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Thomas Jay Peckish II on Americana


Superbowl Sunday is unquestionably the most vulgar of the Great American Holidays...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II, during an uncharacteristic culturally supercilious moment...

La Rochefoucauld on Humility


Humility is the worst form of conceit.
--François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The Smell of Toner in the Morning


I love the smell of toner in the morning.
It smells like
... tenure
--Thomas Jay Peckish II, on the alternative to perishing, with apologies to Robert Duvall...

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Travel


I always ask for a middle seat when I travel. It's such a great way to meet people...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Modern Life


Are they real schizophrenics, or are they just wearing a Bluetooth headset? When people are walking down the street talking to themselves, who can tell anymore?
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on the Rigors of Travel


Anytime your hotel room rate is lower than your rental car rate, you are in trouble...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Brian's Grandma on the Perils of Collaboration


He'd stir the pot once, and then act as if he'd made the whole stew.
--Grandma Mulligan, Brian's gray-haired grandmother from the County Armagh

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Equivocation


Equivocation is an art...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Sartorial Splendor


There seems to be this mentality in the business world whereby an extravagant wardrobe is regarded as a more than adequate substitute for twenty or thirty additional IQ points...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on 'Blogging


Don't worry about what you say, nobody's going to read it anyway...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II, on 'blogging...

There are what? Thirty million 'blogs on the web? …each in its own way, a desperate cry for help…
--Thomas Jay Peckish II, ditto...

The Second Most Self-Indulgent Thing a Person Can Do

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Blogging is the second most self-indulgent thing a person can do. Think of Paul Reubens, only in an empty theater.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
--Isabel Colegate

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
--Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
--Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), from Boswell's Life of Johnson

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
--Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) (attributed)

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
--Samuel Johnson, English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Visual Acuity


There is none so blind as he who cannot see.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Software Doesn't Rot, nor Does it Heal


Software doesn't break, nor does it heal. Buildings can be attacked by termites and rodents and rot, but the only vermin that attack software are programmers.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Thinking "Outside of the Box"


Thinking "Outside of the Box" is quite decidedly "Inside the Box" these days...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on the Currency of the New Millenium


If information is the currency of the new millennium, then we’re all churning the float…
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Peckish's Corollary to Linus's Law


Given enough fingers, all programs are brittle…
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Eric Raymond's legedary open source screed, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, cites Linus's Law as: "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"...

Ellington on Bebop


Playing bop is like playing Scrabble with all the vowel missing.
--Duke Ellington, born 29 April 1899

Bertand Russell Tidbits


Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
--Bertrand Russell

An individual human existence should be like a river, small at first, narrowly confined within its banks, and rushing passionately past boulders and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in his old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue... I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do, and content in the thought that what was possible has been done.
--Bertrand Russell

Keith Richards on Creativity


The Stones' songs came spontaneously like an inspiration at a séance. The tunes arrived 'en masse' as if the Stones as songwriters were only a willing and open medium.
--Keith Richards, on Creativity, Rolling Stone, 5 May 1977, p. 51

Aphorisms for System Administrators

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If you don’t have a backup, you might as well delete it now.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Don't touch anything you unless you’ve got time to break it.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Software never heals.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

If it ain’t been tested, it doesn’t work.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Baby Steps.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

First, do no harm.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Do the best you can do, not the best you could do.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Thomas Jay Peckish II on Programmers


Programmers are the handmaidens of change...
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

The Nature of the Site

Lindholm Gas Station

An axiom: the solution to every problem is contained within itself. Its plan, form and character are determined by the nature of the site.
--Frank Lloyd Wright

The Raw Materials for Software


The raw materials for software, caffeine and sugar, are quite inexpensive. Labor costs, however, are quite another matter.
--Thomas Jay Peckish II

Indeed, it has long concerned me that the coffee and sugar exporting nations, were they so inclined, could do to the American software industry what OPEC did to the overall economy with its crude oil embargo during the early seventies.

A Good Example


Mark Twain and Friends Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
--Mark Twain

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