Saturday, January 27, 2007

Old Drawing


Das ternas horas do passado resta a penumbra
Em espelhos de bruma a memória reflectindo
Sangrentas rosas de um amor cruel.

Fado Canibal [Adolfo Luxúria Canibal / Mão Morta]
Corações Felpudos,1990

Friday, January 26, 2007

A Detail

Madness In Any Direction

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.

Raoul Duke in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Just a Cat

Degree Of Certainty

In defining knowledge, there are two further matters to be taken into consideration, namely the degree of certainty and the degree of precision. All knowledge is more or less uncertain and more or less vague. These are, in a sense, opposing characters: vague knowledge has more likelihood of truth than precise knowledge, but is less useful. One of the aims of science is to increase precision without diminishing certainty.
Bertrand Russell (1926), Theory of Knowledge
(for The Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Lonely Planet

I've Never Seen A Blind Person

Paris Driver: Don't blind people usually wear dark glasses?

Blind Woman: Do they? I've never seen a blind person.

Jim Jarmusch, Night on Earth (1991)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Whatever It Meant

Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Has it been five years? Six? It seems like a lifetime, the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. But no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.
Raoul Duke in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Old New

The Year Be Done

On now, although the year be done,

On now, although the year be done,
Now, although the love be dead,
Dead and gone;
Hear me, O loved and cherished one,
Give me still the hand that led,
Led me on.



Words, Metaphors, Disguised Metaphors, and Linguistic Structures

It seems likely that the principal software used in the human brain consists of words, metaphors, disguised metaphors, and linguistic structures in general. The Sapir-Whorf-Korzybski Hypothesis, in anthropology, holds that a change in language can alter our perception of the cosmos. A revision of language structure, in particular, can alter the brain as dramatically as a psychedelic. In our metaphor, if we change the software, the computer operates in a new way.
Robert Anton Wilson, Toward Understanding E-Prime


One Of These days

Lula: One of these days the sun's gonna come up and burn a hole clean through the planet like a giant electrical x-ray.

David Lynch, Wild at Heart, 1990