§ Big list of quotes
Everyone knows that putting a untrained business major in charge of a
squadron of soldiers would end badly. He might be able skate by until
they got into combat, maybe, but after that they wouldn’t listen to
him for long. But for some reason we think that putting an mba in
charge of an engineering team is a good idea.
"On and on you will go, making sense of the world, forming notions of order, and being surprised in ways large and small by their failure, forever." — Albert Burneko on Wile E. Coyote.
"There is a special providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America." ~ Otto van bismarck
"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied" ~ Otto von Bismarck
A good proof is one that makes us wiser. -- Yuri Manin
Keep things in their Gauss given order. -- Gilbert Strang
It is interesting to see where people insist proximity to a subject makes one informed, and where they insist it makes them biased. It is interesting that they think it’s their call to make. [in the context of 'as a male, you don't get a say about toxic masculinity' v/s other 'viewpoints'] ~ medium article link
"Feeding two birds with one scone" Peta recommended version of "killing two birds with one stone"
the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur that had been broken and then healed ~ Margaret Mead
The mistake of many adults is confusing serious with solemn.
I hate greek drama. You know, wher everything happens off-stage. ~Downton abbey, s02e01
you have to speculate to accumulate
It's so reassuring to see the future unfurl, as long as you remember that it bears no resemblance to the past.
Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit. ~ Violet, Downton Abbey
"Why dwell on that now?" "Because I want to feel the pleasure of telling you I told you so".
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal loaves of bread.”
'The history of transistors is the history of solving Schrödinger's equation in various materials.' -- Leon Lederman
tradition that contested poems would be thrown into a pool. The better poems would float. Now you know why you shouldn't write dense prose. ~ History of india podcast
children cried with hunger. Women plaited their braids without flowers. ~ History of india podcast.
"There is a spooky quality about the ability of mathematicians to get there ahead of physicists. It's as if when Neil Armstrong first landed on the moon he found in the lunar dust the footsteps of Jules Verne" - Steven Weinberg on old math being applied in physics
You can try; trying is the first step of failure ~ GM Ben finegold on mating sequences.
Some folks prefer the carrot, I the stick. So I will use my considerable expertise to stick it to you.
"Machine learning is like money laundering for bias"
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.” - H.L. Mencken
David Marquet's credos from "Turn The Ship Around!". Don't ask "Are we ready?"; instead, ask "How ready are we?". Everything needs to be phrased so as to invite people to express the knowledge they have, rather than demanding what amounts to a declaration of tribal identity.
You can't just go around recognizing what people don't understand. That's what got Socrates killed. You've gotta make them understand what they don't understand without making them want to kill you. That's what makes a great teacher / leader / etc.
'Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.' - Adorno.
Policies are nice but at the end of the day we need folks to set an example (rather than being made an example of)
“The math students dropped out because they could not understand anything. Of course, I didn’t understand anything either, but non-math students have a different standard of what it means to understand something,” Huh said. “I did understand some of the simple examples he showed in classes, and that was good enough for me.” https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-path-less-taken-to-the-peak-of-the-math-world-20170627/
"you're such a dick!". "I'm moby goddamn dick, and you're swimming in my water".
When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
"Ethereum has said they're moving from Proof of Work to Stake; I'm not surprised, given the Ethereum developers seem to abhor Work in all of its forms, including making progress on Ethereum itself"