yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
In Tibetan Buddhism's "Four Dignities of the Warrior's Path," courage and ferocity are absent. In fact, the qualities regarded as essential for being a warrior have nothing in common with the training regimens of Marines or football players or lobbyists.

The first dignity is often translated in English as meekness, but that word doesn't convey its full meaning. "Relaxed confidence" is a more precise formulation -- a humble feeling of being at home in one's body.

Perkiness, or irrepressible joy, is the second dignity. To develop it, a warrior cultivates the habit of seeing the best in everything and works diligently to avoid the self­indulgence of cynicism.

The third is outrageousness. The warrior who embodies this dignity loves to experiment, is not addicted to strategies that have been successful in the past, and has a passionate objectivity that's free of the irrelevant emotions of hope and fear.

The fourth dignity is inscrutability, or a skill at evading the pigeonholes and simplistic definitions that might limit the warrior's inventiveness while fighting for his or her moral vision.

[[from "Uncle Rob" -- I often like his 'advertisements' better than the actual content]]
yakalskovich: (Lady Loki)
We don't have a milliquotes any more, do we? Then I have to quote Debi's Leah Ross from the Hogwarts AU here, because that was the funniest tag I got in a long while:

"Blimey, Lokes. Not all of us get our rocks off with the exam equivalent of hiding behind a door and shouting boo."

[[from here]]
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement address delivered on June 12, 2005.
yakalskovich: (Evil rides a white cat)
Oh, I missed Pam!! "Let these good people practice their constitutional right to be fucking idiots."


Jun. 19th, 2011 02:07 am
yakalskovich: (Swan)
"Change yourself in the way you want everyone else to change
Love your enemies in case your friends turn out to be jerks
Avoid thinking about winning the lottery while making love
Brainwash yourself before someone nasty beats you to it
Confess big secrets to people who aren't very interested
Write a love letter to your evil twin during a lunar eclipse
Fool the tricky red beasts guarding the Wheels of Time
Locate the master codex and add erudite graffiti to it
Dream up wilder, wetter, more interesting problems
Change your name every day for a thousand days
Kill the apocalypse and annihilate Armageddon
Exaggerate your flaws till they turn into virtues
Brag about what you can't do and don't have
Get a vanity license plate that reads KZMYAZ
Bow down to the greatest mystery you know
Make fun of people who make fun of people"

[[from here]]


Aug. 8th, 2010 06:03 pm
yakalskovich: (Sherlock)
"People don't have archenemies in real life."

The Nazgul and I, watching "A Study In Pink" (again), both founds that we occasionally do have archenemies, and decided that poor John Watson was only too boring (before he met Sherlock) to have any...
yakalskovich: (Mummy smurf)
"This bloody octopus is ruining my life's work!"

David Spiegelhalter, statistician from Cambridge, about Paul the Psychic Octopus of Oberhausen*

*Link is in German; original Times article is behind a f*cking paywall. Thanks to the Nazgul for the quote and the link.
yakalskovich: (Default)
Stephen Fry about Apple haters and Apple lovers.

"Otherwise funny and sane people [...] have taken up anti-Apple stances as a matter of style. ‘People who like Apple are pretentious and style conscious, so I will never ever have one,’ the argument goes, if I can call it an argument, and obviously I can’t, because it isn’t an argument it’s just a dumb and slightly mad assertion. After all, how style conscious do you have to be to refuse to be seen dead in anything so fashionable. Huh? I mean huh?"
yakalskovich: (Drowning not waving)
The social dynamics of the net are a direct consequence of the fact that nobody has yet developed a Remote Strangulation Protocol.

-- Larry Wall

[[found here]]
yakalskovich: (Teja)
This is about the best description of Teja's strange diction I have ever heard...

Yes, I know I do that 'style' myself, and it's not dictated by some independent pup entity. Not really. Entity work is a legitimate shortcut, not a part of measurable reality. But I feel I would be unfair if I totally ignored the terribly artificial and unwieldy style of Teja's canon (which comes through in both extant English translations, too) and allow him to speak mildly 'normal' English...
yakalskovich: (Librivores)
To take a break from mainlining all the other books from the author of Urquhart's canon, I'm reading something intellectually interesting a non-fiction book, for a change: Nassim Nicholas Taleb's 'The Black Swan', newly published 2nd edition.

This quote made me laugh out loud in the train today:

You can afford to be compassionate, lax and courteous if, once in a while, when it is least expected of you, but completely justified, you sue someone, or savage an enemy, just to show you can walk the walk.
(Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 'The Black Swan', p. 7)
yakalskovich: (Into the blue...)
"A man is worth roughly two cats?"

