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Quotes From Here and There

As an aside, it’s interesting to note how nationalism could be such a potent force in driving the creation of some of the most wonderful music ever written, and yet, in politics, the nationalism of the late 1800s eventually led straight to the staggering catastrophe that was World War I.here

…blessed are the easily amused for they shall have no shortage of things to laugh at.there

My point is not that everyone must accept the legitimacy of abortion and same-sex intimacy. Reasonable people can disagree on these issues. My point is only that those who oppose abortion and same-sex intimacy should not look to the Bible to support their positions. That support is simply not there.here

The word alone evokes a “get off my lawn, you damn kids” reaction in so many people, and some cultural commentators even insist it’s a sign of our increasingly narcissistic times.there

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These are not people you are bound to respect; the fact that they have been installed in the seats of power means nothing more than that the contemporary power structure, with its emphasis on collective “responsibility” at individual expense, needs to be burned to the ground and the ground subsequently covered with sodium chloride.here

I sure hope orbicular is a word.there

… it seems that while we as a country don’t want government doing anything because it somehow infringes on our “freedom”, we are entirely willing to let our corporate bosses encroach on our “freedom” in ways that are more real and more limiting than anything government is trying to do.here

When I set out, there was no rain but I watched the clouds gather over Sri Chiangmai on the Thai side. It seems to be good weather for the fishermen.there

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For some of us, this is a definition of “affordable” with which we are not familiar.here

Where do they think all the crap in the world comes from, the sky?there

Hazelnut, sugar maple, Nutella, kale and bacon, obviously: so many typical hipster flavors, except, of course, donut flavor.here
(Seriously? I’d queue for bacon donuts and I’m definitely not a hipster. Unless it’s actually “kale and bacon” then, no.)

And the way I like to learn about new stuff is by reading arguments about it, starting with the argument that says I am right about it.there

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Certain words do not sound right together.here

I suddenly realized there was only one thing that could have happened, and sure enough, when I looked in the drier, there it was.there

“It’s perfect clear
That I’m not really here,
For I haven’t a thought in my head.”
here

There was some anaesthesia too, so the needle sliding into the shoulder joint capsule was not too bad, but it’s wearing off now and I’d like to bite somebody.there

At any rate, preserve me from the collective unconscious. I’d prefer to be a lonely brain, rolling off-course and lost in the rough like a shanked golf ball.here

These same divas also suggest making a muslin at the very least for the bodice. Being a hard-headed sewist I did not.there
(That sounds exactly like me.)

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Weird is a wayward wordhere

No one goes to see movies about nonviolent conflict resolution. They see movies about robot dinosaurs destroying tall buildings.there

I am 100% certain that the hacking of entertainment industry’s security features provides better entertainment for these kids than the entertainment we’re trying to prevent them from stealing. Let that sink in for a second, then try not to bust up laughing.here

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Think about it—in science fiction and fantasy, isn’t invisibility a super power?here

I feel like people don’t tend to see the eighteen balls I’m successfully juggling, they only see – and point out – the one I happened to drop.there

“But nobody said we were not allowed to have points of view. The exercise of personal taste is not the same thing as imposing personal opinion.”here

I know it’s just a movie and just entertainment, but the bad things were just sooo bad I couldn’t get to my “fictional characters” place and enjoy it at all.there
(Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately?) usually when I am told a movie is “really bad” my curiosity demands that I see it, even if I had no intentions before reading the bad review. Besides, sometimes I like bad movies.)

