Archive for August, 2014

Crispin’s Razor

« 27 August 2014 | 5:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In any argument every time the word “clearly” is used apply the following definition. Clearly: (adverb) an incantation uttered in the hope that a reader or listener will not notice that, whilst the truth of the statement that follows it is essential to case being posited, there is in fact no evidence for the truth […]

Wanda Landowska (harpsichordist)

« 26 August 2014 | 15:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I never practice, I always play.


« 25 August 2014 | 20:59 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“Your adorable” she texted “No YOU’RE adorable” I texted back and now she thinks I like her and all I was doing was correcting her English.

Steve Jobs (in 1983)

« 24 August 2014 | 21:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

[Apple’s] strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes … and we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don’t have […]

Milton Friedman

« 23 August 2014 | 11:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.

H L Mencken

« 22 August 2014 | 19:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

Christian Bovee

« 21 August 2014 | 17:10 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Example has more followers than reason.

Einstein and Chaplin (possibly)

« 19 August 2014 | 20:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Einstein: What I most admire about your art, is your universality. You don’t say a word, yet the world understands you. Chaplin: It is true but your glory is even greater: The whole world admires you, even though they don’t understand a word of what you say.

Sterling Hayden

« 18 August 2014 | 20:10 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea — “cruising,” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who […]

Paul Krugman (in 1998)

« 17 August 2014 | 18:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law”–which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants–becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s […]

Francis Bacon

« 16 August 2014 | 23:09 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

C S Lewis

« 15 August 2014 | 19:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

Tim Harford

« 14 August 2014 | 16:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

As human freedoms go, the freedom to take your custom elsewhere is not a grand or noble one – but neither is it one that we should abandon without a fight.