“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Ladurée made the pastries for the film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola; its famous macarons can be seen in a scene between Marie-Antoinette and Ambassador Mercy.”—Ladurée - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird’s belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race “looking out for its best interests,” as a politician would say. On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanks giving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey. It will incur a revision of belief.”—The Black Swan (N. N. Taleb)
“Although induction is not made by reason, Hume observes that we nonetheless perform it and improve from it. It is by custom or habit that one draws the inductive connection, and “without the influence of custom we would be entirely ignorant of every matter of fact beyond what is immediately present to the memory and senses.” The result of custom is belief, which is instinctual and much stronger than imagination alone”—Problem of induction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Falsifiability (or refutability) is the logical possibility that an assertion can be shown false by an observation or a physical experiment. That something is “falsifiable” does not mean it is false; rather, that if it is false, then this can be shown by observation or experiment”—Falsifiability - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
No sane person wakes up at 5 in the morning because they want to. In fact, probably no one my age goes to bed at that time but that’s a different story. I’m somewhere in a park running at 6 because I woke up at 4 and couldn’t sleep. And either way, I tried really, really hard to fall asleep in the first place.
The most weird thoughts I had these days were probably in Boots waiting for a prescription collection. When you start looking at “painful periods” leaflets you get a sense of panic because what you’re doing seems to be the right thing: swap the comfort food for the healthy choices, swap the hot water bottle cuddle on the sofa for a walk and gobs of fresh, unpolluted air, swap the coffee for the tea. When you realise that you’ve ticked all the boxes and there’s nothing left to do but curl up in a corner and die from the inherent pain, you’re screwed.
Anyway. It’s not a good enough reason to miss your exam but it’s a good enough reason to get you thinking about the worst things in your life. You contemplate death. Is death as painful as a period? If it is, I want to die fast or at least in my sleep. Is being shot as painful as this? Depending on where you get shot probably. But no one’s getting shot now, no one’s dying either (really) and all you’re left is with the pain. Is having a baby this painful? Because the screaming gives it away.
They say that distracting yourself from the pain is great and not far from the truth, spending 10 hours per day thinking about where you are, how you got here, why and where you’re going makes anything else seem a lot less frightening. I reflect on the shallow things too, like why I’m still wearing this bag my mum got me as a gift a couple of years ago and haven’t bought a new one yet. Should I? Bag probably deserves a medal for being the only bag in the World with emotional value. Having a bag has never been one of my ‘things’ really because they say you need a bag for all your essentials but my ‘essentials’ would be a couple of white tshirts or just a dress crammed in there because all I do is spill things on myself. Instead, I prefer the ‘au natur’ approach. If it spilled, it spilled and maybe one day I’ll be grown up and able to wear a white shirt. Till then things might just accidentally fall out of my pockets.
So far, pain only makes me delusional but returning to the NHS, it takes exactly four appointments to get an answer for my problem. I’m not hungry. I’m not part of the whole ‘thinspiration’ movement nor do I aspire to be but there’s nothing I’d like to be eating. My favourite foods would probably make me sick. Marmite and custard. Sushi. Hot curry. Spinach. Have you had a history of blood clots in the family? Diabetes? Do you brush your teeth by putting a toothbrush in your mouth? Do you feel the need for a liquid intake when you’re thirsty? Were you a child when you were young? When you go to the cinema, do you tend to watch films? When you tell a joke are you trying to be funny? Are you online when you browse the internet?? At the end of this sad and pathetic questionnaire is the renewed wait. Can it get better? Yes. Will it? Probably no. The NHS I mean, not me.
“Most of human evolution took place before the advent of agriculture when men lived in small groups, on a face-to-face basis. As a result human biology has evolved as an adaptive mechanism to conditions that have largely ceased to exist. Man evolved to feel strongly about few people, short distances, and relatively brief intervals of time; and these are still the dimensions of life that are important to him.”—Sherwood ‘Sherry’ Washburn in The Tipping Point by M. Gladwell
Direct marketing course book is full of cheeky jokes:
A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a man below. He descended a bit more and shouted ‘Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.’
The man below replied ‘You’re in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north, 59 and 60 degrees west.’
'You must work in IT,' said the balloonist.
'I do,' replied the man, 'How did you know that?'
'Well,' answered the balloonist, 'everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been of much help at all. If anything, you delayed my trip.'
The man below responded, ‘You must be a marketing manager.’
'I am,' replied the balloonist, 'but how did you know?'
'Well,' said the man, 'you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you've no idea how to keep, and you are in exactly the same position you were before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault.'
“Each time you turn a newspaper’s pages, you are confronted with six or eight new stories, often accompanied by large photos (not thumbnails). In the space of a few seconds, you can read the opening sentence or two of any or all of these articles, decide whether your interest has been piqued, and move on. If you’re a newspaper reader, chances are that at least once a day you find yourself reading an entire article you never would have clicked on, had it appeared just as one of a list of headlines on a news site.”—Can a Click Replace a Glance? | The American Prospect
“First you decompose somebody into a matter stream, although taking a person apart at the atomic level would require heating them up to a few billion degrees. Then you turn them into energy. However, the energy equivalent of an average human being is something like a 1,000-megaton nuclear weapon, so that’s not environmentally friendly either.”—The Final Frontier: The Science of Star Trek: Scientific American
“Theory of Receptivity. It’s the idea, often stated by young people and applied as a dismissive accusation to even marginally older people, that one’s taste in music, or film, or literature, or fine cuisine, petrifies during life’s peak of happiness or nadir of misery, at any rate during the period(s) when one is most open to and absorbent of the things we can all agree make life worth living, most curious about the world and energetic in chasing down its offerings.”— FADE TO ORANGE: The Theory Of Receptivity And Some Thoughts On Ethan Hawke’s Face - The Rumpus.net
“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, of what I did, of who I am… But most of all, I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life, the way I feel when I’m with you.”—Dirty Dancing
“There is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of these lovable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they’re often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.”—Chuck Klosterman