, Martin Casado's Quotes Page


network people just suck as systems designers. they have this unbelievable fetish for protocol headers. -- T. Koponen

The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes - between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal. -- Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon

But really as I run, I don't think much of anything worth mentioning. I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void. -- Haruki Murakami

Latency breeds consternation -- Gus Hunt

Chemically-simulating weasel-excreted coffee? We are truly living in the future. Some sick, nightmarish dystopia where there aren't enough weasels to poop out our daily cup of joe. -- Dug Song

The race continued as I hammered up the trail, passing rocks and trees as if they were standing still. -- Red Fisher

I went to the mountain to get some answers, and the swami was eating a cheeseburger and drinking a coke. -- Alan Cohen

We're going to hit like a subwoofer in a gangbanger's impala. -- Frank D'Agostino

Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by his dark monarchy. They are his Court, and in his name they defraud and govern, enrich themselves and perpetuate their power. Walter Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz

Of all sports man has evented, cycling has to be the most unpleasant of all -- Dave Scott

And yet; and yet; sometimes, as at this moment, at dusk, in the wind, we catch, with a sixth sense we don't know we have, glimpses of that larger world --vast shapes of cosmic signigicance, a sense of everything holy to dimensions beyond sense or thought or even feeling-- this visible world of ours, lit from within, stuffed vibrant with reality. -- Kim Stanley Robinson

It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse. -- Ann Trason

Life is misery, but it's interesting -- Matt C.

It might be a pipe dream. I don't give a shit, I like dreams that come from pipes. -- Derick (seen on an online forum)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-- Robert Frost

that really puts the sizzle on for nice lightbulb super super -- Andrew Lambeth

The most you can hope from in life is a bittersweet loneliness, and if you're really lucky, depth. -- D. Carson

when I started at BIGCOMPANY, I was so excited just to be able to look at and edit the code behind a *real* software product that other peopel knew about and though was cool, I was all *squeeee* and OMG and breathless. I was so convinced it would be different from the the hackery I'd been involved with in my previos startups. I remember savoring looking at #ifdef BIGCOMPANY_DEBUG in my editor and feeling like *this* is the real deal!

In a few weeks I was like what the fuck is *this* bullshit here, and *that* turd over there? holy fucking shit, this is a total house of cards!

same goes for architecture and protocols and such, I guess stuff that is high impact and impressive on the outside is all born in squalor of one sort or another

There's purity in the field -- Frank D'Agostino

My world foreshortened, flattening into a credit card. Seen head on, things seemed merely skewed, but from the side the view was virtually meaningless -- a one-dimensional wafer. Everything about me may have been crammed in there, but it was ony plastic. Indecipherable except to some machine. -- Haruki Murakami -- Translated by Alfred Birnbaum

Drinking wine alone is not lonely...it's romantic. Damn, Self...you've got lovely eyes… -- Katherine W.

(I go to bed) when I decide there's no purpose in staying conscious -- Katherine W.

We were never poor. We just didn't have any money. -- Mary Natali (my mom)

It'll be easier to solve if we pretend its tractable. -- Andrew L.

The second phase of my global peace plan is bubbles. -- C. Torres

You can make words mean anything you want if you don't care about communicating with anybody. -- B. Davie

There's a moon in my body, but I can't see it!
A moon and a sun.
A drum never touched by hands, beating, and I can't hear it!
-- Kabir

This same pattern has been witnessed so many times at IETF -- something interesting happens elsewhere, they come up with a WG in no time, but you can be assured they miss anything interesting published in that area and will proceed with solving their non-problems... -- Special K

I've rewritten the damn datapath N times, I'm not going to let iteration N+1 stop me. -- B. Pfaff

he who lives amongst men will be irremediably vexed -- Francisco Goya

I like to put a knife between my teeth before jumping into a fight -- Alan Cohen

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -- Robert A. Heinlein

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” -- Charles Bukowski

"Let the waves of the universe
rise and fall as they will.
You have nothing to gain or lose.
You are the ocean."
-- Ashtavakra Gita