"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive."
— Andrew Grove
"I use chopsticks to drink water, babe."
"Science doesn’t give a damn about religions, because “damns” are not measurable units and therefore have no place in research. As soon as it’s possible to detect damns, we’ll quantize perdition and number all the levels of hell. Until then, science doesn’t care. Scientists don’t demand to run the Eucharist through a mass-spectrometer."
— Luke McKinney
"It’s worth nothing that even a book based on magic spells violating the laws of thermodynamics admits that the imperial system is stupid and everyone should be using metric."
— Luke McKinney
"One Million Moms is a website based on intolerance and the inability to count. It’s named the same way a kid might call himself Commander Badass Boobtoucher: desperate wish-fulfillment and blatant lies. Despite being an entirely online group, they only had about 40,000 Facebook fans, an accurate count both of their real support and of how many moms don’t know their kids have already blocked them. By their math, I could call my dick the Pleaser of Luxembourg and it would be more accurate, because I’m only short about half a million people."
— Luke McKinney on the American “Family” Association
"Scarcely anyone interests himself in social problems without being led to do so by the desire to see reforms enacted. In almost all cases, before anyone begins to study the science, he has already decided on definite reforms that he wants to put through. Only a few have the strength to accept the knowledge that these reforms are impracticable and to draw all the inferences from it. Most men endure the sacrifice of the intellect more easily than the sacrifice of their daydreams. They cannot bear that their utopias should run aground on the unalterable necessities of human existence. What they yearn for is another reality different from the one given in this world … They wish to be free of a universe of whose order they do not approve."
— Ludwig von Mises, Epistemological Problems in Economics
"There is no such thing as a minor detail. Information is victory. One cannot and should not dismiss any data until one is in a position to evaluate its significance, and that only comes with hindsight. So all detail is important until circumstances render it redundant."
— Primarch Roboute Guillimin, Warhammer 40,000
From Childish Gambino’s Sweatpants
"I’m too fly, Jeff Goldblum"
Jeff Goldblum is an actor who played in the 1986 version of The Fly.
In the movie, Goldblum becomes a human-sized fly off of a botched experiment.
It should also be noted that in the real world Goldblum is fly as fuck.
“Dress smart like a London bloke
Before he speak, his suit bespoke.”
— Kanye West, “American Boy”
There’s two reasons I always wear things most people won’t. The first was that I believed people would make judgments about you based on your appearance since that’s the first thing they see, even before they hear your voice since light travels faster than sound.
The second was that I realized I could align what I wore with who I am and project honesty through my own appearance. I’m someone who likes extremes, both in aesthetics and life. I don’t particularly care what most others are doing since I have an independent streak a mile wide and another contrarian streak that would make me do something different from them anyway. Some of those messages aren’t seen by anyone other than me, like how I insist on harmony in my life to the point I color complement my underwear with my outerwear. But that’s not important. The point is that I see them. And by seeing them, I’m reminded of what I believe in. And that matters no matter who you are.
I started a blog about the books I read.