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"You have to budget the number of fuzzy rules you use to control a system. It turns out, you can state the optimality principle in three words: 'patch the bumps.'"
- Bart Kosko

Time Stream  
  The total sequence of events considered as a kind of flow.  

As far as I know, the first use of this phrase.

The slightest excess of effort might upset the balance at any point of the time stream, sending them backward into the past or forward into the future independently of my will.
From Time Stream, by John Taine.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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