January 28: Computers and Software (The Future)

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January 28
Computers and Software

Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to describe the history of the computer industry for the past decade as a massive effort to keep up with Apple.
~Byte, December 1994

Interviewer: Is studying computer science the best way to prepare to be a programmer?
Bill Gates: No. the best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating system. You got to be willing to read other people’s code, then write your own, then have other people review your code. You’ve got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you’re doing wrong.
~Bill Gates cited in: “Programmers at Work: Interviews with 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry,” Tempus, by Susan Lammers (Editor)

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January 24: Presidents (The Future)

January 24


The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

~Franklin Delano Roosevelt


We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

~Franklin Delano Roosevelt


The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.

~Andrew Johnson (1865–1869)

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January 2: Science Fiction Writers

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January 2
Science Fiction Writers

We have trained them to think of the Future as a promised land which favoured heroes attain—not as something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
~C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (1942). C.S. Lewis, in full Clive Staples Lewis (born 1898, Belfast, Ireland [now in Northern Ireland]—died November 22, 1963, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), Irish-born scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, most of them on Christian apologetics, the most widely known being The Screwtape Letters. He also achieved fame with a trilogy of science-fiction novels and with the Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven children’s books that have become classics of fantasy literature.

Is it credible that our world should have two futures? I have seen them. Two entirely distinct futures lie before mankind, one dark, one bright; one the defeat of all man’s hopes, the betrayal of all his ideals, the other their hard-won triumph.
~Olaf Stapledon, Darkness and the Light (1942)

We live in reference to past experience and not to future events, however inevitable.
~H. G. Wells, Mind at the End of Its Tether (1946). Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – 1946) was a British writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Time Machine; also for Kipps, The History of Mr. Polly and other social satires.
How could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him: or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.
~George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). George Orwell (1903 – 1950) was the pen name of British novelist, essayist, and journalist Eric Arthur Blair.


December 13: Scientists

December 13



The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988



Not fact-finding, but attainment to philosophy is the aim of science.

~Martin H. Fischer



The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too. It fell on no city, no munition plants, no docks. It erased no church, vaporized no public buildings, reduced no man to his atomic elements. But it fell, it fell.

~Hermann Hagedorn, “The Bomb That Fell on America“

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July 28: Computers and Software (The Future)

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July 28
Computers and Software

The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games.

~Eugene Jarvis



The primary duty of an exception handler is to get the error out of the lap of the programmer and into the surprised face of the user.

~Verity Stob (11 January 2006). “Catch as catch can: A light-hearted look at exception handling.” The Register. Retrieved on 2007-07-04.

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July 17: Holy Bible

July 17
Holy Bible


Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

~Isaiah 7:14



Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

~Matthew 24:29-31



No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

~Matthew 24:36-37


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July 11: Predictions (Future)

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(Speaking of late nineteenth-century self-regard within the British empire:)
Well, here we are on top of the world, and we have arrived at this peak to stay there forever. There is, of course, a thing called history, but history is something unpleasant that happens to other people. We are comfortably outside all of that I am sure.
~Arnold J. Toynbee

That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.
~Anonymous, Scientific American, January 2, 1909

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June 30: Writers

June 30

What is possible can never be demonstrated to be false; and ‘tis possible the course of nature may change, since we can conceive such a change. Nay, I will go farther, and assert, that he could not so much as prove by any probable arguments, that the future must be conformable to the past. All probable arguments are built on the supposition, that there is this conformity betwixt the future and the past, and therefore can never prove it. This conformity is a matter of fact, and if it must be proved, will admit of no proof but from experience. But our experience in the past can be a proof of nothing for the future, but upon a supposition, that there is a resemblance betwixt them. This therefore is a point, which can admit of no proof at all, and which we take for granted without any proof.
~David Hume, An Abstract of A Treatise on Human Nature (1740), ed. John Maynard Keynes and Piero Sraffa (1938), p. 15

When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future, truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won’t one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
~Jean Rostand, Pensées d’un Biologiste (1939), translated in The Substance of Man (1962), Chapter 7

A man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world. The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites who are going to rule.
~Oscar Wilde (1854−1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, Act 3

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June 29: Leaders

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[Recalling Professor Ira Remsen’s remarks (1895) to a group of his graduate students about to go out with their degrees into the world beyond the university:]
He talked to us for an hour on what was ahead of us; cautioned us against giving up the desire to push ahead by continued study and work. He warned us against allowing our present accomplishments to be the high spot in our lives. He urged us not to wait for a brilliant idea before beginning independent research, and emphasized the fact the Lavoisier’s first contribution to chemistry was the analysis of a sample of gypsum. He told us that the fields in which the great masters had worked were still fruitful; the ground had only been scratched and the gleaner could be sure of ample reward.
~James F. Norris, quoted in Frederick Hutton Getman, The Life of Ira Remsen (1980), p. 73

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~Robert F. Kennedy. Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic senator from New York, and a noted civil-rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism and a member of the Kennedy family, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and he served as the president’s chief advisor during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964 he served as the U.S. Attorney General.

It looks like the future’s really bright.
~Michael P. Anderson, astronaut

Not to destroy but to construct,
I hold the unconquerable belief
that science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war
that nations will come together
not to destroy but to construct
and that the future belongs to those
who accomplish most for humanity.
[His 1956 Christmas card.]
~Adlai E. Stevenson in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1980), pp. 366-367. The card used a variant of Louis Pasteur’s earlier remark in 1892. Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900 – 1965) was an American politician, noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent oratory, and promotion of liberal causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois, and received the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1952 and 1956; both times he was defeated by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination for a third time in the election of 1960, but was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. After his election, President Kennedy appointed Stevenson as the Ambassador to the United Nations; he served from 1961 to 1965. He died on July 14, 1965 in London after suffering a heart attack.

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June 27: Inventors and Discoverers

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June 27: Inventors and Discoverers

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487. I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

~Dr. Jonas Salk, M.D.


I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That’s what motivates me.

~Dr. Jonas Salk, M.D.

489. Now, some people might look at something and let it go by, because they don’t recognize the pattern and the significance.

~Dr. Jonas Salk, M.D. Jonas Edward Salk (1914 – 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine.

490. When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.

~Steve Jobs, interview in WIRED magazine (February 1996). Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955, San Francisco, California, U.S.—died October 5, 2011, Palo Alto, California), cofounder of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.), was a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer era.

491. Science can give us only the tools in the box, these mechanical miracles that it has already given us. But of what use to us are miraculous tools until we have mastered the humane, cultural use of them? We do not want to live in a world where the machine has mastered the man; we want to live in a world where man has mastered the machine. ~Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture: Selected Writings 1894-1940 (1941), p. 258.