23 November 2004

(Not Powerpoint) S5 is a slide show format based entirely on XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With one file, you can run a complete slide show and have a printer-friendly version as well. http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/tools/s5/

"We see with the brain, not with the eyes," Dr. Bach-y-Rita said. "You can lose your retina but you do not lose the ability to see as long as your brain is intact." Most important, the brain does not seem to care if patterns come from the eye, ear or skin. Given the proper context, it will interpret and understand them. http://nytimes.com/2004/11/23/science/23sens.html?pagewanted=2

"Exploration with a capital E is in the air again, in what will hopefully become some kind of renaissance. ... there is only one reason good enough, and that's exploration. That means going somewhere, not in circles. But actually going somewhere... The reality is that we have become risk averse, willing to coast on the momentum of past accomplishments. If we study the problem, build tools and systems, and so on for the next 50 years, we can jolly ourselves along that we are still those clever Americans who put a man on the moon back when was that again? Where will we be in 20 years if we don't do something that captures the public imagination and inspires kids to give a damn about science and engineering again? Exploration is not a luxury. It defines us as a civilization. It directly or indirectly benefits every member of society. It yields an inspirational dividend whose impact on our self-image, confidence, and economic and geopolitical stature is immeasurable. ...the fear of going becomes less than the fear of not going. What are we waiting for? Let's go." - James Cameron http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/cameron.html

The main point of the book The Medici Effect,: when and where "different cultures, domains, and disciplines stream together toward a single point," they may "connect, allowing for established concepts to clash and combine, ultimately forming a multitude of new, groundbreaking ideas." http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/book_reviews/v5i36_stuckey.html important innovations come from collisions or combinations of different fields; observation and analysis suggest ways to encourage those encounters; failure shouldn't discourage an innovator, nor should he or she be afraid to break away from traditional settings and take risks.

Tao Te Ching : http://www.merechina.com/culture/works.asp?pageid=52

"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso

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