Inspirational and interesting quotes

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Ship first, fix later

Ship first, fix later.

Conveys the idea that you need first to release a working version of your work, and only second to improve it. It's kind of a motto against unreasonable perfectionism.

First read on MacGé.

2018/11/13 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments

Not because it is easy, but because it is hard

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

This quote is probably the most resonating on why pursuing difficult projects is way more rewarding that pursuing the “easy” ones.

2018/11/05 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments

Long run and short runs

The long run is nothing but a succession of short runs.

Even if we have large and ambitious long term goals, we should always see the short run efforts and decisions we have to take in order to complete these long term goals.

2018/08/26 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments

On premature optimization

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

Donald Knuth

Whereas it was first stated in the context of computer programming, the dangers of premature optimization span way beyond programming. Basically, premature optimization is the process of optimizing things that will not need optimization in the future, creating more trouble and difficulties.

In the field of science, I relate this to simplifying a theoretical model too early, or similar things. While optimization can help in many situations, it should only be done when there is enough stuff to be optimized.

Seen somewhere on the Internet.

2018/08/22 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments

Nothing good get away

Nothing good get away.

John Steinbeck

Those words come from a beautiful letter Steinbeck wrote to his son when he was asking for advices about a girl he fall in love with.

Heard on the season 3 of Eastsiders.

2018/01/22 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments

On new ideas

New ideas pass through three periods:

  1. It can’t be done.
  2. It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing.
  3. I knew it was a good idea all along!

Arthur C. Clarke

Seen here.

2017/12/12 12:00 · Olivier Simard-Casanova · 0 Comments
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