D. Glenn Arthur Jr.'s Journal

Friday, October 31, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"The sad thing is that Kent Hovind and ignorant people like them are never held accountable for destroying the minds of their children. They take a young mind, capable of wonders, and fill it with ignorance and defense mechanisms against the intrusion of reality. It's an epecially terrible thing to do to anyone." -- Jeff (commenter at Pharyngula), 2008-06-27

[The scariest quote I already had lying around in my quotes file. Happy Hallowe'en!]

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"But surely a man like Curmudgeon could not be so self-assured and still be as wholly wrong as he appared. But surely-- There were too many sureties, and Hake didn't really feel any of them. How was it possible that everybody in the world seemed absolutely sure they were in the right, when they all disagreed with each other, and when Hake felt nothing of the sort?" -- Frederik Pohl, The Cool War (1979, Del Rey / Ballantine Books, New York)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilised into time and tune." -- Thomas Fuller (b. 1608, d. 1661-08-16)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1940-07-1


[To all proud Greeks and descendents of Greek expatriates, happy (and proud) Ohi Day! (For folks who want to Google that, it's also spelled Ochi Day.)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I feel like the biggest success of movement conservatism since Nixon/Reagan wasn't the rise of the right, it was killing the left. Nowadays, even among people who are furious at Wall Street, Republicans and the rest of the system, there are plenty who are equally disillusioned with or suspicious of the federal government, organized labor, et al - people who don't buy the idea of 'trickle down' or 'conservatism will make us all rich,' but also don't think there's much the government or unions can do about it, and they'll probably just make it worse if they try. There's Movement Conservatism By True Faith, and then there's Movement Conservatism By Resignation." -- commenter Chris at Balloon Juice, 2014-10-17 (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-10-08:

"Our alienation from the land, our inoculation against disease, our cultivated fear of hot things, sharp things, fast things -- things, to put it another way -- have given most of us a blessed distance from the cliff's edge. But they've also made us hungry for the thrill of the waves pounding below; for experience, for the real thing, for Truth. If we don't get it, then we'll settle for Authenticity, a distant cousin of Truth who conveniently accepts Paypal." -- Hugh Laurie, from the liner notes to his album "Didn't It Rain".

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I thought 'eureka' was Greek for 'the bath water is too hot.'" -- lots of people apparently, based on skimming Google hits for the phrase, but most recently by Mephistopheles O'Brien, commeter at Respectful Insolence, as recently noted by [info] realinterrobang

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Friday, October 24, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

[Scroll down to the bold text for the bumper-sticker version.]

"We read that the nails in the holy of holies, 2 Chron. iii. 8 and 9, were of fine gold. Hence ariseth a question, How such nails could be useful, pure gold being so flexible that a nail made thereof will bow, and not drive.

"Now, I was present at the debate thereof, betwixt the best working-goldsmiths in London, where, among many injenious answers, this carried away the credit for the greatest probability thereof, viz., that they were screw nails, which had holes prepared for their reception, and so were wound in by degrees.

"God's work must not be done lazily, but leisurely: haste maketh waste in this kind. In reformations of great importance, the violent driving in of the nail will either break the head, or bow the point thereof, or rive and split that which should be fastened therewith.

"That may insensibly be screwed, which cannot suddenly be knocked into people. Fair and softly goeth far; but alas! we have too many fiery spirits, who, with Jehu, drive on so furiously they will overturn all in church and state, if their fierceness be not seasonably retrenched."

-- Thomas Fuller (b. 1608, d. 1661-08-16), in Mixt Contemplations in Better Times (1660, "Printed by R.D. for Iohn Williams", London) [bold emphasis added --dglenn] It can be found online in a collection of some of Fuller's work, Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers, also visible in Google Books, Record of Christian Work, vol. 19 (I found it quoted in God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson.) There are minor differences in spelling in diferent collections/editions.


Happt birthday to [info] - personal fidhle, and to my brother John, neither of whom today's quotation is meant to have anything in particular to do with -- I just thought it sounded like a good quotation for a Friday.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"In conditions of great uncertainty people tend to predict the events that they want to happen actually will happen." -- Roberta Wohlstetter

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy." -- Henry Ward Beecher

[Happy birthday to my aunt Vaso in England!]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"It's a shame fish don't taste like blueberries." -- [info] realinterrobang, phone conversation, the silly hours of 2014-10-20

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Monday, October 20, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years." -- Randall Munroe, xkcd, 2014-10-08

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"'Religion' means faith in the supernatural, does it not? Most Orcans, like most Aeneans everywhere, do have that kind of faith. They maintain a God exists, and observe different ceremonies and injunctions on that account. If they have any sophistication, however, they admit their belief is nonscientific. It is not subject to empirical confirmation or disconfirmation, Miracles may have happened through divine intervention; but a miracle, by definition, involves a suspension of natural law hence cannot be experimentally repeated. Aye, its historical trugh or falsity can be indirectly investigated. But the confirmation of an event proves nothing, since it could be explained away scientifically. For example, if we could show that there was in fact a Jesus Christ who did in fact rise from his tomb, he may have been in a coma, not dead. Likewise, disconfirmation proves nothing. For example, if it turns out that a given saint never lived, that merely shows people were naïve, not that the basic creed is wrong." -- Commander Yakow, in The Day of Their Return by Poul Anderson (1973, Nelson Doubleday, New York)

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando." -- Cicero (b. 106 BCE, 3 January; d. 43 BCE, 7 December), Pro Ligario -- "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men."

[Today is the feast day of St. Luke]

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Friday, October 17, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I don't fear writing foolishness. I have been doing that all my life.

"I fear writing things that matter."

-- @mackenzian, 2014-09-11

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty." -― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Really, violins are just a trait of human beings, just as plants have a trait." -- Daniel Chitwood, plant geneticist who studied how violin shapes changed over time, quoted in "How the Violin Got Its Shape" by Laura Geggel (published 2014-10-09)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

6:37PM - Podiatrist

Toe surgery today -- podiatrist saw condition of my toe and figured correctly that I would say yes this time. The good: I now know a local anaesthetic that actually works on me. The supremely annoying: two hours after I left the podiatrist's office, the anaesthetic wore off and my world has shrunk to a big-toe-size ball of Pure Itching. A little pain buried underneath the itching, but less intense than typical fibromyalgia aches. I could deal with that, probably ignore it. But oh, the itching! Driving [*itch*] me [*itch*] nuts! [*itch*]It's [*itch*] impos[*itch*]sibly [*itch*] dis[*itch*]trac[*itch*]ting[*itch*].

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5:24AM - QotD

From a Facebook post by Harold Feld, 2014-10-08:

Me: This is the Coffee Kikayon. You did not bring it into the world, you did not do anything to make it happen, it wasn't even meant for you. Now it is broken. Shall then we not feel pity for the people of Ninveh, who do not even know their right hand from their left.

Aaron: What do dyslexic Assyrians have to do with anything? Coffee!!!!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir." -- Stuart Keate

[Happy Thanksgiving to my friends up north! And FWIW, I loved vichyssoise before I went vegetarian, and am always on the lookout for some not made with chicken stock.]

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