The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
                               Bertrand Russel

Warning: Dates in the calendar are closer than they appear.

"The true interactive book is where the writing and the reading become increasingly indistinguishable." -- Greg Elin

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

One of the hardest things to understand is that nothing is hard once you understand it

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -- George Bernard Shaw

There is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of the term "intellectual property," because information isn't transferred between brains: it's copied. -- Charles Stross

Trying to make bits uncopyable is like trying to make water not wet. -- Bruce Schneier

If the Computer is a universal control system, let's give kids universes to control. -- Ted Nelson (1974)

Computers are useless; they can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

Education is typically the process of successively ruinning subjects for you, and the last subject to be ruined determines your profession -- Ted Nelson, Literary Machines 93.1

Place is not Dead; rather, its increased importance in the Internet Age represents one of the true paradoxes of our time. -- Thomas A. Horan (Comm. ACM, Vol. 44 No.3 pp. 58)

Buxtons 3 Laws of Cyberspace: Location, Location, Location

"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."

"Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature."

Now I realize that grown-ups are just kids with wrinkles. -Esther Dyson

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.

"...the current paradigm is so thoroughly established that the only way to change is to start over again." Dan Norman

Programming is debugging a blank sheet of paper. -- Gerald Sussman

An Interface is what gets in between you and what you want to do -- Carl Havermiste

"The old adage is "If you make a program such that even an idiot can use it, then only an idiot will use it."

Manche Menschen haebn einen Gesichtskreis vom Radius Null und nennen ihn ihren Standpunkt. -- David Hilbert

Niemand entgeht der Offenbarung des Indentischen, wenn er sich einbildet, dem Differenten begegnen zu kvnnen. -- Umberto Eco

Money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century. - Jean-Luc Picard

Having the source code is the difference between buying a house and renting an apartment -- Behlendorf.

The bearing of a child takes nine month, no matter how many woman are assigned. -- Frederick P. Brooks Jr., The Mythical Man Month.

"Der Vorteil der Klugheit besteht darin, dass man sich dumm stellen kann. Umgekehrt ist es schon schwieriger." -- Kurt Tucholsky

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Clarke

"Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software." -- Clarke

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says something is possible he's very possibly right, but if he says it's impossible he's very probably wrong. -- AC-Clark

The teaching of COBOL should be made a criminal offense. -- E. Dijkstra

It is doubtful if many major software functions will be developed in the next few years. Complex operating systems for machines such as the IBM System/360, Control Data 7600, and Univac 1110 have been designed to meet user's needs for quite a time to come. In other words the software designers have adequately specified all the major functions needed for applications forseeable in the immediate future. -- D. Spencer, "Computers in Society", 1974

The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants, instead of refering to pi as 3.141592262653589793 at every apperance, the variable PI can be give that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change. -- Fortran Manual For Xerox Computers.

Moeglicherwiese besitzen Propheten gar nicht die Gabe , in die Zukunft zu blicken, sie uebertreiben nur. -- Peter Haertling "Felix Guttmann"

"Wir muessen wissen; wir werden wissen" -- David Hilbert

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see were it keeps its brain. J.K.Rowling

Shipping software is an unnatural act -- David Stafford

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