Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Deep Red and Golden

Movie Corner:

Romeo+Juliet; Les Amours Imaginaires; Happy Together

Rules of Conversation

Ben Lansky: conversational rules of thumb

1. If you’ve been talking for more than a minute, you’ve been talking for too long. Stop talking and wait for cues that people want you to continue.

2. If people are interested and want you to keep talking, they will ask you questions. Answer their questions, but not for more than a minute at a time. It’s good to speak up when you have something interesting to contribute, but don’t keep talking without an invitation to do so.

3. Ask other people questions. Seriously. This is the most important part of conversations. Ask them questions about themselves and their jobs and their choices and their tastes. Imagine you’re hosting a radio show, and you’ve just gotten this very special guest, and you want to figure out what makes them tick, but you can’t pry them open all at once, so you have to come up with questions that will get them to reveal themselves without getting too personal.

4. Don’t just use their answer as an excuse to continue talking about yourself. Bad conversationalists will ask questions to hunt for new topics to blab about, or to be asked the same question in return. This is rude. Don’t do it.

Those are the rules.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.

Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.

Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.

The lack of money is the root of all evil

The secret source of humour itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal

To succeed in life you need two things, ignorance and confidence

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.

When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

When your friends start to compliment you on how young you look, it is a sure sign you’re getting old.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one—keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

Go to heaven for the weather, hell for the company.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Les Amours Imaginaires

Qui est ce Bellâtre extrêmement à laise?

C'est qui cette androïde?

Qui est cette moche rockabilly qui a l'air d'une goule de Cracovie?