From: South Park
Who said it?: Eric Cartman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Comedy Central animated show, South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show focuses on four kids, Kenny, Kyle, Stan and Eric Cartman, who live in the town of South Park. The show mainly makes fun of the absurdity of life as well as how absurd life can be.
The quote comes from the episode “You Have 0 Friends.” Kyle’s Facebook friends are un-friending him because he friended a kid name Kip Drodry. Cartman suggests dropping him so his friends will return. When Kyle disagrees with the plan, the two go on Chatroulette to try to make new friends online. However, they keep on being matched with people showing their penises. Kyle wants to quit but Cartman says they have to keep going before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: In a way, what Cartman said is true. You are going to meet a lot of people in the world (or on Facebook) but not everyone is going to be nice nor will you want to be their friend. However, this is the only way to make friends. You have to get out there and meet people.
Sure, you will meet terrible people but you will also meet some wonderful people you will want to be friends with.
From: Dragon Ball Z
Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime
Who said it?: Vegeta
The story behind the quote: The original Dragon Ball series was about a young Son Goku and his friends in search for the legendary Dragon Balls. Their search for these magical items is more than just a treasure hunt. The reason is, if all 9 Dragon Balls are gathered, they will summon Shen Lon, a mystical dragon that will be able to grant any wish, even reviving someone from the dead.
However, with Dragon Ball Z, that all changed. While the characters still searched for them, the Dragon Balls actually took a backseat to all of the fighting. Here, Son Goku is now an adult and his actual origins are explored more deeply. During the first story arc (the Saiyan Saga), it is explained that the reason why Goku is an extremely powerful fighter is because he is actually an alien from the planet Vegeta and he was actually supposed to conquer the planet (but bumped his head and forgot).
Now, the prince of Goku’s home planet, who also happens to be named Vegeta, goes to planet Earth and tries to rule over it. Goku steps in to defend the Earth. While Vegeta was originally unimpressed with Goku as his scouter, a device that measures fighting ability, shows that Goku isn’t that impressive.
However, that all changes when Goku powers up…
Geek wisdom: We can easily underestimate people. It’s easy to see someone who did not have any formal education and dismiss that person as a failure. We tend to forget that there are a lot of successful college dropouts, like Bill Gates and the guy who developed Facebook.
What a person can or cannot is something anyone can measure. Everyone has the potential to do great things so it’s a pretty dumb idea to count them out just because of the way they look.
From: The Social Network
Who said it?: Mark Zuckerberg
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the brilliant film, The Social Network. It is a dramatized version of the story of how Facebook came to be. While a lot of the actual events have been spiced up to make the story much, much, much more interesting, a lot of the story is based on some fact.
The quote comes from when a lawyer questioning Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and Zuckerberg casually commenting that it’s raining. The lawyer, apparently annoyed, asked Zuckerberg if he deserves his full attention. The soon-to-be billionaire turns to the lawyer and frankly tells the lawyer that he believes that he doesn’t deserve his full attention. Most of his energies are focused on making sure that Facebook continues to develop and create new and amazing things for the public to use.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, unimportant things will try to grab our attention to sidetrack us from a goal or a task. These unimportant things will try to do every thing in their power to avert our eyes from the prize. We shouldn’t let them do it.
When we put all of our blood, sweat and tears into something and it may feel impossible to actually accomplish it. At this point, we may actually want the distraction! However, if we do push through the hard times and devote the time to what we want, we can achieve it.
The thrill and feeling of achievement that comes from reaching a goal will definitely feel much better than the temporary relief that a distraction can provide.