So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now. She had been waitressing years before, but this is recently. Anyway, about… 15 minutes ago this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she’s never been. She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress job. It’s pretty… Sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn’t had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she’s not from.
This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.
…you know. Just when I start to lose faith in humanity….Hm.
A win for citizen science: More than a year after one of the oldest trees in the world burned down in arson, scientists resurrect it using branch clippings of the famed cypress preserved by a plant nursery owner, a science teacher, and a team of forestry researchers in an enthusiast experiment launched sixteen years ago.
(via and photograph by Rachel Sussman)
“You know, I’m pretty mutable when it comes to music, especially with a frequency that is familiar to me. Having a chance to hear this body of work done in a totally different remixed way, it’s really cool. The different movements we go through are kinda what the process or the route that my mind was taking almost. So I just love it. And it’s funky!”
— Erykah Badu, on the experience of hearing her songs reworked and performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
(All photos by Michael Katzif/WNYC)
Oh. I want.
Erykah Badu & Janelle Monáe Introduce 2013 Billboard Icon Award Honoree: Prince