Sunday, 30 September 2012

Majority Rules

Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? 
And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?
 — Mark Twain

Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Game Of Life

Laws of Thermodynamics
1. You cannot win.
2. You cannot break even.
3. You cannot stop playing the game.
 — Anon

Friday, 28 September 2012

The But-A-Lie Effect

The least deviation from the truth is multiplied later.
 — Aristotle

Thursday, 27 September 2012

God Of The New Physics

The word 'god' is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses,
the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless childish.
 — Albert Einstein

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Philosophy is to science as pornography is to sex.
 — Steve Jones

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
 — Galileo Galilei

Monday, 24 September 2012

Exploding A Myth

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
 — Oscar Wilde

Sunday, 23 September 2012


The production of useful work is strictly limited by the laws of thermodynamics. 
The production of useless work seems to be unlimited.
 — Donald E. Simanek

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Self-Perpetuating Motions

...people today are so accustomed to pretentious nonsense that they see nothing amiss in reading without understanding, and many of them at length discover that they can without difficulty write in like manner themselves and win applause for it. And so it perpetuates itself.
 — G. A. Wells

Friday, 21 September 2012

Chemical Attraction

To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertiliser.
 — Hermann Joseph Muller

Thursday, 20 September 2012


Big whirls have little whirls,
That feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls,
And so on to viscosity.
 — Lewis Fry Richardson

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Insufficient Proof

There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.
 — Edward Teller

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sine Qua Non

A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.
 — Charles Franklin Kettering

Saturday, 15 September 2012


Learn from the mistakes of others. 
You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
 ― Groucho Marx

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Collected Thoughts

It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead. 
 — Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

States Men

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, 
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
 — Ambrose Bierce

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Google Nazis

Your Google+ Appeal

Google+ team ✆ 


After reviewing your appeal, we have determined that your name does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy.

We want users to be able to find each other using the name they already use with their friends, family and colleagues. For most people this is their legal name, or some variant of it, but we recognise that this isn't always the case, and we allow for other common names in Google+ - specifically, those that represent an individual with an established online identity with a meaningful following. If you haven't already done so, you can provide us with additional information regarding an established identity by re-submitting an appeal that includes references to where you are known by this name either in online or offline settings.

Note that if you're trying to set up a page for a business, band, group or other organisation, please sign up with your own name and then create a Google+ Page. If you're trying to add an alternative name (such as a nickname, maiden name or name in another script), please sign up with your full name; you can add this alternative name (which will appear alongside your full name) once you've signed up.

You may re-appeal with additional information, if you have not already done so. If you're already using Google+, your current name will continue to be used.

The Google+ team.

View the Google+ Names Policy. You can't reply to this message

[Note that the name I requested to use was not only my legal name — and so already the name I use with "friends, family and colleagues" — but also the representation of it that I use for gmail, academic discussion lists and a dozen google blogs.]

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A Fine Balance

In a democracy,
an uninformed vote counts as much as an informed vote;
a greedy vote counts as much as a generous vote;
a selfish vote counts as much as an altruistic vote;
a stupid vote counts as much as an intelligent vote;
a dishonest vote counts as much as an honest vote.