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May 16, 2006

Laziness, Impatience and Hubris are the three virtues of a programmer

The three virtues of programming are laziness, impatience and hubris. --- Larry Wall

April 11, 2006

the purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work

"the purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work" --Ray Kurzweil, "the age of intelligent machines"

March 22, 2006

"...you build a thing of beauty and..."

"But isn't this what always happens? You build a thing of beauty and in time the peasants storm the castle wall, hooting and chanting because they've decided you're a heretic. Which is true, of course."

---Vic Sussman

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March 21, 2006

"it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car"

"Had a Pharaoh been given detailed and explicit designs of an automobile, and had he understood them completely, it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car, and that car would have broken down on the first trip to Giza.

"Machines with interchangeable parts can now be constructed with great economy of effort... the thermionic tube of radio sets, is made by the hundred million, tossed about in packages, plugged into sockets - and it works! Its gossamer parts, the precise location and alignment involved in its construction, would have occupied a master craftsman of the guild for months; now it is built for thirty cents."

--Vannevar Bush, 1945

March 19, 2006

"the alleys are the footnotes of the avenues" --David Berman