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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-23

"It is a sin to waste the reader's time."

-- Larry Niven
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-22

"How can people be shocked by what is normal to them?
 The stories they were raised with laid the groundwork for making it invisible."
-- Alerik Hoeh, 2016-07-21

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-21

"Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." -- Earl Nightingale

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-20

"I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-19

"Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but for that reason it should be most our care to learn it." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims, 1682

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-18

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-22:

"I grew up in Carmel, smack in the middle of the new code region; my first cell phone number-the only cell phone number I have ever had-bears that 831 preface. I have held on to those three digits through happily-multiple changes of location (New Jersey, New York, Boston, Washington) and through unhappily-multiple losses of handset. The powers that be-hardware salespeople, cell service representatives-have, at one time or another, tried to force me into a 609 and a 917 and a 617; each time, I have resisted. Because I am not, fundamentally, a 609 or a 917 or a 617. I am not even, my current residence notwithstanding, a 202. I am an 831, wherever I may be in body, and will remain an 831 until they pry those three otherwise totally meaningless digits out of my cold, dead iPhone." -- Megan Garber, writing about telephone area codes.

[<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/our-numbered-days-the-evolution-of-the-area-code/283803/> http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/our-numbered-days-the-evolution-of-the-area-code/283803/</a>]</p> </blockquote><p>(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)</p> <p>(Happy birthday to my mother, whose phone number of 50+ years my sister managed to keep for her through a move across the Chesapeake!)</p>

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-17

"It's tempting to say the feedback loop has gotten out of control -- to sneer at minor rock stars and hack writers who've salvaged the poem for parts, yanking their titles from it without bothering to understand it. Achebe and Didion had paid it a kind of reverence, after all, and it's safe to say Kevin Smith has not.

"But why not celebrate the trend instead? Yeats's lines work outside their context because the word pairings are brilliant in and of themselves. 'Blank and pitiless as the sun,' 'stony sleep,' 'vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle' -- they're both jarring and sonorous. Even 'slouching towards,' probably the most overused phrase of them all, retains its ominousness after all this repetition."

-- Nick Tabor, 2015-04-07 in the Paris Review

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:56pm on 2016-07-16

Protective colouration: she lies in the hall
Blending into a floor the shade of her coat
With her tail aligned with the grain of the stair.
Camouflage, for safety, so she doesn't get ...
... Stepped on?
Wait, I see a problem.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-16

"Our new operating system is called the Virtual Time Operating System (VTOS). While virtual memory systems make the computer's memory the virtual resource, VTOS does the same thing with CPU processing time.

"The result is that the computer can run an unlimited number of jobs, all at the same time. Like the virtual memory system, which actually keeps part of memory on disk, VTOS has to play tricks to achieve its goals. Although all of your jobs seem to be running right now, some of them are actually running next week."

-- Tony Karp, "Babbage - The language of the future", Datamation, September 1981

[Happy birthday to [info] xpioti!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-15

"Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful." -- Umera Ahmed

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-14

"There'd a funny thing that happens when you know the correct answer. It throws you when you get a different answer that's not wrong." -- Dr. Bowman, in Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2014-11-10 (if you want more context, this part of the characters' conversation starts a few strips earlier)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-13

"Money won't buy you happiness, but it'll pay for the search." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-12

"Many Ontarians do not identify as female or male. As society's understanding of gender evolves, government must adapt. Part of that is being more thoughtful about how and when we collect gender or sex information, and how we use it. We look forward to getting input from the public on these important policy changes this summer." -- Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services, quoted in a press release headed "Ontario Boosts Gender Inclusivity with Changes to Official Documents", 2016-06-29

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-11

"I care about privilege because as a mathematician and systems thinker I know it's not just cause or symptom, it's a piece in a feedback loop" -- Vi Hart, 2016-07-09

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-10

"One reason I study the medieval period is because of the magnificent religion spawned during the period, with stunning heights and diabolical lows. The spread of what was once a small middle-eastern cult to stunningly transform barbaric tribes into glittering empires is one of these heights (and a low, truthfully). These people, these creationists and these Messagers, they seek to take a religion which was once magnificent and inspiring and reduce it to mud and ashes." -- [info] goblinpaladin, "Bibles and Literalism", 2008-04-07

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-09

"Saturday mornings, I've learned, are a great opportunity for kids to sneak into your bed, fall back asleep, and kick you in the face." -- Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-08

"The first step to fascism is austerity.
 If you seek to avoid fascism, eschew austerity.   -- Kat Tanaka Okopnik, 2016-07-01 (thanks to Elliott Mason for re-sharing it)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-07

"I might as well rename gender analysis to Why Do Transphobes Do That: The Series" -- Zinnia Jones, 2016-07-04

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-06

"Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside." -- Melba Colgrove

[To everyon feasting and celebrating the end of Ramadan, Eid Mubarak!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-07-05

"Instead of turning away from our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, let us instead learn from our history and avoid repeating the mistakes of our past. Let us reflect on the obvious but often neglected lesson that state-sanctioned discrimination never looks good in hindsight. It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference. We have moved beyond those dark days, but not without pain and suffering and an ongoing fight to keep moving forward. Let us write a different story this time. Let us not act out of fear and misunderstanding, but out of the values of inclusion, diversity and regard for all that make our country great." -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 2016-05-09, announcing complaint against the State of North Carolina to stop discrimination against transgender individuals

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