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Pale Blue Dot

Profound words of wisdom from Carl Sagan.


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history of the world, i guess


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RIP John Clarke

29 July 1948 – 9 April 2017

We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are

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The Front Fell Off

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The World We Live In Now

I Built A Wall – Phase Two

This retaining wall has been a potential issue for some time now. It was very poorly built to begin with. The only thing done right is that the posts are set solidly in concrete (which is actually as much a curse as a blessing) and nicely angled against the bank. But that’s where it gets a bit shaky, so to speak.


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Alan Watts On Everything


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Don’t Ask Me, I’m Not Laughing


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Joseph Heller

“Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.”
“What the hell are you talking about?” Yossarian shouted at her in bewildered, furious protest. “How did you know it was Catch-22? Who the hell told you it was Catch-22?”
“The soldiers with the hard white hats and clubs. The girls were crying. ‘Did we do anything wrong?’ they said. The men said no and pushed them away out the door with the ends of their clubs. ‘Then why are you chasing us out?’ the girls said. ‘Catch 22,’ the men said. All they kept saying was ‘Catch-22, Catch-22. What does it mean, Catch 22? What is Catch-22?”
“Didn’t they show it to you?” Yossarian demanded, stamping about in anger and distress. “Didn’t you even make them read it?”
“They don’t have to show us Catch-22,” the old woman answered. “The law says they don’t have to.”
“What law says they don’t have to?”
“Catch-22.”

Telling the Truth?


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I Built A Wall

Technically it was a fence — and I didn’t actually build the whole thing, just replaced the crumbling fibre-cement panels with much more attractive (and much more durable) classic wooden palings. However, I did also build a retaining wall from scratch, to replace… well, to be honest I’m not sure what the original builder thought they had there. They had used the same 5mm fibre-cement panel that they had covered the fence with to hold back a nearly 1.5m high bank …and well, guess who got stuck cleaning it up when it unsurprisingly failed.

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