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Old 07-06-2018, 12:00 AM
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“Let's get sushi... and not pay!”
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:44 AM
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"Is it really worth the price?"

"I pay it gladly."
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Old 07-08-2018, 02:27 PM
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"This is the building where our uncle lived, where our father killed him."

"They're tearing it down. Good."

"They are not tearing it down, not anymore. I bought the building. And that one... and that one."
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:41 PM
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When there’s nothing else you can do, breathe slower. There’s no way it can hurt, and it might help.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:30 PM
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“Funny, how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does.”
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:15 PM
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Sometimes an insect will evolve to mimic its predator. A fly can look like a spider, a caterpillar can look like a snake. The Judas evolved to mimic its predator... us.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:13 PM
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Being too ignorant to worry about trouble had fueled a lot of human enterprises.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:30 PM
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Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:20 PM
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The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:53 AM
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The planets touched. They coalesced, squishingly at first, the encircling warships drifting lightly away before a cosmically violent blast of superheated atmosphere. Jarnevon burst open, all the way around, and spattered; billions upon billions of tons of hot core-magma being hurled afar in gouts and streamers. The two planets, crashing through what had been a world, met, crunched, crushed together in all the unimaginable momentum of their masses and velocities. They subsided, crashingly. Not merely mountains, but entire halves of worlds disrupted and fell, in such Gargantuan paroxysms as the eye of man had never elsewhere beheld. And every motion generated heat. The kinetic energy of translation of two worlds became heat. Heat added to heat, piling up ragingly, frantically, unable to escape!
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:46 PM
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“It's hot,' he said, dropping on the bench beside her.

'It's July, Mulder,' Garson reminded him. 'It's New Mexico. What did you expect?'

'Heat I can get at home. An oven I already have in my apartment.”
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:47 PM
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Once a man gets a reputation as a liar, he might as well be struck dumb, for people do not listen to the wind.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:35 PM
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High above the place where most of the Sun’s energy production leaked out into space as light, an observer could make out details for tens of thousands of miles. Even so it was still hard to get used to the idea that the magnetic arch he now looked at was about the size of Norway. It was merely one filigree in a chain that arched for 200,000 kilometers over a sunspot group below.

And this one was a wimp, compared to many they’d seen.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:02 PM
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You do not beg the sun for mercy.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:34 PM
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The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:30 PM
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I sailed upon oceans, and I thought no challenge could be greater, and now men sail the void between stars. Oh, how I remember them. The constellations burning so bright at night. How could I ever have known? God's creation has a majesty which lays men bare at his feet.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:36 PM
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I thought that they were angels but to my surprise
They climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies
Singing, come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:50 PM
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This is Zapp Brannigan of the good ship... Planet Express Ship. I come swinging the olive branch of peace.
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:38 PM
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Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:41 AM
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Was I detecting signal flares launched above a vast battlefield? Or was it the wreckage of war--the broken remnants of armies cleaved apart?
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:26 PM
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I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I’ll let you know.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:44 PM
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Earthmen will fall to their knees, betray their country and give away valuable real estate for a desirable woman.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:06 PM
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“Ambassador, if Elasian women are that vicious, why are men so overwhelmingly attracted to them? I mean, what magic do they possess?”

