Archive for the ‘Quote’ category

Quote: Rex Hammock

October 1, 2008

Who’s to blame?

If I were in a sinking rowboat out in the middle of an ocean and the only way to save the boat was to throw an ideologue overboard, I would not hesitate to do so.

I’m still cackling as I type this.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #228

September 24, 2008

Warren Buffet on CNBC this morning:

BECKY: Does the backdrop of the Federal government potentially getting involved with a massive bailout plan for Wall Street, does that have anything to do with this deal [Buffett put $5B into Goldman Sachs]?

BUFFETT: Well, I would say this. If I didn’t think the government was going to act, I would not be doing anything this week. I might be trying to undo things this week. I am, to some extent, betting on the fact that the government will do the rational thing here and act promptly. It would be a mistake to be buying anything now if the government was going to walk away from the Paulson proposal.

BECKY: Why would that be a mistake? Because the institutions would collapse, or because you could get a better price?

BUFFETT: Well, there’s just no telling what would happen. Last week we were at the brink of something that would have made anything that’s happened in financial history look pale. We were very, very close to a system that was totally dysfunctional and would have not only gummed up the financial markets, but gummed up the economy in a way that would take us years and years to repair. We’ve got enough problems to deal with anyway. I’m not saying the Paulson plan eliminates those problems. But it was absolutely, and is absolutely necessary, in my view, to really avoid going over the precipice.

Emphasis added by me.

Quote: Sheldon Kopp

September 23, 2008

Right now, this is the solution to many things.

Sheldon Kopp

You only get to keep what you give away.

Quote: Jay Diamond

September 9, 2008

From an email:

I aver that all times are political. Everything is politics. Escaping it is equivalent to trying to escape people.

The world pushes you, and politics begins when you push back.

Unless you don’t. Unless you just let yourself get shoved around.

Objecting to politics is objecting to self defense.

Emphasis added by me.

Quote: John Robb

September 9, 2008

JOURNAL: Why Community Resilience?

As you watch the global financial system continue to unravel this fall, think hard what it will take to prevent rampant state failure in a chaotic global market system that has already weakened (privatized, hollowed out, and bankrupted) nation-states across the entire landscape.

That from an absolutely mind-boggling blog called Global Guerrillas. This is really some scary stuff.

— via Warren Elllis

Quote: Writer Neal Stephenson

August 25, 2008

Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He’s the King of the Worlds

I was sort of going for broke with Snow Crash. I had tried to write stuff that was more conventional and that would be appealing to a large audience, and it didn’t work. I figured I would just go for broke, write something really weird, and not be so worried about whether it was a good career move or not.

Quote: Writer/Director Eddie Muller

August 22, 2008

Whenever I do a post about someone or something, I try to let the person know either through a post on their blog or an email.

With Eddie Muller, director of The Grand Inquisitor short film I posted about yesterday, it was email.

Part of the reply I got was this:

Thanks a million for the thumbs-up, and for following your instincts and giving the film a chance. I know how tough it is to commit to 20 minutes when surfing the net.

Let me note the part that make my eyes open:

I know how tough it is to commit to 20 minutes when surfing the net.

Yeah. Why is that?

It makes me think of that classic comic*:

And then I thought: You know, in all those depictions of computers I saw on TV and in movies growing up as a kid, I never, ever saw them being used as anything except information utilities. “Computer, tell me …,” answer is given, and the computer is forgotten.

Which is the way none of us have ever actually used a computer in the real world of everyday life. They’ve been used as tools (spreadsheet, word processing), as fun (games), and now as … I really don’t know what to call it. But there’s now a high element of distractivity involved.

As I’ve been typing and working on this, over 30 tweets have come in. I have no idea how many of the sites I visit have been updated, as I like to go to them manually, individually, not trusting RSS.

But it’s like non-stop fast-cutting in a movie. Bambambam. So to devote twenty minutes to a film on the Net — or to reading a lengthy post, it’s like hitting the brakes, hard.

I’ve recognized some of this in my own life earlier this year, pointing out that, for example, the browser in the Kindle would distract me from reading the books in it. I’ve even wondered about getting a cheap subnote that doesn’t include WiFi, so I would be forced to concentrate on what I was doing at the moment (which should be writing).

It makes me wonder if the fast-switching nature of the Net is detrimental to anything that requires more than a few moment’s attention. “Stop looking at that, there’s something else going on over there!!!”

That’s not good news for the future. Maybe not even for now.

*[Jaysus. I don’t know where that originated or whose creation it is or even if it’s Copyrighted. It’s all over the Net, though, so I hope I’m OK. Whoever did it is a frikkin genius. It’s better than that classic “On the Net, no one knows you’re a dog” New Yorker cartoon!]

Quote: Grandpa Al Lewis’s Mother

August 20, 2008

Passion and spite will take you further down the road than just simple determination.

The late Al Lewis quoted her on his WBAI-FM radio show back in the late 80s or early 90s.

He did well by that advice.

Quote: Roissy

August 19, 2008

Dear God! This is so hot it left my eyes blistering!!

The Incredible Pull Of Alpha Males

You don’t like that I say this? It gets your panties in a wad? Fuck you and your misplaced empathy. Fuck you and your phonyfuck indignation. Especially fuck you and your happy sappy shifting morality hands across humanity meek shall inherit the karmic magical moral comeuppance excuse mongering rationalizing hypocritical there but for the grace of no one but myself go I virtue on the cheap fantasyland pissant pawn of your selfish gene replicating cog in the bloodsoaked gears of the amoral universal machine bullshit. Stare into the gaping maw of the id monster motherfuckers because I am rubbing your face in its hot stinking breath.

Read the rest for the context.

He is correct.

Previously here:

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Quote: Roissy

Quote: Nikki Finke

August 19, 2008

TOLDJA! Older TV Writers & ICM Reach $4.5M Settlement; But Lawsuits Still Pending Against Much Of Hollywood

Wow, the agents are now the older writers’ bitches. What a great day for Hollywood.

Good for the writers!