Friday, May 22, 2015

The art of keynote

As to ...
As for ...
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Concerning ...
As a matter of fact, ...
Actually, ...
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As regards ...
Speaking of...,
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Regarding...,
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The trouble is ...
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It comes as no surprise that...
Small wonder that ...
It is not surprising that...
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It's self-evident that...
It stands to reason that...
To put it in a nutshell, ...
Moreover, ...
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In a word,...
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In short, ...
To make a long story short,...
Summing it up, ...
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It is important to note that ...
What counts here is ...
What matters here is ...
It is vital to note that ...
It's important to keep in mind that ...
It's important to remember that ...
An important point is that ...
What's worse, ...
It turned out / appeared that...
It is no great surprise that...
On the one hand, ..., on the other hand, ...
Luckily / Fortunately / Unfortunately,...
As good (bad) luck would have it, ...
To make matters still worse, ...
This plays a key / vital / prominent / important / major role in ...
This aspect is of fundamental / great / vital importance for ...
We have every reason to believe that ...
We can safely assume that ...
There is ample / abundant evidence that ...
This problem has to do with/ relates to/ is associated with/ is connected with ...
It's common knowledge that...
It's well known that ...
It has long been known that ...
So (as) far as is known, ...
To the best of our knowledge, ...
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Quiet Aunt Zelda

Quiet Aunt Zelda
Willie Skips Exams
Every Dog Cares
Run From Vicky To Get Betty
Young Harry Never Uses Joe’s Money
I'm King Comma
Oh Lloyd Stop
Please

Monday, April 20, 2015

Robert Sheckley - The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton

Crompton's response was formed by this insight. He said, "Thanks, Sue, I'd really love to do that some other time. But no I've got to get myself sorted out first."

"That's what all the Heavy Cases say," Sue said sadly. "Oh well. Here comes your Two-Hour Friend."

A tall thin black man was approaching. He had a cheerful face and a great head of wiry hair.

"My what?" Crompton asked.

"It is well known," Sue said, "that a Friend is just exactly what a person with heavy psychological difficulties arriving all shook up in a strange place most needs."

"I don't understand."

"So the Aion Foundation provides a Friend for each incoming guest. The job is on a volunteer basis, but only for two hours at a time since being friends with a person you have nothing in common with and care nothing about is difficult and taxing work."

"Hi," the black man said. "I'm Javi, I come from Fiji."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mark Twain - Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec'd.

And did young Stephen sicken,
And did young Stephen die?
And did the sad hearts thicken,
And did the mourners cry?

No; such was not the fate of
Young Stephen Dowling Bots;
Though sad hearts round him thickened,
'Twas not from sickness' shots.

No whooping-cough did rack his frame,
Nor measles drear, with spots;
Not these impaired the sacred name
Of Stephen Dowling Bots.

Despised love struck not with woe
That head of curly knots,
Nor stomach troubles laid him low,
Young Stephen Dowling Bots.

O no. Then list with tearful eye,
Whilst I his fate do tell.
His soul did from this cold world fly,
By falling down a well.

They got him out and emptied him;
Alas it was too late;
His spirit was gone for to sport aloft
In the realms of the good and great.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Robert Sheckley - Journey Of Joenes

At first light, the frenzied movements of the crowds began again, and people pushed and shoved each other in their haste to get somewhere and do something. Joenes wanted to learn the reason for all of this, so he picked a man out of the crowd and stopped him.

"Sir," Joenes said, "could you spare a moment of your valuable time and tell a stranger something about the great and purposeful vitality I see all around me?"

The man said, "Whattsamatter, you some kind of nut?" And he hurried off.

But the next man Joenes stopped gave the question careful thought, and said, "You call it vitality, huh?"

"So it appears," Joenes said, glancing at the restless crowds surging around them. "By the way, my name is Joenes."

"Mine's Watts," the man said, "as in Watts the matter?" In answer to your question, I'll tell you that what you see is not vitality. It's panic."

"But what are they in a panic about?" Joenes asked.

"To put it in a nutshell," Watts said, "they're afraid if they stop hurrying and pushing, somebody will find out they're dead. It's a very serious matter being found dead, because then they can fire you from your job, foreclose all your bills, raise your apartment rental, and carry you squirming to your grave."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fredric Brown - Pi In The Sky

Then having denied himself the supreme pleasure long enough, he turned his eyes up to the silent sky, and there it was. The four hundred and sixty-eight brightest stars, spelling out: USE SNIVELY’S SOAP.
For just a second did his satisfaction last. Then his face began to turn an apoplectic purple. "My heavens!" said Mr. Sniveley. "It’s spelled wrong!" His face grew more purple still, and then, as a tree falls, he fell backward through the window.
An ambulance rushed the fallen magnate to the nearest hospital, but he was pronounced dead — of apoplexy — upon entrance.
But misspelled or not, the eternal stars held their positions as of that midnight. The aberrant motion had stopped, and again the stars were fixed. Fixed to spell — SNIVELY’S SOAP.

There is one fact remaining which is painful to consider, since it casts a deep reflection upon the basic intelligence of the human race. It is proof, though, that the president’s executive order was justified, despite scientific protest.
That fact is as humiliating as it is enlightening. During the two months and eight days during which the Sniveler machine was in operation, sales of Sniveley Soap increased nine-hundred-twenty per cent.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Maurice Moss - IT crowd

Women, eh?
What are they? Who knows?
Can't live with them, can't find them... sometimes.
What's going on in their little heads?
Don't ask me, I'm not a flippin' women psychiatrist.
But I have learned one or two things from conversations with my mother.