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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by Francis Buck on June 26, 2019, 12:39:29 pm »
"The sand in my boots was sacred sand because it came from a beach of sacred sand. The cenobites treasured up the relics of the sannyasins because the sannyasins had approached the Pancreator. But everything had approached and even touched the Pancreator, because everything had dropped from his hand. Everything was a relic. All the world was a relic. I drew off my boots, that had traveled with me so far, and threw them into the waves that I might not walk shod on holy ground."
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by Francis Buck on June 26, 2019, 12:28:45 pm »
“The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning. The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
General Misc. / Re: Malleus Maleficarum - Hammer of Witches,
« Last post by Wilshire on June 26, 2019, 12:23:06 pm »
Its present day, you can be whichever type of magical being you prefer!
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:31:38 am »
I think it was themerchant who brought this quote to my attention, I love it:

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
-Max Planck (German Physicist)

Ha ha, yes, deftly dealt
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:28:58 am »
Walking along a mountain path in Japan, we come upon a rudimentary hermitage with a large temple bell suspended from a simple   wooden pagoda.   Unlike Western carillon bells, the Japanese bell has no clapper and is struck on the outside much as one might strike a gong....Admiring the excellence  and  obvious  age of  the engravings on the  casting, we hear the footsteps of the temple priest and turn to ask,  “How old is this extraordinary bell?”

Touching  his  palm  to  the  massive  casting, he  responds,  “This  is about five hundred years old, but” (removing his hand to point into  the  black  void  within  the  bell)  “the emptiness within—that’s eternal”..
 --Thomas P. Kasulis

A common feature ( to me ) about Japanese quotes are I ( think ) get them, but can't articulate what I'm getting. They resonate at either multiple levels of my ability to understand, or at a different level than language.
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:24:34 am »
"An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet. He would like to pause for a moment so fair, to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wings and is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The storm drives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned, while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we call progress, is this storm."

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

Wow, this one's intense, I love it :)
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:22:05 am »
'I have often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics.'
 -Richard Nixon

I take it this one's a joke? It is quite funny :)
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:21:00 am »
'The idea of ... empathy is an intellectual interpretation of the primary experience in which there is no room for any sort of dichotomy.'
 - Daisetsu T. Suzuki

Sniff, sniff ... but I love my dog, Hershey!
General Misc. / Re: Malleus Maleficarum - Hammer of Witches,
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:18:23 am »
I want to be a witch! ... er, warlock!
General Misc. / Re: What's your favorite kind of pie?
« Last post by TaoHorror on June 26, 2019, 03:16:27 am »
I had blueberry pie the other day. It was alright - but it was served along side strawberry-rhubarb which was far superior. I think the blueberries make it too sweet.

It's not for everyone - but for some reason, blueberry pie makes me sing a song ( gotta be careful eating it, a cant might accidentally fire off ) - a song not sung for some time now that I've been symptomatic Celiac for 5 years now - one day I'll either make myself or score a GF blueberry pie.

I had a peanut butter cheesecake about a week ago...simply amazing! I consider that a pie, others might not. I won't sway on me considering it a pie. Try and sway me and you will be left in despair.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake is indeed another title for Peanut Butter Pie, they're the same thing. The exception being an actual cheesecake with peanut butter swirls through it ( something I think The Cheesecake Factory has, it sucks if memory serves ). But if you're talking about an Oreo cookie crust with a peanut butter filling/topping, then it's pie, not cake. That and despair is not my jam.

Never had a pie

I call bullshit! Everyone has had pie, including ( especially? ) the unborn.
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