Friday, January 30, 2004

good project managers

"Good project managers are made entirely out of paranoia, but the truly extraordinary project managers have a streak of courage." - Eric Sink

Commerce has set the mark of selfishness

Commerce has set the mark of selfishness,
The signet of its all-enslaving power,
Upon a shining ore, and called it gold;
Before whose image bow the vulgar great,
The vainly rich, the miserable proud,
The mob of peasants, nobles, priests and kings,
And with blind feelings reverence the power
That grinds them to the dust of misery.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab V.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

the reasons for creating a company

This company was created to provide interesting work for interesting people. We follow our dreams, our curiosity, and our sense of what's important.

  - Tim O'Reilly

the unexpected

It is precisely because the unexpected jolts us out of our preconcieved notions, our assumptions, our certainties, that it is such a fertile source of innovation.

  - Peter F. Drucker


Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

  - Thomas Jefferson

we are what we pretend to be

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we
 pretend to be."

 - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

tribute to the porch

Humankind knows no finer amenity than the screened porch. It is the temple of family life, and the sacred preserve of the luxurious custom known as “visiting”. Compare it to the barbarity known as the “business lunch”, the hideous conversational burden known as the cocktail party, and the prison that is the formal dinner, the porch visit shines with civility.

Lake Wobegon Days
Garrison Keillor