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> > Why, I wonder, are one sentence quotations now so
> > popular?
> a. Because we are a sound-bite society now.
That's an "old" byte. What do we evolve into NEXT?
Where do we go from here? How flows the trend? Will the
"sound-nibble society" replace the "sound byte
society?" ---will we next inquire as to which 2 artists
have influenced art the most? Which 2 artists do we all
agree we need to address? (tis real! In computerese a
nibble represents a smaller portion than a byte.) a
new nibble--- Picasso said "Truth is the lie..." and
what more need we quote? The bytes have it!!!
> b. Because typing in the whole quote takes up
> some folks complain about it, especially those who
> digest form of mailing lists.
Because they don't have time for more than a byte. This
year my classes all run at least 5 minutes fewer for
rather the same reasons. I found college courses in the
90's similarly abreviated. So what do we do with all
this extra time? bureaucratic exercises? paperwork?
If we could just shorten things up a teensy bit more by
deleting all forms of the verb "to be" this scheme
might at least make our communication much clearer. I
would significantly shorten all of my own posts for
that little favor.
> c. We like one-liners.
Man walks into the barber shop.
The barber sits him down and drapes the cloth about him
gossiping all the time non-stop.
Sharpening up the blade he finally asks "So, how would
you like your hair cut today?"
Mesopotamian one-liner circa 4000 b.p.e. (B.C.)
We always have. We used to like other qualities as
well. Once we appear to have worked--met our survival
neets comfortably, only 2 days out of the week for the
As an engineer I learned that we have insufficient time
to do the assignment correctly but we always find the
time to turn out a substandard product and issue
similarly substandard updates and corrections until the
next generation design replaces the old flawed one.
Never buy the first release of a new generation
product! You will find it full of bugs.
I think I wrote this without using any form of "to be"
but in the interest of time I won't check it.
"A line is a dot" Klee
"there is no reason to paint" Haring
"Nothing is important" Haring
"Art lives" Gide
and above all---
"Art is the lie" Pablo Picasso
..offering a gadfly's provocation with a wink and a
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