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  1. Last 7 days
    1. “It is a curious thing, but the ideas of one generation become the instincts of the next,” D. H. Lawrence wrote.
    2. “If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education,” said Bryan, in whom populist democracy and fundamentalist Christianity were joined until they broke him apart at the Scopes “monkey trial” in 1925.
    3. Making money didn’t violate the spirit of equality, but an air of superior knowledge did, especially when it cloaked special privileges.
    4. In April 2000, Clinton hosted a celebration called the White House Conference on the New Economy. Earnest purpose mingled with self-congratulation; virtue and success high-fived—the distinctive atmosphere of Smart America. At one point Clinton informed the participants that Congress was about to pass a bill to establish permanent trade relations with China, which would make both countries more prosperous and China more free. “I believe the computer and the internet give us a chance to move more people out of poverty more quickly than at any time in all of human history,” he exulted.

      This is a solid example of the sort of rose colored glasses too many had for technology in the early 2000s.

      Was this instance just before the tech bubble collapsed too?

      What was the state of surveillance capitalism at this point?

    1. Reading and listening are thought of as receiving communication from someone who is actively engaged in giving or sending it. The mistake here is to suppose that re­ceiving communication is like receiving a blow or a legacy or a judgment from the court. On the contrary, the reader or listener is much more like the catcher in a game of baseball. Catching the ball is just as much an activity as pitching or hitting it. The pitcher or batter is the sender in the sense that his activity initiates the motion of the ball. The catcher or fielder is the receiver in the sense that his activity terminates it. Both are active, though the activities are different.

      Reading is a receptive active undertaking in the same way as a catcher receiving a pitch in baseball.

    2. One reader is better than another in proportion as he is capable of a greater range of activity in reading and exerts more effort. He is better if he demands more of himself and of the text before him.
  2. Jul 2021
    1. As Berry says, “We arespeaking where we stand, and we shall stand afterwards in thepresence of what we have said.”

      A great quote to be sure. Perhaps a definition of having a personal website for online communication?

    1. “Substack is longform media Twitter, for good and for ill,” wrote Ashley Feinberg in the first installment of her Substack.

      Definitely a hot take, but a truthful sounding one.

    1. “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” – STEVEN PRESSFIELD


    1. Francis Bacon advice to the reader: “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested…”


    2. “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature,” says Mortimer J. Adler


    1. Society can’t understand itself if it can’t be honest with itself, and it can’t be honest with itself if it can only live in the present moment.
    1. Robert H. Schuler once said, “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”


    2. “In many situations, we don’t need to make a perfect choice but just a good-enough choice,” says Gretchen Rubin, the author of “Better Than Before”.


    3. Brad Stulberg of Outside says, “…sustainable progress, in everything from diet to fitness to creativity, isn’t about being consistently great; it’s about being great at being consistent. It’s about being good enough over and over again.”


    4. Done will always be better than perfect. “A good plan today is better than a perfect one tomorrow.” General George Patton said.


    1. Productivity isn’t measured in hours. It’s measured in impact. Sometimes the smallest actions or ideas can have the greatest impact. It’s easy to optimize our days to put in the greatest amount of hours of work. But working 100 hours a week is wasted if it has no impact — Mark Manson


    1. “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ― Dom Helder Camara, Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings
    1. Ohne zu schreiben, kann man nicht denken; jedenfalls nicht in anspruchsvoller, anschlussfähiger Weise.

      You cannot think without writing; at least not in a sophisticated, connectable way. —Niklas Luhmann

      (Source of the original??)

      This is interesting, but is also ignorant of oral traditions which had means of addressing it.

    2. Dafür spricht das Credo des Literaten Walter Benjamin: Und heute schon ist das Buch, wie die aktuelle wissenschaftliche Produktionsweise lehrt, eine veraltete Vermittlung zwischen zwei verschiedenen Kartotheksystemen. Denn alles Wesentliche findet sich im Zettelkasten des Forschers, der's verfaßte, und der Gelehrte, der darin studiert, assimiliert es seiner eigenen Kartothek.

