Speaker for the Diodes

Oct. 25th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"I thought 'eureka' was Greek for 'the bath water is too hot.'" -- lots of people apparently, based on skimming Google hits for the phrase, but most recently by Mephistopheles O'Brien, commeter at Respectful Insolence, as recently noted by [info] realinterrobang

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Oct. 24th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

[Scroll down to the bold text for the bumper-sticker version.]

"We read that the nails in the holy of holies, 2 Chron. iii. 8 and 9, were of fine gold. Hence ariseth a question, How such nails could be useful, pure gold being so flexible that a nail made thereof will bow, and not drive.

"Now, I was present at the debate thereof, betwixt the best working-goldsmiths in London, where, among many injenious answers, this carried away the credit for the greatest probability thereof, viz., that they were screw nails, which had holes prepared for their reception, and so were wound in by degrees.

"God's work must not be done lazily, but leisurely: haste maketh waste in this kind. In reformations of great importance, the violent driving in of the nail will either break the head, or bow the point thereof, or rive and split that which should be fastened therewith.

"That may insensibly be screwed, which cannot suddenly be knocked into people. Fair and softly goeth far; but alas! we have too many fiery spirits, who, with Jehu, drive on so furiously they will overturn all in church and state, if their fierceness be not seasonably retrenched."

-- Thomas Fuller (b. 1608, d. 1661-08-16), in Mixt Contemplations in Better Times (1660, "Printed by R.D. for Iohn Williams", London) [bold emphasis added --dglenn] It can be found online in a collection of some of Fuller's work, Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers, also visible in Google Books, Record of Christian Work, vol. 19 (I found it quoted in God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson.) There are minor differences in spelling in diferent collections/editions.


Happt birthday to [info] - personal fidhle, and to my brother John, neither of whom today's quotation is meant to have anything in particular to do with -- I just thought it sounded like a good quotation for a Friday.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"In conditions of great uncertainty people tend to predict the events that they want to happen actually will happen." -- Roberta Wohlstetter

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Oct. 22nd, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy." -- Henry Ward Beecher

[Happy birthday to my aunt Vaso in England!]

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Oct. 21st, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"It's a shame fish don't taste like blueberries." -- [info] realinterrobang, phone conversation, the silly hours of 2014-10-20

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Oct. 20th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years." -- Randall Munroe, xkcd, 2014-10-08

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Oct. 19th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"'Religion' means faith in the supernatural, does it not? Most Orcans, like most Aeneans everywhere, do have that kind of faith. They maintain a God exists, and observe different ceremonies and injunctions on that account. If they have any sophistication, however, they admit their belief is nonscientific. It is not subject to empirical confirmation or disconfirmation, Miracles may have happened through divine intervention; but a miracle, by definition, involves a suspension of natural law hence cannot be experimentally repeated. Aye, its historical trugh or falsity can be indirectly investigated. But the confirmation of an event proves nothing, since it could be explained away scientifically. For example, if we could show that there was in fact a Jesus Christ who did in fact rise from his tomb, he may have been in a coma, not dead. Likewise, disconfirmation proves nothing. For example, if it turns out that a given saint never lived, that merely shows people were naïve, not that the basic creed is wrong." -- Commander Yakow, in The Day of Their Return by Poul Anderson (1973, Nelson Doubleday, New York)

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Oct. 18th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando." -- Cicero (b. 106 BCE, 3 January; d. 43 BCE, 7 December), Pro Ligario -- "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men."

[Today is the feast day of St. Luke]

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Oct. 17th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"I don't fear writing foolishness. I have been doing that all my life.

"I fear writing things that matter."

-- @mackenzian, 2014-09-11

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Oct. 16th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty." -― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Oct. 15th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"Really, violins are just a trait of human beings, just as plants have a trait." -- Daniel Chitwood, plant geneticist who studied how violin shapes changed over time, quoted in "How the Violin Got Its Shape" by Laura Geggel (published 2014-10-09)

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Oct. 14th, 2014

06:39 pm - Podiatrist

Toe surgery today -- podiatrist saw condition of my toe and figured correctly that I would say yes this time. The good: I now know a local anaesthetic that actually works on me. The supremely annoying: two hours after I left the podiatrist's office, the anaesthetic wore off and my world has shrunk to a big-toe-size ball of Pure Itching. A little pain buried underneath the itching, but less intense than typical fibromyalgia aches. I could deal with that, probably ignore it. But oh, the itching! Driving [*itch*] me [*itch*] nuts! [*itch*]It's [*itch*] impos[*itch*]sibly [*itch*] dis[*itch*]trac[*itch*]ting[*itch*].

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05:25 am - QotD

From a Facebook post by Harold Feld, 2014-10-08:

Me: This is the Coffee Kikayon. You did not bring it into the world, you did not do anything to make it happen, it wasn't even meant for you. Now it is broken. Shall then we not feel pity for the people of Ninveh, who do not even know their right hand from their left.

Aaron: What do dyslexic Assyrians have to do with anything? Coffee!!!!

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Oct. 13th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir." -- Stuart Keate

[Happy Thanksgiving to my friends up north! And FWIW, I loved vichyssoise before I went vegetarian, and am always on the lookout for some not made with chicken stock.]

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Oct. 12th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-10-07:

"Without adequate oversight, or penalties for abuse, the only protection that citizens have comes not from Congress or the courts, but from whistleblowers. As one myself, albeit in the most minor capacity, I understand what motivates someone to expose wrongdoing masquerading as patriotism. There is no graduate school for whistleblowing and no handbook for whistleblowers. It's an imperfect science, and whistleblowers learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Tom Drake, Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe all came from different backgrounds and worked in different fields. None joined the intelligence community to become a whistleblower, but each was driven by unchecked government abuse to tell the public what they knew to be true." -- James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, the first in-depth examination of the National Security Agency.

[https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/10/02/the-nsa-and-me]

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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Oct. 11th, 2014

07:52 pm - Timing, second try

Whoops - when I scheduled today's QotD I forgot to mention why this quote for this day: National Coming-Out Day. (Double-whoops: when I tried to send this message inside a foreach() loop, something went ver wrong.)

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12:31 pm - Timing

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05:25 am - QotD

Two tweets from @mackenzian, 2014-10-06:

When you don't take up enough space, #courage is running out to meet the world.

Where you meet, something new can take shape.

When you take up too much space, #courage is withdrawing enough to let the world come in.

Others will build on the ground you cede.

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Oct. 10th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

"We don't always know what we're doing. We often just get excited, put something down, and say, 'Oh, neat'." -- Tina Weymouth (b. 1950-11-22)


[Happy birthday to [info] nosebeepbear! (I have no idea whether this method would make things easier or harder for you.)]

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Oct. 9th, 2014

05:25 am - QotD

(Two quotes today since there are at least three themes I wanted to hit.)

"I often say that teachers are a combination of Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Tony Soprano, all rolled in together, because that's all the skill set you need as a schoolteacher." -- Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, interviewed on the PBS television program, In The Life, episode, "Lifesavers" (aired, at least in my area, in the wee hours of 2008-11-10).

She also said something I say ... )

"When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps." -- John Lennon (b. 1940-10-09, d. 1980-12-08)

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