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Offline chin

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Oxymoronica
« on: 09 March 2009, 04:01:11 »
Oxymoronica - paradoxical wit and wisdom from history's greatest wordsmiths
by Dr. Nardy Grothe

This is really my kid's book. I only start reading today and only a few pages into the book I read found this gem.

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Poker is a tough way to make an easy living.

Substitute "Poker" with any line of business that seems "easy" probably work. It looks easy only because the observer do not yet have the appreciation of the "hard" part. I think it takes a lot to fully appreciate the paradox.

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #1 on: 23 March 2009, 20:18:16 »
How do you take the fun out of something so funny? :-\ Is it a parent skill? ???
What is magic?
....What is illusion?
.........What is real?

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #2 on: 23 March 2009, 22:39:50 »
How do you take the fun out of something so funny? :-\ Is it a parent skill? ???

Maybe the moral of the story from "Red Scarf Girl"?

The burden of growing up? The lost of innocence?

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #3 on: 09 May 2009, 22:04:34 »
This is a good book to read in the toilet, but don't tell my kids about that...

Another interesting oxymoron. Rings specially true given what happened in the US under George W Bush in the last 8 years.

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The worst government is the most moral.

"This is a provocative observations if there ever was one. Mencken explained himself by adding this further thoughts about government:'One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top, there is no limits to repression.'"

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Another one on the need for a government with a clear separation of church and state:

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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service, when it is violating all His laws.
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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #4 on: 14 December 2009, 23:56:37 »
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Poker is a tough way to make an easy living.

When I first read the above, I thought it should meant a lot more if it were read as:

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Joker is a tough way to make an easy living.
Hey, diddle, diddle ! The cat and the fiddle.

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #5 on: 16 December 2009, 00:55:17 »
Every time we play on the golf course, we repeat the mantra that "it takes effort to be effortless."  :(

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #6 on: 16 December 2009, 09:53:22 »
Kido went to driving range with me and yan before. I am sure he knew what you mean "it takes effort to be effortless"..... :D
「吾心信其可行,則移山倒海之難,終有成功之日。吾心信其不可行,則反掌折枝之易,亦無收效之期也。」

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #7 on: 16 December 2009, 17:42:51 »
Every time we play on the golf course, we repeat the mantra that "it takes effort to be effortless."  :(

Likewise, the above sentence, replacing golf with anything we played before (or not yet played before) will apply.
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Hey, diddle, diddle ! The cat and the fiddle.

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #8 on: 20 December 2009, 14:29:13 »
Change is the one never changed.
Never stop Learning, Never stop Earning!!
哲人無憂,智者常樂。並不是因為所愛的一切他都擁有了,而是所擁有的一切他都愛。

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Re: Oxymoronica
« Reply #9 on: 30 March 2010, 00:42:52 »
Suddenly the following lyrics come to my mind:
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變幻才是永恆

Change is the one never changed.
Hey, diddle, diddle ! The cat and the fiddle.