You can turn over a new leaf every hour

How are these for some leafy business, worth a turn over:

1. Never panic. Stop, breathe, think.

2. No one is thinking about you. They’re thinking about themselves, just like you.

3. Never change haircut or color before an important event.

4. Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.

5. Do as you would be done by, e.g. thou shalt not kill.

6. It is better to buy one expensive thing that you really like than several cheap ones that you only quite like.

7. Hardly anything matters: if you get upset, ask yourself, “Does it really matter?”

8. The key to success lies in how you pick yourself up from failure.

9. Be honest and kind.

10. Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance.

11. Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination.

12. When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it’s really a disaster by doing the following: (a) think, “Oh, fuck it,” (b) look on the bright side, and if that doesn’t work, look on the funny side. If neither of the above works then maybe it is a disaster so turn to items 1 and 4.

13. Don’t expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.”

 

Striking Back Against Censorship

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The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users.

One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law. Two recentcases of abuse really caught our attention and made us think that we needed to take action to fight back on behalf of our users and everyone who believes in the internet’s promise for free expression.

Censorship by DMCA

A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” which is a US federal law that created a system for protecting copyrights online. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a…

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We believe in the wrong things

“We believe in the wrong things. That’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.

I don’t think meaning is something that can be explained. You have to understand it on your own. It’s like when you’re starting to read. First, you learn the letters. Then, once you know what sounds the letters make, you use them to sound out words. You know that c-a-t leads to cat and d-o-g leads to dog. But then you have to make that extra leap, to understand that the word, the sound, the “cat” is connected to an actual cat , and that “dog” is connected to an actual dog. It’s that leap, that understanding, that leads to meaning. And a lot of the time in life, we’re still just sounding things out. We know the sentences and how to say them. We know the ideas and how to present them. We know the prayers and which words to say in what order. But that’s only spelling

― Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares