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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2004 17:12      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I remember reading somewhere the astute observation on the difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates:

Bill wants to make money.
Steve wants to make cool things.

Well I reckon they have achieved their aims.

Curiosity drives me to do my study, and the thrill of being the first person to know something.


So... what makes you do what you do?

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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2004 17:42      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
One of my relatives had a good one, which I've now stolen for myself.

I want to be missed when I die, rather than it's passing being celebrated.

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Jace Raven

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sheer determination to be the best. or as some people have stated in the past; to impress the opposite sex.n
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I just want to leave a mark on the world. I don't really care if it is a scar as long as it is remembered.
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The fear of eating cat food in my retirement is usually a pretty good motivator for me.
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I wish it were higher things, but mostly it's the endless search for food and sex.....

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I want to own the world's largest turnip.

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Icon 1 posted January 07, 2004 04:23      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
I wish it were higher things, but mostly it's the endless search for food and sex.....

Endless? I'm guessing you're getting at least one of those regularly [Razz]

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Duty, honor, and my own mushroom garden.

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Icon 1 posted January 07, 2004 05:47      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Curiosity.

I want to understand how the universe works, animate and inanimate, micro to macro, physics to psychology.

I want to test my hypotheses, or at least, the workable ones. (Thanks, Littlefish)

I want to push my brain to its limits (knowing my body limits would be fine too, but I'm lazy).

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Hmm, that feels like something that requires significantly deeper thought than I care to do right now [Smile] .

A few simple things do drive me, though:
The pursuit of writing code that serves a good purpose, and hopefully is fun to write and use
-Perl exceeds in this matter, letting me do awesome things!

Related the last point, to learn as much as I can about computing, and more so, to learn new ways to do things, so that I can improve my abilities (think "learn something new everyday.")

The above two also apply to my job, given that they're pretty closely related.

Unfortunately not as a strong a drive: To graduate.

Oh yeah, and there's also a someone who's a bit of a driving force to me [Smile] .

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Icon 1 posted January 07, 2004 06:03      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
What's the plural form of hypothesis?
Hypotheses
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the idea of going back to, say, my twentieth high school reunion, unmarried and filthy rich...or at least famous.
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I'd have to say being a good parent to my son drives me. That and being able to look in the mirror, and like and respect the person I see.
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Y'know that cool prickly feeling on the back of your neck wehn you've discovered something? Well, I'm a junkie for that.

That and I want to be immortal. Not in the sense that I'll be alive forever, but in the sense that I will never be forgotten. If you are remembered, you never die. I just hope I'm remembered for a *good* thing. You can't take anything with you - you are what you leave behind.

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I've been struggling with that question for years now. I don't know what I want to do with my life. For now, I'm trying to do well at my job, get completely out of debt, and be a good wife to my husband. Eventually I would like to have children and not have them grow up to be serial killers. Besides that, I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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There was an inscription upon the ancient oracle at Delphi, in Greece, which said "gnothi seauton" (wish I knew how to include Greek characters in a post [Razz] ), which means "know thyself". My aim is to fulfill that, and the way I intend to get there is by using my curiosity, to find out more about the world (everything I can!), and apply that understanding to what's in my own head.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I want to be immortal. Not in the sense that I'll be alive forever, but in the sense that I will never be forgotten.

<Woody Allen>
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work,
I want to achieve immortality through not dying
</Woody Allen>

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
There was an inscription upon the ancient oracle at Delphi, in Greece, which said "gnothi seauton" (wish I knew how to include Greek characters in a post [Razz] ), which means "know thyself".

Yeah, they must have copied that from the Oracle in the Matrix, it had that too [Wink]

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Why do I do the things I do ? boredom. and the ability to say "Hey Ya'll, Watch this!" [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by csk:
quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
There was an inscription upon the ancient oracle at Delphi, in Greece, which said "gnothi seauton" (wish I knew how to include Greek characters in a post [Razz] ), which means "know thyself".

Yeah, they must have copied that from the Oracle in the Matrix, it had that too [Wink]
except in the matrix it was in latin not greek

As for what drives me, there was always the fact that I don't know everything. My medium term goal was to get to grad school and getting a PhD, but as I'm now doing that, I guess its finish maybe write some code and license it out get a tenure track position at a university, do the whole family thing, and eventually go senile and teach the lab ferret to grade papers. OOOOH and I need to get something named after myself before that goes entirely out of style because I've got a nice long unusual name from an obscure region in mexico so I can have revenge on all them english, german, and russian scientists mwuahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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my cats make me crazy

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Girls... and shiny gadgets.
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quote:
Originally posted by Patrick:
Girls... and shiny gadgets.

I prefer shiny girls and gadgets... or even shiny girl gadgets, when I feel the need. [Smile]

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Someday, I want to learn to fly.
Someday, I will play a musical instrument!
Someday, I will learn a language!

But most importantly...

I hope to someday be able to fart the Star Spangled Banner.

Yahooooo!!!!!!!!1

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Mainly curiosity, always something else to learn/understand.
That and blowing things up... that's always fun. [Smile]

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