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The sun is unpleasantly bright in the early morning when it's extremely cold out, and I'm a very light sleeper.

It is better to don a blindfold than to curse the brightness.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
I'm slightly surprised that the only references I can find to "hackward compatibility" appear to be due to scanning errors and typos.

It seems to me to be the perfect term to describe the need for or practise of maintaining all of the kludges and work-arounds that have accumulated over several software generations.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
When you want to go with your gut feeling instead of with the evidence, try to remember that your guts are usually full of sh*t.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
A corollary to the usual definition of insanity...  Failing to change behaviour that has previously led to a disastrous outcome, because you don't/won't believe that it can happen again.

I think that everyone suffers from that one, at least a bit.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
Inspired by a recent encounter:

Nothing is more effective at eliciting a bout of self-examination than sincere approval by someone I find detestable.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
If you don't like the winter weather here in Ottawa... just wait a few years.

I don't mind the mild weather we've been having, these last few winters, but the apparent climate change is disquieting.  When I was young, the odds were about 50-50 that we'd have lasting snow on the ground by Hallowe'en, and ditto that there would be some snow left by my birthday in late April.  But not lately.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
Without context: When one is doing all that one can, and more than one ought, it is infuriating to be accused of wilfully doing too little.
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My plan was to run a load of laundry, then go to see [livejournal.com profile] mentisiterinvit in the hospital.  (I just learned that she's going for an MRI, and may not be back in ICU for a couple of hours.)  When I went down to the basement to move the laundry from the washer to the drier, I found the sink/tub full of water and water on the floor.  The tub drain is clogged.

To paraphrase an old saying: Time is what lets you have one damn thing after another instead of every damn thing at once.
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People who offer story ideas to you "for a small fee" don't understand that they're a bit like kittens on a country farm — it's not that they're unwanted, but they keep showing up without help, and they're not much good until they've grown up and been groomed a bit.

... I have a vague recollection of an epigram along these lines.  It has a distinctly Heinleinian tone, but I can't find anything like it attributed to him.
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[livejournal.com profile] thnidu has graciously corrected my grammar: the phrase I want is "Per coitum ad coronam".  Not "Per copula ad corona" as I'd originally coined it.  I think my original version flows better and is more clearly playing off the "per ardua ad astra" motto, but it's important to communicate correctly.
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I don't tend to see the glass as half-full or half-empty.  I see it as containing a liquid which appears to be water and therefore (if true) possibly useful if one were thirsty or wanting to cook or do other chemical work, but also presenting a hazard by aspiration or slippage (if spilled), and dangerously fragile, and too close to someone's elbow.
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Bailing the boat with a teacup is a lot of work and may seem pointless.  But if a teacup is all you have, a teacup is what you use; it's better than not bailing at all, and may buy you time to find a bucket.  It's important not to get so fixated on having only a teacup that you miss seeing the bucket, or miss sending a message for help.  There are rescue ships out there.


Jul. 13th, 2011 10:16 pm
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Timbitis: abdominal swelling caused by excessive incremental absorption of dietary fats and sugars.


Jun. 5th, 2011 11:04 pm
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They say that hindsight is 20-20.  It really isn't.  You see the events of your past through the same clouds and filters that shade your view of the present.


May. 1st, 2011 11:53 am
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Don't forget that one of the main pleasures of childhood  is rebellion.  If you are too permissive with [your children], you'll force the poor blighters to turn to drugs and abortions on order to rebel.

— David Nobbs, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin


Mar. 11th, 2011 05:06 pm
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"In a media-saturated age, you can really start to resent the amount of information you absorb, despite your steadfast disinterest, about certain utterly unworthy subjects.  It's like the data equivalent of secondary smoke inhalation."

-- Christopher Brookmyre, Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks


Sep. 17th, 2010 09:10 am
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There is no intrinsic virtue in expending energy ineffectively, doing things *your* way, instead of doing something effective.

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