Folding@Home for trying to solve the myriad problems of disease. Basic scientific research isn't often reported on the evening news. Please help if you can. I contribute as circumstances allow.
YUKI for reminding me that every day is special. Prism is my favorite song.
Fred Gallagher for MegaTokyo and making it available online. Boo is my favorite character.
Camilla d'Errico for Tanpopo and Helmetgirls. "Putter" has inspired a story-in-progress.
PUFFY for the best rock music ever. Pathfinder is my song of the year for 2021. Happy 25th and don't ever stop!
Don't let decisions pile up. Make the best decision you know how and move on. Don't be afraid that by making the best decision you know how you might be making a mistake. Admit to your mistakes when they occur, fix them if you can, and move on to tomorrow.
Finish today's work today and be prepared for tomorrow. Take care of those who are waiting on you (i.e. your 'customers') before you take care of your own work.
Work together and cover for each other. Be a "we". Avoid being a "they".
Speak up if you see something that looks wrong or doesn't make sense.
Don't let red tape or procedures or conventions get in the way of getting the job done. Everyone appreciates a "doer" much more than a critic who can't find his own way to get the job done.
Don't quit until you are well past the finish line.
"As long as there is hope, one may dream and with those dreams, the future comes." Ruri Hoshino, Martian Successor Nadesico
"It happens all the time. You think you have this precious memory, but it turns out that it isn't what you thought it was because you've been re-writing it all along." Uribetake, Martian Successor Nadesico
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'." Mary Anne Radmacher
"Accept no other definition of your life, accept only your own." fortune cookie
"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety." Salvor Hardin, Foundation by Isaac Asimov
"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right!" Salvor Hardin, Foundation by Isaac Asimov
"One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God." J. Gustav White
"We are what we pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
"The universe is made of stories, not atoms." Muriel Rukeyser
"Everybody is somebody else's weirdo." Dykstra
"However strong the reasons you have to look behind, so long as you look behind, you cannot plow. You must forget everything except the furrow you are driving; then only can you plow." (i.e. always look ahead) Jesus, Luke 9:62
"Nothing is too wonderful to be true." Michael Faraday
"Say what you're gonna say, and do what you're gonna do can you hear it? It's the sound of the clouds passing by." YUKI (singing for NiNa) Aurora Tour
"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you." Aldous Huxley
"To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise, as well." Salvor Hardin, Foundation by Isaac Asimov
"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else." P.T. Barnum
"It may be foolish to leave a live dragon out of your calculations." (i.e. plan for dragons) fortune cookie
"Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition." Isaac Asimov
"Be bold but cautious; round in disposition, square in action." Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
"Take what you can use and let the rest go by." Ken Kesey
"Thinking you know something is a sure way to blind yourself." Frank Herbert, Dune
"We make our decisions and we pay the tolls." Garry Lanier, Eternity by Greg Bear
"Don't be afraid to step into the future just go." Akiko Yoshida
"Our tickets to the future are blank." Rem, Trigun
"My voice is the opening of everything
it is living
in a song of an opening
like little birds
whispering in the morning sunshine
like a motherly boat
resting under the moonlight
trees are dwelling in a forest
water is flowing in the midst of love and harmony
children are laughing
watched by myriads of gods
we are under a flower charm
with our lives connected in a ring
I will be born
with a quiet breath
after passing a dark and narrow path
now it's alright
there is nothing to be afraid of
flowers are blooming after me
songs are sounding after me
something is vanishing every day
but something is appearing every day
my soul shines every day
every day is my birthday"
YUKI, 5-star the gift will arrive suddenly; if you are prepared to receive it, just sing
Frequency counter and 6-digit display driver, assembly for PIC16F84A and schematic [PDF]