Sunday, March 07, 2010


“If we really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.”
- J. Krishnamurti

“I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It's us.”
- Konrad Lorenz

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.”
- Alfred North Whitehead

Herbert Simon said, “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.”
- Clay Shirky

Quantity has a quality all its own
- Stalin

Technicians care about technique

The truth will set you free.
- The Book of John

But something of the shoddiness enters into the minds and hearts of men, when shortcuts are sought in matters of mental growth which are essentially processes of slow maturing. Education requires time. The only time wasted is that spent trying to save time. There should be no haste or crowding or cramming. Mastery of any subject requires years of familiarity with it. The formal training one receives in an institution is but the introduction. Most people never get beyond a mere bowing acquaintance with knowledge.

- Everett Dean Martin, The Meaning of a Liberal Education, 1926

when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create.

- _why

Re: computing

Alan Perlis, once said: “A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.”

“Every program eventually becomes rococo, and then rubble.”
– Alan Perlis

“Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.”
- Philip Greenspun

“…including Common Lisp”
- Robert Morris

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