Hello old friends :)
I just wanted to let you guys know that my New Years resolution is to go out more and take more pictures for you, I really slacked off and I’m sorry! I got busy! But anyway, i wish you all good fortune and well being for this coming year, and may all your faces be bright :)
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT SHAKUNTALA DEVI?? CAUSE I JUST FUCKING DID AND SHE’S FUCKING AMAZING
Thank Google for having her featured cause it’s her birthday today for like, another hour and 15 minutes, and I haven’t seen anything on tumblr about her so I’m gonna do it.
This is from the wiki page:
Shakuntala Devi (November 4, 1929 – April 21, 2013), popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy and mental calculator.[Her talents earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
SO SHE WAS A FAMOUS PRODIGY
In 1977 in USA she competed with a computer to see who gives the cube root of 188132517 faster, she won. That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds.This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
A MIND OF UNIMAGINABLE ABILITY
BUT NOT ONLY THAT:
In 1977, she published the first study of homosexuality in India.In the documentary For Straights Only, she says that her interest in the topic came out of her marriage to a homosexual man, and subsequent desire to look at homosexuality more closely in order to understand it.The book, considered “pioneering”,interviews two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest for his views on homosexuality, and contains a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalising homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance—not tolerance and not sympathy”.
SHE WAS A FUCKING ADVOCATE FOR GAY RIGHTS.
YOU SIT RIGHT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT HOW AWESOME THIS WOMAN WAS
Women who inspire. Absolute Perfection.
When I see someone in public and have a desire to take their picture, it’s usually because they have a feature about them that stands out to me in some way, or they are doing something that speaks to me. This was no exception…
This lady here was walking back and forth through a weekly street festival in my town with a huge sign that said “Jesus Saves” on one side and “Repent Your Sins” on the other side. As a person who doesn’t associate with any organized religion and usually has a lot to say about that, I just kind of rolled my eyes and continued to talk and hang out with my friends.
As she continued to pass by us 5, 6, then 7 times I began to think about her more. She wasn’t getting in anyone’s face, she wasn’t screaming at people or shaming anyone, she was just simply walking trying to share a message she believed in. Who was I to roll my eyes at her?
When I approached her, all I did was ask her was if I could take her picture for a blog about body positivity and she got the biggest grin on her face and agreed. Much to my surprise, she didn’t preach at me, or ask me any imposing questions, all she did was ask if I’d take one of her pamphlets. I of course agreed and let her know that I respect what they are doing, because I know a lot of people are very rude and inconsiderate towards their cause. “Thank you, God Bless. Have a wonderful day,” was what she replied with, and then turned around and continued on with her message.
It was a wonderful lesson for me to learn, not to be tolerant of other people or not to judge people by their beliefs or anything else, these are things that’s I’ve known my whole life and are things I fight for other people to understand. What I learned was that I’m not always this perfect beacon of human rights that I wish I was. Sometimes I judge others and roll my eyes, and it’s a mistake I’ll make again and again. However, now I can remind myself to rethink my judgement’s, and that I have absolutely no right to roll my eyes at anyone who could just as easily be rolling their eyes at me.