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June 27 2011 part 1
connxx
So New York just passed their same-sex marriage equality bill.  Which is so exciting and so amazing and I realize that this is only the beginning and there is so much more to be done for the movement towards queer-equality, but this. today. (or rather, the 25th) is amazing, because this means that one of the most progressive states in the us is finally making a change. is making a step.  and my god, what a wonderful step it is. 

and it's pride week/day/parade, whatever it's called. so that's bound to be epic. even more epic than usual.  one day, i will attend a pride parade. i will.  i must celebrate and i also, let's face it, need to be aware and need to be more knowledgeable about this community... or, as it should be better called... our community.  because the queer population is not a small one, and because i am woefully ignorant about this cause and i don't want to be.  and also because i want to get drunk and have some fucking fun.  so i better be legal when i go.  and what i love love love the most about pride parade... aside from the colours and the sex?  i think it's about love. and that's so beautiful and that truly deserves all the rainbows in the world.

what I really love is what this means for a lot of people.  (we're jumping back to ny) gay rights are everyone rights.  in the words of daniel radcliffe (i know, but bear with me here), you don't have to be gay to be a supporter. you just have to be human.  and i think that's so true and so so simple yet profound.  because why wouldn't you?  why wouldn't you support gay rights? 

in terms of same-sex marriage... i think, if anyone is lucky enough to find that someone who they want to spend the rest of their lives with, loving them, then my god, they should be able to marry them.  and even if they don't find that someone.. they should be able to. they have a right to it. they, like everyone else, because they are everyone else... should be able to marry and love whoever they want.

in more crass terms, why do you care what parts their partner has?  you're not the one going on their honeymoon, you're not the one who's going to be having sex with any of them... so why do you care whether it's a penis or a vagina?  how does it relate to you?  it doesn't.  the only thing that does matter is that they're happy and wow. aren't they lucky?  isn't that such a happy occasion?  isn't that wonderful?

yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.  a thousand times yes.  i am so happy and so delighted for all the people of new york. and i hope many more 'yes's are said tonight and this week and forever. and i'm also so fucking grateful that canada does allow same-sex marriage.  because in a city as diverse and as accepting as toronto, it's great to see that the rest of the world is catching up as well.

i was reading mary flanner's journal (this amazing LJ author in glee fanfiction) and her words tonight to her baby girl was that she was so happy that she's able to tell her daughter that whoever she grows up to be, there's another place that she can call home.  and hopefully, by the time it matters to her, she'd have said it 43 more times. 

what a fucking class act.  so true and touching and lovely.

speaking of LJ authors, I love reading about rm. she is also queer and while her fiction work is amazing and real with conflict that's petty and lifechanging at the same time, her entries about real life, and being a queer are even more so.  right now, on her front page, she has this posted: I will not apologize for: being queer, genderqueer, female or successful; having a not insignificant online readership; living with an invisible illness; changing my mind; or for how i look.  this is as much a reminder to me as it is to you.

all the awards and all my respect, already. 

and because she says it so much better than i do:

You don't even want to know what provoked this (but to say I am spitting mad at fandom is the understatement of the YEAR). HOWEVER:

Gay rights are everyone rights.

Really.

Even if you're straight.

Gay rights are the rights that mean you get to keep being a human being whether you're straight, whether you're queer, or whether your heart and your desire just happen to surprise you on some alternate Tuesday.

They're the rights that mean you don't have to worry about whether you look straight enough or enough like a boy or a girl (as "appropriate") to be safe.

And they're the rights that mean your friends or your kids or your parents or you know, anyone, gets to keep being a person too.

