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News Briefs 06-06-2007

Posting the news on behalf of Jameske, who got called in to work halfway through...

Quote of the Day:

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

News Briefs 05-06-2007

Today is World Environment Day. Ask not what your planet can do for you, but what you can do for your planet.

Quote of the Day:

For Therapeutic Purposes

I have not been quite right in the head
Like a balding tyre, I've been losing my grip
I have been given various medications
to help me cope
anti-depressants
anti-psychotics
And my brother has given me
a skipping rope.

A poem from John Hegley's Uncut Confetti (Amazon UK).

News Briefs 04-06-2007

Sorry the news is late, I've been sedated all day and night because of a killer tooth-ache.

Thanks Kat and Nurofen.

Quote of the Day:

I was introduced to [Bosnian] President Izetbegovic, who lived in very humble lodgings... He talked about the siege... Sarajevo was home to one of the great libraries in the civilised world, housing lots of priceless Islamic, Christian and Jewish manuscripts. He told us, with tears in his eyes, that days after it was fire-bombed words were falling through the sky, falling on people's heads, falling on their hands, falling into prams as women pushed them down the streets, falling into people's cups of tea, falling in front of them as they walked the cobbled streets, words raining down days later...

Bono, from the book U2 By U2 (Amazon US or UK).

News Briefs 01-06-2007

Travelling on the weekend, so won't be around till Monday. I'm sure you won't know how to fill the void in your life...

Quote of the Day:

It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure that it is telling you the truth, because the demons are of many kinds...The reaction to these voices is not to kneel in genuflection before a god, because then one will be like Dorothy in her first encounter with Oz. Magicians, people who invoke these things, have always understood that one must go into such encounters with one's wits about oneself.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 31-05-2007

Happy birthday Dad, for yesterday...

Thanks Shadow and Loren.

Quote of the Day:

Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to...Any one will renovate his science who will steadily look after the irregular phenomena.

William James

News Briefs 29-05-2007

Symbology is always key. As Captain Jack Sparrow might phrase it, words - images - stories are like a drawwring of that key. Many of us would probably agree with The History Channel's take on the symbology of Star Wars, which aired last night. On YouTube, Rob Ager's done a nice job of explaining the slightly less accessible symbology of the Illuminati/New World Order in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, but due to the graphic violence and nudity, you'll have to search for it yourselves. But sometimes, the symbology we so clearly see in a story isn't what the author had in mind at all. Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance. For Baum, his story was quite a differently-colored horse (pdf) than the one most people think they know.

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

Leonardo da Vinci

News Briefs 28-05-2007

A big welcome to new readers. Don't be shy, post your thoughts.

Quote of the Day:

A poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The form of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

News Briefs 25-05-2007

I'm pretty sure I only have half a brain...

Quote of the Day:

The world is not to be narrowed till it will go into the understanding...but the understanding to be expanded and opened till it can take in the image of the world as it is in fact.

Francis Bacon

News Briefs 24-05-2007

How does it fee-eel...

H/T to AMNAP.

Quote of the Day:

You know, they call them fingers....but I've never seen them fing.

Otto ('The Simpsons')

News Briefs 23-05-07

Plenty of stuff to be debating today. Post your thoughts.

Quote of the Day:


Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.

Friedrich Nietzsche