Just as a visiting player is about to shoot a free throw, two students pull apart two big black curtains to reveal a new five-second act in a continuing theater of the absurd.
— Justin Wolfers, “How Arizona State Reinvented Free-Throw Distraction,” The New York Times
I love that you say you have empathy for caviar.
— Nathan Carter
What’s the ambition?
— Joe Scanlan
All supposedly ventures of capitalists in the thick of thinking about profit margins and returns on investment, their buildings do have an obvious bottom-line logic-they can be occupied and rented-the landscape expanses can only be looked at. They seemingly do not square, at least not in a straightforward financial sort of way.
— Louise A. Mozingo, Pastoral Capitalism
If you ask for criticism, you get it. If you don’t there is a chance everyone will be too busy to worry about it.
— Charles Eames via Beatriz Colomina, “Enclosed by Images: The Eameses’ Multimedia Architecture”
I’m a pro.
— Public Saftey Officer after completing metal puzzle
We're going to Philly.
— Gerry
If a star and its intervening lens are slightly out of line, the distant light can appear as arcs. If they are exactly lined up, the more distant star can appear as a halo known as an Einstein ring, or as evenly separated images — the Einstein Cross. Astronomers have learned how to use entire galaxies and galaxy clusters as telescopes to see fainter objects beyond them that would otherwise be lost in the fog of time.
— Dennis Overbye, “Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns," The New York Times
According to the nonpartisan Public Interest Declassification Board, a single intelligence agency is producing a petabyte of classified data every 18 months, or the equivalent of 20 million four-drawer file cabinets. The National Archives estimates that, without new technology to accelerate the process, that information would take two million employees a year to review for declassification. Instead, there are just 41 archivists working in College Park, Md., to review records from across the entire federal government — one page at a time.
— Matthew Connelly and Richard H. Immerman, “What Hillary Clinton’s Emails Really Reveal,” The New York Times
The goal would be to limit Iran’s capacity so that it would take at least a year to build a nuclear weapon should it choose to violate or break the agreement. In theory, that would give the West enough time to respond.
— “Netanyahu, in Speech to Congress, Criticizes ‘Bad Deal’ on Iran Nuclear Program,” The New York Times
Just so you know I’m a professional organizer.
— Woman who purchased http://www.s-t-o-r-e-d.com/all-items/metal-case-with-side-wheels-1
La Mancha Screwjob
Do you think a certain amount of fish are just lost and that’s how they die?
— Lily
As they prepared to return with another search warrant, Mr. Mondella excused himself to use the bathroom, where he stayed for a long time. When investigators tried to coax him out, he asked them to get his sister. “Take care of my kids,” he said. Then the gun went off.
— Vivian Yee, “At a Brooklyn Cherry Factory, a Suicide and an Illicit Discovery,” The New York Times
I notice all the ones with large wheels are sold out. What can this mean?
— kinnakeet, http://www.metafilter.com/147330/great-ideas-with-wheels
Sometimes I feel like a squirrel. A tall bald squirrel.
— Lily
Yeah, I’m sick as a dog.
— Royal Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
The nebulous quantum essence of individual elementary particles is known to quickly dissipate in large ensembles of particles (a phenomenon often referred to as “decoherence”).
— Edward Frenkel, “The Reality of Quantum Weirdness,” The New York Times
I have no delusions about being any sort of a serious artist, let alone a great one. No delusions what so ever about that sort of thing… but I kind of like to sort of be one. I might say it gives you a sense of purpose but that sounds pretentious. We all like to feel useful.
— Mark Landis, Art And Craft