“If somebody wants to work with me I’ll usually try to do it. I don’t have the luxury of turning down work for petty reasons.”
“When you’re recording, people usually are satisfied just hearing the sound come back from the monitor speakers, but when it comes to the mix it’s suddenly the real deal, and lots of people have opinions — artist, manager, A&R, label head and so on — so you get a lot of cooks in the kitchen, which can be frustrating. But it’s part of the whole mix thing. I find that I can learn a lot when people have comments. They may be hearing something that I don’t and even when the critique makes no sense, it may lead me to bring something out that I hadn’t heard before.”
“STOP OVERTHINKING I sit in sessions all the time where label execs, artists, and producers spend too much time overthinking everything. They sit there trying to make records for the CLUB or for the GIRLS or for the STREETS!!!!!!!!!! JUST MAKE GOOD RECORDS. The records will find their own way to the appropriate place. Everyone rushes to do a record with someone just based on if they are hot at the moment and totally forgetting about chemistry and vibe. I’ve seen people destroy their careers because they were overthinking what single should be first and founding their decision on all the wrong things.”
“Saying ‘Oh, give me two hours to recall that,’ does not exist in his world. You have to be prepared at all times.”
“I decided to lay the groundwork and be hands-on and find how I like things to sound. My formal training was me on the blogs trying to figure out how somebody did something […] Everybody doesn’t have the same ear you have. I’m not saying going to school for engineering is bad, but they teach you engineering by the book. I don’t understand how that’s possible because sound isn’t by the book. How can somebody tell you how something should sound? I was posting my mixes online and it was kinda dope because I could get feedback from people I didn’t know and people who weren’t biased.”
“I feel like the engineers’ role is to take the record to the next level. Add your two cents because you have the opportunity to. If you have a creative mind, use it.”
“I don’t separate the different categories of engineering – it’s all just the process of making the record.”
“if you have two hours available, the best use of your time is to listen to as many records as possible instead of just learning techniques. That time comes after immersing yourself in records you enjoy. Create a set of references. There’s an old myth that says whenever you buy an acoustic guitar, set it in front of your speakers and play the best music you know and let the guitar absorb it, and the wood will retain that sound. Mixers need that same sort of thing. Get your own taste and then study.”
“I’m very aware that my success will have cycles, like every business has. I am very lucky with the success I have and with the successful projects that I worked on, in the past and currently, and hopefully in the future. But my feeling has always been that music is a collaborative effort, and with a solid team around me I can be more creative, have more fun, and all the work does not sit just on my shoulders.”
“I would advise young engineers that the first thing you have to forget about in making serious records is the sales. My vocation is making artful records and hoping that they’ll sell, while some producers strive to sell records and hope that people will think that they’re art.”
“I always remember that the session is a dynamic human interaction. To me, that’s the most important part; engineering is almost secondary. Obviously, you have to be really good at it, but if people don’t like you, you’re not going to work.”
“Audiophiles don’t use their equipment to listen to your music. Audiophiles use your music to listen to their equipment.”
Audiophiles don’t use their equipment to listen to your music. Audiophiles use your music to listen to their equipment.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Look for your windows. They’ll open for you and you’ve got to be ready to jump through. That means practice your art and study everything that enthralls you. If you do that, you’ll know which window is for you and which window to let close behind you.
My philosophy is to make records that have a unique sound. Too many records sound the same these days, because everyone is using the same gear. So part of what I’m doing at my mix room is to combine analogue gear from the ’50s onwards with the latest digital equipment you can buy today, and mold all that together in a collage to create a record that has its own sound and that stands out. If the record is faithful to the song and to the artist and also has a different aesthetic to what’s normally out there, you really hit a home run. I want records to leave an indelible mark on listeners and I want them to remember the record because it’s great, not because of what I have done. That’s an art.
No listener gives a damn what microphone preamp you used.
If it sounds right, it IS right.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
When you’re young, you’re not afraid of what comes next. You’re excited by it.
Are hackers a threat? The degree of threat presented by any conduct, whether legal or illegal, depends on the actions and intent of the individual and the harm they cause.
Most hackers are young because young people tend to be adaptable. As long as you remain adaptable, you can always be a good hacker.
Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry.
It is a fairly open secret that almost all systems can be hacked, somehow. It is a less spoken of secret that such hacking has actually gone quite mainstream.
Younger hackers are hard to classify. They’re probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We’re all over the map.
A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else’s data.
Behind every successful Coder there an even more successful De-coder to understand that code.
A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness, not necessarily with computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the 60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, journalists who discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean “security breaker.”
A hacker does for love what others would not do for money.
If you rate a programmer or coder 7.5/10 on knowledge basis, you would definitely have to rate a hacker 10.
It’s actually a smarter crime because imagine if you rob a bank, or you’re dealing drugs. If you get caught you’re going to spend a lot of time in custody. But with hacking, it’s much easier to commit the crime and the risk of punishment is slim to none.
Hacking is not a crime, it’s a profession till the time you play with it safely.
Hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done.
There are more hackers breeding every day, and more brilliant minds are turning into hackers. Security has advanced, but so have hackers.
While many hackers have the knowledge, skills, and tools to attack computer systems, they generally lack the motivation to cause violence or severe economic or social harm.
The hacker mindset doesn’t actually see what happens on the other side, to the victim.
Flying down a tunnel of 1s and 0s is not how hacking is really done.
Hacking involves a different way of looking at problems that no one’s thought of.
The hackers don’t want to destroy the network. They want to keep it running, so they can keep making money from it.
Old hackers never die. They just go to bitnet.
The difference between a hacker and consumer is a consumer says, “I wish it would work this way.” A hacker says, “I’ve got a screwdriver and a few minutes.
A hacker to me is someone creative who does wonderful things.
While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality.
A hacker doesnt deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities.
Hackers are actually good, pleasant and extremely intelligent people who could keep computer criminals on the run.
Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business.
It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he’ll do is take it apart to figure out how it works.
What hackers do is figure out technology and experiment with it in ways many people never imagined. They also have a strong desire to share this information with others and to explain it to people whose only qualification may be the desire to learn.
“It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.” – Dale Earnhardt
“Cars are the ultimate symbol of freedom, independence and individualism. They offer the freedom to ‘go anywhere,’ whenever it suits and with whom one chooses.” – Sarah Redshaw
“Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music.” – Unknown
“Cars and cameras are the two things I let myself be materialistic about. I don’t care about other stuff.” – Louis C.K.
“Automobiles have always been part of my life, and I’m sure they always will be. What is it about them that moves me? The sound of a great engine, the unity and uniqueness of an automobile’s engineering and coachwork, the history of the company and the car, and, of course, the sheer beauty of the thing.” – Edward Herrmann
“Nothing ages your car as much as the sight of your neighbor’s new one.” – Evan Esar
“The cars we drive say a lot about us.” – Alexandra Paul
“I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.” – Roland Barthes
“The automobile is an American cultural symbol.” – Raymond Loewy
“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin
“Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.” – E.B. White
“I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car’s headlights and tell you exactly which way it’s coming.” – Mitch Hedberg
“Fast cars are my only vice.” – Michael Bay
“Some men take good care of a car; others treat it like one of the family.” – Evan Esar
“The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other.” – Andrew H. Malcolm
“I love driving cars, looking at them, cleaning and washing and shining them. I clean ‘em inside and outside. I’m very touchy about cars. I don’t want anybody leaning on them or closing the door too hard, know what I mean?” – Scott Baio
“To attract men, I wear a perfume called ‘New Car Interior’.” – Rita Rudner
“One has to go back a while to recall a time when cars were simply means of transportation. In those days, they were just considered automobiles. Today, cars are extensions of their owners. They make statements about the character and status of their owners. They are loved, polished and pampered by some owners. They elicit a wide range of emotions, ranging from exasperation when they don’t work to pure delight when they are expensive, beautiful and drive like a dream. They cause people to stare and drool and say ‘Some day…’” – Ebony Magazine
“All of those cars were once just a dream in somebody’s head.” – Peter Gabriel
“I have a need to make these sorts of connections literal sometimes, and a vehicle often helps do that. I have a relationship to car culture. It isn’t really about loving cars. It’s sort of about needing them.” – Matthew Barney
“I hate when someone drives my car and resets all the radio presets. I don’t understand it. If I was ever driving someone’s car, I would never touch the things that were set.” – Will Ferrell
“Cars are like rolling diaries, metal and plastic tableaux of the last ten years of their drivers’ lives…every dent, every drooping slice of chrome, has a story behind it.” – Jim Atkinson
“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” – Colin Powell
“I’ve always been into cars. Cars are part of our genetic makeup. It’s unavoidable.” – Matthew Fox
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley
There can be little doubt that in many ways the story of bridge building is the story of civilisation. By it we can readily measure an important part of a people’s progress.
When engineers and quantity surveyors discuss aesthetics and architects study what cranes do we are on the right road.
This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully and quote aptly.
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong, it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.
The joy of engineering is to find a straight line on a double logarithmic diagram.
One has to watch out for engineers – they begin with the sewing machine and end up with the atomic bomb.
Nothing is so inspiring as seeing big works well laid out and planned and a real engineering organisation.
Nothing can be of great worth or holy which is the work of builders and mechanics.
No greater care is required upon any works than upon such as are to withstand the action of water; for this reason, all parts of the work need to be done exactly according to the rules of the art which all workmen know, but few observe.
Men build bridges and throw railroads across deserts, and yet they contend successfully that the job of sewing on a button is beyond them. Accordingly, they don’t have to sew buttons.
It takes an engineer to undertake the training of an engineer and not, as often happens, a theoretical engineer who is clever on a blackboard with mathematical formulae but useless as far as production is concerned.
His father loved him dearly, but his work, that of a civil engineer, had left him with but little time for his family. Energetic, active, and always taken up with some responsible work, he did not spoil his children with excessive tenderness.
Go for civil engineering, because civil engineering is the branch of engineering which teaches you the most about managing people. Managing people is a skill which is very, very useful and applies almost regardless of what you do.
From the laying out of a line of a tunnel to its final completion, the work may be either a series of experiments made at the expense of the proprietors of the project, or a series of judicious applications of the results of previous experience.
Engineers … are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization.
Engineering refers to the practice of organizing the design and construction [and, I would add operation] of any artifice which transforms the physical world around us to meet some recognized need.
Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.
Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money.
A great bridge is a great monument which should serve to make known the splendour and genius of a nation; one should not occupy oneself with efforts to perfect it architecturally, for taste is always susceptible to change, but to conserve always in its form and decoration the character of solidity which is proper.
A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.
Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.
Each type of knowledge has value; however, from an engineering point of view, practical knowledge seems to be more valuable than theoretical knowledge.
An engineer is someone who is good with figures, but doesn’t have the personality of an accountant.
Life is like a gas turbine, After every compressor, there is always a turbine!.
Engineering is the art and science of nuts and bolts.
“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.”
In engineering, the joints are the most crucial. They have to be both firm and flexible, exactly like the joints in our body.
Electrical science has revealed to us the true nature of light, has provided us with innumerable appliances and instruments of precision, and has thereby vastly added to the exactness of our knowledge.
Civil engineers build bridges. Electrical engineers, power grids. Software engineers, apps. From the engineers who created the Great Pyramids to the engineers who are designing and developing tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles, these visionaries and their tangible creations are inextricably linked.
My first introduction to computers and computer programming came during my freshman year of college. I majored in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science, so I learned during my required courses at Vanderbilt University.
Speaking fluent English – like doing long division or successfully rewiring a 220-volt electrical outlet – is not a skill you’re born with. It’s something you learn, occasionally even by opening some old dictionary.
Iron which is brought near a spiral of copper wire, traversed by an electrical current, becomes magnetic, and then attracts other pieces of iron, or a suitably placed steel magnet.
Of the various branches of electrical investigation, perhaps the most interesting and immediately the most promising is that dealing with alternating currents.
Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy… its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?
My knowledge of electrical subjects was not acquired in a methodical manner but was picked up from such books as I could get hold of and from such experiments as I could make with my own hands.
Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential.
Electrical science has disclosed to us the more intimate relation existing between widely different forces and phenomena and has thus led us to a more complete comprehension of Nature and its many manifestations to our senses.
Our next-door neighbour taught physics at Hampton University. Our church abounded with mathematicians. Supersonics experts held leadership positions in my mother’s sorority, and electrical engineers sat on the board of my parents’ college alumni associations.
We have about 100 million cells interconnected in our brains. They communicate with one another through electrical signals.
Morse conquered his electrical difficulties although he was only a painter, and I don’t intend to give in either till all is completed.
I don’t want to write any more for the old Man-power instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
Every time I hear, Cut. Print, something cold and electrical goes off in my head, because I’m never going to change that film.
