This and That

Setting Headlines
Thank You Reid Ashe. He knew the name of the device we used to set headlines at The Tech: VGC Photo Typositor.
Probably not the model shown, but similar. Ironically, the article is not about the device, but about the font used for the word Typositor on its frame.
Tom Rush’s Quote of the Month: “Someone cracked my password. Now I need to rename my puppy.”

Dinosaur Blog

In a recent comic strip, the daughter sees the father reading a newspaper and says, “When are you going to be through reading your Dinosaur Blog?”

Paul on the Top5

Little Known Features of Tesla’s Cybertruck. I snagged number 3 on a Top5 list.

Paul Under The Knife
Not my hip. Not yet. Pacemaker battery replacement (they call it a generator replacement). A few days in the hospital, a useless left arm for three weeks. Low-risk surgery, worked fine.

What Counts?

“Not everything worthwhile can be measured, and not everything that can be measured is worthwhile.” Or, to put it another way, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Attributions for these quotes are so dubious I shan’t repeat them here. We’ll just let it go at anonymous.


Rumsfeld on France
Thank you Clark Smith. “Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was apparently not fond of the French military.  However mean-spirited but hilariously, he is reported to have observed:
“Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion."

Ancient Variation
That last quote reminds me of Gloria Steinem’s “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”

Fox News Defined
“Fox News is to journalism what the Mafia is to capitalism — same basic genre, but a morally corrupt perversion of the real thing.”
―Tom Friedman

The American Voter
Voter:  “Every thinking person in America will be voting for you.”
“I’m afraid that won’t do,” Stevenson supposedly replied. “I need a majority.
Two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, apocryphal

Quote from me

Changing fortunes in the gas pumping business have robbed me of one of my personal favorite tics.

When there was a choice of self-serve or having someone else pump my gas, I always chose full service. Passengers would say, “Why not save the five cents a gallon?” I responded, “I didn’t pay $10,000 for an MIT education so I could pump gas.”

Which shows, of course, how long ago I went to college (a half century).


Another Garbled Quote
The life of quotations amazes me. While I love my UPI chat group, they don’t always double-check the provenance and exact wording of quotes. A garbled but still accurate version of this quote (which I loved and should be inscribed of the top of the PCs of every political reporter and editor) appeared last week.

“It is very difficult to predict — especially the future.”
probably NOT Niels Bohr; most likely a Danish parliamentarian between 1935 and 1939.

Some Accurate Quotes

My mentor, Edwin Diamond, often said, “Life is a shit sandwich, and every day you take another bite.” My mom said, “Life is short and then you die, but have a nice day anyway.” I: believe a better expression is: “Life is a 21,000 course meal. Savor them all. Dessert will be here soon enough, and no one knows if the after-dinner drinks are any good.”


From Tom Rush in his weekly newsletter, some funny ones:

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
- Oscar Wilde

"He had delusions of adequacy."
- Walter Kerr

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
 - Oscar Wilde

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
 - Groucho Marx

From my friend Clark Smith:

 “Lord, grant me patience. For if you grant me strength, I will also need bail money.”
-the Book of Comic Prayer

From my UPI chat group:

“Who, in their right mind, Kevin, could possibly deny (that) the 20th century was entirely mine? All of it, Kevin! Mine!”
- Al Pacino, playing Satan, in the movie  The Devil's Advocate.

Readers of this column surely remember Dan Quayle’s term as vice president) He was described in my UPI chat group as,“not only almost cutely benign in retrospect, but a minor hero of Jan 6 [He advised Pence not to try to overthrow the election results].”

Here’s a collection of Quayle quotations collected by Associate Professor of Finance Rauli Susmel from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business.

Mom’s Pearls of Widom V (two-fer!)

 If my brother or I reported something lost, my mother would often say, “Last time I used it, I put it away.” When we were teenagers, she apologized, saying sarcasm wasn’t appropriate for young children. She never used the phrase in her daycare practice, nor with her grandchildren. I only used it rarely, out of habit.

Here’s you bonus pearl; near the end of her life, mom always said, “I don’t even buy green bananas.”