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News Briefs 18-04-2014

"The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it."

With thanks to Kat for the links!

Quote of the Day:

“If your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.”

N. deGrasse Tyson

News Briefs 17-04-2014

Happy Zombie Jesus Day Easter!

Thanks, Susan & Robbie.

Quote of the Day:

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

~Ram Dass

News Briefs 15-04-2014

Sorry folks. I forgot to observe the Moon for a little while there tonight, and all quantum hell broke loose. Which reminds me - I should go check on the cat…

Quote of the Day:

It is well beyond time that we took the safety off, and started to think about pulling the Cosmic Trigger….a clean headshot is generally best.

Alan Moore

News Briefs 14-04-2014

Part of today's news briefs were inspired by Richard Greene in The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Complete Series (58 hours, 11 DVDs), which has a richly-deserved five-star rating at Amazon US & UK.

A big thanks to Perceval and Greg for loads of links.

Quote of the Day:

We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth. It is clear [fossil-fuel energy companies] are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money.

Desmond Tutu

News Briefs 11-04-2014

"May your trails be crooked, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view..."

With thanks to Kat for today’s looming robo-pocalypse news.

Quote of the Day:

“May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest...”

Edward Abbey

News Briefs 10-04-2014

Beware of his coming…

Thanks to Susan.

Quote of the Day:

“Their mouths, which mere minutes before had been employed in the process of demolishing and ingesting various foodstuffs, were now jammed up damply against one another while still being used for breathing, which must have been more than a little uncomfortable.”
“Bits of one jammed into bits of the other, dangerously close to some of the weakest and most important internal organs.”
“With absolutely no regard for personal space, the two of them created an unnecessary amount of friction, generating sweat in the process.”
“Some sort of gel emerged.”
“One sat upon the other, like furniture that sneaks inside of your body.”

Erotica Written By An Alien Pretending Not To Be Horrified By The Human Body (excerpt), by Mallory Ortberg.

News Briefs 09-04-2014

Happy birthday, Daz!

Thanks Gidon.

Quote of the Day:

“I’m all for mystery. I think it’s going to be a very dull world when there’s no more mystery at all.”

~ Peter Matthiessen

News Briefs 08-04-2014

Sorry for the slow-down in posts here at the Grail…real-world responsibilities have been taking priority for the last few weeks. Hope to be back on the Grail horse again now though.

Quote of the Day:

God wanted to hide his secrets in a secure place… Then the solution occurred to him. 'I shall put my secrets in the inner sanctum of man’s own mind. Then only those who really deserve it will be able to get to it'.

Tale recounted in the Amazon to Professor Benny Shanon, and quoted in his book The Antipodes of the Mind