Ethan Gutmann: “Americans make dreams, and every generation carries new ones to China. Since 1979 that dream has been the fall of the Chinese Communist party and the rise of the world's largest market, an event that U.S. businessmen and China hands keep predicting is on the horizon or even imminent. Yet Michael was not naive. He understood the self-serving nature of much of the democracy-is-just-around-the-corner rhetoric.
Norman Doidge: “"The student of human nature who seems best to have recognized the importance of this bizarre dynamic, in which a conscientious hero proves unable to finish off a foe he knows to be evil, was Shakespeare. He was obsessed with understanding the phenomenon. Hamlet hesitated to bring Claudius to justice, and he paid with his life and the lives of those he loved.
Mutual pity sex: (n) intercourse that occurs when each participant feels sorry for the other participant(s), for whatever reason (but usually because of lack of sex).
I had my first extremely attractive trainee today. I wasn't quite sure what to do. Here was this pretty, outgoing, and fun Asian girl. Beautiful eyes, thin but clearly in shape, and the best thing about her: she took off her sandals and sat cross legged in her chair. It was a "this-is-the-way-I-sit-in-a-computer-chair" sit. About twenty minutes in, she mentioned her boyfriend, matter-of-factly, so for about thirty-seconds I felt sucky, because I wasn't going to get a phone number off her. But after that my brain shut off and had fun instead.
J'ai decouvert un site à propos de la musique anglais et francais. Le site prends la forme d'un 'blog'. Je pense que je vais le visiter souvent. Donc, je vais le mettre dans ma rotation regulaire.
Il y a longtemps que j'ai parlé francais. Il faut que je m'inscris dans un cours bientôt.
Anybody wanting to get a sense of the diversity of Vancouver should take the 160 bus from downtown to either Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam. Most buses I go on involve going to or from SFU, which means diverse, but rich. On the 160, you get everything. Black, white, Asian, Latino, French, etc. Poor, rich, young old, abled, disabled, noisy, quiet, whiney, bratty. Some people have concealed cell phones, some just have theirs in their hand (ostensibly because it will ring at any second, or because they're in their work—i.e.