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And We Try So Hard!

October 15, 2008

MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.

– Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary


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  1. October 15, 2008 2:29 PM

    I have always been a fan of the Devil’s Dictionary.

  2. Shrey permalink
    October 15, 2008 5:16 PM

    And i’m looking for the devil’s dictionary ebook already

  3. October 15, 2008 5:27 PM

    And I’m asking Shrey to forward that e-book to me 😛

  4. October 15, 2008 5:57 PM

    Adam –
    As have I. 🙂

    Shrey –
    Just you wait, you’re going to be wearing -10D spectacles someday cos of all these e-books you read! 😛

    Niths –
    You can find most of it online already – like on quotation sites et al. 😀

  5. October 15, 2008 6:34 PM

    I can’t even begin to comprehend its brilliance. Ack, too much sense befuddles me.

    On another note, it sounded EXACTLY as though you had seen Requiem for a Dream! Have you seen that? I couldn’t sit through it, it was that…scary. *shivers*

  6. October 15, 2008 6:37 PM

    Ok, I just saw your scrap; *sighs* Suraksha, you are BRAVE! I had to read a chick lit to get over RfaD!

    “Chennai is new and shiny and soul-less. It’s concrete and unfeeling and doesn’t give a damn, really. 🙂 ”

    Enna awesomeness, I say 🙂

  7. October 15, 2008 6:45 PM

    Sharan –
    Bierce is awesome, isn’t he! 😀

    And Requiem… is very close to my heart. I watched it during a period of turbulence in my life and it brings back all those memories. It makes me reel every time. And the music, the music! 🙂

  8. Shrey permalink
    October 15, 2008 9:43 PM

    @ Suraksha

  9. Shrey permalink
    October 15, 2008 9:44 PM

    @ suraksha

    Naah, i’ve been fine this way for years now 😀

    And i dunno how the last comment got posted, … there are ghosts in my pc :O

  10. October 15, 2008 10:05 PM

    Shrey –
    Hmpf. Is it just MY power that keeps increasing exponentially?! 😦

    Ghosts? Or maybe you have MPD! 😛

  11. October 19, 2008 7:57 AM

    And so i come to know of yet another of those finer delights of this world – the devil’s dictionary … enlightening post.

    Requim though, is very familiar territory … music,editing,screenplay,you name it … RFAD’s got it.
    Clint Mansell Rocks !!! That’s the chap who came up with the music.

    @somebody … requim is not scary, it’s disturbing. you want scary, go see The Shining .

  12. October 19, 2008 12:35 PM

    Pavan –
    It’s an entertaining book as well. 🙂 And Clint Mansell’s genius is the Hope Overture of the theme music. Trippyness! 😀

    And The Shining is terribly unnerving – one of Kubrick’s best! 😀

  13. October 22, 2008 10:41 PM

    the mind is a beautiful thing alright. Read hannibal rising. Brilliant description.

    And I saw Requiem for a dream today. Shrey told me you’d seen it as well. And apparently this comment page says the same thing as well. :). Disturbing movie.

  14. October 22, 2008 10:57 PM

    Sharanyan –
    I haven’t read Hannibal Rising. 😦 I HAVE heard that it’s brilliant though. I’m really trying not to get desperate enough to d/l e-books.

    And am I just abnormal or is everybody BUT me getting zoned out by RfaD? 😮 It staggers you. Awfully. But it’s still glorious, in a weird, macabre way.


  15. October 24, 2008 5:15 PM

    Got the devil’s dictionary. Man, 1911 this got published?

    “ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from,but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.”

    Sheer brilliance.

  16. October 24, 2008 9:41 PM

    Sharanyan –
    Heh. Innit? 😀

    And this –

    CONGRATULATION, n. The civility of envy.

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