Last update: 11 November 2017

Using CSS to design software user interfaces is like using Microsoft Word and a parallel port modem to compose symphonies.

HN user pavlov

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 or repair.

Douglas Adams

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’

Isaac Asimov

[Humans] used to spin fantasies about aliens arriving to “conquer” Earth, to steal their “precious” physical resources, to wipe them out for fear of “competition”… as if a species capable of making the journey wouldn’t have had the power, or the wit, or the imagination, to rid itself of obsolete biological imperatives. Conquering the galaxy is what bacteria with spaceships would do – knowing no better, having no choice.

Greg Egan

It is astonishing what foolish things a man thinking alone can come temporarily to believe.

John Keynes

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Outside of math there’s a limit to how far you can push words; in fact, it would not be a bad definition of math to call it the study of terms that have precise meanings.

Paul Graham

Much to the surprise of the builders of the first digital computers, programs written for them usually did not work.

Rod Brooks

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

Mark Twain