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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Alphabetised B to D of some sayings

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. - Thoreau

Beware of friends who are false and deceitful.

Beware of self-styled experts: an ex is a has-been, and a spurt is a drip under pressure.

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

Biology is the only science in which multiplication means the same thing as division.

Bipolar, adj.: Refers to someone who has homes in Nome, Alaska, and Buffalo, New York

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inhibit the earth.

Blore's Razor: Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

Bore, n.: A guy who wraps up a two-minute idea in a two-hour vocabulary. -- Walter Winchell

Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years. -- James Thurber

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. -- Kin Hubbard

Bradley's Bromide: If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.

Brady's First Law of Problem Solving: When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger have handled this?"

Brooke's Law: Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

Brooks' Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later

Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.

BULLWINKLE: "You just leave that to my pal. He's the brains of the outfit." GENERAL: "What does that make YOU?" BULLWINKLE: "What else? An executive..." -- Jay Ward

Bumper sticker: All the parts falling off this car are of the very finest British manufacture

Bureaucrat, n.: A person who cuts red tape sideways. -- J. McCabe

Bureaucrat, n.: A politician who has tenure.

Bureauocrat's Principle: Delay is the safest form of denial.

Burn's Hog Weighing Method: (1) Get a perfectly symmetrical plank and balance it across a sawhorse. (2) Put the hog on one end of the plank. (3) Pile rocks on the other end until the plank is again perfectly balanced. (4) Carefully guess the weight of the rocks. -- Robert Burns

But officer, I was only trying to gain enough speed so I could coast to the nearest gas station.

But the greatest Electrical Pioneer of them all was Thomas Edison, who was a brilliant inventor despite the fact that he had little formal education and lived in New Jersey. Edison's first major invention in 1877, was the phonograph, which could soon be found in thousands of American homes, where it basically sat until 1923, when the record was invented. But Edison's greatest achievement came in 1879, when he invented the electric company. Edison's design was a brilliant adaptation of the simple electrical circuit: the electric company sends electricity through a wire to a customer, then immediately gets the electricity back through another wire, then (this is the brilliant part) sends it right back to the customer again. This means that an electric company can sell a customer the same batch of electricity thousands of times a day and never get caught, since very few customers take the time to examine their electricity closely.

By definition, when you are investigating the unknown, you do not know what you will find or even when you have found it.

By doing just a little every day, you can gradually let the task completely overwhelm you.

By following the good, you learn to be good.

By the time (the Leaning Tower of Pisa) was 10% built, everyone knew it would be a total disaster. But the investment was so big they felt compelled to go on. Since its completion, it cost a fortune to maintain and is still in danger of collapsing. There are no plans to replace it, since it was never needed in the first place. I expect every installation has its own pet software which is analogous to the above. -- Ken Iverson

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.

California is a fine place to live -- if you happen to be an orange. -- Fred Allen

California is proud to be the home of the freeway. -- Ronald Reagan

Call on God, but row away from the rocks. -- Indian proverb

Canada Bill Jone's Motto: It's morally wrong to allow suckers to keep their money.

Canada Post doesn't really charge 32 cents for a stamp. It's 2 cents for postage and 30 cents for storage. -- Gerald Regan, Cabinet Minister, 12/31/83 Financial Post

Captain Penny's Law: You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you Can't Fool Mom.

Carelessly planned projects take three times longer to complete than expected; carefully planned projects only twice as long.

Caution: breathing may be hazardous to your health.

Celebrate Hannibal Day this year. Take an elephant to lunch.

Celestial navigation is based on the premise that the Earth is the center of the universe. The premise is wrong, but the navigation works. An incorrect model can be a useful tool. -- Kelvin Throop III

Celibacy is not hereditary.

Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Character Density, n.: The number of very weird people in the office.

Charity: a thing that begins at home and usually stays there.

Chicago law prohibits eating in a place that is on fire.

