IBM Watson described me as prone to melancholy and risk-taking.
Some more media what I like: http://www.last.fm/user/ewjacobs
Film: Parajanov, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bertoluchi, Godard, Withnail and I, Fellini, Bergman, Cronenberg, Linklater, Bill Murray, Early James Cameron, Film Noir, German Expressionism, Werner Hertzog, Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Battle Royal.
Literature: Hemingway, French Lit, Existentialism, Roadside Picnic, Neil Gaiman, Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, Shakespeare, Nabokov, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction, The Quantum Thief, Transhuman Fiction, Dune, Philip K Dick, Consider Phlebus, Ender's Game, Marxism.
Poetry: Hart Crane, Eliot, Berryman, Rilke, Ginsberg, Cummings, Rimbaud, Antebellum American Poetry, Sylvia Plath
Serialized Telecommunication: Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman, "The Prisoner", Welcome to the Night Vale, Defiance, It's Always Sunny, Archer, Venture Bros, Old Sitcoms, Game of Thrones.
Anime: Ghost in the Shell, Lupin III, Shinichirō Watanabe, Mirai Nikki, Bunch o' others.
Dead Tree Comics: Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Kieron Gillen, Saga, Superman playing football against the mob, Indie comics (Phonogram, Sex Criminals, East of West).
Interwebz Comics: Homestuck, Dresden Codak.
I like crazy hard video games like Dwarf Fortress and Crusader Kings. Also Duck Games because Ducks.
Divination via David Bowie songs.
The Voight-kampff test.
The finishing sentence of Roadside Picnic.
"No excess is absurd." -Jean Cocteau.
“The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.” - William Gibson.
"For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Every angel is terrifying." -Rilke
"But that girl use to put glue in her hair and jump on the bed and taste like grape candy, and how do you get over that?" -King City
"Perhaps you like pictures painted in green and white and gold and I paint in black and crimson and purple?" -Baudelaire
"A defector from the petty wars, till love sucks me back that way." -Joni Mitchell.
"I don't fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future" -Patti Smith.
"One gets the feeling that the Iraq war was a personal affront to Krugman because he couldn’t help but be on the wrong side of mainstream punditry of the time and now that both the war and the great financial crisis he can finally return to his proper role as a conventional commentator." -Nathan Tankus.
"It took so much talent / To be old without being adults." -Jaques Brel.
"but paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong, nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight." -Hemingway
"The cactus; the most tsundere of plants" -Undertale.
"Originally I played him as a German. Dr. Frankfurter. But then I was on a London bus and I thought...that's it. He should sound like the queen!" -Tim Curry.
"Cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest
And the queer threw up at the sight of that"
“Jeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.” -Android Dick, an artificial intelligence based off the works of Philip K. Dick.
"Remember: 5 months is not an eternity. 2 months is not an eternity. Even if it looks that way now." -Sylvia Plath's advice to herself on college.
"I thought all generations were lost by something, always had been and always would be..." -Hemingway
"The philosopher, ordinarily, is a species of bastard between the scholar and poet, who envies the one or the other." -Flaubert, "Letters to Louise Colet".
"I am not ready for repentance;
Nor to match regrets. For the moth
Bends no more than the still
Imploring flame. And tremorous
In the white falling flakes
The only worth all granting. " -Hart Crane
"The fox knows many things, while the Hedgehog knows one big thing." -Archilochus
"If old Scraggsy's crazy he's crazy like a fox. What's rilin' him is the knowledge that he's stung to the heart an' can't admit it without at the same time admittin' he'd cooked up a deal to double-cross us. He's just a-bustin' with the thoughts that's accumulatin' inside him." -The first written usage of the phrase "Crazy like a fox."
"We ran along the railway,
arriving in some place called ‘the City’
where we trade in our youth, and our muscle.
Finally we have nothing to trade, only a cough
and a skeleton nobody cares about."
-Sleepless by Xu Lizhi
"There's something very human about the organ, it needs to breath." Hans Zimmer.
“Oh my god, this guy’s together on the outside,” and then on the inside, you know, is a haunted house. It’s a haunted house and you can’t imagine what happened to them as a child." -Parker Posey.
