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The Journal of the Dave

I for one welcome our new alien overlords

"I have come to the conclusion that my subjective account of my own motivation is largely mythical on almost all occaisions. I don't know why I do things."

J.B.S. Haldane

"Like the entomologist in search of brightly coloured butterflies; my attention hunted, in the garden of the grey matter, cells with delicate and elegant forms: the mysterious butterflies of the soul."

Santiago Ramón y Cajal

"As far as I'm concerned, if there is a supreme being then he chose organic evolution as a way of bringing into existence the natural world."

David Attenborough

"Tout ce qui est simple est faux, tout ce qui est compliqué est inutilisable".*

Paul Valéry

"The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will."

Antonio Gramsci

"It is a well known fact that all inventors get their first ideas on the back of an envelope. I take slight exception to this: I use the front so that I can include the stamp and then the design is already half done."

Rowland Emett

And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again

T. S. Eliot; Ash Wednesday

Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place in our world: I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them; the oppressors have great power, and the victims are helpless. So I concluded that the dead are better off than the living; and the most fortunate of all are those who were never born, for they have never seen all the evil that is done in our world.

The Holy Bible (New Living Translation); Ecclesiastes Ch 4, vv 1-3

Dear my friends,
in the time we've spent,
Forever after beyond this?
When will our nightmare ever end?

Coheed and Cambria

I wouldn't trade this work of art,
For all the silk of perfect skin

Maria McKee

"I have to go along with all this reclusive genius stuff. She's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker."

Dylan Moran

"Hubble bubble, toil and trouble... cauldron burn and soup bubble..."
"...Cauldron burn?"
*long pause*
"It's a wooden cauldron."

What I'm listening to:


* ("All that is simple is false, all that is complicated is unusable")
absinthe, adobe illustrator, adobe photoshop, alcohol, alfons mucha, antoni gaudí, architecture, art, art noveau, arthouse cinema, avoiding work, barcelona, being a connoisseur, being creative, being generally emo, being naked, being on my own, bernard tschumi, black and white photography, black sambuca, blue cheese, brains, caffiene, catharsis, cheese, chillies, chorizo, cocktails, collecting mp3's, computer aided design, computer graphics, contemplating suicide, coop himmelb(l)au, creating, creating worlds, crumpets, crying, dark room, decent hip-hop, decent r'n'b, decent rap, delicatessens, denon, designing things, developmental biology, dolby, drambuie, drinking irn bru, eating, eating curry, eating hot food, eating nice food, embryos, eve online, f/stop, falsifying statistics, food, gender-neutral pronouns, good vodka, greenpeace are evil, holding brains, hot chillies, hugging naked girls, hugs, impressionist painting, indian food, inventing things, italian food, knitted penguins, knives, ky jelly, le corbusier, learning new stuff, life drawing, listening to angsty music, listening to music, listening to sad music, looking at art, luxardo passione nera, macro photography, making innuendoes, making puns, mexican food, mies van der rohe, minolta, modern architecture, movies, music, music collaborations, neuroanatomy, neuroscience, nick hornby novels, nikon, nu metal, paris, photography, playing simcity, playing with words, poking brains, projecting, razor blades, rem koolhaas, salami, sex, sharking, sharp objects, silver nitrate, sleeping, smashing pumpkins, smooches, sniffing spicy brains, socks, spodding, stem cells, stop copying my interests, stroh, systems biology, tdl speakers, teichenné, thai food, the arts tower, thunderstorms, tolkien, travelling, unbridled emotions, underwear, using msn, very hot chillies, wheel of time, wine, writing