      The credo of the writer Walter Benjamin speaks for this:

      And today, as the current scientific method of production teaches, the book is an outdated mediation between two different card index systems. Because everything essential is to be found in the slip box of the researcher who wrote it, and the scholar who studies it assimilates it in his own card index.

      Here's an early instantiation of thoughts being put down into data which can be copied from one card to the next as a means of creation.

      A similar idea was held in the commonplace book tradition, in general, but this feels much more specific in the lead up to the idea of the Memex.

    1. Seeing how his system worked is enough to inspire anyone not to let thoughts go to waste, notes Carlin estate archivist Logan Heftel. “A good idea,” Heftel says Carlin learned early, “is not of any use if you can’t find it.”
  3. Jun 2021
    1. a good friend of mine says i don't answer questions i kind of respond to them

      I love this quote by Christopher R. Rogers referring to a friend (and himself).

      Sometimes this may be more interesting, especially when questions may not have "answers".

    1. Sometime in 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche bought a typewriter—a Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, to be precise. His vision was failing, and keeping his eyes focused on a page had become exhausting and painful, often bringing on crushing headaches. He had been forced to curtail his writing, and he feared that he would soon have to give it up. The typewriter rescued him, at least for a time. Once he had mastered touch-typing, he was able to write with his eyes closed, using only the tips of his fingers. Words could once again flow from his mind to the page. But the machine had a subtler effect on his work. One of Nietzsche’s friends, a composer, noticed a change in the style of his writing. His already terse prose had become even tighter, more telegraphic. “Perhaps you will through this instrument even take to a new idiom,” the friend wrote in a letter, noting that, in his own work, his “‘thoughts’ in music and language often depend on the quality of pen and paper.”“You are right,” Nietzsche replied, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts.” Under the sway of the machine, writes the German media scholar Friedrich A. Kittler , Nietzsche’s prose “changed from arguments to aphorisms, from thoughts to puns, from rhetoric to telegram style.”

      Saving the entire story for context, but primarily for this Marshall McLuhan-esque quote:

      “You are right,” Nietzsche replied, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts.”

      I want to know the source of the quote.

    1. We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us. —Winston Churchill

      Life imitates art. We shape our tools and thereafter they shape us. — John M. Culkin, “A Schoolman’s Guide to Marshall McLuhan” (The Saturday Review, March 1967) (Culkin was a friend and colleague of Marshall McLuhan)

  4. May 2021
    1. So the truth is that the influencer economy is just a garish accentuation of the economy writ large. As our culture continues to conflate the private and public realms—as the pandemic has transformed our homes into offices and our bedrooms into backdrops, as public institutions increasingly fall prey to the mandates of the market—we’ve become cheerfully indentured to the idea that our worth as individuals isn’t our personal integrity or sense of virtue, but our ability to advertise our relevance on the platforms of multinational tech corporations.
    2. A few years ago, our Republican governor proposed amending the Wisconsin state system’s mission statement to suggest that the university’s purpose wasn’t to “seek the truth” or “improve the human condition,” but was instead, according to the legislature, “to meet the state’s workforce needs.”
    1. Lezing: De eigen blik door Margo Neale Tijdens deze editie van Framer Framer mede georganiseerd door de Australische tijdschrift Artlink ter gelegenheid van de publicatie van de speciale uitgave Blak op blak, hield dr. Margo Neale, Senior Research Fellow van het National Museum of Australia, een inleiding over de historische positie van de Aboriginal kunstenaars in Australië. Deze lezing werd gehouden tijdens het programma De eigen blik / Blak op blak bij het ​​AAMU – Museum voor hedendaagse Aboriginal kunst in Utrecht, 30 mei 2010. Links Artlink Magazine AAMU - Museum voor Hedendaagse Aboriginal Kunst Netwerk Margo Neale Onderzoeker, adjunct-professor Magazine Hedendaagse Aboriginal kunst / Videoverslag: The view of Self / Blak on blak

      Quote from the video:

      here for the unaware, rather than the ignorant —Margo Neale

    1. As one of the authors recently pointed out [2], the cognitive demands on a person in a low-tech, paleolithic environment equal or exceed the cognitive loads placed on members of industrialized societies.

