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“Humans are fallible, and they often operate with half-formed intentions, based on incomplete information.”

– Steve Young, “Cognitive User Interfaces”, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, May 2010

Taken out of context like this, it’s quite a poetic statement. The entire article is a pretty awesome read on how the user interfaces of the future will have to compensate for our own fallibility.


Engineers have a certain arrogance about them. That isn’t to say that they think they’re God’s gift to the world (at least, not all engineers think this). Rather, they look at a system and think to themselves, ‘I can make this better’.

Paraphrasing my professor this evening.

But when her smile came back,
And I didn’t feel half as horrible.
She gave me a heart attack,
Just because she looked so adorable.
“Sunburn” – Owl City

I downloaded Owl City’s Ocean Eyes on iTunes a few months ago. A week-ish ago, I got an email from iTunes about a free download of the single “Sunburn”. Very catchy song and I love the lyric above.

“It’s not shiny things that captivate me anymore; it’s what they shine.” – Brian Lam

“Don’t let statistics do a number on you.”

“Cooking is easy. Doing dishes is the hard part.”

“When desperate static beats the silence up, a quiet truth to calm you down… it’s been too late for a long time” – Ben Folds


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