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  1. Minutos de Sabedoria Punk
    1. Entropia
    2. Temperatura do inferno
    3. Cavalos
    4. Frob
    5. Intuição
    6. Kermit
    7. DECWARS
    8. Certo e errado
    9. Latido
    10. Frozen Star
    11. Life
    12. Man
    13. Murphy recursion
    14. Murphy as a proletarian
    15. Civilization
    16. Theories
    17. Ginsberg's Theorem
    18. Regression analysis
    19. Computer viruses
    20. Inventions
    21. Freud doesn't know
    22. Technology
    23. Experimentation
    24. Thermodynamics
    25. Bureaucracy
    26. Violence
    27. Freedom
    28. Savings
    29. Loop
    30. Good luck
    31. Occam
    32. Obvious
    33. Brooke's Law
    34. Illegal and unconstitutional
    35. Banks
    36. Lucky number
    37. Magic
    38. Western Civilization
    39. Candy
    40. Club
    41. Science
    42. Government
    43. Important things
    44. Silverman's Law
    45. Prophet Dirac
    46. Inimigos
    47. Computers
    48. Law
    49. Pragmatism
    50. University
    51. Software and hardware
    52. Clouds
    53. Magic II
    54. Universe
    55. Infernal Dynamics
    56. America
    57. Williams and Holland's Law:
    58. Main's Law:
    59. Grep
    60. Forgiveness
    61. America II
    62. True and false
    63. Promotions
    64. Fast world
    65. Poorman's Rule
    66. Worst month
    67. Predictions
    68. Jones' First Law:
    69. Tolkein Ring
    70. Small Evil Group
    71. Children
    72. Income Tax
    73. Failure and success
    74. Capitalism
    75. Probabilities
    76. Alliance
    77. Cohn's Law
    78. Science
    79. Sex after death
    80. Distance
    81. Our world
    82. Experience
    83. Youth
    84. Bible
    85. Governos
    86. Politicians
    87. Failure and success II
    88. Civilization II
    89. Programs
    90. Life II
    91. Life III
    92. Reichel's Law
    93. Drugs
    94. Bootstrap
    95. Technological progress
    96. Katz' Law
    97. Modern technology
    98. Gold of time
    99. Gospels and intelligence
    100. Plans
    101. Bureaucracy
    102. Weinberg's Second Law:
    103. Respect
    104. Fear
    105. Progress
    106. Hating tech
    107. Barach's Rule
    108. Heller's Law
    109. Marxists and the lightbulb
    110. Descartes' disappearance
    111. Love
    112. Unnamed Law
    113. Past and future
    114. Machine language
    115. Ignorance
    116. Larkinson's Law
    117. Volunteer Labor
    118. Psycho
    119. Surrealists and the lightbulb
    120. Death
    121. Programs II
    122. Laugh
    123. Police
    124. Err
    125. Dolphins
    126. Red tape
    127. Economic predictions
    128. Dragons
    129. Conservative
    130. Intellectual
    131. Patience
    132. Psychologist
    133. Finagle's Third Law
    134. Manly's Maxim
    135. Borrowing money
    136. Sleep
    137. Problem solving
    138. Facts
    139. Management
    140. Heller's Law
    141. Money
    142. Mozart
    143. Misfortune
    144. Thermodynamics II
    145. Laws
    146. Democracy
    147. Horngren's Observation
    148. Sources
    149. Latin
    150. Interpreter
    151. Collections
    152. Advertising
    153. Life IV
    154. Economics
    155. Flugg's Law
    156. Control
    157. Hardware
    158. Mathematician
    159. Life V
    160. God
    161. Last words
    162. Electrocution
    163. Vail's Second Axiom
    164. Odds
    165. Management II
    166. Art
    167. Sculpture
    168. People
    169. Friends
    170. Abstinence
    171. Management III
    172. Minute
    173. Divorce
    174. Low level
    175. Get things done
    176. Time
    177. Specs
    178. Purpose
    179. Life VI
    180. Life VII
    181. Law of Selective Gravity
    182. Life VIII
    183. Devil
    184. Knowledge
    185. Monsters
    186. Microsoft
    187. Laser
    188. Computers II
    189. Kafka's Law
    190. Hypocrites
    191. Review Questions
    192. Magic III
    193. The meaning
    194. Ultimate question
    195. Correspondence Corollary
    196. Electron
    197. Gods
    198. Mind
    199. Penguins
    200. Seconds
    201. Decisions
    202. Matter and space
    203. Executions
    204. Bar Troubleshooting
    205. Sex
    206. Theory
    207. Computers III
    208. Leaks
    209. Dopewars
    210. Cérebro
    211. Chocolate
    212. Randomly Generated Tagline
    213. Brasil
    214. Ovo e a galinha
    215. História
    216. Machines
    217. Crimes
    218. Provos
    219. Computer Science
    220. Caos
    221. Destruição
    222. Desespero
    223. Fracasso
    224. Meta
    225. Jogo da Forca
    226. Somos agentes duplos, títeres de qual jogo doentio?
    227. Liberdade
    228. Razão e progresso
      1. Desatualização
      2. Tautologia da técnica
      3. Confiança
      4. Poesia

A irreversibilidade da vida e outros fatos termodinâmicos: uma coleção de citações, trechos, versos, adágios, chistes, ironias e pessimismos. Muitas coletadas de anos usando fortune(6) ou encontradas ao acaso.

Entropia

Entropia: amnésia termodinâmica.

