Schlagwort-Archiv: Relevanz

Always include what you forget.

It's far from obvious what's obvious.


Wählen muss sein. Auch wenn's schwer fällt.

Thinking in Unix.

I’m a practitioner. I’m off to write programs with any excuse or activity.

Lorinda Cherry


"There's only zero of you," said the Queen of the Ants. In ant arithmetic, there are only two numbers: Zero, which means anything less than a million, and Some. "You can't cooperate, so even if you were King, the title would be meaningless."

Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age

A lot.

They probably would never have noticed they did.


Die Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch Schprooch, ass gwehnlich yuscht Deitsch heesst unnich die Pennsilfaanisch Deitsche, awwer aa Pennsylvania German odder Pennsylvania Dutch genennt watt in Englisch, iss en Schprooch, ass gschwetzt watt bei verleicht 300,000 Leit in meh wie 20 Schteets in die USA un in Ontario (Kanadaa).

Wikipedia in Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch: Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch


People have a need to feel that they are part of some sustainable project. Something that will go on without them. It creates a feeling of stability. I believe that the need for that kind of stability is as basic and as desperate as some of the other, more obvious needs.


Thousands of years ago, the work that people did had been broken down into jobs that were the same every day, in organizations where people were interchangeable parts. All of the story had been bled out of their lives. That was how it had to be; it was how you got a productive economy. But it would be easy to see a will at work behind this: not exactly an evil will, but a selfish will. The people who’d made the system thus were jealous, not of money and not of power but of story. If their employees came home at day’s end with interesting stories to tell, it meant that something had gone wrong: a blackout, a strike, a spree killing. The Powers That Be would not suffer others to be in stories of their own unless they were fake stories that had been made up to motivate them. People who couldn’t live without story had been driven into the concents or into jobs like Yul’s. All others had to look somewhere outside of work for a feeling that they were part of a story, which I guessed was why Sæculars were so concerned with sports, and with religion. How else could you see yourself as part of an adventure? Something with a beginning, middle, and end in which you played a significant part? We avout had it ready-made because we were a part of this project of learning new things. Even if it didn’t always move fast enough for people like Jesry, it did move.

Fraa Orolo in Anathem by Neal Stephenson


Doing a job, that is what we give in return for money and other favors, often in an organization with somebody above, somebody below or on the side. Work, that is to create. The two do not exclude each other.

Johan Galtung: Johan Lackland

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