What we do is political. That should be impossible to misunderstand.Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson — The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual: The Interview”
The world is run by clowns with trigger happy hands.Placebo, “Trigger Happy Hands” (2011)
Let there be no mistake with today’s policies, the United States is in charge of our destiny and that fills me with concern. The imperative for Australia is to make sure that Australian governments place the interests of the people of Australia first. We must be subservient to no one. We must preserve alliances certainly, but must not extend the scope of those alliances in a way that binds us to follow the United States into wars that are contrary to our own interests.Malcolm Fraser, “Australia-US Relations in the ‘Asian Century’”
We wanted… to believe. We wanted to call out. On August 20th and September 5th 1977, two spacecraft were launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Centre, Florida. They were called Voyager. Each one carries a message.Fox Mulder, “Little Green Men,” September 16, 1994
When seeking location information, law enforcement agencies frequently ask for ‘tower dumps,’ which list every phone in range of a cell tower at a particular time. In cities, where cell towers are located close together, it is possible that the locations of thousands of people might be swept up in a single request.Megha Rajagopalan (ProPublica), “How many millions of cellphones are police watching?”
The survey of almost 4,000 GLBT people aged 16 to 89 found many “occasionally” or “usually” hid their sexuality or gender identity for fear of violence or discrimination: 44% in public and 33.6% when accessing services.Justin Norrie, “GLBT Australians suffer from intense anxiety, depression”
Pinboard is written in PHP and Perl. The site uses MySQL for data storage, Sphinx for search, and Amazon S3 to store backups. There is absolutely nothing interesting about the Pinboard architecture or implementation; I consider that a feature!Maciej Cegłowski, “Pinboard: About Us”
Jeff Masters, “Remarkably dry and warm winter due to record extreme jet stream configuration”
It has been remarkable to look at the radar display day after day and see virtually no echoes.
Unfortunately, we don’t understand why the AO [Arctic Oscillation] varies so much from winter to winter, nor why the AO has taken on such extreme configurations during four of the past six winters. Climate models are generally too crude to make skillful predictions on how human-caused climate change may be affecting the AO, or what might happen to the AO in the future.
Get your ass to Mars.Hauser, Total Recall (1990)