Here is the last installment of quotes from Frank J Romano’s book Frank Talk, The Computer Did It 

“Buzzwords are fast food for thought.”

On the topic of “fake news” before the word was coined:

“What happens when artificial intelligence meets artificial reality? National Enquirer.”

The ice is melting in Antarctica. Years before we knew this, Romano wrote:

“Archaeologists have discovered that Antarctica, when viewed from above, has the notation ‘This continent intentionally left blank.’ God may be getting ready for an update.”

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“We do need artificial intelligence. There isn’t enough of the real thing.”

Does anything ever change?

“Vignette: As usual I was on an Amtrak train riding from New York to Boston recently and the guy next to me in the Club car had an IBM portable PC which he was clickety-clacking to death. The just when I thought I would get some quiet he whips out a cellular telephone and proceeds to call most of the population in Cleveland.”

I came across this book “Frank Talk, the Computer Did It” by Frank J Romano, as I was cleaning out my bookcase. It was published in 1992 but many of the quotes go back further. Romano used to write for Computer World and Type World. What amazed me, as I went through it, was how some of the topics are quite relevant for today!

So over the next few weeks, I’ll by posting them for you to read and have a good laugh, cry, or cringe:

“I am now at that age where Amtrak runs my train of thought, which is why I lose it so often.”

“A 4,000 year old Bronze Age man was found almost perfectly preserved in an Austrian glacier. He may be the ideal candidate for Director of the CIA, Supreme Court Justice, or Democratic Party presidential nominee.”

Quote of the Week

Posted: September 20, 2017 in Quotes
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Considering what has happened to our fellow Americans in the last 2 weeks here is a quote from a very famous American, Muhammed Ali:

“Service to others is the rent we pay for our room on this planet.”

I had posted this at the 1st anniversary of 9/11. Yeats definitely got it right for that year and for now!

The Second Coming – William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

“Why did I survive? I was a frail boy, didn’t be pushy…not strong…” Eli Weisanthal asked. His answer was that God needed someone to tell a story. That was his mission in life, why he was born, why he lived, to witness the horror and write about it and teach about it as a good educated man, with anger but also with a sense of justice. Of the thousands of voices who survived, his was the “tenor” for God. To sing the opera of evil, in words in 47 books, and to countless students through the ensuing decades.

So who is the “voice”, the story teller who witnessed and survived 9/11? Do we have a survivor who was there, trapped, went through it all, survived because God’s hand shielded him? And is this human being strong enough to walk, as Weisel did, to recount the story, to make sure we never forget?

Or has our world set up such a culture or society that an Eli Weisel survivor is not possible? Where are you, story teller for the damned of that day? Where are your words, your strength, your anger? How many people did Weisel help through his words to heal (if ever “healing” from such a wound were possible), how much evil did he hunt down to justice? Is there such a person walking our streets? Or were the WTC survivors all buried eventually in the dust of their own pain, voices muffled, not one cry to ever more be heard?

Quote of the Week

Posted: August 29, 2017 in Quotes
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“Why did I survive? I was a frail boy, didn’t be pushy…not strong…” Eli Weisanthal