Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Time To Leave The Roost

Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost.  While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents -- offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!

We are deeply humbled to have seen a small research project develop into a source of knowledge and empowerment for billions -- a bet we made as two Stanford students that led to a multitude of other technology bets.  We could not have imagined, back in 1998 when we moved our servers from a dorm room to a garage, the journey that would follow.

-- Larry Page and Sergey Brin in "A letter from Larry and Sergey", announcing their departure from active management of Google and its parent company Alphabet, 3 December 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Femininity

It's not just about equality.  It's not just about allowing women to be equal as men, to develop their masculine side and act with equality and be treated the same way as men do.  It's about treating femininity equal, with the same amount of regard as masculinity is held.

-- Sifu Steven Macramalla, author, professor of cognitive psychology at San Jose State University, and Chien-Lung martial arts instructor, speaking on episode 454 of Whistlekick Martial Arts Podcast, December 2019


Monday, December 02, 2019

Various Ways

There are various ways to call a man a liar.  One way is just to scream it at him, which doesn't prove anything.  Another is to establish facts by long and patient investigation.  Still another way is not to call him a liar at all -- let him do it himself.

-- Rex Stout (1886 - 1975), American author of detective fiction most famous as the creator of the fictional detective Nero Wolfe, on his work on Our Secret Weapon, as quoted by Trudi McCullough in The Milwaukee Journal (30 September 1942)

Friday, November 29, 2019

A Thanksgiving

Lord, for the erring thought
  Not into evil wrought:
Lord, for the wicked will
  Betrayed and baffled still:
For the heart from itself kept,
  Our thanksgiving accept.

For ignorant hopes that were
  Broken to our blind prayer:
For pain, death, sorrow, sent
  Unto our chastisement:
For all loss of seeming good,
  Quicken our gratitude.

-- William Dean Howells (1837 - 1920), American realist author and literary critic, A Thanksgiving



[I had 17 family members at the house today (Friday) for Thanksgiving, because my kids are all grown up and have their own Thanksgivings on Thursday. The above is a little much of a downer to use as a prayer before a Thanksgiving meal, but he's got good points. I can relate.]

Thursday, November 28, 2019

My Choice

I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.  For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others.  This is my choice.

-- Mike Ericksen, American author and musician, Upon Destiny's Song (2013)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Primary Takeaway

Stated simply, the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that Presidents are not kings.  To make the point as plain as possible, it is clear to this Court for the reasons explained above that, with respect to senior-level presidential aides, absolute immunity from compelled congressional process simply does not exist.

[T]his Court holds that individuals who have been subpoenaed for testimony by an authorized committee of Congress must appear for testimony in response to that subpoena -- i.e., they cannot ignore or defy congressional compulsory process, by order of the President or otherwise.

-- United States District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruling in "Committee on the Judiciary, United States House Of Representatives, Plaintiff, v. Donald F. McGahn II, Defendant", repudiating the concept of "absolute immunity", 25 November 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

My Family, My Flag And My Faith

The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries.  Good order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and again ....  The Constitution, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, are the shields that set us apart, and the beacons that protect us all.

Unfortunately, it has become apparent that in this respect, I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline.  I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

I hereby acknowledge my termination as United States Secretary of the Navy, to be effective immediately.

-- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, in his resignation letter resulting from a dispute over his handling of the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, whose demotion had been reversed by President Donald Trump, 25 November 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Propaganda Machine

Today around the world, demagogues appeal to our worst instincts.  Conspiracy theories once confined to the fringe are going mainstream.  It's as if the Age of Reason -- the era of evidential argument -- is ending, and now knowledge is delegitimized and scientific consensus is dismissed.  Democracy, which depends on shared truths, is in retreat, and autocracy, which depends on shared lies, is on the march.  Hate crimes are surging, as are murderous attacks on religious and ethnic minorities.

What do all these dangerous trends have in common?  I'm just a comedian and an actor, not a scholar.  But one thing is pretty clear to me.  All this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history.

The greatest propaganda machine in history.

