Category Archives: Quotes

Thought for the day

Reading a second Dan Brown book constitutes the triumph of hope over experience.

Deep thought for the day

All the world’s a toolbox
And all the men and women merely pliers

9 to 5

A couple of nice quotes from this talk by Nicolas Lara on how his company, Lincoln Loop, works (and thrives) despite being small, globally-distributed, and with employees working from home.

This one, I think, is particularly true:

It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.

– Paul Graham

and, on maintaining a healthy work-life balance:

Every one of us has learned how to send emails on Sunday night. But how many of us know how to go to a movie at 2pm on Mondays? You’ve unbalanced your life without balancing it with something else.

-Ricardo Semler

It’s an interesting talk. I remember a Lullabot podcast from about 18 months ago about how they managed a rather larger but similarly-distributed organisation. Lincoln Loop, though, is not just a distributed company with flexible working hours – it’s one where the finances are open, and where employees, based on their knowledge of how the company is doing, get to choose their own salaries. An interesting concept to ponder.

Or you could always ask Dolly about the more traditional model…

Quentin’s Law of Photography

The second-best camera is the one you have with you.
The best is the one you have in your hand.

Quote of the day

Today’s inspired thought is from the economist Charles Goodhart. Goodhart’s law states that:

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

Quote of the day (needs adjusting for inflation)

Here’s a nice quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson:

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Now, what I find sobering about that comment is that he wasn’t shooting digital.

I wonder what the modern equivalent is?

And, since the mechanics (though not the skill) of taking photos has become so much easier, should the metric be applied to another part of the process…?

Technology quote of the day

This is, I believe, from Michael Hartung of IBM:

Hardware eventually fails. Software eventually works.


Quote for the day:

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Quote of the day:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

– Richard Feynman

Quote for the day

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

Douglas Adams


Quote of the day…

I just love Tom Stoppard. Tidying up old files in old folders I came across this from Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead:

R: I don’t believe in it anyway.
G: What?
R: England.
G: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?

Here’s another. They’re discussing Hamlet.

The Player: The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: Good God. We’re out of our depths here.
The Player: No, no, no! He hasn’t got a daughter! The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: The old man is?
The Player: Hamlet… in love… with the old man’s daughter… the old man… thinks.
Rosencrantz: Ah.

More good stuff here.

Quote of the day

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six sharpening my axe.

– Abraham Lincoln


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