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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ray Bradbury

has always been a favorite of mine. His fantasy and scifi works fascinated me as a boy and "Fahrenheit 451" is one of the greatest prophecy novels ever written. So when he says something it is worth listening to:

“We have too many cellphones. We've got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”

Bradbury wrote darkly about bookburning in "Fahrenheit 451," but he sounds ready to use a Kindle for kindling. “I was approached three times during the last year by Internet companies wanting to put my books" on an electronic reading device, he said. "I said to Yahoo, 'Prick up your ears and go to hell.'


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"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt

"Logic. There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little omnipresent fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense." - Victor Davis Hanson

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"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt

"Logic. There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little omnipresent fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense." - Victor Davis Hanson

1 Finance, 25 Groaners and 1 Truth


Only an engineer can really appreciate these.


Subject: Engineering Conversion Chart: 25 Groaners and One Truth



1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi



2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton



3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope



4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement:1 bananosecond



5. Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram



6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: Knot-furlong



7. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Serling



8. Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon



9. 1000 aches: 1 megahurtz



10. Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower



11. Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line



12. 453.6 graham crackers: 1 pound cake



13. 1 million-million microphones: 1 megaphone



14. 1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles



15. 365.25 days: 1 unicycle



16. 2000 mockingbirds: 2 kilomockingbirds



17. 1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton



18. 1000 grams of wet socks: 1 literhosen



19. 1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche



20. 1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin



21. 10 rations: 1 decoration



22. 100 rations: 1 C-ration



23. 2 monograms: 1 diagram



24. 8 nickels: 2 paradigms



25. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. League



26. 100 Senators: Not 1 decision

Hat tip to Larry P!


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“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt

"Logic. There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little omnipresent fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense." - Victor Davis Hanson