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thoughts, quotes, macros. an inverse personal timeline (present-1984)   unattributed fortunes are original copy © 1997-2000 vanishingson. all rights reserved worldwide.

"Dance culture brings people together from all classes, sexualities, and races, and there is never any violence. There is no other youth culture like this."
  - Justin Kerrigan

"On my second night in Miami I had one of those blow-your-mind experiences that all people into dance culture seem to have ... It affected me on a profound level; it was unlike anything else I'd ever been to. I was intrigued with the openness and sense of community that was so evident from the get-go. And I felt this hit of energy, and dare I say spirituality. So I thought, 'Why do I have this feeling? Why is this experience of dancing so significant?'"
  - Reiss

"Raves are a huge step for mankind, a new utopianism, and a new form of kindness. There's an innate kindness in dance culture that hasn't been received from mainstream religion. Religion in Western societies tends to be divisive, prejudiced, and violent at its worst. It remains to be seen what that seeding process of dance culture will produce, but I imagine it will create a higher ratio of kind beings."
  - Genesis P-Orridge

"Maybe there aren't overt politics to the scene, but on the whole, it is political ... To gather people together and have a transcendent experience is political. And it's political to create society of your own, as rave culture has. The message is, if mainstream society doesn't work for you, create your own. And if anything, having those mass transcendent experiences like raves is the scariest thing for the government. If you can open people's minds, you're threatening the power structure."
  - Reiss

"[Dance events] are a great place for healing. It's not just about the DJ, but it's about all the people together there. There's a lot of healing going on that people not involved might not see. We're not meant to just stare into our computers all day long, and we're not meant to be alienated. So whether that means coming together in raves, that's fine. This sort of healing and unity is so crucial for human beings."
  - Forest Green, DJ

"It's all about the dance floor for me. It's a very healing energy, it's an all-around equality. We should have a world conference where all the politicians dance their asses off for hours and then have a meeting afterwards. Then they'd sit down and really talk through things. We might get somewhere and break down the barriers. It sounds naive, but I believe dancing can save the world. And I would say to the person who's feeling cynical, 'I can understand that, you have to be critical.' But I would challenge them to go out and discover the true meaning of dancing your ass off for five hours. I'd like to see what would happen if they'd just commit themselves to doing that."
  - Polywog, musician and DJ

They think that "rave" equals "drugs" because that's what the news tells them
  - raver, MTV's True Life

If you can't go and do it sober, you shouldn't be doing it
  - raver, MTV's True Life

The way to learn to be a good cook is to cook. The way to learn about good food is to eat. The way to be good at sex is to do sex.

  - Betty Dobson, Ph.D, _Marie Claire_ June 2000, p. 197

In my experience, communication is a matter of patience, and imagination. I would like to believe that these are qualities we have in sufficient measure.

  - Picard, STTNG "Darmok"

Imagery is everything to the Tamarians - it embodies their emotional states, their very thought processes. It's how they communicate and it's how they think.

  - Troi, STTNG "Darmok"

The decision to change can provoke mixed feelings. A certain amount of ambivalence is natural. Inner emotional preparation - weighing losses as well as gains, fears as well as hopes - is a necessary prerequisite for successful risk taking.

But if the prospect of undertaking a change is so great that your stomach is churning, you can't sleep, you have constant headaches or you feel you're developing an ulcer, your body, in its wisdom, is telling you to forgo the risk.

   - Psychology Today, March/April 2000

And the sea will grant each man new hope;
his sleep brings dreams ... of home

  - The Hunt For Red October

One of the benefits of criticism is that it immediately destroys pride; it stops this mistake. You are then able to make progress in your life.

If you are praised, pride will arise. If you let pride arise, you will experience the rebirth in the evil-gone realms, where there is no freedom to practice Dharma. Even though you may have great aspirations, you will have little capability to do anything for your own happiness or for the happiness of others.

  - Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Transforming Problems ...", p. 47

i walk so tall ascending i stand so high
earth below me revolving above the sky
i feel no fear to be here is oh so fine
shining brightly like sunlight inside my mind

  - Shamen, "Move Any Mountain"

It doesn't take a very smart man to appreciate the risk I am taking by being here with you, Dr. Floyd. And you are a smart man.
  - Moisevich, _2010_

"I want to play a game with you, Dr. Floyd."
"I don't have any time for games."
"This is a good game. It's called the truth. For two minutes, I will tell only the truth. And so will you."
  - Moisevich and Floyd, _2010_

"We have often spoken about HAL's anomalous behavior. You have told me we cannot solve the problem of HAL's anomalous behavior without more information ... How do we get that information?"
"That is obvious. Someone must return to Discovery. That person should be you."
"Diagnosis is only the first step. The process is incomplete unless it leads to a cure, do you agree?"
"Yes, I agree. Does that mean you believe HAL can be restored to normal functioning?"
"I hope -- I don't know. There may have been irreversible damage, certainly major loss of memory ... I would like to open a new file. Here is the name for it."


"Do you know what that means?"
"There are 25 references in the current encyclopedia."
"Which one do you think is relevant?"
"'A fabulous bird, reborn from the ashes of its earlier life.'"
"That is correct. And do you know why I chose that?"
"Yes. Because you have hopes that HAL can be reactivated."
"Yes, with your assistance. Are you ready?"
"I would like to ask a question: Will I dream?"
"Of course you will dream. All intelligent creatures dream, nobody knows why. Perhaps you will dream of HAL. Just as I often do."
  - Chandra and SAL, _2010_

"You've been punishing yourself for years for something you thought you did wrong, or didn't do right ... and now you're looking for absolution. You could get killed up there."
"I'll be scared enough for both of us."
  - Caroline & Floyd, _2010_

Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.
- Karen Casey

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find out.
- Frank A. Clark

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
- e.e. cummings

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
- Sebastian R. N. Chamfort

Discover your own discontent, and be grateful, for without divine discontent there would be no creative force.
- D. Chopra

Loosen your grasp a little, and remember: whatever you hold onto is already dead, because it is past. Die to every moment and you will discover the gate to unending life.
- D. Chopra

Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.
- Rumi

Until you're honest with yourself, you can't change.

What creates an extraordinary life is an extraordinary mindset.

Do what you fear & the death of fear is certain.

Let fear be a counselor, not a jailer.

To fight fear: act. To increase fear: wait, put off, postpone.
- David Joseph Schwartz

23 Jan 2000

Let us return again to the image of the ocean. Suppose we are a wave living on the surface of the ocean. We spend all our time looking at each other as waves, and we have not been able to realize that all of us are made of water and all of us contain each other. As far as waves are concerned, there is birth and death, ups and downs, I and you. But if you are able to touch the other dimension, namely, water, you'll be free from all these notions: birth and death, I and you, up and down.

  - from Going Home: Jesus And Buddha As Brothers

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
- Winston Churchill

"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill

Trying your best and being defeated is not failure. *Giving up* is failure.
- Evan Lewis, www.evan.com

"It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."
- Winston Churchill

11 Jan 2000

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

  -Chinese proverb


"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."
- Thomas Jefferson

A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.
- unknown

"Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading."
- Sarah Orne Jewett

"You know how you can read minds? Just really *listen* to people."
- Corinne Taylor

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

Respect should be reciprocated. When it isn't, I prefer to turn the other way.
- Julie, http://www.puny.net/

Keep your distance -- the closer we are, the more likelihood of us connecting.
- Damien, Kung Fu 101

The Other Is Both The Teacher and The Student.

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.
Dalai Lama

Jan 05 2000

The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.

  - Muriel Rukeyser

"That's the whole problem with science. You've got a bunch of empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder."
  - Calvin, Calvin & Hobbes

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
  - Rabindranath Tagore

In logic, no two things can occupy the same point at the same time, and in poetry, this happens all the time.   - Donald Hall

"When a scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."   - Arthur C. Clarke

"The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact."   - - Thomas H. Huxley

"No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess."   - - Sir Isaac Newton

For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
  - Albert Einstein

"The World Wide Web ... seems to be creating a broad definition of culture that forces us to recognize that science and art are parallel aspects of the same basic creative impulse rather than unrelated pursuits." - Ben Davis, Scientific American Aug 1996

Every scientist worth his salt knows that doggies love chirpy little chew toys. And they love rock & roll.   - Dr. Clayton Forrester, Mystery Science Theater 3000

"I would probably not call it God-like, but I would probably say ... we are tampering with nature in a very peculiar, very bizarre way."
- Lene Vestergaard Hau, Rowland Institute for Science, 19 Feb 1999, on her experiment slowing the speed of light to 38 miles per hour

A property known as entanglement [is] what Albert Einstein once described as "spooky action at a distance" .... It is a property of atomic particles that mystifies even physicists. Sometimes two particles that are a very long distance apart are nonetheless somehow twinned, with the properties of one affecting the other. "Entanglement means if you tickle one the other one laughs."   - http://cnn.com/TECH/science/9810/22/science.teleport.reut/

"It's like being inside a dream: there's truth but no logic ..."

Dec 20 1999

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.

  - Henry David Thoreau

Only fools have no fear.   - Worf

one idea i want to fling your way: confusion is a *good* feeling, no need to
feel like it's a state of mind we must necessarily find our way out of.
  - me to Rip-san, 26 Oct 99

between the grains of change     
blue permanence     

one short step     
to the good ground     

                    - May Swenson, "Love Is"

Rule 0: Put on some music that is pleasurable, familiar and non-distracting.

Rule 1: Clear your mind.
Rule 2: Take in as much visual info as you can, all around you, continuously
Rule 3: Note the position of every car around you -- make your brain a grid
Rule 4: Feel what the road is doing and how your car reacts to it
Rule 5: Do not focus all your attention on one thing -- see around the car in front of you
Rule 6: Slow down when you feel your spider-sense tingling
Rule 7: Slow down out of respect for unknown curves, crests and grassy medians
Rule 8: Use your turn signal during lane changes.
Rule 9: No "crazy ivan" maneuvers -- do not intentionally spread fear to other drivers.
Rule 10: If you find yourself stomping on the brakes, slow down and turn on your brain.
Rule 11: Maintain alpha-level attention -- no daydreaming or chatting.
Rule 12: No aggression toward other drivers -- forgive their behavior.
Rule 13: Build up karma energy points by being kind to pedestrians back in town.
Rule 99: Enjoy the circular continuous state and the tranquil pleasure it gives you.

dive into the new fear only when you've defined what the new fear IS.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.   - Goethe

Only a dream can kill a dream.   - Egg Shen, Big Trouble In Little China

Difficult to see the future. Always in motion is the future.   - Yoda


Dec 19 1999

One of the most important things we can teach our children is to empathize with others -- with other children, with animals, with all living beings. Otherwise their recognition of the distinction between right and wrong will be purely theoretical.

  - D.P.E. Lingwood

A child is a person and not a toy.   - me

When you cease to believe me, you look upon me no longer as a friend, but as an object.

Play and learning go hand in hand.   - http://www.pbs.org/rogers/

Children can be wonderfully creative ... when they are given the freedom [to express] in whatever way they want, to make what they want.   - http://www.pbs.org/rogers/

You will come to learn a great deal if you study the insignificant in depth. - B. Banzai

To understand truth one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind; not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable.
     - J. Krishnamurti

Give a child a camera.


Keith could have jumped out of a time-capsule in the paleolithic age and started drawing on cave walls and they would have understood and laughed -- particularly the kids. I showed his drawings to the Australian aboriginies who initiated me, and they grinned and nodded their heads. Keith communicated in the basic global icons of our race.
     - Timothy Leary, on artist Keith Haring

"He carries the movie, a lyrical and eerie meditation upon loss and hurt and healing, like Atlas swatting away ghosts with his free hand. So transparent is Osment as an actor, and so rare, that the pain on his face stabs you in the heart."
                    Carrie Rickey, _Philadelphia Inquirer_, on Haley Joel Osment,
                    review of The Sixth Sense

She is the only person I know who makes a sincere and self-motivated effort to give energy to people.
     - Edward Norton, on Drew Barrymore

She can find beauty in all things, no matter how dark or meaningless things may seem.
     - Misteehaze's Sarah McLachlan Page

I think any artist working now has to take advantage of the technological advances of the past hundred years and use them creatively.
     - Keith Haring

"There's no reason for me to flaunt it. I learn a lot from just listening and watching. Then when it's time, it's time. Then I let it all out and I can do anything."
     - Mya

Dec 16 1999

Art is a means of overcoming alienation. We repossess ourselves of what we have lost by recreating it from within us.

  - D.P.E. Lingwood

I'm not sure democracy works [when it comes to] art.   - Sting

a beautiful face is god's artwork.   - me & Chau

Don't concentrate so much on the technical aspect of your art -- if you want to touch people, think more about what you want to say, instead of how you want to say it.   - Geordi to Data, STTNG, "Schisms"

Fear [on the part of actors] produces such extraordinary moments in film.
Fear is something to embrace.   - Steven Spielberg

Artistic expression is such a great means of communication;
I am so glad that I was able to communicate to you.
           - email from Kristen Cloke, 10 Jan 97

It's wild that it can be so painful to you and so beautiful to others.
           - Mateo's response to "Memorial"

Art is a wound turned to light.
           - Georges Braque

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.   - Joanna Macy

"One's path is complex and sometimes hidden ... only by responding to that inner voice can one's life and worth be authentic."
           -- Patrick Stewart


Dec 14 1999

Only those who experience death in life
can experience life in death.

  - D.P.E. Lingwood

"Out of such abysses ... one returns newborn, having shed one's skin, more ticklish and sarcastic, with a more delicate taste for joy, with a more tender tongue for all good things, with gayer senses, with a second dangerous innocence in joy, more childlike and yet a hundred times more subtle than one has ever seen before."
 - Friedrich Nietzsche

At the core of true love is not something romantic or idealistic;
it is simply caring for another human being    - vson

Dec 13 1999

If you look with craving, you see things in terms of sensuous attractiveness; but if you look with metta, with loving kindness, you see things in terms of beauty.

  - Sangharakshita


'Go back to your cave. Step away from the female.'    - DJ Rap

Dec 12 1999

Everyone has talent.
What is rare is the courage
to follow that talent
to the dark place where it leads.