Gay rights are human rights. Human rights are everyone's rights, even when you think they are not directly relevant to you.


there's more! 
here are so more memorable entries by her:
about binladen dying and living in ny http://lettersfromtitan.com/2011/05/02/in-a-lot-of-ways-i-would-have-preferred-the-aliens/
about being queer and her parents http://lettersfromtitan.com/2011/05/18/need-want-and-adjectives/
pride parade http://lettersfromtitan.com/2011/06/07/the-ghost-of-pride-past-and-future/
names and labelling http://lettersfromtitan.com/2011/06/14/i-dont-have-a-lot-but-i-have-a-lot-of-name/
ny's marriage equality http://rm.livejournal.com/2088733.html

i have so many feelings on this subject. so many feelings.  feelings of elation. but also confusion, because there's so much that i don't know, and so much that i have yet to learn.  this community (queer) is so diverse and covers so many people.

in fact, just recently, i learned what queer meant.  i always thought that it was an insult to call someone queer, but now i realize it's not.  it's a description and a way of "classifying" anyone who isn;'t the norm.  and that's not offensive or insulting unless you make it to be.  in fact, i remember reading from rm that she finds it a comfort, because it's the one word that she can belong to.  so i am going to start using the word queer more often, to describe, not only the gay community, but also anyone else who is not gay.

in the case of terminology and words and labelling, this site is probably one of the most informative ones.  it's a comic talking about defining gender, sex and sexuality.  idk how, but somehow, they've managed to wrangle these deep and complicated words and have them MAKE SENSE in PICTURES. 

that's talent.  http://www.roostertailscomic.com/?p=994

what i understand now, is that sexuality is not rigid. it can't be boxed and it's not stagnant.  sexuality is fluid, and that means you can travel up and down and through and under "categories", because you are not limited or restricted or confined by them.  or rather, you shouldn't be, because right now, we are.  right now, i am a 16 year old teenaged canadian middle-class female, and i am straight.  i can admire a female's beauty, and i have, because i have some fucking gorgeous friends who are so attractive.  but i'm not attracted to them.  i am only attracted to guys.  but that doesn't mean that i'm always going to be straight.  it's not a one time check in the box thing and it's set in stone for life.  it's anything but that. 

i want to say that i came up with this realization/ephinany/really deep conclusion all on my own.  but i didn't.  in fact, out of all the places that i did, i got it from a glee fanfic, and rpf... and it taught me a lot about sexuality.  not because it's sexy. but because of the way that a previously straight male person is feeling towards another of the same sex, and is being confined by his label.  right here is the first part.

and since we're on the topic of queer issues (yes, me? following a topic?  like an actually organized train of thought?  fuck yeah, i'm full of surprises. that's right.)

rob ford. WHAT A DOUCHE.  he's not attending pride parade. when so many of our mayors have attended all these years to show their support.  he's totally homophobic. and fuckers.  god.  THIS IS THE PERSON WE ELECTED AS OUR MAYOR, GUYS!!! grr.  god, this makes me rage so hard.  he should totally be there to support pride.  because again, the queer community is not a small one, and it deserves all the support and love it can get.  it should get.  god.

and this has nothing to do with queers now, but everything to do with labels... is this link which talks about "real women" and how real women have curves. and real women don't have curves. 

this website really provided a new insight for me, because it's true.  what, so thin women are fake?  no.  as much as i understand what people are getting at, how most girls are influenced by the media and airbrushing and photoshop and diets and beyonce's ass... blah blah blah, i also now see that real women is all women.  (and i'm pretty sure that was some bad grammar), but it's so true and so insightful and i had to link it here before i forgot. 

wow, so this is really long right now, so i'm probably going to have to split this up...

I JUST HAS TOO MANY FEELINGS!!!

so... let's continue on to part 2.

december's my favourite month
connxx
so i haven't posted in a while. that's cool.  i've been reading a few past entries, looking at how far i've come, and it's been interesting.  i like to hink i've grown a lot, but who knows.

i haven't been writing-writing lately.  composed a bit, starts and bits of a story here and there.  but i'm very quite satisfied with my life right now.  and i enjoy that.  :)

music
connxx
i like the script, train and the last goodnight.

they are my obsession right now.  seriously, i've been listening to them all week.  they're amazing.
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So Far Gone
connxx
The following song was inspired by a novel called The Perfect Cut by someon who's name has escaped me.  It's great.  It deals with depression and the fatal effects of it, like self-mutalation and eventually... self-destruction.  Suicide.  It is an amazingly written story, the author emplys the concept of show, don't tell so you could feel the desperation and the workings behind the main character.  you see the main character sends himself (forgot his name, read it two weeks ago) the the deepest pits of hell.  wilingly so.

