“Computers are dumber than people but smarter than programmers”, Jerry Pournelle
“Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper
I really hesitated to include this word in this directory. ‘Sheeple’ is one of two words I really hate… The other is ‘consumer’.
Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a derogatory term that highlights the herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about.
A compliment with two meanings, one of which is unflattering to the receiver: “The senator said that her opponent was quite competent for someone so inexperienced; you hear nothing but left-handed compliments in these debates.”
Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude
Thingamajig – There seems to be one in every cubbyhole
The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer is a fictional machine invented by American writer David Woodard, whose 1990 pamphlet of the same title speculates on its history and purpose.
The brief, anonymously published work describes a vibration referred to as thanato-auric waves, which the machine electrically generates by combining three infrasonic sine waves (3 Hz, 9 Hz and 0.56 Hz) with concomitant tape loops of unspecified spoken text (two beyond the threshold of decipherability, and two beneath the threshold).
On Aug. 7, 1955, Boeing’s chief of flight testing, the legendary Alvin “Tex” Johnston, pulled an impressive stunt in the prototype of the Boeing 707.
Johnston didn’t just do a flyover. No. At a speed of 490 miles an hour, Johnston executed a barrel roll.
The stunt, called a Barrel Roll, was performed in front of a crowd of 250,000 spectators attending the Gold Cup hydro races which included many airline executives from around the world (who were in Seattle for an annual meeting) in attendance.
When asked what he thought he thought he was doing Johnston answered, “Selling Airplanes”.
Youth is wasted on the young
“At some point, we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.” – Roger Sterling – Mad Men (AMC TV)
Roger was apologizing for making a pass at Betty