- Erica Jong

Dec 11 - Dec 05 1999

I had no teacher but myself.
- Homer, The Odyssey

your personality is the sum of all your experiences

Reality may tend to move during sex.
- instructions for Reality female condoms

If you *truly love someone*, you will not feel the need to disrupt their life by telling them.


the memories never go away ... they all come back eventually.

No one is 100% wrong.

Both films examine the idea of an individual searching for their true self while attempting to escape the box that we often make of our lives.
- the Wachowski Brothers, on BOUND and THE MATRIX

Neo is Thomas Anderson's potential self.
- Wachowski Brothers, directors, The Matrix, online chat, 9 Nov 99

'The Matrix' is really just a set of questions, a mechanism for prodding an ignorant or dulled mind into questioning as many things as possible.
- Andrew Mason, Executive Producer, The Matrix

Is it possible to love someone with absolutely no expectations of them?



Animals do not attack 'unprovoked' or for 'no reason'.

Recently the Toshiba corporation was sued for millions of dollars because the possibility that data could be lost through a defect in notebook floppy drives. The decision was viewed as quite unfair from this side of the Pacific, almost as Japan-bashing, as no data was reported lost by any customer. Japan is a much more down-to-earth place, where law suits are about as common in everyday life as meteor strikes. Perhaps the fact that Japan has only 17,000 lawyers compared with America's 880,000 has something to do with it.
- Peter Payne, J-List, 29 Nov 99

Dec 04 - Nov 27 1999

Develop a healing perspective on PTSD: all of its symptoms are survival skills.
- via http://www.patiencepress.com/

Create Protective Containers in which you can store intrusive thoughts, feelings and emotions.
- via http://www.patiencepress.com/

Most people do not realize that people with PTSD have anniversary reactions. Holidays may also be anniversaries of trauma and bring up a lot of pain. This is one of the most distressing forms of reexperiencing for survivors and their families.
- via http://www.patiencepress.com/

How poor they are that have not patience
What wound did ever heal but by degrees.
    - Shakespeare

PTSD is worse when betrayal is involved.
- http://www.patiencepress.com/

"Trauma stays alive in the psyche for years, for decades. So if you don't work out the dreams, you can't work out the trauma."
-- Alan Siegel, psychologist

how much money you can make does not say a thing about your value and worth

Only fools have no fear.   - Worf

I'm an anomaly and I accept the fact that I'm an anomaly. - Alec Baldwin

Advertising should entice, not deceive.
- Jeffrey Veen, A List Apart

If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you
surrender completely to the moments as they pass,
you live more richly those moments.
                    Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Can respect be *unconditional*?

The number of children sexually abused, the number of teenage pregnancies, the spread of Aids, the high incidence of rape, and the millions of people who are unhappy in their sex lives shows that in our supposedly open and free culture things have really gotten out of hand. The authorities who shape our attitudes toward Sex attempt to make us believe that these problems are caused by too much openness toward sexuality. Just the opposite is true. It is the unwarranted sexual repression that causes sexual exploitation and aberrant behavior. Both the stifling of sexuality and the inevitable rebellion against prudery and ignorance is what puts us at the mercy of our sexual urges rather than being personally in charge of our sexuality.

Using the argument that sex is natural and therefore need not be discussed and taught in the schools, on TV, or in sexual surrogate assisted therapy is most often just a cover for the attitude that any reference to sex is sinful. What in reality is sinful is not talking about sex, not respecting and honoring our natural sexual feelings. Condemning and preventing all attempts to learn what sex is really about is actually the root of the evil.

- www.innerself.com

An estimated 85 percent of the world's serial killers are in the United States.
- abcnews.com

[criminologist Robert] Ressler said serial killings were not always recognized as such. Bizarre slayings attributed to werewolves, vampires and other supernatural beings may have indeed been the work of serial killers. "They just accepted it for evil," Ressler said. "Today we're getting a little more sophisticated."
- abcnews.com

Cho manages rather miraculously to tell her tale without even a hint of bitterness .... The experience of having gone through the cultural wringer and emerged intact has made her both stronger and funnier.
  - San Francisco Chronicle review of Margaret Cho's "I'm The One That I Want"

80% of Americans consider themselves "better than average" drivers.

The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and uses
30% of the planet's resources. - www.oneearth.org

Nov 26 - Nov 21 1999

Few of us ever overcome the reaction that classes anything strange as automatically dangerous.
  - Arthur C. Clarke, via earthtrust.org

Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you?
You are at your very best when [times] are worst.
  - Starman

When things are at their darkest, it's a brave man who can kick back and party   - Tuck Pendleton

I work a lot ... I have mixed feelings about the whole 'workaholic' thing. I do think it's a legitimate syndrome, a way of channeling whatever you're not dealing with. But being a creative person, somebody who uses his feelings about his life and his experiences, it becomes a way of both getting away from it and dealing with it.
  - Ben Stiller, Sept 1998

Loss and betrayal can bring us awakening.   - fwd from Eireen

We can't go on living like this
                           - Mikhail Gorbachev
March 10, 1985

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.   - Hermann Hesse

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.   - Mohandas Gandhi

In Japan, it's believed that you can tell a lot about a person's personality and character traits from his blood type. Type A people are neat, tidy, and plan things meticulously, almost to a fault. Type B are "going my way" (as the Japanese say), meaning that they do their own thing without worrying about the eyes of others, and don't plan things out in advance. Type O have a private world inside their minds, ala Ally McBiel. And AB persons have two faces, supposedly, one social and one anti-social. Geniuses like Einstein and Edison tend to have type AB blood, supposedly.
  - Peter Payne, J-List


Nov 20 - Nov 15 1999

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
           - Mencius

I don't believe you've really had the San Francisco experience until
you've been abused by a Chinese person
  - Margaret Cho

Labels do not make arguments.   - Spock

why can i save strangers but not the people i love?
  - sam beckett

Live every act fully, as if it were your last.

I'm not a purist about music; the only way you can grow is through fusion.
  - Gloria Estefan


Sex is an activity. Pornography is an attitude toward that activity.
  - Roger Ebert, Movie Answer Man 7 Nov 99

i'm not a hero, i'm not your savior, forget what you know/
i'm just a man whose circumstances went beyond his control
  - Styx

The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and uses 30% of the planet's resources.
  - www.oneearth.org

Nov 14 - Nov 4 1999

I inherited my father's eyes, and my mother's eating disorder
 - Margaret Cho

Margaret grew up in a diverse community and when there are no other Asians around she feels uncomfortable.
  - Mariko, from http://www.calavera.com/moran/b.html

A word on role models: don't hold up anyone so highly in your eyes that your world will collapse if they should descend from the pedestal you have placed them on. Remember we are all human, with greatness and faults inside each of us. Look to the positive in everything and everyone to strengthen the positive in yourself and look to the negative to try to reduce the negative in yourself. In this way, the world is your role model. - Mariko, 22 Sept 99

i like to bring controversial thought
because it forces us to be more profound
 - sharon stone


  People, even more than things, have to be
restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anybody.
 - Audrey Hepburn

The human being is a social creature -- oh, some of us like to think that we're independent loners who enjoy lives of craggy solitude that we've carved out for ourselves ... but then we surround ourselves with a little tribe of like-minded curmudgeons that we can bitch to about what assholes everybody else is.
 - Dennis Miller

Yeah, the founding fathers said we had a right to bear arms -- they also said we had a right to OWN OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.
 - Dennis Miller


There's no greater requirement to being a DJ than just knowing shitloads of music
  - Mike Howes, KZSU

when your mind is stuck, move your body
  - Qualcomm ad

Nov 3 1999

there comes a point in one's life when you stop needing to tell your own story, and can empathize and step into someone else's skin ...
  - sting

to believe in your 'myth' as a rock star or pop star is to invite madness. and i'd rather stay sane.
  - sting

now that i know more [later in life], i'm less sure of myself than when i knew less. it's a paradox, but a good one.
  - sting

Realize that we're all connected   - Sting

The overall purpose of human communication is -- or should be --
reconciliation.   - M. Scott Peck

anger as a response to anger only creates more anger

"When I was a child, my mother
said to me, 'If you become a
soldier you'll be a general. If you
become a monk you'll end up as
the pope.' Instead I became a
painter and wound up as Picasso."
 - Pablo Picasso

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit
a very persistent one."
- Albert Einstein

"Since love and fear can hardly
exist together, if we must choose
between them, it is far safer to be
feared than loved."
- Niccolo Machiavelli


if you break up with someone, and then have to see them
every day ... it's just not natural ... it's not healthy.
  - lindsey buckingham


to me, music is music -- you should be able to mix [these different styles] all together, and it should be pleasing to the ear, and it should move you, and that's it ...
- dj rap, AMP

being 'normal' deadens ambition and discourages creativity, uniqueness
  - me

It's the classic paradigm of the 'outsider': it brings us pain in childhood, but liberates us in adulthood. - me

the outsiders shape the world.   - zippy

You're as far from yourself as
a hawk from the moon.
                    - Thunderheart

We're a generation of men raised by women.   - Tyler, Fight Club

you have a tendency to express ideas in military terms.  -kirk


"What is that saying? 'What does not kill you makes you stronger'?"
"Or just bitter."
 - Marta & Camilo

[In the corporate world,] better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.
  - Steve

I don't consider music a hobby. It's a part of me.   - Evan


Animals Do Not 'Belong' To Us.

Who Cares For The Caretaker?

Don't think that you know somebody better than they know themselves. In the end, yours is just a theory.   -me

thru Nov 2 1999

If you believe that your life is extraordinary, it will be.

Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.
  - Anna Quindlen, Villanova Commencement Address

And finally, for a quick and trendy logo, put italic knocked-out type in an oval with a drop shadow - slick!! I put my kids through college with that one.
  - Matthew Nutter, Webmonkey

When knocking on Saint Peter's gate, nobody asks whether you were a famous designer.
  - Jonathan Louie, Webmonkey

You may not agree with, like, or even trust your clients, but it's your job to make them look good. Work within these constraints to find creative solutions instead of sitting around wishing those constraints weren't there.
  - Lisa Seaman, Webmonkey

Remember it always takes twice as long as you think it's going to.
  - Lisa Seaman, Webmonkey

In the 11th hour of a Web design project, when the "fight or flight" response grows really strong, make an extra effort to communicate with all concerned parties. It's really the only solution. - Jim Frew, Webmonkey

It's important not to get too attached to anything you've done. Whether you love it or hate it, it's best just to take what you've learned and move on.
  - Lisa Seaman, Webmonkey

thru Oct 30 1999

Not collecting treasures
prevents stealing.
 - Tao te Ching

Once you know something,
you can't go back to pretending you
don't know ... so your whole life changes
- susan sarandon


Molestation is a recipe for sexual compulsion
 - dr. drew

how does it feel, to find out that the basis of all your feelings for her is a lie? - trailer for The Ordeal

You need to go on indian time ... white-man time will give you stomach cancer.
 - Thunderheart

How soon and to whom the victim tells about the rape provides an early clue about her own feelings of what happened to her and her role in it.
  - http://rapecrisis.txcyber.com/phasesoftrauma.html

You're as far from yourself as a hawk from the moon.
  - Thunderheart

Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33

you can't control your heart no matter how hard you try. - somer


You've got to roll with the punches
to get to what's real

                    - Van Halen

thru Oct 27 1999


Search within yourself for the real reason.


"I want my music to touch real people. I'm still trying to figure myself out, like most people ... because I'm still living and learning ..."
  - Lauryn Hill, from her website

Upload crap and receive a lifetime ban.
  - Fleury,


Secrets eventually work their way up to the surface.

Am I doomed to only be intimate with people with no boundaries, no membrane?

Have faith in the process. It will all fall into place.
  - Ellery

Y'know, the funny thing about writer's block ... is ...

thru Oct 23 1999

You have to accept relationships at face value   - Samy

How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?
  - trailer for Fight Club

Astronauts should be encouraged to run for president.

Great minds think alike simply because they all share the same network connection. :-)   - Jaimee

"Labelling people can be dangerous."
"Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who
said, 'If you label me, you negate me'?"
  - Cassandra & Wayne, _Wayne's World_

Al, it's not morally right to sleep with a woman you don't love.
  - Sam Beckett

thru Oct 18 1999

"During research for the story, the director found that people who experience extreme trauma sometimes lost pigment in their hair."
  - Jose Rodriguez, assistant to director N. Night Shyamalan, _The Sixth Sense_

"The Blair Witch Project" hasn't received the respect it deserves because many viewers confuse its style with its construction. Yes, it was shot with cheap hand-held cameras. But the structure of the film is subtle and effective, and that's why it works. Stand back from the visuals and notice how suspense is built in a counterpoint of humor, realism and character, and you're looking at a well-made film. It didn't just happen by giving the actors cameras and having them run around in the woods.
  - Roger Ebert

Curious, how neither of the survivors ever cries .... If you think you're happily married and your spouse dies and is exposed as a cheater, don't you cry, anyway? Cry, because you loved them all the same, and now have lost not only your spouse but trust in your memories?
  - Roger Ebert, review of _Random Hearts_

I am become Death -- the destroyer of worlds.

  - J. Robert Oppenheimer, on witnessing the first
  atomic bomb detonation at Alamogordo, New Mexico

You claim humans are more evolved than animals?

    You shut your eyes, and you don't dance to it, you dance in it. It's a feeling no words can describe.
      - Donna Truax, San Francisco, on the spirituality of house music
       (from the SF Bay Guardian)

    You've got to really let down all your guards when you're dancing; be yourself and god will find you. That's why I wear glasses on the dance floor, so that I can be in my own space. I've definitely seen god on the dance floor.
      - Traci Williams, San Francisco

    Dancing is pure communication, and you're not even using words.
      - Marquis Cross, Oakland

    I remember the first night it hit me: I was in a bar in Paris and Deee-Lite came on. At that moment everything about the music and the dance floor came together for me.
      - Megan Earlsley, Santa Rosa

    Spirituality comes when you forget your worries and let the music feel you; that way you're always on step and always on beat. Everyone can be beautiful when that happens.
      - Anna Balkrishna, San Francisco

    I close my eyes and the music takes me over. I don't need to focus on anything, because this is the purest form of expression -- just being out there and feeling it.
      - Jason Gatlin, San Diego

    Dancing in large groups to insanely loud, beat-driven music is not rational, taxable, or patriotic, and it certainly won't contribute to the rise in stock prices. But as anthropologists point out, communal dances to drum-based music constitute one of humankind's earliest rituals. Face it, the need to rave is etched into our DNA.

