I’ve been observing and thinking about my daughter’s behaviour a lot, and my latest thought is this: at 21 months old, she appears to have two key drives that influence her thoughts and behaviour. One is to learn and develop, to do more, be more independent, to have more control over her actions and surroundings. The other is to co-operate with her parents and please us, earn our praise.

And so one’s job as a parent is to try to make it so these two drives don’t have to be in conflict with one another.

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I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.

After a frustrating attempt to use a “feature-rich” telephone sometime around 1990.

No man straightway desireth the new, for he saith “the old is better.” Women are different, however.

I believe that almost all politicians are honest … there are hundreds of politicians, low paid or not paid at all doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work. If this were not true we would never have gotten past the thirteen colonies.

Grumbles From The Grave

They say "them who can't do, teach." But I say "those who found the doing a struggle, teach those who haven't."

Strange things are done to be number one, in selling the computer.
IBM has their strategem, which steadily grows acuter.
And Honeywell competes to sell, but the story's missing link:
Is the computer old, at Stonehenge, sold by the firm of Druids, Inc.

The Druids were entrepreneurs, and they built a granite box.
It tracked the moon, warned of monsoons, and cast the equinox.
Their price was right, the future bright. The prototype was sold.
From Stonehenge site, their bits and byte would ship, for Celtic gold.

The movers came to crate the frame. It weighed a million ton!
The traffic folk thought it a joke. The wagon wheels just spun.
"They'll nay sell that," the foreman spat. "Just leave the wild-weed grow;
It's Druid-kind, over-designed, and belly-up they'll go!"

The man spoke true, and thus to you, a warning from the ages:
Your stock will slip if you can't ship what's in your brochure's pages.
See if it sells without the bells and strings that ring and quiver.
Druid repute went down the chute, because they couldn't deliver.


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