Sometimes, a work of fiction can be so powerful, it can speak for you and help you to sum up your own life. Some works are so profound, they become emblematic. And even help speak for you, to the people you've left behind. So which work of fiction would you like someone to read from at your funeral (or wake)?
"I'm interested in man's march into the unknown, but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time. Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me." — Star Trek legend William Shatner in 2006 when offered the future opportunity to ride Virgin Galactic
I've been lost for an hour clicking next on the The Week's Bad Opinion Generator, a wonderful trove of feet in mouth. Such fun. It's like watching Twitter in action since the 19th century. Here are some of the best, starting with Hitler, of course.
As Albert Einstein once said, "Don't believe every quote you read on the internet, because I totally didn't say that."
Some movies have beautiful visuals, other movies have great action sequences or clever plots. But the movies we love the best are usually the ones with the most quotable lines of dialogue. What's the most quotable science fiction or fantasy movie ever made?
Nathan Yau over at FlowingData has turned 100 of the most memorable movie quotes ever into chart form — and they are absolutely fantastic.
Nathan Yau has turned the American Film Institute's 100 most memorable quotes from American cinema into chart form. Here they are, in all their wonderful geeky glory.
The New Yorker has a list of the top ten tech quotes of 2011. Instead of the usual boring quotes about how awesome a product is, they're insights into the dirty underbelly of the world of technology.
Some people look to religion or well-thought-out systems of ethics when choosing the rules to live their life by — and some people are more comfortable relating to pop culture. Science fiction and fantasy movies provide plenty of wise mentors, who tell the heroes exactly what they needed to know.
Want to know what CEO Stephen Elop thinks about the past, the present and the future of Nokia. Here are some memorable quotes from his D9 interview with Walt Mossberg.
Just because scientists don't generally major in English doesn't mean they can't turn a phrase. Especially when that phrase is mean-spirited. Take a look at ten verbal burns that scientists have issued over the years.
A good quote deserves to be remembered, and Quotebook is designed to do just that: it's a simple, elegant way to archive those scraps of language you know might be worth revisiting down the line.
That deal Spotify signed with Sony got you really excited, right? Well, another puzzle piece might be about to click into place; Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. just said that "we do see Spotify, and services like Spotify, as ever-more meaningful for our results." Meaningful enough to sign a contract, Mr. Bronfman…
Eric—it's been great. We're going to miss you as CEO of one of history's most important and influential companies. But we'll also miss you for the strange, creepy, absurd, and downright dumb things you've uttered. Below, our favorites:
In 1985, Playboy talked to an enthusiastic 29-year-old Steve Jobs. In that lengthy interview, the entirety of which has been recently reposted online, Jobs touches on many topics, including the allure of California in the 1960s. Namely: Dylan and LSD.
If you're dealing with a world where magic is real, you can just go nuts, right? Wrong, argues Shadowrise author Tad Williams. In fact, you should use magic sparingly, and keep your world as grounded as possible.
Space has long been considered humanity's final frontier. But for retired Air Force General Lester Lyles, it's just the final front. When it comes to observing the enemy, he explained recently, the farther out we are the better.