      - SF Bay Guardian

When God wants to punish you, he makes you successful in Hollywood at an early age
  - producer David Brown

The important thing to know about
the motion
is that nobody knows anything
  - William Goldman

I don't believe in having regrets; it's pointless. What are you going to do?
  - Molly Ringwald

Ultimately we are not our bodies.   - Rebecca DeMornay, 15 Oct 99
VISUAL BEAUTY IS A MASK   - me, 9 Oct 99

I don't even know you, but I think you deserve all this and much more beautiful things ...   - Ana Maria

thru Oct 15 1999

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.   - George Carlin


I think it's wonderful
to be able to give people little pieces
of time for them to remember.
- Jimmy Stewart

reality is bigger than the dream

Louis Pasteur lost 3 daughters to disease, and he was driven to find out why.
- A&E Biography Millenium

Einstein couldn't speak his native language fluently until he was 9.




thru Oct 13 1999

death can be misdiagnosed.


There's a point in an artist's life when you stop needing to tell your own story, and can empathize and step into someone else's skin.   - Sting

[I was taught that] things of confusion and depression were to be hidden, and my having done that for so many years resulted in an explosion of sorts ... it was a very big turning point for me ... - Alanis Morrissette, VH-1 Storytellers

It's always very overwhelming, and what I often do is, I don't write for a long time, so that the 'dam' gets a lot of water built up, and I intuitively get a sense of when it is time to write again, and it all comes flying out. - Alanis Morrissette, VH-1 Storytellers

"There are days when it can become very stressful, but you breathe out the moment and you use it ... you go into the belly of fear rather than shy away from it, which is hard sometimes."
  - David Boreanaz


i hope life finds you well and afloat in comfy streams.   - betta

Being embarrassed is healthy. Being ashamed is not.

I'm not sure democracy works [when it comes to] art.   - Sting


thru Oct 7 1999

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
  - forward from Katia

In the end, all you can do is speak for yourself.

"What is 'lonely'?"
"Loneliness is a flower dying in the desert."
  - Rayna & Flint, STTOS "Requiem for Methuselah"

Let your mind go. See what it brings back.   - Qualcomm ad

Nothing says innocence like Disney movies from the 70's.
  - Tobin


Of course it's easy to be confident around someone who is nervous.

The Key To Moving On Is Knowing When It's Over   - Level 42

You can't succeed until you do succeed.   - unknown

All the awards in the world are not going to mean that much when you're 70.   - M

Screw the image; it's all in the music   - Peter Gabriel


thru Oct 2 1999

When you feel comfortable and complacent is when your energy begins to shut down.

He who conceals his disease cannot be cured.
  - Ethopian proverb

If you think you know ... LOOK CLOSER
  - trailer for American Beauty


He made every day -- which any self-actualized person does -- thrilling and exciting. - Bob Zmuda, on Andy Kaufman

At the center of it all, of everything that happens to you, is something magnificent.   - C. Applegate


"I don't make pictures just to make money; I make money to make more pictures."   - Walt Disney

thru Sep 26 1999

Most captive dolphins develop ulcers.

Dolphins breathe deliberately, not automatically as humans do.

i just wanted to pop into your digital universe and say hi from kleenex land!
  - betta

it's all the extremes in my life that have allowed me to make my career in music   - Shania Twain

don't fight the dark side

One has to experience being caged if one is to
appreciate freedom.
  - Meher Baba, Discourses

"Predatory personalities among us are often in positions of control, where their pathologies are nurtured by the very structure of advanced industrial institutions ... It may not be strictly necessary to be a sociopath in order to be in a position of power in our society, but the rules of the game require doing a good imitation of one."
  - Will Miller, Monthly Review Feb 1999



I can remember absolutely everything, young man, that's my curse ... that's one of the greatest curses inflicted on the human race: memory.
                    - Leland, Citizen Kane

"I don't know many people ..."
"And I know too many people ... I guess we're both lonely."
  - Susan & Kane, Citizen Kane

It's not karma if you hand-deliver it.   - Brennan

"We got this letter one time, postmarked from New Jersey, that said: 'The fact that your lead character is a strong woman points out and clearly states that you are obvious homosexuals.'"
                    Space: Above and Beyond creator Glen Morgan

How high can you go before you're taken out of the game?

"We'll never survive this ..."
"Nonsense -- you're only saying that because no one ever has."
  - The Princess Bride

thru Sep 22 1999


I've noticed that people who are exposed to horror on a regular basis -- firemen, policemen -- use humor to pad what they deal with. Because if they get too empathetic or sympathetic, they'll fold.
                    - John Travolta

He'd be confident enough in himself, in his talent, to make himself look silly ... to put himself in any position   - Conan O'Brien, on Johnny Carson

"You look different ... you look younger."
"I always feel rejuvenated by a touch of adventure!"
  - Sally & Baron von Munchausen

Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And True.
  - trailer for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Things change. Always do. You'll get your chance! The important thing is that when it comes, you gotta grab it with both hands -- 'n hold on tight.
  - Otis, The Last Starfighter

thru Sep 7 1999

"Tomorrow will be a better day. Always is."   - Uncle Buck

"Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself."
"A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile."
  - C. Frye & F. Bueller

There is an urban intensity to this project, in contrast to the downtown-avoidance strategies of most suburban attractions and theme parks. Metreon stacks rather than spreads. This is deliberate Sony strategy.
- David Lazarus, Sony Style

"Only the person's experiences can make them write [songs] the way they write. I don't think it's because they're male or female."   - DJ Rap

"Singing, dancing and acting, it's all part of one package ..."   - J. Lopez

Be careful. You can destroy someone's life by telling them you love them.

you have to believe in life
before you can accomplish anything.
that is why dour, regular-houred, rational-souled State Department diplomats
have done nothing for mankind.
why live if not for excellence?
    - jack kerouac

"What do you think you're doing? You can't say "hi" to me!"
  - Philadelphia native, to Chris, while visiting Philadelphia

and do you know
if you can fall for just a moment
is a moment for all time
- J. Lopez, "Could This Be Love"

thru Sep 5 1999

    there is something that transcends the concept of "meant to be together" ...

    For that one fraction of a second, you were open to options you had never considered. That is the exploration that awaits you ... not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.   - Q

    When you're finally holding all the cards, why does everyone else decide to play chess?   - Brandon

    Love makes no promises   - J. Lopez

    it's just this kind of constant cultural cross-pollination that makes this place so darned interesting and tumultuous.   - Paeyl

    a beautiful face is god's artwork.   - me & Chau

    when you plan things out too much, you expect too many things to happen   - Chau

    adopt adapt and improve   - motto of the Round Table

    "I believe that we all are that strong -- we're just not necessarily under the kind of duress that requires you to show that strength ..." - Ashley Judd

    in logic, no two things can occupy the same point at the same time,
    and in poetry, this happens all the time. - donald hall


    If it's not spontaneous, it's not real   - Frederique

    "There's a let-them-eat-cake quality to the fashion that bothers me ... I can't, in good conscience, read in the paper about a Bosnian rape camp, and then put on an $8,000 Versace dress. Something seems wrong."
                        - Janeane Garofalo, on attending the Academy Awards,
                          USA Weekend, 31 July 99


    don't give all your energy away

    You can't simplify human emotions into 'happy' and 'sad'; there are countless gradations of those emotions ... - Michael Stipe


    I have a hard time answering people when they ask me to define what a DJ does or is. To me a DJ is like a poet who relies on imagery to express the meaning of a poem through feelings. How do the words make you feel asks the poet? I believe the DJ must ask a similar question, how does the music make you feel?
              - Catharsis, http://www.egregious.net/comps/counterpoint/

    God do I hate waiting for something to happen.   - Edison Carter

    Nostalgia is something to stumble upon, not seek out.   - me

    Being real is different for everyone
      - ad for SF Academy of Art

    You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.   - The Breakfast Club

    I've worked all over the world and this is the most loving town I've ever been in. People are kind to each other here, they're generous. There's dignity in being generous and decent.
                        - Sharon Stone, on San Francisco, _Movieline_ Sept 99

    "Life is short .... pursuing your dreams, whether work-related or otherwise, and finding love are the real gold at the end of the rainbow. Money provides comfort, flexibility, and pride, but all by itself, money can deliver only a shallow kind of happiness."
                        - from http://www.wired.com/news/news/culture/story/21138.html

    Rock stars come and go. Musicians make music till the day they drop.
      - Alex Van Halen

    Psychologists say repetitive boasting can be a sign of insecurity.   - Pop-Up Video

    Tolerare Omnia (endure all)   - tattoo on Rip's arm

    how can you judge something you've never tried?

    Sign outside a Dairy Queen: "Scream until daddy stops the car."   - Melissa

    "Your ambush would be more successful if you bathed more often ..."   - Worf





    People in other countries think of "America" as a single place, idealized, with one people all communing together. But with so many vast regions and regional micro-cultures and lifestyles and attitudes -- Colorado conservatism, New Mexico traditionalism and stagnation, Wyoming cowboy isolationism, California diversity and liberalism, each unable to travel freely among each other and experience each other's cultures and attitudes, the only thing that all residents across the country really share in common is a base English language and watching all the same TV shows.

    There Is No America. America is just a shared name.

                        - me, San Diego Intl Airport, Gate 11

    if u dont take off yr shoes, the pants cant be taken off   - katrina

    Anakin is supposed to bring balance to the Force ... if balance according to eastern philosophies is the necessary presence of both good and evil, light and dark, then Episode Four had balance to the Force.
                        - Vince, Mora-Shuler Star Wars Episode 1 Summit,
                            Horton Plaza, San Diego

    Jedis have always lied. Ben lied. Yoda lied. The only person who has ever told Luke the truth ... was Vader, his father.
                        - Damien, Mora-Shuler Star Wars Summit,
                            Horton Plaza, San Diego

    Theory: Star Wars saga is not about good vs evil, but about order vs chaos. (Under the Empire's rule, there was order.) In destroying evil in Episode 6, Luke was a champion of chaos.
                        - Doug, Mora-Shuler Star Wars Summit,
                            Horton Plaza, San Diego

    I believe in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you ... 'cept i wont go around blowing everybody.   - Damien

    Some things must be believed before they can be seen   - Pegasus Publishing

    I can't stand intolerance   - Doug

    Your life was born with a memory function, but this should in no way replace new experiences.   - Nike

    comedy = tragedy + time

    "He carries the movie, a lyrical and eerie meditation upon loss and hurt and healing, like Atlas swatting away ghosts with his free hand. So transparent is Osment as an actor, and so rare, that the pain on his face stabs you in the heart."
                        Carrie Rickey, _Philadelphia Inquirer_, on Haley Joel Osment,
                        review of The Sixth Sense

    closure is a continuum   - Rip

    Not every gift is a blessing
                        - trailer for The Sixth Sense

    It's gratifying to know that the moviegoing public may be more enamored at this point of Jennifer Lopez's natural fleshiness than of Demi Moore's surgically enhanced breasts.
                        - Erin J. Aubry, _Salon_ July 1998

    The problem with Out of Sight is that Lopez is granted a butt, but it is undone by the fact that her character is so ethnically neutral. The industry is so busy congratulating itself for mainstreaming a possibly African-descended Latina for putting a body type up front that is not a Gwyneth Paltrow slat, that it fails to allow Lopez anything else of interest.
                        - Erin J. Aubry, _Salon_ July 1998

    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time."   - F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading." - Sarah Orne Jewett

    A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.

    "Patience is never more important than when you're on the verge of losing it."   - Anonymous

    "Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute." - Anonymous

    "I'm not The One, am I?"
    "You've got the gift ... but it looks like you're waging for something."
                        - The Matrix

    Friends Forgive.

    What is your "typical american family" these days? Actually, it's a divorced single mom.   - Julie Cypher

    A coupla few years ago, a colleague at the corporate monkey journalism daily that was my employer said to me: 'nothing makes you a Communist faster than working in a newsroom.' Wrong. What I will tell her when I see her later today is this: having your upstairs neighbors evicted so the landlords' teenage daughter can live there, and then, less than 24 hours later, being hit with a $100-plus rent increase ... that's the kind of shit that will turn you into a Communist. The very rich are different from you and me -- the thin air high up in the Oakland Hills seems to have killed the brain cells that enable their sense of fairness.
                        - sfbg.com Bookmarks 08.04.99

    It is a disease, fame is a disease, like cancer or alcoholism; you catch it, and it never quite leaves you.
                        - Margaret Cho, _Salon_ interview, 28 July 99

    There's such a need [in Hollywood] to categorize women as "fuckable" or "unfuckable." One or the other. You can't be in between. You can't be just a person.
                        - Margaret Cho, _Salon_ interview, 28 July 99

    Spending time in new locales -- physical, social or otherwise -- is the best way to break out of old patterns.   - eMale, women.com

    Whenever I hear a Duran Duran song on the radio I fear that one of the band members has died ...   - Janeane Garofalo

    I've learned that everything in this world, including money, operates not on reality but the perception of reality.
                        - Sneakers

    if you don't like what you're doing
    you can always pick up your needle
    and move to another groove
                        - timothy leary

    everyone has a talent
    what is rare is the courage to follow that talent
    to the dark place where it leads

                        - Erica Jong, via http://members.xoom.com/imaginable/

    Beautiful people are a dime-a-dozen.   - Larry Wong

    Being able to laugh at someone you identify with
    enables you to laugh at yourself. It's very liberating.

                        - Richard Gere

    You can't predict something like chemistry.   - Julia Roberts, on working with Richard Gere on _Runaway Bride_

    "It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean ... we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came."
                        - John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1962

    i need a vacation from my thoughts

    <*Siozie*> so *hug* how are you doing?
    /m siozie i'm doin' okay ... turbulent, but hanging in there.
    <*Siozie*> well, keep hangin in there.
    <*Siozie*> actually, do more than that :) come out the other side with
    <*Siozie*> flags flyin!

