The Inaugural Mix-It-Up Day!

Every Saturday will be dedicated to mixing things up a bit on the blog.  Spending one’s week with their head buried in a book, while nutting out the internal logic of their own story worlds, will require some measure of diversion.  The mind spending too much time in a story world, your own or others, can lock down neurons too!

– S –


“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” –Margaret Thatcher

The worst part of utilitarianism:  Nothing you do will ever succeed in making everyone happy.  Tough times called for tough measures, and that is exactly what Margaret Thatcher did.  Many respected her for it, while others (as they did at the funeral procession) turned their backs on her.

“You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line’.” – Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), The Princess Bride

One of many classic characters in a classic movie.  He did not last the whole movie, but he made an indelible mark.  One cannot say the word ‘inconceivable’ without his name coming to mind.  His smug attitude made you love him, even if you wanted to slap him.


Colette: Horst has done time.

Linguini: What for?

Colette: No one knows for sure. He changes the story every time you ask him.

Horst: I defrauded a major corporation.

Horst: I robbed the second-largest bank in France using only a ball-point pen.

Horst: I created a hole in the ozone over Avignon.

Horst: I killed a man (holds up his left thumb) with this thumb. – Ratatouille

The last line doubled me over laughing.  Alluding to a scene from ‘The Presidio’ in a Pixar movie?  Awesome!  In the 1988 movie, some meathead in a bar challenged Sean Connery’s character to a fight, with a much-younger Mark Harmon (most commonly known as Agent Jethro Gibbs from NCIS) nonchalantly watching on.  Sean held up his right thumb, advising that it was all he was going to fight with, and humbly saying that he wouldn’t use his left thumb because it was ‘much too powerful’.  The scene can be observed here.  Mark Harmon’s last line in the video is a cracker =)

– S –


My half hour of lunch time is normally spent sitting on a garden wall just outside the office, eating my sandwiches and reading a book.  Food, of course, draws the birds: crows, magpies, peewees and willy wagtails.

On my first day at work, a magpie saw my sandwiches and made it known it wanted some.  Shooing it off, it disappeared into the garden further down the wall.  Hearing some rustling, but thinking it some other birds in the trees, the magpie had looped around, snuck up behind me and tried to steal my sandwiches.  Keep-fresh bag and all!  That was worth a good laugh, and I gave the magpie some of my sandwich for being a ballsy smartass =)

And of willy wagtails, those cheeky and cute little birds.  They are black and white and would fit in the palm of your hand.  They also have super-bushy and super-pointy white eyebrows.  Though little, they take on anything that tries to get in on their terrain, from crows to magpies to Labradors.  And I have always found namesake tail wagging unexplainably amusing.

It’s probably weird, but sometimes the little things are the funniest.

– S –

Be sure to drop by tomorrow, as the next scene in Chapter 5 of ‘On Venusian Cloud Colony Number Nine’ will be posted.  Barney is back home, and will be catching up on all the family and ceremony he has missed while mining away on Venus.  It will cover how Venus itself is a prominent part of the traditional Aboriginal culture of Northern Australia.  I look forward to your comments and/or feedback =)


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