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Quotes From Here and There

To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.here

The next time you see a light bulb used in a cartoon as an image of a bright idea, remember at which end of the bulb the genius really lies.there

Ah, that’s why I felt I’d heard the tune before.here

It was a dark, moody night, I’d been chasing dead leads like a dog with a broken tail chases a rubber shoe down a blind alley full of tears and cynical calicoes.there

This deadly assassin claims hundreds every morning. It’s probably in your house right now.here

Technology is not (just) a smartphone with an app for locating a flunky to make you a sandwich.there

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Because of the way our brains work, something rare and exotic is much scarier than something that’s familiar.here

I would be irresistible to the ladies if only I had bright blue inflatable throat sacs…there

… it’s “only drudgery if you’re reading it for school.”here

…we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more.there

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Of all the pro-education stuff our parents did, that may have been the subtlest but one of the most important: if you don’t know something, don’t just shrug and go “meh,” go find out.here

And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.there

It’s all about the avoidance of catastrophe.here

The cumulus cloud of apathy has formed above our heads and is raining down a waste of time upon us; an absolute downpour.there

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Honestly, on the off-chance that I have kids one day, this scene is how they are learning the alphabet.here

From what I can make out, our indignant Guardianista is upset that some white female celebrities have been happily drawing attention to their fulsome hindquarters, which are, it seems, the latest must-have fashion item among the suggestible and insecure.there

Jackson’s life seems to have been generally free of drama, which surely disappoints anyone looking for demons and skeletons in her personal closet to account for the apparent darkness her imagination often generated.here

I wept, and wept again at the inequality of the universe, and then considered that what I save on gas I can spend on MORE HelloKitty stuff…there

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It’s hard to figure out the first question to ask when someone reads something like that, since “why” and “how” both jockey so effectively for attention.here

Tuesdays are ninja Mondays: just as bad, but you never see them coming.”there

I always include the legs – those are the scariest part. Naturalist type sites that give the size as “legs excluded” are totally missing the point.here
(I’m sure no one will appreciate this interesting bit of information but I saw a thing on Facebook that said you are never more than three feet away from a spider at any given moment. It was just one of those silly things you see on Facebook, though. Probably not true. Don’t let it keep you up tonight.)

Humans are prone to rely on examples and experiences that can be easily recalled. The idea is that if we can remember it, it must be important. This mental shortcut is termed the availability heuristic. A key drawback of the heuristic is that it leads us to overestimate the prevalence of memorable events.there

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Surely, someone who believes that saying “Satan,” repeatedly, to a glass of water will alter the water’s physical properties needs to be treated with a dash of skepticism—no?here

Of course it being the dictum that on the editorial front one must kill ones babies you’d think I should attack these sections more, or that later editorial input would see them getting chopped up. This is not the case, because that dictum is crap.there

What exactly went on in this room, with its wall of windows, high work tables, and piles of fabric on the side?here

It is a short trip, however, from banning someone for being a genuine troll, to using the label “troll” to ban someone who is simply expressing a contrary opinion. This can go from basic hygiene to sanitizing a site of any impurity of thought or opinion.there

The labelling of classical tracks on Amazon, where they offer you little snippets to listen to, is routinely done by naming the pieces with such things as their tempo or loudness markings, while neglecting to tell you what the piece is or what number movement it is. They just can’t be bothered to get it right.here

It is great to be around machines that make you laugh. We spend most of our days with machines that haven’t a funny bone in their bodies, machines that turn us into dour button-pushers, machines that conceal their workings in casings that cannot be opened, machines that invalidate their warranties if you even think about repairing them on your own, machines that are more likely to evoke a groan than a smile.there

Book Quote

From Orbus by Neal Asher:

“The introduction of technology slows the process of evolution, but it never actually ceases, … and when technology advances sufficiently to be applied to the bodies and minds of those wielding it, it becomes a tool of evolution.”

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Somewhere between Salvador Dalí’s illustrations of Montaigne, the weird and wonderful Codex Seraphinianus, and the visual history of Gotham’s imaginary apocalypse, the book is a singular shrine to some of the most eternal of human hopes and fears, and, above all, our immutable longing for grace, for mercy, for the miraculous.here

When the aliens come, as they must, I’ll remind them that this world of ours is so incredibly diverse that there’s a disambiguation page for “Puke.”there

apparently there was a lot of peeing going on in that duplexhere

(This post kinda went downhill after that first quote didn’t it?)

I have decided that I don’t believe in UFOs. (Spaceships are another story.)there

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As an aside, it’s interesting to note how nationalism could be such a potent force in driving the creation of some of the most wonderful music ever written, and yet, in politics, the nationalism of the late 1800s eventually led straight to the staggering catastrophe that was World War I.here

…blessed are the easily amused for they shall have no shortage of things to laugh at.there

My point is not that everyone must accept the legitimacy of abortion and same-sex intimacy. Reasonable people can disagree on these issues. My point is only that those who oppose abortion and same-sex intimacy should not look to the Bible to support their positions. That support is simply not there.here

The word alone evokes a “get off my lawn, you damn kids” reaction in so many people, and some cultural commentators even insist it’s a sign of our increasingly narcissistic times.there

