Monthly Archives: November 2006

question of the day

“The meek shall inherit the earth, but having inherited the earth, shall they continue to be meek?”
(Abba Eban)

thought of the day

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
(Albert Einstein)


“Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.”
(Who would have peace, prepare for war.)

manifesto time

“The greatest innovations appear to come from those that are self-reliant. Individuals who go right to the edge and do something worth talking about. Not solo, of course, but as instigators of a team. In two words: don’t settle.”
(Seth Godin)

thought of the day

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”
(Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

three schools of magic

  1. State a tautology, then ring the changes on its corollaries. (Philosophy)
  2. Record many facts. Try to see a pattern. Then make a wrong guess at the next fact. (Science)
  3. Awareness that you live in an malevolent universe controlled
    by Murphy’s Law, sometimes offset by Brewster’s Factor. (Engineering)

(Robert Heinlein)


“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
(Albert Einstein)

elbert hubbard

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”


“People shape their buildings. Thereafter the buildings shape them.”
(Winston Churchill)

timing and placement

“Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”
(from the .sig of Malcolm Tredinnick )

“The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
(from the .sig of Sean Reifschneider )

thought of the day

“Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don’t necessarily understand, just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk.”
(Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider)

thought of the day

“Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing… after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”
(Winston Churchill)

thought of the day

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
(Maya Angelou)

Doctor Who

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make himAAARGH!”
(quoting a friend)

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is compatible with magic.”
(Seeing I)


“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
(Psalm 8:3-4)


“Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.”
(Rene Dubos)


“If your efforts are sometimes greeted with indifference, don’t lose heart. The sun puts on a wonderful show at daybreak, yet most of the people in the audience go on sleeping.”
(Ada Teixeira)

quotes of the day

“Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.”
(Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, 1471-1530)

“Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.”
(Arnold Edinborough)