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No More Whizbang Miracles

In the early days of television, when there were only half a dozen channels, at most, significant, well-written dramas on a cathode-ray tube could still make us feel like members of an attentive congregation, alone at home as we might be.
There was a high probability back then, with so few shows to choose from, that friends and neighbors were watching the same show we were watching, still finding TV a whizbang miracle. We might even call up a friend that very night and ask a question to which we already knew the answer. “Did you see that? Wow!”
No more.

Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1996.

Small Animals

“In 2011, be extra nice to people who resemble small animals.”

John Cleese

Shoes

“We’re a virus with shoes.”

Bill Hicks

Haiku

“Haiku
an ikebana
of words.”

Bruno Munari

Cheepnis

“If we can’t be free at least we can be cheap.”

Frank Zappa, composer

Sunshine

“All I’m saying is keep the sunshine on your face.”

Mudbone (Richard Pryor)

Serenity

“Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake.”

Luis Barragán