Saturday, February 18, 2012
This installment of the bunker’s verbal mix-tape.
Nothing in particular connects these tidbits, except that they attracted my attention enough to stop what I was doing and write “blog” in the margin.
As mentioned in the last installment’s comments, presence of these quotes indicates neither agreement nor disagreement on the part of the blogger.
A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular, you don’t find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
—James M. Barrie
We primarily look for good character and integrity; we can train you on the rest.
Two-thirds of the mass-energy density of the universe is made up of dark energy, according to our calculations. We don’t know what dark matter is made of, but we know that it makes up the other third of the density of the universe.
For Burnet, the Earth of his time was the shattered ruin of a “perfect” pre-flood creation; the oceans were gaping holes and the mountains upturned fragments of the old Edenic crust. He was particularly offended by mountains: “If you look upon a heap of them together they are the greatest examples of confusion that we know in Nature; no tempest or earthquake puts things into more disorder.”
—R. J. Berry
When it was rebuilt, Gay Head [Lighthouse] also received a first-order Fresnel lens, the largest size made and containing eighteen hundred prisms. While many East Coast lighthouses stayed lit during World War II, Gay Head was dimmed. As the daughter of the keeper of the nearby Cuttyhunk Lighthouse put it, “They didn’t want to help the Germans that much.”
Example. An applicant for life insurance and the insurer were both unaware that the proposed insured died before the policy was issued. The contracting parties thus made a mistake of fact because they were mistaken as to the existence of the proposed insured. As a result of a common mistake of fact, the life insurance contract is void.
The 2002 Zimbabwe Census found that 48,223 households were headed by children less than 8 years of age.
—Rodreck Mupedziswa and Mildred Mushunje
Greene, Olive, 58–59
As Paula Harrell has pointed out, “missionaries may have hoped to develop interest in Christian ideas as they taught the elements of English, but for most of the Japanese youth who flocked to the mission schools, English functioned more like the Internet, as a gateway to new knowledge, in this case of technical and organizational systems that fuelled the power of modern Western societies. It was a case of dosho imu [同床異夢] (same bed, different dreams).”
According to one visitor, “Most of the[se] agents at the Sandwich Islands divide the 24 hours into three parts, Drinking, Gambling and Sleeping.”
—Jennifer Fish Kashay
This man is exactly what he seems: uninteresting.
Dr. Benjamin developed another habit that was often discussed. Before surgery Dr. Benjamin soaked his best A and E violin strings in oil gaultheria for twenty-four hours; he then soaked the slippery but highly malleable strings in alcohol or an antiseptic solution until just before he was ready to use the strings to stitch tight a wound or close a patient after an operation.
On December 30, 1943, the Courier-Post ran this headline: “Wives of Cooper Unit Doctors Hear Col. German Broadcast on War Task. Recording from Italy relayed by WCAM; Kin Happy to Learn of Model Army Hospital; Mothers of Four Attend.”