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Dijsktra may be a jerk when writing papers, but, based on the 1996 commencement speech he gave at UT Austin, he's a jerk after my own heart, and I owe his ghost an apology. (link thanks to ikarpov).


His opening remarks show the Dijkstra of we know and love:

[...] In a sentimental moment, you may long for the lost innocence and bliss of ignorance, but that ignorance is lost forever: you are now Bachelors and you will have to carry the burden of your college education every waking hour of the rest of your lives, nay, even in your sleep you will be pressed to have dreams full of responsibility.

However, he goes on to say words that echo some of my own thoughts about the current academic climate:

I beg you to remember the essential role of academic openness when considering academic/industrial cooperation, I urge you to remember it whenever a government invents so-called reasons of national security or prosperity for the prevention of free publication of the results of academic research. Universities are not part of the nation's security organisation, they are not the nation's research laboratories either: they are the nation's Universities.

Much of the rest of the speech is about the value of the ivory tower model of education. While I think in practice it is non-optimal, I have nothing against the ideal of pure intellectually driven universities. I didn't expect to agree with anything in this speech, and I find myself at least appreciating almost all of it.

Finally, he ends with a sentiment that I'd like to remember:

May, in spite of all distractions generated by technology, all of you succeed in turning information into knowledge, knowledge into understanding, and understanding into wisdom.



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From:dclayh
Date:November 19th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
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Why are you in 2027?
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From:avani
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
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So, back when West dorm had a fire pit and dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a little grey Dell C400 named Navi.

True to both of her namesakes, Navi was a temperamental creature (not the least of which was running Debian Potato on embedded hardware with little to no driver support.. but I digress) and one day, in a fit of pique, decided to set her internal clock to 2012.

I was just getting into this livejournal thing, and didn't realize for a few weeks that my entries were all in 2014. I tried to put new ones at the normal time once I fixed my clock, but then LJ whined about backdating (if you back-date an entry it doesn't show up on your friends page).

So, I begin hand-correcting the date. In 2015, my finger slipped and I was suddenly transported into 2025. I've been on that continuity ever since, and thus ends my sordid tale.

Edited at 2007-11-19 04:34 am (UTC)
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From:vrable
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
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You should try skipping ahead another 10 years, and see if/when LiveJournal starts acting strangely...
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From:ikarpov
Date:November 20th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
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+5 (awesome)
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