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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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29 Aug '12 05:30:45 PM

Some of those who continue to matter to us leave us no recourse but to pretend as if they don't.

29 Aug '12 02:22:59 PM

Nietzsche would be so pleased:

'Since time immemorial, a very specific community of organisms — microbes, parasites, some viruses — has aggregated to form the human superorganism. Mounds of evidence suggest that our immune system anticipates these inputs and that, when they go missing, the organism comes unhinged.'

28 Aug '12 08:34:59 AM

Apr. 18, 1852: 'For the first time I perceive this spring that the year is a circle.'

28 Aug '12 08:04:06 AM

'Workflow'? Really?

28 Aug '12 05:02:52 AM

Children don't usually learn 'Why are you poking yourself in the eye?!?', though.

28 Aug '12 04:59:10 AM

A language-game, 'Why are you hitting yourself?!? Why are you hitting yourself?!? Why are you hitting yourself?!?'.

28 Aug '12 04:13:30 AM

In chapter xiv of Walden, settled in for the winter, only rarely meeting people out to collect wood, Thoreau says that 'for human society I was obliged to conjure up the former occupants of these woods'; the first three he conjures up by name are the former slaves Cato Ingraham, Zilpah White, and Brister Freeman.

28 Aug '12 03:33:44 AM

I'm not sure if the band who once made Public Castration Is A Good Idea was ever hemmed in as 'some dumb rock band'.

28 Aug '12 01:21:13 AM

It says a lot about the way records work that I would have to turn up this black metal to make it sound louder and clearer than the new Dirty Three, all piano tinkles and Jim White drums.