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Written By: Gary on July 17, 2004 No Comment

Quote of the Day (from my today info on the lower right of my page).

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Grace Murray Hopper

I never knew she said that. She’s this wonderfully crazy Admiral in the Navy, had a lot to do with computing. She passed away in 1992 and I know I saw her on Letterman a time or two. She was great with analogies (which I love) when talking about technology. I remember seeing her on some show talking about the speed of computers and explaining it quite well with spaghetti and pepper.

The other thing that she’s attributed with (which I’m more certain she actually said) is:

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.

She’s got her own entry in TV Tomb and I think there is a big computing conference with her name in the title.

Written By: Gary on June 16, 2004 No Comment

From JoA – “Everyone has a part of themselves that they don’t like. They carry it around like a weight. But what they have to do is know when to set it down”. Maybe not an exact quote but the idea is there. Just set it down, ignore it, live the other 99.9% of your life. I know it’s a lot easier to say it than to do it. But sometimes we forget it. I know other’s do and I know I do too. I just thought it was an interesting thing to hear. It was a rerun of Joan and about everyone being upset or bothered about something.

I just really liked the thought. I’ll be thinking about it for a bit…

Written By: Gary on June 3, 2004 2 Comments

Today was graduation. I get to sit on the stage since I’m an administrator for the district. I was just going to comment on the class quote but now that I’m thinking about it I’ll tell you why this was extra emotional for graduation. I started this job three and a half years ago, just a few months before there was an accident in front of the school and one of the students died while crossing the street. That was shortly after they all just started a new high school. There were lots of speeches that mentioned her and a poem read by three of the women who then presented her father with a degree for her. Lots of tears and smeared mascara. I was very glad to be there tonight.

But back to the class quote, it was something like:

Your life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take.
It’s measured by the number of times your breath is taken away.

I do wonder how my life will be measured by others in the future and I really liked how this made me think about how I measure my life.

There was one graduate walking across the stage, she just had this earthy quality about her. And then I noticed her (lack of) shoes. She’ll be remembered for that and many other things I’m sure…

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Written By: Gary on April 7, 2004 No Comment

I now have a new item in my Today section on my links column. So with the Sun, the Moon, “my” weather, word of the day there is now the Quote of the Day. As with everything else it gets updated automatically, so if it doesn’t change, it’s not my fault…

You can click the links to go to the main page of the site or click on the author to see other quotes by the Author. Today’s quote was
“Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.” – Mark Twain

PS – I’m always looking for more additions to my “today” section.

Written By: Gary on April 1, 2004 3 Comments

A quick evaluation on whether a technology is good or not. That is a pretty short evaluation and I like it (it’s short, it’s powerful and it meets my 3 second attention span requirement). I got this from a Mike Rohde blog entry that was referring to a Howard Rheingold article quoting an Amish person as to why cell phones are okay for them. It’s got to be causing some conflict for them, remember cell phones are a lot more these days than just phones they are e-mail, web browsers, PDAs, video games, calulators, cameras, mp3 players, etc… and some of those functions are standard these days. The Amish aren’t the focus of my entry but they are the round about source of the quote.

Back to the quote: “Does it bring us together, or draw us apart?” – While it is a nice short evaluation on technology, the continuum between the two ends of the spectrum leaves a lot of grey area. But I’ve been thinking about it every since I read the entry. Computers (sans Internet) can take people away from the people they know. The Internet can bring them the world but also take them away from people they know. But for some it could be a creative outlet – photography, music, movies, art design. This could be what brings them out.

My question is what are some very clear technologies that fit at one end of our spectrum or another?
There is no research here, I’m just making it up as I go along (so don’t get upset with me).

  • Digital Photography – probably brings people together more.
  • Video games / on-line gaming – probably separates the gamer from live people (but more virtual friends).
  • Laptop Computers – possibly keeps you in touch but at the cafe and resturant and airplane you probably aren’t paying attention to the world around you (where the people are). This is probably true with handheld video games, cd/mp3 players, PDAs, text messaging, etc. also. You could probably say about regular old paper books too.
  • DVD Players / Home Theatre – this could be social or not just depends if you stay home instead of going out or if you have friends over. As the technology gets better, why leave the house?

    No big conclusion, just thoughts about the topic. If you think of any please leave me a note.

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    Written By: Gary on February 15, 2004 No Comment

    “Everyone has a part of themselves that they don’t like… You carry it around like a weight. The lucky ones realize that when it becomes too heavy, you can choose to set it down. That’s when you can see things they way they really are.”

    It was probably my least favorite episode. So if it was the first time you had a chance to watch Joan of Arcadia, you do need to give it another try. Too many people arguing and fighting, not the normal happy go lucky show that I normally praise so highly.

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