April 22, 2007

What 50 Cents At A Book Sale Got Me

"Devices such as thin films, cryotron, parametron, twistors, and tunnel diodes are just a few [storage devices] which will be used in the computer of the future."

Fundamentals of Digital Computers by Weinstein and Keim, 1965

Incidentally, the book also came with a punch card labeled "Star Trek" hidden inside it.

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March 28, 2007

By Senator Chuck Hagel, R-NE

We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam.

Glad to see the Republicans finally face reality. Although it sounds kind of hollow now that they're no longer in power.

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January 30, 2007

By Louis-Ferdinand Céline

The poetry of heroism holds an irresistible appeal for people who aren't involved in a war, especially when they're making piles of money out of one. It's only natural.

From Journey to the End of the Night.

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October 25, 2006

By George W Bush

"One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see that."

Yes, President Bush uses The Google. Probably because it's the only search engine that indexes all of The Internets.

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October 3, 2006

Hypocrite Of The Worst Kind

"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else -- to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain."

Mark Foley, about Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct (from DailyKos)

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September 29, 2006

The Lawless, Liberal Hideaway To The North

He had been confident of bringing Father Mike to justice in the U.S. courts. But who knew what would happen once he got to Canada? Canada with its pacifism and its socialized medicine! Canada with its millions of French speakers! It was like...like...like a foreign country! Father Mike might become a fugitive over there, living it up in Quebec. He might disappear into Saskatchewan and roam with the moose.

From Middlesex By Jeffrey Eugenides

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July 26, 2006

By Doremus Jessup, Newspaper Editor

The tyranny of this dictatorship isn't primarily the fault of Big Business, nor of the demagogues who do their dirty work. It's the fault of Doremus Jessup! Of all the conscientious, respectable, lazy-minded Doremus Jessups who have let the demagogues wriggle in, without fierce enough protest.

From It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis.

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February 23, 2006

By Sen. Orrin Hatch

Saturday, February 18:

And, more importantly, we've stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein. Nobody denies that he was supporting al-Qaida... Well, I shouldn't say nobody. Nobody with brains.

SaturdayWednesday, February 22:

Saddam clearly had a long history of supporting terrorists, but I was not talking about any formal link between Saddam and al-Qaida before the war... Instead, I pointed out that the current insurgency in Iraq includes al-Qaida, under the leadership of al-Zarqawi, along with former elements of Saddam's regime.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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November 7, 2005

By Norman Mailer

"Even now she was very patriotic, and like most patriots she felt strongly and thought weakly, and so it was not easy to argue with her."

From The Deer Park, 1955

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June 27, 2005

By NY Rep. Jerrold Nadler

In regards to the proposed Constitutional Amendment to outlaw burning the American flag in protest:

If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents.

Via Zoomed In.

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June 1, 2005

The True Meaning of Disassemble

President Bush's reaction to Amnesty International calling Guantanamo Bay the "gulag of our times":

It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth.

Source: White House transcript

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April 1, 2005

By George W. Bush

"In cases where there are serious doubts and questions the presumption should be in the favour of life."

A curious statement, considering Bush is the former governor of the state that executes more people than any other US state.

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February 24, 2005

Gay Marriage Evil, Says Pope

It's because of reasons like this, that I identify less and less with being a Catholic.

It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if [gay marriage] is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.

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February 14, 2005

Inflation Is Getting Out Of Control

The other day I was walking by the gallery of panhandlers, otherwise known as Broadway Ave in Capitol Hill, when I was forced to stop at a red light. A panhandler then approached me and said, "Hey brother, can you spare twenty bucks?"

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February 4, 2005

It's a hell of a hoot.

"Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling."

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about fighting in Afghanistan.

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January 25, 2005

He's Right You Know

The most thought-provoking graffiti I've seen in a long time was stenciled on the side of an abandoned building in downtown Toronto. It read:

Ironic Nostalgia Does Not An Artist Make

No argument here.

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October 14, 2004

By George W Bush

And just look at other countries that have tried to have federally controlled health care. They have poor-quality health care.

Our health-care system is the envy of the world because we believe in making sure that the decisions are made by doctors and patients, not by officials in the nation's capital.

From the third presidential debate, Oct 13, 2004. Transcipt

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April 9, 2004

Fortune Cookie

Your ideas will be totally acceptable.

