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Stephen Hawking quotes (2/2.5):

“The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.”

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. (Quote continued in next post.)

Who would have thought watching the House floor would be the most dramatic thing on TV on a Friday night?

US congress right now is like a computer that can't POST because someone installed some broken firmware...

I have whatever brain disease that makes a person set up a web server that can take an XML document, run it thru an XSLT and render to html just to see why some girl ghosted me on MSN back on May 31, 2006

Funny that people, in the month of January, a month named after a roman god who looks to the past AND the future, have a resolution to be more present and mindful.

We start every year with irony (: :)

Things I wonder about but have no one to discuss with: could a speaker of popiamento understand a speaker of chavacano?

I was hoping the Cincinnati Southern Railroad would not sell to Norfolk-Southern. That they'd find a way to hold on to the trackage for long term benefit, possibly leading to a useful corridor for passenger rail. Alas, 1.6bil was enough to convince them otherwise

Works entering the public domain include:

Written work by: Agatha Christie, Baroness Orczy, Hermann Hesse, Marcel Proust, Upton Sinclair, and Virginia Woolf

Art by: Ansel Adams, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, and Tamara de Lempicka

Films including The Jazz Singer, Metropolis, Napoléon, and Trolley Troubles

Music by Béla Bartók, Ira and George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky, Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, Ruth Etting, and Sophie Tucker

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Early in the pandemic, the federal government made it easier and more profitable to get in the COVID-19 testing business. It succeeded in drawing new and existing labs but also attracted price-gougers, fraudsters and people with no experience. @AnjeanetteDamon on the ever expanding cost of testing.

Back in 2015 I was running my own cloud: music, distributed file storage, plex server, etc. Now it’s all on iCloud bc I don’t care about any of that anymore. Still have all the hardware tho lol

Installed windows 11 on a VM (to play dwarf fortress, don't judge). It's been years since I used windows, so testing things out. FIRST ridiculous thing I notice is that in order to rename the computer, I have to RESTART! How is this still how it is?

“Booty call” and “butt dial” has been offered up as an example of where the literal meaning of two phrases is the same but the implied meaning is very different (denotative vs connotative meanings).

Today a coffee mug gave me another example: “dad bod” and “father figure”

#linguistics #wordplay

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