Monday, September 24, 2007

Assault Weapons of the Mind

Titles for other posts:

Easy to think things are simple
Conversations Across Time
Growth Change and Decay
Broken Down Figures
Turbulent Systems
Ripped Pages
Syntax Error
the falling man
Historical Interest
Cosmic Wheels turn
Profound Experience
Independent Variable
Architectural Historian
The Pretentious Defacer
You did it for yourself mate
Hope you feel as guilty as I do
I never really liked you anyway

Results May Vary

The strange, ponderous and the unusual...

The Tyger


Clive James

Ordinary lifes hurtles constantly onwards...

Aiming for imaginary perfection (at all cost(s)!!!)

International Drinking rules: (apply within)
  • No pointing.
  • No swearing
  • No first names.
  • Not allowed to say the word 'drink'
  • Use left hand only to drink with pinky extended.
(or variations of)

All purpose comebacks:
  • Because. I said so.
  • You so did not.
  • Whatever.
  • So there!
  • Go on...

Thanks Industrial Revolution!
Devoid of constructive feedback.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jump cut life style

Unfettered creativity is one of the most powerful manifestations of subversion possible, for it offers us all a taste of freedom.

Don't believe us
We're all cultural prostitutes.
Abolish work.
Steal time.

Passion destroyed is reborn in the passion for destruction.
Destroy bourgeois culture.
Power to the people!
Question everything?
Smash it up.
Poetry must be made by all and not by one.
A taste for change, satisfied by a change of taste.
Whatever doesn't kill power is killed by it.
My heart still hurts from last night.
Governments are failures.

Depression is the obvious extension
of boredom in consumer capitalism.
Living has become reduced to the economy of space
Much more can be said on these matters. Go ahead

All of the above were selected slogans taken from the following...
See Music video:
International Noise Conspiracy - "Smash It Up"

News bites:

Anarchy is love of freedom

Physicists Claim to Have Broken Speed of Light

Human shield and Big Brother star dies mysteriously

Don't work, have sex, Russians told

Wikipedia posts two-millionth English listing

Rewriting the first draft of history

Wiki bits:

List of revolutions and rebellions

The Hundred Year's War

English peasants' revolt of 1381

Young Hegelians

Property is Theft

The Paradox of time...

Author Unknown

The paradox of time in history is that we:
Have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but have less
We buy more, but enjoy it less

We have bigger houses and smaller families
Bigger churches and smaller congregations
A multitude of prayers, but very little faith
A blessed life, but lack of gratitude
A loving God for our blemished hearts

We have more conveniences, but less time
We have more degrees, but less sense
More knowledge, but less judgment
More experts, but more problems
More medicine, but less wellness

We have multiplied our possessions,
But reduced our values
We talk too much, love too seldom,
And hate too often
We've learned how to make a living,
But not a life
We've added years to life, not life to years

We've been all the way to the moon and back
But we have trouble crossing the street to meet
A new neighbor
We've conquered outer space, but not
inner space
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul
We've split the atom, but not our prejudice

We have higher incomes, but lower morals
We've become long on quantity, but short on

These are the times of tall men, and short
Steep profits, and shallow relationships
More leisure, but less fun
More kinds of food, but less nutrition
These are the days of two incomes, but more
Of fancier houses, but broken homes

It is a time when there is much in the show

And nothing in the stock room
A time when technology can bring this letter
to you

And a time when you can choose to make a

Or just hit delete...

Monday, September 10, 2007

No Comment


"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realise till you have tried to make it precise." - Bertrand Russell.

"We don't know a millionth of 1 per cent about anything." - Thomas Edison.

"In case your worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation" - Roger Allen.

"You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on it's hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men" - Max Beerbohm.

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions" -Augusten Burroughs.

"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you. - Don Marquis.

"The secret of being a bore is to tell everything." -Voltaire.

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say." - Will Durant.

"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it." - Napoleon Bonaparte.

"I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there." - Herb Caen.

"We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau.

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. - Dr Martin Luther King jr.

"The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others." - Friedrich Nietzsche.

"A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done." - Fred Allen.

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." - H. L. Mencken.

"The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism." - Norman Brenner.

"The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois." - Gustave Flaubert.

"You can't make up anything any more. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it." - Art Buchwald

"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern." Lord Acton.

"Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember." Oscar Levant.

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." - Ernest Benn.

"Faith is, at one and the same time absolutely necessary and altogether impossible." - Stanislaw Lem.

Anonymity Breeds Contempt

If everyone had an opinion the world might explode....

"In the old days the public vented their spleen on rogues by pelting them with rotten eggs and squashed tomatoes. The stocks were a prominent part of life -the threat of their humiliation hung over village life. In our more modern - I hesitate to say civilised - age, these rituals haven't vanished with the wooden contraptions that enacted them: they've gone online. The new electronic free-for-all better known as the internet and in particular the blogosphere has become a modern-day stocks. Its anonymity has created a 21st century arena for hurling abuse; the virtual equivalent of soggy vegetables.

Online there are no limits (last week a report dubbed the net a Wild West of crime) . It seems anything goes. Web contributors seem to have little compunction about letting it all hang out. It used to be talk radio was where nutters congregated to have their say - but there they ran the risk of the talk-show host putting them down with a scathing remark, or in extremis pulling the plug. On the net there are precious few moderators.

We all know that sitting at a computer it is easy to get carried away, to feel that because you are in a virtual medium everything you do or write is somehow separate from the real world; all those respectable judges, actors and policemen out there who have been subsequently prosecuted for downloading child porn know all about that. But from the really sick offenders to the city folk forwarding emails about their exes which end up all over the world, or to our own perhaps over emotional outpouring in an email, it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of omnipotence: the sense that your actions have no consequences. A one keen blogging friend put it to me: "Do you Know why I love blogging? Because no paper would ever print what I can get away with online."

Everyone has the odd ungenerous thought or bitchy aside but generally we keep these thoughts to ourselves. Blogs contain the remarks nobody dares say at the dinner party for fear of censure. Forget Jerry Springer and trashy daytime television, when our fingers hit the keyboard we seem to lose all sense of decency or propriety. We thought we'd moved on from pelting people with rotten eggs."

-Excepts of an article from the 'Sunday Times' by Eleanor Mills.
story was about online abuse/opinion of the McCann family
since their daughter Madeleine went missing in Portugal.