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Created on 2012-01-23 08:44:46 (#1445828), last updated 2012-06-29 (260 weeks ago)

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Name:confusedreality
Birthdate:Jun 6
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ~Goethe

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard

“You do know you could find yourself charged with being a dominant species while under the influence of impulse-driven consumerism don’t you?”
- Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

"(...)a stand-up comedian make the following observation. “These scientists eh? They’re so stupid! You know those black box flight recorders they put on aeroplanes? And you know they’re meant to be indestructible? It’s always the thing that doesn’t get smashed? So why don’t they make the planes out of the same stuff?” The audience roared with laughter at how stupid scientists were, how they couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag, but I sat feeling uncomfortable. Was I just being pedantic to feel that the joke didn’t really work because flight recorders are made out titanium and that if you made planes out of titanium rather than aluminium they’d be far too heavy to get off the ground in the first place?
(…) There was no way of deconstructing the joke (if you think this is obsessive behaviour you should try living with it) that didn’t rely on the teller and the audience complacently conspiring together to jeer at someone who knew more than they did. It sent a chill down my spine and still does.
- Douglas Adams
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