“…Google conquered the advertising world with nothing more than applied mathematics. It didn’t pretend to know anything about the culture and conventions of advertising; it just assumed that better data, with better analytical tools, would win the day. And Google was right.”

Chris Anderson

Wired Magazine June 2008


Thomas S Kuhn (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions): Kuhn quotes Max Planck’s observation (p. 151) that sometimes “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”


“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one. Not even an animal. Wrap it carefully with hobbies and luxuries, avoid all entanglements and keep it safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in the casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable”.

C.S Lewis The Four Loves


Fourteen Things That It Took Me Over 50 Years To Learn—by Dave Barry

   1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

   2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”

   3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

   4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

   5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

   6. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

   7. Never lick a steak knife.

   8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

   9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

  10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

  11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

  12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.

  13. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

  14. Your friends love you anyway.

Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.


Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
  – Ellen Goodman



Apple Inc: no mission statement, just this…

Here’s to the crazy ones.

   The misfits.

    The rebels.

     The troublemakers.

      The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

   And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,

  disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

    Because they change things.

They invent.    They imagine.     They heal.

 They explore.     They create.    They inspire.

      They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?

Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?

Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones,

    we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think

    they can change the world, are the ones who do.


One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
  – William Feather


If you’re not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work.
  – John Alejandro King


  • Quote: ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (denoting a marginal reference to a passage of text): from medieval Latin quotatio(n-), from the verb quotare.
  • ThinkORIGIN Old English thencan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German denken.

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