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Some quotes to tide you over [Jan. 7th, 2005|08:54 pm]

  I sense much distrust in you.  Distrust leads to cynicism, cynicism
  leads to bitterness, bitterness leads to the Awareness Of True
  Reality which is referred to by those-who-lack-enlightenment as
  "paranoia".  I approve.    -- David P. Murphy, alt.sysadmin.recovery

  Finding a needle in a haystack is a lot easier if you burn down
  the haystack and scan the ashes with a metal detector.
      -- the Silicon Valley Tarot

  If you don't have friends with whom to share links and conversation,
  you have social problems and you should confront them instead of
  joining a cultlike pseudo-community.    -- "Quit Slashdot.org Today!"

  I think my standards have lowered enough that now I think "good
  design" is when the page doesn't irritate the living fuck out of 
  me.                        -- http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/design.html

  I have no disaster recovery plan for black holes, I'm afraid.  Also
  please be aware that if it one looks imminent I will be out rioting
  and setting fire to McDonalds (always wanted to do that) and
  probably not reading email anyway.                     -- Dan Barlow

  ... the U.S. Department of Transportation today disclosed that its
  agents have recently cleared airport security checkpoints with an 
  M1 tank, a beluga whale, and a fully active South American volcano.
             -- http://www.satirewire.com/news/march02/screeners.shtml

  If we can only figure out a way to transform the key signing party
  into a drinking game, I think we'd get a much higher level of
  participation.                                       -- Barry Warsaw

  /dash/  i am trying to get Asterisk to work
  /dash/  it is stabbing me in the face
  /dreid/ yes ... i seem to recall that feature in the documentation
                                                -- from Twisted.Quotes

I am hired because I know what I am doing, not because I will do whatever I am told is a good idea. This might cost me bonuses, raises, promotions, and may even label me as "undesirable" by places I don't want to work at anyway, but I don't care. I will not compromise my own principles and judgement without putting up a fight. Of course, I won't always win, and I will sometimes be forced to do things I don't agree with, but if I am my objections will be known, and if I am shown to be right and problems later develop, I will shout "I told you so!" repeatedly, laugh hysterically, and do a small dance or jig as appropriate to my heritage.

Mike Sphar

  As a member of the First International Church of the Fucking Christ, 
  I believe it is blasphemous to mention His holy name without including
  His holy gerund.                                      -- Chad R Orzel

[A]ctually it was almost in final approach, and the hydraulic assist unit for the rudder decided, "Hmm. I think the rudder would really rather be...all the way to the LEFT. Oh, no, wait, the pilot's telling me this is not the case. Screw him, he never listens to *us*. I'll show HIM. HOW'S IT FEEL, YOU SANCTIMONIOUS LITTLE HAT-WEARING WANKER?"

This is why I refuse to get on 737s. Hydraulic assist thingummies apparently get crotchety in their old age, and in dog years, most 737s are dead.

Carl Jacobs

I'm sorry, but comfortable is the last thing I want in my server room. I want it unbearably cold, and noisy. I want items scattered dangerously around the floor. I want random floor tiles to be missing. I want a very old sandwich of undetermined origin sitting half-eaten in the corner. I want the first thought of any person that enters my server room to be "Dear $DEITY, I must get out of this place IMMEDIATELY!"

Mike Sphar

The ability to watch M*A*S*H on demand justified purchasing a VCR for myself. That show taught me a lot of useful things; for example, if one's skills are sufficiently in demand, one can wear a bathrobe to work, and generally have one's eccentricities tolerated.


The reason I read (and very occasionally post to) asr is because I have found no other group that understands (and indeed revels in) the fact that any clued-in professional in a technical field will eventually be surrounded on all sides: clueless end-users on one side, clueless hardware and software vendors on the other, with clueless management charging over the hill. This occurs regardless of your field, from Unix sysadmin to hardware technician to technical writer to software developer.

Christian Wagner