• On Science-Fiction

    I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

    I don't think I'm alone when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless domination of our solar system.

    - Jack Handey, "Deep Thoughts"
  • In education as elsewhere, the broad primrose path leads to a nasty place.

    - A. N. Whitehead
  • A great war leaves the country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
  • English is a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary.
  • True words are not beautiful,
    Beautiful words are not true.
  • Bishop of Bath and Wells: You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity… Have you ever considered a career in the church? Blackadder: Yes, but I couldn't get used to the underwear.

    Blackadder the Second
  • What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

    - Samuel Johnson
  • Terry Pratchett

    That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans. A European says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?" An American says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?"

    "It's still a lie. Like the lie about masks."
    "What lie about masks?"
    "The way people say they hide faces."
    "They do hide faces."
    "Only the one on the outside."

  • Balzac a dit:

    Mes avis sur vos relations avec les femmes sont aussi dans ce mot de chevalerie: Les servir toutes, n'en aimer qu'une.

    Le véritable amour est éternel, infini, toujours semblable à lui-même; il est égal et pur, sans démonstrations violentes; il se voit en cheveux blancs, toujours jeune de cœur.
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The Cast

Jon Whyte – yours truly.

The wife – not really my wife. Good friend of many years who is on the way to conquering the medical world as easily as she conquered the state in secondary exams.

BJ – brother from another mother. So close that we share porn. If only Monash had not thrown its tempting hook, we would still be together this day. Spends a lot of time in the courts.

Sisi – fashionista and nurturer of bad taste [“Better than no taste” was the retort.] Likes all things gay and on the way to becoming quite the little liberal. By which I mean quite left-wing as opposed to the Australian Liberals, which are apparently our right-wing party.

JJ – pianist, violinist and [almost certainly] doctor extraordinaire. Talks a lot. Boundless energy.

J – master biologist of the coming generation. You’d better watch out for this one in the scientific community.

HG – almost-doctor and quite serious about the whole business. Determined to get to the top on her own might. Damn well will, too.

Cat – my sister if I had one. Amazing artist and intellectual if only she would admit to it.

Fang – almost-doctor and would be a great mangaka if there was the funding, free will and time. In a perfect world, perhaps.

Jo – either following down Sisi’s footsteps or vice-versa. The most independent of us all.

Yo – brilliant photographer and artist, currently undertaking Law. Bloody good at that, too.


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