Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Can Data Mining Win a Presidential Campaign?

… well… depends on who reviews and uses the data, dunnit ?


Anniversary of sorts


One Writer's Mind

It was exactly a year ago today that I heard the commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave to Stanford in 2005. I heard the words above and something clicked. Something inside me brightened. I saw that he was absolutely correct. How happy could you be living the ideals of someone else? How could you feel at peace with yourself knowing that it’s not you that’s directing your own life?

It was that day, that epiphany, those words, that put me where I am today.

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Calvin & Hobbs quotes…

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it’s great to be male!

Reality continues to ruin my life.

“What are you doing?”
“Being cool.”
“You look more like you’re bored.”
“The world bores you when you’re cool.”

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

This one’s tricky. You have to use imaginary numbers, like eleventeen …

I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life … Procrastinating and rationalizing.

I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information

I like maxims that don’t encourage behavior modification.

“I’m a simple man, Hobbes.”
“You?? Yesterday you wanted a nuclear powered car that could turn into a jet with laser-guided heat-seeking missiles!”
“I’m a simple man with complex tastes.”

“What state do you live in?”

I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.

“Do you think there’s a God?
“Well somebody’s out to get me!”

In my opinion, television validates existence.

“Here’s a movie we should watch.”
“Who’s in it?”
“It says ‘Japanese Cast’…two big rubbery monsters slug it out over major metropolitan centres in a battle for world supremacy…doesn’t that sound great?”
“And people say that foreign film is inaccessible.”

“Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?”
“I’m not sure that man needs the help.”

So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.

Your Value Is in Deciding What’s Important, Not Answering Email


Asked how he achieves work/life balance, Google’s Director of Research Peter Norvig offered up a pretty easy answer….

“People get out of balance when they see their value as being able to respond quickly. If I see myself as a machine for answering email, then my work life would never stop because my email never stops. If instead I see my value as separating the important from the unimportant and making good decisions on the important, then I can go home at a reasonable hour, spend time with my family, ignore my email and phone messages all weekend long, and make sure that when I return to work, I am in the right mood to make the good decisions.”

David Gemmell Quotes


“We make choices everyday, some of them good, some of them bad. And – if we are strong enough – we live with the consequences.”
— David Gemmell

“They dont understand what real treasure is. They see it in gold and copper, and tin. They see in herds of horses or cattle. They gather treasures to themselves, building great storehouses, which they guard ferociously. Then they die. What good is it then?”
— David Gemmell

“If you want to fight evil, you have to climb down in the slime to do so.”
— David Gemmell

“”Man is capable of greatness, love, nobility, compassion. Yet never forget that his capacity for evil is infinite. It is a sad truth, boy, that if you sit now and think of the worst tortures that could ever be inflicted on another human being, they will already have been practiced somewhere. If there is one sound that follows the march of humanity, it is the scream.””
— David Gemmell

“What do all men seek? I want to be happy. I would like a wife and sons one day. But I want them to grow in a land where there is hope for the future, where men do not take to the road. If that is a hopeless dream – and maybe it is – then I will sire no sons. I will wander, and play my harp, and weave my magick until the end.”
— David Gemmell (Morningstar)

“Fear is good, for it makes us cautious and aids survival. Not so with terror. It is like slow poison, paralyzing the limbs and blurring the mind. . . Never, when in danger, ask yourself, What will they do to me? Instead think, What can I do to prevent them?”
— David Gemmell (Morningstar)