As a result, I just wroe this song in the eyes of what I percieve to be, of a depressed teenager wanting to inflict selfpaion.

the novel,howeve ris suitable for teens. it isnt graphic, in the least, but I could only imagine the self-loathing and guilt... so yeah.

I'm so far gone, but I'm still here.
What does it take to disappear?

I'm drowning in fear, fear of the past.
And I look to my future, but even
that doesn't last.

I want to fade to black,
fading fast.
I want cool metal tattoos,
slicing into train tracks.

directions on my skin, I finally fit in,
I know what i'm destined for.

I'm drowning in fear, fear of the past.
And I look to my future, but even
that doesn't last.

THe red bloom starts to blossom,
and it's beautiful.
I like the peace within when my everyhwere is paper thing.

I drizzle the liquid of love in various patterns,
inflame those desires and feed those fires.
the slow burn finally starts to warm
I can feel something now
but the something starts to swarm out of me.

I'm drowning in fear, fear of the past.
And I look to my future, but even
that doesn't last.

when will i learn that this comfort's temperorary?
I do feel better, but it's going hurriedly.

Cna't refrain it,
can't contain it
can't support it,

it'll destroy me...
i'll be happy...

I'm so far gone, but I'm still here.
What does it take to dissappear?

wild horses
connxx




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quotes
connxx
respect is a 2 way street

what did I do well today?  What can I do better?

there is no right no wrong, only experience

If I say I can, I'm right.  If I say I can't, I'm also right

a journey of a 1000 miles begins with 1 step
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self defense
connxx
Self Defense

1. One hand Grab

- extend hand (stretch fingers)
- flick wrist over their thumb
- knee in fred

2. 2 hand grab

- extend hand
- reach in between and do not interlock fingers, but grasp the other hand
- elbow to fred
-elbow to left side of head
-elbow to right side of head

3. front choke

-surf and turf
-put arm over attacker's arm, under the other attacker's arm
-take free hand and smash own palm, efficitively smashing attacker's elbow/arm

4. back choke

- airway
-stomp
- curtsy
-shoulder to shoulder
-knee to back of their knee
- knee to head/fred

5. back choke with airplane

- airway
-stomp
- cursty
-turn head sideways facing into attacker (airway)
- airplane
-push head back
-open hand to Fred

6. sitting straddle choke
- hips up
-waist
-leg up
-roll over
-elbow to Fred
-roll away

----->>>>---->>>>>

3 punches... hammer (to joint between neck and head)
rib with elbow
fred + knee (grasp shoulders)

3 kicks... -front, quick flick from knee
side
back

KNEE TAG.

7 deadly sins
connxx

lust... envy...  pride... wrath...   sloth...    gluttony... greed...
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con
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1. smile, gets them comfortable
2. yes, gets them to develop a pattern of saying yes
3. superior, ask a question they can answer, makes them feel giving
4. gift, compliment or gift
5. favour, ask them, but make it seem like a favour for them

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quotes
connxx

"Pain is only temporary, 
Pride is forever,
Pain passes with time and Time passes,
therefore Pain is just a strain on the Brain without Refrain,
and that's why Cross Country runners are Insane."

-t shirt

 

"Cross Country - Finally a practical use for golf courses."

 

Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain't easy.
--Mark Will-Weber

 

and my favorite:

If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want -- Why? Because 
(a) you'll burn all the calories you consume, 
(b) you deserve it, and 
(c) you'll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.
--Don Kardong




 "Cross Country - Finally a practical use for golf courses."

 “Listen, the rumors of my sobriety are greatly exaggerated,” -Keith Richards 

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”--Jack Kerouac

 

“By the time you swear you are his, shivering and sighing, And he vows his passion is infinite and undying- Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying”--Dorothy Parker

 "People never notice anything."--The Catcher in the Rye.

