gssq.blogspot.com Archives - 04 March 2012, Sunday

  • @leenseah

    The Myth of Progress - Singapore Lyric Opera's Mozart's Don Giovanni

    gssq.blogspot.com 01 Mar '12, 4pm

    "Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it." - Woody Allen *** Many have critiqued the Myth of Progress as a delusion. As Qohelet observed (before one even conceptualised modernity): One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth...

  • Links - 8th November 2011

    gssq.blogspot.com 27 Feb '12, 9am

    "The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened." - Saki *** What is this foolish lust for uncertainty? - "Vernon says: "We live in an age intolerant of doubt." But it seems to me that there is at least a class of educated, libera...

  • Links - 27th February 2012

    gssq.blogspot.com 27 Feb '12, 4am

    "Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children." - George Bernard Shaw *** State of the Western RPG - "There was indeed a dramatic shift in the mid-1990s, but it was not the collapse of the PC RPG as often heralded... It was instead a shift from party-based systems ...

  • Crying, Strength and Weakness

    gssq.blogspot.com 24 Feb '12, 4am

    "What doesn’t kill you makes you smaller" – Mario *** "People cry, not because they're weak. It's because they've been strong for too long" This is another of those throwaway phrases that many people love. Yet, what does it really mean? If we rephrase it, it comes out as the following...

  • Motivational BS of the Day - "Never let go"

    gssq.blogspot.com 23 Feb '12, 6am

    "Little girl and her father were crossing a bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter, "Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall into the river." The little girl said, "No, Dad. You hold my hand." "What's the difference?" Asked the puzzled fat...

  • @Notorious_QRG

    gssq.blogspot.com 22 Feb '12, 11am

    This perfectly encapsulates the dissatisfaction I've always felt at judgmentalism towards people who are (allegedly or otherwise) "judgmental": "...But again, if you ask people to describe how they've behaved over the years, you will often find that they say they've looked at it very ...

  • Why Singaporeans are so Lucky

    gssq.blogspot.com 22 Feb '12, 2am

    a Singabloodypore comments box : "You guys have to be fools not to realise how LUCKY Singaporeans are read about the experience of this Singapore who went on tour to USA and come back fully understanding how LUCKY a country Singapore is. -------------------- Singaporeans are lucky peo...

  • Why you should rent a room in Geylang

    gssq.blogspot.com 14 Feb '12, 4pm

    "Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the face." - Mike Tyson *** I finally went to Geylang for VD tonight, to test my hypothesis that Geylang would be more crowded tonight. Unfortunately the police ruined by hypothesis since there were some police cars out and about, which...

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    The Sickest Shit I've Ever Seen

    gssq.blogspot.com 14 Feb '12, 9am

    The Sickest Shit I've Ever Seen "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand" - Kurt Vonnegut *** @Evilmink labelled this as "Possibly the most disturbing pic i've ever seen": (alt link ) When I said that was nothing, he named goatse, lemonparty and 2g1c as his credentials. Which...

  • Lawyer: Perception vs Reality

    gssq.blogspot.com 13 Feb '12, 4pm

    France/Spain 2011 - Day 14 - Departure (Religious) Tolerance and Power - Martin Luther The Writing of Fiction A sad story reminiscent of my Chinese essays Links - 12th February 2012 What One Does to Eat France/Spain 2011 - Day 13, Part 2 - Paris France/Spain 2011 - Day 13, Part 1 - Sa...

  • Life and death; death and life

    gssq.blogspot.com 11 Feb '12, 7pm

    "To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death freely chosen, death at the right time, brightly and cheerfully accomplished amid children and witnesses: then a real farewell is still possible, as the one who is taking leave is still there; also a real estimate of...

  • Le froid, c'est relatif

    gssq.blogspot.com 11 Feb '12, 2am

    Le froid c'est relatif, cela dépend beaucoup des habitudes...... + 22°C : les habitants de l’Équateur mettent un pull pour sortir... + 18°C : les habitants d'Hawaï mettent deux couvertures pour dormir... + 10°C : les habitants d'Helsinki éteignent le chauffage, il fait trop chaud... +...

  • Rape Culture vs Castration Culture

    gssq.blogspot.com 10 Feb '12, 6am

    "Nothing ever goes away." - Barry Commoner *** Someone pointed me to Xiaxue's post on why you should not trust your partner: "If he is already sleeping with someone else, when you find out you can plan your next step. If you are married, you can hire a PI - submit evidence to court an...

  • The Secret to Happiness

    gssq.blogspot.com 09 Dec '11, 4am

    Happiness is freedom to choose for herself "Ms Lee Wei Fen, 24, recent graduate 'I don't think money has to get in the way of happiness. Unfortunately, it often does because it confuses people about their priorities in life.' How she found happiness: While others her age headed straig...

  • The whore is despised by the hypocritical world...

    gssq.blogspot.com 29 Nov '11, 8am

    "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception." - Groucho Marx *** The truest passage in the book: "The real value of a sexually attractive woman in a world which regards good looks as a commodity depends on the degree to which she puts her looks to work f...