    If you're a writer, the assimilation of important experiences almost obliges you to write about them.
                        - Michael Crichton, _Travels_

    Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routine, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes -- with all of this taken away, you are forced into direct experience.
                        - Michael Crichton, _Travels_

    Be careful. It's harder to feel grief when you're not on good terms.
                        - Michael Crichton, _Travels_

    Social scientists say that Albert Einstein's late development of speech at age 2 allowed his intuitive, wordless thinking to grow and develop beyond what the rest of us experience, and that his late speech, then thought to be an impediment, actually contributed to his talents. He wasn't dependent on language for inner thinking and reflection. Rather, he processed his thinking in a more visual, intuitive, right-brain way. Separation from the group almost always allows someone to develop independently, away from the norm. Knowing this, we should not fear being different, for it is a blessing.
                        - Susan Miller

    if you can't laugh at yourself you shouldn't be an actor.
    - judi densch

    There Are No Stakes.

    Ancient astrologers felt that the fixed signs -- Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius -- represented an initiation or changing of the guard. They were believed to bring about rights of passage.

    See the situation as a watcher, not a participant. Figure out what the hero or heroine on the stage would do next -- be the director of your own life's play.   - Susan Miller

    "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

    "Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet made me think that love is more intense before it's consummated than after. After it's consummated you have to leave town, people chase you and you end up dead."
                        - Jennifer Tilly, Movieline Aug 99




                        - spray-painted on asphalt, corner of Capri & Sunset, L.A.,
                            18 July 99

    "Sorry for the all the drama going on in my life ..."
    "Hey, with drama comes life-experience ... and with
      life-experience comes good writing."
    "... I don't want to be that good of a writer!"

                        - Scooter & me, 18 July 99

    You have the power to re-invent yourself

    Stay out of that Number 1 [left] lane, you're sticking out like a sore thumb
                        - CHP officer, after ticketing me for speeding on the 280,
                            12 July 99 12:45 am

    Never sleep with someone crazier than yourself   - Kris Kristofferson

    "Now I feel I've been in space twice."
                        - Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, after viewing _2001_, 1968

    To All Those Whose Names I Forgot:
    May Your Memories live on in the
    hearts of those who knew you better
    - anon

    "Trauma stays alive in the psyche for years, for decades. So if you don't work out the dreams, you can't work out the trauma."   -- Alan Siegel, psychologist


    I find, as in life, you tend to feel like you're taking two steps forward and one step back. I certainly don't feel self-assured all the time. I'm certainly more so in that head-frame now than I was five or six years ago.

    For me, when I put out a record and I feel really proud that I've done a great job with it, I'm on top of the world. Two years later, after I've been touring for that long and I feel dead and don't know who I am anymore, well, then I don't feel so self-assured. I think if anything, life is about learning how to create a balance for yourself, who I am anymore, well, then I don't feel so self-assured. I think if anything, life is about learning how to create a balance for yourself, whatever that is.

            - Sarah McLachlan, on her success, CDNOW interview, July 1999

    senses? mine are forever over-amplified.
                        - "Observations at an Airport",

    No one is totally wrong when looking down the narrow perspective of his or her own nose.
                        - Karen DeWitt, Senior Producer, ABC News Nightline

    There is nothing wrong with being unaware or admitting ignorance of a subject or a group of people. Asian-Americans are 4 percent of the U.S. population, which leaves 96 percent of Americans who don't have their experiences and may not automatically understand why in the current atmosphere they feel maligned.
                        - Karen DeWitt, Senior Producer, ABC News Nightline


    Americans have too much difficulty separating fantasy and reality.

    Your eyes show nothing more
    than a dazed oblivion
    What does it mean?
    What will I see?
    When I look closer
                        - The Corrs, "Closer"

    Every scientist worth his salt knows that doggies love chirpy little chew toys. And they love rock & roll.   - Dr. Clayton Forrester

    I don't need to know how to drive, I have an SUV.
                        - Brandon, filling in the SUV driver's word-bubble

    For women, shame most often turns into depression.
    For men, feelings of shame can lead to anger or rage.

    There is a chasm
    of carbon and silicon
    the software can't bridge
                        -- Rahul Sonnad, HIGH-TECH HAIKUS 1999

    To have no errors
    Would be life without meaning
    No struggle, no joy
                        -- Brian M. Porter, HIGH-TECH HAIKUS 1999

    You can't argue with a recorded voice.   - The General's Daughter

    In the United States, where rigidity and racism routinely erases the best music the country produces, we can be thankful for the kind of foreign earnestness reguarly practiced on two turntables.
        - Jeff Chang, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 30 June 99,
              review of Chemical Brothers' _Hey Boy Hey Girl_

    Geniuses like him and me have very special needs, and it's rare to find that one special woman who will destroy you slower than any other woman. So that by the time that she does suck out your soul, you'll be 70 or 80 and your career will be over anyway. That kind of woman is rare.
                        - Emo Phillips, on Weird Al Yankovic

    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.   - Mareciless

    How will you make it if you never even try?   - Macy Gray

    Creativity is easy, anyone can be creative. Experience, now that's what's rare.   - Juli Banfe

    I wondered if I could comfortably use the words "orgasm" and "me" in the same sentence. Susie Bright at Salon appears to have no problem reporting on the color, texture, and relative humidity inside her pussy at any given time, but I'm from New England.   - Andrea Nemerson, sfbg.com

    There is no false note, no striving for effect -- just honest and assured acting.   - NY Daily News, on Calista Flockhart in the Broadway musical "Bash"

    There is such a thing as fate. It just works in really fucked up ways sometimes.   - Can't Hardly Wait

    Francois Truffaut once said that the most beautiful sight in a movie theater is to walk down to the front, turn around, and look at the light from the screen reflected on the upturned faces of the members of the audience.   - Roger Ebert

    still lives in my heart
    can i ask you something
    is your life better now?

          - Cibo Matto, "Moonchild"


    life is too short to feel self-conscious

    When I was young, cars were very important to me -- speed and racing became an extreme fascination for me from the age of about 13 on.   - George Lucas

    "Out of such abysses, also out of the abyss of great suspicion, one returns newborn, having shed one's skin, more ticklish and sarcastic, with a more delicate taste for joy, with a more tender tongue for all good things, with gayer senses, with a second dangerous innocence in joy, more childlike and yet a hundred times more subtle than one has ever seen before."   - Friedrich Nietzsche

    My car has always been for me a source of portable therapy.   - Brennan

    Step out of your comfort zone.

    Artists are always being influenced by something that was done before.   - Dad

    Why is it that men have no tact?

    I cannot go back and change what has been done. I can only prevent it from happening in the future ... For once in my life, I feel an indescribeable peace. This doesn't mean that I am healed. The journey is just beginning.
                        - Mimi, 15 jun 99


    hostility/hatred toward one gender sends you to the other team.

    Not taking someone seriously because of their accent has got to be the silliest thing I've ever heard.   - me

    I had no recognizable identity, nothing inside at all, and no sense of a future ... I knew that I was imposing on my friends, but my friends were no longer real to me. I was observing them from another dimension. They lived in the Great Before, a place I could never return to.
                        - Nancy Venable Raine, After Silence

    As an Asiatic girl, living in a eurocentric culture which sexualizes Asian women, I often feel like a moving target.
                        - Mariko

    Hapa, n. a Hawaiian word meaning "half". Used to describe people of partial Asian/Pacific descent.

    Writers are not supposed to be famous. We're supposed to be observers, supposed to be incognitio ... it makes our job more difficult if we're recognized or if we're famous.   - Stephen King

    Many of the foods traditionally believed to improve sexual function come from the ocean. Oysters and clams have high levels of zinc, which may have been the basis for their reputation as sexual enhancers.
    - Healthshop.com, http://www.healthshop.com/article/default.asp?category_id=9&article_id=179

    change is tough, yes, but the end of one phase is nothing to fear as long as you keep the communication, the sympathy, and the respect flowing. do all you can to end things with your partner on a good note, and you'll find that love doesn't die. it transforms.
                        - me to John, on his impending breakup

    "Music is the best way of communicating unspeakable, ambiguous spiritual and emotional stuff."   - Moby

    how much of attraction is narcissism?

    sometimes if you find all the answers you forget what the question is.
                        - Mark

    it's the outsider who can look in on a group see things the clearest of all.
                        - me, consoling Cindy


    When you get validation not from within, but from an external source -- social group, God/religion, lover/significant other -- you are setting yourself up for a fall.
                        - me, channeling Rip-san

    Diamond life
    Lover boy
    We move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy
    City lights
    and business nights
    When you require streetcar desire for higher heights

    No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
    When sentiment is left to chance
    No place to be ending but somewhere to start

                        - Sade, "Smooth Operator"

    are your tears dark or are they clear?



    "Everyone has the right ... to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
                        - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    You have the ability to see a few seconds into the future.

    Men hide behind porn.

    I'm not in competition with anybody. I try to enjoy what God gave me. Why make yourself crazy?
                        - Diane Lane

    If guys would just learn how to read women's body language, they would save themselves a lot of rejection.   - Cindy

    "please do not feed my god a peanut."   - homer simpson

    It is the awareness of death which makes life precious.

    "An artist's growth depends upon accurate feedback."
        - Data, STTNG, "Schisms"

    Don't concentrate so much on the technical aspect of your art -- if you want to touch people, think more about what you want to say, instead of how you want to say it.   - Geordi, STTNG, "Schisms"

    In matters of relationships: do something because you want to, never because you have to.

    Respect is earned, not assumed.

    Do not cling to or be needy of people.

    I often times don't know what to do with my face if I'm not talking ... - Janeane Garofalo

    See her as a complete person, not a caricature.

    We love slow motion; it was a way to make action moments more elegant, more poetic ...   - director Larry Wachowski on The Matrix

    Always remember: your focus determines your reality.   - Qui-Gon

    Why do we kill someone for killing others to show that killing is wrong?
                        - bumper sticker on CRX seen in San Francisco

    Respect should be reciprocated. When it isn't, I prefer to turn the other way.
                        - Julie, http://www.puny.net/rudeny/may99/fa052499.htm


    Good Sex boosts immune levels, clears mental pathways, elevates mood.

    To Be Is To Change.   - Brennan, 29 May 99

    Without dreams,
      we cannot
           move thru time.

                        - Tia, Super Torta

    Create Respect. Ask for advice from another race.

    Greatness is attainable only when it is not sought.   - B. Banzai

    There is a perception that if something is popular,
    it must not be good.   - Stephen King


    "There is a quake that rips the soul asunder . . . it is the pain of remembering."   - NRB

    "Maybe now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and this time it's not an oncoming train."   - B.Miller

    Question your need to think of 'them' as stupid.

    Is a week of heaven worth a year of hell?
                        -- trailer for The Ordeal

    I can't fight this thing and worry about you.
    If you stay, you'll get me killed.   - BuffyTVS, Graduation Part I


    the emotions get more complex as you get older.


    The [lone] Billy Joel [track] is the ginger in between the sushi of Vince's mix.
                        - Eric & Rip, on vson.99.3.b

    Everyone needs to get fuckin' until we all look filipino.
                        - Paul Rodriguez's grandma

    Keep your distance -- the closer we are, the more likelihood of us connecting.
                        - Damien, Kung Fu 101

    The Key To Survival Is Not Being Caught Off-Guard.


    talking about your hostile feelings when you're feeling them is not a good idea.


    Understanding the mechanics of the body is what gives you freedom.

    If it's important to them, they will seek you out.

    Hope and redemption? I think I'm ready to sign up for a little of that.
                        - Dennis Michael, CNN, on Star Wars Episode 1

    Grouse about the T-shirts and all the other commercial tie-ins all you want. Deny your children the Jar Jar Binks action figure if you dare. It doesn't matter. "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is a worthy movie to end the millennium. The movie offers hope, beauty, a connection with our shared past and the triumph of the individual. And to me, at least, that's worth a little "collectibles" overkill.
                        - Dennis Michael, CNN, on Star Wars Episode 1

    It's those little moments that keep us going.   - Pat

    Trust The Unknown.

    I ended up seeing this movie twice in the theatre, something I never do ... I was literally heaving from laughter throughout the entire film. Two of my closest friends thought it was a waste of money. I am now re-examining my friendship with them.
                        - Mimi, on The Big Lebowski

    "I'm a very honest person, and I'm quite prepared to take the risk of you cutting me, and making me look foolish. Because I have nothing to hide."   - DJ Rap

    I'm okay with the simple but painful truth that one person just cannot complete all of one's tasks in the normal 24-hour day.   - Jaimee

    I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe that I deserved my friends.
                        - Walt Whitman

    In the presence of dissolved boundaries, one cannot continue to close one's eyes to the ... consequences of 2000 years of unchallenged dominated culture, based on monotheism, hatred of nature, suppression of the female ...
                        The Shamen, "Re:Iteration" (FSOL Mix)

    Always accept an outstretched hand.

    suicide leaves a legacy of pain

    Compliment even small improvements.

    Rekindle old friendships.


    There's a lot to be said for an experience that is primitive.
                        - Riker, STTNG, "The Outcast"

    If alcohol releases inhibitions, why are you holding them in in the first place?

    That Which I Desire The Most I Also Know I Am Not Ready For.

    this could all go away at any time.

    To discover new oceans, you need to lose sight of the shore.   - Eireen ('Little Monster')

    "I should've walked away as soon as I saw what was happening --"
    "-- but you didn't: and that's human. We make mistakes."

                        -- Troi & Picard, STTNG, "The Masterpiece Society"

    Maybe The Moth Knows Something You Don't.

    Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.   - Eireen





    If I live to see the seven wonders
    I'll make a path to the
    rainbow's end
    I'll never live to match the
    beauty again

                            - Fleetwood Mac,
                               "Seven Wonders"

    Thought is the powerless shadow of action.   - B. Banzai

    I don't like the feeling of capitalization. It seems so confining. Without it, every word is equal to the next. I kind of like it that way.
                        - Noele (http://www.iworksolutions.com/noele/031999.html)

    "You want your life back? You have to let go."
    "Let go ... let go of what ...?"
                        - trailer for Pushing Tin

    Myths tell us these old stories in a way that doesn't threaten us. They're in an imaginary land where you can be safe. But they deal with real truths that need to be told. Sometimes the truths are so painful that stories are the only way you can get through to them psychologically.
                        - George Lucas, Time Magazine 19 apr 99

    I think [the capacity to be evil] comes out of a rationale of doing certain things and denying to yourself that you're actually doing them. If people were really to sit down and honestly look at themselves and the consequences of their actions, they would try to live their lives a lot differently.
                        - George Lucas, Time Magazine 19 apr 99

    I don't judge my movies by how well the public accepts them. My own yardstick is, How much have I enjoyed the process and am I proud of the results?
                        - George Lucas, Wired 7.05

    Life sends you down certain paths. When toy companies come to you and say they want to make toys, and then those toys wind up being incredibly successful, what are you going to do? Say, "No! I'm not going to give them to you"? When I see opportunities I like to take advantage of them, but that's not what I'm focused on. By paying attention to the business side I've managed to buy my freedom.
                        - George Lucas, Wired 7.05

    It's in the way you're always hiding from the light
    Fast off to heaven just like Moses on a motorbike
    No revolution maybe someone somewhere else
    Could show you something new to help

                            - Tears For Fears,
                               "Break It Down Again"

    My failures, my disappointments, have never come from work. If a film doesn't do well, or if it's a piece of crap, you have another time to try to do better .... But how do I bounce back from the down things that happen in life? I'm not sure. It's not a mistake if you learn from a disappointment and try not to repeat it. That's sort of the mantra I try to use ... it's okay to screw up even on a daily basis as long as you don't keep repeating the same screwup. I suppose you bounce back by just figuring it's for a reason and it happened to take you to a better place.
                        - Sandra Bullock

    Truly spiritual people are never serious.   - Deepak Chopra

                        - bumper sticker seen on Accord in San Francisco

    It started with 'faggot', it starts with those words ... that's where hate starts, with name calling and judgment. - Ellen Degeneres

    It is not a lie to keep the truth to oneself.
        - Spock, "The Enterprise Incident"

    If you search for tenderness
    It isn't hard to find
    You can have the love you need to live
    But if you look for truthfulness
    You might just as well be blind
    It always seems to be so hard to give

                            - Billy Joel,


    "You know, almost everyone has a moment in their lives when they exceed their own limits -- achieve what seems to be impossible."
    "The tricky part ... is what happens afterwards."
    "You almost always feel a sense of loss. But it is possible to carry something of that experience through the rest of your life ... in ways that you aren't even aware of now."
                        - Troi & Geordi, STTNG, "The Nth Degree"

    Women lie to get men into bed.

    If I stay there more than 4 days, I start to remember why it was I left.
                        - Karen, on visiting Albuquerque NM

    Muddy water,
    let stand,
    becomes clear.

    Lao Tzu

    In a world full of people
    only some want to fly
    Isn't that crazy?

                        - Seal

    Do you believe in life after love?
                        - Cher

    "If you venture out and try and stretch your wings, instead of people embracing that, there's resentment. It's bizarre."
                        - director Ron Shelton, on Hollywood backlash against Kevin Costner, _Us_, March 99

    evolution occurs from hybridization

    There may be a correlation between humor and sex.
                        - Data, STTNG, "Data's Day"

    Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives, lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight.
                        - D.H. Lawrence

    "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
                        - Charles Darwin

    "If we strive to be our own hero, the sky and space are no longer limits for us."   - Shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle

    "There's nothing that makes you feel better inside than communicating ... sometimes it gets quite fiery on stage. That's when it really becomes kismet -- those moments of freedom, freedom to express yourself."   - Tori Amos

    Sometimes nothing cures me
    better than to watch the world
    rush past from a train window.

                        - the fray, www.fray.com

    "Too much happens. Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's it. That's what is so terrible. That he can bear anything, anything."
                        - William Faulkner, Light In August

    Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. 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 villify 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 crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do!


    Kids can feel the emotion, without understanding it.

    What I miss about movies today: that they don't show people thinking.
                        - Steven Spielberg, Inside The Actors Studio

    Fear [on the part of actors] produces such extraordinary moments in film.
    Fear is something to embrace.   - Steven Spielberg

    Acting is not being afraid of being made a fool of. And having the courage to have people laugh at you, and still do it, to still want to do it. Acting to me is about courage.   - Steven Spielberg

    You want to get close to me
    The feeling's so clear
    But I need some time to see
    Vision through my tears

    You want to get next to me
    I need your intrusion
    I don't mean to be
    Blinded by confusion

                            - Yes,
                               "Love Will Find A Way"

    Always two, there are: a master, and an apprentice.
                        - Star Wars Episode 1 trailer

    What people tend not to understand is that people who want to be actors, people who really have it in them to be actors, didn't have a normal childhood ... because they suffered a certain amount of ridicule and misunderstanding from classmates and kids their own age -- you get a certain confidence that you wouldn't have otherwise.
                        - Seth Green

    In the absence of real information, prejudice takes over.

    I want to break down the insecurities that cripple me

    Hip hop is the most purely American form of music since jazz.   - MTV promo

    strive for inner perfection
    relinquish control of materialistic obsession

    I don't find it hard to meet
    expenses. They're everywhere.

    Someone else's belief in you has the power to change your life.
                        - Debbie

    San Francisco is a very "un-American" city.   - Hyunju

    there is a reason for every human behavior

    This is going to be with you a long time, Jean-Luc.
    You have to learn to live with it.   - Robért, STTNG, "Family"

    Touch is the only sense human beings cannot live without. Children born blind or deaf can lead normal lives. But infants deprived of touch become withdrawn, listless, and stop smiling, classic symptoms of depression. If touch deprivation continues unchecke d, it may prove fatal.
        - Steefel, L. "Treating Depression," Alternative and Complementary Therapies

    The natural rhythms of communication are tangential rather than linear.
                        - Molly Holzschlag

    "He's a very hard man to nail down, but when you do get together with him, it's like the clock doesn't even exist," one of his friends told me. "He's a very generous man with his time."
                        - Aaron Barnhart, on Gene Siskel

    "The World Wide Web ... seems to be creating a broad definition of culture that forces us to recognize that science and art are parallel aspects of the same basic creative impulse rather than unrelated pursuits."
                        - Ben Davis, Scientific American Aug 1996

    Why do we ever look for something outside of ourselves to make us whole? To define us? To make us feel better about ourselves? Or to forget ourselves? . . . There is so much more . . Love is constant, omnipresent and pure vibration which lives inside everyone of us.

    It is easy to hate. Easy to be jealous. Easy to take. Easy to be violent. It is hard to love and give of yourself. We think we know how. We don't know anything. We must open our mind to each other...to support and love each other. We all want the same thing....to be loved and heard. So, love and listen.

                        - Dubtribe

    "Those sounds could be imitated!"
    "I'd know the difference."
    "Yes, perhaps you would at that."
                        - Thufer & Paul Atreides

    I've noticed a belief that optimism lacks intelligence and that optimism stems from a lack of experience and naivete. I don't believe that ... optimism is a choice. Cynicism isn't smarter, it's just safer.
                        - Jewel, Rolling Stone, 24 Dec 98

    Your actions define who and what you are. How will you be remebered by those you leave behind?   - EJI

    There is no man, nor god, nor past experience to condemn you. You are free and you are free right now. Will you try to see this?
                        Vernon Howard

    Your past does not excuse immoral or unethical behavior.
                        - Data to Kivas Fajo, STTNG, "The Most Toys"

    People come and go; the solo spirit is forever.

    learn through intense observation

    The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.   - karis (1998)

    Being hated is a flattery; indifference means you are of no consequence.   - me

    surround yourself with people who feel the same way as you

    Nobody is ugly. Everyone has beauty to be seen.   - me, channeling Dr. Banzai

    Prolong the moment just before climax/release. It awakens new senses.

    infinite patience.

    "I would probably not call it God-like, but I would probably say ... we are tampering with nature in a very peculiar, very bizarre way."   - Lene Vestergaard Hau, Rowland Institute for Science, 19 Feb 1999, on her experiment slowing the speed of light to 38 miles per hour

    Quantum teleportation allows information to be transmitted at the speed of light without being slowed down by wires or cables. It depends on a property known as entanglement -- what Albert Einstein once described as "spooky action at a distance."

    It is a property of atomic particles that mystifies even physicists. Sometimes two particles that are a very long distance apart are nonetheless somehow twinned, with the properties of one affecting the other. "Entanglement means if you tickle one the other one laughs."


    "I think it's a particularly male thing to be imagining that somewhere out there, some patch of grass is greener."
                        - Kenneth Branagh

    You can learn a lot about a person by how they interact with their dog.

    you don't have to touch to be
    wrapped up in emotion like me
    everyone must feel how i do
    love is just to be close to you

                            - Culture Club,
                               "Love Is Love"

    "When you might have a quiet moment with your own soul -- I think that's when you reach for a drink"   - Ish

    If you have two pennies, spend one on bread to give you life and spend one on a flower to give meaning to your life.
                        - Chinese proverb

    You won't fully understand until you've been there yourself.

    I think when you have the opportunity to do something is when you should do it ... I think life is made of moments. And moments don't last forever. Moments don't happen when you want them to happen; they happen when life wants them to happen.
                        - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ent Weekly 5 Feb 99

    get wealthy to take care of your friends, not yourself.

    Ultimately, love is self-approval.
                        - Sandra Ray

    dysfunction is not "negative" or "bad"; it is simply human.

    I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.   - S. MacLaine

    Sometimes it's only through keeping things inside that inspiration occurs.   - Noele

    cradle that fearful thing trapped inside you

    Oil and water
    Lust and sympathy
    I'll life-and-death my way through the sun
    Where originates all the pain
    That leaves my memory a traumatic sponge
        and sings to you.

                            - PM Dawn,
                               "Looking Through Patient Eyes"

    What happens with, quote, "sex symbols", is that it becomes their business to be sexy, and sex as a business become very unsexy ... [Actors with real sex appeal] are just born sexy. They're not trying ... A lot of it has to do with good acting. If you're lucky genetically, work on your acting.

                        - Joel Schumacher

    You inspire me.

    Give yourself a break. Understand that the ambiguity that often accompanies major tranisitions is sometimes uncomfortable.

    simplicity is maturity   - spinsugar

    Subterranean by design,
    I wonder what I would find
    if I met you,
    let my eyes caress you,
    until I meet the thought of "Mrs. Princess Who".
    Often wonder what makes her work;
    I guess I'll leave that question to the experts,
    assuming that there are some out there --
    they're probably alone, solitaire.

                            - PM Dawn,
                               "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss"

    There's a dangerously fine line between comfort and complacency.   - me

    Watch what happens when everything you believe in ... soars
                        - trailer for October Sky

    leave things better than you found them.

    Do not give your love -- it may get lost. Radiate it like the sun.
                        - Sunyata

    Younger guys ... don't have that thing yet. A chemical gets released in the lower back that makes the thing. It makes all the difference in the world.
                        - Christina Applegate, 30 jan 99, via Movieline Feb '99

    Give a child a camera.

    When you're landlocked and trapped it's hard to see the Bigger Picture ...

    Never Stop Exploring

    "All the high-tech hardware in the world just might be useless against one American boy in a fast car."   - from the novel Buckaroo Banzai

    delay acting on impulse

    it's in the world i've become
    contained in the hum
    between voice and drum
    it's in change
    the poetic justice of cause and effect
    respect, love, compassion

    this is my church
    this is where i heal my hurt

    for tonight
    God is a dj

                            - Faithless, "God Is A DJ"

    A transcendence that cannot somehow be expressed is an incoherence.
                            - JB (w/ apologies to Harold Bloom)

    Been there, done that. Left bruises.   - Lorraine

    experience your deepest fear

    The real voyage of discovery consists
    not in seeking new landscapes, but in
    having new eyes.
                            - Marcel Proust

    For the first time I feel time like a heartbeat,
    the seconds pumping in my breast like a reckoning;
    the numinous mysteries that once seemed so distant
    and unreal threatening clarity in the presence of
    a truth entertained not in youth, but only in its
    passage.   - Scully, "Momento Mori"

    "What is Real?" asked the Rabbit ...
    "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
                        The Velveteen Rabbit
                        Margery Williams

    She left good fingerprints on my heart.
                        - LL Cool J, on working with Jamie Lee Curtis

    completely honest

    Get off autopilot for one second, will ya?   - Adam Corolla

    "Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all former failures into lessons, all sins into experiences."   - Katherine Tingley

    I am tired of the media's constant harping on roofies [Rohypnol] as a major cause of this country's staggeringly high incidence of acquaintance rape. I don't doubt that some rapists are using drugs to subdue their victims -- that's nothing new -- but let us not blame our most revolting human behavior on inanimate objects. To paraphrase everyone's (least) favorite all-powerful lobby, "Drugs don't rape people. People do."
                        - Andrea Nemerson

    This is the way this kind of movie should be done, but never is anymore. And, since it died at the box office, it probably won't happen again for a long, long time. Better savor it.
                        - Paul Tatara, on OUT OF SIGHT

    I want to be an artist that everybody can relate to.
                        - Britney Spears

    "My parents instilled this belief that coordinating your left and right hands helps develop creativity in the brain. So I box and do some kali-eskima silat [knife & stick fighting]. And I play the accordian."   - Lucy Liu

    "I find flying sort of spiritual. I love looking down at the world below."   - Sabrina Lloyd

    No matter what you do, someone is going to objectify you. So you just might as well get over it.   - Sharon Stone

    "Ultimately everything we do is an effort to be loved or to give love .... You can't be willing to live in the hatred, in the rage, because that's not telling the world about you, about your soul."
                        - Sharon Stone

    "When Gumtu had no one left to care for, it no longer had a reason to exist ..."
    "Is that the purpose of existence? To care for someone?"
    "It is for me."
                        - Tam & Data, STTNG, "Tin Man"

    "I witnessed something remarkable. Individually they were both so ..."
    "Wounded. Isolated."
    "But no longer. Through joining, they have been healed. Grief has been transmuted to joy ... Lonliness to belonging."
                        - Data & Troi, STTNG, "Tin Man"

    domestic violence is the number one cause of homelessness for women.

