January 30, 2010

celebrity and social media

"It can be hard to connect with people when you're a queen... My virtual self can get closer to people than my physical self... Social media has opened a window into my life." -- Queen Rania at Le Web 2009

July 26, 2009

what's social?

"Facebook is so endlessly social and inclusive it sometimes reminds me of one of those mega-nightclubs from the late ’80s (Palladium, the Limelight, etc.), only without the music, the alcohol, the drugs, the lights, the sweat, or — it must be said — the people."

-- Lucinda Rosenfeld

July 23, 2009

deceiving children

Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves. - Elias Canetti

January 22, 2009

Facebook as robot

"i think the facebook is a chilly new robot and it makes having friends so easy that friendship hardly feels sincere. i'm trying to cut down." -- Mark M.

September 13, 2008

an intellectual

"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex."

-- Aldous Huxley

July 7, 2008

political identity

"I'm the barium of the political colon" -- Stephen Colbert

(Emily Lazar, producer of The Colbert Report heard Stephen refer to him as such. This was repeated by Walter Isaacson at Aspen Institute Ideas Festival.)

March 15, 2008

life's purpose

"People spend their work years trying to be successful and their retirement years trying to be relevant."

-- director of philanthropy, REI

March 3, 2008

companies as toddlers

"Companies aren't charities. They're businesses. It doesn't matter why they're offering an unacceptable product -- all that matters is that the product is unacceptable. Companies aren't five-year-olds bringing their fingerpaintings home from kindergarten. We don't have to put on a brave smile and tell them, "that's just lovely dear," and display their wares proudly on the fridge. I don't care if Apple adds DRM because Lars from Metallica has incriminating photos of Steve Jobs, I don't care if Sony BMG put a rootkit on its CDs because they were duped into it by a trickster spirit that appeared to their technologists in a dream. I care whether their product is worth my money. It's the market -- there's no A for Effort."

-- Cory Doctorow

February 20, 2008

approach to kids' safety

"We need to think of our kids less as victims and more as participants."

-- Anne Collier

February 16, 2008

language parsing

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-- languagehat (Tx Hannah)