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“Lubber be least himself when Th' ornery cuss talks in his own person. Give that scurvey dog a mask, and Th' ornery cuss will be tellin' ye th' truth.”

posted at 11:20 be
on Aug. 29, 2005

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“[E]fficiency alone does not explain th' huge disparity betwixt fuel-use figures on either side o' th' Atlantic: European per capita consumption o' gas and diesel stood at 286 liters a year in 2001, compared t' 1,624 in th' US, accordin' t' IEA figures.”

posted at 11:22 pm
on Aug. 28, 2005

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“I’m not an optimist or a pessimist. I think that’s unprofessional fer a futurist. It’s like: fax machines, pessimist or optimist? First, if ye had one, ye had no one t' launch a fax t'. Then everyone had them. Now they’re on their way out. Pessimist or optimist be th' wrong question t' ask.”

posted at 12:26 be
on Aug. 27, 2005

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“T' punish 45 million Americans (at least) because o' a mythological belief that people be naturally inclined t' abuse [health care] they ... get fer free be not only cruel and inhumane, it’s ideologically obsessive, wrong-headed and irrational. But then that’s th' very definition o' th' Bush administration and their cronies.”

posted at 11:00 be
on Aug. 26, 2005

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“Th' word ‘virtual’ be a very geek-oriented word. It be not somethin' that makes a lot o' sense t' people who don’t spend all day at their desks, clickin' on things. It’s crazy, I be knowin', but there be people out there who go t' th' park on sunny days, walk their dogs, and eat in public places while conversin' wi' other human beings. T' them, th' word ‘virtual’ be probably not all that meaningful.”

posted at 12:49 pm
on Aug. 24, 2005

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“Th' Internet be just a world passin' aroun' notes in a classroom.”

posted at 12:21 pm
on Aug. 23, 2005

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“One’s real life be often th' life that one does not lead.”

posted at 11:20 be
on Aug. 22, 2005

who said it?

“Th' Cap'n's log originated in January as a catch basin fer mental detritus, fer th' kind o' stuff not good enough fer print, but too good t' waste on casual conversation or, worse, mere thinkin'. But this sprin' I began allowin' “comments,” and th' Cap'n's log suddenly mutated. America, it turns out, be full o' smart, clever, creative people who happen t' have no interest in workin' and whose employers have unwisely given them Internet access. Thus every day, on me Cap'n's log, these strangers show up, just t' shoot th' breeze, flirt, kvetch, veer off topic and, most o' all, pay zero attention t' what I have written.”

posted at 12:19 pm
on Aug. 21, 2005

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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

posted at 3:08 pm
on Aug. 19, 2005

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“JVC named th' format VHS, which be an abbreviation fer ‘Vertical Helix Scan,’ but th' initials smartly morphed into ‘Video On board System,’ and that be th' term still used today.”

posted at 2:51 be
on Aug. 19, 2005

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“I’m like John Cusack and a unicorn, rolled into one.”

posted at 11:40 pm
on Aug. 17, 2005

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“I don’t want t' earn me livin'; I want t' live.”

posted at 11:20 be
on Aug. 15, 2005

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“Be yourself; everyone else be already taken.”

posted at 11:19 be
on Aug. 12, 2005

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“Does it disturb ye t' be wearin' a another lubber’s name on yer genitals?”

posted at 12:51 pm
on Aug. 11, 2005

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