Neuroscientists talk a lot about brain circuits. In fact, the word ‘circuit’ is probably misleading. We do not know where most circuits begin and end. And unlike an electrical circuit, brain connections are heavily reciprocal and recursive, so that a direction of information flow can be inferred but sometimes not proven.
What I view life like is about energy. Everything is about energy – everything. We physically are little units of electrical energy, and we vibrate and project electromagnetic thought.
I hope climate science becomes the big thing. And then what I want is electrical engineers to solve the world’s energy problems, energy distribution problems. I want mechanical engineers to make better transportation systems. I want chemical engineers to develop better solar panels, and so on.
In any electrical circuit, appliances and wiring will burn out to protect fuses.
For my Ph.D. thesis, I was measuring the electrical activity that triggers light emission from a bioluminescent dinoflagellate. As I was nearing the completion of my degree, my major professor wrote a grant for an instrument for measuring the color of very dim light flashes from bioluminescent animals.
The positive and negative poles of a battery create an electrical flow. The masculine and feminine poles between people create a flow of sexual energy in motion.
The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.
It’s like there’s a pulsating, hidden world, governed by ancient laws and principles, underlying everything around us – from the movements of electrical charges to the motions of the planets – and most people are completely unaware of it. To me, that’s a shame.
Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.
I was walking home from school when I was about 17 with two friends, and they took a left into an electrical shop. While we were chatting away, they grabbed a couple of forms and I was handed one. My mum found it and made me fill it in. I got called for an interview, and that’s how I ended up being an electrician for 11 years.
We’re made up of energy, so who’s to say you can’t transmit through electrical means? If you could transmit yourself wirelessly, then it’s Armageddon pretty much.
My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer.
There’s a preponderance of scientists and engineers among China’s rulers. New President Xi Jinping was trained as a chemical engineer. His predecessor, Hu Jintao, earned a degree in hydraulic engineering. His predecessor, Jiang Zemin, held a degree in electrical engineering.
A bit, the smallest unit of information, the fundamental particle of information theory, is a choice, yes or no, on or off. It’s a choice that you can embody in electrical circuits, and it is thanks to that that we have all this ubiquitous computing.
My father, a math professor in Hong Kong, worked as an electrical engineer here. My mother was an art teacher, but once we came to the United States, she went back to school and became certified as a special-education teacher.
These were big ones. Those companies would then go in and build an electrical system or ports or highways, and these would basically serve just a few of the very wealthiest families in those countries.
When I went to school, it was to be an electrical engineer. I graduated with a degree in industrial management and worked in trucking for a couple of years. Then I decided that I was bored with the trucking industry and that I would go back to graduate school.
My brother and I were born in an Irish county called Tipperary. We were both very math- and science-inclined in high school. My dad trained as an electrical engineer, and my mom is in microbiology.
I suppose the reason I chose electrical engineering was because I had always been interested in electricity, involving myself in such projects as building radios from the time I was a child.
I think the internal combustion engine will disappear from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years because transportation will be mass transportation, or probably electrical power.
I’m predicting that we’ll finally have a computer will search my e-mail automatically and delete every message that begins with ‘thought you’d be interested,’ and then give an electrical shock to the sender to remind him or her to stop send that kind of message.
I also believe that we have an extraordinary opportunity for the United States and European Union to lead the world in developing and implementing new and more efficient technologies – smart electrical grids and electrical vehicles.
When I was growing up, I installed refrigerators in supermarkets. My father was an electrical engineer.
And so when I moved to IBM, I moved because I thought I could apply technology. I didn’t actually have to do my engineer – I was an electrical engineer, but I could apply it. And that was when I changed. And when I got there, though, I have to say, at the time, I really never felt there was a constraint about being a woman. I really did not.
I once did a radio program with a famous materialist, that is to say a scientist who believed that absolutely everything was physical and that all emotions were reductive to little electrical impulses in your neurons. And I found that I didn’t believe that. But what the emotions really are, I don’t have an alternative theory.
I began my studies in a sound and electrical engineering program, but I ultimately created a major called ‘Ritual Art.’
In theory, cars are fairly simple. If they don’t start, it’s either the fuel system or the electrical system. Teach yourself about the path of each in your engine and tracing it is fairly straightforward. But at the beginning, mastering each new system seems like an unreachable shore. The car is effectively a black box.
