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    "It takes only a tiny group of engineers to create technology that can shape the entire future of human experience with incredible speed. Therefore, crucial arguments about the human relationship with technology should take place between developers and users before such direct manipulations are designed."

    —J. Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget (2010)

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    "All right, I'll make it easier for you. Go ahead and shoot. You'll be doing me a favor." - Casablanca

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    "If we can't imagine a possible world in which Nixon doesn't have a certain property, then it's a necessary condition of someone being Nixon." — Kripke, Naming and Necessity

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    "You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust." - Casablanca

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    "I thus could no longer write, as I once did, that 'Holmes does not exist, but in other states of affairs, he would have existed.'" —Kripke, Naming and Necessity

    I made a small mistake when glossing the modal operators box and diamond: they are duals of one and the other. The term "complement" isn't appropriate there. If you squint hard enough, the concepts are related, but I clearly meant to express that they are duals, in the way that union and intersection, or the universal and existential quantifier, are. I can't explain why I made that mistake — it's just a typo, really, but it's important to set that right.

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    Major Strasser: "You give him credit for too much cleverness. My impression was that he's just another blundering American."
    Captain Renault: "We mustn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918."

    (Not historically accurate, as it happens - US troops didn't reach Berlin at the end of World War I).

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    "Ringo: Garçon, coffee. (sotto voce) This place.
    Waitress: Garçon means 'boy.'"

    Pulp Fiction

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    "Major Strasser has been shot. (looks at Rick) Round up the usual suspects!"

    Casablanca

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    "'Ohhh, another precedent has been broken!!!"

    Casablanca.


    I do wonder what Renault's private collection of footwear looks like. Oh, dear, it must have put Carrie Bradshaw's to such shame, that poor dear,

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    Rick: "I congratulate you."
    Victor Laszlo: "What for?"
    Rick: "Your work."
    Laszlo: "I try."
    Rick: "We all try; you succeed!"

    Casablanca

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    "Sterling: And why wasn't that the first thing?
    Mallory: Because I said two other things first?"

    Archer, S10E03

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    "Melanie: Anyway, I keep that picture because of all the fucking time I was there: that's the only picture I've got of me in Japan. [points] And that's Japan.
    Lewis: Oh. Well, yeah, I can kind of...it looks. I can tell.
    Melanie: Wanna fuck?
    Lewis: Yeah."

    Jackie Brown

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    Rick: "Who are you really, and what were you before? What did you do and what did you think, huh?"
    Ilsa: "We said no questions."
    Rick: "...Here's looking at you, kid."

    Casablanca

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    "Jules: Mmmmmmm!!!! This is a tasty burger! Vincent! You ever had a Big Kahuna burger? [Vincent indicates "no"] Want a bite? They're real tasty.
    Vincent: Ain't hungry.
    Jules: Well, if you like burgers, give them a try sometime. Me, I can't usually get them because my girlfriend's a vegetarian. Which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. I do love the taste of a good burger. "

    Pulp Fiction

    Go on, I double dare you, the next time you get a burger at some restaurant or bar to say: "Mmmmmm! This is a tasty burger!" To the server or cook.

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    Berger: "We read five times that you were killed, in five different places."
    Laszlo: "As you can see, it was true every single time."

    Casablanca

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    "Laszlo: I'm sure you'll excuse me if I'm not gracious. But you see Major Strasser, I'm a Czechoslovakian.
    Strasser: You were a Czechoslovakian. Now you are a subject of the German Reich.
    Laszlo: I've never accepted that privilege and I'm now on French soil."

    CBlanca

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    "Laszlo: I'm sure you'll excuse me if I'm not gracious. But you see Major Strasser, I'm a Czechoslovakian.
    Strasser: You were a Czechoslovakian. Now you are a subject of the German Reich.
    Laszlo: I've never accepted that privilege and I'm now on French soil."

    CBlanca

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    Rick: [scoffs] "You understand how I feel. How long was it we had, honey?"
    Ilsa: [on the verge of tears] "I didn't count the days."
    Rick: "Well, I did. Every one of 'em. Mostly I remember the last one. The wow finish. A guy standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face because his insides have been kicked out."

    Casablanca

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    "Rick: Yes, that's very pretty. I heard a story once. As a matter of fact, I've heard a lot of stories in my time. They went along with the sound of a tinny piano, playing in the parlor downstairs. 'Mister, I met a man once when I was a kid,' they'd always begin. Well, I guess neither one of our stories is very funny."

    Cblanca

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    "Hunsecker: Son, I don't relish shooting mosquitoes with elephant guns. Suppose you just shuffle along and call it a day."

    The Sweet Smell of Success (BLancaster's best role, IMHO).

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    Captain Renault: "By the way, last night you evinced an interest in Señor Ugarte."
    Victor Laszlo: "Yes."
    Captain Renault: "I believe you have a message for him?"
    Victor Laszlo: "Nothing important, but may I speak to him now?"
    Major Heinrich Strasser: "You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided. Señor Ugarte is dead."
    Ilsa: "Oh."
    Captain Renault: "I am making out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape."

    Casablanca

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    "Julie Hagarty: Stop it: you're just nervous about tomorrow. You'll get the promotion, we'll move into the new house, and we'll be happy. OK?
    Albert Brooks: You should hear your voice: it just fills this room with excitement."

    Lost in America

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    "Might as well be frank, monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles."

    Casablanca

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    "I don't care what they're talking about. All I want is a nice fat recording."

    — Harry Caul in The Conversation

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    Annina: "Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault?"
    Rick: "Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so."

    Casablanca

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    "There's one way to talk to the man, and that's in his own language. If the man's language is his guns, you talk to him with a gun."

    Zabriskie Point

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    Captain Renault: "I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I like to think you killed a man. It's the romantic in me."
    Rick: "It was a combination of all three."

    Casablanca

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    "La la la la little star/How I wonder whar you are/Something, something, up so high/Kicking, screaming, burned alive!"

    — "Carol," in Archer S10E04

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    Captain Renault: "Oh no, Emil, please. A bottle of your best champagne, and put it on my bill."
    Emil: "Very well, sir."
    Victor Laszlo: "Captain, please...."
    Captain Renault: "Oh, please, monsieur. It is a little game we play. They put it on the bill, I tear up the bill. It is very convenient."

    Casablanca

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    "Elwood: Take away the very thing that was kept you going in there? I took the liberty of bullshitting you, okay?
    Jake: You lied to me.
    Elwood: It wasn't a lies [sic, source audio unclear], it was just...bullshit."

    The Blues Brothers

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    Ilsa: "A franc for your thoughts."
    Rick: "In America they'd bring only a penny, and, huh, I guess that's about all they're worth."
    Ilsa: "Well, I'm willing to be overcharged. Tell me."

    Casablanca

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    "unnamed character: Did you get my Cheez Whiz, boy?"

    The Blues Brothers

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    Rick: "If it's December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?"
    Sam: "What? My watch stopped."
    Rick: "I'd bet they're asleep in New York. I'd bet they're asleep all over America."

    Casablanca

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    " One Timex digital watch, broken. One unused prophylactic. One soiled."

    The Blues Brothers

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    "I stick my neck out for nobody!"

    Casablanca

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