-- "Instead of being intimate like a massage parlor, we should be able to expand infinitely, like a Borgesian library."

-- "Every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic."

-- "Monks, he says, should return to meditation, and tougher penalties should be meted out for mischief."

-- "But the latest achievement has been described as the single most meaningful step for fusion in recent years, and demonstrates NIF is well on its way towards the coveted target of ignition and self-sustaining fusion." (Though see here for a more measured take.)

-- “The worst opinions in my court have been unanimous. Because there’s nobody on the other side pointing out all the flaws.”

-- "Or, if you believe a website called “Real View Tours,” you can also pay $2,000 to live undercover as a homeless person in Seattle with a tour guide for three days."