Monday, March 30, 2009

"Remember your humanity, and forget the rest." bertrand Russell
- Russell-Einstein Manifesto (on nuclear disarmament), 1955

Friday, March 27, 2009

"In Casablanca, the director put Ingrid Bergman on the right side of the screen whenever possible, since Westerners usually start looking on the left and rest on the right (and she's a lot better looking than Humphrey Bogart)."
- Caterina, Flickr founder, describing why interesting stuff should be on the right side of a web page

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"...and she slapped me so hard the piano quit playing."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"An ocean of any kind presents itself a mystery - even an ocean of data."
- Kevin Kelly, on self-tracking from The Quantified Self

Monday, March 16, 2009

"What are you rebelling against?" "What have you got?"
- Johnny Strabler, The Wild One (1953)

Friday, March 13, 2009

"She said: What is history?
And he said: History is an angel being blown backwards into the future
He said: History is a pile of debris
And the angel wants to go back and fix things
To repair the things that have been broken
But there is a storm blowing from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the angel backwards into the future
And this storm, this storm is called Progress"
- Laurie Anderson, The Dream Before (for Walter Benjamin)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"A homeless lady told me that I played her favorite song - ‘Over the Rainbow’. She said that when she was young she used to write the lyrics of this song on paper. She stays in the terminal on the Staten Island side. She has a boyfriend for 4 months now. She has family in Israel but she doesn’t know where and she is afraid of flying. Yesterday somebody offered her a bed but she refused it because she didn’t want to leave her boyfriend behind in the terminal. He gets bad dreams and she has to calm him down."
From Saw Lady's Blog

Monday, March 9, 2009

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
-Anonymous, by way of Ffffound

Friday, March 6, 2009

"A recent long-term study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities related to a healthy and happy later life. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing."
- Brian Eno, by way of Caterina

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"A 27-year-old man had the delusion that the voice he heard throughout the day was that of an invisible girlfriend. His girlfriend gave him advice and told him to do things. At night she would come to him, although still invisible, and they would make love."
- 1993 paper from the American Journal of Psychiatry, found on Mindhacks.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” -Mark Twain

"Who wouldn't want to be in the roller derby? But you need insurance. Too bad."
- Overhead at Bowery Poetry Club

Monday, March 2, 2009

"The next time you say "forever" I will punch you in your face."
- Neko Case
"Social media is like teen sex. Everyone wants to do it. No one actually knows how. When finally done, there is surprise it's not better."