Temperatura do inferno

The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed from available
data.  Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, "Moreover, the light of the Moon
shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be 
sevenfold, as the light of seven days."  Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much
radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition seven times seven (49) 
times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or fifty times in all.  The light 
we receive from the Moon is one ten-thousandth of the light we receive from 
the Sun, so we can ignore that.  With these data we can compute the 
temperature of Heaven.  The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point 
where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by 
radiation, i.e., Heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the Earth by radiation.  
Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 = 50, where E is the 
absolute temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C).  The exact
temperature of Hell cannot be computed, but it must be less than 444.6C, 
the temperature at which brimstone or sulphur changes from a liquid to a gas.
Revelations 21:8 says "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have 
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."  A lake of molten
brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling 
point, or 444.6C  (Above this point it would be a vapor, not a lake.)  We have,
then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.
                -- "Applied Optics", vol. 11, A14, 1972

Cavalos

Lemma:  All horses are the same color.
Proof (by induction):
        Case n = 1: In a set with only one horse, it is obvious that all
        horses in that set are the same color.
        Case n = k: Suppose you have a set of k+1 horses.  Pull one of these
        horses out of the set, so that you have k horses.  Suppose that all
        of these horses are the same color.  Now put back the horse that you
        took out, and pull out a different one.  Suppose that all of the k
        horses now in the set are the same color.  Then the set of k+1 horses
        are all the same color.  We have k true => k+1 true; therefore all
        horses are the same color.

Theorem: All horses have an infinite number of legs.
Proof (by intimidation):
        Everyone would agree that all horses have an even number of legs.  
        It is also well-known that horses have forelegs in front and two legs 
        in back.  4 + 2 = 6 legs, which is certainly an odd number of legs 
        for a horse to have!  Now the only number that is both even and odd is
        infinity; therefore all horses have an infinite number of legs.
        However, suppose that there is a horse somewhere that does not 
        have an infinite number of legs.  Well, that would be a horse of a 
        different color; and by the Lemma, it doesn't exist.

Frob

                 ___          ______
                /__/\     ___/_____/\          FrobTech, Inc.
                \  \ \   /         /\\
                 \  \ \_/__       /  \         "If you've got the job,
                 _\  \ \  /\_____/___ \         we've got the frob."
                // \__\/ /  \       /\ \
        _______//_______/    \     / _\/______
       /      / \       \    /    / /        /\
    __/      /   \       \  /    / /        / _\__
   / /      /     \_______\/    / /        / /   /\
  /_/______/___________________/ /________/ /___/  \
  \ \      \    ___________    \ \        \ \   \  /
   \_\      \  /          /\    \ \        \ \___\/
      \      \/          /  \    \ \        \  /
       \_____/          /    \    \ \________\/
            /__________/      \    \  /
            \   _____  \      /_____\/
             \ /    /\  \    / \  \ \
              /____/  \  \  /   \  \ \
              \    \  /___\/     \  \ \
               \____\/            \__\/

Intuição

The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple.  After that, it's all 
learned.
        -- Bruce Ediger, bediger@teal.csn.org, on X interfaces

Kermit

"We invented a new protocol and called it Kermit, after Kermit the Frog,
star of "The Muppet Show." [3]

[3]  Why?  Mostly because there was a Muppets calendar on the wall when we
were trying to think of a name, and Kermit is a pleasant, unassuming sort 
of character.  But since we weren't sure whether it was OK to name our 
protocol after this popular television and movie star, we pretended that 
KERMIT was an acronym; unfortunately, we could never find a good set of 
words to go with the letters, as readers of some of our early source code 
can attest.  Later, while looking through a name book for his forthcoming 
baby, Bill Catchings noticed that "Kermit" was a Celtic word for "free", 
which is what all Kermit programs should be, and words to this effect 
replaced the strained acronyms in our source code (Bill's baby turned out 
to be a girl, so he had to name her Becky instead).  When BYTE Magazine 
was preparing our 1984 Kermit article for publication, they suggested we 
contact Henson Associates Inc. for permission to say that we did indeed 
name the protocol after Kermit the Frog. Permission was kindly granted, 
and now the real story can be told.  I resisted the temptation, however, 
to call the present work "Kermit the Book."
                -- Frank da Cruz, "Kermit - A File Transfer Protocol"

DECWARS

        After sifting through the overwritten remaining blocks of Luke's home
directory, Luke and PDP-1 sped away from /u/lars, across the surface of the
Winchester riding Luke's flying read/write head.  PDP-1 had Luke stop at the
edge of the cylinder overlooking /usr/spool/uucp.
        "Unix-to-Unix Copy Program;" said PDP-1.  "You will never find a more
wretched hive of bugs and flamers.  We must be cautious."
                -- DECWARS

Certo e errado

Só que o erro maior é justamente ficar procurando os erros...
Ou, citando Casa das Máquinas:
"Certo sim, seu errado, certo sim, seu errado...."

Latido

A mother mouse was taking her large brood for a stroll across the kitchen
floor one day when the local cat, by a feat of stealth unusual even for
its species, managed to trap them in a corner.  The children cowered,
terrified by this fearsome beast, plaintively crying, "Help, Mother!
Save us!  Save us!  We're scared, Mother!"
        Mother Mouse, with the hopeless valor of a parent protecting its
children, turned with her teeth bared to the cat, towering huge above them,
and suddenly began to bark in a fashion that would have done any Doberman
proud.  The startled cat fled in fear for its life.
        As her grateful offspring flocked around her shouting "Oh, Mother,
you saved us!" and "Yay!  You scared the cat away!" she turned to them
purposefully and declared, "You see how useful it is to know a second
language?"

