Tuesday, 15 May 2012
"I think so, sir."
"And I suppose thou can'st smoothe almost any seams and dents; never mind how hard the metal, blacksmith?"
"Aye, sir, I think I can; all seams and dents but one."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Your lyrics lack subtlety. You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That makes me feel angry! Oh, but you can. But you may have to metaphorically make a deal with the devil. And by "devil", I mean Robot Devil. And by "metaphorically", I mean get your coat.'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why your cat grins like that?'
'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby, and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:—
'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know that cats COULD grin.'
'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
'I don't know of any that do,' Alice said very politely, feeling quite pleased to have got into a conversation.
- Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
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