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Published Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 9:12 AM EDT
Mar 23 2014

This is the 30th anniversary of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension. If you're a fan, you'll love this video. Note NSFW language. A must-watch...

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A fun thing to say from the toilet stall in a public restroom: "Siri, why is there so much blood?"
-Jim Hamilton

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Cool, the movie "Network" is on TV… Oh, wait, it's just a psychic talking about the missing plane on CNN.
-@FrankConniff

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Fun fact: When my kid watches "Terminator" I will have to explain the concept of a phonebook, but not an autonomous robot killing machine.
-@AsaTait

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I think what pushed Fred Phelps over the edge was the opening of "300: Rise of an Empire."
-Conan O'Brien

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I love how these nuts say "I don't need insurance. I'm healthy." Equals: "I don't need food. I'm not hungry right now."
-@kurteichenwald

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Feed me. Now.

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If swimming is great exercise, explain whales to me.
-@BillMurray

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Are fatty acids teased by all the other acids?

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Circular reasoning: see reasoning, circular.
-Unattributed

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Remember those pink "While You Were Out" notes? There has to be a huge warehouse somewhere filled with them...

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Microsoft OneNote is now free on all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone. Check it out..

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This past Thursday was the vernal equinox, but Pittsburgh hit the 12 hours between sunrise and sunset mark last Monday. We're gaining daylight at the fastest rate we'll experience all year: two minutes and 41 seconds more each day until March 27, when things start slowing down. On June 21, there will 15 hours, three minutes and 48 seconds between sunrise and sunset, and the days start getting shorter. Sunrise/sunset isn't the best gauge of day length, though, since we have twilight before the sun rises and after it sets. Morning "civil" twilight (there's also nautical and astronomical twilight) begins at civil dawn, when the center of the sun is 6° below the horizon. It ends at sunrise. Evening civil twilight begins at sunset and ends at civil dusk, when the center of the sun is 6° below the horizon. (Twilight's the period when the street lights go on and off.) So if the day seems longer than 12 hours, it is, by a full hour.

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From a friend who follows everything:

Well, it's been a strange couple of weeks here on planet Earth. First, a modern, well equipped Boeing 777 passenger jet disappeared without a trace into apparently about a third of the planet leaving experts from 26 nations scratching their collective heads in confusion and concern. Then the situation the Ukraine, Crimea and Russia flared up into ever more distressing situations, many of which were deliberately instigated by our leaders here in the U.S. and many of those in the EU ever since the fall of the Soviet Union. And now there is some indication that our munificent (at least to themselves) corporate leaders are dumping their equity interests while the bubbling stock market is still frothing with foam. Just when one begins to think that the time couldn't get much more interesting, it does. It's looking more and more as if this could be a very hot summer indeed. Israel is continuing being Israel- taunting the U.S. and Europe. China and Japan are within a trivial insult of outright war and North Korea keeps doing everything it can- and then some- to attract world attention. This is on top of the continuing chaos in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. India is in its usual state of political chaos and Turkey is about to come apart at the seams. And this doesn't even touch on the newest hot-spots in Africa. All the while the economic security in the U.S. and the EU continues to be eroded by unnecessary and unwarranted neoliberal austerity plans which are doomed to fail and which will insure that inequality of wealth will escalate still further before collapsing in on itself. All in all, what a fascinating time to be alive!

To paraphrase Tom Leher, I'm beginning to feel like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis...

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Big quake. We stood in the doorway, so we could be hit by things from two rooms.
-@ElayneBoosler

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And... the desktop is clean.
-KGB


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Quotes of the day: Erich Fromm
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Published Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 8:29 AM EDT
Mar 23 2014

Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 - March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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All men are in need of help and depend on one another. Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual.

As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.

Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves.

Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion.

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.

I believe that none can 'save' his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion.

I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between 'life' and 'death;' between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance-submission.

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.'

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.

Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter.

Man is born as a freak of nature, being within nature and yet transcending it. He has to find principles of action and decision-making which replace the principles of instincts.

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.

Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.

Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.

Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair

People have committed suicide because of their failure to realize the passions for love, power, fame, revenge. Cases of suicide because of a lack of sexual satisfaction are virtually nonexistent.

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

Society must be organized in such a way that man's social, loving nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with it.

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.

The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.

Women are equal because they are not different anymore.


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