Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Another week

Another week off work. Last Thursday I went to Cashel to get my stiches removed, and the nurse put a finger cot on my finger, which was extremely painful. The next day I decided to do a mass hair removal, and it got soaked in the shower. Removed it afterwards to find that it had been cutting off the bloodflow to the finger. Got a lot of odd feelings in the finger, so I went to the factory doctor, who told me I couldn't be around extremes of temperature, so no work this week. Been reading and watching movies mostly. I got "Going Postal" last Thursday, reread "Night Watch" and "Equal Rites", started reading "System of the World", and watched "The Pianist" among others. Collected quotes, as usual. Equal Rites: "a hint was to Esk what a mosquito bite was to the average rhino because she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you." "Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history." "They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were ignorant of only ordinary things." Night Watch: "It wasn't that he'd liked being shot at by hooded figures in the temporary employ of his many and varied enemies, but he'd always looked at it as some kind of vote of confidence. It showed that he was annoying the rich and arrogant people who ought to be annoyed." "'Yeah, all right, but everyone knows they torture people,' mumbled Sam. 'Do they?' said Vimes. 'Then why doesn't anyone do anything about it?' ''cos they torture people.' Ah, at least I was getting a grasp of basic social dynamics, thought Vimes." "Ninety per cent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact." "This was a very thorough cell. Not even sound was meant to escape" Going Postal: "The broom must have been kept as an ornament, because it certainly hadn't been used much on the accumulations in the stable yard. On the positive side, it meant that he had fallen into something soft. On the negative side, this meant he had fallen into something soft." "Dimwell Arrhythmic Rhyming Slang: Various rhyming slangs are known, and have given the universe such terms as 'apples and pears' (stairs), 'rubbity-dub' (pub) and 'busy bee' (General Theory of Relativity). The Dimwell Street rhyming slang is probably unique in that it does not, in fact, rhyme. No one knows why, but theories so far advanced are 1) that it is quite complex and in fact follows hidden rules or 2) Dimwell is well named or 3) it's made up to annoy strangers, which is the case with most such slangs." "What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter." "And if Moist von Lipwig couldn't cream a little somethi-- a big something off the top, and the bottom, and maybe a little off the sides, then he didn't deserve to!" "'You wrote everything down, Crispin?' he said. 'Why?' Crispin looked apalled. 'Got to keep records, Reacher,' he said. 'Can't cover y'tracks if you don't know where y'left 'em. Then ... can put it all back, see, hardly a crime at all.'" "You had to admire the way perfectly innocent words were mugged, ravished, stripped of all true meaning and decency and then sent to walk the gutter for Reacher Gilt, although 'synergistically' had probably been a whore from the start."

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