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"I share no man's opinion. I have my own." ( Ivan Turgenev)

a few political words
"We are not saints, we are elected officials," the politician said. "Our job is to represent, unfairly and with unethical prejudice and forethought, the powerful and influential citizens within our respective constituencies to whom we owe our political careers, trading in the long-term good of the people for short-term material and political gain, for the ill of all. And that's what evil is all about." (www.theonion.com)

"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time" ( E.B. White)

"Government : Buy the people, gull the people, fool the people." ( Boss Tweed)

"Sure you can trust the government. Just ask an Indian." ( unknown)

"Teaching ... is a political act. If done badly it can make people even more bored with their country than they already are: if done well, it may suggest to them why they have been taught to be bored with their country, and whose interests that boredom serves." (Margaret Atwood)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" (Benjamin Franklin)

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money." (Alexis de Tocqueville)

"As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy." (Christopher Dawson)

some religious words
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature... the opium of the people" ( Karl Marx)

"Do they fear the pain of death? Or is it that they fear the joy of life?" ( Toad the Wet Sprocket)

"God is an invention of Man. So the nature of God is only a shallow mystery. The deep mystery is the nature of Man." ( Nanrei Kobori)

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right" (Salvor Hardin)

"The state of innocence contains the germs of all future sin." (Alexandre Arnoux, "Etudes et caprices")

"Once a ruler becomes religious, it [becomes] impossible for you to debate with him. Once someone rules in the name of religion, your lives become hell." (Colonel Moammar Qaddafi, at the General People's Congress in Tripoli in October, 1989)

some geeky words
"UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things." (Doug Gwyn)

"Black holes are where God divided by zero." ( unknown)

"Poke yourself repeatedly in the stones with a frozen herring, whilst saying 'THIS IS REAL, THIS IS REAL.' Then bang your nose on your computer screen and say, 'THIS IS FAKE, THIS IS FAKE.' Continue until the distinction between "real" and "fake" is perfectly clear. Then thaw and eat the herring." ( Dr. D. Voorhis in a conference on the Nature of Reality)

"Computer games don't affect kids. If pac man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music." ( unknown)

other opinions
"The beatings will continue until morale improves" ( unknown)

"People lead complicated lives, and they complicate things, by telling complicated lies." ( bnl)

"The girl is bold, smiling in her sleep, as if she knows what people wonder, as if she hears the old men talk, turning the story over. It comes up different every time and has no ending, no beginning. They get the middle wrong too. They only know that they don't know anything." ( Louise Erdrich)

"Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life" (chinese proverb)

"Only sick music makes money today" ( Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888)

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it" ( unknown)

"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools" ( Ernest Hemingway)

"If you do a commercial there's a price on your head, everything you say is suspect and every word that comes out of your mouth is now like a turd falling into my drink." ( Bill Hicks)

"The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?" ( Henry David Thoreau)

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." ( Henry David Thoreau)

"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity." ( Henry David Thoreau)

"Help stamp out and eradicate superfluous redundancy" ( unknown)

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things" (Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 11.30.96)

"If we are what we eat, then I'm easy, fast and cheap" ( unknown)

"In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, people take Prozac to make it normal." ( unknown)

"The superior man is distressed by the limitation of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has." (Confucius)

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." (Albert Einstein)

"I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out." ( Bill Hicks)

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." (Douglas Adams)

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea ..." (Douglas Adams)

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." (Douglas Adams)

"Everyone was born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it." (unknown)

"The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind." (E.B. White)

"We must be impervious to the ravages of desensitization." (M.D. Tidball)

a what-if exercise

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis; would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before scrolling down to the answer of this one.

It is time to elect the world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.  He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C
He is a decorated war hero.  He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extramarital affairs.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?
Decide first, no peeking, then scroll down for the answer.













Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B is Winston Churchill
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler

..and by the way:

Answer to the abortion question - if you said yes, you just killed Beethoven.

a few words on tobacco

As a wise man once said "I now realize I smoke for simply one reason: spite. I hate you non-smokers with all of my little black heart. You obnoxious, self-righteous, whining little fucks - my biggest fear if I quit smoking, is that i'll become one of you." - ( Bill Hicks)

on a different note here is a list of the physiological changes the body goes through after the last cigarette (as published by the American Cancer Society).

within 20 minutes
blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate will drop to normal.

within 8 hours
smoker's breath disappears. Carbon monoxide level in blood drops, and oxygen level rises to normal.

within 24 hours
chance of heart attack decreases.

within 48 hours
nerve endings start to regroup - ability to taste and smell improves.

within 3 days
breathing is easier.

within 2 to 3 months
circulation improves. walking becomes easier. lung capacity increases up to 30 per cent.

within 1 to 9 months
sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. cilia that sweep debris from your lungs grow back. energy increases.

within 1 year
excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a person who smokes.

within 2 years
heart attack risk drops to near normal

within 5 years
lung cancer death rate for former pack-a-day smoker decreases by almost half. stroke risk is reduced. risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker.


geek rant


I don't wear bad glasses or suspenders and I don't glow in the dark.

I don't like pocket protectors and no, I don't know Edwin, Marty, or Linda in the I.T. department at Ebay, although i'm certain they're pulling down great salaries...

I like caffeine. I prefer to code in C or Perl, not Visual Basic, and it's pronounced LI-NIX, LINE-UX, or LEEN-OOKS, whatever makes you happy.

I can proudly wear a T-Shirt from another company and still look cool.

I believe in innovation, not obfuscation; Peer review, not patent wars; And that the penguin is a cut but fearsome animal!

Geeks are the second best paid people in the world, the first to be blamed for technical problems, and the only reason why civilization doesn't crumble around your ears!

My name is Kevin, and I AM A GEEK!


The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

help stamp out and erradicate superflous redundancy

In this regard, the interrelation of system and/or subsystem technologies mandates staff-meeting-level attention to a descriptive fact. Nevertheless, further and associated contradictory elements is further compounded when taking into account possible bidirectional relationship approaches. However, any associated supporting element adds explicit performance contours to the philosophy of commonality and standardization. Conversely, the speaker-hearer's linguistic intuition effects a significant implementation of a corpus of utterance tokens upon which conformity has been defined by the paired utterance test. In summary, initiation of basic charismatic subculture development is, apparently, determined by the anticipated epistemological repercussions. Analogously, this analysis of a formative as a pair of sets of features does not affect the structure of a parasitic gap construction. With this clarification, relational information adds overriding performance constraints to possible bidirectional logical relationship approaches. For any transformation which is sufficiently diversified in application to be of any interest, a case of semigrammaticalness of a different sort must utilize and be functionally interwoven with irrelevant intervening contexts in selectional rules. Similarly, the independent functional principle is functionally equivalent to (though formally distinct from) the strong generative capacity of the theory.

Source: The Chomskybot (more info)

unknown poem by an unknown person

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!!

If the label on the cable on the table at your house
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol,
that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse;
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
'cuz sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang!

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk,
and the macro code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
then you'll have to flash the memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom!

You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!

"Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the universe would be if one were all alone."

Huge collection of Bill Hicks quotes!

"Childbirth is no more a miracle then eating food and a turd coming out of your ass."

s u c c e s s

Some people succeed because they
cheerfully, unselfishly and
sacrificingly do
whatever it takes
In order to pay the price of success;
and others, though they may
claim ambition and a
desire to succeed,
are unwilling to go the extra
mile or ten to pay that price.
If you compete against those who
are smart, you must be brilliant.
If they are fast, you must be faster.
Imbrace Change.
Commit fully, speed up,
accept uncertainty, behave like
it's your business, continue to
learn, be accountable, add value
and service, manage your own
morale and continuous
improvement, be a fixer - not
a blamer, and alter your expectations.
It is that difference
that brings one mediocrity
or failure, and another
success in life!

Carl Sagan -- Pale Blue Dot

From this distant vantage point, [beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto] the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturing, our imagined self- importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

what page would be complete without a picture?

One must chuckle at the lengths some people will go to in order to sell a free product.


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