DeLong Sr’s Law of Proofreading | Files: Quotes | Tags:

It sounds like a corollary to Douglas Adam’s Somebody Else’s Problem field or Murphy’s Law… J. Bradford DeLong suggests a natural law of proofreading that deserves wider consideration. My father believes that one should leave typos in one’s galleys uncorrected. It is a law of nature that when one opens […]

Centrist vs… | Files: Quotes | Tags:

…I am, as far as I can tell, more or less a centrist, equally repelled by either extreme of the political spectrum. Indeed, I believe that the spectrum forms a full circle, with right and left merging, as they meet at their respective extremes, into luminous batshit evil. —William Gibson. […]

On Losing a Billion Dollars | Files: Quotes | Tags:

A friend of mine who runs hedge funds recently tried to explain to me how really astronomical amounts of money can go missing more easily than smaller, more comprehensible amounts. “Nobody really understands what 1.4 billion dollars means, what it looks like, or where it might go.” —William Gibson. 17 […]

Changing a Lightbulb | Files: Quotes | Tags:

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb? None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because […]

The Greatest Weight | Files: Quotes | Tags:

What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you in your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in […]

How To Win Friends And… | Files: Quotes | Tags:

“First of all, most of Europe supported the decision in Iraq. Really what you’re talking about is France, isn’t it? And they didn’t agree with my decision. They did vote for the U.N. Security Council resolution. … We just had a difference of opinion about whether, when you say something, […]

Double Negatives | Files: Quotes | Tags:

They slipped in a double negative, the tricky little bastards. —Leslie in [email protected] Re Bush/Cheney2004’s allegation that Kerry is a flip-flopper because he said he’d figh to keep “marriage penalties”, “But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief…”

On Treason | Files: Quotes | Tags:

“If this be treason, make the most of it.”—Patrick Henry