Favorite Pastime

Listen to music,

Eat weltschmerz for breakfast,

and Breed poetry.

some quotes:

You were keen to break your rusty cage,

But he who tries would be wasted,

And though now You are broken,

Still flying in esir like an eagle.

The dimensions of the universe are assumed to be on the order of magnitude of 1041 elementary lengths (10-13 cm) by some physicists (approximately 10 million light years). We are concerned therefore with a volume of approximately 10123 elementary cubes of the elementary length on a side. If an individual bit of information content is assigned to each of these elementary cubes, then we have already (210)123 different states of the universe to consider. This number represents only a lower limit. In reality, a much finer grid must be assumed, for which it is not yet known how many variations at each grid point are possible. It must further be considered that space calculates extremely exactly. The relation of electrostatic interactions to those from gravitational fields is about 1040:1. The interaction of nuclear forces are again orders of magnitude stronger. The higher of the two values represents in reality only a lower limit, which is most likely many orders of magnitude too small.

Konrad Zuse, Calculating Space (Rechnender Raum)

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them. Philip K. Dick

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth. Kurt Vonnegut

I wrote this (song) about two mexican bandits that I saw on the TV two weeks after I wrote the song … Townes van Zandt

That's what chess is all about.

One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.

Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)

"Ich habmeinSach’ auf Nichts gestellt."  Max Stirner, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum

hoşça bak zâtına kim zübde-i âlemsin senŞeyh Galip

Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly ...

Suddenly I awoke, and there was I, visibly Tzu.

I do not know whether it was Tzu dreaming that he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming that he was Tzu.

Between Tzu and the butterfly there must be some distinction.  Chuang Tzu

Sayre's law: "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake. That is why academic politics are so bitter."

The academic world, I've found, has more in common with a juvenile detention center. In a juvenile detention center--and most jails, for that matter--if you're nice, you're stupid and if you're civil or sensitive, you're weak. Most faculty members aren't going anywhere, so all of the resentments and hatreds fester. from a post on internet