Scharf as a Tack

Hi. I'm Rob.

I live in Washington, DC and publish a few occasionally intelligent thoughts about a variety of topics on my blog at Feel free to ask me things.

I'm currently reading:

The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when showing someone.

— Edward Murphy

There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

— Maya Angelou

Protesters march in the rain during a rally in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, Paris, 1944

If you come at the king, you best not miss.

—  Omar Little, The Wire

Imperialists, we have absolutely no fear of them!, a sign outside the United States Interests Section in the Swiss embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Anonymous asked: What do you look for in an ideal partner?

Hmm. I don’t think that I have a great answer for this.

But If I had to say something, I’d probably go with: curiosity and passion. I really like sharing the “big” things that I get really excited about and having others do the same with me. I definitely enjoy being around people that care about what’s going on in the world and with the people that inhabit it.

I think that, in the past, I’ve gravitated towards more optimistic partners to help balance out my general cynicism. That said, I feel like it might be cool to date someone with an equally misanthropic worldview. 

Oh, and I probably wouldn’t date anyone that refuses to use the Oxford comma. That’s really irritating. 

Drive Above the Clouds,Tomohiro Nakatate