“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

– Nelson Mandela











“It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.”

– Anna Wintour

“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be a more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”


"We've been lumped in with the funk metal thing just about everywhere. I guess people just have to categorize you."
- Les Claypool








“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.


Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh--not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”

Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

Stephen Hawking

After seeing WarGames, Reagan just couldn't stop talking about the movie and recommending it to his friends in Congress. He even asked Joint Chiefs of Staff head John W. Vessey Jr. what his take on the movie was, and his surprising response led to a number of big changes for America's nuclear defense system...

Vassey had asked a NSA analyst to check how plausible the plot of WarGames seemed, and they warned that America's technology was at risk of being hacked (just not by a high school student).

When Reagan found out, he led the push for America's first federal laws against computer hacking, the Computer Fraud Abuse Act of 1984. Congressmen even aired a clip of the movie while debating on the bill, and called the movie "a realistic representation of the automatic dialing and access capabilities of the personal computer."

https://fictionmachine.com/2016/05/19/the-only-winning-move-wargames-1983/