Monday, September 28, 2009

Quotable quotes...

I came across these while searching for something online... Enjoy!

Douglas Adams -

"The most misleading assumptions are the ones you don’t even know you’re making."

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

"A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair."

Franklin P. Adams -
"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."

Scott Adams -
"Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience."

Anonymous -
"An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care."

"A couple of months in the lab can often save a couple of hours in the library."

"Confidence: The feeling you have before you understand the situation."

"Statistics means never having to say you’re certain."

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

"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."

Isaac Asimov -
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny. . . ”."

Burt Bacharach -
"A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Just the right thing for a Friday afternoon...

Yesterday afternoon I received the following departmental email:

"A bright green frog was found by the Building X elevators on the 4th floor. Does this frog belong to anyone in a research area? (This is not a joke and its not even a full moon). If this frog is unclaimed, do you know anyone that wants it? I am not not that fond of frogs!"

Shortly afterwards, the following reply was sent to the whole department:

"This is your chance…..Kiss it."

Ah, Friday!