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May 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

I discovered a  new meaning for the word ‘jockey’ while skimming over this article over at the NYT.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When this city of epic traffic jams started carpooling a while back, it inadvertently gave birth to an entirely new profession: jockey.

For less than a dollar, car owners hire one or two jockeys to gain access to stretches of the city’s “3 in 1,” high-occupancy lanes. The jockey is essentially an extra passenger who helps commuters circumvent carpooling rules, making the ride into central Jakarta slightly less slow.

Quite innovative..the human species are..don’t you think?

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‘never fulfilled’

May 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

Without Warning
David Brooks

My father spent most of his adult life
working for the Commonwealth Public Service, shunting files
from one end of his long desk to the other.
When he died he left half-written
a History of Australian Immigration,
only half-joking when he willed that I should finish it.
Why didn’t he tell me
how little would ever be completed?
letters left unanswered, accounts not settled, promises
never fulfilled, the parts of that motorcycle
unreassembled, lying ten years
on a concrete floor in Westgarth St, people
dying without warning, mid sentence,
taking the next words with them.

From: Walking to Point Clear: Poems 1983-2002
Publisher: Brandl & Schlesinger, Blackheath, 2005

Courtesy: 3QuarksDaily

the overwise

May 10, 2009 § Leave a comment


We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Dreaming of world domination!

May 5, 2009 § 2 Comments

"The same thing we do every night..."

"The same thing we do every night..."

Pinky: “Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world.”

I was talking to a colleague today, circulating  more probable and equally ludicrous conspiracy theories, when I recalled watching  ‘Pinky and the Brain’ when I was younger.  These two genetically mutated lab rats always began the show with grand schemes to , as you can read above, ‘take over the world’–but their plans fall flat, without fail!

I have a feeling this steady diet of cartoon-tinged conspiracy theories maybe responsible for my believing that  ‘anything goes’ in the big, bad world of national politics, governance, etc!! :)

Here’s another bit of dialogue from the series:

Brain: As you know, people in today’s body conscious society are obsessed with losing weight.   My  plan is to secretly replace all the artificial sweeteners in the world with real ones, thus  rendering the world’s population fat, slow moving, and completely toothless.

Pinky: You mean like the guests on Jerry Springer?

Brain: Exactly, Pinklet.

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