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Jeff D'Angelo - electronic façade

Façade of my electronic side. Don't expect updates or else they will surely come.
     -- Jeff D'Angelo, quoting himself

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If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.
     -- Author unknown

The difference between art and science is that science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else.
     -- Donald Knuth, "Discover"

First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII-- then we thought it was a typewritter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.
     -- Douglas Adams

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
     -- Douglas Adams

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
     -- Robert Wilensky

One World, one Web, one Program
     -- Microsoft promotional ad

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer
     -- Adolf Hitler (compare to last quote)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indestiguishable from a rigged demo.
     -- Andy Finkel, computer guy

Old programmers never die, they just branch to another address.
     -- Unix fortune

Campus sidewalks never exist as the straightest line between two points.
     -- M. M. Johnston

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.
     -- Henry Spencer

Command, n.: Statement presented by a human and accepted by a computer in such a manner as to make the human feel as if he is in control.
     -- Unknown

Few things are worth repeating that aren't in quotation marks.
     -- Jeff D'Angelo

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
     -- George Bernard Shaw

The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
     -- Albert Einstein

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
     -- My old bumper sticker

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.
     -- Snatch

A classic is something that everyone wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
     -- Mark Twain, "The Disappearance of Literature"

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.
     -- unknown

Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.
     -- Homer

If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a Unix operating system.
     -- Linus Torvalds

It's not that I'm easily distractible, it is that I feel highly unsatisfied choosing one specific activity above all others from any given moment to the next.
     -- Jeff D'Angelo, 2005-01-14, on his personal undefinition of ADHD

He who does not study rhetoric will be a victim of it
     -- found on a Greek wall from the 6th Century B.C.

The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
     -- Samuel Butler

Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
     -- Albert Einstein

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
     -- Arthur Schopenhauer

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
     -- Mahatma Gandhi

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
     -- Muriel Rukeyser (from her poem, The Speed of Darkness)

Never trust atoms, they make up everything.
     -- some button asking to be bought, made up by atoms.

Besides the obscurity arising from the complexity of objects, and the imperfection of the human faculties, the medium through which the conceptions of men are conveyed to each other adds a fresh embarrassment.
     -- James Madison from the Federalist Papers

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
     -- Henry David Thoreau (mentioned on

Inverse law of succinctity: It often takes more time than you save to convey any message correctly in less time.
     -- Jeff D'Angelo, in response to his lack of search-fu to find a better quote than the above on this principal.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
     -- Albert Einstein

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
     -- Albert Einstein, supposedly

organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations
     -- M. Conway (a.k.a. Conway's Law)

Blindly following a list of best practices is not a best practice.
     -- Jeff D'Angelo

     -- Randall Munroe, xkcd 1942

Fools ignore complexity; pragmatists suffer it; experts avoid it; geniuses remove it.
     -- Alan Perlis

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