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Thought for Friday, May 29, 2009


There are two ways to write error-free programs.
Only the third one works.

Thought for Thursday, May 28, 2009

Golden Oldie

Fortune's Office Door Sign of the Week:

Incorrigible punster -- Do not incorrige.

Thought for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

If there was a single word to describe me,
that word would have to be "profectionist."

- Bloopers from College Admission Essays
From Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Teens Talk Growing Up May 21, 2009

Thought for Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alex Haley was adopted!

Thought for Friday, May 22, 2009

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Army News Service, May 22,
2002) -- It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical
Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was moving way
too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and
more impatient.
The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove,
the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane
crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st
Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had
been placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque.
My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck,
getting out of the rain and getting to PT on time.
All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting
started again, the car in front of me stopped.
A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and
ran over toward the grove.
I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone
for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking.
I waited to see the butt-chewing that I wanted him to get for
making me late.
He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his
frame. I watched-as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up
the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the
rain, and set it upright again.
Then, slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car,
and drove off.
I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will
never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred
books or a thousand lectures.
That simple salute -- that single act of honoring his fallen
and his flag -- encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture
for me. It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will
finish the mission. I am an American soldier."
I thank God for examples like that.
And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the
ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, who
honored them.

-Capt. John Rasmussen

tftd will resume on or bout May 26, 2009

Thought for Thursday, May 21, 2009

My memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory is not as sharp as it used to be.

From the internet
via Herr Kemper

Thought for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Golden Oldie

One way to get high blood pressure is
to go mountain climbing over molehills.

-Earl Wilson (1907-1987)
Bits and Pieces
August 2005

Thought for Tuesday, May 19, 2009


In 1914, the first crossword puzzle was
printed in a newspaper. The creator
received $4000 down ...
and $3000 across.


Update to yesterday's tftd:

The number one is far more special than a prime!
It is the unit (the building block) of the positive
integers, hence the only integer which merits its
own existence axiom in Peano's axioms. It is the
only multiplicative identity (1.a = a.1 = a for all
numbers a). It is the only perfect nth power for
all positive integers n. It is the only positive
integer with exactly one positive divisor.
But it is not a prime. So why not? Below we give
four answers, each more technical than its precursor.
Answer One: By definition of prime!

The definition is as follows.
An integer greater than one is called a prime number
if its only positive divisors (factors) are one and itself.
So indeed there was a time that many folks defined one to be a prime


tftd liked it better when one was a prime number and not just

Thought for Monday, May 18, 2009

Golden Oldie

The math department felt they weren't getting enough
students registering as math majors, so they made a
commercial and aired it on prime time--1 o'clock, 2 o'clock,
3 o'clock, 5 o'clock, 7 o'clock, and 11 o'clock.

-Bob Dvorak
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Thought for Friday, May 15, 2009

Golden Oldie

If you want to understand your government,
don't begin by reading the Constitution.
It conveys precious little of the flavor
of today's statecraft. Instead, read
selected portions of the Washington
telephone directory containing listings for
all the organizations with titles beginning
with the word "National".

-George Will

Thought for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Golden Oldie

The hardest arithmetic to master is that
which enables us to count our blessings.

-Eric Hoffer
1902-1983, Author and Philosopher
~ The (Other) Thought For The Day ~
[TFTD] July 27, 2005

Thought for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Adult, n.:
One old enough to know better.

Thought for Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere
near the place.
-- Steven Wright

Thought for Monday, May 11, 2009

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
-- Fletcher Knebel

Thought for Friday, May 8, 2009

The meek shall inherit the earth -- they are too weak to refuse.

Thought for Thursday, May 7, 2009

When you measure what you are speaking about and
express it in numbers, you know something about it,
but when you cannot express it in numbers your
knowledge about is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

-Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) 1824-1907

Thought for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Golden Oldie

Two trucks loaded with a thousand copies of Roget's
Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing
house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback,

-Contributed by Asa Sparks

Thought for Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Golden Oldie

We can't make the documentation idiot-proof,
but we CAN make it idiot-resistant!

-John W. Hockert, PhD
As reported by Penny Pennington

Thought for Monday, May 4, 2009

Golden Oldie

An Old Cherokee describes an experience going on
inside himself....
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same
fight is going on inside you - and inside every
other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then
asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

-Submitted by Willie Weiss

Thought for Friday, May 1, 2009

Finagle's Creed:
Science is true. Don't be misled by facts.

 Huanga @ cafenite - Thought For Today