One more star in heaven

I remember the first time we met, the last time we spoke. And all the moments in between, too many to count. More press conferences than I can recall, the dozens of interviews we did together. All those tennis events we covered – those were always extra special, somehow – that time we snuck into the VIP lounge at KLIA to get a photo with Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal. That was all you; I didn’t have a clue where they were. You always found a way, and that was just one of the many things I admired about you. Thanks for letting me tag along for the ride.

I never told you how lucky I felt to have known you, how grateful I was that our paths crossed. You were one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous people I had ever met. Doubt I’ll meet too many more like you. Sentimental to a fault, sure, but also arguably the single most patient human being that ever walked the face of this Earth. I’m not the only one who thinks so, and all of us can’t be wrong so it must be true. I hope you know how cherished you were, that even in your too-short time with us, you made such a big, big difference. Thanks for, well, everything.

Rest in peace always, Mei Ann. I’ll think of you often. You used to joke that we had a psychic link (“psycho link”, you called it). Does it still work? Because you are so fondly remembered, deeply loved and dearly missed.

Till we meet again.

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Everyone needs to see this: Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show

“I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ Then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’ – Malala Yousafzai

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8 Mistakes our brains make every day and how to prevent them

1. We surround ourselves with information that matches our beliefs.

2. We believe in the “swimmer’s body” illusion.

3. We worry about things we’ve already lost.

4. We incorrectly predict odds.

5. We rationalize purchases we don’t want.

6. We make decisions based on the anchoring effect.

7. We believe our memories more than facts.

8. We pay more attention to stereotypes than we think.

Guilty on all counts. Read the full article at Business Insider. It’s a good one.

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Probably the most important lesson on racism we’ll ever learn

The racism experiment video that’s been making the rounds in social media. So brilliant in its method, so disturbing because it shows how easily and quickly we turn on each other when our differences are pointed out and “defined”. (Thanks to Upworthy for bringing this to everyone’s attention.)

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