Sat, 06 Dec 2003

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Renowned writer Arthur C. Clarke comments on information overload. From slashdot.org, natch.

My favorite quote:

But it is vital to remember that information—in the sense of raw data—is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight.

It makes me think of something Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in The Left Hand of Darkness:

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.

It brings to mind the rationale of cascading style sheets. Ideally, every web browser should support CSS, but if not, then there should be a reasonable fallback. And you can specify different levels of fallbacks. And if you end up at the bottom of the cascade of failures, you still get the information, although perhaps it isn't presented in the prettiest way.

And for some reason, it makes me think of the three rules of internship: eat when you can, sleep when you can, shit when you can.

Oh man. Apophenia. My excuse is that I'm post-call.

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