17 August 2004

"The technology of the modern media has produced new possibilities of interaction... What is needed is a wider view encompassing the coming rewards in the context of the treasures left us by the past experiences, possessions, and insights." - Rudolf Arnheim (Summer 2000)

Islands in the shape of the continents http://www.theworld.ae/theworld/theworld.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2004/07/24/pliner24.xml&sSheet=/property/2004/07/24/ixptop17.html

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." - Thomas Alva Edison
Frequently an important invention is made before the world is ready to receive it, and the unhappy inventor is taught, by his failure, that it is as unfortunate to be in advance of his age as to be behind it. http://www.ideafinder.com/features/smallstep/index.htm Did you ever wonder how many inventions were the result of an accident, how many great ideas were not even recognized by their inventor?

Producing authentic looking old paper : http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/aging_paper.html

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." - Peter Drucker

"The primary mission of the university is not to train but to educate, not to do research or transfer technology, not to prepare students for jobs but to make them more discerning people, capable of seeing through the political and commercial hucksterisms of their times, of establishing their own values and finding their own meaning in life, of constructing and expressing their own compelling narratives. " - James Downey, University of Waterloo

He had brought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply“They are merely conventional signs!
Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank”
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best—A perfect and absolute blank!” - Lewis Carroll

"Unless, governor, teacher inspector, visitor,
This map becomes their window and these windows
That open on their lives like crouching tombs
Break, O break open, " - Stephen Spender (1909–1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 25–28).

"When I had mapped the pond ... I laid a rule on the map lengthwise, and then breadthwise, and found, to my surprise, that the line of greatest length intersected the line of greatest breadth exactly at the point of greatest depth." - Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854)

"We are voyagers, discoverers
of the not-known,the unrecorded;
we have no map;
possibly we will reach haven,
heaven." - Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961), U.S. poet. “The Walls Do Not Fall.”

"Genius is the naturalist or geographer of the supersensible regions, and draws their map; and, by acquainting us with new fields of activity, cools our affection for the old. These are at once accepted as the reality, of which the world we have conversed with is the show." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. “Uses of Great Men,” Representative Men (1850).

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