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purple love

photo by hippydream@flickr The photographer included these lyrics, which I thought perfect: Purple haze all in my brain Lately things just don’t seem the same Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky Purple … Continue reading

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quotable: martin luther king, jr

OK. This would be a more accurate rendition of the incorrect version of the MLK quote that went viral. The first sentence is entirely made up, the second sentence substitutes “hate” for “violence”. It should have appeared something like this: … Continue reading

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quotable: hate cannot drive out hate

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness … Continue reading

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late night humor: ayn vs orcs

Spotted: There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally … Continue reading

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quoting epicurus

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Martín Fierro

One of my favorite pieces of poetry comes from a much longer poem published between 1872 and 1879 by Jose Hernandez of Argentina. (English link) Mi gloria es vivir tan libre como el pájaro del cielo; no hago nido en … Continue reading

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Two Wolves

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. “One is evil — his is anger, … Continue reading

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plus ça change…

Beware the leader who beats the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the … Continue reading

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quotes du jour

In an 1848 letter to his law partner, William Herndon, Lincoln criticized then US President Polk’s preventive war against Mexico: Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you … Continue reading

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quotes du jour

For some reason, today was an especial goldmine… A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours. —Anonymous Gonzales: President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all … Continue reading

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dumbledore

Spotted this just now: On this scene enter – winged, horned, and spined – A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore Thomas Hardy, An August Midnight A dumbledore is a bee. I wonder if that’s deliberate with respect to Harry … Continue reading

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spotted in the fortune program

Here I sit, broken-hearted, All logged in, but work unstarted. First net.this and net.that, And a hot buttered bun for net.fat. The boss comes by, and I play the game, Then I turn back to net.flame. Is there a cure … Continue reading

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damn, see what happens when he has no political CYA to care about…

… As President Eisenhower said, “Any who act as if freedom’s defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.” Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse … Continue reading

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and another song…maybe i shd track this album down…

I’m not completely happy with this translation. The basic problem is, of course, with literal or equivalent translation, and also sometimes you just understand a phrase but get stumped by how you wouyld say it smoothly in another language. For … Continue reading

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just keeping those translation knives sharp…

Reloj no marques las horas Clock, stop marking the hours porque voy a enloquecer because I am going to go mad ella se ira para siempre she is going to leave forever cuando amanezca otra vez when she wakes again … Continue reading

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