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There Will Be Posts

The end of 2011 has been hectic. There have been quite a few changes in my life, and it’s not over yet. So my blogging has gone quite for these past few weeks. All is not lost, however. There will be posts in the future. After next week I’ll have more time to consider and write things. Just know that all is well and things will get moving again. Hooray!

And EDAP will return as well. I got a new camera for Christmas (thanks mom!) and there will be video!

Returning to photography

Short post today. Busy with job application things. Here’s the deal. I have had a blog where I post one picture of mine every day. It’s called Every Day A Photo. I’ve been on hiatus with that to work on this blog, bringing Benefits up to snuff. Now I think I have done that and I can return to updating both regularly. I’ve updated the look and added some more features to EDAP, too. So go check it out. And subscribe both there and here!

Quotes, quotes, quotes

You might have noticed that I’ve started the past few posts here with a quote. Up until the previous post the quotes have all been from the actual work that I’ve been talking about, but since I was talking about a general idea in the promise post I pulled a quote that I liked about the topic. So for today’s post I thought I’d defend that decision. I think pulling a quote from a book or movie or song has a pretty obvious defense, so let’s focus on those other cases, shall we?

I am not the smartest person on the earth, nor the wittiest, nor the best writer. In fact, I often wonder what the point of writing is when there are so many other people doing it, and doing it way better than I will ever do. I will never beat Thomas Pynchon. I will never beat Neil Gaiman, and I probably won’t even beat Stephen King. There’s just something in me that will always feel inferior to everybody else doing what I’m trying to do, so why not steal from the best. After all…

Ah, but what of the pitfalls? What if I screw up the quote? What if I misattribute! What if the quote doesn’t really mean what I want it to mean?

Quoting: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another. – Ambrose Bierce

Misquotation is the pride and privilege of the learned. – Hesketh Pearson

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted. – Hesketh Pearson

And what’s the use of a quote, really? To get a little funny thing? Something profound? Why are quotes even a thing?

He who trains his tongue to quote the learned sages will be known far and wide as a smart ass. – Howard Kandel

There’s a difference between philosophy and a bumper sticker. – Charles Shultz

Quotations will tell the full measure of meaning, if you have enough of them. – James Murray

Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired. – Richard Kemph

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. – Somerset Maugham

Ouch, that last one stings a bit, doesn’t it? I have a friend who complains that I quote movies too much in our regular conversations. I suppose I do. To be fair, half the time I don’t even know that I’m quoting something. The other half of the time I’m quoting Jurassic Park. See, now I’m sitting here by myself, uh, talking to myself. That’s, that’s chaos.

If you ever wrote a paper you were probably tempted to start that paper with a quote. Don’t worry, we’re all friends here. You can admit it. And that quote was probably from Oscar Wilde, right? The guy practically wrote exclusively in quote form. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve done it.

If, with the literate, I am

Impelled to try an epigram,

I never seek to take the credit;

We all assume that Oscar said it. – Dorothy Parker

And finally, if you can’t trust the word of a beautiful woman, who can you trust?

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. – Marlene Dietrich

What’s your favorite quote? Or can you just not stand them? Let us know in the comment section!

A Promise Ring

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.  ~Bill Cosby

As you may or may not have noticed, it’s been a week since I posted anything here. I know, I have heard the sound of your tears. I can feel you clamoring for more. It’s a tremble, like an earthquake or a small meteor impact. Which would probably just create an earthquake anyways. But that’s not why I’m talking to you today. You can get all the meteor information, catastrophic and otherwise, from The History Channel. I am talking to you about a promise.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I will bring you something new. It’ll be substantial-ish, at least a page in length. This won’t take the place of movie/book/whatever reviews or anything else, really. Those will still appear whenever I feel compelled to write one, when I have enough to say about whatever it is I’m saying things about. They might be reviews, but not necessarily so. In fact, they’ll be about anything, really. Maybe a short story, maybe an opinion on something, maybe uh, something else. Just know that you’ll get something at least every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So get thee to a subscribery and get prepared for the inevitable awesomeness that will be produced here on a semi-regular basis.

Also, this doesn’t count for today! Get ready for more things later tonight!