Thursday, February 14, 2008

Apologies and Happy Valentine's Day

Apologies apologies apologies. This is midterms week and we're finalizing tons of plans for E-week, so I apologize that I haven't posted anything for a couple of days. Look forward to a flurry of posts in the next couple of days talking about volunteers, the committee meeting, Professional Workshops, and exciting pictures.

And to leave you off, since humor seems to be the theme of today's post, here are a couple of insights by Ambrose Bierce, excerpts courtesy of his novel, The Devil's Dictionary.

Ability (n.)-The natural equipment to accomplish some small parts of meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis, ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Perhaps, however, this impressive quality is rightly appraised; it is no easy task to be solemn.

Eloquence (n.)-The art of persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.

Heart (n.)-An automatic, muscular blood pump. Figuratively, this useful organ is said to be the seat of emotions and sentiments--a very pretty fancy which, however, is nothing but a survival of a once universal belief. It is now known that these sentiments and emotions reside in the stomach, being evolved from food by chemical action of the gastric fluid.

Happy Valentine's Day!

ps--In something more related, come to the Dining Etiquette Workshop tomorrow at 11:00am in the Fung Auditorium. Find out more information at

pps--Disclaimer: The statements in this post do not necessary reflect the beliefs of this author.

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