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Quotes From Here and There

Surely, someone who believes that saying “Satan,” repeatedly, to a glass of water will alter the water’s physical properties needs to be treated with a dash of skepticism—no?here

Of course it being the dictum that on the editorial front one must kill ones babies you’d think I should attack these sections more, or that later editorial input would see them getting chopped up. This is not the case, because that dictum is crap.there

What exactly went on in this room, with its wall of windows, high work tables, and piles of fabric on the side?here

It is a short trip, however, from banning someone for being a genuine troll, to using the label “troll” to ban someone who is simply expressing a contrary opinion. This can go from basic hygiene to sanitizing a site of any impurity of thought or opinion.there

The labelling of classical tracks on Amazon, where they offer you little snippets to listen to, is routinely done by naming the pieces with such things as their tempo or loudness markings, while neglecting to tell you what the piece is or what number movement it is. They just can’t be bothered to get it right.here

It is great to be around machines that make you laugh. We spend most of our days with machines that haven’t a funny bone in their bodies, machines that turn us into dour button-pushers, machines that conceal their workings in casings that cannot be opened, machines that invalidate their warranties if you even think about repairing them on your own, machines that are more likely to evoke a groan than a smile.there

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Somewhere between Salvador Dalí’s illustrations of Montaigne, the weird and wonderful Codex Seraphinianus, and the visual history of Gotham’s imaginary apocalypse, the book is a singular shrine to some of the most eternal of human hopes and fears, and, above all, our immutable longing for grace, for mercy, for the miraculous.here

When the aliens come, as they must, I’ll remind them that this world of ours is so incredibly diverse that there’s a disambiguation page for “Puke.”there

apparently there was a lot of peeing going on in that duplexhere

(This post kinda went downhill after that first quote didn’t it?)

I have decided that I don’t believe in UFOs. (Spaceships are another story.)there

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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