“In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It’s just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It’s like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that’s now been taken away and hidden. The graphite’s not important. It’s just the means of revealing the indentations. So you see, astrology’s nothing to do with astronomy. It’s just to do with people thinking about people.”—Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Something I’ve come to be really annoyed by lately are sites that use headlines like “He did WHAT to WHO at WHERE?”. The two main offenders I used were CNN and The Weather Channel. I don’t want to support this kind of link baiting (never mind the quality of news on these sites) so I installed Mindful Browsing to help me avoid using sites I’ve decided I don’t want to use anymore. The plugin is for Safari but there equivalents for Chrome and Firefox out there.
Nathaniel Fisher: You hang on to your pain like it means something. Like it’s worth something. Well, let me tell you - it’s not worth shit. Let it go! Infinite possibilities, and all he can do is whine.
David Fisher: Well, what am I supposed to do?
Nathaniel Fisher: What do you think? You can do *anything*, you lucky bastard - you’re alive! What’s a little pain compared to that?