Monthly Archives: October 2007

Quotes of the morning

I don’t remember where I got these…

“Aesthetic standards are ultimately the only standards that exist in engineering.”


“A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”

Obama gets interesting

Firstly he has stopped wearing American Flag pins. While to some degree the president serves a double role as chief executive and president of the fan club I think this is a good thing. There’s nothing more hollow than a red Aids ribbon or the yellow “Live Strong” wristbands. It’s good to have someone running that doesn’t find meaning in 17 pieces of flair. That doesn’t mean his ideas are any good, but there’s more to loving America than wrapping oneself in internal marketing.

Secondly he apparently has a serious person as his chief economic adviser. All in all a good sign for him. Not that I’ll be voting for him, but he’s at least showing signs of being interesting, which he hasn’t up to now.