One of [livejournal.com profile] essayel's charries, in this thread in Morningstar Manor
yakalskovich: (Default)
Arianna Huffington: "Self expression is the new entertainment, We never used to question why people sit on the couch for seven hours a day watching bad TV. Nobody ever asked, 'Why are they doing that for free?' We need to celebrate [this desire to contribute for free] rather than question it."

(via Seth Godin)

That's what we're doing -- as RPers and fanfic authors etc. as much as as bloggers in general. We self-express for the sake of entertainment: - our own, and that of others. In that capacity, we've co-invented online collaboration and created the demand that was at the beginning of cloud computing.

The shiny future in this is the vision of everybody working like we are playing; this is spreading under the name Results Only Work Environment (among others).

We're not freaks. We're precursors.-
yakalskovich: (Millitime)
"Politics just becomes way more fun when you include Batman."

(([livejournal.com profile] requiem2adream just now in Crackchat, after a long general discussion of Bruce Wayne and public health))
yakalskovich: (Everybody in Morningstar Manor)
You know, it's getting close to five years that I've been RPing with [livejournal.com profile] essayel; I think it was early December 2004 that a certain purple god first chatted to a certain faun who had baked pain au chocolat...

Her tags haven't got any less amusing, and her way of putting thing is undiminishedly priceless: just now did she make me giggle real heard.

yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
Thus spake the Nazgul, by Y!M:

I read that the Munich city council has forbidden all the public containers where charities collect used clothes because they make the city look scruffy. It won't belong until a general all-day curfew because the inhabitants spoil the nice cityscape.
yakalskovich: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] nazgul_nr_5  and I just watched 'Riddick', because her father (an uber-geek like she) had recommended it.

There was talk of some prophecy, and the Nazgul took umbrage to that, being as she was reminded of 'Star Wars' too much.

Consequently, thus spake the Nazgul: "I'll prophesy something as well, now: the next prophet gets their face bashed in!"
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
Just had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] nazgul_nr_5; we had salmon with a herb crust, roast potatoes that had gone into the oven with it, and broccoli with pine nuts roasted in butter - very good. Delicious. 'Suti must cook that with Gil at the Crackbar, at some stage.-

Well, we listened to the pre-pre-Mariachi music and talked, and the Nazgul produced Nazgulisms by the minute. I dat there and though, blast, why can't I put that on [livejournal.com profile] milliquotes? You do get spoiled by online life.

Well, the best one was that: we were talking about swimming, and I told her how that had been the thing for me while she said she'd never really liked it, she found the deep water so scary under her, thinking it went down so deep. She could dive well, but just about  2.5 metres, then she found it scary.

She then thought for a moment and went, "Somehow idiotic to suffer from underwater vertigo, isn't it?"
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
On Tuesday, [livejournal.com profile] japanologist mailed me to tell me that there was a new CD by Alice Coltrane, whose "Ptah the El Daoud" is an all-time favourite, and actually introduced the harp into jazz music.

I didn't know she was still alive, even! Turns out she didn't have a new record in 26 years. Now there is one: "Translinear Light". Still her typical jazz with mystical and New Age elements, but wow does it make your mind buck and kick when that serious Indian chant suddenly gets syncopated and starts swinging. Here is one example, yousendited, so it is only good for one Roundworld week, starting, erm, now:

Satya Sai Isha

Second acquisition: "The Celebrated Discworld Almanak"

Not a Discworld Diary this time around, although it contains two calendars, one of which contains Octedays, the other no day names, but 36 days to the month. And there is the month of Ick, 16 days between December and Offle, which will be so hard to integrate into the [livejournal.com profile] discworld_rpg

I don't know who except us RPG muns will ever need that book(let); it contains lots of cute and weird new canon facts wonderful for integrating into RPage, but no story! Instead, lots of astrology and even the occasional bits of astronomy. Of course, what with Great A'Tuin swimming through space, stars come and go, so research astrologers are forever mapping out new constellation and then take surveys on what people born under those new signs are like. And if your sign is left behind, you can apply for a new one. [livejournal.com profile] tahira_saki, I fear you will have to get that book just to make Skazz spout the correct kind of jargony nonsense.

So, and third- and lastly, as I had just been mentioning Prince Felix Yusupov to [livejournal.com profile] supiluliumas, I'll do a mini-Ji and post an excerpt from the second part of Felix' autobiography, which was only ever published in French; I translate it, of course, because otherwise the only person on my flist truly enjoying the quotation would be Ji.

I chose a random little passage where he hardly talks about himself, but which is so wonderfully typical: gossippy, bizzare, full of weird humour, but with a sudden depth, and understanding for all the strange little oddities of humanity. Also, there is the strange poignancy of the "eccentric" cross-dressing woman in this little story - whom he accepts as one of the endless varieties that make life interesting, but who is treated with contempt by others, which in turn to him appears weird and bizarre.

an excerpt from Felix: The Impossible Valérie )


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