Listen to your mother, kids. Aim low. Aim so low no one will even care if you succeed. Dinner’s in the oven. If you want some butter it’s under my face.
Marge Simpson, The Greatest Line Every ‘Simpsons’ Character Ever Delivered
The developer raises up the great sword of technology and brings it down upon the plinth of culture—and the sword shatters. But never mind; we can go back to the forge to make a bigger, better sword for retina displays. And as we craft it we whisper that eternal prayer for the comfort of list-makers: This time will be different.
Paul Ford, Doomed to Repeat It
The good news is, as you get older, you gain perspective. Perspective helps alleviate burnout. The bad news is, you gain perspective by having incredibly shitty things happen to you and the people you love. Nature has made it so that perspective is only delivered in bulk quantities. A railcar of perspective arrives and dumps itself on your lawn when all you needed was a microgram. This is a grossly inefficient aspect of the human condition, but I’m sure bright minds in Silicon Valley are working on a fix.
Maciej Cegłowski, Pinboard Turns Five
TV choreographer: “this routine is really aggressive, it’s this cat and mouse power play.”
Jeff: that’s… not how cats and mice work?
Ruining television for others since 1987.