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Computer Witchcraft

Rediscovered the opening few sentences from one of my favourite books, Danny Hillis’ “The Pattern on the Stone”. Read more

Unix Philosophy

I’ve been thinking recently about how learning PowerShell and Elixir have had an influence on my day job working with C# and was reminded of... Read more

Fear Destroys Teamwork

Fear Destroys Teamwork! — fear of not being included, fear of appearing ignorant, fear of being ignored, fear of being the "skunk at the garden... Read more

Joy in Learning

Our schools must preserve and nurture the yearning for learning that everyone is born with. Joy in learning comes not so much from what is... Read more

Good Employees

Good employees in a poor system are commonly mistaken for poor employees. Doc Norton (channeling W. Edwards Deming) Read more

A Bicycle for the Mind

I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured... Read more

Gall's Law

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works... Read more

Destroy the Enterprise

If management sets quantitative targets and makes people’s jobs depend on them – they will meet the targets even if they have to destroy the... Read more

The Best Plan for a System

If economists understood the theory of a system, the role of cooperation in optimization, they would no longer teach and preach salvation through adversarial competition.... Read more

Conway's Law

We have seen that this fact has important implications for the management of system design... A design effort should be organized according to the need... Read more


A quote I love from the mid-19th century which is much more forward thinking than many people in the 21st. Read more

Do Your Best

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best. W. Edwards Deming Read more

Elizabeth Warren

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. Read more


Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. "Be Still" they say. "Watch and Listen. You are the result of the love of thousands." anonymous Read more

Aneurin Bevan

Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost... Read more

Stay Afraid

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the... Read more


If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.... Read more

Cult of Ignorance

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding... Read more

A Long Habit

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Tom Paine, 1737-1809 Read more

All Models are Wrong

Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful? George E. P. Box... Read more

Jason Read

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as "parasites" fail to understand economics and parasitism. Read more

Art for a Few

I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. William Morris Read more

Prime Directive

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time,... Read more

Excellent Foppery

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,–often the surfeit of our own behavior,–we make guilty of our... Read more

Man's Original Virtue

Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was... Read more

Begin Taking Action

Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe... Read more

Charles Chilton Moore

Fifteen hundred years ago, Constantine, who murdered his own wife and children, started the Christian religion. From that day to this that religion has been... Read more


Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant... Read more

Discreet Sheep

We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove. We have two opinions: one private,... Read more


No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their... Read more

No Silver Bullet

The hardest part of the software task is arriving at a complete and consistent specification, and much of the essence of building a program is... Read more

Why I am an Agnostic

When I became convinced that the Universe is natural – that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my... Read more