Aphorist proves Twitter is the form's perfect 21st-century home


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#2

See also Karl Kraus, incendiary pamphleteer of fin-de-siecle Vienna, perhaps especially his collection of aphorisms called Half Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths…


#3

Mine are decent and I have a whole 14 followers. Guess it’s time to compose one about being under appreciated.


#4

Here’s one I overheard:

Time is the best filter.

The original context was a product demo of Splunk.


#5

What do we do with aphorisms that are clever and demonstrably false?


#6

Pay them more mind than we should.


#7

[quote=“boingboing, post:1, topic:51589”]What we call maturity is mostly fatigue.[/quote]Ooh. Surely someone must have stumbled upon something like that before?


#8

Looking at his feed (and following): while you have managed to cherry-pick some chestnuts, there is also an awful lot of chaff.
(triple-mixed metaphor ftw)


#9

Yeah. I think most “successful” aphorists have had their golden needles picked from many mountains of straw.

Unrelated – perhaps my fave from Oscar Wilde, and one of the few that I’ve liked and can actually remember:

Work is the refuge of people with nothing better to do.


#10

He has nothing to declare but his lack of genius?


#11

It’s sad that families today have to be torn apart by something as simple as wild dogs.

Wait. Sorry. That was my favorite Jack Handy-ism.


#12

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

My favorite Groucho Marxism.


#13

I won’t argue the elegancy of concision, but it only works for ideas that are already known. Here is a quote from Noam Chomsky :
“The beauty of [concision] is that you can only repeat conventional thoughts. If you repeat conventional thoughts, you require zero evidence, like saying Osama Bin Laden is a bad guy, no evidence is required. However, if you say something that is true, although not a conventional truth, like the United States attacked South Vietnam, people are going to rightfully want evidence, and a whole lot of it, as they should. The format of the shows do not allow this type of evidence which is one of the reasons concision is critical.”


#14

I can’t tell if it was said about data in Splunk or Splunk itself. :confounded:


#15

Would wearing a shirt that says “Art is not a crime. Wearing a shirt that says “art is not a crime” is a crime.” be a crime?


#16

IDK but its an enhanced interrogation technique just thinking about it :smile:


#17

The former, not that I was paying a whole lot of attention. But I wrote that one down.


#18

Another great book of aphorisms is Glimpse by George Murray: http://www.amazon.com/Glimpse-Selected-Aphorisms-George-Murray-ebook/dp/B004C04SHU


#19

I agree about George Murray. He’s probably better than I am. Karl Kraus, mentioned above, is also great, although none of the English translations are really adequate.


#20

Darius Kazemi’s attempt at making an aphorism-detector ended up making Marxist/Silicon-Valley jokes:

http://tinysubversions.com/notes/aphorism-detection/

https://twitter.com/hotteststartups


I would argue that a couple of his other bots nearly qualify, here:

https://twitter.com/received_wisdom

https://twitter.com/4myrealfriends

https://twitter.com/metaphorminute