Speaker for the Diodes

Jun. 22nd, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"[...]
 For want of me the world's course will not fail;
 When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
 The truth is great and shall prevail,
 When none cares whether it prevail or not."

  -- Coventry Patmore (b. 1823-07-23, d. 1896-11-26), "Magna est Veritas", The Unknown Eros, 1877 [spotted in a tweet by @aristofontes]

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Jun. 21st, 2017

05:26 am - QotD

"'Come with me,' Mom says.
 To the library.
 Books and summertime
 go together."

  -- Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me (2008)

[A happy summer solstice to all who mark it! (Exact time was about five hours ago.)]

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Jun. 20th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"This is not a monarchy." -- House Government Reform Chairman Dan Burton, a Republican from Indiana, after President Bush invoked executive privilege to deny Congress access to prosecutorial documents, which have routinely been turned over to Congress by past administrations. [ USA Today] (via outragedmoderates.org)

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Jun. 19th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

[I didn't find the original source of this quote from Bryon Rushing, but I did find two fragments of this on Twitter...]

"MLK Jr said 'the arc of the moral universe always bends toward justice'. I'd like to add 'but not by itself'"

"[arc of justice] only bends toward justice because there are courageous people who grab it and bend it down"

[I wish everyone a happy and inspiring Juneteenth, and keep bending!]

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Jun. 18th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- George Herbert (b. 1593-04-03, d. 1633-03-01)

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Jun. 17th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"By shooting motes into kernels, worldken folk have shifted samesteads of one firststuff into samesteads of another. Thus did they make ymirstuff into aegirstuff and helstuff, and they have afterward gone beyond these. The heavier firststuffs are all highly lightrottish and therefore are not found in the greenworld." -- Poul Anderson (b. 1926-11-25, d. 2001-07-31), "Uncleftish Beholding", 1989

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Jun. 16th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote." -- Charlotte Gray

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Jun. 15th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"You are under no obligation to listen.
Kindness begins at home.
Please be kind to yourself. You don't get a replacement."

-- Seanan McGuire, 2017-05-29

[Happy birthday to [info] dmk, [info] - personal twistedchick, and Tabitha!]

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Jun. 14th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"You're a grand old flag,[*]
 You're a high-flying flag,
 And forever in peace may you wave."

  -- George M. Cohan (b. 1878-07-03, d. 1942-11-05), "You're a Grand Old Flag" (1906)

[*] Original lyric, "You're a grand old rag, you're a high flying flag." Title and chorus revised (still in 1906) after complaints about the use of the word "rag" applied to the US Flag.

"Do you realize that it's almost two decades now, now since those terrible days in September of 2001? Seventeen years of war and death and sacrifice and the supposed Global War on Terrorism. For our children, this most recent generation, the ones just now reaching the age of reason and awareness, they have never known an America not at war. They have never lived in a nation at peace. Never." -- Jim Wright, "Memorial Day 2017," Stonekettle Station [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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Jun. 13th, 2017

05:26 am - QotD

"Fascism wriggles into democracies by insisting on right to be heard, achieves critical mass, then dissolves the organs that installed it." -- Anthony Oliveira 2017-01-22 (part of a thread)

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Jun. 12th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"Regardless of how rough the identity factor has made it to go on, looking at the balance sheet, I'm grateful for the Bat. It did more for me than against me. It gave [me] money, an international name, the kind of recognition that has allowed me to at least disprove what it caused. That may be tougher than starting from scratch, I don't know." -- Adam West (b. 1928-09-16, d. 2017-06-09, [the one true] Batman 1966-1968) [via IMDB]

"In the hands of a lesser hero, West's series would've been snorted off the screen." -- Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, "Adam West's 'Bright Knight' was the best Batman ever", 2017-06-10

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Jun. 11th, 2017

05:26 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-08:

"The previous belief of many lay people and health professionals that obesity is simply the result of a lack of willpower and an inability to discipline eating habits is no longer defensible."

-- Richard L. Atkinson, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. Quoted in David Berreby's essay "The obesity era".

[ http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/david-berreby-obesity-era/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Kelly Groves)

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Jun. 10th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." -- Dan Greenburg

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Jun. 9th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

The entirety of a short post by [info] - personal flwyd, 2017-06-06:

Among the many imbalances between labor and capital is what happens during detention.

If a laborer is in jail for a year, he loses a year's worth of wages. (Setting aside the other consequences of likely losing his job.)

If a capitalist is in jail for a year, still receives a year's worth of investment growth. He might even be able to change his investment mix if he's able to get a message to his agents.

And a corporate person can't be arrested at all.

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Jun. 8th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"Segregation by sex operated in Spokane like a force of nature. In a community so regulated by convention, a woman might be able to pass as a man more easily than in places where the actual gender diversity of the world was more visible." -- Diane Wood Middlebrook, Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton, p.215 (1998, Houghton Mifflin; ISBN: 0-395-65489-0; LC: ML417.T58M53; DD: 305.9'066-dc21)

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Jun. 7th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

<1-- lj-cut text="@DannyZuker, on what the future used to be" -->

"As a kid I watched men walk on the moon & dreamed of the future. Thought by 2017 we'd be on Mars, not marching to defend science from idiots" -- Danny Zuker, 2017-04-22

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Jun. 6th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

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Jun. 5th, 2017

05:26 am - QotD

"Hoaxes use weaknesses in human behavior to ensure they are replicated and distributed. In other words, hoaxes prey on the Human Operating System." -- Stewart Kirkpatrick

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Jun. 4th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

"Pentecost is an invitation to dream. For when a community of faith quits dreaming dreams, it has little to offer either its members or the wider world. These dreams involve adopting a new perspective on what's possible, rousing our creativity to free us from conventional expectations. They help us see that maybe what we thought was outlandish actually lies within reach." -- Matthew L. Skinner

[A joyous Pentecost to friends and kin celebrating it!]

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Jun. 3rd, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-05-17:

"He uses commas grammatically. I deploy them musically." -- Toni Morrison, writer, on her disputes over the use of commas with her editor Robert Gottlieb.

[ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/books/robert-gottlieb-avid-reader-reluctant-writer.html]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

[If I understand correctly, when punctuation marks were first introduced they were for indicating pauses of different lengths when reading aloud, and grammatical use came later.]

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