March 20th, 2007

Brian and Anne

Remember the advice of our innovators: fail often!

My dad has often told me that as an engineer, you only learn from your failures, not your successes. John W. Backus, the lead on the IBM research team that developed Fortran, said something similar:

“You need the willingness to fail all the time,” he said. “You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they don’t work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work.”

Backus is being mourned today. He died at the age of 82.
Brian and Anne

yummy dinner

Cooking dinner for one is actually easier with broiling fish than with cooking some other meats - just throw a serving size piece on some foil with some olive oil rubbed on it, broil, flip over halfway through and - done!

Tonight I tried out a Tuna loin cut with some wasabi lime mustard. very tasty. Rounded out my dinner with raspberries and a side of Acorn Squash. The squash I roasted in the oven as well, and then treated with a combination of butter and some pineapple-lemon-orange marmelade. plus a few extra minutes under the broiler to finish the glaze.