“The Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck. It’s a series of tubes – An Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday.”

-Sen. Ted Stevens, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, explaining the reasons he voted against an amendment proposing “net neutrality.” (McClatchy Newspapers)


“Something is only worth what you put into it. It started as a hobby, but I realized I would have to put in more time if I was going to succeed.”

-Kyle MacDonald, the 26-year-old Canadian man who succeeded in trading one red paperclip online for increasingly more valuable items, finally landing a $50,000 house in Kipling, Saskatchewan. (The [London] Times)


“If your brain can do it, we can tap into it.”

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-Professor John P. Donoghue, of Brown University, after leading a successful experiment in which a paralyzed man, Matthew Nagle, who had a small sensor planted in his brain, was able to move a cursor, open e-mail, play Pong, move a robot arm somewhat, and open and close a prosthetic hand using only his thoughts. (New York Times)


“Hate language is usually the early-warning signal that could lead to hate-motivated violence. And before that happens, we try to nip it in the bud.”

-Provincetown, Mass., Town Manager Keith Bergman, confronting reports that local gays have been derisively calling straight people “breeders.” (Boston Globe)