Good news!. You can see her entire wedding ensemble here (the shoes are great). I’d post the picture but the original was deleted, and it’s only showing up on image search as some kind of internet ghost that I don’t really understand. Although if you are going to wind-up an internet ghost, that’s pretty much the perfect outfit for it.
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The next time someone criticizes you for that 30 minute shower, tell them you’re only doing it for the earthquake safety benefits.
Adriel Wallick after she and other game developers walked out on a reality show and shut the whole thing down. (via)
I wouldn’t have given the Paltrow-Martin split much thought, beyond the involuntary sigh/eye-roll at the pretentious language involved, but then someone pointed out to me that she paired their brief statement with a "scientific" paper on "conscious uncoupling." Oh yes she did. And within it lay this
There’s a scientific theory by Russian esotericist, Peter Ouspensky, that the creation of insects was a failed attempt by nature to evolve a higher form of consciousness. There was a time millions of years ago when insects were enormous—a dragonfly’s wings were three feet across. So why didn’t they end up being the dominant species on earth? Because they lacked flexibility, which is what evolution is all about, and couldn’t adapt to changing conditions like humans can.
That is some straight up insect slander, Ms. Paltrow. I know this is a painful time for you, but this CANNOT PASS.
Insects are possibly the most evolutionarily successful creatures on earth. Over half of all known living species are insects, and nearly three quarters of all animal species are insects. Since their evolution at least 400 million years ago, they have survived every mass extinction event thrown at them; humans have yet to survive one.
They are successful in large part because they are flexible. They tend to have large populations with individuals that breed a lot and die young. Perfect for spewing out a lot of new variants, the lucky ones of which will have traits suited to meet whatever new environmental challenge lies ahead. Ever heard of pesticide resistance? That’s insects beating us at evolution.
They authors love the idea of the exoskeleton as a symbol of inflexibility
Beetles, grasshoppers, and all other insects have an exoskeleton. The structure that protects and supports their body is on the outside. Not only are they stuck in a rigid, unchanging form that provides no flexibility, they are also at the mercy of their environment. If they find themselves under the heel of a shoe, it’s all over. That’s not the only downside: Exoskeletons can calcify, leading to buildup and more rigidity.
By contrast, vertebrates like dogs, horses, and humans have an endoskeleton. Our support structure is on the inside of our bodies, giving us exceptional flexibility and mobility to adapt and change under a wide range of circumstances. The price for this gift is vulnerability: Our soft outside is completely exposed to hurt and harm every day.
To be fair, if I were stepped on by creature 100 times my size, it would be all over for me too. But let’s get to the other idea: insects are helplessly stuck within their shell (the one that can’t actually calcify), static victims of their exoskeleton prisons. Or they would be, if not for the fact that they shed those exoskeletons on a regular basis.
Plus, insects display the ultimate symbol of change: metamorphosis. Can humans, when facing adulthood, crawl into a silk sac, dissolve their bodies, chill out for a while, and come out a butterfly? Nope, all we get is weird body hair and bad skin. And orgasms, so I guess we can at least hold that over the bugs.
Look Gwyneth, I understand seeking out spiritual advice when life takes a bad turn, even from charlatans like the ones who wrote that article. It’s a vulnerable period. But please remember that there’s a lot of amazing, accurate things we can learn learn from insects in times of stress. In your case, perhaps this wikipedia page on sexual cannibalism will bring you some comfort.