“Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented society, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking.”Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Header Image: The receding tide on Lindisfarne, Holy Island. In the background is the castle.
Leave the door open for the unknown, that’s where the important things come from… for, to acknowledge the unknown is part of knowledge.Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Header Image: This is some of the local Blackthorn blossom. It explodes into this wonderful white for a few days and then is gone. It’s leaving is often hastened by a spring storm, but not this year, so it has been glorious.
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.John Maynard Keynes
Header Image: This is Haweswater. It’s a reservoir with a history. Below these still waters lie the remains of the village of Mardale which were flooded to provide water to the growing city of Manchester via a 56 mile long aqueduct.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.Buckminster Fuller
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Header Image: We’ve had some wonderful spring mornings recently. This is one from today’s morning walk.
“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”William Blake
Header Image: This is a view from near Jenny Brown’s point in Silverdale, not far from Walduck’s Wall. It seemed an appropriate picture for the quote, this area always feels like a place if discovery to me.
“Requirements simply don’t exist. A requirement, by definition, is something required: the basis for a contract, a way of managing an external service provider, part of a deal where a buyer promises money and a contractor promises to deliver something well-defined. But within an enterprise, what does it mean for something to be “required”? A requirement purports to express a necessity, but where could this necessity come from? In a publicly held company, maximizing shareholder value might be a necessity, but how could a particular feature of an application be necessary when there might be many other ways of maximizing shareholder value?”
Mark Schwartz – A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility
Header Image: A spring sunrise taken on one of my pre-work walks. This was one of those cold and crisp days when sunrise often seems so vibrant.