Category Archives: Quotations

Words worth keeping.

Thought of the day

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

I forget this, sometimes. My only new year’s resolution for 2012 is to remember.

Quote of the day

“I refuse to walk away because it’s difficult. I refuse to close my heart because it hurts. And I refuse to give up until it’s over. I will remind myself of this as often as I need to.”

Holiday’s over. Time to get to work.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.”
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

thought of the day

“You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.”
(Leon Trotsky, who did after all win the revolution)

quote of the day

“The dispirited scientists of the LHC have announced that this will create a 24-month delay while tiny bits of hamster are cleaned out of the tunnels and anti-hamster-materialization fields are installed in the collider.”
(Eliezer Yudkowsky, reporting live)

engaging abstract of the week

“In summary, a zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly. While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often. As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.”
(Munz, Hudea, Imad and Smith, Mathematical Modelling of a Zombie Infection, Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress, chapter 4, pp 135-156, Nova Press 2009)

quote of the day

“But if we’ve learned anything from fantasy books, it is that any cabal of ancient wise men destroyed by their own hubris at the height of their glory must leave behind a single ridiculously powerful artifact, which in the right hands gains the power to dispel darkness and annihilate the forces of evil.”
(Yvain, introducing the concept of verifiability to this fallen, lesser age)

Dietzler’s Law

“…You can get 80% of what the customer wants in a remarkably short time. The next 10% of what they want is possible, but takes a lot of effort. The last 10% is flat out impossible because you can’t get “underneath” all the tooling and frameworks. And users want 100% of what they want…”
(Neal Ford, quoting Terry Dietzler)

rule of thumb of the week

“You know you have no social life when the only person you can tell your problems to is your sworn enemy.”
(Leigh Butler, on rereading The Fires of Heaven)