Monday, August 18, 2008

the interval

I've been fairly busy recently, so here is a quick post to fill the void:

"In an old joke from the defunct German Democratic Republic, a German worker gets a job in Siberia; aware of how all mail will be read by the censors, he tells his friends: 'Let's establish a code: if a letter you get from me is written in ordinary blue ink, it's true; if it's written in red ink, it's false.' After a month, his friends get the first letter, written in blue ink: 'Everything is wonderful here: the shops are full, food is abundant, apartments are large and properly heated, cinemas show films from the West, there are many beautiful girls ready for an affair -- the only thing you can't get is red ink.'" -- S. Žižek

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Links:

Video: a must see short film by Arthur Lipsett: 21-87

Fantastic article at the American Scholar: The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

A man with Epidermodysplasia verruciformis... "Tree Man." And two more bizarre/fascinating pictures: 1 2

2 comments:

متياس said...

Hi, I find your blog rather interesting. The joke made me smile, too.

Hectocotylus said...

Thanks. Too often it feels like I'm talking to myself when I post, so I appreciate your comment very much.