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  • HappySlice shared from Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun': The Second Half of the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
    We are accustomed to think of the beasts of the forest and mountain as wild, and to think of the men who spring up, as it seems, from their soil as savage. But the truth is that there is a wildness more vicious (as we would know better if we were not so habituated to it) in certain domestic animals, despite their understanding so much human speech and sometimes even speaking a few words; and there is a more profound savagery in men and women whose ancestors have lived in cities and towns since the dawn of humanity.
  • HappySlice shared from Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' by Gene Wolfe
    “We have books whose papers are matted of plants from which spring curious alkaloids, so that the reader, in turning their pages, is taken unaware by bizarre fantasies and chimeric dreams. Books
    Note: Introducing the Kindle Trip
  • HappySlice shared from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
    entire panorama evaporated, as if the method by which it had been projected, stabilized, and maintained had clicked to the off position. He saw only an empty white expanse, a focused glare, as if there were now no 3-D slide in the projector at all. The light, he thought, that underlies the play of phenomena which we call "reality."
  • HappySlice shared from The Meditations (Translated, Annotated) by Marcus Aurelius
    A man misbehaves himself towards me; what is that to me? The action is his, and the disposition that led him to it is his, and therefore let him look to it. As for me, I am in the condition the universal nature assigns me, and am doing what my own nature assigns me.
  • HappySlice shared from The Meditations (Translated, Annotated) by Marcus Aurelius
    no man can lose any other life than that which he now lives, neither is he possessed of any other than that which he loses. Whence it follows that the longest life, as we commonly speak, and the shortest, come all to the same reckoning. For the present is of the same duration everywhere. Everybody's loss, therefore, is of the same bigness,
  • HappySlice shared from "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
    I understood at last what art is really for, at least in certain respects. It gives somebody, individually, pleasure. You can make something that somebody likes so much that they’re depressed, or they’re happy, on account of that damn thing you made! In science, it’s sort of general and large: You don’t know the individuals who have appreciated it directly. I
  • HappySlice shared from Snow Crash: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    When Hiro learned how to do this, way back fifteen years ago, a hacker could sit down and write an entire piece of software by himself. Now, that's no longer possible. Software comes out of factories, and hackers are, to a greater or lesser extent, assembly-line workers. Worse yet, they may become managers who never get to write any code themselves.
    Note: Truth
  • HappySlice shared from Snow Crash: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    By drawing a slightly different image in front of each eye, the image can be made three-dimensional. By changing the image seventy-two times a second, it can be made to move. By drawing the moving three-dimensional image at a resolution of 2K pixels on a side, it can be as sharp as the eye can perceive, and by pumping stereo digital sound through the little earphones, the moving 3-D pictures can have a perfectly realistic soundtrack.
    Note: oculus
  • HappySlice shared from Snow Crash: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    Note: oculus
  • HappySlice shared from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer's Comrade by Mark Twain
    I never see such a nigger. If he got a notion in his head once, there warn't no getting it out again. He was the most down on Solomon of any nigger I ever see. So I went to talking about other kings, and let Solomon slide.
    Note: Good lord -- and Huck is his pal.
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