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The Tree of Talking

A tree shows how the writer compresses a lot of information into very little information. Exformation is generated. Exformation is the discarded information, everything we do not actually write but have in our heads when and before we write anything at all. Information is the measurable, demonstrable utterances we actually come out with. Little amount of information is transferred as text and is received unchanged. The reader associates outward and up the tree, obtaining all the associations needed to understand the text. [The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size (1999) by Tor Norretranders]

Some People

Vera was good-looking, not at all stupid, quick at learning, was well brought up, and had a pleasant voice; what she said was true and appropriate, yet, strange to say, everyone — the visitors and countess alike — turned to look at her as if wondering why she had said it, and they all felt awkward. [Leo Tolstoy (1869), War and Peace]

State Trooper

License, registration, I ain't got none But I got a clear conscience 'bout the things that I done Mister State Trooper, please don't stop me Maybe you got a kid, maybe you got a pretty wife The only thing that I got's been botherin' me my whole life Bruce Springsteen [1982]