The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people – the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 15, 1916. My father, an electrical engineer, had come to the United States in 1903 after earning his engineering diploma at the Technische Hochschule of Darmstadt, Germany.
I think that if you don’t do the full analysis of what the origin of the electrical power is, where it comes from, how you get batteries into these cars, what the cost is in terms of CO2 and the environment, I think the analysis that we are going to save the planet with electric cars is nonsense.
‘Cyberspace’ as a term is sort of over. It’s over in the way that, after a certain time, people stopped using the suffix ‘-electro’ to make things cool, because everything was electrical. ‘Electro’ was all over the early 20th century, and now it’s gone. I think ‘cyber’ is sort of the same way.
There’s an electrical thing about movies.
I think smartphones need to send an electrical shock to a user when they get their your/you’re mixed up.
My father was an electrical engineer. He’s presently 92 and still could be holding down a job. He had a very analytical way of looking at things, and I enjoyed that very much. I think that was a very large influence.
A few words about Sarah Palin: She is one of the most fascinating women I have ever met. She crackles with energy like a live electrical wire and on first meeting gets about three inches from your face.
Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio – all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel with no knowledge of one another.
I can’t imagine my life without books. My father was an electrical engineer, and my mother was a public school teacher. Books were an integral part of my childhood.
Neon signs don’t consume much power, but they look like they do. A cousin of fluorescent lighting, neon is actually quite energy efficient. A neon tube glows coolly when high-voltage, low-amperage electrical power excites the gas within it.
My mom’s brother was gay, and he actually passed away from AIDS when I was 13. He was quite a character, but he also worked at the electrical plant, so he was this complicated guy with a big laugh who would wear a trucker hat and do impressions. He was gay, but to me, Uncle Alan was just the funniest person in the world.
I was studying at Stanford University with two quarters left to go before receiving an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Then, I got the telephone call from my mother. I had no choice. I went home, and I jumped into the company feet first, right from day one. There was no time to grieve my father.
All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take, by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool the generators and reactors.
Having an audience is almost like plugging me into an electrical outlet. People feed me so much of their energy. We have a great time. It’s all about the fellowship.
I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t know what type of engineer. I chose electrical engineering primarily because it was the hardest one to get into. It’s ridiculous when I think about it now, but it worked out OK.
When reason and unreason come into contact, an electrical shock occurs. This is called polemics.
Colleges will try to get the good students. That’s the way to go. When I chaired my department of Materials Engineering at the Technion in 1990, we started a program for which we set the bar very high. It was the highest at the Technion, above electrical engineering and medicine.
There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set.
For me, as a woman in one of the less diverse fields – electrical engineering, which is what I studied in college – it was hard to persist and really build a career. Some of the things I experienced were really scary, and they weren’t experiences that I wanted for my daughter.
I had originally wanted to be a lawyer. Even when I went to college and majored in engineering, I still thought I’d get a law degree. Then I started taking electrical engineering classes where I saw some of the innovation happening around computers and solid-state technology in the mid ’80s.
I went to Carnegie Mellon and was an electrical engineer, but electrical engineering wasn’t right for me.
I remember when I drove into Notre Dame, getting ready for the first day of work. I had an electrical charge go up my back because I realized all of a sudden that I was responsible for the traditions that the Knute Rocknes and the Frank Leahys had set, and what Notre Dame stood for.
I’m an electrical engineer, and when I first started out, there was nobody who looked like me out there. I worked at Qualcomm, and I remember coming into meeting rooms, and I could never get the floor. I could never get my opinion across.
My dad used to give me old electrical equipment that didn’t work anymore, and I’d put things together. I think that’s why I like to mix things that don’t belong.
It’s become relatively commonplace to find corners of Africa that have good cell coverage but no electrical power.
On Mir, the lights kept going out because it had developed so many electrical problems.
Desktop computers – boxes inside boxes – began appearing in those cubicles in the mid-eighties, electrical cords curling on the floor like so many ropes.
Information theory began as a bridge from mathematics to electrical engineering and from there to computing.
I was a quiet, nerdy kid living in the Bronx. I spent most of my teens in my room, taking apart electrical items to figure out how they worked before putting them back together, and listening to the music my four older sisters and parents played.
Abnormalities in brain function have traditionally been detected using electroencephalography (EEG), which involves the measurement of the ongoing electrical activity generated by the brain.
