Computer Science and
Economics @ UIUC
As we computer programmers put it, If it doesn't have to work, I can make it run as fast as you want.
To steal a wonderful line from Steven:
I'd love to talk with you over coffee, tea, hot chocolate (or whatever you prefer to drink) and get to know you better.
I wouldn't mind being called 'comfortable', like John Wayne in the movie Rio Lobo.
Of all Nietzche's great thoughts, this one's my favorite:
Without music life would be a mistake.
If you'd like to count me as a friend, don't lose my trust.
Here are a few words I particularly like.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
A mermaid found a swimming lad,
picked him for her own,
pressed her body to his body,
laughed; and plunging down
forgot in cruel happiness
that even lovers drown.
Tea leaves thwart those who court catastrophe, designing futures where nothing will occur: cross the gypsy's palm and yawning she will still predict no perils left to conquer.
Jeopardy is jejune now: naive knight finds ogres out-of-date and dragons unheard of, while blasé princesses indict tilts at terror as downright absurd.
The beast in Jamesian grove will never jump, compelling hero's dull career to crisis; and when insouciant angels play God's trump, while bored arena crowds for once look eager, hoping toward havoc, neither pleas nor prizes shall coax from doom's blank door lady or tiger.
In Praise of Feeling Bad About Yourself
The buzzard never says it is to blame. The panther wouldn't know what scruples mean. When the piranha strikes, it feels no shame. If snakes had hands, they'd claim their hands were clean.
A jackal doesn't understand remorse. Lions and lice don't waver in their course. Why should they, when they know they're right?
Though hearts of killer whales may weigh a ton, in every other way they're light.
On this third planet from the sun among the signs of bestiality a clear conscience is Number One.