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

The Front Bottoms – “Cough It Out” Music Video

A bunch of Youtube commenters are complaining that “Cough It Out” isn’t the classic Front Bottoms sound and they don’t like the changes, but I think this song and video get at some of my favorite things about the Front Bottoms from before they were “big”. I remember one of their early songs from before they were signed with an crappy music video that was just the drummer Mathew the singer Brian running as hard as he could down the street for the whole song, and I loved it to death. I’m actually sad I can’t find the old video right now, but this video takes me back. I think the lyrics have all of the Front Bottom’s bare honesty that makes me love them, and Brian’s voice doesn’t sound as harsh as usual which works for me.

UPDATE: The Front Bottoms song I was thinking of is More Than It Hurts You and it was actually Brian doing the running!