Being

Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
—Cunningham

Jun 022020
 

The difficulty with which success imagines failure makes for hard-heartedness, and the ease with which failure imagines success makes for envy.

May 252020
 

My father’s two fundamental rules for computer programming were Optimize Later and Optimize Never; and this, like so much advice about programming, also goes for life.

May 222020
 

Just as there are ideas so mad that you must be clever to believe them, so there is behavior so weird that you must be clever to engage in it.

May 112020
 

Whoever can be made to believe absurdities can be made to commit atrocities, and everyone can be made to believe absurdities.

May 042020
 

First you remain silent in the face of absurdities, then you utter them, and finally you believe them,

Mar 272020
 

No social system can withstand a horde of vandals hell-bent on doing good.