812) A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams Mostly Harmless (1992) posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [UAQ] (4/28/95)
813) One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
Albert Einstein letter to Hans Muehsam (7/9/1951) Einstein Archive 38-408 [QE] posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [UAQ] (4/28/95)
814) For herself, she declared that she paid no attention to her birthdays - didn't give a hoot about them; and it is true that when you have amassed several dozen of the same sort of thing, it loses that rarity which is the excitement of collectors.
Dorothy Parker "Lolita" The New Yorker (8/27/1955) posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [UAQ] (4/28/95)
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Mark Twain's Notebook (1935), edited by Albert Bigelow Paine [CQ] / posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [UAQ] (4/28/95)
[Note: While these two quotes are from the same source, I have not been able to determine if they are connected in the original text. See also #832 Cabell.]
816) Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Notebook (1904) posted by Jeff Shepherd [UAQ] (4/28/95)
817) They talk about the meeting of minds on the Internet. It turns out a lot of those minds are petty, vulgar, deranged, rude, abusive and have other qualities that do not make them good companions for conversation or debate.
Eugene Spafford (attributed) posted by Nancy J. Gill [AFU] (4/28/95)
818) If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
Isadora Duncan (widely attributed) posted by George Osner [IQM] (4/29/95)
[Note: Also, this:
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Attribution of this quote is uncertain (see here), but the leading contenders seem to be Laurie Anderson, David Breskin, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin or Martin Mull, dating from the mid- or early-80's. [QV]]
[AFU] - Usenet alt.folklore.urban newsgroup [CQ] - Columbia Dictinary of Quotations (1993) [IQM] - Internet Quotations mailing list [QE] - The New Quotable Einstein (2005), Alice Calaprice, ed. [QV] - The Quote Verifier (2006), Ralph Keyes [UAQ] - Usenet alt.quotations newsgroup
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 663 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
by Joel Pelletier
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
Be sure to visit them all!!
Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
If you read unfutz at least once a week, without fail, your teeth will be whiter and your love life more satisfying.
If you read it daily, I will come to your house, kiss you on the forehead, bathe your feet, and cook pancakes for you, with yummy syrup and everything.
(You might want to keep a watch on me, though, just to avoid the syrup ending up on your feet and the pancakes on your forehead.)
Finally, on a more mundane level, since I don't believe that anyone actually reads this stuff, I make this offer: I'll give five bucks to the first person who contacts me and asks for it -- and, believe me, right now five bucks might as well be five hundred, so this is no trivial offer.