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  • Amazon shared from a Personal Document
    He went on, “What distinguishes first category from second? Define, please.” (Nobody taught Mike to say “please.” He started including formal null-sounds as he progressed from Loglan to English. Don’t suppose he meant them any more than people do.)
    Note: @hunterwalk
  • Amazon shared from a Personal Document
    I had nicknamed him for Mycroft Holmes, in a story written by Dr. Watson before he founded IBM.
  • Amazon shared from The Mack Reynolds Megapack: 23 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Mack Reynolds
    At the curb, one of them summoned a cruising cab with his wrist screen and the three of them climbed into it.
    Note: Uber and Apple Watch prior art
  • Amazon shared from The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
    the orthodox stylebooks are ill equipped to deal with an inescapable fact about language: it changes over time. Language is not a protocol legislated by an authority but rather a wiki that pools the contributions of millions of writers and speakers, who ceaselessly bend the language to their needs and who inexorably age, die, and get replaced by their children, who adapt the language in their turn.
    Note: This sums up so well what i have learned working on standards over the years
  • Amazon shared from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    we always misunderstood ourselves and rarely understood others. Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
    Note: Wilde, Dorian Gray
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