Posts Tagged ‘computation’

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I love lines. Oh yes I do!

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“Separate the wheat from the bullshit.” – Frank Underwood on House of Cards.

Because you have to be efficient with your resources. Those resources may be your time, your talents, your work, your loved ones, your words, your skills, your hands. Don’t allow others to take what you do, think or feel for granted. Be cautious with the bullshit..

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“Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face.” – Oscar Wilde.
This thought while being a scary one, is one I believe to be true. This mask can be physical, electronic/ digital (emails, Facebook posts, YouTube comments, tweets, and more), emotional (the empty smile), or psychological. Let’s all hope that should our masks be lifted by accident or intentionally, that we not scare anyone, or ourselves when we see what we look like in the mirror.

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Today is Day ONE of the journey, path, passion, grit, and determination that you have decided you will take.

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I loved this statement from Frank Underwood on House of Cards! Different situations might call for one or the other. Doing a version of something might make the vision appear.

Happy Friday!!!!

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Ivan Sutherland – scholar and computer scientist – wrote a wonderful essay entitled, Technology and Courage in 1996. I read it for the first time 3-4 years ago and I read it again from time to time. A great read.

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A view of St. Patrick's Cathedral

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30 Rock

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Atlas

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Interior of Radio City

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Radio City interior

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They were rehearsing for America’s Got Talent when we were there.

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View from Top of The Rock

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This is what I do, what I always try to do, and what I enjoy.
You?

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This second,
This minute,
This hour,
This day,
This week,
This month,
This year,
This century,
This life.

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We (humans) make things happen.

I know people who actually believe that the infrastructure (computers, and cool tools/ gadgets) in their institution is more important than their people. So, they invest in infrastructure instead of ideas.

In academia, without people who have ideas to innovatively use your infrastructure, you have a slowly dying (or dead) institution that looks good on the outside, but that might be decaying on the inside.

People with ideas are the ones who design systems, tools, and technologies. While your infrastructure stays, those people with ideas will go. I worry about any institution that invests in its infrastructure before its ideas.

People with ideas win grants to break rules, they take us to places we never dreamt possible, and develop cures for diseases. I have never once seen a machine win a Nobel Prize. As far as I know, people do. Academia is about knowledge production, and that’s what humans are able to do.

I believe in ideas before infrastructure. With your ideas we can get infrastructure, and do ground-breaking work. With the presence of infrastructure and an absence of people with ideas to run them, you are alone with your toys, and no one to play with.