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Tuesday, 21 April 2009


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"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book."

Good quotes often tend to generate other good quotes. Here`s a famous one:

"Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small."

Here is Wikipedia`s comment:

"This observation is routinely attributed to former Harvard professor Henry Kissinger. Justin Kaplan, editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, asked Henry Kissinger, whether he had stated, "The reason academic politics are so bitter is that so little is at stake." According to him, Kissinger, "foxy as ever, said he didn't recall saying it but that it 'sounded' like him. In other words, he didn't say it but wouldn't mind if we thought he did." In fact, in a 1997 speech at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, Kissinger said: "I'm going to say one thing about academic politics to which Mr. [Peter W.] Schramm referred. I formulated the rule that the intensity of academic politics and the bitterness of it is in inverse proportion to the importance of the subject their [sic.] discussing. And I promise you at Harvard, they are passionately intense and the subjects are extremely unimportant."

I have been reading The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition. One of the things I like about the book is the way each chapter begins: with a brief history lesson about the process and how it came to be.

One of the striking things about this period is everyone is incredibly passionate about the process they were inventing; it sounds like a pretty exciting time.

Goodness! She appears to have created a time-travelling device that allowed her to peer into the gear forums at dpreview.com.

Just what one would expect from a point n'shooter.

After reading a long thread on a website discussing/abusing/one upping/backslapping/faceslapping about a printing paper this was a joy.

Thanks Mike

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