Re: [SystemSafety] Logic

From: Les Chambers < >
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:24:35 +1000

And then, of course, there was Wordsworth [love my code because it's beautiful - I said so]

What we have loved, others will love
And we will teach them how
- Wordsworth to Coleridge in his poem: The Prelude

And for the crash and burn artists:

We work like the Wright brothers built airplanes: build the whole thing, push it off the cliff, let it crash, and start over again.
- Professor R.M. Graham, MIT

Innovation is failure sped up.
- Porras et al, Success Built to Last

And for those who don't like witnesses:

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus (French Algerian philosopher)

and, as for god

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
- Pablo Picasso

And for those with a high tolerance to risk:

No game was ever worth a wrap
For a rational man to play
Into which no accident, no mishap,
Could possibly find its way.
- Adam Lindsay Gordon

And for the true poets amongst us:

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery (1871 - 1945, French poet, essayist, and philosopher)

Then there are the hard core practitioners:

When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
- Robert Oppenheimer (director of the WW II US atomic bomb project)

But finally some good advice:

If you think a professional is expensive, wait 'til you try an amateur.
- Paul "Red" Adair (American oil well firefighter)


-----Original Message-----
From: systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx [mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx Martyn Thomas
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:31 PM
To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Logic

Another contributor missing so far from this discussion is William Blake, who described the attitude of the typical software developer perfectly, 210 years ago:

" I must Create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's

I will not Reason & Compare: my business is to Create ".                 

It has been widely acknowledged that Blake was insane.


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