Frozen Star

I went on to test the program in every way I could devise.  I strained it to
expose its weaknesses.  I ran it for high-mass stars and low-mass stars, for
stars born exceedingly hot and those born relatively cold.  I ran it assuming
the superfluid currents beneath the crust to be absent -- not because I wanted
to know the answer, but because I had developed an intuitive feel for the
answer in this particular case.  Finally I got a run in which the computer
showed the pulsar's temperature to be less than absolute zero.  I had found
an error.  I chased down the error and fixed it.  Now I had improved the
program to the point where it would not run at all.
                -- George Greenstein, "Frozen Star:
                Of Pulsars, Black Holes and the Fate of Stars"

Life

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities.
                -- Dawkins

Man

MAN:
        An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he
        is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be.  His chief
        occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species,
        which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest
        the whole habitable earth and Canada.
                -- A. Bierce

Murphy recursion

Murphy's Law is recursive.  Washing your car to make it rain doesn't work.

Murphy as a proletarian

"Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem ..."
                -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

Civilization

It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be
coming up it.
                -- Henry Allen

Theories

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.  The question which
divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being
correct.  My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
                -- Niels Bohr

Ginsberg's Theorem

Ginsberg's Theorem:
        1. You can't win.
        2. You can't break even.
        3. You can't even quit the game.

Freeman's Commentary on Ginsberg's theorem:

        Every major philosophy that attempts to make life seem
        meaningful is based on the negation of one part of Ginsberg's
        Theorem.  To wit:

        1. Capitalism is based on the assumption that you can win.
        2. Socialism is based on the assumption that you can break even.
        3. Mysticism is based on the assumption that you can quit the game.

Regression analysis

Regression analysis:
        Mathematical techniques for trying to understand why things are
        getting worse

Computer viruses

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of 
life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. Stephen Hawking

Inventions

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
                -- Thomas Edison

Freud doesn't know

The great question that has never been answered and which I have not
yet been able to answer despite my thirty years of research into the
feminine soul is: WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT?
                -- Sigmund Freud

Technology

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong
reasons. -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Experimentation

Velilind's Laws of Experimentation:
        1. If reproducibility may be a problem, conduct the test only once.
        2. If a straight line fit is required, obtain only two data points.

Thermodynamics

The three laws of thermodynamics:
        (1) You can't get anything without working for it.
        (2) The most you can accomplish by working is to break even.
        (3) You can only break even at absolute zero.

Bureaucracy

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding
bureaucracy.

Violence

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." -- Asimov, Foundation

Freedom

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom;
and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it
will lose that, too.
                -- W. Somerset Maugham

Savings

Our congratulations go to a Burlington Vermont civilian employee of the
local Army National Guard base.  He recently received a substational cash
award from our government for inventing a device for optical scanning.
His device reportedly will save the government more than $6 million a year
by replacing a more expensive helicopter maintenance tool with his own,
home-made, hand-held model.

Not suprisingly, we also have a couple of money-saving ideas that we submit
to the Pentagon free of charge:

        a. Don't kill anybody.
        b. Don't build things that do.
        c. And don't pay other people to kill anybody.

We expect annual savings to be in the billions.
                -- Sojourners

Loop

Endless Loop: n., see Loop, Endless.
Loop, Endless: n., see Endless Loop.
                -- Random Shack Data Processing Dictionary

Good luck

An American scientist once visited the offices of the great Nobel prize
winning physicist, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen.  He was amazed to find that
over Bohr's desk was a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall, with the
open end up in the approved manner (so it would catch the good luck and not
let it spill out).  The American said with a nervous laugh,
        "Surely you don't believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck,
do you, Professor Bohr?  After all, as a scientist --"
Bohr chuckled.
        "I believe no such thing, my good friend.  Not at all.  I am
scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense.  However, I am told
that a horseshoe will bring you good luck whether you believe in it or not."

Occam

OCCAM'S ERASER:
        The philosophical principle that even the simplest
        solution is bound to have something wrong with it.

Obvious

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less
obvious as you begin to study the universe.  For example, there are no
solids in the universe.  There's not even a suggestion of a solid.
There are no absolute continuums.  There are no surfaces.  There are no
straight lines.
                -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Brooke's Law

Brooke's Law:
        Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool
        discovers something which either abolishes the system or
        expands it beyond recognition.

Illegal and unconstitutional

"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit
longer."
                -- Henry Kissinger

Banks

What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?
                -- Bertolt Brecht, "The Threepenny Opera"

Lucky number

Your lucky number is 3552664958674928.  Watch for it everywhere.

Magic

Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.
                -- Tom Robbins

Western Civilization

Reporter (to Mahatma Gandhi):
                Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilization?
Gandhi:         I think it would be a good idea.

Candy

Anyone who uses the phrase "easy as taking candy from a baby" has never
tried taking candy from a baby.
                -- Robin Hood

Club

I'd never join any club that would have the likes of me as a member.
                -- Groucho Marx

Science

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
                -- Ernest Rutherford

Government

If you took all of the grains of sand in the world, and lined
them up end to end in a row, you'd be working for the government!
                -- Mr. Interesting

Important things

The most important things, each person must do for himself.

Silverman's Law

Silverman's Law:
        If Murphy's Law can go wrong, it will.

Prophet Dirac

Dirac was a committed  (Someone who denies the existence of god) atheist. After being asked about his thoughts on Dirac's views,  (United States physicist (born in Austria) who proposed the exclusion principle (thus providing a theoretical basis for the periodic table) (1900-1958)) Pauli remarked "If I understand Dirac correctly, his meaning is this: there is no God, and Dirac is his Prophet".

Inimigos

De um carro estacionado na Santa Efigenia: "Amigos vem e vão; inimigos se acumulam."

Computers

Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers.
                -- Pablo Picasso

Law

After 35 years, I have finished a comprehensive study of European
comparative law.  In Germany, under the law, everything is prohibited,
except that which is permitted.  In France, under the law, everything
is permitted, except that which is prohibited.  In the Soviet Union,
under the law, everything is prohibited, including that which is
permitted.  And in Italy, under the law, everything is permitted,
especially that which is prohibited.
                -- Newton Minow,
                Speech to the Association of American Law Schools, 1985

Pragmatism

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little
more time for dreaming.
                -- J. P. McEvoy

University

QOTD:
        "A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem."