"Here I lay me down to sleep
To await the coming morrow
Perhaps success, perhaps defeat
And everlasting sorrow
Let come what will, I’ll try it on
My condition can’t be worse
And if there’s money in that box
‘Tis munny in my purse. "
-Black Bart, Bankrobber.
"All mammals enjoy being caressed, humans included." -PBS
"...for death is nothing but the victory of time..." -Bazin.
"Poetry is a game of loser take all..." -Godard.
"I don’t want to hear about it. But also just the phrase, “Your body is a wonderland”—I just feel slightly violated. " -Mary Timony.
" 'An American Tradition' is anything that happened to baby boomers twice." -Xkcd, on christmas music.
"Read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read read " -Werner Hertzog
"What I love about Don Quixote is that he keeps misinterpreting the world. He thinks the world is either worse or better or whatever. He gets it wrong every time. But in the end he has these heroic, epic moments, and he seems to be unstoppable." -Terry Gilliam
"he drew the solemn inference that happiness may come if not sought, but if looked for will never be seen" -Ambrose Bierce.
"The album came with a warning label that insisted you should "only listen once a day to this record. Your brain might be destroyed,” which led to the album being banned in several countries including the USA." -On Brainticket's 'Cottonwoodhill'
"The stockmarket - daytime adventure serial of the well-to-do..." -John Brooks.
“It’s a tragedy for Italians,” said Susanna Neuhold, the AiC’s manager of food programs. “Food in Italy is the center of social life and relationships with people. For someone who can’t go out with their friends or to a work meeting at a restaurant, it’s a very big problem, psychologically and socially.”
"I don't advocate violence against bricks. After dealing with our customers, I basically consider bricks to be an intelligent species."
"The problem is therefore not that democracy ensures a more pliant domination than dictatorship: anyone would prefer being exploited in the Swedish mode to being abducted by the henchmen of Pinochet. But does one have the choice? Even the gentle democracy of Scandinavia would be turned into a dictatorship if circumstances demanded it. The state can only have one function, which it fulfils democratically or dictatorially. The fact that the former is less harsh does not mean that it is possible to reorient the state to dispense with the latter. Capitalism’s forms depend no more on the preferences of wage workers than they do on the intentions of the bourgeoisie. Weimar capitulated to Hitler with open arms. Léon Blum’s Popular Front did not “avoid fascism”, because in 1936 France required neither an authoritarian unification of capital nor a shrinking of its middle classes." -Gilles Dauve
"One isn't a writer for having chosen to say certain things, but for having said them in a certain way." -Sartre
"To my best knowledge, the book was not dedicated to erotic problems of people in outer space." - Stanislaw Lem on Tarkovsky's "Solaris".
“I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.” -Baudelaire.
"I just like trains more than people."
"In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
petals on a wet, black bough."
"In pity for man's darkening thought
He walked that room and issued thence
In Galilean turbulence;
The Babylonian starlight brought
A fabulous, formless darkness in;
Odour of blood when Christ was slain
Made all platonic tolerance vain
And vain all Doric discipline.
Everything that man esteems
Endures a moment or a day.
Love's pleasure drives his love away,
The painter's brush consumes his dreams;
The herald's cry, the soldier's tread
Exhaust his glory and his might:
Whatever flames upon the night
Man's own resinous heart has fed. "
"I drink to make other people more interesting." -Hemingway.
"I looked down into the snake-pit and all the snakes looked up and said 'Brother'!" -A patient, on hug therapy .
"No one exists on purpose, no one belongs anywhere, everybody is going to die." -Some TV show.
"One can't write a weird story of real power without perfect psychological detachment from the human scene, and a magic prism of imagination which suffuses them and style alike with that grotesquerie and disquieting distortion characteristic of morbid vision. Only a cynic can create horror—for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving daemonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them." -Lovecraft
"Finance capital as identified with banking capital has always been the target of pseudo-socialist movements, movements that never dared to touch the foundations of capitalist society but rather sought a reform that would break the poisonous teeth off the capitalist system and direct the deep resentment of the masses against exploitation toward certain concrete symbols. Whether the chosen symbol is John Pierpont Morgan or a Jewish banker is immaterial." -Franz L Neuman
"I think you have very classy breasts." -Masculine Feminine
"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread."- Anatole France
"I know what's wrong with this show." "What?" "The seats face the stage." -Statler and Waldorf on life.
