The
Quotable
Dan-O

Deep thoughts on electronics, computers, materials, and life from ITP's own Dan O'Sullivan. Follow me on twitter: @quotabledano.


On Computers and Programming...

The number one selling point for a computer is that time exists for it.
It's much easier to debug when things aren't looping like McDonald's.
They don't call variables "memorables".
Does anyone know how to do Alt+Tab on a phone?
You have to get this piece of software that makes it work, from Germany. You can get it over the Internet, though.

On Materials...

Gaffers tape is something you should bow down in front of.
There is a day — if your thing is about to be unveiled at The Whitney — you should use something else besides hot glue.
Another of the greatest substances in the world is zip ties.
I've found most of the women's undergarments are cheap.

On Electronics...

A resistor is work for the sake of work. It's like having someone dig holes to keep the economy going.
The smell you're smelling is roasting power regulator.

On Sparkfun...

You can just search on here for 'ITP final project' and they'll sell you one for 59 dollars.
Here are 'step ups'. Related objects for sale: perpetual motion machine, unicorn...it's magic.

On Life...

You were promised this and you got that and you're unhappy. This is life.
It's hard to describe what this is because it kind of makes no sense.
You guys are a very digressive class; I enjoy that about you.
You are what you look at.

On Wireless Communication...

The first thing I have to say about this is that you should never do it.
Mobile programming, like wireless, is full of misery.

On Harvesting Components from an Old Cell Phone...

How much can you make in an hour doing something else?

On Becoming Chair of ITP...

I would have a class on buttocks, but Red wouldn't let me do it. But i'm the chair now!

On Ohm's Law...

It's an important equation...I never use it.

On Statistics...

I always wonder how many people are having sex right now. You should look at birthrate instead, then count back 9 months to determine how many people must have been having sex on any given day.

On Sex...

In case you want to see what you look like in heat, here it goes.

Boobs and genitals are different temperatures from the rest of your body.

On Body Hacking...

If you're a hacker, hacking your body is a nice thing. But come talk to me before you stick anything in your orifices.

On Puberty...

I spent the entire time from seventh grade to college with an erection.

On Life After ITP...

If you do really well here, you will have a hard time finding a job.

On Family...

The thing about your pregnant wife is that your wife isn't important, it's that she's pregnant.

On Peripherals...

Does anyone have the weirdest of all dongles?

Your buttocks could move like a potentiometer!

On Free Will...

I don't believe in free will but I'll hold you criminally responsible for it.

On What Makes a Good Project...

If your project has a butt in it, it automatically makes it on this list.
In all seriousness...the buttocks should be the prime focus of this class. It is truly under-represented.
I think it's really interesting to explore your butt-crack.

On an ICM Assignment...

It reminds me one of those tanks filled with balls that kids jump into at Chucky Cheese...those things are filled entirely with the puke of small children.

On Why He Owns a Copy of a Hair Magazine for Black Women...

Because I'm not a Black woman and I don't have any hair and it's my way of staying connected.

On Television...

I've been watching one episode of American Idol in slow motion for two weeks.

On Food...

You had me sold at 'smushy'.

On Habitation...

I think I'd like to be alone in a tent.

On Kids These Days...

I don't know if kids are still into headbanging...I heard they were.

On Replacing Himself with an Artificial Intelligence...

As an introvert I think removing people is a good idea.

On Religion...

I'm an atheist. There, I said it.

On Appearances...

Everything looks like a penis to me.