Luke: Is the Dark Side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

(Yes we're not acknowledging the violence the prequel trio did to all of the themes and metaphysics of the Star Wars universe.)
"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." - Edward R. Murrow

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular." - Also Edward R. Murrow
One of the only redeeming fearures of Vista is the text box in the start menu that will either act as a search, or launch the program you type in. Much easier than menus for running programs you don't run all the time.

And I swear I've linked this before, but I'm not sure, so here it is again, Fanspeak, a webpage made from a Usenet post about a speech pathologist's impressions of geek culture, once removed. At least at cons. A bunch of it seems dead-on to me. And the part about talking with your hand under your chin struck me, and yeah, I can. That's weird, I guess? At least to some people? (Found via the comments of [ profile] theferret's post "If Nerds Can Learn Linux, Why Can't They Learn Not To Interrupt People?"


Mar. 4th, 2010 06:40 pm
"...shadows covering the minds of those whose lives became easier if they believed themselves to be powerless."

Jhegaala, Steven Brust

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Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:16 am
Death: Humans need fantasy to *be* human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what's the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?

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Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:48 pm
Probably mangled, from a source I forget and haven't hit the right keywords to find in Google.

"A just society is one you would be willing to live in no matter what station you were in it."

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Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:59 pm
"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are." - St. Augustine of Hippo
"Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before-that we now have the option for all humanity to "make it" successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will b a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment."  — R. Buckminster Fuller

Though the quote makes me wonder about my choice of vocation, because we have all the technology we need to make all this happen. What we're lacking is the will, and the models, and the explanations, and the incentives. That's what we need to change. The systems.


May. 30th, 2008 01:21 pm
What IS so funny about peace, love, and understanding?


May. 16th, 2008 01:22 pm
"So-called "global warming" is just a secret ploy by wacko tree-huggers to make America energy independent, clean our air and water, improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st-century industries, and make our cities safer and more livable. Don't let them get away with it."
- Chip Giller, Founder of

(via a Starbucks cup, examples here.)

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May. 15th, 2008 12:51 pm
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." - Helder Camara
From Slacktivist, in a post about some Southern Baptists trying to pull their kids out of public schools in a big group, a quote that expresses things quite well.

"So instead of bureaucrats and politicians, parents will decide directly how these schools will be run. Well, maybe not directly -- having a town-meeting every time you need to hire staff or purchase textbooks could be cumbersome and inefficient. But short of that they could ensure that parents had a say in such decisions by, say, electing representatives to a board that could oversee the schools. They could call it a "school board." This "school board" -- accountable to the parents -- could hire professionals to manage the day-to-day affairs of the schools. All of which would be so much better than the current system of politicians and bureaucrats."

Heh. Good show, sir.
"To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds." - Justice Robert H. Jackson, in West Virginia State Board of Education V. Barnette

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Jan. 25th, 2007 11:15 am
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” —Upton Sinclair
But I'll save it for now. Instead, you get this quote about popular music, from an apocalyptic fundie novelist named M.R. DeHaan.

"Squeaks and squawks and empty groans and baby talking and monkey moans."

We need more music like that! That sounds all sorts of interesting.

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Jan. 9th, 2007 11:40 am
"The difference between riot and revolution is if the troops fire." - The Internets
Justice is important not because it exists, but because it probably does not.
From Matt Yglesias, talking about Hillary Clinton: "...The fact that this sort of thing even gets discussed, though, points not only to the deep anti-feminist strains that remain in our culture, but also to the weirdly metaphorical nature of national security debates. The underlying presumption seems to be something like you want a president capable of physically wrestling a terrorist to the ground and so a woman, or a man who's too effete, might not be able to get the job done."
"Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating." -- Simone Weil
"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depository of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still, and pursue the same object. The last appellation of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all." - Thomas Jefferson

The thing is, in America, even the aristocrats have to pretend, at least in public, to be democrats. And some might even think they are. But by their actions ye shall know them.



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