Chicago, n.: Where the dead still vote ... early and often!

Chicago Transit Authority Rider's Rule #36: Never ever ask the tough looking gentleman wearing El Rukn headgear where he got his "pyramid powered pizza warmer". -- Chicago Reader 3/27/81

Chicago Transit Authority Rider's Rule #84: The CTA has complimentary pop-up timers available on request for overheated passengers. When your timer pops up, the driver will cheerfully baste you. -- Chicago Reader 5/28/82

Children are natural mimic who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. -- G. K. Chesterton

Christian, n.: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

Churchill's Commentary on Man: Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

Cigarette, n.: A fire at one end, a fool at the other, and a bit of tobacco in between.

Clarke's law: The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Cleanliness is next to impossible.

Cleveland? Yes, I spent a week there one day.

Cloning is the sincerest form of flattery.

Coincidence, n.: You weren't paying attention to the other half of what was going on.

Cold, adj.: When the politicians walk around with their hands in their own pockets.

Committee Rules:
(1) Never arrive on time, or you will be stamped a beginner.
(2) Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.
(3) Be as vague as possible; this prevents irritating the others.
(4) When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.
(5) Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular -- it's what everyone is waiting for.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.

Commoner's second law of ecology: Nothing ever goes away.

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. -- Clive James

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. -- Josh Billings

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.

Confucius say too much. - Recent Chinese Proverb

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. -- H. L. Mencken

Conscious is when you are aware of something and conscience is when you wish you weren't.

Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich. -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]

Conservative, n.: One who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. -- Leo C. Rosten

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the soul of genius.

Conversation, n.: A vocal competition in which the one who is catching his breath is called the listener.

Corrupt, adj.: In politics, holding an office of trust or profit.

Corruption is not the #1 priority of the Police Commissioner. His job is to enforce the law and fight crime. -- P.B.A. President E. J. Kiernan

Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

Creditors have much better memories than debtors.

Crime does not pay ... as well as politics. -- A. E. Newman

Croll's Query: If tin whistles are made of tin, what are foghorns made of?

Dare to give true advice with all frankness. - Cicero

Democracy can learn some things from Communism: for example, when a Communist politician is through, he is through.

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. -- George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management. -- Senator Soaper

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. -- G. B. Shaw

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.

Democracy is based on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. -- Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. -- E. B. White

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. -- Oscar Wilde

Deprive a mirror of its silver and even the Czar won't see his face.

Did you hear that two rabbits escaped from the zoo and so far they have only recaptured 116 of them?

Did you know that clones never use mirrors? -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

Do not adjust your brain -- reality is out of adjustment.

Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out if it alive.

Do not try to solve all life's problems at once -- learn to dread each day as it comes. -- Donald Kaul

Don't abandon hope: your Tom Mix decoder ring arrives tomorrow.

Don't be humble ... you're not that great. -- Golda Meir

Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Don't get even -- get odd!

Don't get suckered in by the comments -- they can be terribly misleading. Debug only code. -- Dave Storer

Don't get yourself involved with persons or situations that can't bear inspection.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. -- Mark Twain

Don't knock President Fillmore. He kept us out of Vietnam.

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.

Don't let your mind wander -- it's too little to be let out alone.

Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow.

Don't take life too seriously -- you'll never get out if it alive.

Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where toget more wax!!"

Don't tell me what you dream'd last night--I've been reading Freud.

Don't tread on me.

Don't try to have it all, where would you put it?

Don't worry about avoiding temptation -- as you grow older, it starts avoiding you. -- The Old Farmer's Almanac

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. -- Charles Schultz

Don't worry if you're a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it.

Don't worry over what other people are thinking about you. They're too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them.

Don't you feel more like you do now than you did when you came in?

Don't you wish you were where you were when you were wishing you were here?

Do something unusual today. Pay a bill.

Do the things which you will be proud to remember when you are old.

