“Forget teardrops and chrome bows. From a low side angle this thing is a torpedo, a hollow-point bullet scattering shards of moon beams, a blunt hypodermic of adrenaline. It’s completely bad-ass.”—Dan Neil on the 2011 Jaguar XJ
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”—Stephen Hawking wants SETI to chill out.
I don’t want to wake up and look at a screen. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same goddamn screen, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on the screen or, like, making love through the screen. It’s just sort of like: ‘Why does everything have to be on the screen?’
Some beardy druid from the oral tradition, a few thousand years back:
I don’t want to wake up and look at paper. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same (Brythonic swear word) piece of paper, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on paper or, forsooth, making love through paper. It’s just sort of like: “Why does everything have to be on the paper?”
“For sanity and survival, there are three cardinal rules in the newsroom: Never trust an editor, never trust an editor, and never trust an editor.”—Calvin Trillin’s profile of legendary Miami Herald police reporter Edna Buchanan, The New Yorker, 1986
“There is an art to what you do. And if you’re ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That’s all you need to see.”—Google CEO Eric Schmidt tries to win over print journos at ASNE.
“The single simplest reason why human space flight is necessary is this, stated as plainly as possible: keeping all your breeding pairs in one place is a retarded way to run a species.”—Warren Ellis on the death of government funded space exploration.