TITLE: Quotes of the Day AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 21, 2009 5:54 AM DESC: ----- BODY: The day was yesterday. I am large, I contain multitudes.
The to-do list is a time capsule, containing missives and pleas to your future selves. ... Why is it not trivially easy to carry out items on your own to-do list? And the answer is: Because the one writing the list, and the one carrying it out are two different people.
Now I understand the problem... my to-do list is a form of time travel. Open to Multitudes
It's the kind of culture that can tolerate rap music and extreme sports that can also create space for guys like Page and Brin and Google. That's one of our hidden strengths.
This is from economist Paul Romer, as quoted by Tyler Cowen. I agree. We need to try out lots of ideas to find the great ones. Going to an Extreme
I'm not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
Cormac McCarthy must live on the edge. This is one of those romantic notions that has never appealed to me. I've never been so driven -- nor felt like I wanted to be. A Counterproposal
6. MAKE MANY SKETCHES Join the best sketches to produce others and improve them until the result is satisfactory. To make sketches is a humble and unpretentious approach toward perfection.
... says composer Arnold Schonberg, as quoted at peripatetic axiom. This is more my style. Speaking of Perfection
My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That's heaven. That's gold and anything else is just a waste of time.
Again from Cormac McCarthy. Unlike McCarthy, I do not think that everything else is a waste of time. Yet I feel a kinship with his sense of a perfect day. To sit in a room, alone, with an open terminal. To write, whether prose or code. But especially code. -----