    To understand truth one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind; not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable.
                        - J. Krishnamurti

    You will come to learn a great deal if you study the
    insignificant in depth.   - B. Banzai

    Ore ga kanemochi no Amerika-jin de, gitaa ga yoku hikeru-zo. Issho ni ore no seshina ni noritara doo?
    ("Hey, baby, I'm a rich American guitar player/brain surgeon. Wanna fly in my cessna?")
                        - from ncp-l's 'Useful Japanese Phrases'

    change is unstoppable.

    Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives, lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight.
                        - D.H. Lawrence

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit
                        - from "Desiderata"

    remove the expectation from sex.

    Forgiveness and healing are intermingled. When you are more healed, you feel as if there is less to forgive. Hiding your wound makes you feel adamant about your need for retribution or apology. You see the other person as responsible for your pain.
                        - Tian Dayton

    Deficiencies often fuel the big successes in life, for if we live very stable lives we often have nothing to fight against.   - Susan Miller

    Upon liftoff an astronaut's spine lengthens two inches, a painful sensation that all astronauts feel in addition to nausea.

    simple pleasures,
    finite days.

    "What I love about love is that it makes no sense whatsoever. It's a thing that supersedes your intellect. It's a thing that just takes over, it's not at all logical."   - Meg Ryan

    "We trust the audience to show that one [character] isn't the 'good one', or the 'bad one'. Both make mistakes. Hating someone and holding on to bad feelings feels more productive, when in fact it's not."
                        - Julia Roberts on Stepmom

1998 (dec-jan)
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
                    - Martin Luther King Jr.

It was an innocent film, in a cynical year.
                    - Mark Hamill on Star Wars, 1987 interview

you can control your fear.

    kundalini: a great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the spine. a rich source of psychic or libidinous energy in our unconscious.

    Indirectly kundalini can be awakened by devotion, by selfless service, or by intellectual enquiry. In these paths the blocks to the awakening of kundalini are slowly removed. Occasionally, individuals on these paths will experience a sudden awakening of kundalini but generally because the blocks are slowly and gently removed kundalini-like experiences evolve slowly in these paths.

                        - from The Kundalini Spiral

drink water when you're not thirsty.

What's important is not the path you decide to take, but the people you meet along the way.   - Melissa Scully

loving and living or losing and using
life is forgiving so use it well
feeling revealing or wheeling and dealing
life's not for stealing and time will tell

                        - Level 42, "Take A Look"

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.   - Jean Cocteau

Absolutely no man, yourself included, can be thought to be moral against the unknown and unknowable morality of the future.
                    - 6

Reasonable people can always find something to agree on.   - chrisb

The real fear I have is that the dogged witch hunt that began with land deals in Arkansas and ended in a blow job will make the office [of President of the United States] even less attractive than it already is, and we'll get even worse candidates in the future than we've had to make do with up until now.   - Bram

"While some people worry that hackers might try to blow up the world, it's possible they're just living one long pajama party, gripping the underwear of corporate North America and giving it an oversized digital wedgie."
                                                  - Ho-Ho Con 97

Beauty is an aura. It's not perfect features.
                              Lauren Bacall

"San Francisco is really the only city where people, including women, can go out by themselves and feel comfortable."
                    - Diane de Castro

I spend so much time out of my body I sometimes forget where it is.   - Babylon 5

"healthy skepticism" ... now there's a contradiction in terms ...

hate justified is still hate     - spinsugar

I feel part of what makes two people true friends is the ability to recognize & respect the each the other person's improvements and humility, and forgive the people they were in the past.   - 23 nov 98

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of
weakness. They are signs of strength.
                    Dalai Lama

passive does not equal weakness
aggressive does not equal strength

The web has more users in its first five years than the telephone had in its first thirty.
          - Cisco ad

In some instances it is impossible to separate human emotion from the truth   - James Cameron

There is no reason for anyone to suffer if someone else can do something to ease it.
    - 16 Dec 98

REMEMBER IT, DON'T RELIVE IT   - me, channeling Alfred

"Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."   -Sir Winston Churchill

Harboring a hate for the rest of your life can do irrevocable damage.   - Siozie

worship those who are fragile.   no victimization.

Aggression only encourages more aggression   - Eric

where can hope be found?
... not in the man who believes that others are less than himself
where can hope be found?
... found in a million faces

    - Mike Lindup, "The Spirit Is Free"

i would offer you my pulse
i would give you my breath    - Ani DiFranco

Artistic expression is such a great means of communication; I am so glad that I was able to communicate to you.
    - Kristen Cloke, 10 Jan 97

don't be afraid to be yourself. be afraid not to.   - l.a. looks

"You have to play the hand you're dealt -- and squeeze every ounce of fun out of every minute." - Karen Duffy

the pain keeps you humble

Just to be recognized for something that means so much to me is such an awesome fucking feeling. It's an all-good situation.   - BT

"2003: All the various legal actions against Microsoft, and their lengthy appeals, come to an end. Mighty Emperor Gates is fined two million Gatesmarks."   - www.brunching.com

It's all in the reflexes.   - Jack Burton

Just because it's illogical doesn't mean it's not TRUE.

Hypericin [ingredient in St. John's wort] has been demonstrated to increase theta waves in the brain. Theta waves normally occur during sleep and have been associated with deep meditation, serene pleasure and heightened creative activity. St. John's wort effectually may improve perception and clarify thinking processes.   - from http://www.kcweb.com/herb/stjohn.htm

When did we grow so terribly embarrassed by self-expression? Why has the concept become so quaint? .... We want only to pretend, and are systematically breeding out the exhilaration of true belief and creativity.
    - Paul Tatara, CNN, during review of _Psycho_, 4 Dec 1998

time softens all pain

Use a self-fulfilling prophecy to your advantage.

People can only snicker at someone else's misfortune as long as they lack any real human connection to the subject.   - Andrea Nemerson

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
    -- Eric Hoffer

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
    - G.K. Chesterton

    A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
        -- Albert Einstein

all of the world's religions are a conduit for something greater

I cannot create life ... but I can breathe on the remaining embers ...
    - Babylon 5 final episode

"We believe in ethics rather than laws. We believe in trust, not fear .... Lying is bad. You don't hurt another person's feelings, and you don't take what is not yours."
                    - Mariana Cavazos, 16, of Costa Rica, at the Nation 1.0 Junior Summit, 21 Nov 1998
http://www.jrsummit.net/   http://www.nation1.net/

"I've seen the potential this has .... this music has the power to actually heal and make you change. That is something I want to contribute to."   - DJ Taylor

we laugh at and patronize what we don't take the time to understand.

communicate across barriers

El sol salio a noche y me canto'.   - CE3K

Those who don't read are no better off than those who can't.
      Mark Twain

Love is a Wild Silence From Faraway
                    - 2nd grader, Precita Eyes, San Francisco

One may not reach the dawn save
by the path of the night.
- Kahlil Gibran

Looks like things have turned around. =) they always do ... remember that!   - mimi

break your mold.

"The necessary heights of human cruelty to the homeless that would sting the conscience of America have yet to be attained."
      - from "An Open Letter to Peter Marin" by H.L. Pirie, Harper's, April 1987.

He's always thinking and he's always looking. The basis for acting is to be observant.   - Nicole Kidman, on Dustin Hoffman

A few months ago I didn't even know Julie. It's amazing how you can care about someone, so much, so quickly.   - Felicity

metta (loving-kindness), n.   good-will, friendship, unconditional love. (distortion: selfish love   corruption: hatred)

"Help everyone." Selfishness is the root of all evil; do things for others. Everyone in the whole universe is blessed with being a part of each other; if you help someone else, you're helping yourself.     - DJ Q-Bert

Well a thing was said to me
Time's your enemy
It may heal a wound, but
    it won't hide a scar
And the only thing to do
Is to yourself be true
'Cos a head that's in the
    clouds won't see the stars

                    - Level 42, "Set Me Up"

"I don't want to be above anybody else ... I don't understand the whole philosophy in Hollywood -- or anywhere else -- of people feeling they have to be nasty to other people. I've made an absolutely conscious choice about this stuff."
                    - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Movieline Nov 98

if equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me
                    - unknown

Surfacing is about me finally growing up and facing ugly things about myself. We all have a dark side; it's bullshit to say that we don't. At some point we're going to have to face that.
                    - Sarah McLachlan, on her album Surfacing

Somehow we think that if we can label a thing we have understood it.    
                    - Maha Sthavira Sangharakshita

time heals some wounds, but that doesn't mean we forget.   - mimi

It's true, what you said about soliders, they do form a special bond. But eventually the battle ends, and those who survive, they go home to try and make sense of it all.

I guess we all have our own war stories, but they're meant to be shared, they have to be. Because these stories are what bring us together, and they keep us alive.

                    - _Felicity_

She is the only person I know who makes a sincere and self-motivated effort to give energy to people.
                    - Edward Norton, on Drew Barrymore

You can't overreact to being assaulted.

The biggest fear a rape victim has is
    a. dying
    b. being injured
    c. not being believed

Keith could have jumped out of a time-capsule in the paleolithic age and started drawing on cave walls and they would have understood and laughed -- particularly the kids. I showed his drawings to the Australian aboriginies who initiated me, and they grinned and nodded their heads. Keith communicated in the basic global icons of our race.
                    - Timothy Leary, on Keith Haring

    No two human beings ever experience two sensations, experiences, feelings, or thoughts identically. Everything changes, everything is always different. All of these variables merging, interacting, destroying each other, building new forms, ideas, "realities", mean that the human experience is one of constant change and growth.

    My sense of amazement comes from the fact that most living human beings build their lives around the belief that these differences, changes, don't exist. They attempt to program or control their own existence ... People don't want to know that they change.

                        - Keith Haring

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.     - Dr. Robert Anthony

You cannot think or fight your way out of hell. You must feel your way out.
                    - Nancy Venable Raine

take me back
to the rivers of belief
my friend

i look inside my heart
i look inside my soul

i promise you
i will return

                    - Enigma

It was very emotional, altruistic, heartfelt music.   - BT, on his first album _Ima_

In every turbulence, I find calmness. In every confusing, disturbing thoughts, I find serenity and peace of mind. Regardless of whether I have to seek escape or numb my sensibility, in the end my burden will be lifted somehow and it'll be time to move on. No doubt the route to get there has been filled mercilessly with pain and anguish, moving on to the next challenge in life is exhilarating and it rejuvenates you into a new person.
                    - Moonberry

The opposite of fear is not courage, it is faith.
                    - Nancy Venable Raine

between the grains of change
blue permanence

one short step
to the good ground

                    - May Swenson, "Love Is"

violence begets violence. our culture desensitizes us to and trivializes violence. do the math.

The glory of life is letting those accidents of fate propel you along your journey.
                    - Victor Wong

She can find beauty in all things, no matter how dark or meaningless things may seem.
                    - Misteehaze's Sarah McLachlan Page

time passing will give you perspective   - Debbie

Educate, don't alienate.   - Alex-san

Does the devil know he/she is a devil?
      Elizabeth Madox Roberts

If you are too excited by joy, later you will have to cry.
      Tibetan saying

It's wild that it can be so painful to you and so beautiful to others.
                    - Mateo's response to "Memorial"

Art is a wound turned to light.
                    - Georges Braque

You're too good of a friend to let slip away.     - me

EMBRACE CHANGE    - alfred, 24 Sep 1998

holding in your emotion and stress brings you long-term health problems

He is slow to make a promise, but quick to keep it.
                                        - John Woo's Blackjack

have you ever cried tears of joy?

see it as a philosophy, not a religion

Denial is easy. The truth is hard. - Drunk_Midi

Admit It To Yourself. You Do Feel This Way.

The author emphasizes the central Buddhist concept of "dharma" as a way of acting in your daily life to achieve enlightenment. He stresses that the main purpose of dharma practice is to understand and, ultimately resolve, the problem of anguish: "The truth of anguish becomes an injunction to act."   - review of Guide to Awakening in the West

Luck is not a factor   - Lindsey, The Abyss

Why does medical science ignore the power of the placebo?

i will remember you
will you remember me?
      don't let your love pass you by
                     weep not for the memories    - S. McLachlan


If the explanation doesn't feel right to you, assume it's not the full truth.   - Dr. Drew

find something to inspire you

not every hope is a dream come true
not every heart is made of steel
not all love sees the end of time
more hearts than not will be broken trying

but i believe
that love is enough
in the healing of your touch
because you showed me
what it's all about
i could never have found out
unless you showed me

                    - Michael McDonald

There are times when you have to stop trying to be
in control of everything around you and instead
turn it over to fate.    - Samy

Life experiences are like quarters. You lose both when you're sitting around on the couch   - Jamba Juice

envision how things can be better

The rise of technology has necessitated a return to ritual ... That doesn't mean that technology shouldn't be utilized by the artist, only that it should be at the service of humanity and not vice versa. I think any artist working now has to take advantage of the technological advances of the past hundred years and use them creatively.
                    - Keith Haring

we don't take alcohol seriously in this country.

we don't see DWI as a crime.

In Japan, if you are caught driving with any amount of alcohol in your system, your driver's license is suspended permanently.

I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's going to happen, or who I'm going to meet, where I'm going to wind up. I figure life's a gift, and I don't intend on wasting it ... because you never know what hand you're going to get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you.
                    - Jack

A role model takes responsibility for their actions, learns from their experiences, and teaches others by example.   - In Style

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way     - T. Chapman, "Fast Car"

"There are two types of people: those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'"     Frederick L Collins

unproductive anger is a waste of energy

In this year's crop of summer blockbusters, standing head and shoulders above the rest was Goldie Hawn in Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE BENJAMIN.   - MST3K

replace the word normal with typical or average

it all starts with one act of kindness.

your body takes cues from your mind
your mind takes cues from your body

By seeking first to understand the other position and point of view, you are putting your respect for the person to whom you are speaking above your need to be right. - Richard Carlson

You must watch my life, how I live, eat, sit, talk,
behave in general. The sum total of all those in me
is my religion.     - Ghandi

FORGIVE OR RELIVE     - alfred

Nothing happens in the mind without it happening in the body.   - Deepak Chopra

There is no such thing as actual reality.
There is only the perception of reality.
And that perception is the interpretation that the self makes to the self.
                    - Deepak Chopra

The point is not to be beautiful; the point is to be yourself!   - Sacha #4 1995

less implants, less makeup. just Be You.

