"I became a journalist so I wouldn't have to rely on the press for information."

- Christopher Hitchens

"There is a difference between being sexually free, and sexually equal."

- Danielle Crittenden

"Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power."

- Bertrand Russell

"Old age is always 15 years older than I am."

- Bernard Baruch

"They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance."

- Edmund Burke

"In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker."

- Mikhail Bakunin

"One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down."

- Pauline Kael

"The British tradition is to be licentious in public and prudish in private."

- Peter Hitchens

"The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments."

- Friedrich Nietzsche

"A writer's notebook is the best way to immortalise bad ideas."

- Stephen King

Letting Go

I have stayed in bad relationships because I hoped they would get better.

Several times they were about to end, but I found myself pleading for us to keep trying - while being dimly aware that it was never going to work, it was only making both of us miserable, and I was pleading to avoid what would make us happy.

I've helped several friends move out of the homes they grew up in. They didn't want to leave, but circumstances were forcing them, and it was quite an emotional wrench. But the moment they shut the door behind them for the final time, they became suddenly happy, as though a weight had been lifted at that moment.

My previous laptop became progressively more unreliable until one day it just wouldn't switch on. It was annoying, but there was no sadness. Then, after taking out the hard drive to later on retrieve the data, there was the moment where I had to throw the dead box away. Yes, I hesitated, and yes, I knew it was stupid. But a few minutes later, no regrets.

When was the last time you listened to a cassette tape? An hour ago I had several big boxes of them - some old favourites that I now have in much better quality as mp3s, some that I never really liked, and quite a few that I never got around to hearing. Some were legacies of those bad relationships - when we split up, we wound up with some of each other's possessions.

I'd been hanging onto them for about 20 years. Not having the heart to throw them out, justifying holding on to them on the grounds that they might be interesting to hear one day. Promising youself a nostalgic experience in the indeterminate future - that's slightly perverse.

Now all but a dozen are in a sack, destined for a landfill. Throwing out your old junk is painful, but only for a moment. You just need to get through that moment.

"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it."

- George Bernard Shaw

"Behind every illusion there is a conjourer."

- The Fifth Doctor

"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind."

- Robert Bolton

"A belief is not true because it is useful."

- Henri Amiel

"You learn something every day - even if it's wrong."

- Robert M Price

"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue."

- George Orwell

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

- Douglas Adams

"It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself."

- Salvador Dali

"You don't tell people to not do things they're aleady not doing."

- Robert M Price

"Appeasement is feeding a crocodile, hoping it will eat you last."

- Winston Churchill

Worldwide Conspiracy Frankenstein Computer God

Sentinel One Animated GIF Experiment. Hopefully you'll see the face with sparkling eyes and flashing computer lights, and not this text.
When my age was in single figures, I wanted to be this.

Or possibly be its slave.

Actually, in some confused way, both.

Childhood dreams stay with us.

"Folks are willing to trade truth for certainty."

- James White

"I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet."

- Maya Angelou

"I'll be your noise."

- Combichrist

"Integrity has no need of rules."

- Albert Camus

"It is impossible to live at peace with those we regard as damned."

- Jean-Jaques Rousseau