"Despite all the complications, you could just dance to the rock &roll station"
"There is too much there there, there's not enough nothing." -John Cage, "Ten Thousand Things"
"But that girl used to put glue in her hair and jump on the bed and taste like grape candy. And how do you get over that?" -King City
"Aspiration is the truth of freedom, and of us. You and I are adventurers of the dreamscape." -New Age Generator
"Wisdom is dead. Long live information." -Mason Cooley.
"Cards against humanity; a game designed to make you feel witty by drawing cards." -Errant Signal.
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.” -Philip K Dick.
"I'm confident I can whoop all of them. This ain't nothing new, my energy's been confident. You're trying to make it look like this is something new, I'm always confident I can whoop all of em."
"You're being extremely truculent."
"Whatever truculent means, that's good. I'm that." -Mohamed Ali.
"In summa: my lonesomeness, which, as on very high mountains, often made it hard for me to breathe and make my blood rush out, is now at least a twosomeness..." -Nietzsche.
“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.” -Herman Melville.
"Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows." -Leonard Cohen.
"You can only do so much, then you're at the mercy of fortune." -Woody Allen.
"Honour thy mistake as a hidden intention." -Brian Eno.
"the illumination for the room came from a pole lamp into which he had screwed nothing but spot lamps, which shone day and night, so as to abolish time for him and his friends. He liked that; he liked to get rid of time. By doing that he could concentrate on important things without interruption." -A Scanner Darkly
"Money is a sign of poverty" -Ian Banks.
"If I happen to love the world, it's a naive
violent sensual love, just as I
hated it when I was a confused
adolescent and its bourgeois evils
wounded my bourgeois self..." -Pasolini
"I don't know why you're on Mars, but whatever the reason for going to Mars is, I'm glad you're there and I wish I was with you." -Carl Sagan.
"I do feel like a meal ready to eat for vampires with this job." -My co-worker.
"Forget nothing, and think many things of it." -Welcome to the Night Vale.
"Capital punishment -- Them without the capital get the punishment." -John Arthur Spenkelink (Last words of the first person to be executed in Florida)
"It's a world where you're judged by what you say and think, not by what you look like. A world where curiosity and imagination equals power.""
"All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them." -Leonard Cohen.
"I'll tell you about the mermaid
Sheds swimmable tail Gets legs for dancing
Sings like the sea with a choked throat
Knives straight up her spine
Lancing every step
There is a price
There is a price
For every gift
And all advice " -Adrienne Rich
"[The proletariat] stands for the idea that the ultimate emancipatory subjects are those who are members of a community or state but who don’t have a determinate place or identity within it." -Zizek
"I am a communist. The difference between myself and a Bolshevik is that I want to turn everyone into an aristocrat whereas he wants to turn everyone into a proletarian." -Adolf Loos.
"Q: How many Indy Rock hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: *sigh* I have this joke on vinyl."
" However, protected by an unseen Angel,
The outcast child is enrapt by the sun,
And in all that [the poet] eats, in everything he drinks,
He finds sweet ambrosia and rubiate nectar.
He cavorts with the wind, converses with the clouds,
And singing, transported, goes the way of the cross;
And the Angel who follows him on pilgrimage
Weeps to see him as carefree as a bird." -Baudelaire
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." -John Ruskin
"To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine." -Emerson
"I like to have quinoa for dinner, it's something I have, just about every chance I get." -David Lynch.
"If our gods and hopes are nothing but scientific phenomena, then it must be said that our love is scientific as well." -The Future Eve.
“Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious yourself'." -Bukowski
" Why should a lobster be any more ridiculous than a dog? ...or a cat, or a gazelle, or a lion, or any other animal that one chooses to take for a walk? I have a liking for lobsters. They are peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they don't bark, and they don't gnaw upon one's monadic privacy like dogs do. And Goethe had an aversion to dogs, and he wasn't mad." -Nerval
"But suddenly I viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use, like, inspiration and what Bog sends .For now it was lovely music that came to my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on and I viddied right at once what to do"
"So that I was cheered when I came first to know that there were flowers also in hell" -William Carlos Williams
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf is a masterpiece.
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