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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Orwell Diaries

Started reading the Orwell Diaries and I'm kind of bummed that there are no entries for the past 2 days. But I have to share this quote of his on Charles Dickens - it's very inspiring (although it's not part of the diaries portion - it's part of the intro):

‘He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity. It is the face of a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry — in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls.’


I was reading io9 earlier today and came across this nugget of a word:

lithopanspermia - The theory that life can be carried between planets on rocks ejected by impacts.

What a great theory - reminds me of Leary's Starseed and Woodstock lyrics:

"We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden"
- Joni Mitchell