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There would be nothing more obvious, more tangible, than the present moment. And yet it eludes us completely. All the sadness in life lies in that fact.

Milan Kundera (quoted by Jess Walter in Beautiful Ruins)

“The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky.”

John Case, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office Division

There is therefore an undeniable thrill about getting liquored up in Islamabad. The possibility is very real that as you sit discreetly sipping your Bulgarian merlot from a plastic bag, you will be instantly decapitated by a nail bomb. You might even be shot in the head for the simple crime of drinking. Your chances of dying in this way are not astronomically high. But nor are they astronomically low.

Lawrence Osborne, The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker’s Journey