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And, in terms of even broader perspectives, the study brings to mind a quote from Blaise Pascal: “All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.”here

Existence itself is not a hack.there

I hope that it’s not just me who thinks that having speed bumps in front of a JoAnns is funny!here

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There’s just something so creepily medieval about the way World War I started.here

I am quite certain that dress is not microwavable.there

How come every time something simple gets popular, people want to make it more complicated? And less fun? And then eventually less popular?”here (via)

“That’s MY number.” (and how dare you speak the sacred numerals aloud, heathen scum!)there

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So the real question is not “Why is glass transparent?,” but “Why aren’t all materials transparent?”here

If I had a dollar for every time a middle class, white, lesbian with a Women’s Studies degree tried to tell ME how to appropriately respect MY OWN CULTURE AND HERITAGE, I could probably buy a goddamn reservation and turn it into a theme park.there (via)

Whoo- you know you can’t spell ‘flattering’ without ‘F, A and T!here

And I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.there

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But I have to wonder: what color is the sky in a world where size 6 — size six, fercrissake — is deemed “plus”?here

Why do we want to celebrate our main events with foot sprains and blisters?there

Honestly, it’s still hard to believe that we even got one new season of Cosmos in our current society, where science is all too often given false equivalency with misinformation, urban legends, and outright superstition.here

…and Trek isn’t about defeating the villain-of-the-week. Sometimes it can be about that, but not always, and ever since Wrath of Khan, Trek seems to be fixated on this idea of “who will the villain be”…there

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I thought I wanted a pair of trousers with a fly front, but turns out I don’t have man parts that necessitate a zipper in the front…here

…in the twenty-first century’s speeded-up time and vast platter of choices, the past seems to have become shorter. What might we do to prevent ourselves from completely becoming the prisoners of our own categories of time and place?there

When I was young and foolish, I thought I could learn all of history and have it all available in my head, or at least a lot of European history, or at least a lot of English history. Now I know that almost all this stuff will fall right back out of my head again. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth doing.here

I got to rescue a shark – a beached nursehound – and found a set of jaws of a quite different kind.there

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By the way, is anybody besides me starting to get a little freaked out with how recent “100 years ago” is getting to be?!here

… i’d rather spend my time propping up than putting down. there’s enough putting down in the world.there

But according to reports, the guru’s aides have insisted that Ashutosh is not dead, he has just been holding his breath since January.here

“I think that WWII is depressing and that humans are horrible and people should just go eat ice cream, cookies, cake, candy and drink tea and coffee. Mostly tea though.”there

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See, I’m not buying any fabric in the foreseeable future. Not because I don’t want any but because it’s started to crawl up the basement steps again and I just need to sew from the collection.here

He’s Out There, Watching Methere

That’s amazing to me, another milestone of a passage of time that just doesn’t feel that long.here

…to illustrate the difference between a meaningful sentence and a grammatical one, Noam Chomsky offered the expression “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” as an example of a grammatical sentence that’s nonsense.

Naturally, some readers took this as a challenge …there

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Maybe that’s what Yoda was talking about in The Empire Strikes Back when he told Luke that the Dark Side is quicker, easier, more seductive. Anger is easy, and sometimes, it even feels good. Which is a bummer, because love is harder, but it feels so much better.here

I acknowledged one boy who stated in complete seriousness and with an earnestness and thirst for knowledge “I thought there was no color until the twentieth century. Weren’t the uniforms grey and black?”there (via)

So if I’m reading this correctly, these batches of homeopathic remedies were considered defective because they actually worked.here

“And the most useful thought we can hold when all hell cuts loose again is that we are not members of different generations, as unlike, as some people would have us believe, as Eskimos and Australian Aborigines. We are all so close to each other in time that we should think of ourselves as brothers and sisters.there

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To solve a problem, you first have to recognize what it is, not what it’s called.here

…“if you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.”there

I discovered the delights of the 18 miles of secondhand books at the legendary Strand Bookstore, and would frequent it just to stand besides the shelves and inhale all those words waiting to be discovered.here

It really is amazing how much dirt and dust can accumulate underneath things when they don’t move for over eleven years.there

I observed the phenomenon and became curiously obsessed. I spent the next nineteen and a half weeks conducting many brick washing sessions.here

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Hey, what’re you gonna do, heads explode every day!here

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.”there

Well, far be it for me to look down upon you unicorn weirdos…here

there’s a truth in everything, there is something to learn from everything.there

Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.here

Giraffes are allowed to poke their heads in the windows at breakfast!! Squee!there