Software and hardware

Thus spake the master programmer:
        "Without the wind, the grass does not move.  Without software,
        hardware is useless."
                -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

Clouds

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such
a speed, if feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now.  But the
sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will
know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.
                -- Messiah's Handbook : Reminders for the Advanced Soul

Magic II

There are three schools of magic.  One:  State a tautology, then ring
the changes on its corollaries; that's philosophy.  Two:  Record many
facts.  Try to find a pattern.  Then make a wrong guess at the next
fact; that's science.  Three:  Be aware that you live in a malevolent
Universe controlled by Murphy's Law, sometimes offset by Brewster's
Factor; that's engineering.

Universe

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the
universe."
                -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Infernal Dynamics

Gerrold's Laws of Infernal Dynamics:
        1) An object in motion will always be headed in the wrong direction.
        2) An object at rest will always be in the wrong place.
        3) The energy required to change either one of these states
           will always be more than you wish to expend, but never so
           much as to make the task totally impossible.

America

America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism
to decadence without touching civilization.
                -- John O'Hara

Williams and Holland's Law:

Williams and Holland's Law:
        If enough data is collected,
        anything may be proven by statistical methods.

Main's Law:

Main's Law:
        For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

Grep

grep me no patterns and I'll tell you no lines.

Forgiveness

It's easier to get forgiveness for being wrong than forgiveness for
being right.

America II

It was wonderful to find America, but it
would have been more wonderful to miss it.
                -- Mark Twain

True and false

If the meanings of "true" and "false" were switched,
then this sentence would not be false.

Promotions

Don't be irreplaceable.  If you can't
be replaced, you cannot be promoted.

Fast world

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says
it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
                -- E. Hubbard

Poorman's Rule

Poorman's Rule:
        When you pull a plastic garbage bag from its handy dispenser
        package, you always get hold of the closed end and try to
        pull it open.

Worst month

Worst Month of the Year:
        February.  February has only 28 days in it, which means that if
        you rent an apartment, you are paying for three full days you
        don't get.  Try to avoid Februarys whenever possible.
                -- Steve Rubenstein

Predictions

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future.
                -- Niels Bohr

Jones' First Law:

Jones' First Law:
        Anyone who makes a significant contribution to any field of
        endeavor, and stays in that field long enough, becomes an
        obstruction to its progress -- in direct proportion to the
        importance of their original contribution.

Tolkein Ring

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very
sophisticated computer network!  It was a Tolkein Ring...

Small Evil Group

Everything is controlled by a small evil group
to which, unfortunately, no one we know belongs.

Children

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents
despite every effort to teach them good manners.

Income Tax

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
                -- Albert Einstein

Failure and success

Dealing with failure is easy: work hard to improve.  Success is also
easy to handle: you've solved the wrong problem.  Work hard to
improve.

Capitalism

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for
the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.
                -- John Maynard Keynes

Probabilities

Colvard's Logical Premises:
        All probabilities are 50%.  Either a thing will happen or it
        won't.

Colvard's Unconscionable Commentary:
        This is especially true when dealing with someone you're
        attracted to.

Grelb's Commentary
        Likelihoods, however, are 90% against you.

Alliance

Alliance, n:
        In international politics, the union of two thieves who
        have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket
        that they cannot safely plunder a third.
                -- Ambrose Bierce

Cohn's Law

Cohn's Law:
        The more time you spend in reporting on what you are doing, the less
        time you have to do anything.  Stability is achieved when you spend
        all your time reporting on the nothing you are doing.

Science

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than
about 10^12 to 1.
                -- Ernest Rutherford

Sex after death

There will be sex after death, we just won't be able to feel it.
                -- Lily Tomlin

Distance

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
                -- Noelie Altito

Our world

Ours is a world where people don't know what they
want and are willing to go through hell to get it.

Experience

Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.

Youth

Youth is such a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.
                -- George Bernard Shaw

Bible

The most serious doubt that has been thrown on the authenticity of the
biblical miracles is the fact that most of the witnesses in regard to
them were fishermen.
                -- Arthur Binstead

Governos

Quando ocorrem variações no câmbio, queda nas bolsas de valores, variações
nas taxas de juros ou pequenos distúrbios na economia, rapidamente os governos
atua e tomam providências urgentes lançando as mais variadas medidas para
"colocar as coisas no rumo certo". Mas quando ocorrem mortes de jovens, pobres,
moradores da periferia, sendo eles agentes do Estado ou simples civis, isso não
acontece. Apesar disso, não desistiremos de clamar por justiça!
                -- Ariel de Castro Alves, em Crimes de Maio, pag. 116.

Politicians

Politicians are the same everywhere.  They promise
to build a bridge even where there is no river.
                -- Nikita Khrushchev

Failure and success II

Every successful person has had failures
but repeated failure is no guarantee of eventual success.

Civilization II

It's so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the
Devil when he is the only explanation of it.

Programs

When users see one GUI as beautiful,
other user interfaces become ugly.
When users see some programs as winners,
other programs become lossage.

Pointers and NULLs reference each other.
High level and assembler depend on each other.
Double and float cast to each other.
High-endian and low-endian define each other.
While and until follow each other.

Therefore the Guru 
programs without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Warnings arise and he lets them come;
processes are swapped and he lets them go.
He has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When his work is done, he deletes it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Life II

Life is too short to be taken seriously.
                -- O. Wilde

Life III

Life begins at the centerfold and expands outward.
                -- Miss November, 1966

Reichel's Law

Reichel's Law:
        A body on vacation tends to remain on vacation unless acted upon by
        an outside force.