      I'll have to bump up Tyson Yunkaporta's work on my reading list, particularly the cited text:

      Yunkaporta T. Sand talk: how Indigenous thinking can save the world. Melbourne, Victoria: Text Publishing Company; 2019.

    2. students found both the training and the technique enjoyable, interesting, and more useful than rote memorization.

      Good news on all measures.

    1. “Sibi scribere: The reasonable author writes for no other posterity than his own, for his own old age, in order to take pleasure in himself even then,” Blumenberg quotes Nietzsche (here, 83).
    2. “He who hasn’t lost anything in his head can’t find anything in there either,” Lichtenberg joyfully declared (a few days after praising the word ‘nonsense’ over weightier notions such as ‘chaos’ or ‘eternity’).
    3. Filed on a card under the key word cogitare, Blumenberg quotes Kant: “Thinking is conversation with oneself… Listening inside.”
  5. Apr 2021
  6. Mar 2021
    1. "My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone's talent and not someone's personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart."
    2. "I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems."
  7. Feb 2021
    1. Trousers should shiver on the shoe but not break. —Arnold Bennett’s tailor

      A gentleman: superficially perhaps, a man who never looks as if he’d just had his hair cut.

      No gentleman can be without three copies of a book; one for show (and this he will probably keep at his country house), another for use, and a third at the service of his friends. —Richard Heber

      Some great examples from Geoffrey Madan's notebooks

    1. In "A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet" from 1721, Jonathan Swift remarked that a commonplace book is something that “a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that great wits have short memories”.
    1. Joyce was influenced by French novelist Gustave Flaubert, inventor of Madame Bovary. Flaubert is famous for his nuanced style and cool distance from characters, whose flaws play out without pity or remark. However Flaubert once broke this glacier demeanour by commenting abruptly in the midst of a story: “Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”
  8. Jan 2021
    1. “Reading is an honor and a gift,” he explains, “from a warrior or a historian who—a decade or a thousand decades ago—set aside time to write.” Yet many people spurn this gift and still consider themselves educated. “If you haven’t read hundreds of books,” Mattis says, “you’re functionally illiterate.”

      General James Mattis

    1. Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ — the boundary of the unknown.”
    2. “How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you?”
    1. “The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings,” pioneering educator Annemarie Roeper wrote in her meditation on how poorly we understand the self.
  9. Nov 2020
    1. “John Stuart Mill explains it very well. He said, ‘The source of everything respectable in man, either as an intellectual or as a moral being, is that his errors are corrigible.’

      This is a solid quote from mill

  10. Oct 2020
    1. I have a number of ideas about enriching my home site and getting more into the delights of the IndieWeb

      The IndieWeb quote of the week.

    1. Personal websites are a conversation. We've just forgotten that simple truth for, oh, about two decades. It's time to relearn some good habits.

      I love this idea.

    1. But as I thought more about what I wanted for my blog, and read more about the IndieWeb movement, I realized my idea of what a blog could be was incredibly limited.

      IndieWeb quote of the day!

    1. Tagging systems were “folksonomies:” chaotic, self-organizing categorization schemes that grew from the bottom up.

      There's something that just feels so wrong in this article about tagging and the blogosphere that has a pullquote meant to encourage one to Tweet the quote.

    1. Jeff Jarvis: "One doesn't measure comprehensiveness with a clock or a ruler. Longer is not deeper."

    1. It was George Steiner, the literary critic, who once suggested an intellectual was “quite simply, a human being who has a pencil in his or her hand when reading a book.”
    1. James Bronterre O’Brien, told the people:‘Knaves will tell you that it is because you have no property, you are unrepresented. I tell you on the contrary, it is because you are unrepresented that you have no property …’16

      great quote

    1. "There’s one great quote that’s attributed to Confucius: 'I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand,'" says Case. "I really believe in the potential of the interactive mediums."

      This is related to the broad idea of modality shifts in more modern educational contexts.