Doubt is a not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one. - Voltaire

Do you have lysdexia?

"Do you think what we're doing is wrong?" "Of course it's wrong! It's illegal!" "I've never done anything illegal before." "I thought you said you were an accountant!"

Draw your salary before spending it.

Drive defensively. Buy a tank.

Ducharme's Precept: Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.

Due to a shortage of devoted followers, the production of great leaders has been discontinued.

Due to circumstances beyond your control, you are master of your fate and captain of your soul.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor. -- Edgar R. Fiedler

Encyclopedia Salesmen: Invite them all in. Nip out the back door. Phone the police and tell them your house is being burgled. -- Mike Harding, "The Armchair Anarchist's Almanac"

Entropy isn't what it used to be.

Epperson's law: When a man says it's a silly, childish game, it's probably something his wife can beat him at.

Ertz's Observation on Immortality: Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Everybody is somebody else's weirdo. -- Dykstra

Everybody ought to have a friend.

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. -- Frank Moore Colby

Everyone complains of his memory, no one of his judgment.

Everyone talks about apathy, but no one does anything about it.

Every successful person has had failures but repeated failure is no guarantee of eventual success.

Everything bows to success, even grammar.

Everything that grows changes

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Excellent day for putting Slinkies on an escalator.

Excellent time to become a missing person.

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard

Expense Accounts, n.: Corporate food stamps.

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other. -- Poor Richard's Almanac

Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward.

Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.

Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.

Fairy Tale, n.: A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.

Faith is the quality that enables you to eat blackberry jam on a picnic without looking to see whether the seeds move.

Families, when a child is born Want it to be intelligent. I, through intelligence, Having wrecked my whole life, Only hope the baby will prove Ignorant and stupid. Then he will crown a tranquil life By becoming a Cabinet Minister -- Su Tung-p'o

Famous last words:

Famous last words # 3: What happens if you touch these two wires tog--

Famous last words # 4: We won't need reservations.

Famous last words # 5: It's always sunny there this time of the year.

Famous last words # 7: They'd never (be stupid enough to) make him a manager.

Famous last words # 8: "Don't worry, I can handle it."

Famous last words # 9: "You and what army?"

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea ... -- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Feazel's Travel Rule: Don't go back. It isn't there anymore. Exception: Switzerland

Feel disillusioned? I've got some great new illusions ...

Feminists say 60 percent of the country's wealth is in the hands of women. They're letting men hold the other 40 percent because their handbags are full. -- Earl Wilson

Fertility is hereditary. If your parents didn't have any children, neither will you.

File: What your secretary does to her nails when the computer is doing all of the work

First law of bicycling (Dermott's Ditty): No matter which way you ride, it's uphill and against the wind.

First Law of Socio-Genetics: Celibacy is not hereditary.

FLASH! Intelligence of mankind decreasing. Details at ... uh, when the little hand is on the ....

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. -- Walt Kelly, "Putluck Pogo"

For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been!"

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.

For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say "Canada". Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something. -- Sandra Gotlieb, wife of the Canadian ambassador to the U.S.

For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off. -- Johnny Carson

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I have an m-audio mobile pre amp fed by the audiotechnica 2041sp condensor mic pack. Prior to 15/4/06, I'd used a Shure sm-58 that required a nuclear blast to register a sound or the internal mic of my aged imac, which has a penchance to recording my breathing. I also used a Griffin itrip, until the community convinced me it was not hiding my talent as well as the other mics.

I am a Writer and an occasional Math Teacher (Sir, what's the occasion?). I like to sing, having no instrumental talent (cannot even clap in time, and yes, I'm aware singing badly IS obnoxious). 

I have performed the finale to Les Miserables before an audience of 500. I have also sung before a similar audience (students, parents) renditions of 'I Will' (Beatles), 'Mr Cairo' (Jon Vangelis) and 'I am Australian' (Seekers). Now I seek another profession because the audience hates me ..

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