Category Archives: Quotable

Caveat: intoxicated by slogans

A mass movement readily exploits the discontent and frustration of large segments of the population which for some reason or other cannot face the responsibility of being persons and standing on their own feet. But give these persons a movement … Continue reading

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Caveat: a big solving, indeed

It is reported that Seoul has been saved from anihilation. The below is apparently an utterly true transcript. Dramatis personae: the new space emperor, Kanye West, Jim Brown. "MR. BROWN: And I like North Korea. THE PRESIDENT: I like North … Continue reading

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Caveat: On Conversation

I don't have much to report. We went out on the boat today. It felt like Arthur had decided this would be a last trip of the season. When we got back, we pulled the boat out of the water. … Continue reading

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Caveat: On the hypothetical value of a breakfast in the cheapest country

I've been a bit glum and very withdrawn as I confront getting ready for this unexpected trip, the situation with my uncle's health, my own feeling that a sea change of sorts is approaching in how my own life is … Continue reading

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Caveat: para llevarme lejos

El viento en la isla El viento es un caballo: óyelo cómo corre por el mar, por el cielo. Quiere llevarme: escucha cómo recorre el mundo para llevarme lejos. Escóndeme en tus brazos por esta noche sola, mientras la lluvia … Continue reading

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Caveat: and the stern winds brood

The Vast Hour All essences of sweetness from the whiteWarm day go up in vapor, when the darkComes down. Ascends the tune of meadow-lark,Ascends the noon-time smell of grass, when nightTakes sunlight from the world, and gives it ease.Mysterious wings … Continue reading

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Caveat: Boorish

Teacher: What do we call a person who keeps talking even when people are no longer interested? Student: A teacher. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Consult the Authority

"Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic." – Ambrose Bierce [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: touched by His Boolean Appendage

The Speculative Grammarian site has this very clever and utterly wrathful satire of the crypto-creationists' "Intelligent Design theory", here. Given the site it's on, bear in mind that it's a rewrite of the ID theory transferred from biology to linguistics, … Continue reading

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Caveat: 10, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000

What I'm listening to right now. Samarth Swarup and Asa Singh, "Siri answers." Lyrics [Musician: ]What is ten trillion raised to the power of ten? [Siri: ]The answer is… one,zero, zero, zero, zero, zero,zero, zero, zero, zero, zero,zero, zero, zero, … Continue reading

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Caveat: not not choose

"I am my choices. I cannot not choose. If I do not choose, that is still a choice. If faced with inevitable circumstances, we still choose how we are in those circumstances." – While this quote is widely attributed (as … Continue reading

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Caveat: segmentation issues

I don't have much to offer today. I was being obsessive with a computer thing, and didn't give myself time to think of a post for blogland. So here's this. "When all you have is a database, everything looks like … Continue reading

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Caveat: the sound of money

Ōoka Tadasuke (1677–1752) was a Japanese samurai and bureaucrat during the shogunate of Tokugawa Yoshimune. He served as a magistrate of Edo (Tokyo), and his roles included chief of police, judge and jury. He has evolved into a kind of … Continue reading

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Caveat: my banggwang is endless

Most students play around during the short breaks between class periods. Then, when the second bell rings, they ask earnestly if they can run to restroom. This is perfectly rational: they want to maximize their fun-with-friends time and minimize the … Continue reading

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Caveat: Count Your Legs

Statistical thought for the day: The vast majority of people have more than the average number of legs. … The above thought is useful for pointing out the difference between mean (average) and median. [daily log: walking, on legs, 7km]

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Caveat: 2

I bought 2 goldfish and named them 1 and 2. … So if 1 dies I'll still have 2. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Бу айыллыбыт / Арылы халлаан алын өттүгэр

Бу айыллыбыт Арылы халлаан алын өттүгэр Куордаах эттээх, Куодаһыннаах уҥуохтаах, Оһол-охсуһуу доҕордоох, Иирээн-илбис энээрдээх, Ириҥэ мэйиилээх, Иһэгэй куттаах, Икки атахтаах үөскээн тэнийдин диэн, Анысханнаах арҕаа халлааннаах, Иэйиэхситтээх илин халлааннаах, Соллоҥноох соҕуруу халлааннаах, Холоруктаах хоту халлааннаах, Үллэр муора үрүттээх, Түллэр муора … Continue reading

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Caveat: Weak! Sad.

"A shutdown falls on the President's lack of leadership. He can't even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the President is weak." – DJT, 2013. [daily log: walking, 7.6km]

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Caveat: the supremacy of the individual conscience

On Monday, the US commemorated Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Dr King's memorial has become the somewhat anodyne fillip to an annual dialogue about race and civil rights, couched in terms guaranteed to offend no one. But he was … Continue reading

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Caveat: America Jumps the Shark

The phrase “jump the shark” is a contemporary idiom that means that moment when something that was for a long time a serious artistic undertaking is transformed into a kind of parody of itself, as the work’s creators pursue novelty. … Continue reading

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