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"We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us." -- John Paul Sartre

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Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt. It's sad, sorry, terrible -- and really funny.

And I fancy how you can't tell whether I'm being sarcastic or serious.

"California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom."

-- Don DeLillo, White Noise

Feeling creatively stifled and stuck in a mire of stagnation. Going on a vacation...with just this book.

Capitalism produces only that gets you high, but not that gives you a sense of wellbeing and calm. You need some good .

> creating a protected class of people who are beyond satire

> a surefire way to inflame tensions between communities

> but no this is progress 

Torrential rains end. Sun-swept, cloudless sky. A red salamander creeps through glowing green grass. Araucana egg, marigold yolk, gently fried. Buttered toast. Grateful.

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When I was a kid, I went fishing with my uncle in Chandeleur Islands 🎣 and caught a few 8-inch-long juvenile "snappers" 🐟🐟🐟🐟 and marveled at their unusual strength and speed and the precocious attack instinct within their slender silver bodies.

> Are there really people without resentment, without hate, she wondered. People who never go cross-granted to the universe? Who recognize evil, and resist evil, and yet are utterly unaffected by it? 

> Of course there are. Countless, the living and the dead. Those who have returned in pure compassion to the wheel, those who follow the way that cannot be followed without knowing they follow it, the sharecropper's wife in Alabama and the lama in Tibet...

-- Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

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"The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here. ... There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."

-- Italo Calvino, The Invisible Cities

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Now Teresa May has resigned

Failed to deliver Brexit, mocked by the EU, backstabbed by her own party. A weak leader overall. Who's next?

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A random exchange at a grocery store:

Stranger: "What do you think of ?"

Me: "Put it this way, it's the greatest disaster since William the Conqueror invaded England and brought with him Continental feudalism. It took centuries to repair the damage."

Stranger: "That's better than we've managed in the US. It's 2019 and we still haven't gotten rid of feudalism."

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Coriolis force is an inertial or fictitious force that seems to act on objects in motion within a frame of reference that rotates with respect to an inertial frame.

The mathematical expression for the Coriolis force appeared in an 1835 paper by French scientist Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, in connection with the theory of water wheels.

Since the radius of a space colony relying on centrifugal gravity is far smaller than a planet, the Coriolis force is more pronounced.

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the usual nagging wife/useless husband trope

How Taiwan went from "garbage island" to one of the world's top recyclers:

> The difference between Taiwan and other nations is the way waste management sits in the public’s consciousness. In the US, waste management is run by private companies. Companies place the emphasis on quality of service, aiming to reduce the burden on the consumer.

People love free markets because they get to tell their own stories.

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What was eating you? Having to deal with bureaucracy? Bureaucracy is life. Grow up. Drink less. 

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The US pharmacy distribution and reimbursement system is a hellhole of byzantine complexity.

The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners.

-- Iris Murdoch, The Fire & the Sun, 1977

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