• «Beyond 40 degrees south there is no law. Beyond 50 degrees south there is no God.» 19th century whaler's saying
  • «I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.» Ash (Alien)
  • «Human beings are not attracted to each other (at least from the point of view of gravity).» Charles Bailyn
  • «Il meglio che ci si può aspettare è di evitare il peggio.» Italo Calvino (Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore)
  • «Haskell is the only programming language where the last thing you learn is how to print "Hello, World".» Giuseppe Castagna
  • «Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.» Arthur C. Clarke
  • «Ubuntu, an ancient African word meaning "I can't configure Debian".» ricky_clarkson on #haskell
  • «There are so many things that I don't understand.» Daft Punk (Within)
  • «Dans la chambre déserte, les souvenirs affluent / Et je baisse la tête comme un guerrier vaincu» Étienne Daho (La baie)
  • «When a cheetah chases a herd of gazelles, it may be more important for an individual gazelle to outrun the slowest member of the herd than to outrun the cheetah.» Richard Dawkins
  • «If god did really wanted to make it really convincing that he exists, he wouldn't choose the way of bringing us into existence the one way which makes it look as though he's not there.» Richard Dawkins
  • «The argument of this book is that we, and all other animals, are machines created by our genes.» Richard Dawkins (The selfish gene)
  • «The genes are the master programmers, and they are programming for their lives.» Richard Dawkins
  • «The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.» Richard Dawkins
  • «This moment, that I decided would be the best moment, wasn't.» Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber
  • «By the time it was my turn to fall in love everyone was starting to check their watches and put on their coats.» Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber
  • «For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.» Richard Feynman
  • «What I cannot create, I do not understand.» Richard Feynman
  • «It's easier to think you're in love than it is to accept that you're alone.» Benton Fraser (Due South)
  • «The people realized that the caribou and the wolf were one. For although the caribou feeds the wolf, it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.» Benton Fraser (Due South)
  • «Anche l'avventuriero più spinto muore dove gli può capitare e neanche tanto convinto.» Giorgio Gaber (Io Se Fossi Dio)
  • «Io non mi sento italiano, ma per fortuna o purtroppo, lo sono.» Giorgio Gaber (Io non mi sento italiano)
  • «SQL, Lisp, and Haskell are the only programming languages that I've seen where one spends more time thinking than typing.» Philip Greenspun
  • «I say what I mean, and I do what I say.» Vincent Hanna (Heat)
  • «Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.» Ernest Hemingway
  • «My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.» Patricia Highsmith
  • «There is a silence where hath been no sound. There is a silence where no sound may be. In the cold grave under the deep, deep, sea.» Thomas Hood (Silence)
  • «Beautiful tunes, intelligent lyrics, and all my favourite chords.» Trevor Horn
  • «Nulla è più raro al mondo, che una persona abitualmente sopportabile.» Giacomo Leopardi (Pensieri)
  • «...e il naufragar m'è dolce in questo mare.» Giacomo Leopardi (L'infinito)
  • «... mai fare previsioni, specie se ottimistiche.» Primo Levi (Se questo è un uomo)
  • «Win, lose, what's the difference?» Manny (Runaway Train)
  • «Di ritorno dall'altra parte del mare e dal cielo / l'Europa la potresti abbracciare davvero e invece / coltivi ancora i tuoi dolori, per tenerli con te.» Mia Martini (Danza)
  • «For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.» Carl Sagan (Contact)
  • «It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.» Carl Sagan
  • «Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.» Carl Sagan
  • «When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science.» Carl Sagan
  • «The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.» Carl Sagan
  • «The light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming train.» Randy Shilts (And the band played on)
  • «One night can last forever / One night / You're one half of together.» Tennant & Lowe (One Night)
  • «At night / I am lying awake / Through the hours trying to calculate / Am I good enough?» Tennant & Lowe (Vulnerable)
  • «I was dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and never suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.» Mark Twain
  • «...also, if you use ST you know the code is just using mutable variables, rather than formatting your hard drive.» unknown on #haskell
  • «The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.» Jaggi Vasudev
  • «Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone.» Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • «When you don't know where you're going, every road will take you there.» Yiddish Proverb (Northern Exposure)



Here are some fascinating events:

2015 New Horizons is the first probe to visit Pluto.

2014 Rosetta orbits comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and releases Philae, the first probe to land on a comet.

2012 Curiosity rover lands in Gale crater on Mars.

2012 Voyager 1 leaves the solar system and enters interstellar space. It is the most distant man-made artifact.

2006 Pluto is reclassified as a dwarf planet.

2005 The Cassini probe discovers a water-rich plume venting from Enceladus' south polar region.

2005 The Huygens probe detaches from Cassini and lands on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

2005 Evidence backs up the hypothesis that the Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy.

2004 The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field shows galaxies that are almost as old as the universe.

2003 To prevent contamination of its moons, the Galileo probe is plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere.

1997 The great comet Hale-Bopp is visible from Earth.

1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 is torn apart by Jupiter's mighty gravitational field and eventually collides with the gas giant.

1990 Voyager 1 takes the picture of a Pale Blue Dot. It's the Earth seen from 6 billion kilometers away.

1990 The Hubble Space Telescope is in orbit.

1989 An extraordinary solar flare makes auroras visible at unusually low latitudes, many satellites experience problems, and Quebec is hit by severe blackouts.

1986 Halley's comet moves into the inner solar system and is visible from Earth. The next visit will be in 2061.

1982 Voyager discovers a persistent hexagonal cloud pattern around Saturn's north pole.

1979 Voyager 1 records lightnings in Jupiter's atmosphere.

1977 The Voyager probes are launched towards the outer solar system.

1930 Pluto is discovered.

1859 Urbain Le Verrier recognizes an anomaly in Mercury's orbit. It'll take general relativity to explain it.

1846 Anomalies observed in the orbit of Uranus suggest the existence of a new planet. Neptune is discovered soon after.

1054 The appearance of a new star, which turned out to be a supernova, is recorded all over the world. The remnants of the star have nowadays become the Crab nebula.

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