The Outer Limits Park Place Log III

within the human soul reside mysteries dark and deep about our frailties, our fears, our shame.  today, or a hundred years from now, the darkest matter will still lie in the human heart.
    — dark matters

everyone's so worried that they're gonna miss out on something that they can't be still long enough to listen, or quiet long enough to be aware of the moment.
    — the conversion

it is our nature to fear a dark purpose in that which we do not understand, but true evil may lie more in ignorance than in suspicion.
    — the inheritors

time is a river winding steadily through the landscape of tomorrow.  there are those who would steal a glimpse around the next bend and those who would fight the current, but the wisest are those who turn their eyes from the waters and seek out a fellow traveler to share in the journey.
    — virtual future

spare us the scourge of little minds.
    — joyride

the roman philosopher boethius said, "in other living creatures, the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice."  imagine treading into the deep recesses of the one's self and finding someone you never knew existed.
    — birthright

never argue with a summa cum laude who minored in rhetoric.
    — the replica

men of war have long known that warriors must often abandon those verities they defend - peace, human kindness, love - for they hold no meaning to the enemy.  and so doing, do we become what we despise, and despise what we become?
    — quality of mercy

The Outer Limits Park Place Log II

if we mock that which we do not understand, we may learn too late that the penalty for such arrogance is annihilation.
    — alien radio

it is said that conduct on the battlefield is the ultimate measure of a man, but often the enemy we are most afraid to face is much closer to home.
    — black box

our greatest achievements do more then heal the sick and give strength to the weak.  they also lead us from the darkness to a place of hope and light.
    — the other side

humans are driven to explore their history, to rediscover forgotten lives and times, for deep down we have always known that our past is often prologue.
    — sarcophagus

the values we instill in our children are those within ourselves.  we should make sure they are the values we want them to live by, and die by.
    — lion's den

there is no sound - no voice, no cry - in all the world that can be heard until someone listens.
    — the message

what *is* our last line of defence?  is it the military, with all of their power and might, or is it the courage of a solitary man?
    — the voice of reason

it is said, "only children are willing to believe in the possible existence of unknown creatures."  when these creatures are discovered, scientists will classify them by genus, class, order, and species.  but to children, aren't they simply the monsters that they already know?
    — under the bed

The Outer Limits Park Place Log I

our most powerful instinct is self-preservation, but what happens when fear and mistrust twist that drive into a force more destructive than any outside enemy?
    — promised land

for every human act there is a moment of decision - a single thought, a breath, a heartbeat - after which all possible outcomes narrow to one.
    — the conversion

in the darkest of hours, in the greatest of battles, we must never forget who, or what, we are.
    — quality of mercy

mankind will be forever doomed to destruction if we continue to *ask* for the truth, but then refuse to listen.
    — to tell the truth

perhaps how we face death is not as important as how we face life: to live each day with hope, with courage, and with love, as if it were our last.
    — inconstant moon

the human race is maturing slowly, mired in repetitive patterns of behavior.  how we learn so little in the face of so much accumulated evidence should be of prime interest.
    — abduction (paraphrased)

if you were offered the chance to communicate with another person's mind, would you choose to do it, knowing that in return you would have to expose your own deepest and most intimate thoughts?
    — living hell

the more we learn about the universe around us, the more we realize how little we truly know, but we will only find what wonders await us if no false walls are built around our explorers and no false restraints applied to the unquenchable human thirst to know it all.
    — double helix

The Cuban Belleza Park Place Log

i'd like to have both [a life of happiness and one of meaning].
    can't be done.  two *very* different paths.
    — heroes (parasite)

carmen sandiego.  we don't know what's under the red trench coat and she's silent on the matter.  perhaps because there's nothing to say?

idealists don't get much done without a few pragmatists running interference for them, so get off your moral high horse.
    — eureka (h.o.u.s.e. rules)

why did script writers decide that gore was an acceptable substitution for tension?  is it similar to my deciding to go to sleep when i know that staying awake is something i can't quite manage?

hey!  no gloating!
    page 6, sub paragraph 3: gloating is to be allowed.
        wo-ho!  they got you with the Neener Clause.
    — kim possible (car alarm)

the Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission is comprised of the International Federation of Olympic Philately, the International Federation of Olympic Numismatic and the International Olympic Memorabilia Federation.  (pause)  stamps and coins, respectively.  and collectibles.  i'll come in again...

if one must exceed the other, let it be your ambition rather than your talent.
    — blow (paraphrased)

the next time you can't possibly imagine, perhaps you should try.

i'll wager you anything you like: if american women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight.
    — it's a mad, mad, mad, mad world

That's what *she* said

I miss the old days.  She said a lot back then.  Not so much any more, and i think that's to our detriment.  I feel in my gut that she's still around though, just is a bit gun-shy with how society as a whole has changed in the intervening years.  I'm of the opinion that if enough of us show her that we haven't forgotten how much we appreciated her that she'd once again grace us with her presence.  So please, join me.  I'll do it alone if i have to, but i'd much rather have a partner...

Forgive me for jumping the tracks here, but i've noticed that some people apparently don't have a solid handle on the quotes.  To be blunt: i consider them intrinsically worthwhile.  If otherwise, they likely wouldn't be acceptable except as an in-joke (you dropped your /pay' pa/).  Now that's not to say that there haven't been occasions when quotes have applied to my situation, but that's merely a little inside knowledge that i allow myself to enjoy.  As for them equating to recommendations of the sources, while i don't know that i've quoted something i didn't care for, it's not impossible.  The Logs are written for me first and you second.  I'm all for you enjoying the experience, but it's what *i* get out of it that really matters...

Not that you didn't see this coming, but allow me to digress a bit.  I'm of the opinion that everyone should have a personal motto.  It doesn't have to be noble, profound, witty or even last longer than tomorrow afternoon, but at any given time you should be able to state yours.  As you may suspect, the best part of a personal motto is the "personal" part.  One that is life-affirming is just as good as one that makes not the slightest bit of sense as long as it resonates with you.  Mine?  It's *my* sandbox.  Now it's your turn.  And take your time; it's not a race to the finish...

So where was i?  Oh, yes: the old days.  I miss them.  Or maybe what i miss is how uncluttered they were.  Some things today just seem needlessly complicated.  And by "complicated" i mean "annoying".  Sure, the Internet is in some ways significantly better than pulling books off the shelf, but growing up it never occurred to me to check a second encyclopedia to verify the first's information.  I also never needed to leaf through pages of exposition that were in some vague way related - or not - to the topic i was researching.  But that's progress, i guess.  I shudder to think what will happen though if the crap we must wade through ever outpaces the speed we can wade through it.  If you take what we have for granted, you will very likely regret it...

my dream could become your nightmare.
:: where on earth is carmen sandiego? (moondreams)