Today is the All-Staff meeting for UChicago’s fundraising staff, in which (among other activities) they award a few staff members an award named for Frederick T. Gates, one of the founding trustees of the University and its first fundraiser. The award contains a quote from Gates, which is one of the most sublime pieces of poetry about higher ed fundraising:
"In recognition of superior achievement pursued ‘with sleepless vigilance, pulling every possible wire, in disinterested zeal for the cause of education.’"
Here then at home, by no more storms distrest,
Folding laborious hands we sit, wings furled;
Here in close perfume lies the rose-leaf curled,
Here the sun stands and knows not east nor west,
Here no tide runs; we have come, last and best,
From the wide zone in dizzying circles hurled
To that still centre where the spinning world;
Sleeps on its axis, to the heart of rest.
Lay on thy whips, O Love, that we upright,
Poised on the perilous point, in no lax bed
May sleep, as tension at the verberant core
Of music sleeps; for, if thou spare to smite,
Staggering, we stoop, stooping, fall dumb and dead,
And, dying so, sleep our sweet sleep no more.
A: “Are you recruiting or kidnapping?”
B: “We’re kidnapping.”
C: “It’s so much more efficient that way.”
Well it is.
Good Lord, copperbadge, what have you done to me.
When your party has a bard and there’s an enemy bard
I laughed way too hard at this
I am gonna reblog this literally every time I see it.
if this doesn’t happen in inquisition i’m going to be mega disppointed
Mustache-on-Mustache violence is tearing our communities apart, people!
(Source: vanilla-folder, via knitmeapony)
I had a dream last night where I was making my mother watch the first episode of Battlestar Galactica with me.
According to my subconscious mind, the first episode of BSG only spends about ten minutes on Galactica and then cuts to an extended childhood flashback of one of the background characters watching her father get hit by a car and then teaching her grandfather and little sister the true meaning of Passover by hosting a Seder for her stuffed animals.