Self-pity

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Anyone can face ease and success with confidence. It is the way we face trouble and misfortune that defines us. Self-pity goes with selfishness, and there is nothing more to be deplored in a leader than that. A great leader puts others before himself. You would be surprised how acting so makes it easier to bear one’s own troubles. In order to act like a king, one need only treat everyone else like one.

Before They Are Hanged, Book Two of the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

Jabberwocky

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What do you say into a microphone to check whether it’s working properly? I usually start reciting “Jabberwocky.” ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / did gyre and gimble in the wabe…

F.lux’s New ‘Backwards Alarm Clock’ Is The Sleep Angel On Your Shoulder

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A lot of good product ideas come from listening to those small annoyances. It’s not the big stuff. Everybody knows the big stuff. You listen to the little things – I have a friend who says, “You pick one thing at random and say, ‘What if this were 100 times more important? What would the product look like?’” That’s a fun exercise to do.

— F.lux’s New ‘Backwards Alarm Clock’ Is The Sleep Angel On Your Shoulder