845) STURGEON'S LAW: Ninety percent of everything is crap.
Theodore Sturgeon talk at New York University (c.1951) [WQ]
[Note: As with many off-hand remarks which later become widely known, the history of this is complicated. To begin with, the version presented here, which is the best known, is a variant of the original as reported by Philip Klass, which was: "Sure, ninety percent of science fiction is crud. That's because ninety percent of everything is crud." Sturgeon reworked this and published it in Venture Science Fiction (3/1958), where he called it "Sturgeon's Revelation", which also used "crud" instead of "crap".
Sturgeon called it his "Revelation", because he reserved "Sturgeon's Law" for another one of his sayings. To complicate matters further, the collection Science Fictionalisms (1992) gives a third "law", unfortunately without attribution. Putting that all together, we could say that there are three Sturgeon's Laws:
STURGEON'S FIRST LAW: Nothing is Absolutely so.
STURGEON'S SECOND LAW: Ninety percent of everything is crud.
STURGEON'S THIRD LAW: It is not possible to assemble a device containing small parts without dropping one of those parts in a deep pile carpet. [SF]]
846) SPAFFORD'S THREE AXIOMS OF USENET
Axiom #1: The Usenet is not the real world. The Usenet usually does not even resemble the real world.
Corollary #1: Attempts to change the real world by altering the structure of the Usenet is an attempt to work sympathetic magic - electronic voodoo.
Corollary #2: Arguing about the significance of newsgroup names and their relation to the way people really think is equivalent to arguing whether it is better to read tea leaves or chicken entrails to divine the future.
Axiom #2: Ability to type on a computer terminal is no guarantee of sanity, intelligence, or common sense.
Corollary #3: An infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of keyboards could produce something like Usenet.
Corollary #4: They could do a better job of it.
Axiom #3: Sturgeon's Law (90% of everything is crap) applies to Usenet.
Corollary #5: In an unmoderated newsgroup, no one can agree on what constitutes the 10%.
Corollary #6: Nothing guarantees that the 10% isn't crap, too.
847) Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea - massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.
849) FEATURE (fee'chr) n. 1. A surprising property of a program. Occasionally documented. To call a property a feature sometimes means the author of the program did not consider the particular case, and the program makes an unexpected, although not strictly speaking an incorrect response. See BUG. "That's not a bug, that's a feature!" A bug can be changed to a feature by documenting it.
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 856 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
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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
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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)
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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"
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