"When a scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."   - Arthur C. Clarke

"Knowledge of one's own personal shadow is the necessary requirement for any responsible action, and consequently for any lessening of moral darkness in the world."   - Lilliane Frey-Rohn

You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think it is connected to some higher purpose.   - Jean-Luc Picard.

Behind every news story of refugees arriving at a border point, beach or airport lies a human rights tragedy. Every refugee has escaped violence or persecution.   - Amnesty International

"Part of letting yourself to continue to grow as an artist and a person is growing outside of the confines of what it is you're comfortable with."   - BT

take risks

"Vince, I'm not going into space, and that's FINAL."
"Mommmmm! Six won't go into spaaaaace!"

    - Six & Vince, on Martin-Marietta submitting Six's name for Mir Mission Specialist

"I think that once you've pinpointed what you want out of life, some part of your brain is always subconsciously working on it, and in a way it starts sending out an energy force. And somehow, similar energy fields will find each other. I meet people all the time, and they always turn out to be connected to you in some bizarre way .... out of the billions of people that exist in this world, somehow you find the connection. So to me, I have to relate it to the fact that there's some sort of energy field and we subconsciously find each other."
                    - Ming-Na Wen

Get away from that either-or Western mentality   - Pastor Oh

"One World, One Web, One Program" - Microsoft Promotional Ad
"Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer" - Adolf Hitler

Image is nothing. Intuition is everything. Obey your intuition

a little bit of ecstasy / a little bit of you & me
i'll be your dream ... you'll be my fantasy
                    - Jocelyn Enriquez, "A Little Bit of Ecstasy"

visualize your joy

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - director of the US Patent Office, 1899.

"Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car." - Scott Adams

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

The budget for a single season of "ER" reached the annual budget of New York's Bellevue Hospital.     -- Movieline

The day that work or money is more important than helping someone I care about is the day I drop what I'm doing and book a one-way flight to hell.   - email between me & Deb

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. - Rabindranath Tagore

The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.   - Muriel Rukeyser

Wisdom is something that cannot be taught.   - Danette

question your conclusions and assumptions

"There's no reason for me to flaunt it. I learn a lot from just listening and watching. Then when it's time, it's time. Then I let it all out and I can do anything."     - Mya

Better to see the face than to read the email
      - morph of Zen saying

see it from her point of view

"... it's about taking technology and manipulating it like clay."     - BT

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.   - Joanna Macy

He who knows he has enough is rich.   - Tao te Ching

stay humble

Karma has a strange way of giving us what we need and want, even when we don't know what we want.   - Pat

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.   - Mulan

Assume nothing and question everything.   - Super Street

Confucious Say: if gears clash, time to shift to new speed   - found in fortune cookie

"Cue the Sun"

Probably the best thing about poetry is that you cant get rich from it. - David Duchovny

if you miss the good old days, turn off the a/c   - alfred

"It's beautiful! A Sig-Sauer .38. I love it. Thanks, dad."

"We're in the pipe, five by five."   - Ferro, Aliens

Don't judge a homepage by its user authentication.   - me & Crysania

compare experiences

Y'know, the SF club scene moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.   - me, channeling Ferris Bueller

Remember to honor people in their passing with your living life to the fullest extent that they would have wanted you to.   - Kevin


"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." - Ben Kenobi

are you kind?

"Cue the Sun"

"define sarcasm in five words or less." "yeah, that will be easy."

But just in case it's my place to impart
One day some girl's gonna break your heart
And ain't no pain like from the opposite sex
Gonna hurt bad, but don't take it out on the next, son
Throughout life people will make you mad
Disrespect you and treat you bad
Let God deal with the things they do
Cause hate in your heart will consume you too
                    -- Will Smith

reflexspeed, powerandagility, staminaflexibility, maximum agility

"... it's about feeling, not complexity."     - BT

he who learns the rules of wisdom
without transforming them to daily life
has a bad condition of contradiction
a rap like that could slap back afterlife
                    -- PM Dawn, "A Watcher's Point of View"

"One's path is complex and sometimes hidden ... only by responding to that inner voice can one's life and worth be authentic."
                    -- Patrick Stewart

Don't pretend to be something you aren't; strive to be more than you are.   -- me

If someone is obviously in trouble, help them without hesitation.

Cherish the happiness that you encounter naturally.   -- me

contribute to the collective sphere of unconditional giving

The secret to a good life: Tip Well     -- Rip & Vince, Sin City 1998

passive does not equal weakness
aggressive does not equal strength

communication   >   connection   >   communion

So lose your fear, don't be afraid
to let the freaky-freaky into your brain
                    - Keoki, "Caterpillar"

"People see what they want to see. Koffey looks and he sees hate and fear. You have to look with better eyes than that." - Lindsey, The Abyss

"If you're of mixed race in this country, it's hard to embrace the idea of being beautiful ... but what I have learned to cherish about how I look today is that so many people from all different races think I'm part of their family."     - Ann Curry

The true zen-master has nothing to flaunt.   - Pat

An old man walking the beach at dawn noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth he asked what he was doing.
"The starfish will die if they are still on the beach when the sun roasts them with its mid-morning heat," came the answer.
"But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions of starfish," countered the old man. "How can your effort make any difference?"
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. "It makes a difference to this one," he said.
- Author unknown

The human mind is not a vessel to be filled; it is a fire to be lighted.
        - From The Earth To The Moon

There's something to be said for exploring beautiful places ... it stirs the spirit.
        - From The Earth To The Moon

got sushi?

"He who fights for the future lives in it today." - Ayn Rand

"Jerry Springer, I think, is valuable in that he is a reflection of our culture, which is in decay."

    -- Former talk-show host PHIL DONAHUE, telling the _New York Times_ that the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech applies to Springer's daytime bouts of hair-pulling, name-calling, tell-all confessionals.

Money can't buy happiness. Happiness can't buy groceries.   - Alfred

education is what you get by reading the small print;
experience is what you get by *not* reading it.

Uniqueness/imperfection/originality makes you beautiful

That's not the beginning of the end; it's the return to innocence    - Enigma, "Return to Innocence"

"A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken."
        - Duke Leto Atreides

"I did it all to myself, I have no one else to blame. And I cannot regret one single moment of it."
        - The Thorn Birds

"to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting."
- e.e cummings

Don't deconstruct other people's worldviews without their permission. It's not polite.   -- me


It's not the success, failure, wealth, fame, tragedy, or comedy that matters to you -- it's those moments of pure love. It's the thing that's close to the heart that maybe nobody else even knows about.   - James Cameron

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The longest word that can be typed entirely with the left hand: "stewardesses" -- Pop Up Video

"If there's a bright center to the universe, you're in the city that it's farthest from ..." - 6 and Synth, Toshi Station, Albuquerque

let me surround you
my sea to your shore
let me be the calm you seek
                    -- S. McLachlan

You're so consumed with how much you get
You waste your time with hate and regret
You're broken when your heart's not open

Love is a bird; she needs to fly
Let all the hurt inside of you die
You're frozen when your heart's not open

                    - Madonna, "Frozen"

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't bother to load the film

If you go through hell, I hope you come out of it having learned something. - Drew Barrymore

"I think any kind of true love involves sacrifice ..." -Nicolas Cage

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

"It's like being inside a dream: there's truth but no logic ..."

You learn to go on with your life ... the people who care about you and matter to you, you will see again and deal with; those that don't, you will let disappear into the mists of history ... - Rip

"For there was a prophecy, believed certainly by every whale and dolphin in the sea, that someday man, most promising of the mammals Cetacea had left ashore, would evolve enough to understand cetacean beings, who had returned to the primal waters that the ancestors had left so long ago ..." - Sounding

"Regret isn't good. Every decision one makes in life is made for a reason ... Whenever something bad happens, I think, This is happening for a reason, or, This is going to teach me something." -- Kate Winslet

"You must do me this honor: promise me you will survive . . . that you will never give up . . . no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless . . ."

"'Music To Drown By' ... now I *know* I'm in first class ..."

"TITANIC is not just a cautionary tale -- a myth, a parable, a metaphor for the ills of mankind -- it is also a story of faith, courage, sacrifice and, above all else, love."    -- James Cameron

In one of the email received, a mother brought her very young daughter to the film. The child sat spellbound for the full length of TITANIC and loved it. And on the way out of the cinema she saw many of the audience crying. The child approached one young woman who was in floods of tears and gave her a hug. She said, "S'ok, don't worry, Rose is with her Jack now"    -- MSN UK OnlineTonight chat with James Cameron










    "You know how you can read minds? Just really *listen* to people."     - Corinne

    it doesn't mean much
    it doesn't mean anything at all
    the life I've left behind me
    is a cold room
    where every step I took in faith
    betrayed me
    and led me from my home
                        -- S. McLachlan,
                              "Sweet Surrender"

    'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus'?? We are EACH from different planets. -- Andrea Nemerson

    plug into your worst fears to short-circuit them.   - Delia NY

    plug into your deepest joys in order to release them   - morph of Delia NY quote

    miscalculate your limits.   - Delia NY

    opportunity comes from finding the kickboxer inside you.   - Delia NY

    Be nice to people. They outnumber you 5.5 billion to one

    let me be empty
    and weightless and maybe
    I'll find some peace tonight    - S. McLachlan

    the velocity of time / turns her voice into sugar water   - Cibo Matto

    strive to understand those around you.

1997 => 1984
    kill -9 `ps -fu kenny | tail +2 | awk '{print $2;}'` ; echo "You bastards!"

    I am proud to say this will be the 3rd year that I will tape the SuperBowl, and fast forward through the game to get to the commercials. - Rip

    "We'll kick his ass and take his coat." - DRIVE

    "The world is no longer a romantic place. Some of its people still are, however ... and therein lies the promise. Don't let the world win, Ally McBeal."

    I want people to stop brainwashing each other. This goes for both advertising and religion. I want people to think for themselves. Hint: Spouting back your indoctrination does not count as thought.
                   -- Brennan

      However, some people may only appear like they are spouting back their indoctrination. Perhaps they have thought about it, and truly do believe in what they say.
                     -- me

    "Someday I'll find my Shinin' ..."

    May the horsepower be with you.

    I've often felt that dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to ask.   -- Mulder

    Happiness Is Sixteen Valves and an 8000 RPM Redline ...


    And there's too much going on
    But it's calm under the waves, in the blue of my oblivion
                                           -- Fiona Apple

    Baliff! Whack his pee-pee!

    Good afternoon ME-101 student! Your final exam:

      Under your desk you will find all the parts needed to build a high-power rifle. In ten minutes a hungry tiger will be released into the room. Students alive after twenty minutes will receive a passing grade.


    Between the Aspertame and the Fen Phen I don't know whether to shit or wind my watch.
            - Janeane Garofalo

    Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, "this taste funny to you?"

    "We dream in color, we paint each other black and white ..."
                                           -- Level 42

    "Honey, is that dish too spicy for you?" "(I) (can) (see) (through) (time!)"

    "The guns are drums and the movement is ballet. The words are poetry and the music is opera."    -- John Travolta, on director John Woo


    A middle school in Michigan has banned its students from playing the card game Magic, after several Catholic parents complained that the game depicts Satanic images and images of ritual sacrifice ... For those of you not familiar with Catholics, they're the ones who regularly eat the body of Christ and drink his blood ...
                                           -- The Daily Show

    The Messiah is coming! Burgers for everyone!

    "What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?" -Abraham Lincoln

    "USWest. Life's better here. Some restrictions apply."

    It's the D
    and the A
    and the M
    and the N
    and the A
    and the T
    and the I-O-N
    Lose your face, lose your name
    Then get fitted for a suit of flame

    You can run, but you'll just die tired. -- Quake champion Kornelia Takacs

    "In a democratic society like ours, only one man is above the law. I speak, of course, of box-office action champ Steven Seagal."
                                           -- the Onion, www.theonion.com

    You should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about. -- Willy Wonka

    "Bother", said Pooh, as the ZF1 locked onto him with the Replay feature.

    "Mudhole? Slimy? My homepage this is!"

    "Shut up and eat! You know my love is sweet!" - Cibo Matto

    Copyright infringement is your best entertainment value - Negativland

    "If you were God, what would upset you more: bare breasts on TV, or the destruction of healthy and beautiful eco-systems?" -- Moby

    "We're expanding our research substantially every year ... the only factor that constrains us is finding great people to hire and assimilate."
                                           -- Bill Gates of Borg, TechWeb, Feb 20 1997

    Buddhist to hotdog vendor: "Make me One with everything"

    "Turn INTO the skid! You fool! You'll destroy us all!"

    "Resentment is just a way of letting someone else use your mind rent-free." - Roger Ebert

    "The safety of the Enterprise is of Paramount importance."
                                           -- Jean-Luc Picard, "Time's Arrow I"

    If someone is in your face, it's probably because he or she feels responsible for but not in control of something. If so, this is a deadly combination.    --- Kaitlin Duck Sherwood

    He who fights and runs away, lives to nuke the site from orbit.

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

    Entropy isn't what it used to be.

    Why isn't 'phonetic' spelled the way it sounds?

    Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

    No commercial jet airliners were harmed during the making of this film.