  • @kitsune_shoujo No I'm not. Why is it alright to eat animals, but not to have sex with them? @inrsoul

    Why is it alright to eat animals, but not to have sex with them?

    gssq.blogspot.com 25 Nov '11, 3am

    "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov *** "Dancing with the octopus at Anilao" Last week, some people were expressing disgust that Nikon Asia had endorsed this picture as a "truly astounding shot" (the photo has since been taken down): W...

  • The World's Favourite Past Time

    gssq.blogspot.com 23 Nov '11, 3am

    The World's Favourite Past Time "Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary *** On complaining about the young: Who says young people are lazy and rude? "TOO rude, too lazy and too wasteful. Adults worldwide routinely complain about ero...

  • Links - 20th November 2011

    gssq.blogspot.com 20 Nov '11, 3am

    "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde *** Greg Mankiw's Blog: Educating Oligarchs - "Paul is making an implicit assumption--that the return to education is deterministic. If indeed a year of schooling guaranteed you precisely a 10 percent increase in ear...

  • The wound which never heals

    gssq.blogspot.com 09 Nov '11, 1am

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra *** ""We've behaved badly, boss. You laughed, so did I, and she saw us. And the way you left, without any fine words, as if she was an old bag of a hundred. What a damn shame! It's not polite, boss. That's not the way for a ...

  • Links - 1st November 2011

    gssq.blogspot.com 31 Oct '11, 4pm

    Comment: "The issue really has to do with changes in the declension of regular and irregular English verbs over time. Old Anglo-Saxon words commonly were strong and therefore would change their past tense forms. (“To run” becoming “ran” is an easy example.) French influence helped bri...

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  • Links - 29th October 2011

    gssq.blogspot.com 29 Oct '11, 5am

    Driver thought cyclist she hit was tree branch - "HER car rammed into a cyclist from the rear so hard that he flew and hit the front windscreen, cracking part of it, before rolling onto the road. But Cleopatra Wong Yuin Ping, 30, thought the body that smashed into the windscreen was a...

  • "Why I am no longer a skeptic"

    gssq.blogspot.com 24 Oct '11, 2am

    “Rather than seeing himself as human because he could make economic calculations, the hunter insisted that being truly human meant refusing to make such calculations, refusing to measure or remember who had given what to whom, for the precise reason that doing so would inevitably crea...

  • Post-Imperial Guilt (or "What have the Romans ever done for us?")

    gssq.blogspot.com 23 Oct '11, 1am

    "Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless." - Sinclair Lewis *** Comments (mostly from the first 2 pages, anyway) on a Guardian op-ed exuding British post-imperial guilt: 1) I couldn't even read ...

  • What counts as "Fairness"?

    gssq.blogspot.com 16 Oct '11, 4am

    Saw this at Ben and Jerry's Chunk Fest 2011, and was struck by the thought that some people (who would otherwise support Ben and Jerry's goals) would disagree with all four definitions of Fairness here: "Fairness is being judged by your inside not your outside" - the moment you slam s...

  • Australia 2011 - Day 3, Part 2 - Koala watching

    gssq.blogspot.com 16 Oct '11, 1am

    I like to think of myself as a Renaissance Man, who champions the values of the Enlightenment and aspires to the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude.

  • Conversations - 15th October 2011

    gssq.blogspot.com 15 Oct '11, 10am

    Conversations - 15th October 2011 France/Spain 2011 - Day 6, Part 1 - Paris: Church ... The Death of A Legend La tombée The Price of Mammon If you don't like abortion, don't have one... Links - 12th October 2011 Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish ACS and Rich Kids Un diplomate, un militaire et...

  • The Death of A Legend

    gssq.blogspot.com 14 Oct '11, 9am

    If you don't like abortion, don't have one... Links - 12th October 2011 Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish ACS and Rich Kids Un diplomate, un militaire et une jolie femme Australia 2011 - Day 3, Part 1 - Great Ocean Road Why we don't leash cats Links - 10th October 2011 When a Lady says No, sh...

  • La tombée

    gssq.blogspot.com 14 Oct '11, 2am

    "Récapitulons, petite je voulais devenir Dieu. Très vite, je compris que c’était trop demander et je mis un peu d’eau bénite dans mon vin de messe : je serais Jésus. J’eus rapidement conscience de mon excès d’ambition et acceptai de « faire » martyre quand je serais grande. Adulte, je...

  • The Price of Mammon

    gssq.blogspot.com 13 Oct '11, 1am

    "Indecision may or may not be my problem." - Jimmy Buffett *** Voices of finance: banker's ex-girlfriend "I remember the first time on a Sunday morning he told me he'd have to go into the office. I was appalled. Then I thought, wait, this is his way of telling me it's over. Turned out...

  • Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

    gssq.blogspot.com 12 Oct '11, 12am

    "I find nothing more depressing than optimism." - Paul Fussell *** "[Jan] Hus's passionate demands for a return to the traditional poverty of the clergy and a general improvement in the moral standards of public life aroused the enmity of the upper echelons of the priesthood as well a...