  11. Sep 2020
    1. There are in history what you could call ‘plastic hours,’” the philosopher Gershom Scholem once said. “Namely, crucial moments when it is possible to act. If you move then, something happens.”
  12. Jun 2020
    1. The web is an amazing tool in bringing us together. Yet some of the best and brightest minds of our generation are working on how to get more people to click on ads. Imagine what technology could be capable of if it focused all that energy on the problems in our communities instead.
    1. I n 1791, Quaker Moses Brown pointed to Black exhibits f rom his Providence school a s proof of “ their being Men capable of Every Improvement with ourselves where they [are] under the Same Advantages.”
  13. May 2020
    1. The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. Francis Bacon


    1. You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.
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  18. Jan 2019
    1. Thethrillofthinking,thepleasureofthought,comesinthismomentof“combining...twodistinctprospects”acrossthegreatexpanse,overcomingnothingnessinturn.



  19. Dec 2018
    1. Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the eco- nomic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them, is a spiritually moribund religion in need of new b100d
  20. Apr 2018
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    1. "I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love," said Darcy (Austen 81) There is some additional information I found I didn't learn from the annotation in the Broadview edition. This quote is an allusion to Shakespeare, the Broadview edition acknowledges what Mr. Darcy says is related to Duke Osino’s opening line. When I looked in the e-book, Jane Austen's Names, Doody explain the lines also reveal and foreshadows one of Mr. Darcy interest which is music, so this line foreshadow that Elizabeth plays music and Mr. Darcy shows this fact in Part II, Ch. XIII (Doody, Jane Austen’s Names, 292).

  22. Oct 2017
    1. “You got numbers on your phone of the dead that you can’t delete,” he yelps as the music notches up to a panic. “And you got life-affirming moments in your past that you can’t repeat.”
    2. a sly but genuine love of just how much music can shape a human being’s identity.
    1. It is a development that further proves the words of French philosopher Guy Debord, who wrote that, if pre-capitalism was about ‘being’, and capitalism about ‘having’, in late-capitalism what matters is only ‘appearing’—appearing rich, happy, thoughtful, cool and cosmopolitan. It’s hard to open Instagram without being struck by the accuracy of his diagnosis.
  23. Sep 2017
    1. Because of Charlotte’s disgraceful attitude toward marriage, “all the comfort of intimacy was over” for the two women (P, 174).

      Moe does an excellent job at providing pivotal quotes from the text to support her characterization of Elizabeth and Charlotte's vastly different opinions on marriage. For an introduction, Moe's explanation of their different views to ground her eventual argument is effective, as it draws the reader in, and establishes the validity of her eventual assertions.

  24. Aug 2017
    1. “The Draize eye test,

      Stringing quotes together as nuggets of argument. Asking quotes to speak for themselves. Better, more particular sources needed.

    1. GS Ngô Bảo Châu nói rằng, với cá nhân ông đó chính là cách tiếp cận vấn đề một cách tích cực. Khi đã có đích đến thì phải nhẫn nại đi đến đích với tính kỹ luật cao
    2. Phải thường xuyên tự đổi mới mình
    3. Để truyền lửa cho người khác, mình cần nói đúng suy nghĩ, tâm can của mình, sự thành thật của mình. Chỉ có sự thành thật của mình mới chinh phục được trái tim và khối óc của người khác

      Thật thâm thúy

  25. Apr 2017
    1. DOCTOR: Run like hell, because you always need to. Laugh at everything, because it's always funny. CLARA: No. Stop it. You're saying goodbye. Don't say goodbye! DOCTOR: Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends. CLARA: Stop it! Stop this. Stop it! DOCTOR: Never eat pears. They're too squishy and they always make your chin wet. That one's quite important. Write it down.

      Got teary on this on1..

  26. Dec 2016
  27. Nov 2016
    1. "Late in Gandhi's life a Western journalist asked, 'Mr. Gandhi, you've been working fifteen hours a day for fifty years. Don't you ever feel like taking a few weeks off and going for a vacation?' Gandhi laughed and said, 'Why? I am always on vacation.' Because he had no personal irons in the fire, no selfish concerns involved in his work, there was no conflict in his mind to drain his energy." — Eknath Easwaran in The Compassionate Universe

      a quote showing Gandhi's drive and passion for the freedom of India.

