He was asleep, and then he was not, and then he was sitting in this big dark room staring at this big bright screen, while a very mild, very scary voice from the shadows says, “Mr. Hardison, you have sixty seconds.”
(Nerds of the earth, take note!, Leverage/Marvel Movieverse crossover)
It takes nearly two weeks to get through the debriefing this time and it makes him suspicious about the meeting that appeared on his schedule this morning with only the name “Coulson” in the organizer, attendee, and subject fields.
(Gift of Asylum, Iron Man/rest of movieverse crossover)
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
I forget this, sometimes. My only new year’s resolution for 2012 is to remember.
“For profanity to appear in a program’s interaction with the user, no explicit requirement is needed when it is a common practice in the given branch of the industry.”
(the Iron Fist Coding Standard, September 2010)
“Not that the good guys are much better. Their leader, Churchill, appeared in a grand total of one episode before, where he was a bumbling general who suffered an embarrassing defeat to the Ottomans of all people in the Battle of Gallipoli. Now, all of a sudden, he’s not only Prime Minister, he’s not only a brilliant military commander, he’s not only the greatest orator of the twentieth century who can convince the British to keep going against all odds, he’s also a natural wit who is able to pull out hilarious one-liners practically on demand. I know he’s supposed to be the hero, but it’s not realistic unless you keep the guy at least vaguely human.”
(squid314, reviewing the old-school television series, World War II)
“No. This is not your fault. Out of all the dozens of FUBAR missions we’ve had, ironically, this is the one that’s not your fault. We were betrayed. There was nothing you could do.”
(Uhura to Kirk, How many roads? by Deastar)
“In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people. First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. In every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization.”
“One of the biggest problems with categorizing things in advance is that it forces the categorizers to take on two jobs that have historically been quite hard: mind reading, and fortune telling.”
(Clay Shirky, on hierarchical ontology)