Gleanings from the Past #68

Spectrum Newton was probably responsible for the concept that there are seven primary colours in the spectrum—he had a strong interest in musical harmonies and, since there are seven distinct notes in the musical scale, he divided up the spectrum into spectral bands with widths corresponding to the ratios of the small whole numbers found […]

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Quotable #68: Computers

“The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.” — Ted Nelson. “Any fool can use a computer. Many do.” — Ibid. “They say that computers can’t think, but I have one that does. It thinks […]

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Quotable #67: Book Borrowers

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb “I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks […]

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Quotable #66: Secrets

Image: The New Daily “[…] When two know it, how can it be a secret? And indeed with what justice can you expect secresy in me, that cannot be private to yourself?” — John, Marston, Parasitaster: Or, The Fawn, Act 3, Scene 1, 1604, quoted in Charles Wentworth Dilke, Old English Plays: Being a Selection […]

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Quotable #65: Ideas

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.” — George Orwell

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Quotable #64: Precautions

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” — Alfred Adler

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Quotable #63: Thinking

“I wrote somewhere once that the third-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the majority, the second-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the minority, and the first-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking.” — A. A. Milne

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Quotable #61: Expenses

“Keeping up appearances is the most expensive thing in the world.” — A. C. Benson “A man often pays dear for a small frugality.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotable #60: Perspective

“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” — Lewis Carroll

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