October 23, 2014

Filed under: Bits of books — Jared @ 8:27 am

Je reviendrai, avec des membres de fer, la peau sombre, l’oeil furieux : sur mon masque, on me jugera d’une race forte. J’aurai de l’or : je serai oisif et brutal. Les femmes soignent ces féroces infirmes retour des pays chauds. Je serai mêlé aux affaires politiques. Sauvé.

Maintenant je suis maudit, j’ai horreur de la patrie. Le meilleur, c’est un sommeil bien ivre, sur la grève.

Arthur Rimbaud, Une Saison en Enfer

June 2, 2014

Filed under: Things I wish I'd said — Jared @ 1:49 pm

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Isaac Asimov

April 10, 2014

Filed under: status — Jared @ 3:35 pm

April 4, 2014

Filed under: Bits of books — Jared @ 8:10 am

“Jimmy, look at it realistically. You can’t couple a minimum access to food with an expanding population indefinitely.Homo sapiens doesn’t seem able to cut himself off at the supply end. He’s one of the few species that doesn’t limit reproduction in the face of dwindling resources. In other words – and up to a point, of course – the less we eat, the more we fuck.”

“How do you account for that?” said Jimmy.

“Imagination,” said Crake. “Men can imagine their own deaths, they can see them coming, and the mere thought of impending death acts like an aphrodisiac. A dog or rabbit doesn’t behave like that. Take birds – in a lean season they cut down on the eggs, or they won’t mate at all. They put their energy into staying alive themselves until times get better. But human beings hope they can stick their souls into someone else, some new version of themselves, and live on forever.”

“As a species, we’re doomed by hope then?”
“You could call it hope. That, or desperation.”
“But we’re doomed without hope, as well,” said Jimmy.
“Only as individuals,” said Crake cheerfully.
“Well, it sucks.”
“Jimmy, grow up.”
Crake wasn’t the first person who’d ever said that to Jimmy.
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

March 2, 2014

Filed under: Things I wish I'd said — Jared @ 1:13 pm

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that He hates all the same people you hate.”

Anne Lamott

Filed under: Things I wish I'd said — Jared @ 12:27 pm

“I’d be curious as to why democracy is failing too, but for the fact that I live in a plutocracy where millionaire representatives pay for their campaigns with the donations of millionaire kleptocrats in exchange for a quid pro quo of mutual self protection.”

src:  Bunny Ultramod, mefi

December 10, 2013

Filed under: Bits of books — Jared @ 1:56 pm
So it was that Lone came to know himself; and like the handful of people who have done so before him he found, at this pinnacle, the rugged foot of a mountain.
Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human


November 11, 2013

Crossed the finish line!

Filed under: Killing time — Jared @ 4:58 pm

Finished Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold this morning and, with that out of the way, I’ve completed the entire 20th Century SF Novel section of the Locus All-Century Poll. Not sure if I should just move on to the Fantasy list (most of which I’ve read already) and get the entire Locus list out of the way, or move on to some other genre.


October 18, 2013

Filed under: Huh, who knew — Jared @ 4:20 pm

So idle curiosity (and a pdf on shaving with a straight razor) led me to look up the “inventor” of the safety Razor, King C. Gillette.  It turns out he did nothing of the sort and his actual innovation was the “thin, inexpensive, disposable blade of stamped steel”. He’s also widely credited with the cheap razors\expensive blades business model but even that was something he copied from his competitors.

Interestingly enough though, Gillette was a dyed-in-the-wool Utopian Socialist, and wrote a few books on the subject. In The Human Drift, he asserted that all industry should be run by one corporation, owned by the people. He also thought that everyone in the US should live in a singular North American mega-city powered by Niagara Falls.

Gillette died almost penniless, having lost most of his fortune in the Great Depression.

September 16, 2013

Filed under: Bits of books — Jared @ 8:35 am

Brains and sex fight each other to control your life, and thank God brains get a head start before sex comes along.

CJ Cherryh, Cyteen

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