The Musings of the Technical Bard is a place where I can express my thoughts on Canadian politics, technology issues, and anything else that annoys me about the craziness in our world.

Favourite quotes:


Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.  – Daniel Burnham


Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.  –Thomas Jefferson


Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.   – Ayn Rand


The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. – Ayn Rand


Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frèdèric Bastiat


If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good.  Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of finer clay than the rest of mankind? – Frèdèric Bastiat


A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.   – Douglas Adams


So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.   – Peter Drucker


For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.    – Richard Feynman


Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  – Wernher von Braun


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.       – Siddhārtha Gautama


Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson


They didn’t want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.  – Robert Heinlein


The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.    – Arthur C. Clarke


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.    – Arthur C. Clarke


Creativity is the residue of time wasted.  – Albert Einstein


Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.  – Margaret Mead


If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.  – Genghis Khan in Bukhara (1220)




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>