Quote of the day

by Volker Weber

In theory, theory and reality are the same.
In reality, they're different.

Source unknown, quoted on 3C-Interop


Engage Rumsfeld mode...

Is that source a known unknown, or an unknown unknown?

Chris Linfoot, 2004-08-03

In theory, theory and reality are the same.
In reality, they are different.

In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are different.

Therefore, "in theory" means "not really".

Source unknown, heard in Bob Balaban's DNUG Session "Integrating Domino with WebSphere Portal"

Thomas R., 2004-08-03

Thomas, click on the link I provided. :-)

Volker Weber, 2004-08-03

ups ;-)

Thomas R., 2004-08-03

Famous Bob Balaban quote. Heard it before in one of his courses.

Tobias Mueller, 2004-08-03

I think I can take credit for it.

The original inspiration came from Eric Siskind, a high school classmate, probably back in 1969 or 1970. He kicked it off with an offhand remark in the hallway (how many cool things happen that way?) like, "In theory means not really".

In more recent years I've been using it in my workshops and presentations in an expanded format.

Bob Balaban, 2004-08-03

Strangely enough, on my flight back from China today, I was reading "SQL Performance Tuning" (Gulutzan and Pelzer) and they use this quotation (p.3) but attribute it to Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut (whoever he/she might be). As they don't give any publication details in their book, I prefer to believe that Bob coined it :-)

By the way Vowe, when I was in China links to your site came up with some kind of 'verboten' notice (I presumed it was some kind of reverse censorship on your part).

Bernard Devlin, 2004-08-05

Indeed. I blocked China for abusing the site. Spam harvester causing tremendous traffic, then spam flooding as a thank you note.

Volker Weber, 2004-08-06

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