What’s happening on the net: 4 August 2012

  “The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” ― Arundhati Roy

Can someone tell me how it is August already? Subhanallah…

Some tips on writing…”Rustle up some dysentery; it’s worth it for the fever dreams alone.”

It is interesting how cultural differences can affect cognitive perception… like asking the question “Is the sky really blue” depends on if we know the sky is blue. Make sense…?

Hmm. Since I am such a “gangsta” (lols), maybe I should set up an offshore bank account in a tax haven…but that would be pretty difficult right? Apparently not!

Setting up the company was a lot cheaper than I expected. A&P charged $900 for a basic Belizean incorporation and another $85 for a corporate seal to emboss legal documents. For $650 more, A&P offered to open a bank account to stash my fledgling operation’s money in Singapore — a country, the Web site also noted, that “cannot gather information on foreigners’ bank accounts, bank-deposit interest and investment gains under domestic tax law.” And for another $690, it offered to assign a “nominee” who would be listed as the official manager and owner of my business but would report to me under a secret power-of-attorney contract. Then an A&P associate asked me to fill out the incorporation information online, just so she wouldn’t type in anything incorrectly. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.

Amazingly neither A&P nor I broke any law in Canada, Belize, Singapore or the United States.

I bought my university bag from this awesome online store Scaramanga… and was not disappointed. Check out their new range.


A story about a lady with a disabled child and how for her, that is just life and she is appreciating it…

For all the people who are puzzled by my seeming happiness, I'll be glad to let them know my "secret." I'm not in denial, I'm not on antidepressants, and I don't live in a fantasy world. I have a wonderful husband and I am pursuing a career I've dreamed of since I was nine years old. I have a beautiful son, friends, and a working stove. I am not paraplegic. I have parents who, through luck and fate, had me here in the United States, and not in North Korea. I live in a time where my awful vision can be corrected with glasses. I am a college graduate. I am never hungry unless I choose to be.

Do I have enough? Resoundingly: yes. And I ask you to take a moment: I suspect you might, too.

Lovin’ this chick (olypmic weightlifter, no less!) and her responses to haters on twitter telling her to “get back in the kitchen”

We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence

I love a story of a migrant embracing their new land, working amazingly hard and doing inspiring things (many times without even meaning to).  Check out this guy: first Asian American Gold Medalist, Sammy Lee…

As a twelve-year-old in 1932, Lee dreamed of becoming a diver, but at the time Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans were only allowed to use Fresno’s Brookside Pool on Wednesdays, on what was called “international day”: the day before the pool was scheduled to be drained and refilled with clean water. Because Lee needed a place to practice and could not regularly use the public pool, his coach dug a pit in his backyard and filled it with sand. Lee practiced by jumping into the pit.

The boxer in me loved this piece…about the thrill of the fight. (I promise though, I love peace!)

The “Prep School Negro”…the trailer for a documentary about African Americans who ‘escape’ the ghetto and go to a private prep school and the struggles they deal with trying to balance their lives.

Ever been this excited about anything?

Until next week guys… !