-- Sacha Baron Cohen in his Keynote Address ascribing antisocial behaviors to Facebook, YouTube and Google, Twitter and others, at the Anti-Defamation League's 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, 21 November 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Nagging

Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.

-- Edith Clara Summerskill, Baroness Summerskill CH PC (1901 - 1980), British physician, feminist, Labour politician and writer, appointed to the Privy Council in 1949, speech to the Married Women's Association in the House of Commons (14 July 1960)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Respectable People

If you talk to gangsters long enough, you'll find out they're just as bad as respectable people.

-- James Murray Kempton (1917 - 1997), American journalist who won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, as quoted by Ron Rosenbaum in The Secret Parts of Fortune (2000)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Reach

For the Commander-in-Chief to reach into the military system and provide a pardon, especially in a preemptive way before a trial and appeal process, is a mistake.  It will undermine our own standards, as junior enlisted personnel try to understand a pardon for doing something we constantly train to avoid.  It strengthens enemy propaganda, as they will correctly say that we do not hold ourselves accountable for our own standards.  It undercuts our relations with allies who have strong systems in place to prevent these kinds of actions.  And it spurs our enemies on to even more barbaric behavior as the battlefield descends into moral chaos on both sides of the line of combat.  This kind of pardon disrespects every single one of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who follow the strict standards of the Code of Conduct.  They do not abuse captives who have surrendered, use torture to interrogate, cause needless casualties to civilians through collateral damage or desecrate corpses.

-- Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group, Time Magazine, "I Commanded Several of the Servicemen Trump May Pardon.  Letting Them Off Will Undermine the Military", 22 May 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

More Often

Consciences keep silent more often than they should, that's why laws were created.

-- José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (1922 - 2010), Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Literature, All the Names (1997)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pride vs Humility

Pride looks back upon its past deeds, and calculating with nicety what it has done, it commits itself to rest; whereas humility looks to that which is before, and discovering how much ground remains to be trodden, it is active and vigilant. Having gained one height, pride looks down with complacency on that which is beneath it; humility looks up to a higher and yet higher elevation. The one keeps us on this earth, which is congenial to its nature; the other directs our eye, and tends to lift us up to heaven.

-- James McCosh (1811 - 1894), prominent philosopher of the Scottish School of Common Sense,  president of Princeton University (1868 - 1888), Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) p. 485

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Harder Matter

[A] lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright,
But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.

-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1st Baron Tennyson) (1809 - 1892), Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, "The Grandmother", st. 8 (1864)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Unchanged On Tuesday

You wouldn't have known the stock market was open on Tuesday just by looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The 30-stock average closed flat going out to at least six decimal places.  It's rare for trading to be this futile.  The last time the Dow closed perfectly unchanged was April 24, 2014.  It's the third time the Dow has closed perfectly unchanged since 2000.

The unchanged close came despite some action during the trading day.  The Dow flirted with a record high, rising as much as 79.37 points to trade about 4 points below its all-time high of 27,774.67.  President Donald Trump gave a big economic speech in New York but traders by the end of the day determined they had heard most of what he said on trade and the Federal Reserve before.

-- Fred Imbert, "The Dow was perfectly unchanged on Tuesday", CNBC, 12 November 2019

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/12/the-dows-move-was-so-small-you-had-to-go-out-six-decimal-points-to-see-it.html

Monday, November 11, 2019

Armistice Day

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day.  When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.  I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute.  They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God.  So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

-- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (11 November 1922 - 11 April 2007), American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, Breakfast of Champions (1973)

Friday, November 08, 2019

Officium Officialium

Officium officialium, quorum te numero aggregasti, hodie est, jura confundere, suscitare lites, transactiones rescindere, innectere dilationes, suprimere veritatem, fovere mendacium, quaestum sequi, aeqitatem vendere, inhiare exactionibus, versutias concinnare.

The role of officials today is to upset the laws, to stir up lawsuits, to annul agreements, to devise delays, to suppress the truth, to encourage falsehood, to follow profit, to sell justice, to attend closely to exacting money, to practise cunning.

