When I grow up I want to be a little boy.
— Joseph Heller
Something Happened, p. 340
The Internet is a world where all four seasons happen at once.
— Doc Searls, Doc Searls Weblog, April 1, 2011
Don’t believe everything you think.
— Thomas Kida,
Don’t Believe Everything You Think, 2006
I actually used to go on Napster and LimeWire and check to see how many people where stealing the albums. It was very flattering.
— Gregg Gillis (Girl Talk)
Musician on the Laptop, NYT, Feb 28, 2011
Not to belittle the recent tragic events in Japan with an obvious metaphor, but you can bet something is coming toward you, still unseen, that will shake whatever structures you have established in your psyche and your world — your priorities, projects, and plans…You will have to recalibrate your significances and form a new gestalt. You’ll need to get your new act together.
— David Allen
The Atlantic, March 31, 2001
Afterheat [is] a fire that you can’t put out, the generation of heat from fission fragments now and weeks from now and months from now.
— Robert Socolow, Reflections on Fukushima, March 21, 2011
I confess that, in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that men would not fly for 50 years. Two years later, we ourselves were making flights. This demonstration of my inability as a prophet gave me such a shock that I have ever since distrusted myself and have refrained from all prediction.
-– Wilbur Wright Speech at Aero-Club de France, 1908
Not every story has explosions and car chases. That’s why they have nudity and espionage.
— Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, Unshelved, September 14, 2008
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
— Garrison Keillor Lake Wobegon Days (1985), p. 337
– Robert Weber The New Yorker, February 14, 1983