Writer's Words, page 6


Under the influence of this reaction against natural law, some Christian apologists have seized upon the latest doctrines of the atom, which tend to show that the physical laws in which we have hitherto believed have only an approximate and average truth as applied to large numbers of atoms, while the individual electron behaves pretty much as it likes.


I can, however, imagine the modern liberal theologian maintaining with an air of profundity that all creation is miraculous, so that he no longer needs to fasten upon certain occurrences as special evidence of Diven intervention.
Russell on Religion: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell.


It is no credit to the orthodox that they do not now believe all the absurdities that were believed 150 years ago. The gradual emasculation of the Christian doctrine has been effected in spite of the most vigorous resistance, and solely as the result of the onslaughts of freethinkers.
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? by Bertrand Russell Source


…But the Buddhist priesthood — as it exists, for example, in Tibet — has been obscurantist, tyrannous, and cruel in the highest degree.
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? by Bertrand Russell Source


the death knell of Microsoft.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something


I began selling things for friends, taking a nearly usurious 60 percent cut of the action for auctioning off their old stereo equipment, beaded purses, Ted Williams autographed pix, neon signs, vintage Boy Scout hats, and whatnot.
This Is Your Brain On eBay By Erik Hedegaard. @ Source


“Sire Gibson, forgive me, but why does lord Steward wish to march on a geek stronghold?”. “Knave! You insult the lady with your ignorance!”.
After Y2K comics by Nitrozac ≈1999


Definition for poetaster: writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry.
meretricious = Of or pertaining to prostitutes; Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by tawdriness.
poetaster = An inferior rhymer, or writer of verses; a dabbler in poetic art.


In all these encounters eros and thanatos are exquisitely mixed. The dead body of the first woman's father is clearly visible as she confesses her confused passion; the prostitute turns out to be under the threat of AIDS; the orgiasts, resenting William's intrusion on their saturnalia, threaten him with humiliation and death, and he is “redeemed” only by the intervention of a mysterious woman, who pays for his life with her own.
All Eyes On Them By Richard Schickel. @ http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,991414,00.html On movie Eyes Wide Shut.
Thanatos = (Greek mythology) the Greek personification of death
orgiast = participants of a orgy.
saturnalia = an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn.


… and, finally, in the movie's central sequence, he succeeds in invading a secret orgy, where masked couples disport themselves sexually in a display that is more grim than wanton.
All Eyes On Them By Richard Schickel. @ http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,991414,00.html On movie Eyes Wide Shut Screenshots.
disport = To divert or amuse; to make merry.


With the film's sensational response at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the actress changed her look from frumpy slacker to sleek ingenue and has been on a whirlwind of studio meetings.
Out Of Nowhere And Into Blair By Jeffrey Ressner. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,991490,00.html On movie The Blair Witch Project.
frump = A girl or woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable. frumpy = unfashionble.
ingenue = An ingenuous or naive girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.


He [Marque de Sade] defied them [morality], chronicling his defiance in volume after volume of denunciation and invective, liberally interwoven with sexual outrages of one kind or another.


in an ecstasy, girls swoon, men get woozy
wozzy = having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling.


portmanteau words, worth a chortle.
sneering by Xah Lee
Chortle is a portmanteau word, made up of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carrol (of Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass fame, in Through The Looking Glass, chapter 1: “He chortled in his joy.”.)


In summary, almost every concern that you might think of has already been (at least) thought about. In a perfect world, every concern could be addressed perfectly. But in this world we just have to slog through.
Perl FAQ 1.6 by Larry Wall. @ Source
slog = to plod; to walk through resisting terrain, as in mud.


Totally '90s in its preoccupation with angst and property values,…


The grass-roots campaign to slip prayer back into school is aimed at a chink in the Supreme Court's rulings: the court has never expressly stated whether voluntary student prayers are permissible.
Is There a Place For God in School? By Richard N Ostling. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,980492,00.html
chink = crack; fissure.


[Steve] Jobs had to run through the demonstration without giving any hint of the rickety state of the software. With the auditorium full, the lights were dimmed, and at 9:39, while in the wings his crew had gathered and chanted a good-luck mantra, “Please don't f�ck up, please don't f�ck up,”,…
Steve Jobs & the Next Big Thing by Randall E Stross. A book on Steve Jobs's NeXT Computer Inc.
rickety = inclined to shake as from weakness or defect.


… but I instantly disliked them as being superficial, unedifying and self-indulgent. Subsequently I read snippets of interviews and came to the conclusion that he was insincere as well.
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