-- Peter of Blois or Petrus Blesensis, Archdeacon of Bath (c. 1130 - 1211 or 1212), French theologian, diplomat and poet, Letter 25, to the Judicial Vicar of the Bishop of Chartres, in J. A. Giles (ed.) Petri blesensis bathoniensis archidiaconi opera omnia (Oxonii: J. H. Parker, 1846-7) vol. 1, p. 91

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Favorite Hobby

Not everyone enjoys baseball or even fishing, but every person is obsessed with himself.  You're your own favorite hobby.

-- Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (1962 -), American satirical novelist and freelance journalist, Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey (2007)

Monday, November 04, 2019

Sip Only Little

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.

-- Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784), French philosopher and chief editor of the historic project to produce L'Encyclopédie, Rameau's Nephew (1762)

Friday, November 01, 2019

Nirmal Purja

14 highest peaks in 189 days

I often feel bad about how I don't exercise enough, but Nirmal Purja's ambition was clearly a little bit higher.  He smashed the record for climbing the world's 14 highest peaks in 189 days, or a little over six months.  The Nepalese former British army soldier's speedy itinerary included climbing Everest, Lhotse and Makalu back-to-back in only 48 hours and summiting Shishapangma, his last climb, at 8:58 a.m. local time on Tuesday.  South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho held the previous record of seven years, 11 months, and 14 days.

-- From Significant Digits, 30 October 2019, based on an article in The Guardian

Thursday, October 31, 2019

This Is Halloween

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
I am the one hiding under yours stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

-- "This is Halloween" lyrics, Danny Elfman (1993)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Double Double Toil And Trouble

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

-- William Shakespeare, Song of the Witches: "Double, double toil and trouble", Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Lantern On The Stern

If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us!  But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us!

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), English poet, critic and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets, Specimens of the Table Talk of S.T. Coleridge 1821-1834 by Henry N. Coleridge (1835), 18 December 1831

Monday, October 28, 2019

Deep Sadness

Dear Friends and Community Partners of the Art Theater,

It is with deep sadness that the Art Film Foundation announces it has stopped showing films and that it will cease operations at the Art Theater on October 31, 2019.

We thank you for your donations, your volunteer hours, your memberships, and your attendance. While the Art Film Foundation and the Art Theater have come to an end, we truly believe that this incredible community of cinema-lovers in the local area will carry on.

With gratitude,
The Art Film Foundation

-- Farewell email from the Art Film Foundation, announcing the closing of The Art Theater in downtown Champaign, 25 October 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Intent

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

-- Stephen R. Covey (1932 - 2012), American author, The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, p. 239 (1989)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Reality Check

One of life's joys was to have friends who gave you reality checks ... who would call you on your crap before it rose so high you drowned in it.

-- Glen David Brin (1950 -), American science fiction author, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, former NASA consultant and physics professor, Earth Part VI (p. 311) (1990)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Functional Anonymity

Let's begin with capitalism, a word that has gone largely out of fashion.  The approved reference now is to the market system.  This shift minimizes -- indeed, deletes -- the role of wealth in the economic and social system.  And it sheds the adverse connotation going back to Marx.  Instead of the owners of capital or their attendants in control, we have the admirably impersonal role of market forces.  It would be hard to think of a change in terminology more in the interest of those to whom money accords power.  They have now a functional anonymity.

-- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006), Canadian-American economist and author, "Free Market Fraud", The Progressive (January 1999)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Basic Equipment

Thing is: the internet's made of IP addresses, opinions, and assholes.  It's what's there.  That's the basic equipment.

-- Merlin Dean Mann III (26 November 1966 -), author, speaker, and productivity consultant, "kung fu grippe" blog post, ~2010


Monday, October 21, 2019

Never Friendless Ever

Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.

-- Douglas Malloch (5 May 1877 - 2 July 1938), American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Angie

For my 50th birthday (10 years ago), my kids got me an Australian Shepherd by the name of Angie (short for Evangeline). She was about 9 months old when I got her from a rescue place in St Louis.

A little under 3 hours ago, I had to let her go.

She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (and pulmonary hypertension) in January, but the meds (lots of meds) were keeping it in check. Today things suddenly went south.

Her super power was that she didn't need a leash on walks. She had no interest in squirrels or rabbits, and only passing interest in other dogs while out walking.

There were a lot of walks.

She was the calmest, most laid-back Australian Shepherd I've encountered.

I'd like to go on one more walk, please.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

RIP Elijah Cummings

My mission is one that comes out of a vision that was created long, long ago.  It is a mission and a vision to empower people. ... to make people realize that the power is within them, that they too can do the things that they want to do.

There's a poem that Parren Mitchell said many many years ago that I say sometimes 20 times a day, and it's a very simple poem, but it's one that I live by.

    I only have a minute.
    Sixty seconds in it.
    Forced upon me, I did not choose it.
    But I know that I must use it,
    give account if I abuse it,
    suffer if I lose it.
    Only a tiny little minute,
    but eternity is in it.

-- Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (18 January 1951 - 17 October 2019), in his first speech from the floor of the House of Representatives, shortly after he was sworn into Congress by then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on 25 April 1996, citing a poem written by Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Benjamin Mays, which he credited Mitchell as reciting many times.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

No Reasonable Man

Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?  This question, which at first sight might not seem difficult, is really one of the most difficult that can be asked.  When we have realized the obstacles in the way of a straightforward and confident answer, we shall be well launched on the study of philosophy -- for philosophy is merely the attempt to answer such ultimate questions, not carelessly and dogmatically, as we do in ordinary life and even in the sciences, but critically, after exploring all that makes such questions puzzling, and after realizing all the vagueness and confusion that underlie our ordinary ideas.

-- Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (1872 - 1970), British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic, 1950 Nobel laureate in Literature, The Problems of Philosophy (1912)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

RIP Robert Forster

You learn to take whatever jobs there are and make the best you can out of whatever you've got.  And anyone in any walk of life, if they can figure that out, has a lot better finish than those who cannot stand to take a picture that doesn't pay you as much or isn't as good as the last one.  Attitude is everything.

-- Robert Wallace Forster Jr. (born Robert Wallace Foster Jr.; 13 July 1941 - 11 October 2019), American actor known for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, in an interview with Todd Gilchrist for Indiewire, 4 October 2011

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

We Will Resist

We will resist.  We have been at war for seven years, so we can continue the war for seven more years.

-- Mazlum Kobani, commander of the Kurdish-led militia, in response to President Trump's abrupt withdrawal of US forces from Syria, in an interview with The New York Times, 9 October 2019

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Same Bag

When people put drummers like John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Moon in the same bag as me, it's really insulting.  I have a gift, and none of them is even on the same street as me.  The fact that I can still play is a miracle, isn't it?

-- Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (19 August 1939 - 6 October 2019), English drummer and co-founder of the rock band Cream, Wall Street Journal, "Ginger Baker's Beef" by Marc Myers, 7 October 2013

Friday, October 04, 2019

Complexity

Fools ignore complexity.  Pragmatists suffer it.  Some can avoid it.  Geniuses remove it.

-- Alan Perlis (1922 - 1990), American comlputer scientists, first recipient of the ACM Turing Award, "Epigrams on Programming" (1982) (h/t Sukay)

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Rewrite Their Teens

You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again.  Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing.  Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens.

-- Stephen Edwin King (21 September 1947 -), American author, screenwriter. 2003 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Awards, The Stand (1978)

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Making It Come True

There is no great harm in the theorist who makes up a new theory to fit a new event.  But the theorist who starts with a false theory and then sees everything as making it come true is the most dangerous enemy of human reason.

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936), prolific British writer, The Flying Inn (1914)

Monday, September 30, 2019

A Taste

It's a taste -- I'm telling these young guys -- it's a taste of what you'll chase for your whole career.  Once you taste that champagne in your beard or feel that burn of cold beer going down your back, there's nothing like it.  The top of your head going numb.  You can't replicate that in any other situation.

