Monthly Archives: March 2007

saturday quote

“I once lived a day as though it would be my last.

People are still angry.”

(from the .sig of Eleanor Saitta on LinuxChix )

clearing out the quotation backlog

“Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, and think they grow immortal as they quote.”
(Edward Young, Love of Fame)

“If you’re feeling good, don’t worry. You’ll get over it.”
(Boling’s postulate)

“I know engineers. They love to change things.”
(Dr. McCoy)

“God is real unless declared integer.”
(anonymous comp.lang.functionaler)

“Knowledge Speaks, but Wisdom Listens”
(Oliver Wendall Holmes)

“Nearness to nature …. keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly felt and in touch with the unseen powers.”
(C.A. Eastman)

“Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.”
(Henrik Tikkanen)

“Programmers don’t die, they just GOSUB without RETURN.”
(from the .sig of Oleg Broytmann, <>)

“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”
(Mark Twain)

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
(Oscar Wilde)

“Finding a needle in a haystack is a lot easier if you burn down the haystack and scan the ashes with a metal detector.”
(from the Silicon Valley Tarot)

“Only wimps use tape backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it ;)
(Linus Torvalds)

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”
(John Cage)

“The cultivation of the pleasures of the senses was ever my principal aim in life. Knowing that I was personally calculated to please the fair sex, I always strove to make myself agreeable to it.”

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
(Stephen Roberts)

“I think a lot of the basis of the open source movement comes from procrastinating students.”
(Andrew Tridgell, on why the Samba project has such a large developer corps)

“Ruling a country is like cooking a small fish– you have to handle it with care.”
(Lao Tzu)

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.”
(Michelle Walker)

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.”
(Mother Theresa)

“The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences’ is: some do, some don’t.”
(Ernest Rutherford)

“Today’s robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as ‘go left’, ‘go right’, and ‘build car’.”
(John Sladek)

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”
(Maya Angelou)

“Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.”
(The Teeth of the Tiger, Tom Clancy)

“I see it said that leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture.”
(Winston Churchill)

“Go and use a library. If you don’t know what a library is, it’s sort
of like the Internet but with better pictures.”
(Struan Gray,

“Once is happenstance,
Twice is coincidence,
Three times is enemy action.”
(Auric Goldfinger)

“Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.”
(Russell Baker)

OS X is a Unix, alright

“UNIX IS user friendly, its just picky about who its friends are.”

I’ve put back on buffy instead of thomas. Now buffy’s decided its mysqld should not talk to dangerous strangers, such as the local Moodle instance. Sigh…

tuesday quote

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
(from the .sig of Betty Johnson <>)

quote of the weekend

“That one is easily explained away as massively intricate conspiracy, though.”
(Chris Klein, alt.sysadmin.recovery)

Meet Maia

Maia Elisabeth Yay Phillips was born on the third of March, 2007; at the time, she was 47 centimetres long and 3.5 kilograms heavy. It was three o’clock, dead in the middle of a lunar eclipse.

Maia Elisabeth Yay Phillips

I am informed I will be teaching her programming as soon as she is old enough. :)

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“Then, there was the curious incident in the night-time.”
“But Holmes, nothing happened in the night-time.”
“That, Watson, is the curious incident.”

(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles)


“Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.”


Want one of these. My aquarium is medium-sized but only has two medium-small goldfish in it.