Quote of the Day




The greatest value

of a picture is

when it forces us

to notice what

we never expected

to see.

John W. Tukey

(1915 – 2000)

American Chemist/


Tukey was an pre-computer home-schooled data geek. Check out his bio here:


The following is from Wiki:

“Tukey coined many statistical terms that have become part of common usage, but the two most famous coinages attributed to him were related to computer science.

While working with John von Neumann on early computer designs, Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”.[2] The term “bit” was first used in an article by Claude Shannon in 1948.

The term “software“, which Paul Niquette claims he coined in 1953, was first used in print by Tukey in a 1958 article in American Mathematical Monthly, and thus some attribute the term to him;[3] incorrectly, according to Niquette’s claim.

[Is anyone else having a problem spacing the lines in their posts, or is it just me??? I keep trying for my usual

“white space” gaps, but the end view never appears as I’ve typed it.]


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7 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Mel Says:

    (((((((((((( PC )))))))))))))))))))

    And a Happy New Year for you, ma’am.

    (life is good!!)
    (as I hope is true for you as well.)

    • planetcity1 Says:

      Happy New Year’s, Mel. Yep, life is good — and life gets even better on those days when you post pictures of “the bug.” 🙂 Really, who can stop smiling after seeing that face???

  2. 47whitebuffalo Says:

    Get well, planet! Greetings from the snow muddled midwest to you.
    –love the home schooled geek–description–got a grin out of me.
    All the best.

  3. Mel Says:


    Same issues–spaces and suddenly vanished comment links.

    *shrugs* Eventually one seems to right itself–now the other, the space deal, comes and goes.

    (((( PC )))))

    I do hope you had a wonderful Holiday.

    • planetcity1 Says:

      Except for a case of bronchitis, or whatever the heck is going around now, I have had a wonderful holiday. 🙂 I hope Bug and all had a safe trip in the land of snow.

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