Robin Sloan Quotes

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There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. -Robin Sloan
When every single piece of media you consume is time-stamped, does that mean it's actually you that's time shifted? -Robin Sloan
When every single piece of media you consume is time-shifted, does that mean it's actually you that's time-shifted? -Robin Sloan
Hadoop! I love the sound of it. Kat Potente, you and I will have a son, and we will name him Hadoop, and he will be a great warrior, a king! -Robin Sloan
The thinnest tendrils of dawn are creeping in from the east. People in New York are softly starting to tweet. -Robin Sloan
I always thought the key to immortality would be, like, tiny robots fixing things in your brain, ' she says. 'Not books. -Robin Sloan
Of course, of course. Drugs, music, a new age dawning ... and you came for an old book. -Robin Sloan
A fellowship of secret scholars spent five hundred years on this task. Now we're penciling it in for a Friday morning. -Robin Sloan
Neel cuts in: "Where'd you grow up?" "Palo Alto, " she says. From there to Stanford to Google: for a girl obsessed with the outer limits of human potential, Kat has stayed pretty close to home. Neel nods knowingly. "The suburban mind cannot comprehend the emergent complexity of a New York sidewalk." "I don't know about that, " Kat says, narrowing her eyes. "I'm pretty good with complexity." "See, I know what you're thinking, " Neel says, shaking his head. "You're thinking it's just an agent-based simulation, and everybody out here follows a pretty simple set of rules"- Kat is nodding-"and if you can figure out those rules, you can model it. You can simulate the street, then the neighborhood, then the whole city. Right?" "Exactly. I mean, sure, I don't know what the rules are yet, but I could experiment and figure them out, and then it would be trivial-" "Wrong, " Neel says, honking like a game-show buzzer. "You can't do it. Even if you know the rules- and by the way, there are no rules-but even if there were, you can't model it. You know why?" My best friend and my girlfriend are sparring over simulations. I can only sit back and listen. Kat frowns. "Why?" "You don't have enough memory." "Oh, come on-" "Nope. You could never hold it all in memory. No computer's big enough. Not even your what's-it-called-" "The Big Box." "That's the one. It's not big enough. This box-" Neel stretches out his hands, encompasses the sidewalk, the park, the streets beyond-"is bigger." The snaking crowd surges forward.

Robin Sloan
All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight. -Robin Sloan
Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines - it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits. -Robin Sloan
America pays defense contractors to build aircraft carriers. Google pays brilliant programmers to do whatever the hell they want. -Robin Sloan
People want things to be real. If you give them an excuse, they'll believe you. -Robin Sloan
A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time. -Robin Sloan
Let me give you some advice: make friends with a millionaire when he's a friendless sixth-grader. -Robin Sloan
I feel a little whirl of dislocation -- the trademark sensation of the world being more closely knit together than you expected -Robin Sloan
All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain site. -Robin Sloan
Our books still do not require batteries. But I am no fool. It is a slender advantage. -Robin Sloan
Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in. -Robin Sloan
I loved The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved The Chronicles of Prydain. Basically, 'Chronicles of' - I was in! -Robin Sloan
Good writing is really meaningful, and it's one of the - it's still one of the best tools we have to get and capture people's attention. -Robin Sloan
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