Kontoyiannis: Some not-so-academic stuff
History of the Kontoyiannis family; page in Greek
Stelios Kazantzidis, a singer and a national hero
Some interesting quotes:
One service mathematics has rendered to the human race. It has put common sense back where it belongs, on the topmost shelf next to the dusty canister labelled "discarded nonsense."
- E.T. Bell
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
- Henry James
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- Bertrand Russell
Chance governs all things; necessity, which is far from having the same purity, comes only later.
- Luis Bunuel
What [...] I aspire to [do is] to give the reader an experience of convincing reality, nevertheless piercing the shell of detail and penetrating to the structure of causation and meaning that we always hope for but never actually experience in the real world. Causation and meaning are always imagined, no matter how thoroughly we create a model of contemporary age.
- Orson Scott Card
In weightlifting, I don't think sudden, uncontrolled urination should automatically disqualify you.
- From Saturday Night Live Deep Thoughts
Through [psychoanalysis] a person could expect to rise from a state of abject despair into one of everyday unhappiness.
- Sigmund Freud