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I’ve Got Nothing to Say, Part 2 January 31, 2007 – 6:25 p.m.

Continued from last week, the great words of the great minds of the great human race. This should bring an excellent close to January, and it should give you “a plenary sense of satisfaction,” as Sam Wolken wrote in the foreword of The Subway Man and Other Writings.

  • “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” —Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
  • “Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.” —Ashley Montague
  • “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” —Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)
  • “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” —Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
  • “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” —Steven Wright (1955 –)
  • “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” —John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)
  • “What luck for rulers that men do not think.” —Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945)
  • “The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.” —Bill Nye
  • “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” —Indira Gandhi (1917 – 1984)
  • “When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web .... Now even my cat has its own page.” —Bill Clinton (1946 –)
  • “If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.” —David Larson
  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
  • “Reality continues to ruin my life.” —Bill Watterson (1958 –)
I’ve Got Nothing to Say, Part 1 January 27, 2007 – 6:45 p.m.

Lyrics from The Strokes’ album First Impressions of Earth include this sentence from the song “Ask Me Anything,” repeated seven times: “I’ve got nothing to say.” This entry is to feature those who actually do have things to say. Some of these quotes are debilitating profundities, and some are just plain good.

  • “Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.” —Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)
  • “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” —Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)
  • “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” —Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
  • “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” —Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
  • “I’m still an atheist, thank God.” —Luis Bunuel (1900 – 1983)
  • “Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.” —Fletcher Knebel
  • “There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” —Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988)
  • “Age is mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn't matter.” —Satchel Paige (1906 – 1982)
  • “Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” —Henry Kissinger (1923 – )
  • “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” —Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994)
  • “Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.” —Christopher Lasch
  • “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.” —Professor Irwin Corey (1914 – )

Before I let you go to ponder the sensational things you have learned from these twelve quotations, you should applaud Brian. He successfully garnered 3015 diggs (as of this writing) after submitting his entry “How to Rip DVDs with VLC” to Digg. This astoundingly popular and informative article will incidentally be the first in the much hyped and much awaited (re)print.

Also, The Best of Seraphic Zephyr, 2005-2006 will be released sometime in February. Watch out for it.

Coming Soon: Sizzle January 15, 2007 – 9:47 p.m.

Brian’s been working on an RSS-operated content management system specifically for Seraphic Zephyr called “Sizzle.” In his own words, “In the very next paragraph, I spoke of the RSS CMS I was building, how I decided to call it Sizzle after Seraphic Zephyr, the site it was made for. (SZ, pronounce it) Also, because I like bacon and bacon sizzles.”

“I outlined the details of my plan to distribute it through this website after I had e-mailed it to Preston, the owner of SZ. Then I made some transitional remarks about it being almost finished for it to word basically like I had envisioned. All was well and good.”

Brian released the “Sizzle 0.0.1” alpha, in case you are interested: “Well, today I’m going to release Sizzle 0.0.1 Alpha. This is 0.0.1 because 0.1 will be the first fully working prototype, and the rest will follow. So here’s the source code for sizzle so far, if you want to look at my methods and improve on them, please go ahead, and tell me! I need someone to tell me how to clear the cache in magpie, so if you know, please tell me!”

Thank God for great people like Brian who can do marvelous things for people who can’t. Especially in PHP. Apologies for the short entry. High school has me swamped.

Off to a Good Start? January 13, 2007 – 9:47 a.m.

The first two weeks of the year have already occurred, and I’d like to bring your attentions to several events that have influenced the Web recently. But as you read these, I ask you: Are we off to a good start? Or are we simply going to collapse on our faces and provide the ultimate catalyst for the Web’s demise?

A Trivial Lawsuit?

There is a lot of hype about Apple’s new iPhone and all the other cool things it’s supposed to be releasing soon. Jørgen offered some predictions before the Macworld conventions, and apparently he was left speechless afterward. But to get to the point: Cisco Systems seemingly had a trademark on the name iPhone, and they sued Apple for it.

It’s unfounded and I really don’t see how it matters that much to Cisco that they maintain their grasp on this intellectual property. The ultimate conclusion: Apple chose to rename their cell phone the Apple Phone. Ugh.

La Marche de L’Empereur

An ad for the film March of the Penguins. ’Tis golden.

The re(print)

Seraphic Zephyr hosts an event called (re)print every year (well, it wasn’t called that last year). Every February, some of the finest bloggers in the Colorado Springs region will contribute four articles, constituting a quartet of expository excellence. You can look at last year’s if you want. Several of those people will be submitting again this year.

Next entry will be about a content management system Brian’s working on.