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Some quotes
Bar Harbor
I just got around to going through my "I should add this to my quote file" pile for the last ~18 months or so, and thought I'd share the new material here. After all, a lot of it came via LJ in the first place, even discounting the vast preponderance of james_nicoll material :-)

"Chronomancy, the art of telling the future by waiting to see what happens."
-- Lore Sjoberg

"I've also seen people that, despite being densely surrounded by people
with clue, manage to take more of the dense, and less of the clue."
-- Ailish

"Complaining that a scientist is sometimes wrong is like complaining
that an explorer is sometimes lost." -- Metahacker

"Love is friendship set on fire."
-- Jeremy Taylor, ca. 1650

Question authority, because I said so.

Asking if computers can think is like asking if submarines can swim.

Any sufficiently powerful stupidity is indistinguishable from evil.

"A successful tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author."

In the long run, there is no middle ground between justice and genocide.

A ship is safe in a harbor, but that's not what a ship is for.

Diplomacy: The art of letting someone else have your way.

How many roads must a man walk down before he admits he is LOST?

This sentance has threee errors.

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

For the life of me, I've never understood why people dismiss the importance of "semantics" in communication. After all, if semantics had no purpleness, you'd slitheringly go bold at by-sit it I'm climbing. -- Tangwystyl

"Power corrupts; Powerpoint corrupts absolutely." -- Vint Cerf

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. -- Noam Chomsky

Loki, Eris, and Coyote walk into a bar, and the bartender says "Order, please."

"...they didn't have issues, they had subscriptions."

The plot, such as it is, is a lot like a paper-cut: thin and surprisingly painful. -- Chris Sims

"Whenever a social mass phenomenon is ascribed to a mere stupidity
of the men participating, this apparent stupidity in reality is
merely the stupidity of the observer and critic..." -- Karl Kautsky

There is no limit to bad. It can always get worse. -- James Nicoll

the OT Satan isn't really Captain Evil of the Genocide Brigade so much as he's a QA tester, looking for weak spots in the design. -- James Nicoll

If you've ever asked "why do women prefer jerks," what you are really asking is "Why do girls prefer jerks to _me_?" The answer is almost certainly "You lack any notable positive qualities (Merely lacking some negative ones does not count) and the odds are quite good that they prefer half-eaten honey-dew melons to you as well." -- James Nicoll

I don't think there's a story out there that isn't even better with well-armed cybergrrrls. Cybergirrls are like salt or complex Bollywood dance numbers. They make everything better. -- James Nicoll

Clarity: not just for thingie anymore. -- James Nicoll

You know, my aunt is a bride of Christ, which makes him my uncle. Have I ever got even one Xmas card from him? No, I bloody haven't. -- James Nicoll

James Nicoll, on readers who misconstrue authorial inent:
That's why _my_ books will have psychic detectors linked to a shaped charge.

We discovered at one point that the brick wall of the pillar would hold up
a sock pretty well. This led to sorting socks by putting them on the wall,
which in turn led to mosaics built entirely of socks. Mission drift is
a hazard in all pursuits, including doing the laundry. -- James Nicoll

I don't mind hidden depths but I insist that there be a surface. -- James Nicoll

(H)umans hate to admit error even as they stand there, black and smoldering, with the stub of a cigarette in one hand, in the middle of a wide crater containing them and the remains of a sign that once read 'DANGER: VOLATILE EXPLOSIVES'. -- James Nicoll

[The cat] and I have an agreement: I leave her alone and don't make sudden moves when I wake up to find her perched on my chest, staring with an unblinking hostile gaze at my face and in return she rarely mutilates me. -- James Nicoll

"Gun-wielding recluse gunned down by local police" isn't the epitaph I want. I am hoping for "Witnesses reported the sound up to two hundred kilometers away" or "Last body part finally located". -- James Nicoll

[Regarding the possibility of a computer monitor exploding]
That has never happened to me. Well, once. But only once. I've been hit by more falling chandeliers than that. -- James Nicoll

Actually, the Singularity seems rather useful in the entire "work avoidance" field. "I _could_ write up that report now but if I put it off, I may well become a weakly godlike entity, at which point not only will I be able to type faster but my comments will be more on-target." -- James Nicoll

I'm a monarchist but I don't believe in letting the monarch live here plus I believe Mr. Choppy is an intergral part of monarchal parliamentary democracy. -- James Nicoll

" I often remind young and inexperienced potential competitors,
the very best way to get the attention of the appropriate sex is
to take part in extremely risky activities. The survivors get
loads of sex." -- James Nicoll

"Due to the finite age of the universe, comparatively few conflicts
to date have been eternal." -- James Nicoll

"Ordover's Primary Thesis is that since private development of space has
not occured, it will never occur. This is, by the way, the exact same
reasoning I used in the packing knife incident, as well as the James
Breaks His Nose Getting a Muffin incident and probably isn't completely
unrelated to the "foam never caused a problem in the past" argument."
-- James Nicoll

"Any human related problem can be eliminated by eliminating the humans:
no humans, no problem." -- James Nicoll

"If ... you are looking for something with a nice explosion at the
beginning and a nice explosion at the end, with lots of nice explosions
in between to maintain the thematic unity, this may do." -- James Nicoll

[Responding to a claim that human nature doesn't change:]
"I was thinking about this while beating a slave for not waking me in time
for today's human sacrifices and it occured to me that while motivations
may be constant, expressions may vary. I was unable to follow this to any
kind of conclusion because someone gave birth to twins and the younger one
had to be exposed before it brought bad luck to the community."
-- James Nicoll

"You really don't want me whole-heartedly adopting Vance's amoral
worldview because you and everyone reading this are made of meat,
tasty, tasty meat." -- James Nicoll

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"For the life of me, I've never understood why people dismiss the importance of "semantics" in communication. After all, if semantics had no purpleness, you'd slitheringly go bold at by-sit it I'm climbing. -- Tangwystyl"

Probably should credit this to Heather Rose Jones (her RL name) and also, she's on LJ at hrj.

nah, spoils the fun of wondering if "Tangwystyl" is a further progression down the line of the sentence.

Tankwhistling = semantic fun with text-to-speech...

I would really like to meet Umberto Eco smeday and have a nice discussion about open and closed interpretations as filtered through a screen reader. Heck, maybe I'll just name my next computer Umberto.

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