May 30, 2011

Another quote worth keeping

Melville, courtesy of TNC:

"...Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

Substitute "the sea" for "some desert or other" and you basically have the last three years of my life explained right there.

Posted by BruceR at 10:24 PM

May 27, 2011

Yep, in the desert again

Greetings from Southern Arizona. There's a little bit of yours truly at the end of the "War Technology" link on this Tucson TV news page, in case you're at all curious what I really do for a living these days.

Posted by BruceR at 07:13 PM

May 18, 2011

Parking a quote for later

Nietzsche. Might come in handy some day:

"Wherever progress is to ensue, deviating natures are of greatest importance. Every progress of the whole must be preceded by a partial weakening. The strongest natures retain the type, the weaker ones help to advance it. Something similar also happens in the individual. There is rarely a degeneration, a truncation, or even a vice or any physical or moral loss without an advantage somewhere else. In a warlike and restless clan, for example, the sicklier man may have occasion to be alone, and may therefore become quieter and wiser; the one-eyed man will have one eye the stronger; the blind man will see deeper inwardly, and certainly hear better. To this extent, the famous theory of the survival of the fittest does not seem to me to be the only viewpoint from which to explain the progress of strengthening of a man or of a race."

Posted by BruceR at 10:20 AM