Inspired by the Facebook meme to “stop negativity by posting flowers”:

“Ignoring or rejecting the negative always of life is a certain pathway to ruin. Anybody with a solid grasp of philosophy whether it be religious or secular should recognize the importance of reflecting on the harm and trouble that may have been avoided. I’m no fan of this cultural movement to sugarcoat things. Adversity is the best teacher that I ever had, and were it not for many hard lessons and much reflection on my own responsibilities for the outcomes that caused me and others to suffer, I don’t believe I would be a person that many would welcome into their lives. The ugliness we expose here is medicine for those who have willfully failed to recognize their own responsibility and have not effectively corrected for their errors. This is necessary and important and we should lose no momentum in our struggle to represent the values that we need to better the balance of society in our nation. Flowers are nice, but not as nice as being able to trust those sworn to protect us to do so with expert judgement and compassion for the innocent.”

-Jess Byrd (more…)

“If nobody hates you enough to kill you, you have erred on the side of placating the majority. If nobody demands that you go fuck yourself, you are the twitching, glistening, pink puckering anus of the universe and fate can’t wait to bend you over and molest you right in your sorry life. If you are not the worst asshole you can be, you are squandering the beautiful privilege given by the almighty.”
-Rev. Back It On Up, Church Of The SubGenius (more…)

Literature Vs. Film
People often repeat the fallacy that “film is a passive medium”. The statement is usually elaborated like this: “When I read a story in a book, I have to use my imagination to conjure up what the characters look like, the sound of their voices, the appearance of their surroundings, the house, the landscape. When I see a movie, those things are all nailed down for me, so I don’t feel as involved.” What the person is describing are the most obvious aspects of a given story, that is, its physical properties. They are, in fact, the least interesting and least important components of a story. I do not read books in order to imagine the physical appearance of things.

Conversely, there are things which are typically spelled out in a book, but which must be imagined in a film. These are the intangibles, the important stuff; what are the characters thinking and feeling? Novelists have the advantage of being very explicit about the internal experience, and they indulge it, often to the detriment of the reader’s power to infer. Good writers are the ones who maneuver around this pitfall. A book’s ability to describe thoughts and feelings is a liability, not an advantage, if used to declaim its themes rather than evoke the desired consciousness in the reader.”
-Peter Chung, The State of Visual Narrative In Film And Comics (which I linked to before) (more…)

I have amassed a few quotes here and there. Some by me. Some by friends. Some famous quotes. Some random quotes. For a long time, simply stored these in quotes.txt.

Well, I had an idea — Turn quotes.txt into an RSS feed, so that everytime a new quote is added, it can show up in people’s readers.

And that’s what I did. You can subscribe to the “Clint‘s Quotes” RSS feed HERE.

For those still stuck in 2004 (i.e. those who don’t use RSS), the actual text file of quotes can be read HERE. But you’re screwed on updates — which is part of the point of RSS. I guess you can just check it every day for new ones? Ha ha ha, nobody would ever do that! Manually checking stuff is for suckas! That’s why I made this an RSS feed.

RSS is the most important technology since http and email. Go to Google Reader and paste http://clint.sheer.us/quotes/quotes-rss.xml into it for much better results.

WARNING: New subscribers will get an item for EVERY quote. Star them for later, mark them all as read, but don’t come whining to me about filling your RSS box :)

P.S.: To those already using our aggregated/managed feed, this feed was already incorporated several weeks ago. So no action is needed on your part.


… wordpress ate my blurb. Just read on for the links. (more…)

“That Osama Bin Laden — he was quite a nice guy, until he started shitting black ducks.”

I’ve heard this quote was bandied about in Russia a lot:  “Communism: We pretend to work. You pretend to pay us.”

I’ve decided on a capitalist equivalent:  “Capitalism: We pretend to enjoy working. You pretend to enjoy paying us.”

‘Nuff said.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilization has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence.

From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to apathy,
from apathy to dependency,
from dependence back into bondage.”

[Currently I consider america somewhere between complacency, apathy,
and dependency, depending on who you are and, very generally, how old you are.]

This is a good quote I just added to my email signature:

“People who talk about revolution and class struggle
without referring explicitly to everyday life,
without understanding what is subversive about love
and what is positive in the refusal of constraints,
such people have a corpse in their mouth.”
-Raoul Vaneigem, “The Revolution Of Everyday Life”

For more info, go to http://www.wikipedia.com and look up “situationism”.