Some R. A. Heinlein quotes

Some hand-picked quotes from Robert A. Heinlein. I’m in love with each one.

– Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn’t there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

– To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy — and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

– There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

– Don’t ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

– Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

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Some quotes from one of my favourite movies

Bacon: What’s that?
Samoan Joe’s Barman: It’s a cocktail. You asked for a cocktail.
Bacon: No. I asked you to give me a refreshing drink. I wasn’t expecting a fucking rainforest! You could fall in love with an orangutan in that!
Samoan Joe’s Barman: You want a pint, you go to the pub.
Bacon: I thought this was a pub!
Samoan Joe’s Barman: It’s a Samoan pub.

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Why is hand to hand combat not valued by the military?

There is a Russian joke about the subject, that for a soldier to apply the knowledge of unarmed combat on the battlefield:

  1. He needs to lose his unit.
  2. He needs to lose his firearm.
  3. He needs to lose his knife.
  4. He needs to lose his spade, his belt, his armour, his helmet, and everything else he could use as a makeshift weapon.
  5. He needs to find himself on a plain open area without any rock, wooden stick, metal shard or anything alike.
  6. He needs to meet there another useless idiot like himself.
  7. And only after all these conditions are met they can finally engage in a fair and square hand-to-hand.

Ironically, the joke was invented and is often told by Russian Special Forces, who actually do train pretty hard for melee.

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