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This here world

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. — James Branch Cabell Follow @deborah_b

Just in case God turns out to be real

When you die, if you go somewhere where they ask you a bunch of questions about your life and what you learned and all, I think a good way to get out of it is just to say, ‘No speaka English.’ — Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts Follow @deborah_b

You said it, sista

From moviequotes: The American Film Institute lists its top 100 movie quotes. You’ll find the first 25 in the article over here. Before you click, tell me this: which movie line just popped into your head first? Follow @deborah_b

Brain pretzel gumbo

More brain food for those recent discussions: “If the world was without any natural evil and suffering we wouldn’t have the opportunity, or nearly as much opportunity, to show courage, patience and sympathy.” – Richard Swinburne “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one …

Now, this is interesting

“However jewel-like the good will may be in its own right, there is a morally significant difference between rescuing someone from a burning building and dropping him from a twelfth-storey window while trying to rescue him.” Thomas Nagel, Mortal Questions Follow @deborah_b

BoingBoing gets crabs

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/05/26/spider_crabs_10_deep.html At night they sway and wander in the waters far under, But morning rolls them in the foam. — Kenneth Slessor, Beach Burial Follow @deborah_b

Tick Tock

Somewhere along the line I stopped watching ’24’ (OK, it was about the second-last episode of Season 1, & I can’t even explain why, but I just suddenly realised I was indifferent. How can that be? I used to *love* Crazy Jack & the Homicidal Tendencies. Clearly this is some …

Nietzsche weighs in

Nietzsche sez: “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” ‘Course, that crazy, dead bastard also comments: “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an …

Understandably, I couldn’t resist

OK, I promise to try not to post another overheardnyc entry. In the meantime: User: overheardnyc Date: 2005-02-28 21:56 Subject: When “Go Fuck Yourself” Is Just Not Enough Security: Public http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/000940.html Bible Thwacker: Have you considered turning back to Jesus? Woman: Have you considered licking my clitoris? –Times Square Follow …

What if it is?

And in other ‘fun things you, too, can do’, today I updated my will. It was just an overdue thing — nothing at all to do with all the dying that’s featured in discussions lately. I stumbled across the half-completed will under an overdue water bill (which seemed particularly poignant …


Having recently read The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford, where snowflakes have a role to play, I liked this exchange from overheardnyc: http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/000922.html A mother and daughter catching snowflakes on their tongues. Mother: I caught one, did you catch one? Daughter: Yes! Mother: Mine was too small, it …

Never understanding

But suicides have a special language. Like carpenters they want to know which tools. They never ask why build. — Anne Sexton, Wanting to Die http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?45442B7C000C07050E70 Thankfully, I want most to know ‘why build’. Thief — how did you crawl into, crawl down alone into the death I wanted so …