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These are not people you are bound to respect; the fact that they have been installed in the seats of power means nothing more than that the contemporary power structure, with its emphasis on collective “responsibility” at individual expense, needs to be burned to the ground and the ground subsequently covered with sodium chloride.here

I sure hope orbicular is a word.there

… it seems that while we as a country don’t want government doing anything because it somehow infringes on our “freedom”, we are entirely willing to let our corporate bosses encroach on our “freedom” in ways that are more real and more limiting than anything government is trying to do.here

When I set out, there was no rain but I watched the clouds gather over Sri Chiangmai on the Thai side. It seems to be good weather for the fishermen.there

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For some of us, this is a definition of “affordable” with which we are not familiar.here

Where do they think all the crap in the world comes from, the sky?there

Hazelnut, sugar maple, Nutella, kale and bacon, obviously: so many typical hipster flavors, except, of course, donut flavor.here
(Seriously? I’d queue for bacon donuts and I’m definitely not a hipster. Unless it’s actually “kale and bacon” then, no.)

And the way I like to learn about new stuff is by reading arguments about it, starting with the argument that says I am right about it.there

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Certain words do not sound right together.here

I suddenly realized there was only one thing that could have happened, and sure enough, when I looked in the drier, there it was.there

“It’s perfect clear
That I’m not really here,
For I haven’t a thought in my head.”
here

There was some anaesthesia too, so the needle sliding into the shoulder joint capsule was not too bad, but it’s wearing off now and I’d like to bite somebody.there

At any rate, preserve me from the collective unconscious. I’d prefer to be a lonely brain, rolling off-course and lost in the rough like a shanked golf ball.here

These same divas also suggest making a muslin at the very least for the bodice. Being a hard-headed sewist I did not.there
(That sounds exactly like me.)

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Weird is a wayward wordhere

No one goes to see movies about nonviolent conflict resolution. They see movies about robot dinosaurs destroying tall buildings.there

I am 100% certain that the hacking of entertainment industry’s security features provides better entertainment for these kids than the entertainment we’re trying to prevent them from stealing. Let that sink in for a second, then try not to bust up laughing.here

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Think about it—in science fiction and fantasy, isn’t invisibility a super power?here

I feel like people don’t tend to see the eighteen balls I’m successfully juggling, they only see – and point out – the one I happened to drop.there

“But nobody said we were not allowed to have points of view. The exercise of personal taste is not the same thing as imposing personal opinion.”here

I know it’s just a movie and just entertainment, but the bad things were just sooo bad I couldn’t get to my “fictional characters” place and enjoy it at all.there
(Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately?) usually when I am told a movie is “really bad” my curiosity demands that I see it, even if I had no intentions before reading the bad review. Besides, sometimes I like bad movies.)

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And, in terms of even broader perspectives, the study brings to mind a quote from Blaise Pascal: “All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.”here

Existence itself is not a hack.there

I hope that it’s not just me who thinks that having speed bumps in front of a JoAnns is funny!here

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There’s just something so creepily medieval about the way World War I started.here

I am quite certain that dress is not microwavable.there

How come every time something simple gets popular, people want to make it more complicated? And less fun? And then eventually less popular?”here (via)

“That’s MY number.” (and how dare you speak the sacred numerals aloud, heathen scum!)there

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So the real question is not “Why is glass transparent?,” but “Why aren’t all materials transparent?”here

If I had a dollar for every time a middle class, white, lesbian with a Women’s Studies degree tried to tell ME how to appropriately respect MY OWN CULTURE AND HERITAGE, I could probably buy a goddamn reservation and turn it into a theme park.there (via)

Whoo- you know you can’t spell ‘flattering’ without ‘F, A and T!here

And I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.there

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But I have to wonder: what color is the sky in a world where size 6 — size six, fercrissake — is deemed “plus”?here

Why do we want to celebrate our main events with foot sprains and blisters?there

Honestly, it’s still hard to believe that we even got one new season of Cosmos in our current society, where science is all too often given false equivalency with misinformation, urban legends, and outright superstition.here

…and Trek isn’t about defeating the villain-of-the-week. Sometimes it can be about that, but not always, and ever since Wrath of Khan, Trek seems to be fixated on this idea of “who will the villain be”…there

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I thought I wanted a pair of trousers with a fly front, but turns out I don’t have man parts that necessitate a zipper in the front…here

…in the twenty-first century’s speeded-up time and vast platter of choices, the past seems to have become shorter. What might we do to prevent ourselves from completely becoming the prisoners of our own categories of time and place?there

When I was young and foolish, I thought I could learn all of history and have it all available in my head, or at least a lot of European history, or at least a lot of English history. Now I know that almost all this stuff will fall right back out of my head again. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth doing.here

I got to rescue a shark – a beached nursehound – and found a set of jaws of a quite different kind.there

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By the way, is anybody besides me starting to get a little freaked out with how recent “100 years ago” is getting to be?!here

… i’d rather spend my time propping up than putting down. there’s enough putting down in the world.there

But according to reports, the guru’s aides have insisted that Ashutosh is not dead, he has just been holding his breath since January.here

“I think that WWII is depressing and that humans are horrible and people should just go eat ice cream, cookies, cake, candy and drink tea and coffee. Mostly tea though.”there