Tidbits & Quotes: April 2005

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It's the sense of touch. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.

From the movie "Crash"

Seen in the trailer

Posted Apr 30, 2005 | # | Category: Movies & TV

In a sense, language is the last word in biological evolution. That's because this particular evolutionary innovation allows those who possess it to move beyond the realms of the purely biological. With language, our ancestors were able to create their own environment - we now call it culture - and adapt to it without the need for genetic changes.

From New Scientist

Found here

Posted Apr 26, 2005 | # | Category: Magazines & Sites

Rex: My wife has me between a rock and a hard place.
Miles Massey: That's her job. You should respect that.

From the movie "Intolerable Cruelty"

Source

Posted Apr 25, 2005 | # | Category: Movies & TV

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

Thomas Jefferson

Posted Apr 24, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

In our view, based on our considerable boardroom experience, the least independent directors are likely to be those who receive an important fraction of their annual income from the fees they receive for board service (and who hope as well to be recommended for election to other boards and thereby to boost their income further). Yet these are the very board members most often classed as "independent".

Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

From the 2004 Chairman's Letter

Posted Apr 17, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

I like the bar being set so high that falling off would kill you.

Pete Parsons, Studio Manager, Bungie

Found here

Posted Apr 12, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

Desperado

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now.
Oh, you're a hard one,
But I know that you've got your reasons.
These things that are pleasin' you,
Can hurt you somehow.

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy,
She'll beat you if she's able.
Know the queen of hearts is always your best bet.
Now it seems to me, some fine things,
Have been laid upon your table.
But you only want the things that you can't get.

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger:
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home.
And freedom, oh freedom,
Well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking,
Through this world all alone.

And don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow, the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're loosin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling,
Goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, and open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you,
You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
Before it's too late.

Johnny Cash

Posted Apr 11, 2005 | # | Category: Poetry & Music

... the Berkshire board is a model: (a) every director is a member of a family owning at least $4 million of stock; (b) none of these shares were acquired from Berkshire via options or grants; (c) no directors receive committee, consulting or board fees from the company that are more than a tiny portion of their annual income; and (d) although we have a standard corporate indemnity arrangement, we carry no liability insurance for directors. At Berkshire, board members travel the same road as shareholders.

Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

From the 2004 Chairman's Letter

Posted Apr 10, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

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