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Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Attributed to Robert J. Hanlon, maybe really Robert Heinlein.

Change Quote

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. � attributed to Charles Darwin

Goering Speaks On Current Events

Why of course the people don't want war... That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship... the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders... All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
--Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarshal and Luftwaffe chief at Nuremberg trials, 1945

Jefferson on Inventions

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body.
�Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac McPherson, 1813

Wishes vs. Reality

Feels like there is some Budhist saying in here.
Every time I write about the impossibility of effectively protecting digital files on a general-purpose computer, I get responses from people decrying the death of copyright. "How will authors and artists get paid for their work?" they ask me. Truth be told, I don't know. I feel rather like the physicist who just explained relativity to a group of would-be interstellar travelers, only to be asked: "How do you expect us to get to the stars, then?" I'm sorry, but I don't know that, either.
- Bruce Schneier

[via diveintomark]

CDE Quote

So the other day engel was commenting on what was the point of Sun's Mad Hatter, desktop Linux stuff. I think I have found the answer.
Sun Mad Hatter screen shots. At least it's not CDE.
[via Hack the Planet] Wes Felter's Hack the Planet Weblog

Gandhi Quote

Learn as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

- Gandhi


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One of my favorite quotes, paraphrases.
Never attribute to malicious intent what could more easily be attributed to incompetence. - UNKNOWN
If anyone knows the originator please pass along.

True Friends

A good friend will come bail you out of jail... but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damm... We Fucked Up"

Funniest Wiki Quote

UI-wise, Wiki is like a fun house for cheery gully dwarves, endless interconnected rooms with five-feet high ceiling and no housemaids. - Don Park's Blog
Now the quote works better if you have read the Dragon Lance Chronicles to fully understand the gully dwarf.

Guess that quote #1

Since mithrandir is gone to the great land of Scottland I felt a need to keep the movie quotes going.
Does this violate the patient doctor relationship?
Only if you grab my ass.

Simple Pleasures

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau.

Sagan on Clergical Celibacy

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -- Carl Sagan
Found in a sig

Larry Wall on God Discussions

I expect a good deal of the problem is that you are busy disbelieving a different God than the one I am busy believing in.
Larry Wall from his Slashdot QA

And I think this one helps to highlight why I like Perl so much, the bolded is the reason why I love technology.
And this creativity is intended to be transitive. We are expected to be creative. And we're expected to help others be creative.

And that leads us back (finally) to the last part of your question, how all this relates to Perl.

Perl is obviously my attempt to help other people be creative. In my little way, I'm sneakily helping people understand a bit more about the sort of people God likes.

Card & Careers

'My greatest teacher once told me,' said Yasujiro, 'that a man who has risked his life knows that careers are worthless, and a man who will not risk his career has a worthless life.'
Chidren of the Mind, Orson Scott Card, Page 248

Londo Speaks

"... wine, women, song ..." Londo Molari
Gotta love that line. It speaks of celebration, joy, happiness and it came from one with such misery.


"Action without philosophy is a lethal weapon. Philosophy without action is worthless".
-- Soichiro Honda
[via if Honda made software?]

Patriotism Quote

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
Denis Diderot

Churchill Quotes

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Capitalism is the worst economic system, except for all the others.
Americans always do the right thing after trying everything else.


Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler"
Albert Einstein
[found at Pyui Home Page]

Charles Schultz Philosophy


You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read the email straight through, and you'll get the point (an awesome one) that it is trying to make!

Take this quiz:

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones that care.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.>/p>

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."

Charles Schulz
[via an email from my first grade teacher]

Constitutional Security

1. Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of statement are guaranteed. 2. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.
Article 21, Constitution of Japan [in translation, of course.]


If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein

Jeferson on Pattents

That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.
Thomas Jefferson [via scripting news]

Man of Constant Sorrow

I am a man of constant sorrow I've seen trouble all my days I bid farewell to old Kentucky The place where i was born and raised For six long yeasr i've been in trouble No pleasure here on earth i've found For in this owrld i'm bound to ranble I have no friends to help him out Its fare thee well my only lover I never expect to see you again For i've bound to ride that northern railroad Perhaps i'll die upon that train

You can bury me in Sunny Valley
For many years where i may lay
Then you may learn to learn another
While I am sleeping in my grave

Maybe your friends think i'm just a stranger
A face you'll never see no more
But there is one promise that is given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore

Man of Constant Sorrow from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"


Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.
[via How To Write Unmaintainable Code]


Perfection is acheived , not when there is nothign more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
Antoine de Saint-Expury
[via engel]


"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserve neither" - T.Jefferson

Some Babylon 5 Quotes

Babylon 5 Quotes
"I am a Ranger. We walk in the dark places no others will enter. We stand on the bridge and no one may pass. We live for the One, we die for the One."
-- Marcus to Neroon in Babylon 5:"Grey 17 is Missing"
"You're wrong, Mollari. Whether it was me or my world, whether it was a total stranger or your worst enemy, you were a witness! It doesn't matter if they stopped. It doesn't matter if they'd listen. You had an obligation to speak out!" -- G'Kar to Londo in Babylon 5:"The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari"
"Their Rangers goal is to create the peace, not enforce the peace." -- Delenn in Babylon 5:"Rising Star"
"You are young, Vir. You don't understand. But you will."
-- Londo in Babylon 5:"And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"

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