Category: quotation

Important Information of the Day: Necco Wafers

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Necco Wafers are a candy made by the United States-based New England Confectionery Company (Necco). Necco Wafers were first produced in 1847 and are considered by Necco to be its core product. Each roll of Necco Wafers contains eight flavors: lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), licorice (black), and chocolate (brown).

via Necco Wafers – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

An Open Letter to Stephen Colbert and Colbert Nation

This is fantastic.

As such, we now believe it is necessary for our department to address some of the more egregious “Truthiness” contained in your report, such as your assertion that America is “surrendering in the war on drugs” and that police in Seattle are “encouraging drug use.”

via An Open Letter to Stephen Colbert and Colbert Nation.

You can’t really get a sense of how fantastic it is unless you read the whole thing. So go do that now.

Excellent PR work by the Seattle PD.


I was one of the people mocking Neil deGrasse Tyson for his tweets regarding Gravity, so I was a little pleased at his list of 11 things the film got right (though I’d really like to be snarky about it and make a “thoughts on Neil deGrass Tyson counting to 100″ remark, I’ll attempt to be adult about it and simply quote his praise:

I came to regret not first tweeting the hundred things the movie got right: 1) the 90 minute orbital time for objects at that altitude; 2) the re-entry trails of disintegrated satellites, hauntingly reminiscent of the Columbia Shuttle tragedy; 3) Clooney’s calm-under-stress character (I know dozens of astronauts like that); 4) the stunning images from orbit transitioning from day to twilight to nighttime; 5) the Aurorae (northern lights) visible in the distance over the polar regions; 6) the thinness of Earth’s atmosphere relative to Earth’s size; 7) the persistent conservation of angular and linear momentum; 8) the starry sky, though a bit trumped up, captured the range and balance of an actual night sky; 9) the speed of oncoming debris, if in fact it were to collide at orbital velocity; 10) the transition from silence to sound between an unpressurized and a pressurized airlock; … and 100) the brilliantly portrayed tears of Bullock, leaving her eyes, drifting afloat in the capsule.

On the Critique of Science in Film.

I’m glad he did this, but I’m still annoyed by the absence of forethought that went into his initial, highly critical tweets.

Links: On the Critique of Science in Film | @neiltyson.

Like (though I would never wear one)

I was interested in creating a tool for privacy protection that wouldn’t require much time to think in the morning, an accessory that would seamlessly fit in your existing everyday. No adaption period needed.

via Weird T-Shirts Designed To Confuse Facebook's Auto-Tagging | Wired Design |

I really wish Sony would have gotten this right because frankly it looks utterly cool.

…taking pictures, editing pictures, and even getting the whole machine up and running is so complicated and time-consuming that I have trouble imagining most people will go through the process more than a few times.

via A camera for your cameraphone: Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 review | The Verge

Maybe next time?

I’m Telling You to Read this and You Should Freaking Read it

What happened was this: At about 9:00 am, my husband, who happened to be home yesterday, was sitting in the living room with our two dogs when he heard a couple of cars pull up outside. He looked out the window and saw three black SUVs in front of our house; two at the curb in front and one pulled up behind my husband’s Jeep in the driveway, as if to block him from leaving.

via pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!

If I Were a Dog by Richard Shelton

Today this is breaking me into tiny little pieces. But I don’t want to hear it in Garrison Keillor’s voice, so I’m reading it over and over in my head, using my dog’s voice, over and over, and it is breaking me apart.


each time I put the stick at her feet
I would say this is my heart
and she would say I will make it fly
but you must bring it back to me
I would always bring it back to her
and to no other if I were a dog

via If I Were a Dog by Richard Shelton | The Writer’s Almanac. Also: The Last Person to Hear Your Voice (Pitt Poetry Series)

Roger Ebert — We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Should this young man — whose nature was apparently so obvious to his mother that, when a ABC News reporter called, she said “You have the right person” — have been able to buy guns, ammunition and explosives? The gun lobby will say yes. And the endless gun control debate will begin again, and the lobbyists of the National Rifle Association will go to work, and the op-ed thinkers will have their usual thoughts, and the right wing will issue alarms, and nothing will change. And there will be another mass murder.

That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection.

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Let’s not keep making the same mistakes over and over. Is that possible? Can we make our country a place where it’s safe to go see a damn movie?

Hitched: On The Fairy Tale Ending That Katie Holmes Will Not Have

I’m as sick of the Tom-Kat divorce news as the next guy, but this:

[W]e need to believe people when they say they are in bad situations. We need to stop victim-blaming and listen; abusive relationships don’t always leave bruises where we can see them. I’m not saying Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ relationship was abusive — I sure as hell don’t know — but I do think there’s a tendency to tell married people, especially women, to try and “work it out” for the sake of whatever — the institution of marriage? The kids? I know a lot of kids of divorced parents and I don’t know many of them who would say that they wish their parents had stayed together in an acrimonious relationship for just a little longer.

Hitched: On The Fairy Tale Ending That Katie Holmes Will Not Have