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February 25, 2002
Short shrift again, as it is coming up on column time and meanwhile Niven and I are involved in the novel.
Several from Roland:
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to bind them . . .
Pre-2002 HDTV sets rendered unusable by copy-protection.
This goes into effect in three months:
A varied lot but all worth looking at.
Here's an interesting article on The Register ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/24189.html ).
Steve is a good guy but he can get carried away...
Ugly, and not unforeseeable given the increased tempo of off-post training in recent years.
COP SHOOTS ‘ROLE PLAY’ SOLDIERS IN LETHAL ERROR New York Post | 2/25/02 | Post Wire Services
Posted on 2/25/02 4:52 AM Eastern by kattracks
February 25, 2002 -- RALEIGH, N.C. - A sheriff’s deputy shot two Fort Bragg soldiers - one of them fatally - when they mistook him for a participant in their training exercise and tried to take his gun away. The soldiers, dressed in civilian clothes, were participating Saturday in a role-playing exercise that is part of the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course.
"One of the soldiers attempted to disarm the officer as the other was attempting to get a military weapon that the soldiers had in their possession," a statement from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputy believed that the two GIs intended to kill him, the statement said.
Civilians and local authorities are often asked to assist in the training exercises, said Special Operations spokesman Maj. Gary Kolb.
The sheriff’s office was told a training exercise was under way, Kolb said. But he said the Army did not coordinate specifically with the sheriff and Butler was likely unaware of it.
Cops said Butler was "totally unaware" of the exercise.
Kolb said the soldiers were carrying a disassembled M-4 carbine rifle in a bag when they were pulled over by Deputy Sheriff Randall Butler. It was unclear why he pulled their car over.
The two soldiers - whose names were not released - were participating in a reconnaissance mission, Kolb said.
No charges had been filed yesterday. Butler was placed on administrative leave with pay.
Post Wire Services
The price of empire
And on another subject:
I was directed to your site when the subject of checking into the possibilities of convincing Steve Jackson Games to approach Ace Books in regards to doing gaming sourcebooks (GURPS; Generic Universal Roleplaying System) based on H.Beam Pipers' universes (GURPS Paratime, GURPS Terro-Human Federation/History?).
I have to say, if I hadn't checked your site out, I would not have discovered that Mr.Carr did write a sequel to GKW...now all I have to do is find a copy of Kingmaker...:)
One thing I would like to ask, and this in in regards to the general 'state' of the industry...is SF dead?
By SF I mean at least moderately 'hard' science-fiction, not 'sci-fi' as typified by the plethora of Star Wars/Trek/Battletech novels that seem to spawn of their own accord...
Drake, Niven, Martin, you...everyone is writing 'the great fantasy epic series' nowadays......well, okay Drake is occasionally putting out his Hornbloweresque 'Lt.Leary' novels......
I realize that if this is what sells, economics dictate that you write what will sell, but will we NEVER see another Known Space book, or Empire of Man novel (I, personally, would love to see a series covering the Sauron/Secession War....)?
Anyway, wonderful site, and have a pleasant day. Sorry to bother you, you must get tons of fan mail..
Regards, Michael Strain
===== If you would have peace, be thou then prepared for war. - Appius Claudius
Hard science is harder because it is harder to keep up with what is happening. Things I put hundreds of years in the future are happening now. Vernor Vinge has tried to stay with the trends, but it's hard to do. I could predict 30 years ago that we would all be connected by the year 2000, and I did, but looking ahead another 30 years is not easy. And in 1970 I did a book called 2020 Visions. Most of what was in it has happened except the Moon Base...
You might be interested in this article about a deluge of spam that brought down AT&T's email system. http://www.msnbc.com/news/713079.asp
An aside on this. Until last month I was an @Home subscriber. I typically got between 10 and 20 spam messages per day. Since my ISP (Rogers Cable) switched from the @Home system to their own dedicated email server and implemented spam filtering, my spam volume has gone down by an order of magnitude - there are some days when I don't get any at all.
However, I suspect this may be due to the fact that my email has changed and sooner or later the deluge will begin. Sigh.
