A Random Collection

As I was moving over content from a couple of old blogging systems into a single one, I had a bunch of leftover material that really had no home, but I didn't want to just let disappear. So I've thrown it all here.

I was surfing the 'Net the other day, and ran across some material on Douglas Admas - one of my favorite authors. For any of you that haven't read The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (and shame on you if you haven't), it may be the single funniest book ever written. Anyway, I've picked a couple of quotes from it, and added them below.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbably coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful [the Babel fish] could have evolved by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.

”But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”

”Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
— Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, p. 50
In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
— Douglas Adams
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
— Douglas Adams
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say “I want to see the manager.
— William S Burroughs

I had a random collection of images I wanted to keep as well. Most I have elsewhere, but  few I think I've lost along the way.

Tower Bridge, London. July 2008

Spanish fans celebrate their Euro 2008 victory in Picadilly Circus. June 2008 

Gargoyle on Nottingham Castle. June 2008 

Detail of a Bell, Leaning Tower of Pisa. February 2008. 

Buschart Gardens, fish pond. April 2006.

Blue Heron, Charleston SC. February 2007 

Abandoned church, California. Hearst Castle in the background.  April 2007.

Bald eagles near Tofino, April 2006. Adult and juvenile.

African elephant in Krugar National Park, South Africa. November 2005.

Granville Island from the Granville Street bridge, April 2006.

Peregrine Falcon on Grouse Mountain July 2006. 

Grizzlies at play on Grouse Mountain. July 2006.

Hippo, Krugar National Park South Africa. November 2006. 

Mackenzie Victoria July 19, 2006 

Detail of iron gate, San Francisco. January 2007 

Estuary outside of Tahsis August 2006 

Tom in the bird bath July 2006