Monday, December 25, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
--- Composer Herbert Brün, personal communication to composer Bret Battey, reported by Battey in http://deepfreeze9.blogspot.com/2006/12/testing-theories-of-architectural.html, December 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
--- Ryan Sager in “The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party,” quoted in The neglected swing voters , The Economist, Oct 19th 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
--- Poet William Stafford, quoted by Roy Peter Clark in "Writing Tool #33: Rehearsal"
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
--- Shelly Turkle, sociologist, in New Scientist interview, Living online: I'll have to ask my friends, 16 Sep 2006, issue #2569
Monday, October 23, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
--- Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, cited by The Economist in the Charlemagne column, 23 Sep 2006, p. 64
The Economist continues: "For fear of losing, politicians steer clear of telling voters harsh truths. For fear of being found out, they steer clear of outright lies. Many governments end up winning by avoiding hard choices and muddling through until a crisis becomes so imminent that tough measures are unavoidable."
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
--- Gilles Deleuze (1991:15), Bergsonism, trans. H.Tomlinson and B.Habberjam, New York, Zone Books, quoted by Elie During in "'A History of Problems' : Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol.35, n°1, January 2004, http://ciepfc.rhapsodyk.net/article.php3?id_article=65
As Deleuze reportedly goes on : 'While it is relatively easy to define the true and the false in relation to solutions whose problems have already been stated, it seems much more difficult to say in what the true and the false consist when applied to the process of stating problems.' (ibid., 16).
--- Henri Bergson 'L'Intuition philosophique,' in La Pensée et le Mouvant, Paris, PUF, 1934:51, quoted by Elie During in "'A History of Problems' : Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol.35, n°1, January 2004, http://ciepfc.rhapsodyk.net/article.php3?id_article=65
--- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, trans. Walter Kaufmann (1887; New York: Vintage, 1974) p. 298, quoted in Seeing Red, Nicholas Humphrey (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006) p. 104
More Nietzsche in the same vein from Seeing Red, same page:
"To understand another person, that is to imitate his feelings in ourselves, we . . . produce the feeling in ourelves by imitating with our own body the expression of his eyes, his voice, his walk, his bearing. Then a similar feeling arises in us in consequence of an ancient association between movement and sensation. We have brought our skill in understanding the feelings of others to a high state of perfection and in the presencec of another person we are always almost involuntarily practicing this skill."
Friedrich Nietzshe, "Daybreak," in A Nietzsche Reader, ed. and trans. R. J. Hollingdale (1881; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977), p. 156
Monday, August 14, 2006
--- UCSF neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, quoted in "Femme mentale: San Francisco neuropsychiatrist says differences between women's and men's brains are very real, and the sooner we all understand it, the better," San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
--- John Wanamaker, a devoutly Christian merchant from Philadelphia, who in the 1870s not only invented department stores and price tags, but also became the first modern advertiser when he bought space in newspapers to promote his stores. Source: "Internet advertising: The ultimate marketing machine," The Economist print edition, Jul 6th 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
--- T S Eliot, from The Rock, see http://www.westminster.edu/staff/brennie/wisdoms/eliot1.htm, ref from Jonathan Aronson
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
--- Poet Philip Larkin. From Philip Motion's biography, cited in David Yezzi, "A Journey From Irony to Mystery," Wall Street Journal 24 June 2006
In context from the WSJ, and another good quote:
In his biography of Larkin, Andrew Motion, England's current poet laureate,
quotes Larkin's stock reply to people curious about his faith: "I'm an agnostic
I suppose," he would say, "but an Anglican agnostic, of course."
Larkin did keep a Bible on a huge lectern in his bedroom, which he pored over when shaving. Having read it cover to cover, he pronounced it "absolute balls. Beautiful, of course. But balls."
Thursday, July 13, 2006
[A few pages later:]
"Just as," said Dr. Pellkins, in a fine passage, "... just as when we see a pig in a litter larger than the other pigs, we know that by an unalterable law of the Inscrutable it will some day be larger than an elephant, just as we know, when we see weeds and dandelions growing more and more thickly in a garden, that they must, in spite of all our efforts, grow taller than the chimney-pots and swallow the house from sight, so we know and reverently acknowledge, that when any power in human politics has shown for any period of time any considerable activity, it will go on until it reaches to the sky."
--- G.K. Chesterton: The Napoleon of Notting Hill, 1904. Thanks to S.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
--- Tom McInerney, co-founder of "legit" file-sharing site Guba.com, quoted in "What'll it be, matey? The hangman's rope or service to the queen?", Good Morning Silicon Valley, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
--- Tom Curley, President and CEO, Associated Press, remarks at the Online News Association Conference, Nov. 12, 2004, cited by Jay Rosen, Web Users Open the Gates, special to washingtonpost.com, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
--- Todd Bucholtz in "New ideas from dead economists", 1989, p 236
--- Lord Byron, cited by Todd Bucholtz in "New ideas from dead economists", 1989, p 106
More info, from http://www.online-literature.com:
I stoodChilde Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto iii. Stanza 113.