All the best Keith
-- Keith Soltys http://www.soltys.ca Host of Internet Resources for Technical Writers since 1994
From Rod McFadden
Once every now & then, not often but occasionally, people like the ALA say something that is so commonsensical that I agree.
Or, put a little less politely and a lot more impolitically: if your physical safety and mental security are in jeopardy, which are the last people you should ask to protect you? Right, attorneys & politicians.
Dear Dr. Pournelle,
Amazon have thoughtfully (though unintentinally, I'm sure) provided a list of some of the least effective books:
O subtle one, O serpent!
Dear Dr. Pournelle,
Take a good look at our so-called "rulers" (they seem to think they are). The more power we let them have, the worse they will be.
-- "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt
The Enlightened and the Benighted. Precisely.
COMING UP: Mail on Tariff vs Free Trade, and some of the results of the XP inquiry.
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STill cleaning up.
February 27, 2o02
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Dear Dr. Pournelle,
Latest outrage is the airport thugs harrasing a CMH winner (Retired Gen. Joe Foss, 86) They didn't recognize a Congressional Medal of Honor when they saw it, and wanted to confiscate and destroy it because it had sharp edges and "could be used as a weapon."
It has become ever so much better since these cretins became un-fireable Civil Service.
- Mike Van Pelt
We had that up a week ago here, but it never hurts to say these things again. Welcome to the new world order.
I picked up both of these links from the Instapundit weblog (www.instapundit.com). In one story ( http://www.ctnow.com/hc-bradbribe0221.artfeb21.story ), it appears that someone paid a $200 bribe to a person staffing a security checkpoint to ignore the packets of marijuana he was carrying. In the other ( http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/Forum71/HTML/008062.html ), some checkpoint staffers seem to be extorting 'tips' from travelers to 'expedite' their passage through the checkpoint.
-- Roger Ritter ( "Rocky" Sheep do not so much fly as plummet! - MPFC
And we can all feel safer:
from the Wall St Journal:
Great Moments in Security Caroline Horrigan was randomly selected to be scanned--or "scannered," as she puts it--on a flight out of Orlando, Fla., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, explaining the rationale: Caroline was "scannered" because, like 260 million other Americans, she is now subject to the randomness of life after Sept. 11. Life was random before then, but it had not been entered into airline computers, now equipped with software designed to tick out assorted passengers for a thorough once-over.
The theory is to keep would-be malefactors off-balance. After the magnetometer, the luggage search, the hairy eyeball of the uniformed National Guardsmen at the gate, the system has configured itself to suggest that there is still another chance that someone will be given a body check with a magnetic wand. Oh yeah, Caroline is three years old. Her mother, Courtney, asked the security agent if he'd ever scanned a three-year-old. "Actually he said he had just done two in the prior hour," she tells the paper. Don't you feel safe?
Meanwhile in Utah, the Olympic closing ceremony turned into a disclosing one. "Secret Service agents shopping for Olympics souvenirs lost a document detailing security plans for Vice President Dick Cheney's appearance at the closing ceremony," the Associated Press reports, citing the Salt Lake Tribune.
But we were born free.
And Roland gives us this to worry about:
Also from Roland
Llamo strikes again.
Bureaucracy in action.
Then we have
Thought you might find this interesting:
"PARIS--A French criminal court said Tuesday it would try Internet giant Yahoo and its former chief executive for allegedly condoning war crimes by allowing the sale of Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo sites. "
That ought to be fun.
And something of substance:
Subject: IBM Builds Fastest Communications Microchip
Here's something that seems to smash Moore's law to bits:
Will IBM use it exclusively to put out their own products or will they license it out? I guess the question is, which will be more profitable for them? Remember IBM had OS2 and let it flounder, thinking that it would make them money by letting it gather dust. We all know what happened next...
As I understand it, IBM is getting out of the desktop PC market. They are now focusing on super-sized mainframes. They still have their ThinkPad line, but what else is there left for them to market that's truly their own?
This story also mentions how Conexant has a 200ghz chip in R&D. What they will do with it and how they do it will speak volumes for that company.
Impressive? Yes, but how it trickles down into the real market isn't an easy question to answer.
Well well well.