"What is mind? It doesn't matter. What is matter? Never mind." -- Homer Simpson
"When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber." -- Sir Winston Churchill
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
"I did everything Fred (Astaire) did, but backwards and in high heels." -- Ginger Rogers
“I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” -- Audrey Hepburn
"Think dirty thoughts." -- Gil , 'Finding Nemo'
"I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write." -- P G Woodhouse
"But the most dangerous drink is gin. You have to be really, really careful with that. And you also have to be 45, female and sitting on a stairs. Because gin isn’t really a drink, it’s more of a mascara thinner." -- Dylan Moran

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" Oscar Wilde

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
— Dr. Seuss
 
"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe
 

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
— Maya Angelou
 
 
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
Oscar Wilde

 
"Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they're put in hot water."
— Eleanor Roosevelt
 
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
— Apple Computer Inc.
 
"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."
— Elbert Hubbard
 
"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."
— Malcolm X
 
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
— Oscar Wilde
 
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
— Oscar Wilde
 
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost."
— J.R.R. Tolkien (in one of his Lord of the Rings books, I think the first)
 
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
— Maya Angelou
 
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."
— Jim Henson (MISS PIGGY SAID THAT. PIGGY!!!)
 
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
— Oscar Wilde
 
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
— Oscar Wilde
 
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
— Thomas A. Edison
 
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
— Douglas Adams
 
"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."
— Eleanor Roosevelt
 
"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."
— C.S. Lewis
 
"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
— Virginia Woolf
 
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
— Dr. Seuss -- in his book OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO. I love that book :)
 
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
— Mark Twain
 
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."
— Terry Pratchett
 
"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when their right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
— Marilyn Monroe
 
"I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens."
— Woody Allen
 
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
— Albert Einstein
 
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."
— Shel Silverstein (Have you heard of him before? I love his work)
 
"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
— Mark Twain (I find it funny)
 
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
— Marilyn Monroe
 
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
— Ayn Rand
 
"Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"
— Albert Einstein
 
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
— Ernest Hemingway
 
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
— Dr. Seuss
 
"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
— E.B. White
 
"If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary."
— David Sedaris  (ohahaha, someone look and find out if this is true)
 
"Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
— William Goldman   (have you read the Princess Bride? The guy really does say that every other line)
 
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
— Mark Twain
 
"I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing."
— Neil Gaiman
 
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
— Albert Einstein
 
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
— Mae West
 
"But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?"
— Mark Twain
 
"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."
— Oscar Wilde
 
"It is not in the nature of man—nor of any living entity—to start out by giving up, by spitting in one’s own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption whose rapidity differs from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lose it. Then all of these vanish in the vast swamp of their elders who tell them persistently that maturity consists of abandoning one’s mind; security, of abandoning one’s values; practicality, of losing self-esteem. Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that the fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential."
-Ayn Rand
 
"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it -- walk."
-Ayn Rand
 
"I had a boyfriend who told me I'd never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I'd fail. I said to him, 'Someday, when we're not together, you won't be able to order a cup of coffee a the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me."
— Lady GaGa   (success is the best revenge, non?)
 
"I’m inspired by fashion. I’m inspired by the moonlight. I’m inspired by sex and pornography and slasher films."
- Lady GaGa (ZOMG -- me too!!!! ;D)
 
 


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Hmm. . . where to begin?  Firstly, the Douglas Adams-ness.  I love this guy.  Starting with my new signature, of course, which you will see once you scroll down.

Aside from that, here come the quotes.  Those in quotation marks are quotes by his characters.  (In the sense that he wrote them, but his characters said them.)

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The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.

We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.

If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.

"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all." -Dirk Gently

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

The hotel shop only had two decent books, and I'd written both of them.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.

Anything that happens, happens.
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn't necessarily do it in chronological order, though.


The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical.

"If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now." -Zaphod Beeblebrox

Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity - distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless.

