Sunday, 21 June 2009

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Friday, 19 June 2009

Joy and Time

I just felt like putting these two happy pictures next to one another. No special reason why...

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Beautiful People

I attended a lecture a couple of months ago by Jerrold Levinson. He was discussing the concept of beauty, and why it was a discussion which could be looked at as an issue within "aesthetics" rather than "art". He said the following...

"There is more beauty outside of art than there is beauty inside of art. How many works of art are there? Maybe 2 Billion. How many people are there? 6 Billion. Maybe a third of them are beautiful"

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Stay Sick

Three characteristics that sometimes go hand in hand: low self-esteem, laziness and misanthropy. I have a suspicion that the second two stem from the first.

These are all characteristics that are generally considered shortcomings. Well, I don't see much use for any of them although I've had a sprinkling of all three off and on over the years. As it happens, it would seem that some of my pals have as well - at least low self-esteem and misanthropy (I don't want to judge anyone else as lazy). But I like my pals.

So I figure, even if those characteristics aren't much use in and of themselves, perhaps something good accompanies them. Being of that disposition makes one more philosophical, or gives you a better sense of humour. Or you don't take the culture we've been handed at face value and one prefers to look at the world as an outsider.

Channel your symptoms!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


I've been under pressure recently to get some essays marked on time, and I had a tight deadline. It's all done now - thank God, but the pressure was getting under my skin. However, I was told a technique which can be employed when someone is getting to you.

Imagine a window which has dirt on both sides. There is your side of the window, and there is 'their' side of the window. When you are wiping your side of the window, a smear is produced - you should smear it vertically. When you smear the dirt on their side, wipe it horizontally.

So their smear is horizontal and yours is vertical. Keep their smear on their side and yours on your side. They are separate.


Monday, 8 June 2009

Sawdust and Tinsel

There is a thought I've been trying to articulate for a while, and I'm still not sure if I can. It's something that everyone else has already realised. Nevertheless, I'll have a go:
  • The downfall of our celebrities interests us more than their successes. Nervous breakdowns, failures and photos of stretch marks
  • There is an Aztec tradition in which the village would find their most beautiful young woman, dress her up in their finest jewels and then sacrifice her
  • Armageddon supposedly arrived with AIDS, mad cow disease, bird and swine flu. We love an epidemic
  • The attempt to provide 'happy stories' on the news is normally neutralised by recounting trivialities. Why don't they make bigger issues out of medical breathroughs? They happen every once in a while
  • When you go to the Supermarket, the best deals are never at eye-level. They are trying to trick us
  • We're impressed whenever the television doesn't address us as idiots
  • There is a Pub I walk past on my way into town which has a special offer on at the moment called the "Credit Lunch"
  • BBC Radio 1 is state funded and could stretch public tastes, but instead attempts to skew towards them
  • If the British Media was a person, he/she would be vindictive, manipulative and mercurial
  • Our culture hates itself. I will watch it collapse with the same glee that readers of celebrity magazines felt when Britney Spears went into a depression