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Peter Sheil
17 July 1954
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"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."
---Plato (427-347 B.C.)

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev (1894 - 1971)

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
Rita Rudner

"The C language combines the power and flexibility of assembly language with the ease and readability of assembly language"

Linux is like a wigwam - no windows, no gates, apache inside.

"As to which side I am on, I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side."
Treebeard, "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Set your priorities right. No one ever said on his death bed, "Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office."
Brian Kendrig (sig file)

Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it.
Seymore Cray, on virtual memory

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Charles Bukowski

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Saki (1870 - 1916), "The Square Egg", 1924

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
Paul Fix

We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 - 1944)

The classic phrase for government work - "if I showed you, I'd have to kill you." Of course, for most of the government projects I worked on, if I'd shown anyone, they'd have probably died laughing.
I'm a technical consultant in an IT services company - trying to solve the technical and "political" hot potatoes as they arrive without getting too burnt :) I work near Cardiff, "home" is London and I Morris dance in Southampton so far too much of my life is spent driving on the M4. I used to run a Scout group, go sailing and canoeing and used to go skiing and gliding . I have an "onion" personality - lots of layers, all different and mostly hidden. I'm a shy extrovert.

I have met about 24 people on my LJ friends list in "Real Life" so if you would like to meet then let me know - non-smokers particularly welcome :)

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