Tip of the tongue for Week 6

Monday 14 February 2011, 9.00am HKT


Things that caught my eye or ear for the week of 07-13 Feb 2011.

(I’ve decided to split this portion from the regular roundup because keeping this there would make the roundup a tl;dr nonsense than it already is.)

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“A new job warrants a new wardrobe.”

(04 Feb 2011)

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“It’s like a Somalian bitching about getting a ham sandwich instead of turkey.”

(‘Dropkick Murphy’ re: humanitarian aid, 04 Feb 2011)

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In vino veritas. — Latin proverb (In wine there is truth.)

Wine and children speak the truth. — Romanian proverb

Madmen and children speak the truth. — Greek proverb

And drunken children are truth-tellers par excellence! (A wag)

I thought children whine about the truth. (Another wag)

(06 Feb 2011)

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“Your master’s degree was only two years long, so why imagine that could possibly match more than 30 years of working experience around the world? You’re a trained thinker, right? Why don’t you think about how you’re thinking it?”

(7.45pm, 06 Feb 2011)

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“Lawrence, welcome home, son. Stay, for a long time.”

(2.26am, 07 Feb 2011)

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“Ignorance is such bliss, until you look in the mirror.”

(07 Feb 2011)

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“In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it.”

(H.G. Wells (1866–1946), The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind, 1931, ch. 2)

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Television was far more pervasive and radicalizing than printing had been. It was massive. When Riesman and others spoke of books, magazines, and radio as mass media, they could not imagine the size and shape of television. There never had been a medium that could reach everybody, and reach them with images of behavior as behavior without the rationalization of words. The audience for its programs was drawn from every social class and every social element. By the mere act of watching television, a heterogeneous society could engage in a purely homogeneous activity. Television images are more rapid and transient than the printed word. They make no demand on us to remember or reflect on them. This impermanence and the time of consumption cause us to spend extended hours with the medium but significantly less time with any one image or sequence of images. Television is instantaneous and simultaneous: Everyone gets the message at the same time and, at the same time that an event is happening. There is no lag time between a reporter witnessing an event and reporting it, and no time for reflection and analysis.”

(American media critic William J. Donnelly in ‘The People Connection,’ The Confetti Generation, 1986, published by Henry Holt)

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“Wot’s a ‘love handle‘?”

(Johnny, after yours truly was exploring same the night before, 12 Feb 2011)

(Honestly, I could’ve sworn I’m being stalked sometimes…)

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

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