'For many people a job is more than an income...

by tosca on Thursday, July 28, 2011

... - it's an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life.'
~ Paul Clitheroe

In which Tosca discovers the importance of tea breaks, namely that I feel less like whacking people if I regularly get sugar and food, and then realises that if something as simple as a tea break solves that problem then maybe she can find other tricks to make work more enjoyable. And perhaps the workplace will be a more enjoyable (although I'll settle for bearable) environment to be in.

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'Reading - the best state yet...

by tosca on Monday, July 25, 2011

...to keep absolutely loneliness at bay.'
~ William Styron

In which Tosca shares what she's reading at the moment (funny title, funny book) and takes time out to leave numerous links of interest here as well (yes, even though Link Love posts aren't until Saturday).

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'...the relentless Maorification...

by tosca on Friday, July 15, 2011

... of every bloody thing in New Zealand.'
~ John Ansell

In which Tosca finds herself surprised that she isn't angry about Ansell's comments so much as she is resigned. And thinks that maybe that's a worse thing to be.

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'Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his...

by tosca on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

...aren't very new after all.'
~ Abraham Lincoln

In which Tosca discovers that Steven Lowe and Alan McArthur have read her mind about some of the exasperating crap that makes up modern culture and have written another book about it. Yay. (And wishes she could say that she'd found it using some fantastic scientific method but admits to using a keyword search for, well, 'shit'). Or something like it. Did you really expect anything classy?

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by tosca on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

...is a four letter word.'
~ Lenny Bruce

In which Tosca shares a book cover that made her forget what she was looking for in the first place, and a dvd title that will give her the swear-fest she wants to indulge in but won't, and do it in a classy way to boot (maybe)...because she can.

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'For some moments in life...

by tosca on Monday, July 4, 2011

...there are no words.'
~ David Seltzer in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

In which the death of a child makes Tosca somewhat sad and reflective. Or something.

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'A book is a gift you can open...

by tosca on Sunday, July 3, 2011

...again and again.'
~ Garrison Keillor

In which Tosca shares a book cover that may never get opened, ever ever ever, because she's sure women everywhere will die happy just looking at the cover. Or something like that.

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'We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion...

by tosca on Friday, July 1, 2011

...and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still."
~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

In which Tosca moderately expresses her disappointment at what passes for 'journalism.' An epiphany that came about as a result of reading an online article that discusses how Auckland Libraries will stock a controversial book and is amazed that this is considered 'reporting' - and I use that word loosely - because it's rather stating the obvious, isn't it? Isn't that what public libraries do? Stock books? And which controversial book in particular? We have thousands of books, a good chunk of which have been challenged and or banned at some point or another.

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