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All of us are crazy in very particular ways. We’re distinctively neurotic, unbalanced and immature, but don’t know quite the details because no one ever encourages us too hard to find them out. An urgent, primary task of any lover is therefore to get a handle on the specific ways in which they are mad. They have to get up to speed on their individual neuroses. They have to grasp where these have come from, what they make them do – and most importantly, what sort of people either provoke or assuage them. A good partnership is not so much one between two healthy people (there aren’t many of these on the planet), it’s one between two demented people who have had the skill or luck to find a non-threatening conscious accommodation between their relative insanities.
The very idea that we might not be too difficult as people should set off alarm bells in any prospective partner. The question is just where the problems will lie: perhaps we have a latent tendency to get furious when someone disagrees with us, or we can only relax when we are working, or we’re a bit tricky around intimacy after sex, or we’ve never been so good at explaining what’s going on when we’re worried. It’s these sort of issues that – over decades – create catastrophes and that we therefore need to know about way ahead of time, in order to look out for people who are optimally designed to withstand them. A standard question on any early dinner date should be quite simply: ‘And how are you mad?’
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Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Nevertheless, one encounters some couples of such primal, grinding mismatch.
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Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a “playa,” are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can ...
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"Two hundred million Dalits is not a fringe group, it is critical mass. "
One Dalit-American artist contemplates all she has learnt from being branded untouchable
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One-tenth of the solar system's known geysers are on Enceladus!
In the outer solar system, a moon of Saturn is erupting. Enceladus, a ball of ice 500 kilometers across, has more than 100 geysers erupting near its south pole, and they’re blasting nearly a thousand tons of water into the sky every hour. After six years of observations using the...
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Read Shovon Chowdhury's brief history of news
Walk through the history of media and decide whom to support – media owned by big business or media owned by the reader?
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Irony. One thing in which we're self-sufficient.
p.s. Perhaps it's also pertinent to note that this initiative closely resembles one that China launched.
USB flash drives containing the electronic versions of brochures of the “Make In India” campaign were made in China
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From a piece about OKCupid's founder, Christian Rudder, and his new book, Dataclysm
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/christian-rudder-dataclysm-okcupid/

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A little over 12 hours of audio of the Hitchcock / Truffaut interviews. I've read the book, so I can tell you this is gold for film buffs.
25 files of about half an hour each with the most famous interview made to the suspense master. In the fall of 1962, François Truffaut carried out extensive...
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If you've never seen this movie, go check this out. It will probably disappear sooner of later when the copyright hounds find it.
To me, My Fair Lady is cult in the way that Star Wars or Star Trek, The Rocky Horror Show, the Monty Python movies, Sholay are cult for others.
It's one of the earliest movies I remember seeing (twice as a little tyke, once with Mum, once with Dad (they had to see movies separately when we were little if they couldn't get a sitter for John) and then several times later in theatres and I don't know how often on VCRs and their successors).
I knew most of it by heart; probably could still speak and sing along with it with a bit of revision.
I used three of the Higgins speeches* for elocution contests: Why can't the English (2nd prize); Why can't a woman be more like a man (1st); I've grown accustomed to her face (1st). I was a bit too young then (14, 15 and, I think 19) to get the full flavour out of them; I think I would do them better now. For that matter, I think I could properly play Higgins at this age. (Anyone planning a production, invite me to audition na?)
Yes, I know, it's a sexist, classist, snobby story. I STILL love it.

* The speeches were written as songs, but Rex Harrison, who played Higgins on both stage and screen, couldn't sing.
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Three cheers for all of us who used the dialogue from this movie to win awards in speech, & three cheers for George Bernard Shaw for writing such great, albeit somewhat sexist, speeches that are still enjoyed today!
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"Modern chefs believe a little dirt simply takes the concept of terroir to its logical conclusion"
Hahahahaha!
No, seriously:
How do I know? Because people are paying to eat dirt
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