TITLE: Some Wednesday Potluck AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: February 09, 2005 11:10 AM DESC: Some quotes on beauty and learning and change. ----- BODY: I've been so busy that writing for the blog has taken a back seat lately. But I have run across plenty of cool quotes and links recently, and some are begging to be shared. Why Be a Scientist? Jules Henri Poincare said...
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful. He studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
... as quoted by Arthur Evans and Charles Bellamy in their book An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles. How to Get Better When asked what advice he would give young musicians, Pat Metheny said:
I have one kind of stock response that I use, which I feel is really good. And it's "always be the worst guy in every band you're in." If you're the best guy there, you need to be in a different band. And I think that works for almost everything that's out there as well.
I remember when I first learned this lesson as a high school chessplayer. Hang out with the best players you can find, and learn from them. (I ran across this at Chris Morris's cLabs wiki, which has some interesting stuff on software development. I'll have to read more!) All Change is Stressful Perryn Fowler reminds us:
All change is stressful - even if we know it's good change. ... Those of us who attempt to act as agents of change, whether within other organisations or within our own, could do well to remember it.
Perryn writes in the context of introducing agile software methods into organizations, but every educator should keep this in mind, too. We are also agents of change. -----