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  1. Privy to a Conversation...

    by , 02-09-2009 at 11:52 AM (Diary of a Madman: Aphorisms, Maxims and Allegories)
    ...“And what is ‘Real’?” he asked, methodically, cryptically.
    “Well, how things are. – The sky, the moon, the stars, this tavern…death.”
    “Is there a thing that you would call the opposite of death?”
    “Of course, life.”
    “And what is it, to be alive?”
    “Drawing breath, a heart beat…I suppose.”
    “Is it so simple as that?” he said, reclined.
    “No…no, it isn’t. I’m at a loss as to what else to say, though.”
    “Would you say that life, to be alive, must ...
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  2. America vs. "The Rest of the World"

    At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I think that America is far inferior to the rest of what we used to call the First World. Even many upstart countries in Asia are creeping past the USA in many/most ways that matter; "quality of life". Take mass-transit; America has almost none of it. New York City is the only local heavy rail system worth a damn in the country. Inter-regional rail basically doesn't exist anymore. A tourist without a car in America is not a tourist, but a stranded ...
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  3. Camping saga 2

    Well everything has turned up now, so we're all set to go, the trangia arrived this morning from ebay and for once it was certainly a good deal! he charged me £2 for postage but just the stamps came to £4.30, admittedly it is a old trangia and the pans are steel rather than aluminium (maybe their not the original ones?) but that only adds an extra 300g to the overall weight bringing it up to a round kg.

    On the down side it's impossible to get anywhere near the hills due to the snow, ...
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  4. Picking One's Battles

    by , 02-06-2009 at 05:49 PM (Diary of a Madman: Aphorisms, Maxims and Allegories)
    If religion is the opiate of the masses, then Metaphysics is the opiate of the philosopher: one should not argue too strongly against either.
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  5. Feeling My Way Around Forums

    I've been spending the last couple of days around the Skadi Forum, while lurking around The Apricity.I really don't see much difference between the two, except that Skadi seems geared toward a younger audience, therefore I see more confrontations.Natural, I suppose, but I give this forum two thumbs up for the more balanced views.I reckon that there must be a great deal of cross pollination between Skadi and the Apricity.Psychonaut, thanks for your welcome, I'd really like to discuss French matters ...
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