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Tuesday
Jun122012

Fragments of information:


"We're an information economy. They teach you that in school. What they don't tell you is that it's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information. Fragments that can be retrieved, amplified..."

William Gibson
Johnny Mnemonic

Thursday
Apr122012

Ian was right:


"(he)... had come to an interesting conclusion about
the future of the world. He had decided that fast and
accurate communication lay, in a contracting world, at
the very heart of power."

--"Thunderball", Ian Flemming

Monday
Dec192011

Other people


“Unbelievers always want other people to act like Christians."
-Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card


Friday
Sep302011

Unfettered corporatism

You wish to know more about us? Excellent!
After all, knowledge should be free, eh Captain?!

Let's see... about us
...well, we ARE the Crimson Corporation, and the Crimson Corporation is us.

When the Corporation's earnings are up, our quality of life soars, and our benefit packages improve.
The further up the ladder you are, the more you profit individually.

When times are hard, the Corporation must cut costs, usually by laying off employees.

Since everything on our world is Corporation property this means any ex-employee is instantly trespassing and is guilty of  stealing Corporation property such as air and sunlight.

The only appropriate penalty for theft is to feed the furnace.

--Druuge, The Ur Quan Masters

Wednesday
Sep212011

Learn how to learn.

Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to leam. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.

Dune, Frank Herbert

Friday
Jun242011

Pop Quiz!

I've just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the week will now take place on Monday before we've learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn't matter in the slightest. Pencils ready! 

                                                                           -Mr. Turkentine, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Thursday
Jun162011

This isn't happening it only thinks it's happening.

"How are we doing, Chief?"
"We have True Wisdom, Divine Speed, and Maximum Justice."
"What does that mean?" Trent opened his eyes and looked at her. "We are, this fine diurnal period-" "Morning." "-kicking serious ass. We are green across the board. The system likes me a lot. And I am awful damn fond of it, too. We have Total Mutual Respect and Admiration." Melissa looked amused despite herself. "You computerists are such . . . such . . ."
"Nerds," Trent said. "I think that's the word you're looking for." "You are not a nerd," said Melissa. Trent laughed. "Of course I am. You think anyone spends the tens of thousands of hours I've spent doing work like this unless they love it?" Trent looked at the board, green all the way across, and grinned again. "I'm a nerd and you bet I love what I do. I am so damn good at it."
-- Daniel Keys Moran "Players: The A.I. War"