Jerry, Being a book collector, I must say that I take a certain voyeuristic satisfaction in looking at pictures of someone else's library, and especially in trying to figure out which books I can recognize, no matter how grainy the picture. So I looked at Monday's pictures of the newly cleaned Chaos Manor with great interest. In the first photo on your website, on the bookshelf that's wholly visible immediately to the left of your monitor, the book near the center is obviously Footfall, and the book laid horizontally on top of the rest is The Legacy of Heorot. To the left of Footfall appears to be Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, and the book to the left of that is more difficult to discern, but I'm from what little I can see, I'm guessing it's Russell Kirk's A Creature of the Twilight. The Gregg Press book is impossible to discern at this distance, since all of them look alike, but I'm guessing it's Inferno, and the book next to it appears to be the first edition of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. I think the two yellow books on the far right of that row are Bill Warren's Keep Watching the Skies I and II. (I still need volume I.) The rest of the books on that shelf I can't make out with any clarity. On the shelf above there are obviously some later Heinleins, and some Phantasia Press books (Farmer?), but I think I've already spent enough time on this less than scintillating party trick. If I had to guess, I'd say that's where you keep the books inscribed to you, but it's just a guess. Since the subject of hard SF came up in mail, besides Vernor Vinge I can also recommend both Greg Bear (who all your readers should be familiar with) and Greg Egan (who they may not be), who are doing some of the best hard SF work today. Cheers! --
Lawrence Person email@example.com
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Good inference. The shelf you were looking at has inscribed books, by Heinlein, Clarke, and many others. I am astonished that you recognized Bill Warren's excellent two volume set. Kirk it was, too.
And see Dan DeLong's report on government project costs.
On the road north.
I was surprised that you linked to the video of (apparently) someone's head being cut off without a further discussion of the grotesque subject matter. Your commentary on various topics - from politics to history to warfare - are stimulating and insightful. Therefore, I was puzzled to see simply a somewhat taunting notice above the link indicating that I probably would not want to see this. I just thought you might want to comment further on it.
My dear Doctor Pournelle,
As you have reviewed many products and given your honest opinion of them I was wondering if you have come across a vomit-proof keyboard cover? This is in reference to the wonderful advice below, which I should have followed:
"You probably do NOT want to go to See http://www.gouillou.com/assassinat.mpeg (434 KB) "
It is obvious what the men are doing here (while the "why" of it remains a mystery), what is less obvious is why a web marketer would have this on his web page where he keeps his resume'. Is this fellow showing how he markets product; "This is what happens to people who don't shop at my client's site." or is this his product; "I'm a Sagittarius mercenary who enjoys kittens, taking out sentries, and black and white photography."
As always best regards, Rev. Christopher Boatright Tualatin, OR
P.S. The clean-up job look terrific, if you come to the next OryCon I'll put you up in my home if you clean my office (I could even swing a stipend and include meals far surpassing the hospitality suite's fare).
I assumed that between my warning and the title of the file it would be pretty clear what that mpeg was, and that you probably might not want to look at it: but I didn't think it should be suppressed either.
I assume the readers here are intelligent and pay attention, particularly to links.
There probably is not enough money to get me to clean up anyone else's place. Bad enough having to do my own. Thanks...
Dear Dr Pournelle,
Better get used to this... http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
-- Terry Cole firstname.lastname@example.org System Administrator Dept. of Maths and Stats, Otago
"I will never go metric," Harry sang...
In your complaints about the foolishness of random searches at the airports, you don't seem to believe the government is sincere in their message that any American traveler could be a terrorist - 3yrs old or 80, we are all guilty until proven otherwise.
Trusted Flier Identification cards, if they are implemented, should finally convince you that they mean it, and aren't simply being politically correct. Their only use is to identify you as a proven non-terrorist.
Blame it on OK City and anthrax, if you wish - but I think the feds really are afraid of a domestic terror attack - whether a copycat nut or a right wing terrorist. They are afraid of the damage to their credibility in their war against terror.
Tom Craver Chandler, AZ
I think sincerity is over rated if the goal is not well thought through. Shaw has Appolodorus the Sicilian say in Caesar and Cleopatry, "Majesty, when a stupid man is doing something he knows is wrong, he always says it is his duty."