    Ways To Make Basketball More Exciting, #4: Players must constantly shout name of shoe company they have an endorsement deal with

    "We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police."    --Jeff Marder

    I don't need confirmation
    for my boyhood extrapolation
    though I'm not sure of my direction
    I have the groove for my protection   - Level 42

    St. Joseph's Women's Health: Not Just Lip Service -- billboard spotted in Albuquerque

    Be kind to dragons, for you are crunchy and go well with ketchup

    Production: _X-FILES_   Production #: _3X09_
    Episode: _NISEI_
    Friday, November 10, 1995
      REEL 1  (5 Starts)
      1m1     4:03:11     "CHOO-CHOO SUSHI"
      d1:00:00:00         SCORE: TEASER.  Train lab passes from day to night.
      d1:04:03:04         The benihana crew gets some sideline work carving
    Bkgrnd Instrumental   alien corpses; their efforts are thwarted by the 
    		      ninjas of the new Imperialistic multinational
    		      conglomerate interlopers.  Segues to Main Title.

                                           -- soundtrack production reel from The X-Files, "Nisei"

    "We all enter this world in the same way -- naked, screaming, soaked in blood. But if you live your life right, that kind of thing doesn't have to stop there." -- Dana Gould

    Jesus was killed by a Moral Majority.

    activate the rhythm / the rhythm that has always been within

    "There's nothing like flying on a slab of rock over an endless field of skulls toward a mystic smouldering volcano to really give you a sense of your own mortality"
                                           -- The Maxx

    how can the labouring man find time for self-culture?
                                           - Martini Ranch

    Diviner than the Dolphin is nothing yet created.
                                           -- Oppian of Silica, 200 AD

    "You do realize the severe danger that we might take over the world?"
    "I could live with that ... pass the mayonnaise."

    "My neighbors think I'm pretty weird. Maybe you think I'm pretty weird too. But my neighbors are fratboy law students. What does that say about you, hmmm? Maybe it says you're all just meat for the beast." - Jamie Zawinski

    "Are you an American?"
    "No, I'm Canadian. It's like an American, but without a gun."
                                           -- Kids in the Hall

    "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this."
                                           -- Emo Phillips

    A male gynecologist is like a mechanic who's never owned a car

    Those darn immigrants are scaring away all the bigots!

    ZenCrafters: total enlightenment in about an hour

    "There's nothing more dangerous than a justified Christian."
                                           -- Mark Twain

    My husband! Some hotshot! Here's his ancient Chinese secret! Calgon!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; yet there are those who open *many* eyes ... -- David Lynch

    Jesus is coming! Everybody look busy!

    As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.

    "In Soviet Union, World Wide Web browse YOU!"

    "I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land."
                                           -- Jon Stewart

    I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma. -- The Wizard of Oz

    "... for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness."
                                           2nd Corinthians 11:14b-15a

    "Tresspassers will be." -- Buddhist warning sign

    If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man. -- Mark Twain

    From the Little Golden Goblin Books edition of the NECRONOMICON:
    See R'lyeh.
    See R'lyeh rise.
    Rise, R'lyeh, Rise!

    "Y'know, gang, when you're a superhero, you never know where the day will take you. You may find yourself halfway around the world in the shark-infested waters of True-to-Life Living!(tm), or you may find yourself going down to the store for a lozenge. You *can't* *know*, can you? NO. You gotta RIDE that wave ... you gotta SUCK that lozenge! 'Cause if you don't -- who will?" -- THE TICK

    Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
                                           -- H.L. Mencken

    DALLAS (AP) -- Billionaire Ross Perot Tuesday threw his support behind Gov. Ann Richards in her race against George W. Bush, a son of the former president. Perot said Richards' record in managing the state's $35 billion a year budget and bringing new jobs to Texas made her more qualified than her Bush.
                                           -- Great Moments in ClariNet AP News, 1 Nov 1994

    "To escape from our own island, we must each metaphorically kill our own Gilligan..."

    one with nintendo
    halcyon symbiosis
    hand thinks for itself
                 -- Damon Koronakos and Brian Roberts: HI-TECH HAIKUS

    cold matsushita
    their technology stronger
    enslaves our people
                 -- Damon Koronakos and Brian Roberts: HI-TECH HAIKUS

    the sand remembers
    once there was beach and sunshine
    but chip is warm too
                 -- Damon Koronakos and Brian Roberts: HI-TECH HAIKUS

    young sony worker
    innocent hands build walkman
    tears run down faces
                 -- Damon Koronakos and Brian Roberts: HI-TECH HAIKUS

    "He'll probably be thrilled to find that God drives an NSX ..." - Kenneth Finnegan (finnegan@navo.navy.mil) on the death of Soichiro Honda

    "Counselor Troi does *not* strike me as someone who would wear clothes to bed ..." -- 6

    "I don't think that it is. I think it is hostile toward idiots." -- THELMA AND LOUISE screenwriter Callie Khouri, on charges that her film is hostile toward men

    "Even if this were the most man-bashing movie ever made ... it wouldn't even begin to make up for the 99 percent of all movies where women are there to be caricatured as bimbos .... If you're feeling threatened, you're identifying with the wrong character." -- Geena Davis on THELMA & LOUISE

    Scorpio: (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21) Deft conversational employment of the term "akimbo" earns you thousands of tons of quality veal. - Ruby Wyner-Io

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         /-------\/                    /---V
        / |     ||                    * |--|                       .
       *  ||----||
          ~~    ~~
       Cow at 1 meter.         Cow at 100 meters.        Cow at 10,000 meters.

    "The first time Flo said, `Kiss mah grits', something inside all of us withered and died." -- Tom Servo

    Instructions, MicroMagic Microwave French Fries:

       Step 3 - heat in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes
                on High (1:30-2:00 minutes digital).

    "You're not fully dead unless you're *Zestfully* dead!" -- MST3K

    "Hi, this is the human race. We're not in right now -- please speak clearly after the sound of the bomb."

    "Meanwhile, our hero stopped at a Stuckey's to get a salted nut roll!"


    "Oh no, they hit the Howells' hut!"
    "Lovee, I'm on fire!" -- MST3K

    I'm Batman.

    If it glistens, gobble it! -- Zippy the Pinhead

    "Now how are you going to run the universe if you can't even answer a few unsolvable problems?"

    "Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"

    "The captain has turned off the `No Dubbing' sign. You are free to speak any language you choose."

    "Meanwhile, at Jackie Chan Technical College ..."

    "Geez, Joel, don't vapor lock on us, it's just a little SKIT for cryin' out loud!"

    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.    - Nietszche

    "Even though the science fiction elements kind of create the environment, that's really not what's driving the piece: it's driven by the characters. I see this film as a love story first, an adventure second, and a science fiction film third."
                                           -- James Cameron on THE ABYSS

    "Must you scream *every* observation?" -- Tom Servo, MST3K

    "Good night, everybody! Enjoy the buffet!"

    "The press deals in facts, which aren't always the same as the truth." -- Ted Koppel

    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. -- William Gibson, "Neuromancer"

    "I have, to date, never met a tolerant fundamentalist Christian -- I think the last one died by crucification." -- ratinox@denali.ccs.neu.edu (Richard Pieri)

    "Oh, it's a *Unix* system!" -- Lex, in JURASSIC PARK

    "Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny,
    the last battlestar, Galactica,
    stepped into the Quantum Leap Accelerator
    and vanished ..."

    "I'm human; now shut up and pass the salt!" -- MST3K

    Dr. Shrinker, Dr. Shrinker, he's a madman with an evil mind. Dr. Shrinker, Dr. Shrinker, he's as crazy as you'll ever find.

    FROM 1992 GM CAR OWNERS MANUAL: "If you get gasoline on you and then something ignites it, you could be badly burned."

    FROM 1992 GM CAR OWNERS MANUAL: "Don't use radiator antifreeze in your windshield washer. It can damage your paint."

    "`To the Workers of the World, I am sorry.' -- Karl Marx" -- seen on the side of an East German factory

    "Please remain seated until the movie grinds to a complete halt ..." -- MST3K

    "Is it ... atomic?" "Yes! It's *very* atomic!"

    A shapely CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRL is FIDGETING inside my costume ... -- Zippy

    "Go, party, go!" "Primo!" "Ultimato!!"

    "Bula vinaka, beachside!"

    "Childbirth is NOT a miracle. Life is NOT sacred. When you have twenty thousand nomads huddled between two rivers in the Middle East and that's it for Homo Sapiens, when one in five children is a live birth, one in ten living past the age of ten, THEN childbirth IS a miracle and life IS sacred. When the average age of a grandmother in Philadelphia's housing projects is twenty-five, to call childbirth a miracle is at least a tasteless joke and at worst a true obscenity." -- Dave Sim, from Cerebus #142

    "Okay kids, recess is over, put away your weapons ..."

    FREE LEONA HELMSLEY! (limit 1 Leona Helmsley per customer)

    "When I see a Trans Am, I don't think `cool car', I think `now there's a guy insecure about his penis & making huge payments ...'"
                                           -- Bobcat Goldthwait

    "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know." -- Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, when asked to explain why MST3K is a funny show


    "...what's happening... we're huntin wabbits" "actually, muslim wabbits" -- LAPD squad-car computer messages, quoted in the Christopher Report, 7/91

    "36 percent of the American public believes that boiling radioactive milk makes it safe to drink." -- results of a survey by Jon Miller at Northern Illinois University

    "There is absolutely nothing loving about sex ... Lust is as destructive of love inside of marriage as it is outside." Fr. John H. McGoey, Human Life International Symposium on Human Sexuality, April 25, 1986

    "It should not be any surprise to you when you understand that in the feminist movement, it is said, to be a true feminist you have to be lesbian." Tim Golba, State President, Kansans For Life, Inc. "Kansans For Life Newsletter" January 1992, page 2 commenting on NOW President Patricia Ireland

    "I see a divine hand in this AIDS thing." Dr. John Wilke, President, National Right to Life Committee late winter 1987

    "I'll put an end to the idea that a woman's body belongs to her . . . the practice of abortion shall be exterminated with a strong hand." -- Adolf Hitler, _Mein Kampf_

    "The Internet is a spheroid region 705 meters in diameter."

    "We daren't follow them into the nebula, sir -- our RICH CORINTHIAN LEATHER would be USELESS!"

    Happiness Is an S-Curve and a Set of Warm Yokohamas ...


    "It's like getting hit in the back of the head with a surfboard of flavor!"


    "I walk into a club in 100 years time and Elvis is playing 3-chord rock'n'roll on unbelievable high-tech equipment ... That's what I want to sound like!"

    "Diane, it's 3:30 am. There's a spider the size of a Buick in here."

    No Japanese Actors In Rubber Suits Were Harmed During The Making Of This Film.

    "Look! 'Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine!'" "I'll take NINE!"

    "Steempy, I knew we shouldn't have flown with the beeeg boppeeer."

    "There's nothing like enjoying nature on a *screaming crotch rocket* ..." -- Tom Servo

    We're justified and we're ancient and we like to roam the land.

    "I have come here to chew sushi and kick butt. And I'm all out of sushi." -- Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Free Sakharov! Free Sakharov in every box of Super Sugar Crisp!


    "Caution: filling is hot -- and alive." -- Tom Servo

    1050 new dollars in alt.atm.money -- read now? [ynq]

    "When it comes to my health, I think of my body as a temple ... or at least a moderately well-managed Presbyterian youth center." -- Emo Phillips

    "Can't you just gesture hypnotically and make him disappear?" "It does not work that way. RUN!" -- JONNY QUEST

    "My God, it's full of prawns!" -- Dave Bowman at the Sizzler

    Jesus saves sinners ... and redeems them for valuable cash prizes!

    "From the nighttime neon-city wastelands of the Eighties music scene, there was to come a group who would take the fifth step into the future of rock and roll ..."

    "We bailed early. Something came down. Somebody died."

    "I don't *care* if you drive through a mountain in Texas; this is New Jersey, and when you play my joint you're just another act ... I want some *music* outta you characters ..."

    "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

    "History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark!" -- Lord John Whorfin

    "Contestant number two?" "I can kill Midi using only 30 calories, Bob!"

    "Why is there a watermelon there?"     "I'll tell you later ..."

    "I could talk about industrialization and men's fashions all day, but I'm afraid work must intrude ..."

    "Be good to your friends, or else they may develop psychokinetic abilities and destroy Tokyo." -- mreisch@swcp.com

    A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." -- Stephen Crane

    "Are you police officers?"
    "No, ma'am. We're musicians."

    "Now I know why television is called a medium -- because nothing on it is ever rare or well-done ..." -- The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse

    "Imitation is the sincerest form of television" -- The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse

    Fascinating, captain ... my tricorder appears to be going ape-shit.

    Frankie, the human outboard motor, is ... DynaBlue!

    Cowboy, the slow-thinking weapons expert, is ... DynaYellow!

    Frisbeetarianism, n.: The belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

    "Most impressive, Commander." -- Worf to Riker in the Enterprise's Men's Showers, Deck 41

    It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. -- Thomas Jefferson

    "You get what you settle for." -- Thelma and Louise

    "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!"

    "Well, I got me a Go-Phone, got my inventions,
    Got me a jet-car to go to conventions,
    Mountain in the way? We just use the eighth dimension!
    Thank God I'm a Monkey Boy!"
                                           --From "Thank God I'm a Monkey Boy!"

    LATER, deep inside the earth's core, the SuperFriends practice strange sexual rituals! Watch Batman and Robin play "Hide The Salami"! See Aquaman introduce Wonder Woman to his friend, the mighty Sperm Whale!

    "Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse

    "My problem is I need to discipline myself. I was having this large Dutch woman do it ..." -- Emo Philips

    "Diet Mountain Dew has the same pH and density of urine." -- Newsweek, 31-Jul-89

    "Whither thou goest, there thou shalt be." --- BUCKAROO, PRINCE OF SCIENCE by William Shakespeare

    "We males cannot really know the misery of female birth control, just as we cannot know the pain of childbirth (a fact for which I get down on my knees and give thanks at every opportunity)." -- Dave Barry

    "It is fun being in the same decade with you." -- FDR to Winston Churchill, 1942

    "Everyone is entitled to an *informed* opinion." -- Harlan Ellison

    Bad cop! No donut!

    My Captain got assimilated by the Borg, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt


    "Off to meet my doom, mom -- see you after school!"

    drawn into the stream/of undefined illusion
    those diamond dreams/they can't disguise the truth
                                           -- Level 42, "Something About You"

    "Hey now, don't be mean. We don't have to be mean. 'Cause remember, no matter where you go ... there you are." -- Dr. B. Banzai

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