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User Name: Geeman
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Interests: Just about every incarnation of "art", several sciences, language, psychology, current eve
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Topic: Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:38:06 AM
Daemon wrote:
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

I imagine that when Maugham cut loose it was quite a sight....
Topic: Self imposed ignorance as the solution to bad news.
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00:40 AM
We don't live in a right versus left political world anymore. It's reality versus lies now.
Topic: tRump's ties to the mob
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 9:34:17 AM
Oscar D. Grouch wrote:
Donald Trump keeps company with convicted felon mobster Joey No Socks. He then states that "he doesn't know him that well" even though Mr. No Socks has been a guest at tRump's New Year's parties for 16 years.


For many years, I thought we would not get a presidential candidate out of New York. Republican or Democrat didn't matter. Just the whiff of New York had enough associations with the mafia in the American mind that they'd shy away from such a candidate. I still suspect that'd still be the case for anyone other than Trump, whose celebrity status seems to give him a pass on every aspect of normal American political discourse.

Of course, Trump has mafia ties. Does anyone reading this really think a person can be involved in real estate and construction in New York and Atlantic City without having connections to the mob? That's to say nothing of owning casinos that he managed to run into bankruptcy... or that were simply siphoned off of by the same people who facilitated the contracts and labor disputes that he exploited to get them. The fact that he hangs out with these guys should bother people less than his business dealings with them.
Topic: It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be...
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 7:12:15 AM
pedro wrote:
This is rather like some weather forecasts. 'There will be wet periods followed by dry periods followed by wet ones, though we may get a dry spell first'. It covers all possibilities whilst carrying zero information.

True, but that is the point. Like any quote, particularly those taken from a piece of literature, one has to consider the context. In this case, it's from Don Quixote and here's the scene:

Quote:
Sancho came so close that he almost put his eyes into his mouth; now just at that moment the balsam had acted on the stomach of Don Quixote, so, at the very instant when Sancho came to examine his mouth, he discharged all its contents with more force than a musket, and full into the beard of the compassionate squire.

"Holy Mary!" cried Sancho, "what is this that has happened me? Clearly this sinner is mortally wounded, as he vomits blood from the mouth;" but considering the matter a little more closely he perceived by the colour, taste, and smell, that it was not blood but the balsam from the flask which he had seen him drink; and he was taken with such a loathing that his stomach turned, and he vomited up his inside over his very master, and both were left in a precious state. Sancho ran to his ass to get something wherewith to clean himself, and relieve his master, out of his alforjas; but not finding them, he well-nigh took leave of his senses, and cursed himself anew, and in his heart resolved to quit his master and return home, even though he forfeited the wages of his service and all hopes of the promised island.

Don Quixote now rose, and putting his left hand to his mouth to keep his teeth from falling out altogether, with the other he laid hold of the bridle of Rocinante, who had never stirred from his master's side—so loyal and well-behaved was he—and betook himself to where the squire stood leaning over his ass with his hand to his cheek, like one in deep dejection. Seeing him in this mood, looking so sad, Don Quixote said to him:

"Bear in mind, Sancho, that one man is no more than another, unless he does more than another; all these tempests that fall upon us are signs that fair weather is coming shortly, and that things will go well with us, for it is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand; so thou must not distress thyself at the misfortunes which happen to me, since thou hast no share in them."


So, the two have just vomited on each other, they're starving and alone and Quixote launches into his martyr-like quote about how it's only temporary. Quixote is insanely optimistic. It's his charm, but also his failing. The quote serves to reinforce that.

And the opposite is equally true. That is, it is impossible for good or evil to last forever, so when good lasts long the evil must be nigh at hand.
Topic: Should adults who use emoji grow up?
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:48:55 PM
MelissaMe wrote:
Oh, THANKS!

An image of War and Peace complete with emoticons is going to haunt me all day! And how many pages - volumes! - would that sucker have to be??????? d'oh!


Sorry, I couldn't find War and Peace for you, M. But apparently there's an emoji version of Moby Dick you could try:

http://www.bustle.com/articles/9208-emoji-dick-moby-dick-translated-into-emoji-icons-this-exists

Enjoy!

Topic: Should adults who use emoji grow up?
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:04:49 AM
I don't have a problem with people using emojis, emoticons, texting abbreviations, etc. in their proper context. That is, it's difficult to convey tone and emote through simple text, particularly when there is a limited amount that it is even possible to use given the medium. That is, something like Twitter or text messaging lends itself to a little graphic that indicates the emotional quality the writer means to express.

Outside of that, however, it's a pretty good indication that a writer doesn't have the communication skills, the vocabulary or the good sense to convey their meaning. Imagine someone putting emojis on the Bible or the Constitution or all over War and Peace. There's a range of writing between texting and literature, and a forum like this is probably closer to Twitter than something more literary, but as a general rule people should err on the side of good taste and avoid using them unless they have a good reason.
Topic: Should gays kiss in public?
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 4:12:58 AM
Marco Polo 1 wrote:
The only thing gays should be allowed to do in public is receive a public lashing.


That's extremely open-minded of you. I know submission/exhibitionism a popular fetish, but personally I still think such BDSM play should be kept relatively private.
Topic: what is "the salt police's eyebrows rise"?
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 1:18:52 AM
QP wrote:
Hi friends,

I watched a documentary film on culinary travelling and don't get the below words:-

The cooker is cooking the cuttlefish risotto and said:

"Now some salt - just enough to make the salt police's eyebrows rise - and chopped shallots...

Anyone please explain the bold words.

Thank you


Salt Police: People concerned about the health effects of salt who are vocal about not putting too much in food because "it's bad for you." Blah, blah, blah.
Topic: Saudi Arabia claims it hates Iran, and Iran claims it hates Saudi Arabia
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:54:26 PM
I don't know that anyone could say there's something like a "feud" between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Rather, there's a very ancient intercultural struggle that's simply been continued. Iran is not an Arabic nation. It's Persian. Different culture, different language, different tribal associations (mostly) and since the split of Islam into two main branches (Sunni and Shi'ite) two different religious beliefs. There have been intercultural wars between Persians and Arabs going back to the time of Alexander the Great.

As for why the modern states of Saudi Arabia and Iran have not come to blows, I'd suggest the main reason is that there are buffer states between them (mostly Iraq, of course, but other Arabic nations along the Persian Gulf are involved in political and military competition) and both nations use ethnic/religious populations as proxies for their conflict. So, the Saudis need not get directly involved, and the Iranians have almost entirely hostile or at least unstable borders to deal with. Before Iran could attack Saudi Arabia directly they'd at least have to get through Iraq and Kuwait, or pass over the Persian Gulf, while the Saudis can simply fund their neighbors to deal with any threat to their nation.
Topic: comma question
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:16:22 AM
The sentences with the comma after "painting" could be read to mean that he did both kinds of art, but it was the statues that made him famous. The "also" makes that meaning stronger in either sentence.

So:

"paintings and statues" means he did both and was famous for both.
"paintings and also statues" means he did both maybe he became famous for the statues.
"paintings, and statues" very similar to #2.
"paintings, and also statues" means he did both, but it was probably the statues that made him famous.

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