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This is why sorting out history is so much easier than sorting out current events: our own time is the only one in the history of the world in which diversity rather than uniformity of opinion is the rule. Funny how that works.here

“The human race … sits up nine nights in the week to admire its own originality. The race has always been able to think well of itself, and it doesn’t like people who throw bricks at its naïve self-appreciation.”there

What people take to be implications can become implications by their taking them as such.here

QUT Senior Lecturer in Physics, Dr Stephen Hughes, sparked controversy over how a humble siphon worked when he noticed an incorrect definition in the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary.there

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You people are so crunchy, I can’t even keep up with you.here (Ha! Reference to people being crunchy reminds me of this tshirt)

After consulting many blogs and wardrobe planning books, I have learned that I am what is called a “table top dresser.”there

But let’s be honest, it’s impossible to study the past without feeling something. Confusion, fascination, excitement—this is what motivates historians to spend their days poring over obscure manuscripts.here

Word spacing, one assumes, was not quite so high on their list of priorities.there

In one of those crazy coincidences that can fuel an entire cottage industry preying up those easily duped by conspiracy theories, April 22 also happened to be the birth date of the leader of communist revolution in Russia, Vladimir Lenin.here

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Dr. Boli hardly knows what to say, not least because he seldom thinks about what he is doing when he writes. This reader’s question has led him to undertake an exhaustive analysis of his own handwriting for the first time, and he has concluded that his goal in forming letters is the same as his goal in everything else: to achieve the greatest effect with the least effort.here

Like an ice skater, the Earth leans into its curve, tipping its northern continents towards the Sun, packing more sunlight into every square inch of surface.there

Sorry. Only two this week. I’ll try to make up for it next week. Or the next. Maybe.

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I kind of love it. A lot. Maybe because the wings are FULL OF POCKET, but probably mostly because I’ve always wanted a carapace.here

I personally have always considered committees as proof that human beings evolved from animals that had tails and liked to chase them.there (via)

” My theory with dresses and fashion is all about everyday is a celebration, everyday is worth dressing up for, everyday is awesome.”here

While melody is certainly important in classical music , nice hummable melodies alone do not great music make . What matters is what the composer DOES with those melodies or themes. This is what creates masterpieces.there

If you’re wondering what that repeated thumping sound is, it’s echoes of me hitting my head against my desk.here

Now I can’t even afford my third yacht!”there

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Trains Are Wonderful And People Are Garbagehere (First seen here)

…it’s easier to outsmart people than it is to outdumb them.there

For all that I bitch about going to work in the dark, I do love being able to skip normal people driving time.here

And once again, man is done in by his obsession with quarterly revenue reports.there

All is well, but nothing is complete. It goes on forever and I can only stand, watch and wonder.here

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It’s a shame that term fell into disuse, inasmuch as we now find ourselves with a surfeit of such individuals.here

Maybe we can think of this clothing item as the equivalent of a slice of pie—it can be a simple diner treat or dressed up for an elaborate dinner party.there

You have to want it. And you have to be willing to sacrifice for it, if only for a time.here

“SOMEONE GO GET JOHN CONNOR. IT’S BEGINNING. STAY HUMAN.”there

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It is Ash Wednesday today and the start of Lent. God knows, I can’t give up chocolate or coffee. What can I say? I’m flawed.here

… have you ever noticed how subtly offensive “flattering” can sound?there

One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn.here

Behold the creepiest damn thing in the entire world of sports, anywhere, on the ENTIRE PLANET.there

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When I feed new sacrifices to the Textile Hoarding annex, I like to buy 5 yards of something. You just never know. Maybe I want a tank top, maybe I want to make a car cover. I will not be limited!!!here

Darlene: Oh, my goodness. I can’t believe it.

Marlene: So you’re seeing it too? I thought I was hallucinating.

Darlene: No — she’s actually wearing a dress without any pockets.there

Oh good, I’m sharing crazy-people conversations I have with myself online, nowhere

I kinda had a theme going there, but then I found this:

…you simply cannot apologize quickly or profusely enough to obtain the forgiveness of people who derive their identities from being easily offended.there