I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion. I carried so many home I was hunchbacked for years. Philosophy, art history, politics, social science, the poem, the essay, the grandiose play, you name ’em, I ate ’em.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953

My Favorite Scene from Adaptation

  • Charlie Kaufman: There was this time in high school. I was watching you out the library window. You were talking to Sarah Marsh.
  • Donald Kaufman: Oh, God. I was so in love with her.
  • Charlie: I know. And you were flirting with her. And she was being really sweet to you.
  • Donald: I remember that.
  • Charlie: Then, when you walked away, she started making fun of you with Kim Canetti. And it was like they were laughing at *me*. You didn't know at all. You seemed so happy.
  • Donald: I knew. I heard them.
  • Charlie: How come you looked so happy?
  • Donald: I loved Sarah, Charles. It was mine, that love. I owned it. Even Sarah didn't have the right to take it away. I can love whoever I want.
  • Charlie: But she thought you were pathetic.
  • Donald: That was her business, not mine. You are what you love, not what loves you. That's what I decided a long time ago.

You are this universe. And you are creating it at every moment. Because you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past. If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. But it is still now and the universe is still beginning now and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now and as the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You will never find it there.

Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now. That creates the past. And it begins here.

Powerful words by Alan Watts.

I was intrigued reading about Seattle’s first certified Passive House, Park Passive.

The dark colors on the thermogram of a Passive house, at right, shows how little heat is escaping compared to a traditional building to the left.

What is a Passive House?:

The Passive House concept represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%.

Wikipedia:

The term passive house refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. … The vast majority of passive structures have been built in German-speaking countries and Scandinavia.

I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to—I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly because I have to—I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws! And feel the wind of a supernova flowing over me! I’m a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I’m trapped in this absurd body!

Brother Cavil, Battlestar Galactica

My favorite quote from the series.

INTPs thrive on systems. Understanding, exploring, mastering, and manipulating systems can overtake the INTP’s conscious thought. This fascination for logical wholes and their inner workings is often expressed in a detachment from the environment, a concentration where time is forgotten and extraneous stimuli are held at bay. Accomplishing a task or goal with this knowledge is secondary.
Me, in a nut.