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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Oh man. I am at once fascinated and repelled by the idea of calling Guinea Pigs small livestock. I think they're too cute. I'd have to be pretty darned hungry to consider them food.

On the other hand, they're cheap and they're made of meat. People in africa raise tiny goats. Food animals are essentially little walking interest-bearing edible bank accounts. From that perspective I suppose guinea pigs are like micro loans. Still icky though. Some foods seem to start out as motivated by desperate hunger and seem to linger on as cultural initiation rites.

posted by Rachel 11/01/2006
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"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the
glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us."
- Quentin Crisp

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."

"Fashion passes, style remains."

"Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road."

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
- Coco Chanel

"As I grow older , I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me."
- H. Rider Haggard

"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."
- Isaac D'Israeli

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
- Albert Camus

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."
- Pablo Picasso

"When we survey our lives and endeavours, we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires is bound up with the existence of other human beings. We notice that our whole nature resembles that of the social animals. We eat food that others have produced, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through the medium of a language which others have created. Without language our mental capacities would be poor indeed, comparable to those of the higher animals; we have, therefore, to admit that we owe our principal advantage over the beasts to the fact of living in human society. The individual, if left alone from birth, would remain primitive and beastlike in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive." - Einstein

"Modern anthropology has taught us, through comparative investigation of so-called primitive cultures, that the social behaviour of human beings may differ greatly, depending upon prevailing cultural patterns and the types of organisation which predominate in society. It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes: human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate. If we ask ourselves how the structure of society and the cultural attitude of man should be changed in order to make human life as satisfying as possible, we should constantly be conscious of the fact that there are certain conditions which we are unable to modify. As mentioned before, the biological nature of man is, for all practical purposes, not subject to change." - Einstein

"Searching every 10th person on the New York subway makes sense only if you're at war with every 10th person on the New York subway." - Dennis Miller

Albert grunted. "Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?"
Mort thought for a moment.
"No," he said eventually, "what?"
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, "Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve 'em right."
- Terry Pratchett

Cutangle: While I'm still confused and uncertain, it's on a much higher plane, d'you see, and at least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe.
Treatle: I hadn't looked at it like that, but you're absolutely right. He's really pushed back the boundaries of ignorance.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things."
- Terry Pratchett

That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans. A European says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?" An American says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?"
- Terry Pratchett

"The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues."
- Terry Pratchett

"Just because it's not nice doesn't mean it's not miraculous."
- Terry Pratchett

"Give a man a fire and keep him warm for a day. Light a man on fire and he will be warm for rest of his life."
- Pratchett

"The gift of truth excels all other gifts."
- Buddha

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."
- Ayn Rand

"The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me."
- Ayn Rand

"The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction that you give it."
- Ayn Rand

"You have no choice about the necessity to integrate your observations, your experiences, your knowledge into abstract ideas, i.e., into principles. Your only choice is whether these principles are true or false, whether they represent your conscious, rational convictions - or a grab-bag of notions snatched at random, whose sources, validity, context and consequences you do not know, notions which, more often that not, you would drop like a hot potato if you knew."
- Ayn Rand

"Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing."
- Meg Chittenden

"An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do."
- Dylan Thomas

posted by Rachel 11/01/2006
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