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  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    Want to know what's at elevation zero? On Earth, it's sea level. Obviously, that won't work on Mars. So lab-coated geeks got together and decided Mars's elevation zero is wherever the air pressure is 610.5 Pascals.
  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    (pendulums don't work on boats).
  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    So I go out every night with a home-made sextant and sight Deneb. It's kind of silly if you think about it. I'm in my space suit on Mars and I'm navigating with 16th century tools. But hey, they work.
  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    made one concession to common sense: I left most of my water supply in the Hab. I loaded 20 liters; enough for the test but no more. There are a lot of ways I could lose pressure in this mechanical abomination I've created, and I don't want all my water to boil off if that happens.
    Note: "Mechanical abomination", I like that.
  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    No plan survives first contact with the enemy.
  • Michael shared from The Martian by Andy Weir
    No plan survives first contact with the enemy.
  • Michael shared from a Personal Document
    The West, however, needed spices and kindred Oriental products not for the kitchen alone. The women of Europe made an increasing demand for the sweet-scented products of Araby: wanton musk, fragrant ambergris, heavy-smelling attar of roses. They asked weavers and dyers to provide them with Chinese silks and Indian damasks, goldsmiths and jewellers to supply them with lustrous pearls from Ceylon and glittering diamonds from Hindustan. Paradoxically enough, the spread of the Catholic faith promoted the use of Oriental products, for not one of the myriad censers swung in the countless churches of...
    Note: Why the species were so valued in Magellan's time.
  • Michael shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    “I’m about fifty-fifty on believing in God,”
    Note: Facing the death.
  • Michael shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    I don’t think I run roughshod over people, but if something sucks, I tell people to their face. It’s my job to be honest. I know what I’m talking about, and I usually turn out to be right. That’s the culture I tried to create. We are brutally honest with each other, and anyone can tell me they think I am full of shit and I can tell them the same. And we’ve had some rip-roaring arguments, where we are yelling at each other, and it’s some of the best times I’ve ever had. I feel totally comfortable saying “Ron, that store looks like shit” in front of everyone else. Or I might say...
  • Michael shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    When the sales guys run the company, the product guys don’t matter so much, and a lot of them just turn off. It happened at Apple when Sculley came in, which was my fault, and it happened when Ballmer took over at Microsoft. Apple was lucky and it rebounded, but I don’t think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer is running it.
(Rochester, NY)
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