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March 23, 2004

CBC Movie Review

Undead zombies knock resurrected Christ from top slot (link).

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February 21, 2004

Pub Ad In A Seattle Newspaper

We serve 20 oz. pints!

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January 7, 2004

World War II Propaganda Poster

When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!

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December 16, 2003

By Bart Simpson

Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.

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October 23, 2003

By Tom Papa

We're Americans. Our motto should be "No more than fifty feet from any snack food."

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October 3, 2003

By Jean Chrétien

I don't know what is marijuana. Perhaps I will try it when it will no longer be criminal. I will have my money for my fine and a joint in the other hand.

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September 21, 2003

By Bill O'Reilly

And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again.

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August 2, 2003

By Sideshow Bob

Air show? Buzz-cut Alabamians spewing colored smoke from their whiz jets to the strains of Rock You Like A Hurricane? What kind of countrified rube is still impressed by that?

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July 10, 2003

By Ray Romano

I'm from NY... I'd rather be in Vegas, 108 degrees, than NY, 80 degrees. You know why? Legalized prostitution!

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June 24, 2003

By Bill Gates

Like almost everyone, I receive a lot of spam every day, much of it offering to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It's ridiculous.

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June 10, 2003

By Radiohead

Now no one likes a smart arse
But we all like stars

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May 7, 2003

By Richard Jones

But most people have better ways to spend their time than dreaming up ways to break their tools.

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April 17, 2003

By David Bowie

I'm afraid of Americans
I'm afraid of the world
I'm afraid I can't help it
I'm afraid I can't
[Chris] is in America

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March 26, 2003

By Massive Attack

Getting a visa card nowadays isn't hard.

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March 3, 2003

By James Lileks

At some point we all stand in the supermarket aisle, looking at the two varieties of hot dog:

The second one makes you question the first, and eventually you question the second as well.

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January 26, 2003

By Will Shetterly

The tragedy of Canada is that they had the opportunity to have French cuisine, British culture, and American technology, and instead ended up with British cuisine, American culture, and French technology.

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January 2, 2003

By Livia Soprano

Then kill me now. Go on, go, go into the ham, and take the carving knife. And stab me here, here! Now!

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December 2, 2002

By Homer Simpson

We only get thirty sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again.

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November 15, 2002

By Douglas Coupland

Everyone at Microsoft seems, well, literally 31.2 years old, and it kind of shows.

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November 11, 2002

By John Mccrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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October 27, 2002

By C Montgomery Burns

Oh, meltdown. It's one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an unrequested fission surplus.

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October 15, 2002

By Jean Chretien

A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven.

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September 29, 2002

By Peter Gabriel

I'm afraid of being mothered
with my balls shut in the pen
I'm afraid of loving women
and I'm scared of loving men

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September 23, 2002

By Dave Lewis

Could advertising have lied to me?!

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September 7, 2002

By Jose (from the film 12 Monkeys)

You were a hero, man. They gave you a pardon! And whadda you do? You come back and fuck with your teeth!

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August 15, 2002

By Parliament

Let me put my sunglasses on. That's the law around here, you got to wear your sunglasses. So you can feel cool.

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August 1, 2002

By Yevgeny Zamyatin

And like children, you will only swallow all the bitter stuff I have to give you if it is carefully coated with a thick syrup of adventure.

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July 25, 2002

By Jack Handy

If you ever discover that what you're seeing is a play within a play, just slow down, take a deep breath, and hold on for the ride of your life.

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July 17, 2002

By Angela Hammond

And it's soooooo friggin' hot here. I'm sweating like a monkey!!

Yes, I said monkey, don't they sweat?

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July 12, 2002

By Dilbert

I think we're losing our laser-like focus on the customer.

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July 1, 2002

By Jay Leno

President Bush is up there (in Canada) with 34 other world leaders, but he is going home early because he was voted the weakest link. Goodbye.

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June 21, 2002

By James Lileks

Moderation and rotation. We have red meat once a week; we have ice cream once a week. Sometimes Daddy loads the cheese on the turkey tacos; sometimes we have curried lentils for supper. Moderation, rotation. Sometimes Daddy cuts the horse with Enfamil; sometime [sic] he shoots it pure. You have to teach your kid about balance.

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January 1, 2002

By Edsgar Dijkstra

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

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December 15, 2001

By Cracker

What the world needs now is another [weblog] like I need a hole in my head.

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