Sep 12, 2005
Matt and I talk after the ScrumMaster certification that I taught in DC. Look forward to more conversations with Bob and Matt as the AgileGuys get spooled up.
Walking is man\'s best medicine.
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Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
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Each body has its art...
My friends are my estate.
Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with \'em, then we grow out of \'em and leave \'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
Three o\'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
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In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Where facts are few, experts are many.
What is the use of a house if you haven\'t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
O, it is excellent to have a giant\'s strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
When you make a mistake, don\'t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
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If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
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A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him.
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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
Could you imagine how horrible things would be if we always told others how we felt? Life would be intolerably bearable.
The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality... the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
Get pleasure out of life...as much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure.
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.
Normal is not something to aspire to, it\'s something to get away from.
There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, \'Well, here I am!\' and those who come in and say, \'Ah, there you are.\'
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, \'It all depends on me.\'
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
How to Raise your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children
We don\'t know a millionth of one percent about anything.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they\'ve always worked for me.
Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
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It?s like your batteries get low, and you need to charge them on someone else?s story.
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Cheese - milk\'s leap toward immortality.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
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Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the \'ah-ha\'.
A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
This world is given as the prize for the men in earnest; and that which is true of this world, is truer still of the world to come.
Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
The Past is to be respected and acknoledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
A neurosis is a secret that you don\'t know you are keeping.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you\'ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you\'ll become a philosopher.
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Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren\'t bad people; they\'re just acquaintances.
No one gossips about other people\'s secret virtues.
I write because I\'m afraid to say some things out loud.
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you?re doing, or it comes out flat. You can?t fake your way through this.
What other dungeon is so dark as one\'s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one\'s self!
You know what\'s interesting about Washington? It\'s the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you\'ll discover will be wonderful. What you\'ll discover will be yourself.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
The trick is to make sure you don\'t die waiting for prosperity to come.
You can only cure retail but you can prevent wholesale.
I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.
I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.
She got her looks from her father. He\'s a plastic surgeon.
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
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We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
another good discussion emphasizing metrics. I listened to it to try to get an idea of what scrum is. What part of the US is Matt from? I couldn\'t place his accent.
Essentially, Scrum is a lightweight, agile methodology, focused on the management side of software development. They leave the engineering practices to the self-governed development team. My favorite tenet? The Art of the Possible. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(management).
My accent? I grew up on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Though at the same latitude, the customs and language are more southern than the Baltimore/DC area. Since then, I have been all over, picking up a little accent from each place. I currently live between DC and Baltimore, MD, where southern efficiency meets northern hospitality.
fifteen and a half years ago
Music is essentially useless, as life is.