It starts at the top. An excerpt from an article on Front Page Magazine,
In early December, "60 Minutes" host Steve Kroft interviewed [Transportation Secretary] Mineta about his dogged refusal to permit an extra check of people who look like the next and last 50 terrorists.
Kroft noted that of 22 people on the most-wanted list right now: "[A]ll but one of them has complexion listed as olive. They all have dark hair and brown eyes. And more than half of them have the name Mohammed." (They are also all males in their 20s and 30s.) Thus, he asked Mineta if such people should be subjected to a little extra scrutiny. "No," Mineta responded, "not just on that basis alone."
Other more important factors, Mineta explained, included asking "things like, 'Did you pay cash for this ticket or charge it on a credit card? Do you have a one-way ticket or a round-trip?'"
Inasmuch as this was Steve Kroft and not Diane Sawyer conducting the interview, there was a relevant follow-up question: "Did the terrorists who flew into the World Trade Center have one-way tickets?" No, Mineta admitted, the Sept. 11 hijackers all had round-trip tickets they bought with credit cards.
I installed a Netgear FR314 firewall router for my cable connection to protect my kids and to protect my system from the outside world. I like it very much but I discovered another use for it. Pop up ads drive me nuts. So I started adding those ad sites to my list on the firewall of banned sites. Now I still get a window popping up but I don’t see the advertisement. Also ads from that site don’t appear on normal web pages but it otherwise does not impact operation.
I have a friend of mine who is an expert on security (he has written books on the subject) attack my system and he was not able to penetrate the fire wall.
After reading this, [Tale of two submarines] I thought I should suggest you might look up the story of the submarine that Vickers sold to Canada. They got the contract out from under the French, so the French made sure the news got out when they heard that Vickers had welded several segments on upside down. Vickers had to make things good at their own expense. Ah well, I suppose there is something to be said for gold plated standards of engineering after all, at least on those real occasions when it is suitable for the kind of work being done. PML.
I.e., a Goods and Services Tax (or almost any other broad based production tax), with a Negative Payroll Tax, promotes employment.
Okay, I admit this may be a weak argument.
One can argue that in the decade between the development of the DSRV and the VOL, technology advanced enough to allow for a much cheaper design and deployment. The DSRV was a first of its kind, right? And would have had substancial R&D expenses. The VOL, coming later, would have (presumably) built on what the DSRV people learned.
There *are* sometimes reasons for $600 toilets.
The $600 toilet seat had to fit a particular place. At the time the planes were made USAF was advised to buy some spares, which would have cost $10 each before the production line was taken down. They didn't and later needed twenty, I think it was. The tooling cost to set up to make the first one was $12,000. The seats were free.
I just got a 128MB USB keychain memory disk at work. Works transparent through USB port, no drivers/special software for Win2K/XP systems, comes with drivers for Win98/SP2 systems. Plug it into your USB port (comes with a USB extension cable), and it is automatically seen as a removable hard disk in Explorer ("My Computer"). Has faster read/write than USB ZIP drives (4-7MB/sec), very acceptable for moving files from computer to computer ... no network setup, just plug and go.
You can find them on many web sites; they seem to be a lot more expensive at retail stores. Here's a link to the place where I got mine: http://www.meritline.com/usbflasdriv1.html , there are sizes from 32MB to 512MB (although I have also seen a 1GB product). Cost seems to be about $0.70-$1.10 per MB on the web. Comes with USB software (if you need it) and a necklace cord (geek chic?).
I was going to get a USB ZIP drive for personal use, but not now.
(Note: have no association with any of these companies...just an end user.)
On another note, quite impressed with the new pix of Chaos Manor....but am sure it will be just a short-term solution. Good pix for posterity ("See, it used to be clean!")
They are indeed neat. I wrote about them in one of the show columns. I have one now. It needs glue to hold the plastic case on -- that came apart in my pocket. But it's pretty neat.
