“Because every design must satisfy competing objectives, there necessarily has to be compromise among, if not the complete exclusion of, some of those objectives, in order to meet what are considered the more important of them.” –Henry Petroski, Small Things Considered
“There’s something feminine about a tree. It does a strip tease in the fall, goes with bare limbs all winter, gets a new outfit every spring and lives off saps all summer.” -Walnut, Ia., Bureau. American Nurseryman 1 December 1950.
My how times have changed!
Happy New Year!
Let it be at least not worse than the previous ones, and we all survive it without significant losses.
“Reality has a liberal bias.”
– Jon Stewart, 27 October 2008
“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
– John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra 1911
Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.
How index-learning turns no student pale,
Yet holds the eel of science by the tail.
– Pope. The Dunciad. Book I, line 279.