Monday, December 05, 2005


While doing research to find Chinese proverbs for my System Architecture principles, I came across this one:

"Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu."
Nice quote, but, dude, tofu is gross, even if it is delicious.

Oooo! Here's a good one, brought to us by the Scandanavians:
"Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path."

George Steinbeck: "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."

One more: "Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."


Yoav said...

Don't try too hard for the Chinese proverb thing: everyone's doing it for all their principles since he suggested it, so it's losing value.

Ilana said...

Yes, but looking for quotations is an excellent procrastination device =)

Mane the Mean said...

And it was a joke in the first place.

He does not want to see any Chinese proverb. He just wants us to tell where the principle are from. Take any good technical book (like Brooks, Jain, Rechtin, Utterback..), or a history of civil architecture, and it takes about 1 hour to figure out 6 principles.

I know, since I did it just for fun.

Ilana said...

I don't think it was a joke. I have been using proverbs and quotes and always get very positive comments on them.

Why would you find principles just for fun if it's an assignment? Wouldn't you then be finding them for the assignment?

Mane the Mean said...

Well, I had some 12 principles drafted, some 6 of them ready to be submitted. I just wanted to try my luck with books. For fun mostly, for learning. And I got some new principles. Now I just have to pick which 6-8 I will submit on 14th of Dec.

I got the first 8 principles from my memory and experience in a few hours - I used to be collecting them already before joining MIT. Principles are great
when leading technical people. Much better than
detailed documentation.