Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of alltechnical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams andequations. ― Albert Einstein

Q: How many existentialists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?A: Two. One to screw it in and one to observe how the lightbulb itself symbolizes a single incandescent beacon of subjective reality in a netherworld of endless absurdity reaching out toward a maudlin cosmos of nothingness.

Speaking as someone who has delved into the intricacies of PL/I, I am surethat only Real Men could have written such a machine-hogging,cycle-grabbing, all-encompassing monster. Allocate an array and free themiddle third? Sure! Why not? Multiply a character string times a bitstring and assign the result to a float decimal? Go ahead! Free acontrolled variable procedure parameter and reallocate it before passing itback? Overlay three different types of variable on the same memorylocation? Anything you say! Write a recursive macro? Well, no, but RealMen use rescan. How could a language so obviously designed and written byReal Men not be intended for Real Man use?

On our campus the UNIX system has proved to be not only an effective softwaretool, but an agent of technical and social change within the University. ― John Lions (U. of Toronto (?))


Virtue is its own punishment.

Hartley's First Law: You can lead a horse to water, but if you can get him to float on his back, you've got something.

Mitchell's Law of Committees: Any simple problem can be made insoluble if enough meetings are held to discuss it.

If you had any brains, you'd be dangerous.

Of course, someone who knows more about this will correct me if I'm wrong,and someone who knows less will correct me if I'm right. ― David Palmer ([email protected])


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