    1. We believe that it is the inalienable right of the Indian people, as of any other people, to have freedom and to enjoy the fruits of their toil and have the necessities of life, so that they may have full opportunities of growth. We believe also that if any government deprives a people of these rights and oppresses them the people have a further right to alter it or abolish it. The British government in India has not only deprived the Indian people of their freedom but has based itself on the exploitation of the masses, and has ruined India economically, politically, culturally and spiritually. We believe therefore, that India must sever the British connection and attain Purna Swaraj or complete sovereignty and self-rule.[12]

      Quote...Showing Gandhi's belief

  28. Sep 2016
    1. “There’s no malice in any of our approach, there’s no maliciousness, at all. We want to be one with them, we want to be their friends, but we also want to kill them. So it’s hard, it’s a fine line between murder and love.”
    2. I am not a punk. I don't understand Gorilla Biscuits or Youth of Today. The hardcore kids hate me. I am alone at night and I can barely breathe, the weight of so much anger and shame crushing my lungs.
  29. Aug 2016
    1. "When we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves, we become more powerful in our ability to create." Jack Delosa
  30. Jul 2016
    1. “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” ― W.B. Yeats

      “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” ― W.B. Yeats

    2. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” ― W.B. Yeats

      “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” ― W.B. Yeats

  31. Jun 2016
  32. Jan 2016
    1. Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it? Kanye West

      Quote by Kanye West

    1. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

      Quote from Mark Twain

    1. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it.

      From "So you want to be a writer" by Charles Bukowski

    1. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”

      Quote from James Cameron

    1. “Don’t worry about things. Don’t push. Just do your work and you’ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow.”

      Quote from Ray Bradbury

    1. I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

      Quote from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    1. "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

