Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some existential quotes

"Why can't you have normal existential angst, like all the other boys?"

The above xkcd comic has been posted on my blog several times now, but hey, it's deep and meaningful right?

Below are some relevant quotes culled from the internet:
"The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism — and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong — and lucky — he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."
- Stanley Kubrick.

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." -
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question."
– Rainer Maria Rilke

"Even if things are as bad as they could possible be, and as meaningless, then matters of truth are themselves indifferent; we may as well please our sensibilities and, with as much spirit as we can muster, go out with a buck and a wing."
– Annie Dillard

"Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords,
And sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,
Since the world can in no way satisfy our cravings,
Let us loosen our hair tomorrow and go fishing."
– Li Po

Tech: Keyboard change

A keyboard is a pretty odd impulse purchase but when I saw this waterproof Logitech keyboard going for a mere £8, I had to take the 'plunge'. I've only been using the keyboard for about a week, but it is surprisingly enjoyable to use. The keys produce a slight click when pressed, which reminds me of a typewriter, and the white and black contrast and nice spacing between the keys lends modern, clean look to the unit. The keyboard also comes with a neat little cleaning brush attached to the underside, something which surely should be standard on all keyboards. Importantly, I can rest at ease as I drink my coffee around my workstation.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Golf - a decent score before falling apart at the seams

This May I achieved a personal best at my local golf course, completing 9 holes for a total of 45. The scorecard included five pars and all was proceeding rather smoothly, right to the end, but then the pressure of the final hole proved too much and I crumpled and folded in on myself, completing the last par-5 hole for an abysmal score of 9.

Today I went around the same 9 holes in 46 shots. The first 8 holes included decent tee shots all the way, as well as some pretty decent iron play, but the putting was mediocre and costly. And guess what, the cursed final hole had it's dirty way with me; once again I collapsed on the par 5 and it took a painful 8 shots to complete.

My game has been all over the place this year, a real helter-skelter performance, but the fact that I can string together a few good holes fills me with hope for a decent round and keeps me coming back for more self-inflicted pain and punishment. This is the disease commonly known as golf.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Poem: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a powerful, short poem that serves as a reminder to remain humble and not to fool oneself into believing that anything one does will stand the test of time. It also gets bonus points for having been recited by Ben Kingsley in a tv commerical, and by Bryan Cranston for the final season of Breaking Bad. Both videos are below.

See here, here and here for more on the meaning of the poem.


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

New comic site...for me anyways

I've added Abstruse Goose to my online comic viewing roster. Other geeky comics in the roster include SMBC and XKCD.

: )

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Film: Expendables 3

After seeing the low ratings from both critics and the general audience. I was a tad hesitant about watching the The Expendables III. However, on "cheap Tuesday" such chances can afford to be taken, and Ex3 proved a chance worth taking. The cheese is laid on thick and fast in this third installment of this geriatric actioner, and the story is little more than a vehicle for lots of set piece action, but the action is first rate, delivering endless variety of shooting, fighting and blowing-up of all kinds of buildings and modes of transport. Also, the naff dialogue makes it all the better for not taking itself too seriously, even if many of the lines could have done with some re-work. The question is where can Stallone take the franchise next? The veteran Expendables seem to be on their way out while the young bucks lack sufficient appeal and brawn to carry the franchise to new grounds. Let's see where Sly takes it.


Monday, August 25, 2014

smbc comic

Friday, August 15, 2014

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is as crazy as it looks. It is great fun, takes itself lightly, and doesn't suffer a dull moment. The movie is pure popcorn fun, and I look forward to the sequel. Oh, and the soundtrack kicks.


Rocket Raccoon: [about Drax] Metaphors go over his head.
Drax the Destroyer: NOTHING goes over my head!... My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.