Drugs

I do not take drugs -- I am drugs.
                -- Salvador Dali

Bootstrap

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.

Technological progress

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means
for going backwards.
                -- Aldous Huxley

Katz' Law

Katz' Law:
        Men and nations will act rationally when
        all other possibilities have been exhausted.

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have
exhausted all other alternatives.
                -- Abba Eban

Modern technology

The marvels of today's modern technology include the development of a
soda can, which, when discarded will last forever -- and a $7,000 car
which, when properly cared for, will rust out in two or three years.

Gold of time

A lost ounce of gold may be found, a lost moment of time never.

Gospels and intelligence

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in
praise of intelligence.
                -- Bertrand Russell

Plans

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

Bureaucracy

Join in the new game that's sweeping the country.  It's called
"Bureaucracy".  Everybody stands in a circle.  The first person to do
anything loses.

Weinberg's Second Law:

Weinberg's Second Law:
        If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs,
        then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

Respect

Show respect for age.  Drink good Scotch for a change.

Fear

Fear is the greatest salesman.
                -- Robert Klein

Progress

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.
                -- George Bernard Shaw

Hating tech

I use technology in order to hate it more properly.
                -- Nam June Paik

Barach's Rule

Barach's Rule:
        An alcoholic is a person who drinks more than his own physician.

Heller's Law

Heller's Law:
        The first myth of management is that it exists.

Johnson's Corollary:
        Nobody really knows what is going on anywhere within the organization.

Marxists and the lightbulb

Q:      How many Marxists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A:      None:  The lightbulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.

Descartes' disappearance

"I don't think so," said Rene Descartes.  Just then, he vanished

Love

Who does not love wine, women, and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long.
                -- Johann Heinrich Voss

Unnamed Law

Unnamed Law:
        If it happens, it must be possible

Past and future

People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of
the future.

Machine language

A person who is more than casually interested in computers should be well
schooled in machine language, since it is a fundamental part of a computer.
                -- Donald Knuth

Ignorance

My father, a good man, told me, "Never lose
your ignorance; you cannot replace it."
                -- Erich Maria Remarque

Larkinson's Law

Larkinson's Law:
        All laws are basically false.

Volunteer Labor

Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labor:
        People are always available for work in the past tense.

Psycho

Be a better psychiatrist and the world will beat a psychopath to your
door.

Surrealists and the lightbulb

Q:  How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
A:  Two.  One to hold the giraffe and the other to fill the bathtub
    with brightly colored machine tools.

Death

When you die, you lose a very important part of your life.
                -- Brooke Shields

Programs II

Every program has (at least) two purposes:
        the one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.

Laugh

Laugh at your problems:  everybody else does.

Police

Support your local police force -- steal!!

Err

"To err is human, to forgive, beyond the scope of the Operating System"

Dolphins

If dolphins are so smart, why did Flipper work for television?

Red tape

If we can ever make red tape nutritional, we can feed the world.
                -- R. Schaeberle, "Management Accounting"

Economic predictions

Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you
lose your job.  These economic downturns are very difficult to predict,
but sophisticated econometric modeling houses like Data Resources and
Chase Econometrics have successfully predicted 14 of the last 3 recessions.

Dragons

Everyone knows that dragons don't exist.  But while this simplistic
formulation may satisfy the layman, it does not suffice for the
scientific mind.  The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact
wholly unconcerned with what DOES exist.  Indeed, the banality of
existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us
to discuss it any further here.  The brilliant Cerebron, attacking
the problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon:
the mythical, the chimerical, and the purely hypothetical.  They were
all, one might say, nonexistent, but each nonexisted in an entirely
different way...

Conservative

Conservative, n:
        A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished
        from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
                -- Ambrose Bierce

Intellectual

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
                -- Albert Camus

Patience

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own
weight in other people's patience.
                -- John Updike

Psychologist

psychologist, n:
        Someone who watches everyone else when an attractive woman walks
        into a room.

Finagle's Third Law

Finagle's Third Law:
        In any collection of data, the figure most obviously correct,
        beyond all need of checking, is the mistake.

Corollaries:
        1. Nobody whom you ask for help will see it.
        2. The first person who stops by, whose advice you really
           don't want to hear, will see it immediately.

Manly's Maxim

Manly's Maxim:
        Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion
        with confidence.

Borrowing money

Always borrow money from a pessimist; he doesn't expect to be paid
back.

Sleep

Sleep -- the most beautiful experience in life -- except drink.
                -- W.C. Fields

Problem solving

There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a
suitable application of high explosives.

Facts

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
                -- Aldous Huxley

Management

MANAGEMENT:
    The art of getting other people to do all the work.

Heller's Law

Heller's Law:
        The first myth of management is that it exists.

Money

While money can't buy happiness, it certainly
lets you choose your own form of misery.

Mozart

It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was
my age, he had been dead for 2 years.
                -- Tom Lehrer

Misfortune

MISFORTUNE:
        The kind of fortune that never misses.

Thermodynamics II

QOTD:
        Ludwig Boltzmann, who spend much of his life studying statistical
        mechanics died in 1906 by his own hand.  Paul Ehrenfest, carrying
        on the work, died similarly in 1933.  Now it is our turn.
                -- Goodstein, States of Matter 

Laws

All laws are simulations of reality.
                -- John C. Lilly

Democracy

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half
of the people are right more than half of the time.
                -- E.B. White

Horngren's Observation

Horngren's Observation:
        Among economists, the real world is often a special case.

Sources

Never trust an operating system you don't have sources for. ;-)
        -- Unknown source

Latin

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

(Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.)

