What does the fox say?

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.“Please—tame me!” he said.

“I want to, very much,” the little prince replied. “But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.”

“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me…”

“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince.

“You must be very patient,” replied the fox. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me—like that—in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day…”  

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

 

Yataghan from the Court of Suleyman the Magnificent

Yataghan from the Court of Suleyman the Magnificent

sword blade swords ottoman Yataghan Suleyman the Magnificent art of swords Ahmed Tekelü

sword blade swords ottoman Yataghan Suleyman the Magnificent art of swords Ahmed Tekelü sword blade swords ottoman Yataghan Suleyman the Magnificent art of swords Ahmed Tekelü

sword blade swords ottoman Yataghan Suleyman the Magnificent art of swords Ahmed Tekelü sword blade swords ottoman Yataghan Suleyman the Magnificent art of swords Ahmed Tekelü

 

  • Workshop of Ahmed Tekelü (possibly Iranian, active Istanbul, ca. 1520–1530)
  • Date: circa 1525
  • Culture: Turkish, Istanbul
  • Medium: Steel, walrus ivory, gold, silver, rubies, turquoise, pearls
  • Dimensions: Length overall, 23 3/8 in. (59.3 cm). Length of blade, 18 3/8 in. (46.66 cm)

Exquisite workmanship and lavish use of precious materials distinguish this sword as a princely weapon and exemplifies the opulence and refinement of Ottoman luxury arts. Almost identical to a yatagan (now in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul) made in 1526–27 by the court jeweler Ahmed Tekel, for the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66), this sword was undoubtedly made in the same imperial workshop.

The gold incrustation on the blade depicts a combat between a dragon and a phoenix against a background of foliate scrolls. These figures, like the gold-inlaid cloud bands and foliate scrolls on the ivory grips, are Chinese in inspiration, and were probably introduced into Ottoman art through contacts with Persia. 

This sword is one of the earliest known yatagans, distinctly Turkish weapons characterized by a double-curved blade and a hilt without a guard. Yatagans were commonplace in Turkey and the Balkans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and served as sidearms for the elite troops known as janissaries.

Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

 

 

What gives a dollar bill its value? By Doug Levinson

All About Dinar

A Fascinating TED-Ed Animation About the Economics of Paper Currency
by Brian Heater at 10:03 am on June 25, 2014

In “What gives a dollar bill its value?”, a TED-Ed short animated by artist Qa’ed Mai, educator Doug Levinson explains how paper money is given value in an age in which our currency is no longer tied to the traditional gold standard.

The Fed uses vast amounts of economic data to determine how much currency should be in circulation, including previous rates of inflation, international trends and the unemployment rate. Like in the story of Goldilocks, they need to get the numbers just right to keep people employed and stimulate growth without letting inflation reach disruptive levels.

via: laughingsquid

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Giving up part 3

Honestly if it was the me last year, i would have given up and quit already. But then i realize that i only felt like like giving up because its getting harder and when it gets hard, you are closer to your destination.

So the temptation to quit will intrigue you, like mad! But every time the thought pass by, i try not to think too much of that and try another way to do whatever necessary to finish my thesis.

Honestly its an everyday battle, your mood are like a roller coaster ride, but your spirit grows stronger every time you try again. So i have to keep on trying because my fight have just begun. And i wont give up until i have put a good fight. Challenge accepted! heh!

With this, i would like to thank some of my followers (& friends esp my family)  who have been giving me so much support, as simple as giving a good time or an ear to listen to my never-ending rants on how cruel the world have been haha (you know who you are!)

Its true what my friends who have finished their thesis once said who you were when you register as a student, who you are when you are actually doing your research (each passing year hehe) and who you will be when you have finish your thesis will never be the same person.

This goes out to you people doing research like me or whatever you are working on. Don’t let anything stop you from trying again, you are your own worst enemy.But don’t be too hard on yourself okay? Take it easy , have some fun in between and enjoy the roller coaster ride!

This is the hard time, but this too shall pass. All the best! 🙂

 

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This shoutout goes to…

A to the Y to the U to the C to the E to the R to the A ….!!!
Happy birthday in advanced since i missed the last one , it was nice to see you again. Hehe

You always came at the strangest time but somehow its always the right time.
Wiwiwiwiwi (huda style)

Nah…kasi satu ❤

P/s: I solemnly swear i am up to no good whenever i see your GPS! Goshhh!