation – they avoid it entirely. While unsuccessful dieters try to not eat the ice cream in their freezer, thus quickly exhausting their limited willpower resources, those high in self-control refuse to even walk down the ice cream aisle in the supermarket.”—Wired’s Jonah Lehrer on “the willpower trick,” the science of failed resolutions, and the power of strategic situational choice. See also the excellent Situations Matter. (via curiositycounts)
“Why do we read?” That was the journal prompt given one day to seniors at the International High School at Prospect Heights, a Brooklyn public school that teaches English to newly arrived immigrants and refugees from around the world. I spent a year at the school reporting my first book, The New Kids. During that time I heard many, many journal prompts, but this one made a lasting impression, in part because of one student’s answer. “We read to survive in the world,” wrote Hasanatu, who had grown up in Sierra Leone during the war, “because when we know how to read, we can have job.”— Brooke Hauser’sYear In Reading (via millionsmillions)