Guess. Apologize. Compensate. alvin May 19, 2017 - 9:54am

Guess. Apologize. Compensate. This is a nice slide from a talk by Jonas Bonér‏, CTO of Lightbend.

“Are you familiar with Sun Tzu?” alvin May 5, 2017 - 7:09am

“Are you familiar with Sun Tzu?”

Michael Clarke Duncan, in a favorite tv show, The Finder

John Elway: Look for heart first alvin September 7, 2016 - 5:57pm

This is a good article about John Elway. This is my favorite quote regarding programming and running a business: “He based his approach to scouting on Jack’s golden rule: ‘Look for heart first.’”

Symbols and experience do not follow the same rules alvin August 26, 2016 - 5:24pm

“A state of being is an experience. A description of a state of being is a symbol. Symbols and experience do not follow the same rules.”

~ The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics

Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore on the Nature of Reality alvin June 2, 2015 - 10:04am

This is part of a discussion between Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, from this page on

The conversation begins like this:

TAGORE: You have been busy, hunting down with mathematics, the two ancient entities, time and space, while I have been lecturing in this country on the eternal world of man, the universe of reality.

All that remains alvin February 8, 2015 - 5:18pm

“The wise bunny focuses not on that which is lost, but on all that remains.” (From this Twitter page.)

Greg Maddux 'try less' quotes alvin October 4, 2014 - 5:37pm

I heard today that Greg Maddux had a “try less” philosophy for when times get hard. Here are two quotes I was able to find related to that philosophy.

Chris Stevens, Northern Exposure - What is it about possessing things? alvin July 19, 2014 - 7:25pm

Chris Stevens, Northern Exposure - What is it about possessing things?

Adam Gase philosophy - Today alvin June 22, 2014 - 8:45am

Adam Gase shares his simple philosophy: “Today”. From this Denver Post article.

Peaceful Warrior alvin February 23, 2014 - 7:21am

Socrates (Soc), whispering in Dan's mind: Where are you?
Dan: Here.

Soc: What time is it?
Dan: Now.

Soc: What are you?
Dan: This moment.

(From the movie, Peaceful Warrior.)