back deck [tanka]

reading at the back deck with the kid - Keith's red, spring breeze, Magritte clouds, peace.



recently noted quotes

"be nice. it's the smart play." -- capt. gregson ["elementary"]

"sometimes the only real difference between crazy people and artists is that artists write down what they imagine seeing." -- scott adams

"To be sure, not all moments are equally fleeting. Some moments last longer than others. And certain events do reoccur more than once and even recur repeatedly. Sometimes you do get more than one chance. Sometimes you don’t. It helps to know how long a window of opportunity you have and if you’ll get another chance." -- john paul caponigro

"trying to prove formally what is seen intuitively and to see intuitively what is proved formally is an invigorating mental exercise." -- g. polya 

"strike while the iron is vulnerable" -- the crazy ones 

there are some rivers you don't 
ever want to step into 
more than once, 
even if it was possible.

"the inhabitants refer to themselves optimistically as Homo sapiens , meaning 'wise man' in an appropriately dead language. Their activities seldom fit that description, but there are occasional glorious exceptions. They should really be called Pan narrans , the storytelling ape, because nothing appeals to them more than a rollicking good yarn." -- terry pratchett, ian stewart & jack cohen ["the science of discworld iv: judgement day"]

"Some movies run off the rails. This one is like the train crash in The Fugitive. I watched it in mounting gloom, realizing I was witnessing something historic, a film that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies." -- roger ebert

"we share our lives with the people we have failed to be." -- adam phillips

"I believe in patterns and sequences, and this sequence does not end well unless something disrupts the pattern." -- bones

"there is no such thing as philosophy-free science." -- dan dennett

"religion is to misogyny as disease is to misery - not the sole cause, but a significant contributor" -- pz myers

"I can't unclench when there is turbulence. you know I'm an atheist." -- jerry [woody allen, "to Rome with love"]

"It's easy to mistake familiarity and the feeling of having something at your fingertips with true comprehension." -- tania lombrozo

general: "what do you think this star means?" hawkeye: "you are tinkerbell?" [mash pilot episode] 

"indeed, the sign that something does matter to us is that we lose our steadiness." -- adam phillips

one unspoken thing about a surveillance state is that it's compelled by its nature to bite off the hand that feeds it.

trust is no longer an issue. it is a lost attribute.

"some of the most powerful patterns in life are subtle." -- scott adams

"I'm confused as to why a poorly designed web site means affordable health care is a bad idea." -- chuck Lorre [431]