"What's up?"
"I don't know," said Marvin, "I've never been there."

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.


"Listen, three eyes," he said, "don't you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal."

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

The major problem — one of the major problems, for there are several — one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.

"How can I tell," said the man, "that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?"

He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off.

"My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre," Ford muttered to himself, "and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes."

Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.

There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. [...] Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.

The problem is, or rather one of the problems, for there are many, a sizeable proportion of which are continually clogging up the civil, commercial, and criminal courts in all areas of the Galaxy, and especially, where possible, the more corrupt ones, this.
The previous sentence makes sense. That is not the problem.
This is:
Change.
Read it through again and you'll get it.

Ford: "Life," he said, "is like a grapefruit."
Creature:"Er, how so?"
Ford: "Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast."

"It seemed to me," said Wonko the Sane, "that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a packet of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane."

"So much time," it groaned, "oh so much time. And pain as well, so much of that, and so much time to suffer it in too. One or the other on its own I could probably manage. It's the two together that really get me down."

There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind.

One of the problems has to do with the speed of light and the difficulties involved in trying to exceed it. You can't. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

"I leaped out of a high-rise office window."
This cheered Arthur up. "Oh!" he said. "Why don't you do it again?"
"I did."
"Hmmm," said Arthur, disappointed. "Obviously no good came of it."

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Now, some Doctor Who.  Not much deep, reflective, motivational stuff, but a lot of humour.  Excuse the scripty-ness, that's how I copy-pasted it from Wikiquote.  Also, most of them don't make much sense without context, but whatever.  I had fun copy-pasting them.  First with the Ninth Doctor's era:

 The Doctor: Let me tell you something about the human race. You put a mysterious blue box slap-bang in the middle of town, whadda you do? Walk past it.


    The Doctor: [opening Rose's phone] Tell you what. With a bit of jiggery pokery-
    Rose: Is that a technical term, "jiggery pokery"?
    The Doctor: Yeah, I got a first in jiggery pokery, what about you?
    Rose: Nah, I failed Hullabaloo.

Something from the Eighth, who only really appeared in one television movie:
The Doctor: I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.
And now, for the Tenth Doctor's era.

    The Doctor: [posing as a teacher, introducing himself to class] So, physics! Physics, eh? Physics! Phyyyysics! [repeatedly says the word "Physics" before catching himself] I hope you're getting all this down!

Detective-Inspector Bishop: Start from the beginning, tell me everything you know.
    Doctor: Well, for starters, I know you can't wrap your hand around your elbow and make your fingers meet.

 The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect... but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly.... timey-wimey.... stuff.

The Doctor: This is my Timey-Wimey Detector. Goes "ding" when there's stuff. Also, it can boil an egg at 30 paces. Whether you want it to or not, actually, so I've learnt to stay away from hens - it's not pretty when they blow.

  Professor Yana: Oh, every human knows about Utopia! Where have you been?!
    The Doctor: Bit of a hermit.
    Professor Yana: A hermit. With... friends?
    The Doctor: Hermits United. We meet up every ten years. Swap stories about caves. It's good fun... for a hermit.
 
The Doctor:  I'll just step inside this police box and arrest myself.

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Anyway, all that aside, now for some Einstein.

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.

Only two things are infinite – the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe.

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Now, for the miscellaneous whatnot.  Those without attributions are from unknown sources.


Unknown:

If it weren't for physics and law enforcement... I'd be unstoppable!

To err is to human... but to utterly foul things up requires a computer.

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Known:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-Arthur C. Clarke

There is no generally accepted definition of life.
-Encyclopaedia Britannica

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life.  It goes on.
-Robert Frost


A classic is something everyone wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
-Mark Twain

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
-Roy Goodman

Without music, life would be a mistake.
-Friedrich Nietzsche


Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of them all.
-Voltaire

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
-Alan Watts

'Know thyself?'  If I knew myself, I'd run away.
-Goethe


The soul is the mirror of an indestructible universe.
-Gottfried Leibniz

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
-Harlan Ellison

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
-Frank Zappa

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