Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.

-- Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986), essayist and drama critic

Monday, March 25, 2013


Weight                  : >683,000 pounds

Number of processors    : >49,000 AMD CPUs, +3000 NVidia GPUs

Number of CPU cores     : >380,000

Memory (RAM)            : 1,500,000GB (1.5 petabytes)

Data storage            : >25,000,000GB (25 petabytes)

External network speed  : 100,000Mbps

-- National Petascale Computing Facility facts about the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois, open house handout, March 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

The One

Being at one is god-like and good, but human, too human, the mania
Which insists there is only the One, one country, one truth, and one way.

-- Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843), German lyric poet, "The Root of All Evil" as translated by Michael Hamburger

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Make 'Em, Amuse 'Em

You make 'em, I amuse 'em.

-- Theodor (Dr.) Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), American writer, poet, and cartoonist, statement about children, as quoted in Enter, Conversing (1962) by Clifton Fadiman, p. 108

Monday, March 18, 2013

Saint Patrick

I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop.  I am certain in my heart that "all that I am," I have received from God.  So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.

-- Saint Patrick (c. 385 - 17 March 462, 492, or 493), Christian bishop and missionary, and patron saint of Ireland, Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus (c.450?)

Friday, March 15, 2013


I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.

-- Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), English poet, novelist, and writer on gardening, In Your Garden Again (1953), p. 71 of 2004 edition

Thursday, March 14, 2013

W00t! AnaLeigh

Welcome into the world, AnaLeigh Lillian Schum, born today, 14 March 2013, at 1:03pm to my eldest daughter Tia and her husband Joe at 7 pounds 12 ounces and 19 1/2 inches.  AnaLeigh has two older brothers, and is my 6th grandchild.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis

Brothers and sisters, good evening.

-- Newly ordained Pope Francis (17 December 1936-), formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, speaking for the first time as the 266th Pope, St. Peter's Square, The Vatican, 13 March 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Trvth Upgrade

Ahhhhh ... 16GB, 3.8GHz, quad-core goodness, running from SSD.  Smooth like butter.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Mutually Satisfying Weirdness

You want my opinion?  We're all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness -- and call it love -- true love.

-- Robert Fulghum (1937-), American author, True Love (1998)

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Business Of The Future

It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.

-- Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British born American mathematician and philosopher, Science and the Modern World (1925) Ch. 13: Requisites for Social Progress

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


I believed if the public -- in particular the American public -- had access to the information [in hundreds of thousands of military incident reports], this could spark a debate about foreign policy in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan.

-- Pfc. Bradley Manning (17 December 1987-), confessing in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, 28 February 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Bicyclists Are Actually Polluting When They Ride

Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike.  But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists [sic] has an increased heart rate and respiration.  That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.  Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.

-- Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt (R-20), in an email to a constituent defending a proposed tax on bicycles, 25 February 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Psalm Of Life

Life is real! Life is earnest!
    And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
    Was not spoken of the soul.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1881), American poet, A Psalm of Life (1839), St 2