In order to produce learned fear, you take a neutral stimulus like a tone, and you pair it with an electrical shock. Tone, shock. Tone, shock. So the animal learns that the tone is bad news. But you can also do the opposite – shock it at other times, but never when the tone comes on.
A sense of electrical current was part of my own experience of being manic. The sensation that my mind was spinning and overheating would sometimes build to a sensation like an electrical short – a burst of light, a melting, or dissipating – and I’d get a metallic taste in my mouth, like when you lick a battery.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Programmer’s Drinking Song-99 little bugs in the code,
99 bugs in the code,
fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.
101 little bugs in the code….
(Repeat until BUGS = 0)
The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time…The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned. Many software tasks have this characteristic because of the sequential nature of debugging.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilisation.
Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers think it is good for programmers and programmers hate it!.
Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined.
It’s OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn’t need to figure out code. You should be able to read it.
An organization that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only.
Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer. There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris.
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
I think it’s a new feature. Don’t tell anyone it was an accident.
Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t work. Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why. Programmers combine theory and practice: Nothing works and they don’t know why.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.
You cannot teach beginners top-down programming, because they don’t know which end is up.
The software isn’t finished until the last user is dead.
It is better to have 100 functions operate on one data structure than 10 functions on 10 data structures.
Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it over?.
The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we’ve finished building it.
Better train people and risk they leave – than do nothing and risk they stay.
There is not now, and never will be, a language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad programs.
Just because you don’t know a technology, doesn’t mean you won’t be called upon to work with it.
The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That’s where we come in; we’re computer professionals. We cause accidents.
Documentation is like sex; when it’s good, it’s very, very good, and when it’s bad, it’s better than nothing.
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.
Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.
But in our enthusiasm, we could not resist a radical overhaul of the system, in which all of its major weaknesses have been exposed, analyzed, and replaced with new weaknesses.
The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state.
If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong.
… nearly everybody is convinced that every style but their own is ugly and unreadable. Leave out the “but their own” and they’re probably right…
Any fool can use a computer. Many do.
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
It’s not at all important to get it right the first time. It’s vitally important to get it right the last time.
PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
Remember that there is no code faster than no code.
It’s hard to read through a book on the principles of magic without glancing at the cover periodically to make sure it isn’t a book on software design.
A language that doesn’t have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do.
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.
There’s an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
Once a new technology starts rolling, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.
If you have a procedure with ten parameters, you probably missed some.
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third works.
I did say something along the lines of “C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows your whole leg off.”
UNIX is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.
When someone says, “I want a programming language in which I need only say what I want done,” give him a lollipop.
That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.
I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to Basic; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
The perfect project plan is possible if one first documents a list of all the unknowns.
There’s no obfuscated Perl contest because it’s pointless.
Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.
If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
If you need more than 3 levels of indentation, you’re screwed anyway, and should fix your program.
A Perl program is correct if it gets the job done before your boss fires you.
He who hasn’t hacked assembly language as a youth has no heart. He who does as an adult has no brain.
The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.
Don’t get suckered in by the comments … they can be terribly misleading.
If you think good architecture is expensive, try bad architecture.
I don’t know or trust Demeter.
It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.
If a million monkeys were typing on computers, one of them will eventually write a Java program. The rest of them will write Perl programs.
Unix was not designed to stop people from doing stupid things, because that would also stop them from doing clever things.
First you listen to the users; then you ignore them.
The hardest part of design … is keeping features out.
Computers are high-speed idiots, programmed by low-speed idiots.
The C language combines all the power of assembly language with all the ease-of-use of assembly language.
The key to understanding recursion is to begin by understanding recursion. The rest is easy.
Linux sucks twice as fast and 10 times more reliably, and since you have the source, it’s your fault.
If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution.
Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
C++ : an octopus made by nailing extra legs onto a dog.
Python: executable pseudocode. Perl: executable line noise.
In a room full of top software designers, if two agree on the same thing, that’s a majority.
If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0
One: demonstrations always crash. And two: the probability of them crashing goes up exponentially with the number of people watching.
There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the history of computers.
It has been discovered that C++ provides a remarkable facility for concealing the trival details of a program — such as where its bugs are.
Whoever thought of putting coders in noise-transparent cubicles needs to be beaten with a cluebat.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in the home.
But what… is it good for?
I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.
While a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 10000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers of the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.