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April 18 2011

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December 23 2010

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That’s what I tell my PhD students: Don’t do any reading. Figure out why you wake up in the morning, what you’re passionate about, and then read the literature. But don’t figure out what’s interesting based on what other people say.
— Beau Lotto

October 20 2010

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Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own.
— Bertrand Russel

May 12 2010

graham
It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
— Pierre Beaumarchais

April 30 2010

graham
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty
is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a
career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the
natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation
as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it
gradually turns out to be alright really.

Douglas Adams
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April 15 2010

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A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the library.
— Westheimer's Discovery

March 29 2010

graham
What you have makes you happy. What you want makes you unhappy.

March 21 2010

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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein

March 19 2010

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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
— Bertrand Russell

March 04 2010

graham
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
— Oscar Wilde
Tags: wisdom
graham
What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.
— Confucius

February 24 2010

graham
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
— Edgar Watson Howe

February 22 2010

graham
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
— Konrad Lorenz

February 19 2010

graham
The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components of a computer system are those that aren't there.
— Gordon Bell, DEC Laboratories
Tags: technology
graham
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
— Brian Kernigan
Tags: programming
graham
Being old undermines the ultimate futility of existence in two ways: the old are a reminder of our own mortality; but they are also living on beyond the motivating forces that both drive and sustain us for most of our lives. Living beyond career and child care, beyond the promises of a future self that is better, and better off, than the present self, old people are stripped of the standard narratives of development and progression. The trajectory of life has flattened, and this can seem like preparation for the terminal drop; a period of treading water between the end of aspiration and the beggining of expiration. But human beings, however, invent their own meanings, and there is no reason why, as at any stage in life, there should not be new narratives beyond those dictated by biology or economic necessity.
— Raymond Tallis, "Hippocratic Oaths", p. 237
Tags: life
graham
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
— General Charles De Gaulle
Tags: wisdom life
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