Monthly Archives: September 2006

too much time out in the bundu

“Violence is the quest for identity. When identity disappears with technological innovation, violence is the natural recourse.”
(Marshall LcLuhan)

“You know what I think about violence. For me it is profoundly moral – more moral than compromises and transactions.”
(Benito Mussolini)

“We are all shot through with enough motives to make a massacre, any day of the week that we want to give them their head.”
(Jacob Bronowski)

qotd

“Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done”.
(Linus Torvalds)

qotd

“If we knew what the hell we were doing, it wouldn’t be research.”
(Wernher von Braun)

…why…

“Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.”
(Albert Einstein)

words from wizards

“Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess.”
(Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)

“Many who live deserve death. And some who die deserve life: can you give it to them, Frodo?”
(Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings, episode I)

“History is rarely made by reasonable men.”
(First Wizard Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind)

Zawinski’s Law

Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
(coined by Jamie Zawinski)

vocations

“A vocation is where the world’s hunger & your great gladness meet.”
(Frederick Buechner)

qotd

“I’m okay with intellegent buildings, I’m okay with non-sentient buildings. I have serious reservations about stupid buildings.”
(Dan Sheppard)

qotd

“The point of computing is insight, not numbers.”
(Richard Hamming)

call to arms of the day

“Be shunned, be hated, be ridiculed, be scared, be in doubt, but don’t be gagged. The time of trial is always.”
(John J. Chapman)

cliches of the day

“An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.”
(Robert Heinlein)

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

epigrams of the day

“Do what you think is interesting, do something that you think is fun and worthwhile, because otherwise you won’t do it well anyway.”
(Brian Kernighan)

“Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.”
(via Herbert Klaeren)

qotd

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without
integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
(Samuel Johnson)

qotd

First, they ignore you.
Then, they laugh at you.
Then, they fight you.
Then, you win.

(Ghandi)

qotd

“I want to believe.”
(Fox Mulder, The X-Files)

on teaching

“In order to learn you must unlearn.”
(Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back)

“Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.”
(Dorothy Sarnoff)

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”
(Winston Churchill)

“What we do not understand we do not possess.”
(Goethe)

cheesy pop culture quote of the day

Evil Guest Immortal: “I have you now, MacLeod.” <clang, clang>
Duncan MacLeod: “I admit it. You’re better than I am.” <clang, clang>
EGI: “Then why are you smiling?” <clang, clang>
MacLeod: “Because I know something you don’t know…” <clang, clang>
“…I am the star of this show.” <clang, slash, whap!, thud, cool fx>

(.sig of Michele Martin <martin@abacus.mc.duke.edu>)

qotd

“The only thing more expensive than hiring a professional is hiring an amateur.”
(Red Adair)

clarke’s third law

“Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
(Clarke‘s Third Law)

“Technology that is distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced.”
(Benford’s Corollary to Clarke’s Third Law)

“Sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.”
(Pratchett’s Corollary to Clarke’s Third Law)

“Any technology indistinguishable from magic is too mysterious to trust.”
(Peters’ Corollary to Clarke’s Third Law)

so it’s not just software development

Phillip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Phillip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Phillip Henslowe: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
(from the 1998 movie Shakespeare In Love)