Speaker for the Diodes

Jul. 29th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius." -- Joseph Addison [thanks to [info] blueeowyn]

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Jul. 28th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)

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Jul. 27th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change." -- Douglas Noel Adams (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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Jul. 26th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Religion is never more tested than when our emotions are ablaze. At such a time, the timeless grandeur of the Law and its ethics stand at our mercy." -- Abdal Hakim Murad

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Jul. 25th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together." -- Sam Levenson [via Goodreads]

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Jul. 24th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-07-22:

"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. They're not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong." -- Charles Kinsey, therapist, after being shot by a Miami police officer while working with a patient.

[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/man-shot-police-miami-charles-kinsey-1.3688753]

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

[To those observing Tzom Tammuz, may you have an easy fast.]

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Jul. 23rd, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"It is a sin to waste the reader's time."

-- Larry Niven</p>

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Jul. 22nd, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"How can people be shocked by what is normal to them?
 The stories they were raised with laid the groundwork for making it invisible."
-- Alerik Hoeh, 2016-07-21

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Jul. 21st, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." -- Earl Nightingale

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Jul. 20th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)

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Jul. 19th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but for that reason it should be most our care to learn it." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims, 1682

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Jul. 18th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-22:

"I grew up in Carmel, smack in the middle of the new code region; my first cell phone number-the only cell phone number I have ever had-bears that 831 preface. I have held on to those three digits through happily-multiple changes of location (New Jersey, New York, Boston, Washington) and through unhappily-multiple losses of handset. The powers that be-hardware salespeople, cell service representatives-have, at one time or another, tried to force me into a 609 and a 917 and a 617; each time, I have resisted. Because I am not, fundamentally, a 609 or a 917 or a 617. I am not even, my current residence notwithstanding, a 202. I am an 831, wherever I may be in body, and will remain an 831 until they pry those three otherwise totally meaningless digits out of my cold, dead iPhone." -- Megan Garber, writing about telephone area codes.

[<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/our-numbered-days-the-evolution-of-the-area-code/283803/> http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/our-numbered-days-the-evolution-of-the-area-code/283803/</a>]</p> </blockquote><p>(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)</p> <p>(Happy birthday to my mother, whose phone number of 50+ years my sister managed to keep for her through a move across the Chesapeake!)</p>

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Jul. 17th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"It's tempting to say the feedback loop has gotten out of control -- to sneer at minor rock stars and hack writers who've salvaged the poem for parts, yanking their titles from it without bothering to understand it. Achebe and Didion had paid it a kind of reverence, after all, and it's safe to say Kevin Smith has not.

"But why not celebrate the trend instead? Yeats's lines work outside their context because the word pairings are brilliant in and of themselves. 'Blank and pitiless as the sun,' 'stony sleep,' 'vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle' -- they're both jarring and sonorous. Even 'slouching towards,' probably the most overused phrase of them all, retains its ominousness after all this repetition."

-- Nick Tabor, 2015-04-07 in the Paris Review

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Jul. 16th, 2016

03:58 pm - Natural Defenses

Protective colouration: she lies in the hall
Blending into a floor the shade of her coat
With her tail aligned with the grain of the stair.
Camouflage, for safety, so she doesn't get ...
... Stepped on?
Wait, I see a problem.

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05:25 am - QotD

"Our new operating system is called the Virtual Time Operating System (VTOS). While virtual memory systems make the computer's memory the virtual resource, VTOS does the same thing with CPU processing time.

"The result is that the computer can run an unlimited number of jobs, all at the same time. Like the virtual memory system, which actually keeps part of memory on disk, VTOS has to play tricks to achieve its goals. Although all of your jobs seem to be running right now, some of them are actually running next week."

-- Tony Karp, "Babbage - The language of the future", Datamation, September 1981

[Happy birthday to [info] xpioti!]

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Jul. 15th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful." -- Umera Ahmed

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Jul. 14th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"There'd a funny thing that happens when you know the correct answer. It throws you when you get a different answer that's not wrong."</i> -- Dr. Bowman, in Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2014-11-10 (if you want more context, this part of the characters' conversation starts a few strips earlier)

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Jul. 13th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Money won't buy you happiness, but it'll pay for the search." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)

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Jul. 12th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"Many Ontarians do not identify as female or male. As society's understanding of gender evolves, government must adapt. Part of that is being more thoughtful about how and when we collect gender or sex information, and how we use it. We look forward to getting input from the public on these important policy changes this summer." -- Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services, quoted in a press release headed "Ontario Boosts Gender Inclusivity with Changes to Official Documents", 2016-06-29

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Jul. 11th, 2016

05:25 am - QotD

"I care about privilege because as a mathematician and systems thinker I know it's not just cause or symptom, it's a piece in a feedback loop" -- Vi Hart, 2016-07-09

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