Archive for May, 2009

Next Door

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Taking a cab home from work late tonight I had a second to reflect on an interesting coincidence: my office is now located (we’ve moved recently which brings up a different but equally funny note; I’ve changed office 5 times since coming to Singapore, but I’ve only changed jobs twice… I guess since I’ve managed to put a stop to my habit of moving house once a year that was going on for 12 years now that I own a house, somehow that curse has been transferred to moving office way to often… And now that this parenthetical reference has dragged on so long that, like a freshman reading Kant, you can’t remember what the main sentence was talking about we return you to your normally scheduled programming…) in the building next door to the building that housed my office when I first moved to Singapore in 2004.

…could ruin your whole day

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The reason we care about [GPS accuracy] is because GPS is used now to land airplanes and the difference between 3.8 meters above the runway and 3.8 meters below the runway could ruin your whole day.

Robert X. Cringely, in WAAS up? [cringely.com].

The Great Dictator speaks

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Charlie Chaplin, as Hinkel in The Great Dictator

While the Earth might not be rich enough to provide for us all anymore, there are just too many of us, the speech is good.

Via Intrepid Flame [intrepidflame.blogspot.com] quoted from Renegade Eye [advant.blogspot.com].