Fun and Time

"Time flies when you're having fun, and I've been having fun for the last thirty years."
—— Pete Conrad, Reflecting on the upcoming 30th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Wheeler's first moral principle

Never make a calculation until you know the answer: make an estimate before every calculation, try a simple physical argument (symmetry! invariance! conservation!) before every derivation, guess the answer to every puzzle. Courage: no one else needs to know what the guess is. Therefore make it quickly, by instinct. A right guess reinforces this instinct. A wrong guess brings the refreshment of surprise. In either case life as a spacetime expert, however long, is more fun!
—— John A. Wheeler and Edwin F. Taylor. Spacetime Physics, Freeman, 1966. Page 60.

The Great Linux World Map

Linus on Kernel Management Style

Linus Torvalds, maintainer of the Linux kernel, has put down in words his take on management style. Find it below: (Not necessarily humor, but worth getting to know.)

The Best Comic Strips Around

  • Dilbert - Dilbert is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. First published on April 16, 1989, Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring the engineer Dilbert as the title character. (From Wikipedia.)
  • xkcd.com - xkcd is a webcomic created by Randall Munroe, physicist and former contractor for NASA. He describes it as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."
  • Piled Higher & Deeper - Piled Higher and Deeper (also known as PHD Comics) is a newspaper and web comic strip written and drawn by Jorge Cham that follows the lives of several grad students.

A Selection of Dilbert Comic Strips

A Selection of xkcd Comic Strips

  • Poisson

  • Fourier

  • Science

  • Useless

  • Valentine - Karnaugh

  • Paths

  • Binary Heart

  • Pointers

  • Sandwich

  • Certainty

  • Math Paper

  • e to the π minus π

  • Matrix Transform

  • Centrifugal

  • Criptography

  • Beliefs

  • Movie Seating

  • Factoring the Time

  • Organic Fuel

  • Effect an Effect

  • Nerd Sniping

  • A Bunch of Rocks

  • Decline

  • Security

  • Boyfriend

  • Correlation

  • Apocalypse

  • Overstimulated

  • Extrapolating

  • Null Hypothesis

  • Sports

  • Password Strength

  • 1 to 10

  • 1 to 10

  • X11

  • The General Problem

  • Set Theory

  • Mnemonics

  • 1000 Comics

  • Game AIs

  • Formal Logic

A Selection of PHD Comic Strips