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Reminds me of airline travel terminology. (Youtube, 17 minutes long, NSFW language)


"I was very surprised by The Rise of Skywalker, as I thought I had been attending a screening of The Big Blue with Jean Reno. Alas, Jean tricked me, and here we are."
- Georg Rockall-Schmidt


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Reminds me of airline travel terminology. (Youtube, 17 minutes long, NSFW language)

"They might tell you you're on a "non-stop flight." Well, I don't think I care for that. No, I insist that my flights stop. Preferably at an airport."

I somehow knew what this was going to be before I clicked on it, and even after having seen it many, many times, I still watched the whole thing and loved every second of it. That was the era of peak Carlin, well after the "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" days, but a good decade before he turned into the living embodiment of "Old Man Yells At Cloud."


Speaking of which, a couple of my favorite airplane stories, courtesy of Ellis Paul and Henry Rollins:

"And then [the pilot] leaned in to me and said, "You know, a lot of famous people die like this." I said, "I'm not famous." He said, "You would be if we went down." That's airlines for you..."
- Ellis Paul
(2:19)

"Tiny little plane comes rolling up to the side, a man gets out, comes in, leather jacket, baseball cap on. It says "Zildjian" across the front--that's cymbals for drums. He goes, "Hello, I'm looking for a guy named Henry," and I go like [raises hand]. He goes, "OK Henry, I'm your pilot, my name's Eric, and I'm gonna fuel this plane up, we're gonna turn around, and we're gonna haul ass to Tulsa," and I'm like, OK. At the same time, I'm checking Eric out, like I check out *every pilot*. I go, "Zildjian? What, do you have a friend in a band?" "Oh, no, no, I'm a drummer." "Oh, so you're a drummer *and* a pilot. Who's going to be transporting me through the air." "Yeah, I'm in a cover band." [makes alarm sounds] DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!"
- Henry Rollins
(8:37)


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"Well, to me, coleslaw is a symbol for the universe. We all start as a single cabbage, a unified spirit, and then we get chopped up through life and separated. But love is the mayonnaise that holds us together. And you, I think, are the severed mouse head in the middle of the bowl. I don't mean that in an offensive way, but in the best of all possible ways. Because you're the protein!" - Emo Philips

Scarab Sages

"As a little girl, I would always ask my grandma what it would take to be successful in life.

She told me that all you need are the three bones: the wishbone, the jawbone and the backbone. The wishbone to keep you hoping, the jawbone to give you courage to speak truth to power, and the backbone to keep you standing through all your trials and tribulations."
― Nina Turner


"As I spent more time playing the role I had less time to remember its rational origins and purpose. I found myself sliding into the role even when it wasn’t necessary. I wondered if this doesn’t happen to lots of people. We get or take an ascribed role and then bend our life to fit the image. Soon the image is the only identity people will accept. So we become the image."
- Ron Jones, The Third Wave


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"Don't not be mad. Be plenty mad. Just be mad with full context."
- anonymous commenter


Roy: "To be fair, it was just a dungeon crawl then. You didn't know it would eventually turn into saving the world."
Elan: "We were a ragtag band of unlikely heroes with unresolved issues who didn't see eye-to-eye. I should've known, Roy. I should've known."
- Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick #1230

Liberty's Edge

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David M Mallon wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Reminds me of airline travel terminology. (Youtube, 17 minutes long, NSFW language)

"They might tell you you're on a "non-stop flight." Well, I don't think I care for that. No, I insist that my flights stop. Preferably at an airport."

I somehow knew what this was going to be before I clicked on it, and even after having seen it many, many times, I still watched the whole thing and loved every second of it. That was the era of peak Carlin, well after the "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" days, but a good decade before he turned into the living embodiment of "Old Man Yells At Cloud."

"Get on the plane? No. Evel Knievel can get on the plane. I am getting in the plane."

I'm not sure, but I think Yakov Smirnoff said this, or something similar.


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Col. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson): "So what's your impression of Alar?"
Teal'c (Christopher Judge): "That he is concealing something."
O'Neill: "Like what?:
Teal'c: "I am unsure. He is concealing it."
- Stargate SG-1, season 2, episode 4: "The Other Side" (2000)

Scarab Sages

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
― Pablo Picasso

Mindless iconoclasts and philistines who think that makes them smart and moral instead of the opposite, take note!


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"We have arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."
- Dr. Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995)

Scarab Sages

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

― Booker T. Washington

Bear in mind this is a man who lived and died before many, possibly most, of my own ancestors ever even set foot in the Western Hemisphere; nothing quite like feeling ensnared in somebody else's soap opera.


"When all you have is a nail, every solution starts to look like a hammer!"
- Odin, Order of the Stick #1231


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"Life for the sake of life means nothing."
- Master Bra'tac (Tony Amendola), Stargate SG-1


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"Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade... but always order without justice, without love or liberty, which cannot long postpone their world's descent to pandemonium."
- Alan Moore, V for Vendetta (1989)

Scarab Sages

“Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: Prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure.”
― Nichiren Daishonin

Scarab Sages

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“I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.”