March 2, 2002
Here's one to think about:
From an Ex-Hper
"If Wall Street Knew What HP Knows"
Everyone in HP seems to know it. Management knows it. The rank and file knows it. Carly Fiorina's staff seems to know it. It's the best kept secret outside of HP and the worst kept secret inside of HP. It's not proprietary information, so here it is: Fiorina has lost the people of HP. She is reviled, despised, and unwelcome in the company. The vast majority of HP people wouldn't follow her to a new restaurant, much less through a gut wrenching merger.
How bad is it? Fiorina goes to HP divisions to talk up the merger. Instead of going through the front door and mingling with employees, her staff -- citing security concerns -- slips her in through a side door. She gives her stump speech and then she is whisked out again. In a December visit to the large Vancouver division, she was so paranoid about the rank and file that her security people had all the china cups and metal silverware replaced with styrofoam and plastic. Chairs were strapped together with cable ties. When this happens on an airplane, it's sad. When it happens at an American corporation, it's a joke. When it happens at Hewlett-Packard -- a company known for friendly relations between management and employees -- it's pathetic.
How bad is it? Fiorina's quarterly announcements are regularly ignored. Anything she says is considered suspect. Many HP employees speak of opposing the Compaq deal in large part to vote against Carly. This adds a different spin when Fiorina claims to "know the people of the new HP."
Lest anyone think this is due to the proposed merger or the sour economy, it is not. This is a direct response to the policies Fiorina has pursued since her arrival. She has squandered all the good will she was afforded on her arrival. She has turned believers into cynics; optimists into pessimists. Fiorina has been very vocal about what the HP Way is not, but she has been relatively quiet about what the HP Way is. Let me share the best definition I have heard. The HP Way is based on an assumption: "I assume that you want to do a good job and will do so given the right tools and environment." CEOs make this assumption about staff. Staff makes this assumption about management.
Unreasonable? Hardly. Silicon Valley culture is based on this assumption. Outdated? Never. Yet from her arrival, Fiorina's policies have violated this basic assumption. In her statements and actions, she let it be known that she considered much of the HP staff to be slackers who had to shape up or get kicked out. This is why her layoffs have elicited a much stronger reaction than the 20% layoffs experienced by the HP spinoff, Agilent Technologies.
The problem with Carly Fiorina is that as a medievalist she talks like Henry V, but thinks like Marie Antoinette. At the same time that she was cutting travel funding for staff and eliminating staff use of corporate jets, she was purchasing three Gulfstream jets for HP executives -- the largest for her exclusive use. She clearly can't stand HP culture. From her garage ads featuring a fake shell resembling the original Addison Street garage to her hollow promises to return HP to its inventive roots, Fiorina has shown her leadership to be a sham, a facade -- and the vast majority of HP people despise her for it.
Don't be fooled by articles saying that HP people are split on the deal. Talk with people inside HP and you will find that the sentiment is almost entirely against the deal. Upper level managers are ordered not to speak against the deal. Employees are told not to speak in public about it -- with one exception: Fiorina's staff has scoured the company to find people willing to speak in favor of the deal. Fliers have gone up in divisions asking for volunteers willing to speak on camera for TV ads. If you want to understand how open this process is, just note that it is only the people speaking in favor of the deal who allow their names to be used. Those speaking in opposition to the deal keep their anonymity in fear for their jobs.
What this means for people who hold HP stock is that the merger -- if attempted -- is almost certainly doomed to failure. Fiorina's inability to lead HP guarantees that.
Here's a win-win scenario. Fiorina leaves HP and becomes CEO of Compaq. This gives Fiorina a corporate culture she likes. Michael Capellas gets a chance to work for Fiorina. And it gives the people of HP -- make that Hewlett-Packard -- a chance to get a leader that they can respect.
Danny Abramovitch Palo Alto, CA 2/17/02
I have no data concerning the above.
Concerning those keychain substitutes for ZIP drives:
Just for the record Mr. Hellewell is wrong on his assumption that his USB keychain memory disk can read/write at speeds in the 4 to 7 MB/s range. This will be possible only when a USB-2 version becomes available since the maximum theoretical limit of USB is only 12 Mb/s (1.5 MB/s).
