Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination

Disney on Failure

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Recently, I started to read “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination“, by Neil Gabler. The more I read it, the more amazed I am by the man. Not the company, nor the characters he built, nor the myriad films the Walt Disney company has produced (though I am, without a shadow of a doubt, a fan), but by …

Delenn Babylon 5

When We Become Our Own Worst Insticts

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There are moments when we all become someone else. Something other than what we are. It takes only a moment. But we spend the rest of our lives looking back at that moment in shame. For one instant, out of a lifetime of service, he became his own worst instincts. — Delenn, “Objects at Rest” (Babylon 5, Season 5, Episode …

Neil Gaiman on Dr. Who - Suspending Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief

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A while back, I read the following in Neil Gaiman’s Journal, as he wrote about his impressions of the most recent Dr. Who episodes: [T]here were bits of plot . . . that necessitated not just suspension of one’s disbelief but the surgical extraction of said disbelief before dangling it over a vat of bubbling acid in the hopes that …


Meaning vs. Happiness

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Mr. Linderman: There comes a time when a man has to ask himself whether he wants a life of happiness or a life of meaning. Nathan Petrelli: I’d like to have both. Mr. Linderman: Can’t be done. Two very different paths. To be truly happy a man must live absolutely in the present. No thought of what has gone before …

We are the corn...

So, Masters of Nature?

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We are all now being manipulated by corn . . . [The idea of ethanol] is the final triumph of corn over good sense. It is part of corn’s scheme for world domination. And you will see, the amount of corn planted this year will be up dramatically from last year and there’ll be that much more habitat because we’ve …

Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe

Nothing stranger

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The brown book I carry says there is nothing stranger than to explore a city wholly different from all those one knows, since to do so is to explore a second and unsuspected self. I have found a thing stranger: to explore such a city only after one has lived in it for some time without learning anything of it. …