Monday, July 20, 2015


Some things:

-- This article at TopTenz lists some literary quotes that are commonly misunderstood. The apparent reason for the various misunderstandings is the failure to place the quotes in their contexts. In some cases, that means the context of the rest of the words surrounding the quote. In some other cases, that means the context of the history in which the writer lived. There is very probably an internet metaphor in there, but I'll leave it be for now.

-- I'll probably give some money to this campaign to rehab and preserve Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit because it's important to history to do so. On the other hand, a government that can waste its money on things like Alan Grayson's salary should be able to come up with the coin to properly preserve a suit worn by the first human being to ever set foot on a celestial body not the Earth.

-- Along those lines, Buzz Aldrin was tweeting during this, the 46th anniversary of the first moon landing. With the caption he gives the picture that Armstrong took of him while they were both bouncing around outside, he almost makes Twitter not meaningless.

-- After a little dig at the internet in an above item, a little praise. Without the internet, it is very unlikely that a single source would exist that reviewed books with lab scenes for their accuracy, as well as collect different items of interest that concern labs and the people who work in them. It's hard to imagine someone going to the trouble of printing and publishing a newsletter with all of this information in it. Even though people still go to the trouble of printing and publishing Rolling Stone, and that's basically a Ralph Lauren catalog with some album blurbs and cover articles on people who have literally never done anything but be famous.

-- In other news, Dr. Hook said, "You know what? We changed our minds."

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