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Jessamyn West


One of the things I learned in library school is that when people have an information need, they’ll always ask people they know before they ask a librarian. The trick is making sure that librarians are some of the people they know.

—Jessamyn West

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Refrán popular


para humo de mezote, ojos de tlachiquero

El mezote es el tronco del maguey y el tlachiquero es el pulquero. Significa que para cada cosa se requieren cualidades y habilidades apropiadas. Igual que el refrán “a acocote nuevo, tlachiquero viejo”.

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El programador, como el poeta…


The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

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Emo y Joan


At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.

Emo Phillips

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.

Joan D. Vinge

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the telescope rule


Thomson’s Rule for First-Time Telescope Makers: “It is faster to make a four-inch mirror then a six-inch mirror than to make a six-inch mirror.”

— Programming Pearls, Communications of the ACM, September 1985

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What’s information really about?


What’s information really about? It seems to me there’s something direly wrong with the “Information Economy.” It’s not about data, it’s about attention. In a few years you may be able to carry the Library of Congress around in your hip pocket. So? You’re never gonna read the Library of Congress. You’ll die long before you access one tenth of one percent of it.

What’s important — increasingly important — is the process by which you figure out what to look at. This is the beginning of the real and true economics of information. Not who owns the books, who prints the books, who has the holdings. The crux here is access, not holdings. And not even access itself, but the signposts that tell you what to access — what to pay attention to. In the Information Economy everything is plentiful — except attention.

Bruce Sterling’s 1992 speech to the Library Information Technology Association

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Jefe Seattle


What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

Jefe See-ahth en la declaración de rendición de tierras tribales a Isaac Stevens, gobernador del territorio de Washington (1855)

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