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News Briefs 15-01-2010

To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world…

Thanks to RPG and RMG

Quote of the Day:

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend…”

Aldous Huxley

News Briefs 14-01-2010

In the name of the Lucas, the Spielberg, and the Holy Cameron...

Big thanks to Rick, Kat & Neytiri.

Quote of the Day:

“Yes, I have received offers from many countries for many cinema films, television documentaries. I have received book offers. I want to write the PERFECT BIBLE. And I say that the Bible which I write and the Vatican Bible should be studied by the American science academy and the Japanese science academy. If as a result of that, it is not said that Agca’s Bible is not more superior to the Vatican bible, more logical and scientific, my Bible should be cast into the rubbish bin of history. I give my word to the world that within a few years I will prove with concrete historical documents that I am Agca the MESSIAH. The world should wait and see.”

Mehmet Ali Agca

News Briefs 13-01-2010

You know you're broke when you spend your last 20 bucks on a polyester tie for a job interview tomorrow. If I don't get the job, Neva will have to dance while I play the organ, busking for spare change.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

Emily Brontë

News Briefs 12-01-2010

Hope you've got plenty of reading time on your hands today…you may need it.

Thanks Baldrick, Lee, George David and MacaPaca.

Quote of the Day:

If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

William James

News Briefs 11-01-2010

Everything except the kitchen sink...

Thanks Perceval and Lou.

Quote of the Day:

I went into my local Sainsburys late yesterday afternoon and couldn't believe my eyes - the vegetable aisles looked as though a swarm of scavenging locusts had passed through - a few bags of potatoes, 3 packs of broccoli and a few onions and that was it. A few containers of milk left, half a dozen loaves, virtually no fresh meat and not one single egg in the shop! I'd just returned from a week away and actually needed to buy some basics, but I never got the chance! What is the matter with people - are they really expecting snow so thick they're not going to make it out of the front door for the next 2 months or something? This is suburban Birmingham for goodness sake - few people round here are likely to live more than a mile or so from the nearest shops - its not like being isolated on a farm in the middle of Dartmoor or the Welsh mountains, whatever the weather.

Comment by ERS on the panic buying at UK supermarkets.

News Briefs 08-01-2010

“It’s like déjà vu all over again…”

A New Year of Thanks to RPJ, Greg, Kat, Rick MG, Monty Python and Yogi Berra!

Quote of the Day:

Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not deja vu, vuja de. It's the distinct sense that somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar-- And then suddenly the feeling is gone. Vuja de.

George Carlin

News Briefs 07-01-2010

Whoa... Déjà vu.

A big piece of rosca de reyes to Greg, Rick & Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"You can tell your children of the day when everyone looked up and realized that they were only tenants of this world. We have been given a new lease and a warning from the landlord."

Excerpt from the movie '2010: The Year We Make Contact'

News Briefs 06-01-2010

I think I remember how to post news. If I push this button...

Thanks to Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

--Bertrand Russell

News Briefs 04-01-2010

...and New Year's desserts. For your convenience, here's a link to Sunday's News Briefs. Hey, I figured after such a long break, you'd enjoy a double dose. ;-)

Quote of the Day:

Let's bid a not at all fond farewell to the decade in which we achieved nothing and learned nothing.

Paul Krugman, in The Big Zero.

News Briefs 03-01-2010

Christmas leftovers...

Thanks Randy.

Quote of the Day:

To say that one had 'seen the light' is a poor description of the mental rapture which only the convert knows. … The new light seems to pour across the skull. … There is now an answer to every question. Doubts and conflicts are a matter of the tortured past—a past already remote, when one had lived in dismal ignorance in the tasteless, colorless world of those who don't know.

Arthur Koestler, who came by this insight the hard way.