William D McQuain

    Senior Instructor, Department of Computer Science

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Current Teaching — Spring 2021

Covid-19:  the Plan

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Extracurricular Activities

My real extra-curricular enjoyment lies in woodworking. This probably goes back to the Brooks quote below. Here are a few of my completed projects.

A learning experience is one of those things that says, "You know that thing you just did?  Don't do that."

Douglas Adams


First is the sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud pie, so the adult enjoys building things, especially things of his own design.

Second is the pleasure of making things that are useful to other people. Deep within, we want others to use our work and to find it helpful.

Third is the fascination of fashioning complex puzzle-like objects of interlocking moving parts and watching them work in subtle cycles, playing out the consequences of principles built in from the beginning.

Fourth is the joy of always learning. In one way or another, the problem is ever new, and its solver learns something.               


Fred Brooks on "Why is Programming Fun?

The basic truths in all teachings of mankind are alike

and amount to one common thing:

to find your way to the thing you feel when you love dearly,

or when you create,

or when you build your home,

or when you give birth to your children,

or when you look at the stars at night.

Wilhelm Reich


The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the full light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny...it is the light that guides your way.



Last updated: Saturday, January 16, 2021