Among them, but not of them; in a shroud
Of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
A man is not old when his hair turns grey
A man is not old when his teeth decay
But a man is ready for his last long sleep
When his mind makes appointments, his body can't keep.
I burn my candle at both ends
It scarce can last the night
But oh my foes and oh my friends
It makes a lovely light.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
--- Steve Elrod, VP Scientific Affairs, TAP Pharmaceutical Products, a virtual drug company, quoted in feature on Drug Discovery in New Scientist, 6 Aug 2005, p. 57
The company outsources al preclinical bench-level work - including the discovery of new molecules. Elrod's also quoted as saying, "We have the competency, but not the capacity."
Sunday, April 16, 2006
--- science writer Fred Hapgood, in a mail exchange with Edward Castronova, cited by Castronova in Synthetic Worlds: The business and culture of online games (2005) p. 279
--- Edward Castronova, Synthetic Worlds: The business and culture of online games
(2005) p. 274
Monday, April 03, 2006
--- Peter Drucker, in Brent Schlender, 'Peter Drucker Takes the Long View: An Interview', Fortune, Sep 28 1998, cited in Carlota Perez, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital p. 124
Sunday, April 02, 2006
--- Cory Doctorow, Microsoft Research DRM talk, June 17, 2004
Saturday, April 01, 2006
--- Paul Graham, March 2006, Are software patents evil?, an essay is derived from a talk at Google
Another one from this story: "Things always seem intangible when you don't understand them."
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
--- Carl Woese, A new biology for a new century (Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, vol 68, p 173), quoted by Freeman Dyson in Make me a hipporoo, new Scientist, 11 February 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
--- Winslow T. Wheeler of the Center for Defense Information, quoted in The Pentagon's Broken Book-keeping, Defense Industry Daily, 28 Feb 2006.
From the DID piece:
For instance, the DoD has about 5.2 million inventory items, compared with 11,000 at Wal-Mart or 50,000 at Home Depot stores. Now multiply that by the fact that the same item may have several different order codes in different DoD departments, which do not use the same format. The DoD also has $1.3 trillion in assets (Wal-Mart: $120 billion) and $1.9 trillion in liabilities (Wal-Mart: $20 billion).
Which means their problems may continue for some time. To add to the difficulties involved, the Pentagon only began putting income statements together in the 1990s; before that, it had never needed to put a value on anything. Some believe that overhang will cripple any "clean audit efforts," which stood at 16% of assets and 49% of its liabilities as of June 2005.
... The Raleigh-Durham News & Observer reports that the US Defense Department now hopes to settle the balance sheet on 47% of assets and 49% of liabilities by 2007.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
--- Lee Gomes, Our Columnist Creates Web 'Original Content' But Is in for a Surprise, Wall Street Journal, 1 Mar 2006
Quote in context:
My beef, actually, is with the search engines and the economics of the modern Web. Google, for example, says its mission is 'to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.' The way that's written, one thinks perhaps of a satellite orbiting high above the earth, capturing all its information but interfering with nothing. In fact, search engines are more like a TV camera crew let loose in the middle of a crowd of rowdy fans after a game. Seeing the camera, everyone acts boorishly and jostles to get in front. The act of observing something changes it. Which is what search engines are causing to happen to much of the world's 'information.' Legitimate information ... risks being crowded out by junky, spammy imitations. Nothing very useful about that.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
--- Matt Corwine, writer, PR consultant, music critic, record producer, Web designer, DJ and lecturer; comments over coffee at Avante in Capitol Hill, 23 Feb 2006
Some more nuggets from the same meeting:
[I’m] selling things that can’t be digitized
Smart people treat recordings as a marketing expense
The past one hundred years is sort of a blip as far as [the structure of the] music [industry] is concerned
Dan Gillmor failed with Bayosphere because he was more interested in changing the news business than doing the news
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
--- Russ Rymer, cited by Fauconnier and Turner, Ch. 17, The Way We Think (2002); according to wikipedia, published in Annals of Science in "The New Yorker", 13th April 1992
Saturday, January 28, 2006
--- Leonard Susskind, physicist
Source: Because we're here, Interview with Leonard Susskind, New Scientist 17 Dec 2005. Quote in context:
Q. Steven Weinberg recently said that this is one of the great sea changes in fundamental science since Einstein, that it changes the nature of science itself. Is it such a radical change?
A. In a way it is very radical but in another way it isn't. The great ambition of physicists like myself was to explain why the laws of nature are just what they are. Why is the proton just about 1800 times heavier than the electron? Why do neutrinos exist? The great hope was that some deep mathematical principle would determine all the constants of nature, like Newton's constant. But it seems increasingly likely that the constants of nature are more like the temperature of the Earth - properties of our local environment that vary from place to place. Like the temperature, many of the constants have to be just so if intelligent life is to exist. So we live where life is possible.
For some physicists this idea is an incredible disappointment. Personally, I don't see it that way. I find it exciting to think that the universe may be much bigger, richer and full of variety than we ever expected. And it doesn't seem so incredibly philosophically radical to think that some things may be environmental.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
--- The late physicist Asher Peres
cited by Mark Buchanan in "Discovering the true nature of reality", New Scientist, 18 Jun 2005, p 34