Ho letto una volta che gli antichi saggi credevano che nel corpo ci fosse un ossicino minuscolo, indistruttibile, posto all'estremità della spina dorsale. Si chiama luz in ebraico, e non si decompone dopo la morte né brucia nel fuoco. Da lì, da quell'ossicino, l'uomo verrà ricreato al momento della resurrezione dei morti. Così per un certo periodo ho fatto un piccolo gioco: cercavo di indovinare quale fosse il luz delle persone che conoscevo. Voglio dire, quale fosse l'ultima cosa che sarebbe rimasta di loro, impossibile da distruggere e dalla quale sarebbero stati ricreati. Ovviamente ho cercato anche il mio, ma nessuna parte soddisfaceva tutte le condizioni. Allora ho smesso di cercarlo. L'ho dichiarato disperso finché l'ho visto nel cortile della scuola. Subito quell'idea si è risvegliata in me e con lei è sorto il pensiero, folle e dolce, che forse il mio luz non si trova dentro di me, bensì in un'altra persona.
On this day in 1881, the Russian Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in St. Petersburg aged 62. He had ascended to the Russian throne in 1855 after the death of his father Tsar Nicholas I during the Crimean War. Decades before the Bolshevik communist revolution would successfully overthrow the Russian monarchy under Alexander’s grandson Nicholas II, there was already a significant anti-tsarist movement in Russia. While Alexander had initiated some liberal and modernising reforms - including the abolition of serfdom in 1861 and the expansion of the nation’s railroads - he had brutally repressed political dissidents. In 1879, a group called the People’s Will was organised and began their attempts to violently overthrow the Tsar. After waging a prolonged campaign in which they assassinated government officials and made attempts on the Tsar’s life, the movement was finally successful in killing Alexander in 1881. The Tsar was killed in St. Petersburg after two bombs were thrown at his carriage by Nikolai Rysakov and Ignacy Hryniewiecki, who were members of the People’s Will. He was succeeded by his son Tsar Alexander III, who punished the people and group behind his father’s assassination. The new Tsar also repudiated his father’s last act as Russian leader, a proclamation which would have reformed the nation’s legislative system. In 1883, work began on the Church of the Savior on Blood , which was built on the spot of Alexander’s assassination and dedicated to his memory.
“Amid the smoke and snowy fog, I heard His Majesty’s weak voice cry, ‘Help!’ Gathering what strength I had, I jumped up and rushed to the emperor. His Majesty was half-lying, half-sitting, leaning on his right arm. Thinking he was merely wounded heavily, I tried to lift him but the
czar’s legs were shattered, and the blood poured out of them“ - Police chief Dvorzhitsky’s account of the assassination
This request is maybe two weeks old. I do film quotes two days per week. I have many requests. I am not a machine. This isn’t even all the messages I’ve gotten about it. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable when I ask that you not do this to me.
Good time of day, gentlemen. Has been a while since you informed us of the queue length. Is is more than 3 weeks? I have submitted a quote 3 weeks ago, still not up. The one about the 10 foot ladder bard
Would you believe we currently have over 400 quotes in our inbox waiting to be queued?
We’re working our way through them as fast as we can, but, well, that’s a lot of quotes!
We’re still working on ways to improve the process so y’all don’t have to wait as long to see your submissions posted. The main bottleneck, though, continues to be the posting rate. We get, on average, 20+ quotes per day, which means we’d have to post around one quote per hour just to keep up! As awesome as we are, we think that many posts a day would be a little too much.
One option we’ve been considering is only having submissions open for a few days per week. On the one hand, that would theoretically reduce the number of submissions by reducing the amount of time the submit box is open; on the other hand, y’all are smart folks and might just flood us during those times the box is open. :)
What do you guys think? Should we limit submission times?
On this day in 2011, the 7/22 attacks occurred in Oslo and Utøya, Norway. In Oslo, a car bomb was set off near prominent government buildings killing eight people and injuring 209. The second attack under two hours later in Utøya took place at a Norwegian Labour Party (the ruling party) youth summer camp on the island. There, a gunman killed 69 and injured 110. Four days after the devastating events, 150,000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo carrying roses in memory of those who were killed in the attacks. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, was arrested on Utøya island and subsequently found guilty of both attacks. The brutal attacks were the deadliest in Norway since World War Two and three years on we remember all of the 77 victims of this senseless violence.
“Evil can kill a human being but never defeat a people” - Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg after the attacks