G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Chris Ware: "Being a cartoonist means you don’t consider yourself too fancy."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Steve Irwin- Hunter became the hunted

Steve's baby survived on that day but he was not so lucky later....

Germaine Greer

“The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn”

Ray Mears

“some things in nature should be left alone. He (Steve Irwin) clearly took a lot of risks and television encouraged him to do that.. It's a shame that television audiences need that to be attracted to wildlife. Dangerous animals, you leave them alone because they will defend themselves. Nature defends itself, it isn't all about hugging animals and going 'ahh'. It's wonderful to observe but you have to be sensible and maintain a safe distance. Television has become very gladiatorial and it's not healthy. The voyeurism we are seeing on television has a cost and it's that cost Steve Irwin's family are paying today."

Gay marriage - Act of Terrorism?


Right wing Americans have made mountain out of molehill of gay marriage. There are fierce debates raging across the land. At times, it seems to be the most important issue around in US. Even more than terrorism.

Richard Dawkins, "America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers. The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people. It obsesses about gay marriage, ahead of genuinely important issues that actually make a difference to the world."

Osama has sensed it and is seen ordering his troops to get married to each other instead of driving planes into buildings!

verbally challenged

George Bush is not known for either general knowledge or a gift of gab. Just before he became President of US, he could not name Pakistan's President.

One redeeming feature is, he himself laughs at his clumsiness with these things.

Here, he is having hard time pronouncing a sect of Islam without swearing! Small wonder Shia militias have gone berserk in Iraq!

Acid from the battery

Airline security went paranoid after the London terrorist plot was exposed. Passengers were banned from carrying even harmless drinks on board.

But laptops were allowed. With faulty Sony batteries.

Recipe for disaster!