alacrity in action

Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.

Mark Twain

After we had conducted thousands of experiments on a certain project without solving the problem, one of my associates, after we had conducted the crowning experiment and it had proved a failure, expressed discouragement and disgust over our having failed to find out anything. I cheerily assured him that we had learned something. For we had learned for a certainty that the thing couldn’t be done that way, and that we would have to try some other way.

Thomas Edison

When everyone thinks the same, how much thinking is actually taking place?

Gerard Darby on BBC Radio 4 Four Thought program

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

Jamie Zawinski, 1997, see  also this

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

E.F. Schumacher, Radical Humanist, 1973

A common fallacy is to assume authors of incomprehensible code will somehow be able to express themselves lucidly and clearly in comments.

Kevlin Henney, twitter, 20 Sep 2013

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