Travis Smith: my resume, bio and photos back to the main blog page

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains or the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. “

posted at 10:11 pm
on Oct. 28, 2005

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“Vision to See /
Faith to Believe /
Courage to Do”

posted at 9:38 pm
on Oct. 26, 2005

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“I don’t think he’s entirely crazy, but…”

posted at 12:28 pm
on Oct. 26, 2005

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“Truth is the distilled meaning of facts, for any refuted by a fact becomes a fallacy.”

posted at 12:16 pm
on Oct. 26, 2005

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“Technorati, a blog search engine, now tracks 19.6 million blogs, a number that has doubled about every five months for the past three years. If that growth were to continue, all 6.7 billion people on the planet will have a blog by April 2009.”

posted at 11:28 am
on Oct. 26, 2005

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“We say our system is the best—by what criteria? Do we free the innocent and punish the guilty better than others? We do all right unless the guilty are rich, as nobody manages to punish the rich very much.  Thank God the poor commit so many more crimes.”

posted at 10:09 am
on Oct. 25, 2005

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“There’s no hell . . . and no heaven, either.  Life is here.  Reward is here.  Pain is here.  I don’t know very much . . . but that much I know for sure.”

posted at 5:07 pm
on Oct. 23, 2005

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“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”

posted at 12:40 pm
on Oct. 21, 2005

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“That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition,  seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation.”

posted at 12:40 pm
on Oct. 20, 2005

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“Growing optimism in teachers’ strike” - “Optimism dims in teachers’ strike”

posted at 10:43 am
on Oct. 20, 2005

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“Correction: A profile of B.B. King in the Oct. 9 Sunday Calendar section said the blues musician had been married and divorced twice, with no children. King had no children with either of his wives but fathered 15 children with other women.”

posted at 10:12 am
on Oct. 20, 2005

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“When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.”

posted at 12:33 pm
on Oct. 19, 2005

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“Nouveau is better than not Riche at all.”

posted at 12:33 pm
on Oct. 18, 2005

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“Do you wish to be an organ donor?”

posted at 4:42 pm
on Oct. 17, 2005

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“It is not advisable ... to venture unsolicited opinions.  You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.”

posted at 12:28 pm
on Oct. 17, 2005

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“Comparing pasts is the most tedious conversational exercise known to mankind.  Everybody was a cute baby, once upon a time.”

posted at 12:28 pm
on Oct. 16, 2005

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“Bart’s pain is funny, but mine isn’t.”

posted at 5:33 pm
on Oct. 15, 2005

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“It didn’t happen overnight. You don’t take a drug and go ‘Mmm, rabbits’.”

posted at 12:38 pm
on Oct. 14, 2005

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“Custom development is that murky world where a customer tells you what to build, and you say, ‘are you sure?’ and they say yes, and you make an absolutely beautiful spec, and say, ‘is this what you want?’ and they say yes, and you make them sign the spec in indelible ink, nay, blood, and they do, and then you build that thing they signed off on, promptly, precisely and exactly, and they see it and they are horrified and shocked, and you spend the rest of the week reading up on whether your E&O insurance is going to cover the legal fees for the lawsuit you’ve gotten yourself into or merely the settlement cost. Or, if you’re really lucky, the customer will smile wanly and put your code in a drawer and never use it again and never call you back.”

posted at 10:24 am
on Oct. 12, 2005

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“Since the [incident], the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy on suspected terrorists has come under criticism and has been renamed ‘shoot-to-kill-to-protect.’ “

posted at 11:36 am
on Oct. 7, 2005

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“Skinny guy: You get unemployment benefits?
Fat guy: It’s great. You just file and you’re done.
Skinny guy: What does that mean?
Fat guy: They give you free dough.
Skinny guy: It’d be great if sex were like that, unemployment. You could be like, “Hey, I haven’t gotten any in 6 months and I want some so I’m filing for sex, please.” And they’d be like, “Oh man, this dude hasn’t gotten it in months; send him a hooker!” And it’d be two stoned guys, fat white guys in a donut-filled government office with escort’s numbers all over the walls.”

posted at 2:55 pm
on Oct. 6, 2005

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“Ladies and Gentleman, may I have your attention. I have spent all my money on alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, and crack. However, I have learned my lesson. I would now like to spend your money on alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, and crack.”

posted at 3:52 pm
on Oct. 5, 2005

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“Last night my internet access at home wasn’t working, and it was ABSOLUTELY KILLING ME to not go online.
I needed to retrieve something from my e-mail to work on….couldn’t do it.
I wanted to see if my sister was online to chat to….couldn’t do it.
I wanted to do some research and write a blog entry…..couldn’t do it.
I wanted to upload some photos to Flickr from last weekend….but I COULDN’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!
And Jamie had to rub it in by telling me that the internet was REALLY REALLY good last night….”

posted at 10:31 am
on Oct. 5, 2005

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“If you hire a fire-eater to come to your party, the curtains are going to get singed.”

posted at 2:37 pm
on Oct. 4, 2005

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“You cannot doubt my wishes to see you appointed to any office of honor or emolument in the new government, to the duties of which you are competent—but however deserving you may be of the one you have suggested, your standing at the bar would not justify my nomination of you as attorney to the Federal district Court in preference of some of the oldest, and most esteemed General Court Lawyers in your own State, who are desirous of this appointment. My political conduct in nominations, even if I was uninfluenced by principle, must be exceedingly circumspect and proof against just criticism, for the eyes of Argus are upon me, and no slip will pass unnoticed that can be improved into a supposed partiality for friends or relations.”

posted at 2:00 am
on Oct. 4, 2005

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“In a 28-month period ending in 2001, according to the California Supreme Court, the [California state parole] board considered 4,800 cases [of people sentenced to life in prison] and granted parole in 48. Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, reversed 47 of the decisions.”

posted at 5:09 pm
on Oct. 1, 2005

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