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This part of the site contains texts and quotes. Lots of them are pertinent to our work, others are just things I thought were interesting.

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A part of the Expedition project is based on a palindrome I remember puzzling over in the distant past: in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni. The translation: we spend the night wandering and the fire consumes us.

Guy Debord wrote: "The phrase that reverses itself, constructed letter by letter like a labyrinth, perfectly represents the form and the content of perdition. We have not sought the formula for turning the world upsidedown in books, but by wandering around... Together with four or five rather disreputable persons. We have not gone on television to tell the things we have understood. We have not aspired to receive grants for scientific research, nor the praise of the intellectuals. We have brought oil where there was fire."

(This quote and a lot more information on related ideas can be found in the excellent book Walkscapes by Francesco Careri, published in Spanish-English edition by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2002.)

"The past is never dead. It isn't even past."
William Faulkner

the Hilarity Workshop motto

"Look at me, look at me. Look at me now. It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how."
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Gandhi when asked what he thought of Western civilization:
"I think it would be a good idea."

"Whatever it is, I'm against it."
Groucho Marx

"It's too soon to tell."
Zhou Enlai, prime minister of China, when asked his opinion of the impact of the French Revolution

"Who you know ever
Seen God?
But everybody seen
The Devil"

Amiri Baraka, Somebody Blew Up America

"I would vote for Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into space. But that would be bragging."
Biologist Lewis Thomas on what message to send to an extraterrestrial civilization

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho

"Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity."
Marshall McLuhan

"Discoveries frequently start with metaphors. (...) Only that which reminds us of something else makes an impression, although and precisely because it differs from it. To understand is to remember, at least in part."
Jean-Marie Guyau, Memory and Phonograph, 1880