“If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.”—
If you want to really hear Robin Williams - really hear him - you should listen to this incredibly moving interview he did with Marc Maron circa 2010.
It was the very first thing I thought about when I heard the terrible news of Williams’ death today. He talks so honestly and frankly about his alcoholism, his divorce, his depression, and so many other things.
“The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist — the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently. The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love. We must not let this happen.”—Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole (via apoplecticskeptic)
There is an agreed upon idea that for professional poker players it’s not about the money, it’s about the chips. How many chips do I have, how many chips can I get, do I have more chips than you? Yes those chips equal money. But at that level money is immaterial. Chips are power; chips are fear; chips are license to act however you want.
My guess is it’s the same for Mark and the team at Facebook. The more the stock goes up, the more the user number goes up, the more chips they have. And the less they think about the implications of what they are doing. I don’t want to be part of this anymore.
No biggie, they still have all the chips. Just not mine.