Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Motives for attending a funeral

"John Le Mesurier wishes it to be known that he conked out on November 15th. He sadly misses family and friends."    John Le Mesurier (1912-83), British actor. His death announcement
“Man dies of cold, not of darkness.”
~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life  

Take a look around you. It’s a new day. Work stations around you are like the waiting rooms for God  ...

The Seventh Day, by Yu Hua.  Perhaps our obsession with all things Mortuary runs deep  : “Lacking the money for a burial plot, he must roam the afterworld aimlessly, without rest.” 

The Quote Investigator relates this story. “In 1953 an Associated Press reporter described his experiences in Moscow after the death of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The journalist reported the caustic comment of an unnamed Russian:
I saw Muscovites by the countless thousands shuffle through the cold March days and nights, in long lines that stretched for miles into the suburbs, to see the dead body of the grim dictator.
One Russian whispered to me: “They’ve come to make sure he’s really dead.

“Dostoevsky was writing about losers. The main character of The Iliad, Hector, is a loser. … Madame Bovary is a loser. Julien Sorel is a loser. I am doing only the same job. Losers are more fascinating. Winners are stupid … because usually they win by chance.” Via Jill and Carlos -   The Total Losers Like Jozef Imrich ;-) 

At the age of 38, a slacker — a man of chat and gossip, not moral seriousness — become a great literary artist. The puzzle of Proust... Prost »

“The move has a practical effect: It extends the copyright from Jan. 1, when it is set to expire in most of Europe, to the end of 2050. Copyrights in Europe generally end 70 years after an author’s death. Anne Frank died 70 years ago at Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp, and Otto Frank died in 1980. Extending the copyright would block others from being able to publish the book without paying royalties or receiving permission.” The New York Times extending date of death ...

You should run from these three crazy managers... Anyone who spends enough time in the workforce will end up with a crazy boss who makes life difficult for themselves and appear to want to drive everyone around them crazy as well My Dear Watson

The work-life see-saw, Alex Kelly, PS News,3 November 2015. The catchphrase of work-life balance is meaningless without any context, and what constitutes the perfect balance for one employee or team might be disastrous for another See Saws

How being busy makes you unproductive ... Research shows being too busy actually reduces efficiency because when you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully The only place that does not have stress is cemetery ... 

 “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious…a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” 
Ghost Village
“Grief doesn’t only disturb life; it disturbs the way we talk about life. As myriad aspects of our existence are questioned and reexamined in the wake of a death, so too is our relationship with the language we rely on for our grief’s expression.” This track-by-track take on Sufjan Stevens’s Carrie & Lowell from The Rumpus is really just a magnificent, emotive piece on elegy.

Sinead O'Connor attempts suicide 

Speaking of grief as if Imrich surname in English was not bad enough when you work as employee of a crown and your email reads as aimrich@parliament.nsw.gov.au phuc dat bich the Australian man with a name so awkward no one believes-him

Malchkin czeching (sic) Pech Merle Fog
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