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Quote of the day, 11 May 2012

You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. –E. Hemingway, as told to George Plimpton, Spring 1958, the Paris Review

Quote of the day, 10 May 2012

The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be written. Once written you have to stand by it. You may have said it to see whether you believed it or not. –E. Hemingway, as told to George Plimpton, Spring 1958, the Paris Review

Quote of the day, 9 May 2012

[…T]hese tokens have their value, just as three buffalo horns Hemingway keeps in his bedroom have a value dependent not on size but because during the acquiring of them things went badly in the bush, yet ultimately turned out well. “It cheers me up to look at them,” he says. Hemingway may admit superstitions of […]

Out of sight

for AH     KAREN This is your game. I’ve never played before.     FOLEY It’s not a game. It’s not something you play.     KAREN Well, does this make any sense to you?     FOLEY It doesn’t have to, it’s something that happens. It’s like seeing someone for the first time, like you could be […]

Quote of the day, 25 February 2012

“The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.” –Miller, Repo Man, 1984

Quote of the day, 26 January 2012

The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular. –Edward Gibbon

Quote of the day, 24 January 2012

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance. – Robert R. Coveyou

Quote of the day, 18 January 2012

I love all waste And solitary places; where we taste The pleasure of believing what we see Is boundless, as we wish our souls to be –Percy Bysshe Shelley, Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation, 1818-9

Quote of the day, 10 Jan 2012

Some years ago- never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. […]

Quote of the day, 3 January 2012

This is a test of the XXX public announcement system. If you can’t hear this announcement, please contact your floor warden. I am not making this up. Yes, I work at a semi-famous FFRDC, which supposedly hires smart people.

Ending short term thinking

A large number of rent-collectors and financial middlemen making vast amounts of money are keeping the current system in place. The fact that what they are doing is destroying the economy will not sway their thinking. As Upton Sinclair noted, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon […]

Quote of the day, 26 December 2011

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. –George Orwell, ‘In Front of Your Nose’, Tribune, March 22, 1946.

Kafka rolls over and gives up

Summary: The government dropped a bomb on a U.S. citizen, who, though a total dick and probably a criminal, may have been engaged only in propaganda, which, though despicable, is generally protected by the First Amendment; it did so without a trial or even an indictment (that we know of), based at least in part […]

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No longer citizens

Matt Taibbi calls it right: But it seems to me that if you’re broke enough that you’re not paying any income tax, you’ve got nothing but skin in the game. You’ve got it all riding on how well America works. You can’t afford private security: you need to depend on the police. You can’t afford […]

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Quote of the day, 16 December 2011

“As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life—so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.” –Matt Cartmill “Of course, you become an archbishop to meet boys. –Doug Nelson “Scientists don’t meet girls either” […]