Saturday, January 30, 2010

née Glass

Old What's-his-name was right, all is flux and fire wherein we whirl. Even the dead move, as they crumble and drift, dreaming eternity.
John Banville, Athena, p.119

Friday, January 29, 2010

Boo Boo

'Ahoy,' Boo Boo said. 'Friend. Pirate. Dirty Dog. I'm back.'
JD Salinger, Down at the Dinghy

Danse du soma (9mb): link

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity
"A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health", Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, François Roullier, Dominique Cellier, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Int. J. Biol. Sci. 2009, 5: 706-726. Full text here

(via huffingtonpost)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

false attributes

Boil 2.14

[Voltaire] was also, luckily, very rich, in no small part because of his participation in a bizarre swindle devised by a mathematician friend, who, back in 1728, realized that the French government had authorized a lottery in which the prize was much greater than the collective cost of the tickets. He and Voltaire formed a syndicate, collected all the money, and became moneylenders to the great houses of Europe.
Adam Gopnik, "Voltaire's Garden", The New Yorker, March 7, 2005, p.74