-- St Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright, after the Cardinals clinched the NL Central Division championship on the last day of the season, mlb.com, 29 September 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Romaine

If this was romaine lettuce our shelves would be empty.

-- Illinois mother Ruby Johnson, whose 18-year-old daughter was hospitalized after vaping, speaking at a congressional hearing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, 24 September 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Lot Of Problems

The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating the corruption already in the Ukraine, and Ukraine has got a lot of problems.

-- President Donald Trump, explaining the nature of a 25 July 2019 phone call with newly-elected Ukrainian President Zelensky that is the apparent subject of a whistle-blower complaint, speaking to reporters at the White House, 22 September 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

We'll Be Watching You

This is all wrong.  I shouldn't be up here.  I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean.

You all come to us young people for hope.  How dare you?  You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones.  People are suffering.  People are dying.  Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency.  But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that.  Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil.  And that I refuse to believe.

You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.  The eyes of all future generations are upon you.  And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

-- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, speaking at the Climate Action Summit at the UN in New York, 23 September 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

For An Hour

... Any one of a million things could fail and cause our complex civilization to collapse for an hour, for a day, or however long.  That's when you find out the extent to which you are reliant on technology and don't even know it.  That's when you see that it's so interdependent, that if you take one thing away, the whole thing falls down and leaves you with nothing.

-- James Burke (1936 -), British science historian, author, and television producer best known for his documentary television series focusing on the history of science and technology leavened with a sense of humor, Connections "The Trigger Effect" (1979)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Memorable Life Moment

Finishing a Grand Tour is a memorable life moment for any rider, surviving a gruelling 21-day stage race is a big win even if you haven't crossed the finish line first at any point.

But Burgos-BH's Jesús Ezquerra made it an extra special day on the processional stage 21 into Madrid when he proposed to his girlfriend mid-race.

Race footage shows Ezquerra riding up to his team car, which he has organised for his girlfriend to travel in for the final stage, with the 28-year-old also informing the tv cameras of his intentions so they can be there to capture the moment.

Taking out a ring, he pops the questions and his girlfriend says yes.

-- From CyclingWeekly.com, "Vuelta a España rider proposes to girlfriend during final stage 21", 15 September 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Shallowness

We're in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk.  The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it's all gone.

-- Robert Maynard Pirsig (1928 - 2017), American philosopher and novelist, most famous for his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in which he proposed what has become known as his Metaphysics of Quality (MoQ), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Ch. 1 (1974)

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Moon, Full-Orbed

The moon, full-orbed, forsakes her watery cave,
And lifts her lovely head above the wave;
The snowy splendours of her modest ray
Stream o'er the glistening waves, and quivering play;
Around her, glittering on the heaven's arched brow,
Unnumbered stars, enclosed in azure, glow,
Thick as the dew-drops of the April dawn,
Or May-flowers crowding o'er the daisy lawn;
The canvas whitens in the silvery beam,
And with a mild pale-red the pendants gleam;
The masts' tall shadows tremble o'er the deep;
The peaceful winds a holy silence keep.

-- William Julius Mickle (1734 - 1788), Scottish poet, The Lusiad (1776), Book I, line 417

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Turning The Page

So I plan on spending tonight talking with you about my plans to address the problems that keep you up at night. But first, I have a few words for Donald Trump, who we all know is watching. ...

[H]ere's what you don't get: What you don't get you is that the American people are so much better than this.  And we know that the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us, regardless of our race, where we live, or the party with which we're registered to vote.  And I plan on focusing on our common issues, our common hopes and desires, and in that way, unifying our country, winning this election, and turning the page for America.

-- Senator Kamala Harris [D-CA], in her introductory remarks at the Democratic debate, 12 September 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Lot Of Work

We started making our way down to the Trade Center.  I saw the building burning.  I looked over to my colleague Mike Garcia and I go, "I guess we’re going to get a lot of work in today."

-- Detective David Brink, New York City Emergency Service Squad 3, early in the morning of 11 September 2001, as quoted by Garrett M. Graff in "The Only Plane In The Sky"