Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

A poem

I heard this on the radio, and thought of one of my friends here.


For Librarians

Imagine you can consider all ideas
And images represented by all words
And numbers in all libraries worldwide.
Open the book of this consideration.
Touch the paper. See the illustration
Of you, reading, when you were ten
In your local library. Turn
Several pages. Now read how you
And that other person ignited romance
In, of all places, the stacks, third floor,
In quite a different library. Snowflakes
Brushed against dark glass as you two
Stood between PQ and PR.
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As sincerely as librarians worry for books, for shelves,
For catalogues, buildings, and best practices,
So should we worry for librarians, for images and ideas.

At a table in a library, a circle of light
Lies on a book. The hand not writing turns
The page, and something important happens.

Hans Ostrom

Quote of the Day

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me-- and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemoellor

Quotes of the Day

Today's quotes are all from Augustus De Morgan:

It is easier to square the circle than to get round a mathematician.
Quoted in H Eves In Mathematical Circles (Boston 1969).

I don't quite hear what you say, but I beg to differ entirely with you.

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
A Budget of Paradoxes.

Imagine a person with a gift of ridicule [He might say] First that a negative quantity has no logarithm; secondly that a negative quantity has no square root; thirdly that the first non-existent is to the second as the circumference of a circle is to the diameter.

The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.

Quotes of the Day

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), Notebooks, 1912

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
Alice James

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes (1879 - 1972)
Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

Quotes of the Day

I like life. It's something to do.
Ronnie Shakes

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance,
And toss them on the wheels of Chance.
Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)
Fox yawn

Overheard conversation

Two web designers discussing how technical a solution they should take for a page ...

WD1: I think we should go for the middle of the road solution.
WD2: The middle of the road is where you find a lot of dead small animals.
Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

Quotes of the Day

Anyone still reading this? have some quotes to keep you going.


Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
Arnold Lobel

Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose.
Evan Esar (1899 - 1995)

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Looks who's here

Hi there,

I've not been around on LJ (or is that LJilovski now?) for a while, so comment here if there's something you think I should look back to. In the mean time, here's bit of fun:

What have I done recently?

Avoided two bunny rabbits that tried to commit suicide under my car near J30 of the M4
Turned my car's GPS to speak French
Had the DVDs for Stargate SG1 series 10 for over a week without watching them
Bought DVDs of the first five series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and watched the first 3 series already)
Had my laptop die, needing a new motherboard
Had to buy petrol for over one pound per litre
Become addicted to the TV series 'Spooks' and 'Heroes'
Run out of time to do everything I want to do, both in work and in real life
Other (add you comment below)

What else do you think I've done recently?