Pythagoras the philosopher, and feminist

Most men and women, by birth or nature, lack of the means to advance in wealth and power, but all have the ability to advance in knowledge. Pythagoras is inextricably linked to right angled triangles in my mind. However, he was also a philosopher who founded a school where woman enjoyed the same rights as…

I shall write peace upon your wings

and you shall fly around the world
so that children will no longer have
to die this way.


Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. — HAL, in 2001 A Space Odyssey My site has now had 2001 views 😁 Image of the room in the final scene:By Christophe from Montreal (DSCF3109) [CC…

Space Shuttle Challenger

Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation. — John Young, after being asked if he was nervous about making the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981. Sadly prophetic. The image…

So we went to Atari and said,

‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’

Schrodinger’s cat: Alive, Dead or…

In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the
cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat
could be in:

Dr Strangelove

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room! — President Merkin Muffley Muffley was one of three characters played by Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove, by Stanley Kubrick.  The image is of the 25-ton blast door in the NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado nuclear bunker. It is at main entrance with another blast door (background) beyond…

The sight of the stars makes me want to dream

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me want to dream. ― Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night Notebook Image: By NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons