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16 December 2008 / April

I can die happy

I did a Flickr search for “penguin” (for reasons you would understand if you were in the Tattler office 8th period today) and the following photo was the first result.  It is the best thing I have seen in my entire life, bar none.

Thank you, State Library of New South Wales.



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  1. Kendra / Dec 16 2008 11:46 pm

    Penguin explosion!

  2. Rachel / Dec 17 2008 7:02 pm

    I found the title of this post eerily prescient, since my reason for visiting your blog on this fine evening was to suggest that you read (and possibly review) Daniel Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness, if you haven’t already. Absolutely fucking amazing. (I also just bought The Stuff of Thought. 🙂 )

  3. April / Dec 17 2008 10:30 pm

    Kendra: Kaboom! Heehee. I am amused.

    Rachel: How amazing was it? And I will definitely consider your request for the book buying binge I have planned. I like happiness.

  4. Rachel / Dec 22 2008 10:56 pm


    (For anyone except April who is confused by that: it was an answer to her question.)

    Also, sorry to disappoint, it’s not actually about happiness. It’s about why you’re always wrong when you think something will make you happy. As Gilbert says in the introduction, if you’re looking for a book to make you happy, go two aisles down, get a self-help book, do everything it says, and then come back to him when you want to know why you’re still not happy.

  5. Rachel / Dec 22 2008 10:58 pm

    Also, once you read his book, you’ll understand why I’m so upset about the dilemma of next semester which is that I CAN TAKE A CLASS BY STEVEN PINKER OR ONE BY DANIEL GILBERT BUT NOT BOTH AND THEY BOTH ONLY TEACH ONE CLASS AND THIS MAKES ME SAD. The problem is that both classes are basically intro psych, except that Pinker’s class is more Steven Pinker-ish. Which usually would make it more awesome, except that Gilbert also basically kicks ass.

  6. April / Dec 23 2008 11:34 am

    Well, maybe you should feel comforted because you only think Gilbert’s class would make you happy…

  7. Rachel / Dec 23 2008 6:40 pm

    This is a good point. I’ll probably hate either of them, because it’s work, so I won’t really be missing anything either way. Excellent point. (Speaking of excellent points, when you read the book, you should try to find the place where he points out a mistake we often make and then MAKES THE EXACT MISTAKE in a footnote in that chapter that he gets really excited with.)

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