Monday, August 12, 2019

Pudder's Law:

Pudder's Law:
        Anything that begins well will end badly.
        (Note: The converse of Pudder's law is not true.)

Managing Technology

Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.

-- Anonymous

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Whay are People Good

 "If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward,
 then we are a sorry lot indeed."
 -- Albert Einstein

Magic vs Technology

 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
                -- Arthur C. Clarke

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Conflicting Stories

 When there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course
 is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.
   -- H. Allen Smith, "Let the Crabgrass Grow"

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Best Diplomacy

"The best diplomat that I know is a fully-loaded phaser bank."

      -- Lt. Cdr. Montgomery Scott ("A Taste of Armageddon")


 There are no manifestos like cannon and musketry.
   -- The Duke of Wellington

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Extinction of Freedom

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."

  -- President Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Meskimen's Law - Time to Do It Over

 Meskimen's Law:
        There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to
        do it over.

Friday, May 10, 2019

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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Self Help

 God helps them that help themselves.
                -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"

Saturday, April 27, 2019


"Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." 
- Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Not validated. I can't find this quote anywhere except the forum tag line where I found it. It's not often I search Google that I only get one hit. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


 Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.
                     -- Friedrich von Schiller, "The Maid of Orleans", III, 6

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Silly vs Stupid

 Remember:  Silly is a state of Mind, Stupid is a way of Life.
 -- Dave Butler
From Linux Fortune File 

Friday, April 12, 2019

 Kington's Law of Perforation

Kington's Law of Perforation:

If a straight line of holes is made in a piece of paper, such as a sheet of stamps or a check, that line becomes the strongest part of the paper.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Are you entitled to your opinion?

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

-- Harlan Ellison

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Parkinson's Law

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time allotted it.

Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". It is sometimes applied to the growth of bureaucracy in an organization.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Inherit the Earth

Maybe Jesus was right when he said that the meek shall inherit the earth -- but they inherit very small plots, about six feet by three.

                -- Lazarus Long

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gun Free Zones

97.8% of all Mass Shootings Occur In Gun- Free Zones - NRA Source: Crime prevention Research Center
97.8% of all Mass Shootings Occur In Gun- Free Zones - NRA
Source: Crime prevention Research Center

Doing it Right

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Knowledge vs Wisdom

Knowledge tells us that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom prevents us from putting it into a fruit salad.

-- Miles Kington, British humorist as reported in Heinz Hellin's letter to Smithsonian Sept 2003

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


A good reputation is more valuable than money.

        -- Publilius Syrus

Monday, March 11, 2019

Saying Stupid Things

I'm always thinking twice
before I say something stupid.

                        -- Loesje

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Right Is Right

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

                      --- William Penn

The Two Most Important Days

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.

                      -- Mark Twain

People You Don't Like

“Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.”

-- Dwight D Eisenhower

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

The Second Law of Thermodynamics:
  If you think things are in a mess now, just wait!
  -- Jim Warner

Doing Your Best

"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
- General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

Using Your Talents

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

-- Henry Van Dyke

Declaration of War to Japan

Declaration of War to Japan
speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt
December 8th 1941

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker,
members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The
United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the
solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its
United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the
solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its
government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance
of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air
squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island
of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and
his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal
reply to a recent American message. And, while this reply
stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing
diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war
or of armed attack. It will be recorded that the distance of
Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was
deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During
the intervening time the Japanese Government has
deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false
statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused
severe damage to American naval and military forces.
I regret to tell you that very many American lives have
been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported
torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco
and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive
extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of
yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people
of the United States have already formed their opinions
and well understand the implications to the very life
and safety of our nation. As Commander-in-Chief of the
Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be
taken for our defense, that always will our whole
nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this
premeditated invasion, the American people, in their
righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and
of the people when I assert that we will not only defend
ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain
that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our
people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces, with the un-bounding
determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.
So help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked
and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941,
a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese

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You Decide Where You Will Go

 “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!


If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

-- Maslow

Greener's Law:

Greener's Law:
Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.

Chism's Law of Completion:

Chism's Law of Completion:
        The amount of time required to complete a government project is precisely equal to the length of time already spent on it.

Fear of Computers

"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."

-- Isaac Asimov


“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”

-- Thomas Sowell

Computers and Telephones

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone. Bjarne Stroustrup, a computer science professor, designer of C++ programming language (1950 )


Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Real Charity

Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not.

-- Dan Bennett

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Confidence is the feeling you have just before you understand the situation.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Witty Saying

 A witty saying proves nothing.
                -- Voltaire

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Team Work

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contributions to praise the skills of others.” 

                                  -- Norman Shindle

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Price of Wishes

Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true.
-- Frank Tiger

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It’s not enough to just be yourself.

“It’s not enough to just be yourself. You must be your best self.” 

-- Neil Strauss

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

You cannot fake effort

You cannot fake effort; talent is great but perseverance is necessary.
-- Amy Bloom

It’s not enough to be busy

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?

– Henry David Thoreau

Learn from other people's mistakes,

Learn from other people's mistakes, you don't have time to make your own.

-- From K=linux Fortune File

Friday, February 8, 2019

Boren's Laws

Boren's Laws:
  1. When in charge, ponder.
  2. When in trouble, delegate.
  3. When in doubt, mumble.