Listen to me, you can’t fix people. Your love won’t make him stop hating his father and your devotion won’t cure her of her childhood. All you can do is be there, violets sprouting out from your ribs, acceptance on your lips, your own wounds still bleeding and all you can do is be there and sometimes that’s enough, sometimes that’s everything.
If chess is anything, it is a game of second chances. Chess, like life, rewards perseverance. I’ve turned countless losses into draws and wins because my opponents got overconfident while I dug in. I’ve also turned wins into losses because I was too intimidated by my opponent’s rating or reputation.
Chess psychology can be distilled to two simple rules:
“I open my eyes and I don’t know where I am or who I am. Not all that unusual- I’ve spent half my life not knowing. Still, this feels different. The confusion is more frightening. More total.”—Andre Agassi
Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, police announced Thursday, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life as a virtual slave.
London’s Metropolitan Police announced the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, both 67 — were arrested early Thursday as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
The investigation was launched after one of the captive women contacted a charity, which then went to the police. Those freed “some weeks ago” are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman.
The incident highlights the still-prevalent issue of slavery across the world, with one recent report by the Walk Free Foundation finding as many as 29.6 million people currently live in captivity. Countries such as India, Pakistan and China lead the fray in terms of absolute numbers of modern-day slaves, but Mauritania and Haiti struggle with the highest number of slaves relative to their populations.
“You are enough. Paint it on your mirrors, on the back of your eyelids, drown it in your stomach, sing it in every word you say. You are never too much. Eat your food, sleep eight hours, walk like you love yourself. You are enough. Say it in your sleep, mantras to carry you through your day. There is never enough of you. You are a thirst that is never quenched. I crave you when you’re away. I love every piece of you. But I cannot make you love yourself.”—Michelle K., You Are Enough. (via cold-winter-days)
"oh, please. you can’t REALLY be in a great mood. there are people out there who just got raises. people just got married. people are being reunited with their families right now. how dare you say you’re happy."
Visits should be short, like those delightful small people who never get big. (NOTE: LOOK UP THE WORD FOR THIS. ALSO, CONSIDER BETTER METAPHOR.)
It is better that one guilty person should escape than that 100 innocent persons should suffer. (I WONDER IF I COULD GO EVEN FURTHER THAN THIS?)
Remember that time is money, unless you live in a barter-based society, in which case time is geese or whatever.
Keep thy hat and thy hat will keep thee. (RAN THIS ONE BY DEBORAH, AND SHE SAYS MOST PEOPLE AREN’T AS SERIOUS ABOUT HATS AS I AM. HOW MUCH WISDOM CAN I BE EXPECTED TO IMPART WITHOUT HAT METAPHORS?)
It is ill-manners to silence Steve and cruelty to let him go on.
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is sometimes an ominous-looking brown thing. (WORDY. MAYBE “IN WATER THERE IS INTESTINAL PARASITES?” DEBORAH WOULD SAY I’M TAKING MY OWN BOUT OF INTESTINAL PARASITES PERSONALLY, BUT BY GOD, WHY SHOULDN’T I? I’VE BEEN SHITTING FOR DAYS.)
A pirate stands on one leg, the truth on two. (THIS IS STUPID, AND LIKELY THE INTESTINAL PARASITES TALKING.)
A penny saved is really not enough. You should probably be putting more away. $5,000 is a good starting point.
“I had said before that prep schools shouldn’t be closed in an instant. For example, giving them three years could give them some breathing space. But it is wrong to shut down study centers. Because in addition to helping children with classes, they actually do the work of day-care centers. This is why they are popular. They are very important institutions for working parents. Now they are saying they will have study hours at schools, but this is unlikely, because more than half of schools work in dual shifts. You can’t have study hours in a school which continues teaching in the afternoon. This is why these centers were safe places for children with working parents.”—Doğan Ceylan, Turkish parents worried about gov’t plan to shut down study centers
Gr8 going, P7. Are they planning on working on Mavericks compatibility, or did they just say fuck it? (good luck! Minecraft tomorrow eve, if you like? The 1.6.4 server errors seem to be fixed now)
Mos def on the crafting. Just shoot me a message whenever you’re ready to play, I should be free around 19 or 20.
Parallels 9 does support Mavericks, but that’s a $50 upgrade. Honestly, I’d rather put time and money into building a solid tower that I’ll keep around for years and years than dish out money on regular emulator upgrades. If Wineskin works, and by many accounts it looks like it’s going to, I’m done with emulation 5ever. I just haven’t had a good solid chunk of uninterrupted time to actually sit down and work through a tutorial on getting Steam to run through Wineskin. I have plenty of other games to play in the meantime, so I’m not that bothered over it.
So I lost all my Windows games about two weeks ago because Parallels 7 explicitly does not support Mavericks, and I had no idea until I went to boot up TERA and suddenly couldn’t even get my emulator running on one core. So my options now that don’t include shelling out money on mediocre emulation software are either Bootcamp (which I’m quite loathe to use) and Wineskin, which after some research actually seems pretty viable.
I’m still salty about it, but I’m mostly confident I’ll find something good to use. In the meantime I’ll just be sticking to Mac-friendly games.
“teenagers skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight” ACTUALLY NO THATS BULLSHIT TEENAGERS SKIP BREAKFAST SO THEY CAN MAKE IT TO SCHOOL ON TIME WITHOUT WAKING UP AT 4 IN THE MORNING
Before her first OkCupid date ever, Lindsey spent most of her day on Gchat, joking to her friends that she was worried that her date would turn out to be an axe murderer. When her date brought an axe to the bar, Lindsey was actually worried that he might be an axe murderer. Immediately seeing her concern, her date, Aaron, laughed nervously and attempted to explain:
“Oh, this is more of a for-show axe. Like an accessory. It’s made by this guy who lives in North Carolina — he’s a fourth-generation axe maker who hand-forges the head out of steel and lathes the helve from Appalachian hickory.”
“Sorry, did that make me sound like an asshole? I’m really not an asshole,” he winked as he signaled the bartender for a glass of Fernet Branca, neat.
Lindsey was flustered. The detail to which Aaron could describe his hand-crafted hatchet impressed her — hell, it even turned her on.
“Many of my students grow up in households in which machismo reigns supreme. They’ve never been allowed to cry. Their mothers and sisters cook and wash the dishes and clean. They’ve been encouraged to see themselves as dominant, powerful, swaggering, sullen men, not sensitive and reflective men, powerfully kind, confidently open. Fostering those traits is a woman’s responsibility, like housework. In this sense, Facebook is a genuine outlet for the young men I teach. Just as social networking frees users from public decorum and encourages the birthing of troll alter egos, it allows my students to safely, if temporarily, construct kinder, gentler versions of themselves as well.”—Andrew Simmons, Facebook Has Changed My Students’ Writing — For the Better