Interpreter

INTERPRETER:
        One who enables two persons of different languages to understand
        each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the
        interpreter's advantage for the other to have said.

Collections

"I have the world's largest collection of seashells.  I keep it
scattered around the beaches of the world ... Perhaps you've seen it.
                -- Steven Wright

Advertising

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest
way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
                -- Sinclair Lewis

Life IV

LIFE:
        Learning about people the hard way -- by being one.

Economics

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
                -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Flugg's Law

Flugg's Law:
        When you need to knock on wood is when you realize that the
world is composed of vinyl, naugahyde and aluminum.

Control

The more control, the more that requires control.

Hardware

hardware, n:
        The parts of a computer system that can be kicked.

Mathematician

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
                -- P. Erdos

Life V

If life is merely a joke, the question
still remains: for whose amusement?

God

God is a polytheist.

Last words

Famous last words:

Electrocution

Electrocution, n.:
  Burning at the stake with all the modern improvements.

Vail's Second Axiom

Vail's Second Axiom:
        The amount of work to be done increases in proportion to the
amount of work already completed.

Odds

The odds are a million to one against your being one in a million.

Management II

XI:

  If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would
  get twice as much done.  If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty
  times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all
  the managers would fly off.

XII:

  It costs a lot to build bad products.

XIII:

  There are many highly successful businesses in the United States.
  There are also many highly paid executives.  The policy is not to
  intermingle the two.

XIV:

  After the year 2015, there will be no airplane crashes.  There will
  be no takeoffs either, because electronics will occupy 100 percent
  of every airplane's weight.

XV:

  The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost
  and two-thirds of the problems.
    -- Norman Augustine

Art

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
    -- Paul Gauguin

Sculpture

A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block
of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an
elephant.

People

I drink to make other people interesting.
    -- George Jean Nathan

Friends

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too
dark to read.
    -- Groucho Marx

Abstinence

There is nothing wrong with abstinence, in moderation.

Management III

XXVI:
  If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each
  other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.
XXVII:
  Rank does not intimidate hardware.  Neither does the lack of rank.
XXVIII:
  It is better to be the reorganizer than the reorganizee.
XXIX:
  Executives who do not produce successful results hold on to their
  jobs only about five years.  Those who produce effective results
  hang on about half a decade.
XXX:
  By the time the people asking the questions are ready for the answers,
  the people doing the work have lost track of the questions.
    -- Norman Augustine

Minute

How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on.

Divorce

Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
                -- Cary Grant

Low level

A programming language is low level
when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.

Get things done

There are three ways to get something done:

  1: Do it yourself.
  2: Hire someone to do it for you.
  3: Forbid your kids to do it.

Time

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.

Specs

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice
versa.

Purpose

  In the begining, God created the Earth and he said, "Let there be
mud."
  And there was mud.
  And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud
can see what we have done."
  And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was
man.  Mud-as-man alone could speak.
  "What is the purpose of all this?" man asked politely.
  "Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.
  "Certainly," said man.
  "Then I leave it to you to think of one for all of this," said God.
  And He went away.
    -- Kurt Vonnegut, Between Time and Timbuktu"

Life VI

LIFE:
        A whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.

Life VII

"I'm prepared for all emergencies but totally unprepared for everyday
life."

Law of Selective Gravity

Law of Selective Gravity:
  An object will fall so as to do the most damage.

Jenning's Corollary:
  The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side
  down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.

Law of the Perversity of Nature:
  You cannot determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.

Life VIII

Do not try to solve all life's problems at once -- learn to dread each
day as it comes.
    -- Donald Kaul

Devil

The devil finds work for idle circuits to do.

Knowledge

Is knowledge knowable?  If not, how do we know that?

Monsters

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not
become a monster.  And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks
into you.
                -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Microsoft

Nicholas Petreley's First Law of Computer Trade Journalism:
"No technology exists until Microsoft invents it.

Laser

Please do not look directly into laser with remaining eye.

Computers II

I do not fear computers.  I fear the lack of them.
                -- Isaac Asimov

Kafka's Law

Kafka's Law:
        In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
                -- Franz Kafka, "RS's 1974 Expectation of Days"

Hypocrites

Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
                -- Hannah Arendt

Review Questions

Review Questions

1:      If Nerd on the planet Nutley starts out in his spaceship at 20 KPH,
        and his speed doubles every 3.2 seconds, how long will it be before
        he exceeds the speed of light?  How long will it be before the
        Galactic Patrol picks up the pieces of his spaceship?

2:      If Roger Rowdy wrecks his car every week, and each week he breaks
        twice as many bones as before, how long will it be before he breaks
        every bone in his body?  How long will it be before they cut off
        his insurance?  Where does he get a new car every week?

3:      If Johnson drinks one beer the first hour (slow start), four beers
        the next hour, nine beers the next, etc., and stacks the cans in
        a pyramid, how soon will Johnson's pyramid be larger than King
        Tut's?  When will it fall on him?  Will he notice?

Magic III

There are three schools of magic.  One:  State a tautology, then ring the
changes on its corollaries; that's philosophy.  Two:  Record many facts.
Try to find a pattern.  Then make a wrong guess at the next fact; that's
science.  Three:  Be aware that you live in a malevolent Universe controlled
by Murphy's Law, sometimes offset by Brewster's Factor; that's engineering.

The meaning

+#if defined(__alpha__) && defined(CONFIG_PCI)
+       /*
+        * The meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Plus
+        * this makes the year come out right.
+        */
+       year -= 42;
+#endif
        -- From the patch for 1.3.2: (kernel/time.c), submitted by Marcus Meissner

Ultimate question

Scientists were preparing an experiment to ask the ultimate question.
They had worked for months gathering one each of every computer that
was built. Finally the big day was at hand.  All the computers were
linked together.  They asked the question, "Is there a God?".  Lights
started blinking, flashing and blinking some more.  Suddenly, there
was a loud crash, and a bolt of lightning came down from the sky,
struck the computers, and welded all the connections permanently
together.  "There is now", came the reply.

