Quotes Roundup- Spring-Summer 2010

friends, these are my most recent biannual quotes i have read and enjoyed; please comment if you also enjoy.  🙂

Thomas Paine (via froggey):

Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system.”

Goethe:

Nothing is worth more than this day.

Peter Walker:

The supreme arrogance of religious thinking: that a carbon-based bag of mostly water on a spec of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star … would look up at the sky and declare, ‘It was all made so that I could exist!

H.G. Wells:

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race”

Bertrand Russell:

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Neil deGrasse Tyson:

The stars in the universe far outnumber all the words ever uttered by all the humans who have ever lived.

Aldous Huxley:

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.

Brennen McKenzie:

If you try to picture a pack of Chihuahuas bringing down and savaging an elk, the impact of thousands of years of artificial selection is obvious.

John Cage:

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.

Bob McCue (oh, how i heart mister mccue):

The most satisfying aspect of parenthood so far has been witnessing my children come into their own as adults. Becoming friends with these surprising human beings is as fresh as life gets. In this and so many other ways, life is sweet. I am a lucky guy who spends most of each day feeling grateful.

R. Feynman:

Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.

Gerald Massey

They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority.

Arthur C. Clarke (in his Third Law of Prediction):

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

John Erskine

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.

Richard Dawkins:

Hydrogen is a tasteless, invisible gas – and if you give it enough time, it will turn into people.

Anon:

Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of Capitalism.

10 songs- no cheating

well ned challenged his readers to post the next 10 songs that come up at random on you iPod. here go mine:

1. Sleazy (Mr. Timothy Remix)- by Dirty south. Found on DJ Solyn’s album Sunset Deluxe. I like to listen to good House music while i drive, and especially while working out. this is a pretty decent song that came up randomly (out of a thousand House tracks). [4 out of 5 stars].

2. If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time– by R. Kelly. this song was okay like 10 years ago. not so into it now. [3 out of 5 stars]. Continue reading

best music of the year

[notice, this is not opinion, these are the canonized, set-in-stone best albums of this year, 2007, according to me].

…and the award goes to (in alphabetical order):

  • Best of Benny Benassi
  • The Compton Effect (by Greydon Square)
  • David Waxman Presents: Ultra Electro
  • Elements Of Life (by Tiësto)
  • Godskitchen: Global Gathering 2007
  • In Search Of Sunrise 6 Ibiza (by Tiësto)
  • Live At Radio City (by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds)
  • Pop Life (by David Guetta)

**enjoy! and if you don’t agree, feel free to recommend your favorites (that aren’t quite as good, of course) in the comment section…

Dave Matthews- Creationist?


Why do lyrics have to be so obscure all the time? I was a HUGE DMB fan as a teenager and still really like their music, but his new single Eh-hee has me confused about what Dave is trying to say in his lyrics- he’s about as good at getting his point across as is Isaiah speaking to the 21st century.

First part seems atheistic:

Praise God who has many names
But the devil have many more
With the love that my mother gave me
I’m gonna drop the devil to the floor

I’m gonna drop the devil to his knees
I’m gonna drop the devil to his knees

The problem is some people gonna try to convince you
That they know the answer no matter the question
Be wary of those who believe in a neat little world
Cause it’s just fucking crazy you know that it is

Eh hee yeah amanaya yeaha yeah eh eh amana
Eh hee yeah amanaya yeaha yeah eh eh amana

Second part pro-evolutionist (after re-reading it several times), …yet also somewhat agnostic:

Strange evolution how people have come to believe
That we are it’s greatest achievement
Barely, we’re just a collection of cells
Overrating themselves
God I’m avoiding the truth

He then ends the song sounding somewhat Christian:

Drop the devil to his knees
I’m gonna drop the devil to his knees
I’m gonna drop the devil to his knees
I’m gonna drop the devil to his knees

Come on
Brother, sister
Brother, sister
Brother, sister
Brother, sister
Praise God

So what the hell was that all about? I think that Dave continues to remain Agnostic-Atheist and it appears that he obviously accepts evolution as well. I started writing this post thinking that Dave’s lyrics were mocking evolution but now see the opposite to be true. I think that he may have masked his lyrics in murky word-play to appeal to both sides of the fence. For example, back to one of the paragraphs above:

Strange evolution how people have come to believe
That we are it’s greatest achievement
Barely, we’re just a collection of cells
Overrating themselves
God I’m avoiding the truth

Here is where i see he has the most fun with words:

You could read the above as “strange evolution” as in “The Theory of Evolution is strange”, or you could read it (probably more correctly) as “strange evolution (as in strange ‘change over time’) how people believe we’re its greatest achievement (as in elitist)”. He then responds: “Barely: we’re just a collection of cells”, where one could understand the same line merely being spoken sarcastically, mocking evolution.

It’s intelligently written to sound pro-evolution or anti, depending on what you want it to say. Well done, Dave, you’re still my favorite artist.

Atheist Rapper: Greydon Square

“Extian” By Greydon Square

You hand me a beat
I’ll abuse it like catholic priests
Do to children during the holiest of Vatican weeks
The sack of my beats ain’t phat they enormous
They’ll leave you brainwashed off and lost like a pack of Mormons
You disrespect my clan you better run and hide
The same way Christians accept ‘Intelligent Design’
If you push the truth aside then the ministers win
But if you so strong in your beliefs then answer me this
If the memories of a life’s retained in the brain
And the brain dies inside it nothing remains Continue reading