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06 September 2008

Quotations with links

"In general, if someone is making a website publicly available, others may freely link to it. That open linking is what makes the web a 'web.'"--Electronic Frontier Foundation

'"If you don't work, you don't eat" is a core philosophy of today's economy, and this rule could make a rapid robotic takeover extremely uncomfortable for our society.'--Marshall Brain

"A big problem in the whole thought process about ebooks is the notion that there should be a specific device and format. The best ebooks are HTML files."--Henri Sivonen

"Trickle down economics means the rich guy pisses and what trickles down his leg the poor folk get to fight over!"--Grandma Crabby

"The correct term for 'open-source DRM' is bug.'"--Aristotle Pagaltzis

"For example, triangulation would be a horrible strategy now, since half way to bat-shit insane extreme right-wing is still extreme right-wing."--Travc

"So to all those right-wing idiots out there that claim the government couldn't possibly do insurance better than the private sector, let me tell you that when I say THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE SECTOR SUCKS LIKE A SHOP VAC, I'm speaking from experience."--djtyg

"We've got a ways to go until we're to the point where the religious are leaving the irreligious alone to an extent where the irreligious can afford to live and let live."--B. Dewhirst

"I firmly believe that all the liberation anyone need is to fully accept that you are not better than anyone, and no-one is better than you. All the other good things grow from there."--Ryan Rutley

"No one gets to the 'primary sources,' whether they are constituted as the historical record or as the literary canon, without going through the priests, scribes, librarians, professors, critics--the professionals--who created them in retrospect, in view of their own intellectual obligations and political purposes."--James Livingston

"Somalia has the highest number of Pirates AND the lowest Carbon emissions of any country. Coincidence?"--Colin

"A friend recently pointed out that 'Anyone who says they're an environmentalist and has children is lying.'"--Pinkyracer

"These sensor nets WILL come. The only question is who will have access and who will be empowered. Again and again I explain -- the only way we'll keep a little privacy is (ironically) if we all can see."--David Brin

"We need to do all we can to insure that architectural uniqueness and independent voices do not die. This is also where the blogosphere comes in. Right now it is the only outlet for some of us. We need to fight to be sure it does not become the equivalent of a Gasoline Ghetto dominated by the equivalent of chains. Because when it does guess who will be wearing the chains?"--Ralph Brauer

"The problem with being a philosopher who writes sci-fi is that you can just write a book where all your theories are true."--Norman Rafferty

"Behind this shift, he [Jacob S. Hacker] contends, is the Personal Responsibility Crusade, eagerly embraced by corporate leaders and
Republican politicians who speak of a nirvana of economic empowerment, an 'ownership society' in which Americans are free to choose. But as Hacker reveals, the result has been quite different: a harsh new world of economic insecurity, in which far too many Americans are free to lose."--Paul Krugman, quoted by Richard

"A new report shows that one five-story building in the Cayman Islands houses 19,000 financial entities."--Mike Lillis

"Money is certainly a status symbol; of that we are aware. As long as it is the criterion by which achievement is judged it will continue to be. But what is wrong with seeking better status symbols?"--Pierre Berton, in The Smug Minority, quoted by Jack Saturday

"[S]equencing the genome doesn't mean much. It's like being able to see the source code for a language but not have a working interpreter for it. It makes for a pretty wall map I suppose, and maybe some wonderful new atrocities in the US Patent Office."--Mr. Brightside

"People on the right hate the media when it does its job. People on the left hate the media when it doesn’t do its job."--Seeker 6079

"Whoever has the necessary purchasing power can claim human rights."--anon.

"Well, it takes about maybe three seconds' thought to realize that moving power down to the States, in funding and so on, is just moving it away from the people, for a perfectly elementary reason: there's a hidden part of the system -- of the power system that you're not supposed to know about, or think about, and that's private power."--Noam Chomsky, quoted by Francisco Miguel Valada

"Biomed autism advocates like Jenny McCarthy's TACA group need and use 'higher-functioning' autistic people in their statistics to try to prove there is an 'epidemic' on the one hand, while stating on the other that they are not 'severe' enough to speak for autistic people."--Estee Klar-Wolfond

"Everyone, down to repairmen, seems to want to keep their 'trade secrets' and want me to shut up and pay them, rather than ask what they're doing and why."--chaotic idealism

"People with disabilities are 'worth' more to the Gross Domestic Product when occupying a bed in an institution than when they’re living in their own homes."--Marta Russel, quoted by Sunny Taylor

"As far as the US criticism of China as a 'one party system,' the US is a one and a half party system at best."--John C. Lawrence

Book meme

Book meme, via Emily
So Bardiac had this meme this morning, and I thought I'd do it.

The top 100 or so books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users.
Bold the books you have read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion is this
There is Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

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