“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for diﬀerent people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were…
This is why multilingual people usually can’t stand it when someone asks them to say something in whatever mysterious language it is they speak.
What you hear: “Say something in [language].”
What they hear: “Please sift through all of the possible, usable combinations of words; all of the literature through the centuries that has been produced in your country; every speech of importance; every single piece of expression and text. Please do this and find the one single relatively short phrase that can accurately represent all of the subtleties of your language, history, culture and the centuries of lingual intricacy and evolution of your country… no pressure.”
“Piracy is robbery with violence, often segueing into murder, rape and kidnapping. It is one of the most frightening crimes in the world. Using the same term to describe a twelve-year-old swapping music with friends, even thousands of songs, is evidence of a loss of perspective so astounding that it invites and deserves the derision it receives.”—The Blind Giant (via theblindgiant)
“It’s not 150 percent pure metal for me my whole life, you know? I love rock and roll, I love the blues. A lot people that are in bands think you have to preach against every other kind of music in the world to be ‘hardcore,’ but that, to me, is just Hitler bullshit. Go ahead and keep you fucking ears closed, you closed-minded fucks, I’m gonna be jamming. There are so many different things that music can do to you besides beat you between the fucking eyes, you know? Of course, that’s the favorite feeling, and you’ve got to have your favorite thing, but give me a goddamn break! Have some variety in the fucking shit, you know?”—Dimebag Darrell (Last Interview, December 1, 2004)
When I was a little kid and had the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland read to me, I instinctively knew that the White Rabbit is the personification of time and that thus, it was the character that the Hatter and the March Hare had gotten into a disagreement with.
For some reason, I’ve yet to run into any confirmation of this theory, but I still believe it to be true.