by in Quote on December 9, 2011

“Years ago I worried a lot about whether I was an interesting person. I’m still not all that interesting, but I don’t worry about it anymore because I would rather use that worry time for sleep.”


I’d rather sleep than do other things in the world. I can sleep for the longest stretches. But I can also force myself to wake up when I really need to do something for that day. So you can tell how important something is to me by my ability to wake up for it. Or it could just be a really cold morning.

An indifferent universe

by in Quote on December 5, 2011

The universe is indifferent - Stanley Kubric

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

(Jack Cheng)

Love is a pygmy mouse lemur

by in Quote on December 21, 2009

I once knew a woman who liked to imagine Love in the guise of a sturdy dog, one that would always chase down the stick after it was thrown and return with his ears flopping around happily. Completely loyal, completely unconditional. And I laughed at her, because even I knew that love is not like that. Love is a delicate thing that needs to be cosseted and protected. Love is not robust and love is not unyielding. Love can crumble under a few harsh words, or be tossed away with a handful of careless actions. Love isn’t a steadfast dog at all; love is more like a pygmy mouse lemur.

Yes that’s exactly what love is: a tiny, jittery primate with eyes that are permanently peeled open in fear. For those of you who cannot quite picture a pygmy mouse lemur, imagine a miniature Don Knotts or Steve Buscemi wearing a fur coat. Imagine the cutest animal you can, after it has been squeezed so hard that all its stuffing has been pushed up into an oversized head and its eyes are now popping out in overflow. The lemur looks so vulnerable that one cannot help but worry that predator might swoop in at any instant to snatch it away.

(The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson via Jonathan Carroll)

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We don’t know what’s going on deep in the soul of a carrot

by in Quote on December 5, 2009

We know carrots are good for you, right? People have been eating them for a long time and the assumption was that what was good in cancer preventing in the carrot was the beta carotene. What makes it orange. So we extracted that and we made these supplement pills and we gave them to people and low and behold in certain populations like people who drink a lot would get sicker, were more likely to get cancer on beta carotene and the scientists kind of scratched their head. There is a couple of explanations. We don’t know. But one may be that the beta carotene is not the key ingredient. You know there are 50 other carotenes in carrots.

Food is incredibly complex. It’s a wilderness, you know, we don’t know what’s going on deep in the soul of a carrot. And we shouldn’t kid ourselves to think we can reduce it to these chemicals. It also may be some synergies between different thing. Beta carotene is also found in the company of chlorophyll, maybe it’s that combination that contributes to health. The point is we don’t, as eaters, need to know what makes carrots work. We can eat carrots, they taste good, they’re good for you. It’s that simple.

(The Soul of a Carrot via Signals vs Noise)

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From the Wisdom book

by in Quote on October 1, 2009

On a totally unrelated note: It’s x days to my xth birthday (the ordinal suffix should be a hint). Sigh. This book goes into my wishlist.

Your best work is your expression of yourself. Now you may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert in it.

–Frank Gehry

And if you happen to have talent you take that technique somewhere with your talent and you create new things. There is no way that we can escape ourselves.

–Jacques Pepin

You have to be taught to hate.

–Dave Brubeck

Don’t be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of doing every year and then your career will take care of itself.

–Henry Kissinger


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Job titles

by in Quote on January 3, 2009

Another problem for web designers; it’s not a field that confers tremendous respect, even if you say you are just a designer there is a great deal more respect that comes with it than if you say you are a web designer.”

(Jeffrey Zeldman via Sam Brown)

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Good design is problem solving and other quotes

by in Quote on December 9, 2008

I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration. Good design is problem solving.

(Jeffrey Veen)

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

(Steve Jobs)

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.

(Paul Rand)

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Steve Jobs on Design

by in Quote on November 1, 2008

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." — Steve Jobs, The New York Times, 2003

(Swiss Miss)

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Creativity & Beauty

by in Image, Quote on October 4, 2008

On creativity:

Everyone's creative - Michael Lebowitz

Everyone’s creative. There’s no such thing as “Creatives”.

(Michael Lebowitz via Swiss Miss)

On beauty:

Walang taong pangit. Nagkataon lang… yung itsura nila, di pa uso. (There are no ugly people. It just so happens their looks are not yet fashionable.)

