Archive for 2008

You are

August 8th, 2008

I just wanted to say that you are so

  and alluring,
   simply great,
    you are spectacular,
     and impressive,
       plain charming,
        and cheerful,
           even marvelous,
            always interesting,
             and intelligent,
              you are stunning,
                  and enchanting,
                   just awesome,
              and attractive;
             and eye-opening,
        and enlightening,
       downright astonishing.
      You are damn rare.

Never forget this!
And always remember that it was me who said it.

Sex up your opinions

August 4th, 2008

“In the age of the internet attaching a famous name to your personal opinion to give more weight to it is a very valid strategy.” — Benjamin Franklin

Quote posted by Anonymous in a comment to a blog post of Bruce Schneier about a misquote.

How to know we know each other

August 3rd, 2008

Recently, I have exchanged two e-mail messages with the owner of a weblog which I happened to stumble upon. After the second message, he asked me: Do we know each other?

My first thought was: How should I know? But then, here is how to know we know each other:

If you think we could perhaps know each other chances are we do not.

If you think that I may ever say so you certainly do not know me.

If you think we might actually never get to know each other we already do (know quite an essential part of what I think we could possibly know from each other).

If you know that my middle name is Epimenides we in fact do know each other. But then, tell me, why do you ask?

Imagine imagination

July 13th, 2008

Imagine what we can imagine!
Arthur Rubinstein

A wonderful quote. Unfortunately, I could not find any indication of its source.
German speaking readers are invited to enjoy a literal translation: Man bilde sich ein, was wir uns alles einbilden können!

Being not truthful works

June 27th, 2008

Sagmeister: Being not truthful works against me

Ralph Ammer and Stefan Sagmeister: Being not truthful works against me
[For details see Ralph‘s and Stefan‘s page.]

Abstractly speaking

June 15th, 2008

Abstract thinking isn’t much in my line.
Josef Teichmann, 2007-04-10*

*) In a staff meeting at Vienna University of Technology; translated from originally German “Mir liegt das Abstrakte nicht so.”

Paradoxical introspection

June 9th, 2008

2008-06-07*), Oswald Wiener gave a talk with the title “Der Automaten-Begriff als Werkzeug der Erkenntnispsychologie”. When he spoke about the Würzburg School he quoted several of their test questions which they used in psychology experiments. One of them was:

Do you agree with the following statement?
— We condemn everything that can be explained.

According to Wiener, if the test person answered “yes” she or he was asked to explain by means of introspection which thoughts etc. led to the affirmation.

*) For those who know the delicate history, his talk was given in Hs. 1 of the “NIG” at University of Vienna.

Call me an idiot

June 8th, 2008

If you idiot call me an idiot I will happily be idiot enough to call you idiot an idiot until you idiot will never again call me idiot an idiot. You idiot!

[Humbly translated from a wonderful German tongue twister.

Wenn du Trottel zu mir Trottel Trottel sagst, sag ich Trottel zu dir Trottel so lange Trottel, bis du Trottel zu mir Trottel nie mehr Trottel sagst, du Trottel!

Thanks go to dieJulia for her reminder posted in Depperter Depp du!]