September 18, 2003

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On Books (from Spanish Blogger Hernan Gonzalez, thru the fracturing lens of Babelfish):

I bought some books the weekend. And it gives a little me shame to confess it. Because I have too many books (and too many without reading...)? No, not as much for that reason... to that already I have resigned myself.

Anyway, the Yankee technical books (at least, those that are not too popularizer , those that has quality within their branch) usually have his; there is writers who have their cuasi-literary grace, and some that another characteristic of culture, breaking a little the stereotype nerd...

And - retaking what said in the beginning, on libraries too much populated... brought an appointment of Borges, that alluded as well to CicerĂ³n (I mention of memory, safe Borges that it said it better):

"Like all person who has a great library, CicerĂ³n felt like culprit not to know it absolutely..."


Indeed... I do feel like a culprit sometimes, most especially when recently, and astonishingly, I lost two books. I hie'd to the library and borrowed one of them, which is surely what I should've done in the first place.

Reading Hernan Gonzalez thru the lens of babelfish, we Northern Americans are usually referred to as "Yankees" which either makes me feel like I wear the pinstripes Mantle wore, or I'm about to battle the greycoats at Gettysburg. Update: Hernan G. wrote me and said that to refer to us as Americans is of course, not precise since since he is an American also. So "North Americans" is sometimes used, albeit wordy. Nothing wrong with Yanqui, just don't call me late to dinner!
Kathy Defends an Ass! at 11

"The only thing I would quibble with (both then and now) is the defamation of the character of Balaam's ass. Balaam's ass was the instrument of the Lord; her speech was supernaturally produced!"

Other colorful KTC quotes include:

"I did inform one young lady that she was on 'the bullet train to hell'".

"In my little sphere, though, I'm not asked so much to give advice; rather, I end up hearing presentations of the cultural values of my seeker friends (and they ARE friends, not merely curiosities or my version of 'the white man's burden'."
"...thyme’s always short."
- Gregg the Obscure
"There’s a word for this book and the word is crap. This cost maybe $0.75 at the thrift store. When I think of the 20 oz. Coke I could have bought with that money, I’m peeved." --Literarium

On the more serious side of things, see Crystal's confessional story.   And from today's local paper came this bon mot: "The icon of mother and child is probably the most powerful symbol and the most accurate synthesis of Christianity....Between divinity and humanity, there is a unity. God made himself little to join humanity and allowed man to achieve his full dignity." - Rev. Johann Roten
"If they knew what it was, they'd know where to put it." - our pastor, regarding confusion over where to place the Tabernacle in the sanctuary.

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