Nice Fella

Quote

“He’s a nice fella,” said Slim. “Guy don’t  need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fellow.”

– John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Quote: Belief vs. Observation

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it…or because it is spoken and rumored by many…or because it is found written in your religious books. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

– The Buddha

More Jobs from 1985

The man was truely a visionary. There is no question that this statement proved to be true. As the Internet grew in adoption, you absolutely needed a home computer.

The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people‐‑as remarkable as the telephone.

Steve Jobs Defines What a Computer Is

I never thought of it in these terms, but leave it to Steve Jobs to provide a great definition of what a computer is (in 1985):

Jobs: Computers are actually pretty simple. We’re sitting here on a bench in this cafe [for this part of the Interview]. Let’s assume that you understood only the most rudimentary of directions and you asked how to find the rest room. I would have to describe it to you in very specific and precise instructions. I might say, “Scoot sideways two meters off the bench. Stand erect. Lift left foot. Bend left knee until it is horizontal. Extend left foot and shift weight 300 centimeters forward .” and on and on. If you could interpret all those instructions 100 times faster than any other person in this cafe, you would appear to be a magician: You could run over and grab a milk shake and bring it back and set it on the table and snap your fingers, and I’d think you made the milk shake appear, because it was so fast relative to my perception. That’s exactly what a computer does. It takes these very, very simple-minded instructions‐-”Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number”‐‑but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic. That’s a simple explanation, and the point is that people really don’t have to understand how computers work.

Inoffensive

“No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom be making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.”

Dean Acheson, Former US Secretary of State

Astronomical Numbers

I love this:

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy.  That used to be a huge number.  But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit!  We used to call them astronomical numbers.  Now we should call them economical numbers.

Richard Feynman
US educator & physicist (1918 – 1988)
via The Quotations Page