Archive for the ‘quotes’ Category

Twain speaking about the “damned human race”

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

"There has never been a just one, never an honorable one - on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful - as usual - ...

Why I prefer working for small businesses

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

"...the purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline - a problem that largely goes away if you have the right people in the first place. Most companies build their bureaucratic rules to manage the small percentage of wrong people on the bus, which in turn ...

Keep the universe small.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

"Cutting the space budget really restores my faith in humanity. It eliminates dreams, goals, and ideals and lets us get straight to the business of hate, debauchery, and self-annihilation." -- Johnny Hart

Einstein on map making, and the connection of art and science.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

"One of the strongest motives that lead persons to art or science is a flight from the everyday life. With this negative motive goes a positive one. Man seeks to form for himself, in whatever manner is suitable for him, a simplified and lucid image of the world, and so ...

Programmer’s lament

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

"Since I’ve violated the Golden Rule of Helping Friends with their PC Problems and attempted to help a friend with his PC problem, expectedly wiping out his hard drive in vain, I had many opportunities to explain the Programmer Paradox: how can a programmer fail to make a computer do ...

Every letter is powerful

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A fun nugget from my new favorite blog, Futility Closet: Show this bold Prussian that praises slaughter, slaughter brings rout. Teach this slaughter-lover his fall nears. Grim, no? But remove the first letter of each word and the mood changes: How his old Russian hat raises laughter — laughter rings out! Each, his ...

I wonder if Charles’ dog is named “Phydeaux”

Friday, August 8th, 2008

If an S and an I and an O and a U With an X at the end spell Su; And an E and a Y and an E spell I, Pray what is a speller to do? Then, if also an S and an I and a G And an HED spell side, There's nothing ...