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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #345 on: February 26, 2021, 08:49:38 PM »
Sometimes the best way to stay out of trouble is to take a nap.

I recently saw this: "Never waste time that could be spent sleeping." Frank Knight

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #346 on: April 07, 2021, 09:41:52 PM »
I can never find this quote when I want it (e.g. discussions of what tech is just around the corner)

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The field of artificial intelligence was born in a fit of scientific optimism, in 1955, when a small group of researchers—three mathematicians and an I.B.M. programmer—drew up a proposal for a project at Dartmouth. “An attempt will be made to find how to make machines use language, form abstractions and concepts, solve kinds of problems now reserved for humans, and improve themselves,” they stated. “We think a significant advance can be made in one or more of these problems if a carefully selected group of scientists work on it together for a summer.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/doomsday-invention-artificial-intelligence-nick-bostrom

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #347 on: July 03, 2021, 09:06:58 PM »
"We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the world."

  -- Desmond Tutu speaking about Israel and Palestine
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #348 on: July 14, 2021, 05:56:34 PM »
"We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the world."

  -- Desmond Tutu speaking about Israel and Palestine
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu

It never ended though, it's just changed names!

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #349 on: July 14, 2021, 11:35:11 PM »
Well, the quote is from 2002. He might be less optimistic now.

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/07/14/south-africas-war-for-the-rule-of-law

At the same time, SA did avoid something like the Rwanda or Cambodian genocides

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #350 on: August 04, 2021, 07:45:46 PM »
 “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”
    --- Lyndon Johnson

Thinking of this when thinking of what Trump and Biden could have done to better handle Covid. It's one of the great and rare moments of courage in the US presidency. Johnson thought he might lose the election over civil rights and people were telling him to go slow with the '64 election looming.

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Caro writes that during a searching late-night conversation that lasted into the morning of November 27, when somebody tried to persuade Johnson not to waste his time or capital on the lost cause of civil rights, the president replied, “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”... He directed one labor leader to “talk to every human you could,” saying, “if we fail on this, then we fail in everything.”

Eventually Johnson corralled enough Republican votes to break the longest filibuster in the history of the House, won the election and moved on to pass the Voting Rights Act and escalate the war in Vietnam. In the end, it was the latter, that caused him to drop out of the 1968 race, but it was the former that helped formulate Nixon's Southern Strategy that gave him the White House.
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/04/what-the-hells-the-presidency-for/358630/

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #351 on: August 04, 2021, 09:15:58 PM »
"A sure sign that you have created God in your own image is when he hates all the same people you do."
  -- a Jesuit priest friend of Anne Lamott mentioned in her book Bird by Bird

I'm reminded of it due to coverage lately of certain Americans who profess themselves happy to see US athletes lose at the Olympics (I've always been uncomfortable by the jingoism of the Olympics, but I don't recall anti-nationalism in the past... maybe I just have a bad memory).

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #352 on: September 27, 2021, 07:01:21 PM »
"Remember hobbies?  Hobbies is what we use to do before we had phones."
-a guy on the internet

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #353 on: September 28, 2021, 02:48:23 AM »
I thought it was... what did we call those things? They were big hunks of dried tree pulp with black marks all over the leaves inside. I think I still have some in the basement, but I don't use them anymore because I don't seem to have any charger cords for them anymore.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #354 on: September 28, 2021, 09:35:55 AM »
>>what did we call those things

B.O.O.K. = Body Of Organized Knowledge

>> don't seem to have any charger cords 

You might be able to use them anyhow. The earliest B.O.O.K. models did not need charger cords because they were powered by ambient light.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #355 on: September 28, 2021, 04:16:41 PM »
>>powered by ambient light.

Confirmed. I turn off the light on the nightstand and that turns off the reading device. Very strange UI decision.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #356 on: October 24, 2021, 02:24:20 PM »
Spotted on a forum:

"If random people walking through a crowded place can tell you are a prepper you aren’t doing it correctly."

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #357 on: November 02, 2021, 03:56:57 PM »
We never have the money to do it right but somehow always have the money to do it twice.  --/r/ProgrammerHumor

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #358 on: November 02, 2021, 04:22:49 PM »
Related:

"If you don't take the time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #359 on: November 02, 2021, 05:18:36 PM »
Related:

Schedule your equipment maintenance or it will schedule it for you. --/r/Skookum