When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk. — Philipe Petit (who tightroped between the Twin Towers), Man on Wire, 2002, p. 213
Slowly slowly, form follows funding. — Clay Shirky, Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users, January 4, 2012.
The web is evolving from a place to find things, into a place to do things. – Reid Smith, Knowledge Technologies Conference, 2001
[In the publishing business] the readers are the product, and the customers are the advertisers. — Dave Winer, Scripting News, December 29,2011.
The hallmark of a deep explanation is that it answers more than you ask. — Max Tegmark, Our Universe Grew Like a Baby, Edge, January 16, 2012
The biggest surprise for any new president is the strain placed upon the “decision-making muscle,” since the choices that come upon him every day are precisely those the rest of the government has not been able to resolve. — James Fallow, Obama Explained, The Atlantic, March 2012.
I saw the best minds of my generation… writing spam filters. – Neal Stephenson, Getting Big Things Done, Solve For X, February 2, 2012
I prefer pirates to SOPA. I would rather lose a piece of my profits than lose access to others’ thoughts. — Greg Stolze, Google+ January 18, 2012
If you struggle financially, upgrade your social skills. Money flows through people. — Steve Pavlina, Google+, January 16, 2012
Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals of the valuable historical and State papers deposited in our public offices … let us save what remains not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time but by such a multiplication of copies as shall place them beyond the reach of accident. — Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson to Ebenezer Hazard, Philadelphia, February 18, 1791. In Thomas Jefferson: Writings: Autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, Public and Private Papers, Addresses, Letters, edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Library of America
[Tim Berners-Lee] told me about his proposed system called the ‘World Wide Web.’ And I thought, well, that’s got a pretentious name. – Ian Ritchie, TEDGobal Talk, July 2011
Classic internet cartoon from xkcd.