a glimpse into cryptic thought of the reticence
I can just tell that if I was in a crisis situation I’d be more worried about the danger of making a wrong decision that I’d likely freeze and make no decision at all. I’d like to think that I’d be super smart and sharp and confident, but my biggest fear is that I’d just be paralyzed with indecision.
I must make my decision, Bob must make his, you yours. And bear what we must. Hold and carry what we must. What I carry within me, you must allow me to do it. Alone, as I must. And you alone, Mary, you alone may lighten the burden. Or render it intolerable. As you choose.
Look, I just did what I did. It felt right. I’m fine with that.
Sensible people would avoid being so offensive, but Charlie Hebdo was anything but sensible, having drawn criticisms from the French government in many occasions as well as the US government.
THINK. Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
Saya tidak anti. Hanya saja saya tidak melakukan perayaan tahun baru. Itu saja.
I don’t like loud noises and people making a fuss. And I especially don’t like people celebrating because they know a piece of private information about me. Plus the whole thing is a scam: birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.
Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor parenting, or youth services being cut, or any of the other snap explanations that media pundits have been trotting out: structural inequalities, as a friend of mine remarked today, are not solved by a few pool tables. People riot because it makes them feel powerful, even if only for a night.
As nation-state malware becomes more common, we will often lack the whole story. And as long as countries are battling it out in cyberspace, some of us will be targets and the rest of us might be unlucky enough to be sitting in the blast radius.
If there is no right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion, and therefore, there can be no effective democracy.
Defcon, “Breaking Bad” rocket scientist:
We are in a position to teach an incredibly valuable life skill for this buyer community: Always encrypt… we are doing this more for buyers’ sake than vendors’ sake. PGP encryption teaches users to never enter their address on ANY darknet site, which greatly decreases LE’s ability to set up honeypots.
It was the strategy of the poor and the desperate, of thieves and thugs. He turned his head, and they reached out, and took his things.
I wasn’t sure anymore. And I was even less sure that I cared, which was actually both the strangest and most terrifying part of the whole ordeal.
If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won
In Yosemite, as in life, think carefully before starting a family.
When Apple says Swift aims to be “as expressive and enjoyable as a scripting language,” it’s not joking. A text file containing the code below will run as expected.
#!/usr/bin/swift println("Are you not entertained!?")
The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.
Look, if I wanted you to remember that God created everything, I’d probably tell you a story about it happening in seven days. Like, that doesn’t actually mean that it happened in seven days. It just means that I wanted you to remember that God created everything.
It is pleasant to watch from the land the great struggle of someone else in a sea rendered great by turbulent winds.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
But in 2014 context means basically nil, anyway. Every time I say something online, there’s a significant chance it will either be interpreted by committee on Twitter, or stumbled over by post-lobotomy brand managers.
I was a C student because I was (and am) a slacker and lacked the self-discipline to do better, not because it’s the smartest path to take. Performing better opens more doors.
Here’s the way life works. You suck it up, you do your work, you get your diploma, and that little piece of paper tells every other person who wanted to quit high school, that you can follow through and finish something.
Steel identifies what he calls two faulty beliefs: first, that life should be easy, and second, that our self-worth is dependent on our success.