Month: February 2003

  • an excellent book indirectly about synaestheisa is A R Luria’s “The mind of a mnemonist: A little book about a vast memory” (amazon link )the subject ‘S’ had a memory that was for all practical purposes inexhaustible. part of the reason for this was because he was very highly synaethetic, colours had texture, smell &…

  • following on quite nicely from the last entry something to cheer me up. woo hoo! I’ve finally found it.. after years of searching i’ve found the original source of the flimsy premise of this site.. “Come to think of it, there are already a million monkeys on a million typewriters, and Usenet is NOTHING like…

  • “I have of late,–but wherefore I know not,–lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden…

  • saturday's peace rally in London wash was a great success for most people and something of an endurance test for Belinda and I. we were well prepared.. bel had painted a very colourful placard with Make Tea, not war on one side and Peace on Earth on the other.. I had a hastily improvised banner..…

  • onemonkey is but one of the millions of simians tapping (seemingly) at random on a keyboard. some bright spark once said that sooner or later one monkey of those monkeys would type the complete works of shakespeare. one wag observed that the internet is a very good counter-example to this theory. yet another monkey purloined…

  • here’s an example of how it ought to be done.. richard herring – warming up – a well written, authentically funny weblog that is regularly updated. does it inspire us to imitation, shame us into action, or fling us into envious despair and despondancy? all three to a greater or lesser degree, depending mostly on…

  • DO I NOT LIKE THAT? I sit in front of a computer all day, every day and by now you would think i would know the location of the ‘q’ key, the ‘w’ key, the ‘e’ key, the ‘r’ well you get the idea. Yes, I can type moderately quickly.. quicker perhaps than you could…

  • MUST CONTROL FIST OF DEATH I know you mustn’t laugh at poor unfortunates, but ha ha ha ha! I found this story about new hope for people suffering from compulsive repugnant thoughts..science daily link The article starts out “Imagine being tortured by repeated thoughts of stabbing your child or having sex with your minister ?…

  • ‘When a politician talks to the public, the only correct response is – Why is that lying bastard lying to us’ It’s Vonnegut ain’t it?

  • anti war march this saturday & we’re making a placard and have been trying to think up some decent slogans. Here are my efforts: military expenditure US…………..$280 Billion Iraq………….$1.3 Billion who is more dangerous? reverend Blair says: Love thy transatlantic neighbour bomb the shit out of the arabs. (& just don’t mention the french) –…

  • God knows I’m not a Christian (God knows this better than most – or he would were he not dead) But, at the eleventh hour before this latest war, I am forced to admit that there is a lot of merit in St. Augustine’s definition of a just war. His formulation lays out seven principles…

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    Yet another beginning..Incapable of sustaining anything for any length of I’ll start again, just like I did the last time or the time before that. And what will we get in the end, well don’t know yet i expect whatever it is and whenever it comes it’ll be an anticlimax.

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    Q. Is talent ‘god given’? A. We were discussing this sort of thing in a social psychology class last friday.. lecturer is advocate of social constructionism.. which says exactly that all aspects of personality and aptitude are culturally produced. one person is shy, another is outgoing solely due to past experience and the self-reinforcing expectations…

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