“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)
“We need to give this effect a name. I suggest ‘Idiot Storm’.”
(BabylonDrifter at comment 283 on the great Facebook login tarpit of 2010)
“It feels good to be playing again. Who needs a life anyway?”
(NannyOgg, on resuming the one true board game)
“Welcome to REVISION: THE GAME!
You are in a WRITER’S ROOM.
There is a desk here.
There is a chair here.“
“The dispirited scientists of the LHC have announced that this will create a 24-month delay while tiny bits of hamster are cleaned out of the tunnels and anti-hamster-materialization fields are installed in the collider.”
(Eliezer Yudkowsky, reporting live)
“1995 – Yukihiro “Mad Matz” Matsumoto creates Ruby to avert some vaguely unspecified apocalypse that will leave Australia a desert run by mohawked warriors and Tina Turner.”
(James Iry, at last telling the truth)
“You are in a writer’s room. Exits are north and east. The door leading north has “This Way to Fame, Fortune, and Free Beer!” painted over it.
There is a chair here..”
“Ah, Whitecloaks: Just like Jehovah’s Witnesses, except instead of pamphlets, they want to give you grievous bodily harm.”
(Leigh Butler, in the Tor public reread of the Wheel of Time)
“Doing my best to follow Jesus but I think He’s trying to shake me.”
(Maciej Ceglowski, random tweet)
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.” (John 1:3)
“People become librarians because they know too much.”
(Erica Olsen, on appropriate objects of worship)
“Evolution is cleverer than you are.”
“And yet, if you rounded up all the managers in the world and shot them… no wait, that’s not where I was going with this.”
(Mark Pilgrim, discussing the Mozilla Project’s idea of appropriate priorities)
“Find out for yourself why Zombie Squad is the world’s premier non-stationary cadaver suppression task force.”
“The real fundamental problem with the game is that there is nothing to do.”
(review of the hit new MMRPG Outside)
“Several half-baked ideas can often be combined into one fully-cooked one.”
(Teresa Nielsen Hayden, excerpt from her lecture on Stupid Plotting Tricks at Viable Paradise workshop, which presents perhaps the only other use for the Evil Overlord Lists)
fractal wrongness: The state of being wrong at every conceivable scale of resolution. That is, from a distance, a fractally wrong person’s worldview is incorrect; and furthermore, if you zoom in on any small part of that person’s worldview, that part is just as wrong as the whole worldview.
“This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.”
– Aneurin Bevan