Correspondence Corollary

Correspondence Corollary:
        An experiment may be considered a success if no more than half
        your data must be discarded to obtain correspondence with your theory.

Electron

After this was written there appeared a remarkable posthumous memoir that
throws some doubt on Millikan's leading role in these experiments.  Harvey
Fletcher (1884-1981), who was a graduate student at the University of Chicago,
at Millikan's suggestion worked on the measurement of electronic charge for
his doctoral thesis, and co-authored some of the early papers on this subject
with Millikan.  Fletcher left a manuscript with a friend with instructions
that it be published after his death; the manuscript was published in
Physics Today, June 1982, page 43.  In it, Fletcher claims that he was the
first to do the experiment with oil drops, was the first to measure charges on
single droplets, and may have been the first to suggest the use of oil.
According to Fletcher, he had expected to be co-authored with Millikan on
the crucial first article announcing the measurement of the electronic
charge, but was talked out of this by Millikan.
                -- Steven Weinberg, "The Discovery of Subatomic Particles"

Robert Millikan is generally credited with making the first really
precise measurement of the charge on an electron and was awarded the 
Nobel Prize in 1923.

Gods

Psychologists think they're experimental psychologists.
Experimental psychologists think they're biologists.
Biologists think they're biochemists.
Biochemists think they're chemists.
Chemists think they're physical chemists.
Physical chemists think they're physicists.
Physicists think they're theoretical physicists.
Theoretical physicists think they're mathematicians.
Mathematicians think they're metamathematicians.
Metamathematicians think they're philosophers.
Philosophers think they're gods.

Mind

My God, I'm depressed!  Here I am, a computer with a mind a thousand times
as powerful as yours, doing nothing but cranking out fortunes and sending
mail about softball games.  And I've got this pain right through my ALU.
I've asked for it to be replaced, but nobody ever listens.  I think it
would be better for us both if you were to just log out again.

Penguins

A Mexican newspaper reports that bored Royal Air Force pilots stationed
on the Falkland Islands have devised what they consider a marvelous new
game.  Noting that the local penguins are fascinated by airplanes, the
pilots search out a beach where the birds are gathered and fly slowly
along it at the water's edge.  Perhaps ten thousand penguins turn their
heads in unison watching the planes go by, and when the pilots turn
around and fly back, the birds turn their heads in the opposite
direction, like spectators at a slow-motion tennis match.  Then, the
paper reports, "The pilots fly out to sea and directly to the penguin
colony and overfly it.  Heads go up, up, up, and ten thousand penguins
fall over gently onto their backs.
                -- Audobon Society Magazine

Seconds

        How many seconds are there in a year?  If I tell you there  are
3.155  x  10^7, you won't even try to remember it.  On the other hand, who
could forget that, to within half a percent, pi seconds is a nanocentury.
                -- Tom Duff, Bell Labs

Decisions

Decisions of the judges will be final unless shouted down by a really
overwhelming majority of the crowd present.  Abusive and obscene
language may not be used by contestants when addressing members of the
judging panel, or, conversely, by members of the judging panel when
addressing contestants (unless struck by a boomerang).
                -- Mudgeeraba Creek Emu-Riding and Boomerang-Throwing
                   Assoc.

Matter and space

Space tells matter how to move and matter tells space how to curve.
                -- Wheeler

Executions

Take your dying with some seriousness, however.  Laughing on the way to
your execution is not generally understood by less advanced life forms,
and they'll call you crazy.
                -- "Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul"

Bar Troubleshooting

Symptom:                Drinking fails to give taste and satisfaction, beer is
                        unusually pale and clear.
Problem:                Glass empty.
Action Required:        Find someone who will buy you another beer.

Symptom:                Drinking fails to give taste and satisfaction,
                        and the front of your shirt is wet.
Fault:                  Mouth not open when drinking or glass applied to
                        wrong part of face.
Action Required:        Buy another beer and practice in front of mirror.
                        Drink as many as needed to perfect drinking technique.

                -- Bar Troubleshooting

Symptom:                Floor swaying.
Fault:                  Excessive air turbulence, perhaps due to air-hockey
                        game in progress.
Action Required:        Insert broom handle down back of jacket.

Symptom:                Everything has gone dim, strange taste of peanuts
                        and pretzels or cigarette butts in mouth.
Fault:                  You have fallen forward.
Action Required:        See above.

Symptom:                Opposite wall covered with acoustic tile and several
                        flourescent light strips.
Fault:                  You have fallen over backward.
Action Required:        If your glass is full and no one is standing on your
                        drinking arm, stay put.  If not, get someone to help
                        you get up, lash yourself to bar.

                -- Bar Troubleshooting

Sex

Sex without class consciousness cannot give satisfaction, even if it is
repeated until infinity.
                -- Aldo Brandirali (Secretary of the Italian Marxist-Leninist
                   Party), in a manual of the party's official sex guidelines,
                   1973.

Theory

THEORY:
        System of ideas meant to explain something, chosen with a view to
        originality, controversialism, incomprehensibility, and how good
        it will look in print.

