Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Quotations: It's At Least The Second-Best Quotation That Can Be Found on the First Page

First: running.
Run: Half Needle with University Twist
Distance: 12.5 km
Time: 1 hr, 12 min
Speed: 10.4 km/hr
The Twist is that instead of heading home half way, I went to the university instead.

Second: I just received word (the email came about 5 minutes ago) that I was accepted to a conference in Montreal, to deliver a paper on the video game Mass Effect. which = awesome. The problem is that it's immediately after my written comp exam (the exam will be on the Friday, and the conference is the following Tuesday), but probably before the oral exam can be held. So I'll need to talk that over with my committee, if it's doable at all. But still, Montreal. Awesome.

Third: Today's quotation. I wanted to find something from Mitchell's Iconology, but the book doesn't lend itself to awesome quotations; it's more about ideas considered at length. So here's the opening of a book I started reading today that I found very effective:

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they com in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eye away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men."

Any well-read members of the audience want to guess (or Google, I'm not picky) the book in question?

Later Days.


Anonymous said...

How is running going for you? I've been thinking about taking up running now that the sidewalks aren't frightening. I can't afford another set of trainers, though, and I don't think my housemates would forgive me if I used my crosstrainers outside AND in the living room.

addendum: it's much easier to read blogs when you have one yourself, for some reason. Expect me to be an annoying and regular poster henceforth.

Person of Consequence said...

I find running hugely rewarding, and a great way to accomplish guilt-free procrastination. It's hard to justify a study break in order to watch the latest episode of the amazing race, but if I'm out running instead, I come back feeling pretty good about myself. And if any guilt lingers, I tell myself that I'd like to see Barthes do a 10 k in 45 minutes.
And hey, welcome aboard. Regular posters make a nice switch from regular lurkers.

Anonymous said...

It seems like a good idea, to be honest. I've been kickboxing for about 6 months but I know in my heart of hearts, if push came to shove I probably couldn't kick anyone in the face. Now, if I could run AWAY from them, then I would have a practical life skill.

I bet Barthes couldn't kick anyone in the face, either, though. Now, Orwell -- Orwell could kick someone in the face.

(now: I'm trying to post as this person now, so forgive the dual comments)

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