Monthly Archives: December 2010

Documentation and sex

Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.

Dick Brandon

Common sense

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

Children misquote

Children seldom misquote you.  In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.


Absurdity and champions

Every absurdity has a champion who will defend it.


Law of highway biology

The first bug to hit a clean windshield lands directly in front of your eyes.


Visualizing infos

While setting apart some of the thousand files in my “Miscellaneous” directory I came trough an old (2009) article from Chandoo at on data visualization which I find very interesting (full article at

Having the right informations is a good starting point, but visualizing them in an appealing way is the key for successful presentations.

Essentially the article says:

  • Compare with known things in your charts
  • Get creative, don’t alwaysfallback on bar / pie charts
  • Sometimes just numbers will do
  • Focus on the the tower  (means objective), not on charts

Good points.

I add mine: be sure to give your chart a final overview with the eyes of those that know little of the subject and see if it is clear.


A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.

Ramsey Clark

Merry Christmas

Either if you give a religious meaning to this day or not, please have my best wishes for this Christmas, having a peaceful day with those you love.

We all need a better and more peaceful future for us and our children.


See or observe

You see but you do not observe.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”

Warriors and peace

The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace.

Holly Near

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