The axiom ‘you are judged by the friends you keep’ influences who some of my friends are. Issac Newton’s friends were thinks who had died long ago; their relationship was formed in the writings the older had left of the younger. The tag line about curiosity on my home page is attributed to Albert Einstein; add that to Newton’s claim that if he has seen further than others it was by standing on the shoulders of giants, and you have the foundation of what motivates me most days. I try to keep up with really smart people and then try to peek a little beyond what they saw. That is my fire.