Computers III

Around computers it is difficult to find the correct unit of time to
measure progress.  Some cathedrals took a century to complete.  Can you
imagine the grandeur and scope of a program that would take as long?
                -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

Leaks

        A sheet of paper crossed my desk the other day and as I read it,
realization of a basic truth came over me.  So simple!  So obvious we couldn't
see it.  John Knivlen, Chairman of Polamar Repeater Club, an amateur radio
group, had discovered how IC circuits work.  He says that smoke is the thing
that makes ICs work because every time you let the smoke out of an IC circuit,
it stops working.  He claims to have verified this with thorough testing.
        I was flabbergasted!  Of course!  Smoke makes all things electrical
work.  Remember the last time smoke escaped from your Lucas voltage regulator
Didn't it quit working?  I sat and smiled like an idiot as more of the truth
dawned.  It's the wiring harness that carries the smoke from one device to
another in your Mini, MG or Jag.  And when the harness springs a leak, it lets
the smoke out of everything at once, and then nothing works.  The starter motor
requires large quantities of smoke to operate properly, and that's why the wire
going to it is so large.
        Feeling very smug, I continued to expand my hypothesis.  Why are Lucas
electronics more likely to leak than say Bosch?  Hmmm...  Aha!!!  Lucas is
British, and all things British leak!  British convertible tops leak water,
British engines leak oil, British displacer units leak hydrostatic fluid, and
I might add Brititsh tires leak air, and the British defense unit leaks
secrets... so naturally British electronics leak smoke.
                -- Jack Banton, PCC Automotive Electrical School

Dopewars

Indo para Brooklyn
A moça próxima a você no metrô lhe diz,
 "Drogas podem ser suas amigas!"
Indo para Bronx
Você escuta alguém tocando `Legalize Já` por Planet Hemp
Viciados estão comprando Ópio a preços ridículos!

-- Dopewars

Cérebro

Um médico britânico diz:

"A medicina, em meu país, está tão avançada que nós podemos retirar o cérebro de um homem,
 colocá-lo em outro homem, e fazer com que, em seis semanas, ele já esteja procurando 
 emprego."

Um médico alemão diz:

"Isto não é nada. Nós podemos retirar o cérebro de uma pessoa, colocá-lo em outra, e fazer com 
 que, em quatro semanas, ela esteja se preparando para a guerra."

O médico americano, para não ser superado, diz:

"Vocês, meus caros, estão muito atrás. Nós, recentemente, retiramos um homem sem cérebro, do 
 Texas, conseguimos colocá-lo na Casa Branca, e, agora, temos a metade do país procurando 
 emprego e a outra metade se preparando para a guerra."

Chocolate

Chocolate de menta: escove os dentes e em seguida mastigue uma barra 
daquelas que são vendidas no trem.

Randomly Generated Tagline

Randomly Generated Tagline:
"Any sufficiently perverted technology is indistinguishable from Perl."
                      - Unknown

Brasil

O Brasil é sério, mas é surrealista

-- Jorge Amado

Ovo e a galinha

A galinha e apenas o meio que o ovo encontrou para produzir outro ovo.
  -- Samuel Butler

História

"Às vezes você está vivendo um momento que entra para a história, mas está do lado errado."
 -- Mario "Macora" Castillo
    http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/esporte/folhanacopa/2014/07/1483578-selecao-que-levou-a-maior-goleada-das-copas-diz-que-brasil-foi-pior.shtml

Machines

Human beings can't keep track of the world any more, we have to leave it up to the machines.

-- The Shockware Rider

Crimes

A sociedade prepara os crimes e os indivíduos se limitam a executá-los.

-- Queteler apud Bakunin, A Instrução Integral, p. 86.

Provos

a verdade é que os piores inimigos desta época são:
os sujeitos que usam imagens programadas para chupar nossos
olhos como se fossem ovos

-- Lucebert, em Provos, da Coleção Bardena pág. 132

Computer Science

There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.

-- Phil Karlton  

Caos

Existe um grande caos abaixo do céu - a situação é excelente.

--- Mao Tsé-Tung:

Destruição

O operário fez tudo, e o operário pode destruir tudo, porque pode fazer tudo de novo.

-- Marx

Desespero

A situação desesperada da época em que vivo me enche de esperança.

-- Marx em carta a Ruge

Fracasso

Fracassei em tudo o que tentei na vida.                                     
Tentei alfabetizar as crianças brasileiras, não consegui.
Tente salvar os índios, não consegui.
Tentei fazer uma universidade séria e fracassei.
Tentei fazer o Brasil desenvolver-se autonomamente e fracassei.
Mas os fracassos são minhas vitórias.
Eu detestaria estar no lugar de quem me venceu.

-- Darcy Ribeiro

Meta

Sempre permaneça no metanível. Sempre há um metanível acima do qual você se
encontra. Nunca se coloque numa situação na qual você não possa se suicidar.
Ande sempre com sua pílula de cicuta.

--- logoutman

Jogo da Forca

Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him. 

-- https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cardinal_Richelieu

Corolário do Araponga:

Talvez menos linhas sejam necessárias para condenar alguém. Talvez apenas com a
citação acima já seria possível condenar o pobre Cardeal Richelieu.  

O acúmulo de dados pela vigilância de massa compromete qualquer pessoa em
crimes previstos num entulho jurídico acumulado ao longo de centenas de anos.

Somos agentes duplos, títeres de qual jogo doentio?

It's the oldest question of all, George. Who can spy on the spies?

-- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Liberdade

"My Brain is the key that sets me free."

-- Houdini

Razão e progresso

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.
                -- George Bernard Shaw

Desatualização

Tudo se desatualiza à velocidade da luz. Inclusive a luz.

Tautologia da técnica

Toda a tecnologia deve ser substituível por materiais disponíveis no presídio
(fazemos o que podemos com o que temos).

Confiança

Um computador confiável é uma região do espaço-tempo à qual foi atribuído
um voto de confiança.

Poesia

O que é bom para o lixo é bom para a poesia

-- Manoel de Barros, Matéria de Poesia, in Poesias Completas, pág. 137