(SMS via Ria Jose)

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17 Simple Rules For Going To The Cinema With Me.

by in Quote on August 29, 2008

You may not for any reason leave your seat to visit the bathroom at any juncture during the film, from the point of the display of certification to the moment the lights come up. If you cannot hold it in that long, you must either provide yourself a colostomy bag (or equivalent) or simply not visit the pictures.

(Vitamin Briefcase via The Big Noob)

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Robert Anson Heinlein said…

by in Quote on August 12, 2008

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

(Indian By Design via Swiss Miss)

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Top 10 Quotes Against Work

by in Quote on March 4, 2008

#08 Eight Hours:

“One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.”
—William Faulkner, interview in Writers at Work, 1958

#05 Slaves:

“I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables—slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war . . . our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
—Fight Club, 1999

#01 Cubicle:

“We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.”
—Office Space, 1999


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Tools Against MMDA Officers

by in Quote on November 15, 2007

From Owen:

I just reached my limit last weekend, and decided to take action against the abusive MMDA enforcers. I basically called up the MMDA head office and inquired from the Personnel Officer, Antonio Pagulayan, to clarify their policies. Here is what I got.

If any of these abuses seem familiar to you, Mr. Pagulayan has asked that you call either the MMDA hotline (136) or call the METRO BASE at 0920 9389861 or 0920 9389875 and ask for an Inspectorate. They will send inspectors to the place where these MMDA officers are extorting, even while you are arguing out of your apprehension.

1.MMDA officers are not allowed to group together in order to apprehend. They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of 2 or more. The only time they are allowed to work together is for special operations (probably when they apprehend groups of buses for smoke belching)

2. Swerving IS NOT a traffic violation. Moving one lane to the left or right is not swerving, no matter where on the road you do it. And it is even less of a violation when you do it with a signal. Swerving is defined as shifting 2 or more lanes very quickly. So you can argue your way out of this, and call the Metro Base for help.

3. Sadly, using the yellow lane is a traffic violation and will get you a ticket. However, buses are really not allowed to go out of the yellow lane, so if you see selective apprehension of private cars only, you may complain.

4. MMDA has confirmed that your license MAY NOT BE CONFISCATED at a traffic apprehension. The only time they can do so is if you are part of an accident, or it is your third violation and you have not settled your fines yet. They are only allowed to give you a ticket, which you can contest. He recommends actually receiving the ticket in some instances, so that you can report the officer who did it.

5. Also, you are free to ask any of these officers for their “mission order”, which is written by their supervisor. If they apprehend you for a violation that is not in their mission order for the day, you can report them and they will receive disciplinary action.

So go out and fight for your rights if and when the occasion arises!

TIP: Print and keep a copy of this email in your car for future reference

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Horoscope for October 24

by in Quote on October 24, 2007


It’s up to you to find new ways to do the same old things now that the Moon is in your 6th House of Familiar Routine. Your habits have become a bit stale, so it’s certainly time to spice them up. Although you may be rather cautious now, don’t be afraid to try something different. Paradoxically, you can make your life more enjoyable and more stable by breaking up the stuck patterns.

My Yahoo!:

In the morning, you may have trouble discerning whether events you remember happened just yesterday or in your oddly realistic dreams. Take this as a sign you need more relaxing sleep, and laugh off any errors.

Happy Birthday! The Sun alights on your sign today and you are ready to spring into action. It seems as though all the energy and action is immediate and in your face. Think you have a good idea of who you are? Wonderful! Let everyone know. Today you can present yourself favorably to any opposition towards your opinions, gaining admiration at the same time. Assert yourself anew!

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A Quote

by in Quote on February 25, 2007

From Mia, which I can totally relate to:

And I found I couldn’t stand the company of people with whom I used to have fun. They were young, brave, uncaring, light and wild with all the cruelty of youth. Watching them used to amuse me. Then I changed and it began to hurt, all those shallow emotions and superficial ties that are forgotten even before they’re cut. I couldn’t be with them anymore because I saw too much, and it was petty and mean and like acid against my soul.

I don’t know if it was the same thing I’m thinking of, considering we’ve spent much of our childhood together, in the same neighborhood.

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