From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-07-22:
"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. They're not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong." -- Charles Kinsey, therapist, after being shot by a Miami police officer while working with a patient.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
[To those observing Tzom Tammuz, may you have an easy fast.]
"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)
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>
"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
"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 xpioti!]
"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
"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." -- goblinpaladin, "Bibles and Literalism", 2008-04-07