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Friday
Apr272012

Rules can't possibly be expected to apply to...

“‘Rotten?’ said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. ‘Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I'm sure, and I'm very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys -- and servants -- and women -- and even people in general, can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.’
As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine. But then he remembered the ugly look he had seen on his Uncle's face the moment before Polly had vanished: and all at once he saw through Uncle Andrew's grand words. ‘All it means,’ he thought to himself, ‘is that he thinks he can do anything he likes to get anything he wants.’”

C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew


Thursday
Sep222011

Hope

Galen: There is hope, but it is at best a slim hope.
John Sheridan: Yeah, well I've never known hope when it wasn't on a diet.
-- Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

Monday
Aug292011

astonishing scientific breakthrough

  Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

    Tonight, I have the privilege to announce news of an astonishing scientific breakthrough.

    A discovery as revolutionary to our understanding of the nature of the universe as those of Newton and Einstein.

    When you leave this theater, your perceptions of space and time will have been so radically changed that you will no longer be able to accept the myths which have for so long been promoted by the scientific establishment and the military, and the industrial conspiracies of NASA and the Kremlin.

    I can reveal tonight that contrary to your present misconceptions of the physical universe.

    The Earth is flat!

    I am aware that this information will come as something of a surprise ... shock even. But I ask you to consider this.

    The world on which you live is not a sphere, but a disc--spinning, horizontally in space.

    Upon this disc the land masses are arranged around two centers of opposing magnetic polarities, and these centers exert such colossal gravitational influence that any traveler, trying to move in a straight line outwards from the poles will involuntarily expand and accelerate to a point which Einstein recognized as that at which a straight line inevitably becomes a curve.

    A traveler will therefore find himself unknowingly describing an ellipse and eventually, of course, returning to the point from which he departed.

    This presentation has of necessity been brief and oversimplified.

    But I would finally like to add that these theories are not in any way at odds with the scientific order described by Newton and Einstein. Rather they are a logical unifying development of gravitational and atomic physics.

    For too long, NASA and the Kremlin have successfully pulled the wool over our eyes. I urge you to throw off centuries of brainwashing and accept the evidence of your own experience.

    There is only one scheme of nature which corresponds to our everyday knowledge of the world.

    All else is delusion.

    The Earth is flat!

Sunday
Aug212011

Understanding is a three edged sword.

"I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."

Thursday
Feb102011

Amount of Comfort

"Quantum of Solace - the amount of comfort. Yes, I suppose you could say that all love and friendship is based in the end on that. Human beings are very insecure. When the other person not only makes you feel insecure but actually seems to want to destroy you, it's obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero. You've got to get away to save yourself."
Ian Flemming, Quantum of Solace