― Frederick Douglass


"There is more to living than merely staying alive. We are here to live life, not just survive life. That would be obvious if the certainty of death were integrated into our psychology, but in modern society, sadly, it is not. We hide death away. We live in a pretense of permanence. Seeking the impossible – the infinite postponement of death – we fail to fully live life."
- Charles Eisenstein

"The dominant narrative that I'm hearing today is "We have to change or we are not going to survive. We have already overshot the ability of the Earth's ecosystems to support human civilization, and we'd better do something about that right away, or we are going to have catastrophe, massive population collapse, maybe even human extinction." I would like for the conversation to turn away from "Can we survive? How will we survive?" On a personal level, that's not the goal of life--the goal of life is not to survive it, it's not to make it to your deathbed intact. The goal of life is to create something beautiful, meaningful, to give your gifts to something much bigger than ourselves. And collectively, we are the same way. We are not here to survive this. We are here to contribute."
- Charles Eisenstein


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"Humans don't mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary."
- Sebastian Junger

Scarab Sages

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I'm pretty sure some of these have been featured before, in some cases by myself, BUT:

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”
― Barbara De Angelis

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
― Frederick Douglass

“...[B]efore I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
― Albert Einstein

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”
― Czesław Miłosz

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
― Spencer Johnson

“Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the largest kick in the ass the world can provide. It is not supposed to be a productive asset.”
― John D. MacDonald

“Integrity has no need of rules.”
― Albert Camus

“My mother said I broke her heart...but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us...but within that inch we are free.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.”
― Lillian Hellman


“Always ask yourself: how can this [technology] be misused?”
- Christopher S. Penn


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"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue."
-Oscar Wilde

Scarab Sages

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”

― Helen Keller


"Modern technology teaches man to take for granted the world he is looking at; he takes no time to retreat and reflect. Technology lures him on, dropping him into its wheels and movements. No rest, no meditation, no reflection, no conversation--the senses are continually overloaded with stimuli. [Man] doesn't learn to question his world anymore; the screen offers him answers--ready-made."
- Joost Meerloo


"[I]t's better to be generally paranoid than specifically prepared."
- Niall Ferguson


"He died valiantly facing the dragon. It's the way he would have wanted to go, I'm sure it was quick and painless. There's no sign of particular trauma on the body, apart from it's burnt to a cinder."
- Sir James of the Tower of the Gilded Bear (Jason Kingsley), Curse of Silverthorn, part 8: End of an Error


"My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution."
- George Washington


"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance."
- Thomas Paine

Liberty's Edge

"I'm so tough, I go to the beach and kick sand in my own face!"
- Paul Hogan

"A fool and his money are soon elected."
- Will Rogers

Dark Archive

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"When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. The pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you're stupid."

Scarab Sages

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

― Coco Chanel


"We are just as primitive today as people were a thousand years ago, [only] with more technological methods to be primitive with."
- Tarl Warwick

“How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.”
- Edward Abbey


"I've never heard a Boston accent in outer space" is what they say, and I always go, "Oh yeah, what about English?" Isn't that a little weird if you went to a galaxy far far away, and you get off, and somebody's like "Hey, how's it goin'?" and you can totally understand him? What about the fact that Han Solo's talkin' to a bigfoot, he's speakin' bigfoot, Han Solo's speakin' English, they never break character. One keeps goin' "AAUAAUAAUAAUAA," and [the other's] goin' "I said hit the button, Chewie!" And that was all fine. None of that... how about C-3PO with an English accent, that was OK? Has the guy been knighted? He was just playing the Royal Albert Hall, and now he's with... I almost said Lynyrd Skynyrd--Luke Skywalker?"
- Bill Burr

Scarab Sages

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"The arrival of Covid-19 has crashed America on a paradox that reads like the plot of a bad Star Trek episode. Half the country mistakes science for a set of inflexible decrees and demands it be worshipped as a religion. The other half believes the first group is always lying and defies even its sensible dictates, in its own theology of liberation. Science, a deliberative process, is collateral damage to the battle...
...

...The political manias that have grown up around coronavirus want to sort people into groups that “believe” science and don’t, but the problem there is that much of the propaganda around coronavirus has intentionally blurred distinctions between scientific and political authority. A trend both in reporting and censorship involves describing any political opposition to pandemic policy as scientific denialism. People opposed to vaccine passports become “anti-vaxxers,” opponents of curfews or lockdowns become virus “deniers,” and so on. (Sometimes they are both things. But not always).”

― Matt Taibbi

Scarab Sages

Because it is deserved, another repost:

"Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them."
- Peter Ustinov


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"I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't trust coincidences."
- Elim Garak (Andrew Robinson), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


"This whole idea that if you've not done anything wrong, you've got nothing to be afraid of... well, who decides what's wrong, and when it's wrong, and how it's wrong?
- Russell Brand


"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept about which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov


Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
(Marilyn Monroe)
Source: https://frasimondo.com/

Liberty's Edge

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"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not, ‘Eureka! I’ve found it,’ but, ‘That’s funny.’ “

- Isaac Asimov

Liberty's Edge

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"The innocent have plenty to fear: partly from the guilty, but mostly from the people who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear.' "

- Terry Pratchett


"Acknowledging progress isn't saying we're done, or we don't need more, and being gloomier doesn't make you a better person."
- Bill Maher


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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West


"One weapon they did have in [the medieval period] was the repeating hammer. After hitting someone with it, one could then hit him with it again. Obviously, it wasn't an automatic repeating hammer--that wouldn't appear until after the semi-automatic viola."
- Nikolas "Lindybeige" Lloyd


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Theconiel wrote:

"The innocent have plenty to fear: partly from the guilty, but mostly from the people who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear.' "

- Terry Pratchett

“Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

- Edward Snowden

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

“Westerners are fond of the saying ‘Life isn’t fair.’ Then, they end in snide triumphant: ‘So get used to it!’
What a cruel, sadistic notion to revel in! What a terrible, patriarchal response to a child’s budding sense of ethics.
Announce to an Iroquois, ‘Life isn’t fair,’ and her response will be: ‘Then make it fair!”
― Barbara Alice Mann

Liberty's Edge

Set wrote:

"When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. The pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you're stupid."

I met someone once who had a sign in her cubicle reading "Too bad ignorance isn't painful." She said that most people laugh, and it applied to the rest.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Ignorance and stupidity are two different things. Ignorance can be corrected.

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