Monday, August 25, 2008

Conference Quotes

I recorded some interesting quotes while at a conference in San Diego early this month. The conference was for GIS by ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute).

I hope to invoke the colloquy aspect of this blog and invite discussion; please comment if any of the quotes strike a chord with you.

We don’t inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children. (Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary)

It doesn’t matter how much oil or coal is on the earth—what matters is that we turn to renewable resources as fast as possible. (Peter Raven, President of Missouri Botanical Garden)

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation. (Clint Brown, ESRI)

If you can’t explain what you’re trying to do, in English, then you can’t model it. (Kevin Johnston, ESRI)

Use the gray hair or get your own. (Steve Grisé, ESRI)

This is like an architect in a trailer park – it's interesting, but not very useful (Steve Grisé, ESRI)

2 thoughts

Maryann said...

Those are very interesting quotes. I thought the architect in a trailor park was funny. I really liked the oil one though, because it really doesn't matter how much oil is on the earth! We need to use the new resources that are better for the earth. It is strange that we would cling to something so old fashion and yet surge ahead with so many other new technologies. We are willing and ready to change to newer cell phones, TVs, computers... but can't change the kind of engine our car uses! Ridiculous! We should be just as open about envronmentally friendly inventions as well as the other things. I think how we are to take care of the earth, but so many fill the earth with filth by not doing those things that will keep it clean. No wonder the earth will toss to and fro in the last days, it is filled with spiritual filth and physical filth.
I wish that we could jump at the chance to use renewable resources and help keep the earth a little more clean.

Dad said...

Is that why I have gray hair? Because I didn't use the gray hair that was already there? That's a great quote, like the other ones, about being condemned to relive the lessons of the past if we don't learn from them.