a glimpse into cryptic thought of the reticence
In our travels in West Africa we have often found the people who have the least will offer you the most.
If you want to know what someone is like, look at how they treat people who can do nothing for them.
There are two challenges here. The first is that in a connection economy, the idea that others need to be in coach for you to be in first doesn’t scale very well. And the second, in the words of moms everywhere: Life is more fun when you don’t compare.
Learn how to work quietly. Basically if you’re not supposed to make noise and are, you’re increasing the risk of breaking or fucking something up.
Music on top of noise is just more noise - a bit like perfume on a bad smell.
Our Constitution demands that a minimum 0f 60 percent of Bhutan’s total land shall remain under forest cover for all time.
A surprising idea won the heart and minds: we would reboot the country, and that second republic would have no army.
We made that decision permanent in the new constitution.
I find the whole idea a kind of thief of life. That people should waste hours huddled around a wooden box, listening to someone talking at them, burbling inanities from somewhere else.
He knew he needed to do a better job of navigating the world, but he didn’t know how.
He’d had to make his way alone, and no one ever makes it alone.
Pretend ice cream stores gave away free milkshakes. But you had to buy a straw to drink them. But that’s okay, because you still get free milkshakes. One day you’re drinking a free milkshake and you look down and the guy that sold you the straw is pinching it almost shut. You can still get your milkshake, but it’s really hard and takes a lot longer. So you say, “Hey! Stop that!” And the straw guy says, “NO! Not until the ice cream store pays me money.” And you say, “But I already paid you money for the straw.” And the straw guy says, “I don’t care. I just want more money.”
Whatever happened to, “Hey, I have some apples. Would you like to buy them?” “Yes, thank you.” That’s as complicated as it should be to open a business in this country.
Ce problème se règle assez facilement, quand on sait quoi faire ! Il faut ajouter une ligne à un fichier de configuration pour “blacklister” un certain pilote, qui entre en conflit avec la reconnaissance du touchpad.
echo "blacklist i2c_hid" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
No one is either perfectly good or perfectly evil. People occupy a space right on each side of the line. And sometimes, without knowing it, you switch sides.
And it had happened in Irvine, no less — the county’s model, master-planned city — inviting people to contemplate the ugliness that seethed behind closed doors in places that overpromised order and niceness and green.
You can’t really know what it is to want things until you’re at least 30. And then, with each passing year, it gets bigger because the want is more and the possibility is less. Like how each passing year of your life seems faster because it’s a smaller portion of your total life.
Well, it kind of has to be your passion when you spent your whole life saying it’s all you ever wanted to do, and your parents spent a shitload of money on music school and I couldn’t even quit if I wanted to.
Also, female character studies.
I have a friend who controls her own image online with an iron fist; she hates encountering pictures of herself taken without consent. She often scrolls through Instagram and Facebook untagging every candid image, like a burglar wiping off fingerprints. I used to think this was a bizarre eccentricity, but after living in the world of selfies for a while, I understand it.
People in your own time might not see it that way. They will call you narcissistic for giving birth to hundreds, maybe thousands, of fractured little selves. They will wonder why you need so much confirmation, so much attention, so much visibility. They will experience your face as an assault. Pay them no mind. Your selfie has already ventured off to the future, where all of us are dead.
We like socio-technical systems of reputation because they empower us in so many ways. People can achieve a level of fame and notoriety much more easily on the Internet.
There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.