25 November 2008

Are you patronizing me when you use emoticons?

"You know, fame is fleeting, leaves you hungry, leaves you cold, leaves you tired. Fortune never comes with it." - Joe Wurzelbacher

18 November 2008

You remind me of a younger version of myself

"Reader, you too are a butt-fucker. When you shit, your own crap fucks you."
-René Magritte, 1946.

15 November 2008

Santoka's tooth dream

"Writing about the artist's state of mind when working, Ruskin asserts that there is an "uncontrolled " dimension tied to the phenomenon of inspiration. The vision of the artist does not come (solely) from within, but rather passes through like a wind, the divine breath or spirit, that at times seems to alter the mind, driving the artist toward madness. (...) Ruskin associates the vision of the inspired artist to a mirror onto which the divine truth is reflected while, at the same time, it is blurred, or agitated, by his fallen (human) soul. The grotesque emerges through this movement, between the elevated divine truth and the base, natural nature of the human realm."
- Caroline Dionne, Architectural Creativity in Lewis Carrol's The Vision of the Three T's, in Architecture and Authorship.

6 November 2008

Seme della mela del Johnny

Under the 1977 Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 (Protocol I) there is a specific prohibition on perfidy:

"Article 37.-Prohibition of perfidy

1. It is prohibited to kill, injure or capture an adversary by resort to perfidy. Acts inviting the confidence of an adversary to lead him to believe that he is entitled to, or is obliged to accord, protection under the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, with intent to betray that confidence, shall constitute perfidy. The following acts are examples of perfidy:
(a) The feigning of an intent to negotiate under a flag of truce or of a surrender;
(b) The feigning of an incapacitation by wounds or sickness;
(c) The feigning of civilian, non-combatant status; and
(d) The feigning of protected status by the use of signs, emblems or uniforms of the United Nations or of neutral or other States not Parties to the conflict.
2. Ruses of war are not prohibited. Such ruses are acts which are intended to mislead an adversary or to induce him to act recklessly but which infringe no rule of international law applicable in armed conflict and which are not perfidious because they do not invite the confidence of an adversary with respect to protection under that law. The following are examples of such ruses: the use of camouflage, decoys, mock operations and misinformation."