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No. I shan't post.

Quicksilver, P 397 of the paperback according to Amazon
    I can not find an errata on the internet, so I must post this:

    ... but now a platoon of Quakers was coming toward them over the rooftops gripping matchlocks, each Quaker trailing a long thread of smoke from the smoldering punk in his fingers. Looking north across Threadneedle they could see a roughly equivalent number of infantrymen headed over the rooftops of Broad Street, coming from the direction of Gresham's College, and it seemed obvious enough that Quakers and Army men would soon be swapping musket-balls over the heads of the mob of Quakers, Barkers, Ranters, Diggers, Jews, Huguenots, Presbyterians, and other sects down below.

    A rare history miss by Neal Stephanson. Quakers with guns? Has he never heard of the Quaker Gun? It seems that the entirety of his research on the subject came to: Quakers were the first major sect to support abolition, Philadelphia Quakers were rich, Quakers were a gathered church, and William Penn was a Quaker. Disappointing.

    Just a few more pages of The System of the World and I will have finished the series!

From the book /1632/
An instant later, the door was being opened. A black man, naked from the waist up, was climbing into the carriage. In one hand, he held a small red box emblazoned with a white cross. Despite her astonishment, Rebecca made no protest when the black man gently moved her away from her father and began examining him.
The examination was quick and expert. The man opened the box and began withdrawing a vial. Rebecca, a physician's daughter, recognized another. She felt a vast sense of relief. Thank God—a Moor! Her father thought well of Islamic medicine. His opinion of Christian physicians bordered on profanity.

It is so true. Even in the 17th century western european medicine was sooooo far behind arabic medicine... say, the difference between a bandaging and an amputation.

Writer's Block: To Infinity and Beyond!
Are you interested in intergalactic travel? What would you hope to discover?
I would like to see settlement of other planets and solar systems, but intergalactic travel is too far out for me to have a worthwhile opinion on.

I want to see the settlement of other planets because I want to us to survive as a species. Arthur C Clarke talked about us, confined to a single planet, as having "all of our eggs in one basket." This is true. A single, previously unknown solar or galactic event could wipe us all out, not to mention an environmental catastrophe that we might even cause. Our only real defense is to be as spread out as possible. Spread out among the stars.

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The most scarring cartoon I ever watched was the first episode of Rainbow Brite, where Brite, a normal girl, is sucked into the colorful kingdom (or whatever it was called). But as the vortex sucked her in she dropped her lunchbox! I was so sad about her losing her lunch box that I cried.

BattleStar Galactica
It is sometimes very difficult to describe beauty.

But not always.

Battlestar Galactica is beautiful. In the first and second season they played through an intriguing set of themes and relationships, between the humans and their apparently identical cylon creations. Now in season three those themes are being replayed. In reverse. The writers have upended their own mythology, making the mystical rational and the rational mystical. And they have done it with so much skill and panache that I am in awe. They have blended action, sex, adventure, drama, science and mysticism in a way that succeeds (avoids being canceled), makes important social and political commentary and is intense and intelligent enough to fascinate me.

Ginsberg's Theorem
Ginsberg's Theorem (Generalized Laws of Thermodynamics):
  1. You can't win.
  2. You can't break even.
  3. You can't even quit the game.

Ehrman's Commentary on Ginsberg's Theorem:
  1. Things will get worse before they get better.
  2. Who said things would get better?

Freeman's Commentary on Ginsberg's Theorem:

Every major philosophy that attempts to make life seem meaningful is based on the negation of one part of Ginsberg's Theorem. To wit:
  1. Capitalism is based on the assumption that you can win.
  2. Socialism is based on the assumption that you can break even.
  3. Mysticism is based on the assumption that you can quit the game.

Decline in pirates causes global warming
A Graph.

Sadly, whosoever made the graph has completely overlooked the modern pirate, who typically operates from the South Seas and uses rubber rafts and uzis. Otherwise, it's fine science!

A thing of rare beauty

Stolen from cheapdialogue

Prayer for the Feast of St. Francis.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

when there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand,

to be loved as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

First posted (AFAIK) by criada


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