“It's not magic, it's biochemical. A man whose flesh is once touched by the tears of a woman of Elas has his heart enslaved forever.”
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:25 PM
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When the chemistry is right, all the experiments work.
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:50 PM
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No. No. Be of good cheer. If science teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace.
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:07 PM
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Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can't see the other. They don't know they are connected.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:13 PM
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Well, the holographic principle suggests that what we all experience every day in three dimensions may really just be information on a surface located at the farthest reaches of our cosmos. So it's possible that our lives are really just acting out a painting on the largest canvas in the universe.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:06 PM
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After all, is it not the way we humans shape the universe, shape time itself? Do we not take the raw stuff of chaos and impose a beginning, middle, and end on it, like the simplest and most profound of folktales, to reflect the shapes of our own tiny lives? And if the physicists are right, that the physical world changes as it is observed, and we are its only known observers, then might we not be bending the entire chaotic universe, the eternal, ever-active Now, to fit that familiar form?
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:58 PM
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"Do you speak English?" "Certainly. And I understand American.”
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:22 AM
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"I'm translating this as fast as I can!"
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:49 AM
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Overly literal translations, far from being faithful, actually distort meaning by obscuring sense.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:40 PM
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"It's a cookbook!"
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:17 PM
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I knew it. I'm surrounded by assholes!
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:51 PM
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Just keep in mind, the more we shoot, the faster we will be surrounded by them. They are attracted to the sound.
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:33 PM
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It consisted of a microphone, a special amplifier and a pair of loud speakers. Any sound that happened to be about was picked up by the mike, amplified and inverted so it was exactly out of phase with the original noise. Then it was pumped out of the speakers, the original wave and the new one cancelled out, and the net result was silence.
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:41 PM
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The sudden silence is horrifying, and it seems to catch my mother off guard. A tiny whimper escapes her, the sound amplified in the stillness. Surely, my father hears her now; surely he and I can't go on pretending she isn't crying.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:13 AM
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The voice was a silent one. And here, another, silent too, but another for all that.
It's the new one. Welcome, child!
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:29 AM
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She closed her eyes, reaching out with mental hands, trying to touch the infant mind-glow as drowsy contentment turned into fear and confusion, shock as he left the soft, warm safety of the womb for the cold and frightening unknown. She felt him protesting, squirming, fighting to return, and then, in a fashion she knew she would never be able to explain to another human being, Nimitz and Samantha were with her. And so was Farragut, and behind him came Ariel and Monroe.

The treecats reached out with her as the first, thin squall of protest sounded, and suddenly, as easily as slipping her hand into a glove, she touched him. Touched him as she had never touched another human being, even Hamish. It was as if her hand had reached out into the dark, and a smaller, warmer, utterly trusting hand had found it with unerring accuracy.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:59 PM
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Later that summer, as rain fell, such a moment shimmered and paused on the brink, and then began the ancient dance of numbers: two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and a new life took root and began to grow. And thus the generations past were joined to the unknowable future.
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Old 07-25-2018, 09:44 AM
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Eight, sir; seven, sir;
Six, sir; five, sir;
Four, sir; three, sir;
Two, sir; one!
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tension, apprehension,
And dissension have begun.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:23 AM
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You look like you're twelve. You whine like you're six. Do you want me to add those numbers, or subtract them?
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:58 PM
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Judging by the quality time I just spent with Lieutenant Ford, he is definitely not thinking straight.
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:37 PM
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"Six pints of bitter," said Ford Prefect to the barman of the Horse and Groom. "And quickly please, the world's about to end."
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Old 07-26-2018, 03:49 PM
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It's a rare hurt that can stand under the advice, help, and sympathy generated by upwards of thirty people that care. Callahan loses a lot of his regulars. After they've been coming around long enough, they find they don't need to drink any more.
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Old 07-26-2018, 03:57 PM
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You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:56 PM
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"It's not in a very nice neighborhood."

"That's okay. I'm not a very nice neighbor...and I've got my own hoods."
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:21 AM
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"Oh, you stole my ship."

"Only after you stole mine."
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:42 AM
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It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:37 PM
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“I can’t compel you to do anything without killing more of your ships, Admiral,” she said flatly, “and between the two of us, I think enough people have already died today. So here’s my proposition. You take your surviving ships, and you get the hell out of Hypatia. I’m sure the Hypatians will take care of rescuing all your surviving personnel, assuming they can stop trying to save the civilians—the children—the Solarian League is willing to murder to make a political statement. If you don’t want to do that, that’s fine. You’ve got ten minutes to make up your mind. If you decide to stay, then I suppose you and I will find out how many more of your battlecruisers I can take out, one-by-one, until you—or your successor—finally figure out where I really am and manage to return fire."
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:30 PM
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A whore should be judged by the same criteria as other professionals offering services for pay-such as dentists, lawyers, hairdressers, physicians, plumbers, etc. Is she professionally competent? Does she give good measure? Is she honest with her clients?

It is possible that the percentage of honest and competent whores is higher than that of plumbers and much higher than that of lawyers. And enormously higher than that of professors.
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