learning things, every day, and writing a few of them down

August 15, 2014 at 11:51pm
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When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop… But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem — and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works.

— Steve Jobs on problem solving

August 1, 2014 at 10:41pm
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The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
- Nikola Tesla

July 28, 2014 at 8:47pm
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Yet I will say with regard to miracles, there is no such thing save to the ignorant — that is, there never was a result wrought out by God or by any of His creatures without there being a cause for it. There may be results, the causes of which we do not see or understand, and what we call miracles are no more than this — they are the results or effects of causes hidden from our understandings. [Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, pg. 140-p.141 (11 Jul 1869)]

True science is a discovery of the secret, immutable and eternal laws, by which the universe is governed; and when practically applied, sets in motion the mighty wheels of useful engines, with all the various machinery which genius has invented, or art contrived. It ameliorates the condition of man, by extending the means of intellectual, moral, social, and domestic happiness. [John Taylor, Times and Seasons, vol. 4, 1842, pg. 46 (15 Dec 1842)]

Miracles are commonly regarded as occurrences in opposition to the laws of nature. Such a conception is plainly erroneous, for the laws of nature are inviolable. However, as human understanding of these laws is at best but imperfect, events strictly in accordance with natural law may appear contrary thereto. The entire constitution of nature is founded on system and order. [James E. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, 1966, p. 220]

July 21, 2014 at 2:24am
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"In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired, in pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped." Lao Tzu


July 17, 2014 at 3:31am
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Good memories.

(Source: Spotify)

July 15, 2014 at 5:55pm
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What Celebrity Culture Means: →


  • that we do not distinguish between moral and immoral; deliberate and accidental; inspiring and revolting; intelligent and successful; or renown and infamy when choosing to whom we’ll pay attention;
  • that where we pay attention directs where technology and commerce occur, which in turn produces…

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Design & Compromise →


In a chapter on political systems in his remarkable book The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch notes that

…compromises -amalgams of the policies of the contributors- have an undeservedly high reputation. Though they are certainly better than immediate violence, they are generally, as I…

July 10, 2014 at 7:24pm
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Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.
Life is like an old time rail journey…delays, side tracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.

— President Gordon B. Hinckley, quoting Jenkin Lloyd Jones (via findingjoyinthejourney)

July 5, 2014 at 1:39am
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All companies should have these spots. Good on Samsung

July 4, 2014 at 6:49pm
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Base metals can be transmuted into gold by stars, and by intelligent beings who understand the processes that power stars, but by nothing else in the universe.

— David Deutsch, Beginning of Infinity