Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Archive for May, 2010
Quote of the Day

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. — Rick Cook, The Wizardry Compiled

Quotes for the Day

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. If we knew what we were doing it wouldn’t be called research. — Albert Einstein.

What I Could Never Articulate

For years I’ve tried to articulate the notion of it’s not about the money but you have to pay people well and give them autonomy and failed. And today I came across the following video and it all made sense. To put it into Daniel Pink’s words: When it comes to motivation, there‚Äôs a gap […]

Quote of the Month

Charlie Munger on who to blame for the crisis we may be just exiting: The academic elites failed us with their utterly asinine ideas of risk control. It was grounded on the idea that all risk took Gaussian distributions, which is just totally wrong. Very high IQ people can be completely useless. And many of […]

Quotes from Alan Kay

I’ve been enjoying the 1997 OOPSLA Keynote by Alan Kay, The Computer Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet, and a few choice paraphrased quotes popped out of him. The main point of doing any programming work is that there must be some exquisite blend between beauty and practicality. There is no need to sacrifice either one of […]

15 Stupid Google Interview Questions

Well, the title from Business Insider is actually “15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid” but I like my title better. And to show you they’re stupid questions, here are my answers to these interview questions. 1. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus? Why would you care. You’d […]

May 2010
« Apr   Jul »