      From George S. Patton

  33. Jul 2015
    1. Linda Nguyen, Director of Civic Engagement for the Alliance for Children and Families, told us in a stakeholder interview, “I don’t know if there’s a lack of [sources for political information]. It’s more about who can you trust? Who are the trusted sources and how are we supporting those trusted sources?”
    2. Youth will need digital media literacy skills to critically engage with all the information (and misinformation) they can now find online, to seek out a range of perspectives, and to be thoughtful about the content they circulate and create.
    3. We see great value in connecting social media with the civics curriculum so that the attributes of digital interaction—spontaneity, access, and assertion of political voice—are guided by the deliberative principles of formal instruction.
    4. oung people do not automatically acquire the skills, knowledge, motivations, and values necessary to contribute to the republic; they must be educated and encouraged.
  34. Jun 2015
    1. Last year at Google I/O, Dugan showed us "a glimpse at a small band of pirates trying to do epic shit." This year, she’ll give us more than a glimpse: we’ll see several of those projects come to fruition and several more be announced. They include tech-infused fabrics, a new security paradigm for computers, and a computer small enough to fit inside a microSD card. ATAP is also premiering a 360-degree, live-action monster movie directed by Justin Lin called Help! shot with six Red EPIC Dragon cameras on a single rig.
    2. There’s a scale for how to think about science. On one end there’s an attempt to solve deep, fundamental questions of nature; on the other is rote uninteresting procedure. There’s also a scale for creating products. On one end you find ambitious, important breakthroughs; on the other small, iterative updates. Plot those two things next to each other and you get a simple chart with four sections. Important science but no immediate practical use? That’s pure basic research — think Niels Bohr and his investigations into the nature of the atom. Not much science but huge practical implications? That’s pure applied research — think Thomas Edison grinding through thousands of materials before he lit upon the tungsten filament for the lightbulb.
  35. May 2015
    1. When we trivialize learning something new for other people, it sends a message. “This is easy. You should know how to do this. Why don’t you?” It’s demoralizing. If you see someone else struggling, let them know it will be okay and that you’ve been there too. It’s reassuring, as a beginner, to hear that the thing that feels so impossible will one day feel easy.
    2. For me, the feeling went away after I realized, like the Director of Photography, that no one else knew what to do either. I also started to listen to conference talks on my way into work as a way of improving and read a few books in my spare time. I talked to my friends about how I felt and asked for advice.
    3. “But what if I don’t know anything and really am an impostor?”
    4. I think we find it uncomfortable to talk about feeling inadequate. It feels like it’s a problem that’s unique to us or to our situation. The general idea is well-documented and has been discussed before by countless others.
    1. It’s one thing to reject particular beliefs or doctrines, another to dismiss the psychological, mythological, and social power that inspires devotion.
    2. I think there’s nothing wrong with being fixated on superheroes when you are seven years old, but I think there’s a disease in not growing up. The enormous sums of money to be made on superhero movies are drying up the streams of financing as well as the prospect for distribution of lower-budget non-action films. They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and shit that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human. It’s a false, misleading conception, the superhero. Then, the way they apply violence to it, it’s absolutely right-wing. If you observe the mentality of most of those films, it’s really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don’t like them.
    3. Like all good caricatures, these interviews capture something of the truth, even if with exaggeration, and, as in all good interviews, the subjects speak freely, as if they were riffing unguardedly among friends.
    1. Dr. Lamport received a doctorate in mathematics from Brandeis University, with a dissertation on singularities in analytic partial differential equations. This, together with a complete lack of education in computer science, prepared him for a career as a computer scientist at Massachusetts Computer Associates, SRI, Digital, and Compaq. He claims that it is through no fault of his that of those four corporations, only the one that was supposed to be non-profit still exists. He joined Microsoft in 2001, but that company has not yet succumbed. Dr. Lamport's initial research in concurrent algorithms made him well-known as the author of LaTeX, a document formatting system for the ever-diminishing class of people who write formulas instead of drawing pictures. He is also known for writing A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable. which established him as an expert on distributed systems. His interest in Mediterranean history, including research on Byzantine generals and the mythical Greek island of Paxos, led to his receiving five honorary doctorates from European universities, and to the IEEE sending him to Italy to receive its 2004 Piore Award and to Quebec to receive its 2008 von Neumann medal. However, he has always returned to his home in California. This display of patriotism was rewarded with membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More recently, Dr. Lamport has been annoying computer scientists and engineers by urging them to understand an algorithm or system before implementing it, and scaring them by saying they should use mathematics. In an attempt to get him to talk about other things, the ACM gave him the 2013 Turing Award.

      Talk about badass introductions

    1. It helps toughen us, and it helps us understand the way the world actually is, which is to say, at times, really quite indifferent to our well-being. Maybe we grow up a little bit, or somehow become less attached to the material world. I like to think that maybe I grew a little that last time I was truly and terrifyingly lost in New Mexico, with no idea of which way to turn. At the very least, I gained a better appreciation for Jack London.
    2. It may be that the generations after us are, like sheltered children, less used to loss and therefore suffer even more from it than we do now. It is something of the paradox of technological progress that, in our efforts to become invulnerable, we usually gain new, unexpected vulnerabilities, leaving us in vaguely the same condition after all.
  36. Apr 2015
    1. Like anything that cultivates an association with magic, Crystal is less impressive once you know how it works.
    2. But surely there’s a point at which algorithmically informed communication curls back around, mobius-strip style, and we end up even more remote and unknowable to each other than we were when we started.
    1. Why sully a CV with papers from the ‘Journal of Failed Experiments’? Don’t we want our colleagues (and especially our competitors) to believe that we succeed at every undertaking?

      Same reason pharma hates the term: Failed drugs

    2. Time spent publishing small papers is time not spent developing big ones
    3. Thus, journal articles are research reports wrapped in literature reviews

      Another nice quote

    4. Scientific papers are not historical records of the scientific process; rather, they are ahistorical texts designed to maximize their chances of acceptance by the editors and reviewers of high-impact journals.

      Nice quote.

  37. Jan 2014
    1. Treat yourself as a writer and approach each commit as a chapter in a book. Writers don’t publish first drafts. Michael Crichton said, “Great books aren’t written– they’re rewritten.”
  38. Oct 2013