“I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.”—Shel Silverstein
Martin Luther King Jr "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
What a powerful way to end a letter addressed to a racist clergymen:
"Let us all hope that the dark coulds of racial prejudce will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant starts of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs. I couldn’t pick better words to live by.
"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."— Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.”
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."- - Admiral William Leahy , US Atomic Bomb Project
"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."— Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"But what is it good for?" — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."— Bill Gates,1981
This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,” — Western Union internal memo, 1876
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"— David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible,"— A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,"— Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy,"— Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."- - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value," — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre , France
"Everything that can be invented has been invented,"— Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899
"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required."— Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University
"I don’t know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself." — the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox
"Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."— Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse , 1872
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
Egan Jones Ratings company July 16thdowngraded US debt: “The major factor driving credit quality is a relatively high level of debt, and the difficulty in significantly cutting spending. We are taking negative action not based on the delay in raising the debt ceiling, but rather our concern about the high level of debt to GDP in excess of 100% compared to Canada’s 35%.” So the crisis in the United States with regard to the credibility of US debt is not the inability or frustration with Congress in raising or not raising the debt ceiling – it is the debt itself. We are not changing the underlying fiscal situation by raising the debt ceiling.
The way rating agencies rate a company is by looking at it’s cash flow – are your debts sustainable, are you going to be able to pay for this? Egan Jones is a subscriber model - investors pay the credit rating company not the issuer of the debt, so they have been quite aggressive. They were the first rating agency to spot Enron and have been ahead of the curve in terms of credit rating agencies. Increasing taxes and the debt ceiling so that the federal govt can spend more isn’t the solution…
“In our offices and our classrooms we have way too much compliance and way too little engagement. The former might get you through the day, but only the latter will get you through the night.”—Daniel H. Pink
In the near five month saga of the maelstrom in Libya, I’m sure we’ve all missed pieces of the ever evolving story. This BBC page is an awesome find, and in my opinion, an innovation in news coverage, where a drawn out story can be summed up all in one place in an engaging manner. Check it out to understand the full story on the current Libyan crisis.
These are the winners from last year, and the pictures are fantastic. Think best of National Geographic. I’m thinking about submitting a few pictures which I will post separately. Give me input on it! :)
An old IHS alum who is now a photographer doing really interesting stuff. Here is a series of then and now pictures, where the subject’s childhood photo is replicated 10-20 years later. Check it out :)
I don’t like email forwards, as most of them are bogus, and the rest I don’t open due to the sheer quantity received. However, I opened one of them today, and was really blown away by the story. I did more research on it, and since it’s Snopes verified, I felt it was important to share:
A few years ago, there was a deth of a 98 year-old German lady, Irena Sendler.
During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an “ulterior motive.”
She knew what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, so she smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box or in a burlap sack for larger children.
She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught eventually, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs and arms, and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept the list in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her backyard. Schindler’s List is based off her life.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived, and attempted to reunite families. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won instead, for his slideshow on Global Warming.