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MFU folks - does this *not* sound like NS?

Plain girls always turn up for an appointment on time; attractive girls, ten minutes later; beauties, twenty minutes. But goddesses, goddesses only turn up after half an hour. So you see, I’m, ah, really fifteen minutes early. (John Drake on explaining why he's fifteen minutes late for a date)

There are other things I'd rather be doing on right now, but at the rate I'm trying to work on some new questions for work, a three-toed sloth could probably beat me. And I have the benefit of opposable thumbs.
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I blame [ profile] evan_nicholas for readdicting me to Simon and Garfunkel.

"Old Friends, Bookends Theme" reminds me of so many people. "The Dangling Conversation" always gets to me, maybe because I find it easier to express myself in writing than vocally.

Every time I post here, I feel like I'm a different person. Not in a pathological way, mind you. It's just that with each day you can feel a little part of yourself turning inwards and getting woven into the fabric of existence and then some new pattern emerges and becomes altered in another interaction with some other person or their life product. The sheer amount of messages we come across is staggering - one of my e-mail accounts hast literally 1300 e-mails, and that number grows each other. And I'm only 19 as of very soon, and I can only imagine how many more messages will be passed, more lives (mostly my own, but I hope others, too) that will be altered when in contact with each other, however briefly.

Something of [ profile] st_crispins from "Uncertainty Principle" that always stuck with me:

Remember that Heisenberg's so-called "uncertainty principle" is less a question of uncertainty than indeterminacy. That is, the problem is not that a property has a definite value unknown to the researcher, but that a property may have no definite value at all. It is always in flux, and can be affected by various operations, such as the mere act of observation.

Human beings are in constant flux as well. And we are not always what we appear to be: we are often quite a bit more. Just as Einstein demonstrated that light can have particle-like properties, de Broglie showed that matter can have the properties of a wave. Wave and particle; particle and wave. Which nature becomes apparent depends upon the circumstances --- such as when the waves from two sources pass through the same region of space. Then, they are likely to interfere with one another, and the particle nature of one becomes more apparent...

Which form is apparent at any particular moment --- well, just as in physics, that depends upon the circumstances. But in the end, isn't that what the nature of all good and true friendship is ultimately about?

Yes, [ profile] laleia, I'm nowhere near as clever as I pretend to be.
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There are two insults which no human being will endure: the assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.

-Lewis Sinclair, Main Street
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I'm not quite sure why, but I've always been drawn to this particular passage of Ian Fleming's. The man's not John le Carré by any means, but Fleming does have his profound moments amidst the "kiss kiss bang bang" of the Bond novels.

He was amused by by the impartiality of the roulette ball and of the playing-cards — and their eternal bias. He liked being an actor and a spectator and from his chair to take part in other men's dramas and decisions, until it came to his own turn to say that vital "yes" or "no," generally on a 50-50 chance.

Above all, he liked it that everything was one's own fault. There was only onself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt. But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not be confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds, for, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.

One day, and he accepted the fact he would be brought to his knees by love or by luck. When that happened he knew that he oo would be branded with the deadly question mark he recognized so often in others, the promise to pay before you have lost: the acceptance of fallibiity.

[/end tonight's studying]
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"Life, if it's like anything at all, is like an avalanche. To blame the little ball of snow that starts it all, to say it is the cause, is as true as it is meaningless."

-James Goldman, the Lion in Winter

By that statement I don't mean to condone terrorism or imply that the terrorist acts committed on that day were not to a certain degree preventable, that certain security measures should have been in place to detect threats and disseminate that intelligence so that the American government could have enacted countermeasures. It is not my intention to belittle the sacrifice and tragedy that took place on that day or in many other parts of the world that suffer from other terrorists' actions. No matter how many stories I hear I can't even imagine what it was like to live through such an experience, and I don't think I ever will.

What I really meant to say is that five years later we all have some understanding of the forces at play in motivating and sustaining terrorism but relatively little idea of how to create a more peaceful and just society for all, and it seems that such a utopian distance is far off in the future at best.
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Ack, I have to decide on a Baccalaureate quotation to say outloud by midnight. I've already used Hitchhiker's Guide/Alias/the Lion in Winter frighteningly often so I'm trying to use something new that's not too long and not too flippant. The choices are down to the following:

"In a world where carpenters are resurrected, anything is possible." (Have I used this one too often?)

"Truth takes time." (Again, used too often?)

"You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels." (Too out of context?)

"Ultimately you will do what you want. That's what free will's all about." (But I don't believe that...)

"Time is an illusion; lunchtime doubly so." (Too flippant?)

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something more bizarrely inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (The most likely at the moment? Too absurd?)

"The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question How can we eat? the second by the question Why do we eat? and the third by the question Where shall we have lunch?" (Too long? It can't be longer than 3 lines as it must be printed in the program.)

Something else?

Edit: I ended up picking the Hitchhiker's theory one. I'm just that predictable.

On a different note, I've been trying to teach myself to play Mozart's "Turkish March" with my eyes closed because I was having a case of the mean reds. Surprisingly, it worked-I can do the second half of the piece pretty accurately at a decent speed but the beginning portion I can't do very quickly at all.
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It is possible to determine how important a thing is to a society by the number of words that society has for it. The number of subtle distinctions show how much time they have spent thinking about it, how familiar they are with it, how important a part it plays in their lives. Thus, the Eskimo have twenty-two words for snow; the Bedouin, thirty-one words for sand.

From these kinds of examples the argument is also derived that to understand a culture, one must first understand its language.

And it is also these kinds of examples that make some cognitive scientists and linguists believe that language is the most useful tool we have for understanding the brain's higher functions. The brain receives information about the world through the senses and then organizes that information. And because language is entirely an abstract creation of the brain designed to help convey that organization, the idea is that if we can understand how language is designed, we can then understand how the brain functions by a kind of reverse engineering. The idea is that words expose us.

-Nic Kelman, Girls


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