Monday, March 07, 2005

Scholarly Citations - think differently

Two philosophers were afoot along a river bank calmly. Both were in their process of cognitive profusion and only the gentlewind was dictating their intellections. To broach up, one of them pointed out a leaping fish and quoted "Ah! How good was that fish!". Instantly the second asked "How do you know that the fish is good?". The first agiled "How do you know that I know or don't about its goodness?". Both again harked back heeding their thoughts and started walking sedately.
- Thenkachi Ko.Swaminathan


A physician, a civil engineer and a computer scientist were arguing about what was the oldest profession in the world. The physician remarked, "Well, in the Bible. it says that God created Eve from a rib taken out of Adam. This clearly required surgery, and so I can rightly claim that mine is the oldest profession in the world". The civil engineer interrupted, and said "But even earlier in the book of Genesis, it states that God created the order of the heavens and the earth out of the chaos. This was the first and certainly the most spectacular application of civil engineering. Therefore, fair doctor, you are wrong; mine is the oldest profession in the world." The computer scientist leaned back in chair, smiled and then said confidently. "Ah, but who do you think created the chaos?".
- Grady Booch


Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

Or how else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

No comments: