Quotations About
technology

Lex: It’s a UNIX system! I know this!

Posted in: Jurassic Park

Mal: Ship like this, be with you till the day you die.
Zoe: That’s ’cause it’s a death trap.

Out of Gas
Posted in: Firefly

Whatever Zaphod’s qualities of mind might include – dash, bravado, conceit – he was mechanically inept and could easily blow the ship up with an extravagant gesture. Trillian had come to suspect that the main reason why he had had such a wild and successful life that he never really understood the significance of anything he did.

I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time.

Posted in: Steven Wright

Giles: Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower or a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is…it has no texture, no context. It’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible. It should be, um, smelly.

Joe: You can’t take something off the Internet. It’s like taking pee out of a swimming pool.

Posted in: NewsRadio

Kryten: Don’t you believe that God exists in all things? Aren’t you a Pantheist?
Lister: Yeah, I just don’t think it applies to kitchen utensils. I’m not a Fryingpantheist.

The Last Day (season 3, episode 6)
Posted in: Red Dwarf

Nothing. Not a single droplet formed. That would satisfy a doctor, that’s what they always did on television – if no mist formed on the mirror, there was no breath. Perhaps, he thought anxiously to himself, perhaps it was something to do with having heated wing mirrors. Didn’t this car have heated wing mirrors? Hadn’t the salesman gone on and on about heated this, electric that, and servo-assisted the other? Maybe they were digital wing mirrors. That was it. Digital, heated, servo-assisted, computer controlled, breath-resistant wing mirrors…

Dowager Countess: Good heavens, what am I sitting on?
Matthew: A swivel chair.
Dowager Countess: Another modern brainwave?
Matthew: Not very modern, they were invented by Thomas Jefferson.
Dowager Countess: Why does every day involve a fight with an American?
Matthew: I’ll fetch a different one.
Dowager Countess: No, no, no, no – I’m a good sailor.

Posted in: Downton Abbey

Bishop: I may be synthetic, but I’m not stupid.

Posted in: Aliens

The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.

Terre des Hommes (1939) (Wind, Sand and Stars)

Phil: I’m the cool dad. That’s my thing. I’m hip. I surf the Web. I text. LOL: laughing out loud. OMG: Oh my God. WTF: Why the face?

Pilot (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Modern Family

Dr Gaius Baltar: I’m going to call my lawyer. He’s the best in the business.
Caprica Six: That wouldn’t be necessary, because in a few hours, no one will be left to charge you with anything.
Baltar: What are you trying to say?
Caprica Six: Humanity’s children are returning home. Today.

Miniseries, Part 1

Starbuck: Why can’t we use the starboard launch tube?
Chief Tyrol: It’s a gift shop now.
Starbuck: Frak me.

Miniseries, Part 1

Never believe that technology alone will allow America to prevail as a superpower.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

Alex Dunphy: Could you L a little less OL?

When Good Kids Go Bad (season 3, episode 2)
Posted in: Modern Family

The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering (1975, 1995)
Posted in: Fred Brooks

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.

"Critical Eye" column, Yahoo! Internet Life, September 1998
Posted in: Roger Ebert

I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step. It works as a goad, because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers. The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day. I walk 10,000 steps a day. I have lost a lot of weight as a result.

"A Film Critic's Windy City Home' in The New York Times (13 February 2005)
Posted in: Roger Ebert