Francisco Garcia Maceda
I've seen these [USB keychain drives] and they look very cool. I guess they would be a viable and convenient substitute for ZIP drives. I remain a strong proponent of full backups. A 250MB device is good for ad hoc saving specific files, a handy thing. But in the event of a system failure, there is much to be said for the ability to restore all or almost all of your data, programs, and configuration in a single operation. My observation is that many users are doing the first task and attaining a comfort level commensurate with the second. A fallacy for which payment may be due later. I am responsible for specifying backup devices for many desktop computers that are not networked, so I am well aware that there is a paucity of suitable devices on the market. My best choice went away when HP bought Colorado Memory Systems and discovered that they couldn't make money in that market segment, either. I currently specify the CMS Automated Backup Systems, external hard drives that connect via USB and also other methods.
For approximately the prices of the ZIP drive equivalent devices quoted by Mr. Hellewell, one can have full backup capability, and perhaps room for a few incremental or differential backups, as well. I just bought a 60GB CMS ABS USB (USB 2.0) device for a user for $359 (6 pennies for 10 MB - yikes, it occurs to me that 10MB was the capacity of the original PC/XT hard drive). The desktop devices are not tiny, about what you would expect from an external tape drive. If size is a consideration, CMS has units based on smaller form factor drives that will put 20 or 30 GB in package roughly the size of a pack of Marlboro 100s. These units are designed for notebooks, and are available with a truly fast PCMCIA interface as well. A 20GB PCMCIA unit (plenty big enough for most notebook users) is $308 (1.54 pennies/MB) Just to be completely objective, neither the keychain nor CMS units offer one valuable capability that is afforded by tape and ZIP drives - removable media.
Well, yes, but that's not their point. Niven and I make intermediate backup copies of materials onto ZIP and use those as sneakernet; the disks are rugged and it's fairly easy to do. But of course one wants full backups.
The safest backup now is a DVD-RAM which is then sent off premises. That's if you can get away with a few gigabytes of backup. If you need enormous backups, you need a system that included a box of drives and tape as well. You also need some professional help.
March 3, 2002
I am not sure what to make of this:
I was wondering why you slipped the assassinat.mpeg link into your website with only the terse warning notice that, "You probably do NOT want to go to..." First, as far as I can tell from searching the web, your's is the only web site that has a link to this page. Can you enlighten us as to how you found it? Something like a provenance is in order here: how did you find out about the link and who was the person who told you about it?
And what do you think you are achieving by posting a link to this movie of an horroffic act without naming names? Was this barbaric act commited by Muslims during the Russian campaign against Afganistan? And if so, is this your alert about what will happen to our troops if they are captured by the bad guys in our current campaign in Afganistan?
I received the link from someone who prefers not to be identified. I thought I had put up a sufficient warning. I've strengthened it, but the file title makes it pretty clear what you will see.
I do not understand the "slipped" it into the web site, or why it is important that there are not many other links to that. I have no provenance. I don't even know that it is authentic. I do assume that readers can use their own judgment. So far the only complaints I have are from people who think someone else might be offended. That is a frequent event: "it didn't bother me, but others might be upset, so you ought to have---" Which may be true, since I don't pretend infallibility, but I don't see what can be done.
Everyone is welcome to speculate, given the nature of that web site, why someone would set that up and make it available.
I am a long time fan of your fiction and columns.
Please give more of a disclaimer on the link to the MPEG of the Pearl assassination as to what it is. I wasn't sure (and being a primate, curiosity won out) and watched. It left me literally shaking with impotent rage and has given me several sleepless nights. While I am convinced of the importance of illuminating the barbarism of these people, in my case, sense would have overcome curiosity had I known that the link was of the act itself rather than a report of the act. I want to stress that I am not opposed to the link being on your site but just would have preferred a bit more information so I could make a more informed choice as to whether or not I wanted to watch.
Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment you have provided over the years with your fiction (both individually and in collaboration with Mr. Niven).
Michael W. Brown
I have made it more explicit, although again I would have thought that the warning plus the file title would have been sufficient.
Dear Dr. Pournelle,
The link I gave you (you posted it in Current Mail last Monday) for Michelle Malkin's article on power-mad politicians has changed. The one I gave you was for her current column, which changes.
Here's the link to the (unchanging) archive of the
Thanks, and sorry to have sent you a volaitle URL...
-- "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt