May 11, 2007
The other day I managed to mildly impress some of FoSO's friends by having the words "stumblebum" (as in the phrase "haha, look at those stumblebums!") immediately at hand as three beleaguered Toronto players almost ran into each other while failing to catch a Red Sox foul ball in deep right. It was such the right word for the action.
So, hooray vocabulary!
Quote of the Moment
We live in a world in which people are beheaded, imprisoned, demoted, and censured simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. Tough shit. That's the price of admission to the marketplace of ideas. Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we're in one. When all the words in our public conversation are fair, good, and true, it's time to make a run for the fence.
--Daniel Gilbert. I saw this as collected in the book "What's Your Dangerous Idea?", which is based on the Edge.org forums. The funny thing is, by the time it made it to book form "Tough Shit" got bowdlerized to "Too bad".