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t-rex dinosaur fossil

Tang Dynasty. A Chinese emperor in Chang’an, fearing death, commissions alchemists to create an elixir of immortality. Sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal are combined to form “fire medicine.” While not granting eternal life, fire medicine is found to be a useful fumigant to kill insects before its martial potential becomes clear. Gunpowder is born. Under constant threat of invasion, especially by Mongols to the north, the Chinese create gunpowder weapons: the gun, cannon, flamethrower, rocket, multi-stage rocket, bomb, land mine, and eventually, the machine gun. The serendipitous discovery of gunpowder is hailed as one of the “Four Great Inventions,” ushering in the age of “hot” warfare.

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I was listening to KIIS FM on my way to work this morning and a listener called in to ask, “Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?”

Katy’s reply was something to the effect of: “If I want to make a change, I just make it–that day. If you wait until January 1st, I feel like you’re setting yourself up.” Then she went on to talk about how she needed to get on the treadmill in preparation for her upcoming tour.

In terms of looks, she’s a 9.

With her personality?

10.

A. T. Bui

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an acorn

Understanding something is quite different from knowing it–not unlike the difference between studying horticulture and cultivating your own garden. Knowing means thoughts are inessential to induce you to act; actions erupt from you spontaneously like oak from acorn.

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chemistry, colored flasks

I see it over and over again. Some well-intentioned guy comes in and hits on one of my coworkers: “Hey, I think you’re cute.” He spits out his résumé unsolicited: “I’m a lawyer.” Then he immediately goes for the close: “Can I take you out for dinner sometime?” I’ve seen the same misinformed courtship ritual play out countless times at my local watering hole and at the clubs downtown.

It never works.

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stepping stones on the beach

Most people operate in 1 of 2 modes their entire lives. The first is to be results-oriented. In this mode, people impatiently pine for quick rewards. Some give up as soon as the going gets tough; we call those quitters. Others stress and obsess in short bursts of activity, hoping to god that they figure it out before their willpower runs dry; we call those strivers. Those with a results orientation often lack inner peace because no matter what they have achieved, they never feel like they are enough.

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winter beach

What goes on in your head when you don’t do the right thing?

I’ve been asking myself this question whenever I’ve failed to act in accordance with my stated goals. You know what you should do, I tell myself, but you don’t always do it. I know you, reader, have been through the same thing, because we are human, and by our nature we are imperfect.

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Parthenon

Deadlines.

Promises.

Work, projects, and obligations.

Fear of loneliness.
Fear of failure.
Fear of success.

Never enough money in the bank. Never enough hours in the day. Never feel like enough, even if you already are.

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