Wednesday, March 31, 2010


New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines that mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides say they want and need. And it exposes daylight between Israel and the United States that others in the region hope to exploit. It undermines America's unique ability to play a role, an essential role, in the peace process.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democracy Now, 23 March 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Low tide in Roscoff, Brittany, France (in the Morlaix area)If the anti-incumbent tide is as strong as some people think it is, I will be swept out, despite all my efforts. If the anti-incumbent tide is a lot of conversation, but has no center of gravity as a true political movement, then I'll be just fine. There's no way to know.

-- Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT), New York Times, 26 March 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Doing It Right

Paley ArtAdulthood is awesome. Adulthood can be everything childhood is but way better. Some people say they "were allowed" to do things as children and they were so much freer and less inhibited; I say if you're inhibited and unfree as an adult, you're not doing it right. You're missing all that adulthood has to offer. Ultimately the only one oppressing you as an adult is YOU. If you compare adulthood to childhood and childhood comes out favorably, you are missing the best part of your life.

-- Nina Paley (1968-), American cartoonist, animator, and free culture activist, 26 March 2010, on Facebook

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Signature of Harry S TrumanNo government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected.

-- Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972), 33rd US President, to a joint session of the US Congress (12 March 1947), outlining what became known as The Truman Doctrine

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Relevant Vs. Irrelevant

Amusing Ourselves to DeathWe no longer have a coherent conception of ourselves, and our universe, and our relation to one another and our world. We no longer know, as the Middle Ages did, where we come from, and where we are going, or why. That is, we don't know what information is relevant, and what information is irrelevant to our lives.

-- Neil Postman (1931 - 2003), American educator, media theorist and cultural critic, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Change Looks Like

An assortment of United States coins, including quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.This legislation will not fix everything that ails our healthcare system, but it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like. In the end, what this day represents is another stone laid firmly in the foundation of the American Dream. Tonight we answered the call of history as so many generations of Americans have before us. When faced with crisis, we did not shrink from our challenge; we overcame it.

-- President Barack Obama, regarding the new healthcare bill, Democracy Now, 22 March 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010


Daffodils and tulipsSpring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

-- Robin Williams (1952-), American actor and comedian

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Only More So

scolding womanIn today's online world, what your mother told you is true, only more so: people really can judge you by your friends.

-- Harold Abelson, MIT computer science professor, on personal information that can be gleaned from social networking sites, NY Times, 17 March 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Not Equal

The male salmon which goes upAll opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

-- Douglas Adams (1952-2001), British author and satirist, The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Walking And Bicycling

 Japanese road sign 'Bicycles And Pedestrians Only'The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide -- including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life -- transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum
standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.

-- Secretary Ray LaHood, in the US Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations, 11 March 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010


American philosopher and educator: John Dewey We only think when we are confronted with problems.

-- John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher, educator

Thursday, March 11, 2010


some old books, Lin Kristensen from New Jersey, USABooks say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people's lives, never our own.

-- Julian Barnes (19 January 1946-) British novelist and short story writer, Flaubert's Parrot, p 168

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

No Moral Precept

Portrait of Denis Diderot, by FragonardThere is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.

-- Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784), French philosopher and chief editor of the historic project to produce L'Encyclopidie, as quoted in Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (1980) by Mary Collison, Robert L. Collison, p. 235

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Coding HorrorSoftware is an incredibly young discipline. Everything in software is so new and so frequently being reinvented that almost nobody really knows what they are doing. It is amateurs who make all the progress.

-- Jeff Atwood, 29 May 2008, Coding Horror Blog,

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Crosses The Line

The Facebook ManWhen it works, it's amazingly impactful, but when it doesn't work, it's not only creepy but off-putting. What a marketer might think is endearing, by knowing a little bit about you, actually crosses the line pretty easily.

-- Tim Hanlon of Riverview Lane Associates of Chicago, on advertising aimed at Facebook users, New York Times, 4 March 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Worst Sin

State of an indifferent systemThe worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish literary critic, playwright and essayist, 1925 Nobel Laureate in Literature, The Devil's Disciple, Act II (1901)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Aladdin's Lamp

Aladdin's Lamp, Neon Museum at the Fremont Street ExperienceYes! Ready money is Aladdin's lamp.

-- Lord George Gordon (Noel) Byron, 6th Baron Byron 22 January 1788 - 19 April 1824), Anglo-Scottish poet and leading figure in Romanticism, Don Juan (canto XII, st. 12), 1823

Monday, March 01, 2010

What People Want

1950's televisionWhen you're young, you look at television and think, "There's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down." But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That's a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It's the truth.

-- Steve Jobs (24 February 1955-), Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Interview in WIRED magazine, February 1996