Cargo Cult Programming
Stigler's Law of Eponymy
Extra Fabulous Comics #200 (Team 1 vs Team 2)
Linds Redding: The Overnight Test (Blog Post, reproduced via The Wayback Machine)
The Untold Story of the Silk Road (Part 1) /(Part 2)
Lockhart's Lament [pdf]
Where Vim Came From
I beseech thee in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you might be
Oliver Cromwell ("Cromwell's Law")
When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
Charles Goodhart ("Goodhart's Law")
Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em.
Tell 'em what you told 'em.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with
sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.
The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any
part of what one has recognized to be true.
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are drempt of in
I don't think C gets enough credit. Sure, C doesn't love you. C isn't about
love--C is about thrills. C hangs around in the bad part of town. C knows all
the gang signs. C has a motorcycle, and wears the leathers everywhere, and
never wears a helmet, because that would mess up C's punked-out hair. C likes
to give cops the finger and grin and speed away. Mention that you'd like
something, and C will pretend to ignore you; the next day, C will bring you
one, no questions asked, and toss it to you with a you-know-you-want-me smirk
that makes your heart race. Where did C get it? "It fell off a truck," C
says, putting away the boltcutters. You start to feel like C doesn't know the
meaning of "private" or "protected": what C wants, C takes. This excites you.
C knows how to get you anything but safety. C will give you anything but
commitment. In the end, you'll leave C, not because you want something
better, but because you can't handle the intensity. C says "I'm gonna live
fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse," but you know that C can
never die, not so long as C is still the fastest thing on the road.
The C Paradox (by Anonymous, on 4chan 2011-08-06)
No code is faster than no code.
We shouldn't believe everything we think.
The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.
When small men cast long shadows the sun is beginning to set.
Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common:
they both begin where reason ends.
Uncle Jack (Go Set a Watchman)
Truth is sought for its own sake, and those who are engaged in a quest for
its own sake are not interested in other things.
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
They say our language arbitrarily divides up things in reality.
And they say this as if it were our fault.
Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should
that mean that it isn't real?
Prof. Albus Dumbledore
A CPU is a rock that we've tricked into thinking. Of course, it's not that
simple, first you have to flatten the rock and put lightning inside it.
Twitter User @daisyowl (paraphrased)
A computer lets you make mistakes faster than any other invention, with the
possible exception of handguns and tequila.
Gallery proofs for vol. 2 finally arrive, they look awful...
(typographically). I decide I have to solve the problem myself.
Donald Knuth, 30 March 1977, before creating TeX.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in
a while, or the light won't come in.
We have to live today by what truth we can get today, and be ready tomorrow
to call it a falsehood.
We have no home in this world, I used to say, and then I'd walk back up the
road to this old place and make myself a pot of coffee and a fried-egg
I hear and I forget,
I see and I remember,
I do and I understand.
He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Among all features describing genius, the most important is inner
Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny.
It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose; that is not a weakness,
that is life.
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
The areal units (zonal objects) used in many geographical studies are
arbitrary, modifiable, and subject to the whims and fancies of whomever is
doing, or did, the aggregating.
Let's meditate on this.
Neal Fultz, after discussing a difficult problem without resolution
Neal Fultz, after assigning a difficult/tedious task.