[ExI] quote of the day

Gabe Waggoner lostmyelectron at protonmail.com
Mon Sep 6 15:53:31 UTC 2021

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On Monday, September 6th, 2021 at 3:38 PM, ddraig--- via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Sept 2021 at 13:44, Gabe Waggoner <lostmyelectron at protonmail.com> wrote:
>> And after the missiles turn into the bowl of petunias and the sperm whale: "With horror, they suddenly realized that it was fresh whalemeat."
>> And when the alien battle fleet was, due to a terrible miscalculation of scale, accidentally swallowed by a small dog. (I still remember playing the Infocom text-based interactive game on my Apple IIe in the 1980s and cackling when one of my entries triggered the "It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives . . ." line.)
> Did you get the microscopic space fleet in a tiny clear plastic bag? And the peril-sensitive sunglasses that were bits of cardboard? Did you read through all of the footnotes?
> "oh no, not this again"
> dwayne
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> ddraig at pobox.com ddraigbot / NSO / Connery
> ...r.e.t.u.r.n....t.o....t.h.e....s.o.u.r.c.e...
> http://fav.me/dqkgpdhttp://tinyurl.com/he-is-right-you-know-jpg
> our aim is wakefulness, our enemy is dreamless sleep

Ha! Indeed, I did. I loved those little nuggets of nerdy goodness. I edit a lot of science reports with footnotes, and occasionally an author will slip in a joke about how nobody ever reads them. That always reminds me of sitting there and typing "footnote 1", "footnote 2", and so on, at the prompt one day when I couldn't figure out how to get the damned babel fish to go where I wanted it to. And seeing "Isn't it fun reading through all the footnotes?" made my day.

Dwayne, my hat goes off to you, sir.

Best wishes,


Gabe Waggoner, MS, ELS

Science Writer–Editor

7318 Edmonston Rd.

College Park, MD 20740-3018

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