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Mnemonics for the Zodiac

June 4th, 2009 (10:20 am)

A traditional mnemonic:

The Ram, the Bull, the Heavenly Twins,
And next the Crab, the Lion shines,
The Virgin and the Scales.
The Scorpion, Archer, and the Goat,
The Man who holds the Watering Pot,
And Fish with glittering scales.

A less poetic, but succinct and perhaps more memorable, mnemonic is the following:

The Ramble Twins Crab Liverish;
Scaly Scorpions Are Good Water Fish.

(Ram-Ble = Ram, Bull; Twins = Twins; Crab = Crab; Li-Ver(ish) = Lion, Virgin; Scaly = Scale; Scorpion = Scorpio; Are = Archer; Good = Goat; Water = Water Bearer; Fish = Fish)

Source: Wikipedia: zodiac

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Palahniuk is crazier than you

May 29th, 2009 (10:23 pm)

"A big segment of the storytelling is about personal suffering.  There's the stink of catharsis.  Of melodrama and memoir.  A writer friend refers to this school as "the-sun-is-shining-the-birds-are-singing-and-my-father-is-on-top-of-me-again" literature."
~ Chuck Palahniuk, 'You Are Here', Stranger Than Ficiton: True Stories, p.28 ~

"The laws that forbid you to drive on the sidewalk, to feel the thud of people crumbling off the hood of your car, the crash of bodies shattering your windshield, those laws are economically oppressive.  When you really think about it, restricting your access to heroin and snuff movies is a restriction of your free trade.  It's impossible to write books, authentic books, about slavery if the government makes owning slaves illegal."
~ Chuck Palahniuk, 'You Are Here', Stranger Than Ficiton: True Stories, p.36 ~


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May 29th, 2009 (09:59 pm)

"The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature: you go on a journey or the stranger comes to town."
~ Mary Morris, "Women and Journeys: Inner and Outer", Temperamental Journeys: essays on the modern literature of travel ~

Question: Why is it that every time I turn around the number of possible plots has yet again grown smaller?

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Language, Culture, and Society: an introduction to linguistic anthropology - Zdenek Salzmann

May 29th, 2009 (09:42 pm)

"Among Mongolian nomads, daughters-in-law have such a low status that they are severely restricted in the use of language.  For example, they are forbidden to use not only the names of their husbands' male relatives but also any words or syllables that sound like these names."
~ p. 257 ~

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Something With Numbers

May 27th, 2009 (05:57 pm)
Current Music: "Perfect Match" # Something With Numbers

Surprisingly nice song:

Goodbye Mickey Finn - Something With Numbers

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Empires: B-sides

May 19th, 2009 (11:19 am)
Current Music: "Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We're Famous" # Cobra Starship

Shame - Empires

Gift of Asylum - Empires

Stunned - Empires

Apparently Empires had an EP out before Howl.  I have no idea how to get my hands on this.

ETA: just found this
All Night Long (Original Version) - Empires

Now I really want to find this EP.

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Wish You Were Here, part 2

May 7th, 2009 (02:34 pm)

"On one lavish occasion [Jane and Douglas] fed over a hundred people and -- fearing the conversational constipation of the Brits -- managed to find an intriguing fact about every person that they printed out and placed with the adjacent guest."

~ pg. 247 ~


1. The parties of the second part are intended by the parents each to assume the role of non-denominational guardian or vicarious supremem being substitute but will hereafter for the sake of convenience only be referred to as 'the Godparents' "

~ pg. 251 ~

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Wish You Were Here

This is the creed o' Jacques Derrida
There ain't no author.
There ain't no reader, eeda.

~ pg. 72 ~

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Skipping Down Memory Lane

May 4th, 2009 (07:41 pm)

The Mummy SongCollapse )

My Highland GoatCollapse )

The Ning Nany NongCollapse )

Mr. Clickety CaneCollapse )

Doctor KnickerbockerCollapse )

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May 4th, 2009 (05:24 pm)

Douglas Adams's Top 20 Beatles' Songs

  1. Hey Jude
  2. A Day In The Life
  3. Drive My Car
  4. Don't Let Me Down
  5. I Will
  6. If I Fell
  7. Hello Goodbye
  8. Rain
  9. Martha My Dear
  10. Strawberry Fields
  11. We Can Work It Out
  12. This Boy
  13. Ticket To Ride
  14. Can't Buy Me Love
  15. All You Need Is Love
  16. I'm Fixing A Hole
  17. And Your Bird Can Sing
  18. She's A Woman
  19. You Can't Do That
  20. Here, There & Everywhere