Jen Bingham

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Month: January 2016

Your Sunday Comic

Yup.

 

From Deathbulge

From Deathbulge

I did not make this cool comic. Click on the art for more.

Your Sunday Comic

Hahaha. This is nothing like my childhood. Why on Earth would you ask that?

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

I did not make this cool comic! Click on the art to see more.

 

 

Inspirational Quotes from People Who Committed Suicide

In this commencement address from 2005, Mr David Foster Wallace, famous author and suicide, waxes eloquent on the need to stay thoughtful in our day to day lives. On how the  most mundane and annoying moments are the ones we can use to key us in to what is real and true. On how we need to be in charge of our own thoughts. (Which, in the end, didn’t seem to work out for him and I’m sorry about that.)

He talks to the kids about how their lives are going to be FUCKING AWFUL AND BORING at times and that there are ways to deal with this that are productive. Don’t fall prey to the rage, the pettiness, the withdrawal into the self. Don’t get so mad at that lady in the Hummer who cuts you off in traffic or the one who’s in front of you in the grocery line with a crying baby.

I think it’s advice we can all use from time to time and I like the way he includes himself in the scolding he doles out. I can also include myself.

But most days, if you’re aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently at this fat, dead-eyed, over-made-up lady who just screamed at her kid in the checkout line. Maybe she’s not usually like this. Maybe she’s been up three straight nights holding the hand of a husband who is dying of bone cancer. Or maybe this very lady is the low-wage clerk at the motor vehicle department, who just yesterday helped your spouse resolve a horrific, infuriating, red-tape problem through some small act of bureaucratic kindness. Of course, none of this is likely, but it’s also not impossible. It just depends what you want to consider. If you’re automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won’t consider possibilities that aren’t annoying and miserable. But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.

And this quote, pulled out by my friend Sarah and shared on Facebook, is what the whole thing comes down to.

As I’m sure you guys know by now, it is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotised by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.

The commencement speech transcript, which you can find here, is well worth the read.

 

Your Sunday Comic

I’m sure the artist didn’t have anyone particular in mind here. (cough) Donald Trump (cough)

From chainsawsuit

From chainsawsuit

I did not make this cool art! Click on the comic to see more.

The Misfits

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If you liked Skins and wished that the earthy teen drama had been crossed with Superfriends, then boy do I have a show for you!

In The Misfits, a small group of deadbeat teens acquires a number of “powers,” including telepathy, the ability to rewind time, and invisibility.

Mostly, though, the early episodes focus on killing a series of probation workers and disposing of the bodies.

Especially enjoyable is the way that the main characters get away with killing people, making all kinds of questionable decisions, and behaving horribly yet still manage to retain interest and sympathy. At least mine!

Genre: Teen soap/scifi
Verdict: Good job, The Misfits! You’re a cool show.
Source: Hulu

 

Your Sunday Comic

I mean, I guess all of our theories about why we’re alive and how we’re supposed to behave are just games to kill the time.

From Existential Comics

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From Existential Comics

From Existential Comics

I did not make this cool comic! Click on the link to see more.

Your Sunday Comic

I don’t know if this is funny because he thinks he’s going to die soon or because he never washes his socks, but I LOLed either way.

Also, I wish Nedroid updated more often. I HAPPEN TO OWN A LARGE STUFFED BEARTATO SO I THINK I DESERVE THAT.

From Nedroid Picture Diary

From Nedroid Picture Diary

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