March 3, 2014

'God is dead, God is dead'...Perdition! When God dies, you'll know it.
Confessions of St. Argentine.
(I think this is a fictional reference, the epigraph for "Petra" by Greg Bear, a cool short story I first saw in the "Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology")
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/what-we-mean-when-we-say-hello/283860/ - interesting study in how we try to connect to new people. I'm thinking of trying to adopt its suggestion of "So what's your story?" I've been using "So what do you do, for fun or profit?" as a way of trying to find out what people are about without presuming they define themselves through work, but without judging them if that's how they DO define themselves, or find most compelling to talk about. (Also I like how the article starts with the Somerville/Cambridge habit of taking it to the square or subway stop level.)
http://gizmodo.com/how-solar-time-compares-to-standard-time-around-the-wor-1535080399 A study in time zones. Confirms my suspicion that I moved from a late sunset area (Cleveland) to early (Boston). Cleveland has it better in my mind, no doubt: trudging to school in the dark in winter was a small price to pay for those long summer nights.
Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station.
"The Lunchbox"

Art isn't everything. It's just about everything.
Gertrude Stein

Cynicism helps combat how terrifyingly beautiful everything is.