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Great Literary Quote

Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand. My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom. I thought little of the future. I did […]

One of my all time Favourite Quotes

I don’t believe in painted roses or bleeding hearts While bullets rape the night of the merciful. — Bono

Thoughts… on plans

I’ve been having discussion regarding plans with some folks recently. It got me thinking and I’ve come to the conclusion that you should keep Eisenhower and Powell’s Axioms in mind, namely: Eisenhower’s Axiom: β€œIn preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Powell’s Axiom: “No battle plan survives […]

Darth Vader: Venture Capitalist

I’ve been through a number of start-ups and friends of mine are still toiling through theirs. And although I have rejoined their ranks as a CTO in a research-oriented startup I don’t miss the turmoil associated with trying to please investors, customers, and employees all before you have a product. Especially when it seems that […]

Quote of the month

The invention of writing formed the real beginning of civilization. As language distinguishes man from other animals, so writing distinguishes civilized man from the barbarian. — William F. Friedman

More Quotes

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. — Anonymous Now there’s a man with an open mind … you can feel the breeze from here! — ?Groucho Marx It is better to seem a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. — Anonymous If I have seen […]

Some of my Favourite Quotes

I’ve been collecting quotes for years. Some are pithy, some deep, some make you laugh but the ones I’ve kept have always made an impression on me. Here are some of my favourites. Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. Eisenhower Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things […]

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.

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 […]

Ph.D.s, Focus, and the Loss of the Infinite

I’ve been trying for a long while to put into words why I became disenchanted with the Ph.D. process, and why that was one reason — though not the overriding reason — why I terminated my pursuit of a doctorate. But today, sitting back and reading a bit of Thomas Aquinas I came to a […]

Lovely definition of procrastination

From The Chronicle Review comes a most lovely definition of procrastination. “If there is one conclusion to be drawn from the life of Leonardo, it is that procrastination reveals the things at which we are most gifted β€” the things we truly want to do. Procrastination is a calling away from something that we do […]

Great quotes

I tend to love reading history and occasionally I come across a great quote. I’ve been reading about the early US off-and-on of late, mostly due to a fantastic biography of Teddy Roosevelt, and came across this quote of John Adams’: In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man […]

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