8½ quotes about failure that may lead you to success

 

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WHAT IF A HOMELESS PERSON WAS SOMEONE YOU LOVE?

This is an interesting social experiment.

None of us would walk past someone we love if we saw them homeless on the street.

But the people in this video didn’t even know. And they’re just regular people, like you and me.

Have our homeless become so invisible that we don’t even want to look at their faces?

Why?

 

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SHAKESPEARE

We all know that tired old story about Shakespeare not writing Shakespeare.

But did Shakespeare freebase cocaine? Was that one of the reasons for his genius?

Or was it one of his neighbors in Stratford?

Take a look: ten things you didn’t know about Shakespeare.

Here’s something else you may not have known about Shakespeare: he had a cousin with the same name who came to stay at his lodgings in Bishopsgate in 1593 and went on to become London’s first private detective.

Well actually, he didn’t. But everything else in the books about Shakespeare is true.

And no, there isn’t a scene with him freebasing cocaine with Walter Raleigh.

Should there be?

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CHEAP FLIGHTS

Cheap Flights.

Not always what they seem.

Does this happen in America too?

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IT IS NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS

430px-Theodore_Roosevelt_1901-08“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I hope you’ll take this as inspiration today. And if you really want to be inspired and moved, take a listen to Dr Brene Brown, from whom I found this quote.

And thanks, Sarah Rosetti.

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STAY WEIRD

Stay weird.

That was the message from Graham Moore when he won the little bald naked man for his screen adaption of The Imitation Game.

It’s the story of Alan Turing, the man credited for inventing the first analogue computer – a machine that led to the cracking of the Nazi’s ‘unbreakable’ secret cypher during World War Two.

“Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look at these faces and I do – and that’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard.

“So I want to use this moment to say this – when I was 16 I tried to kill himself because I felt like I didn’t belong.

“And now I’m standing here, and I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit anywhere: Yes, you do. I promise you do .’

“Stay weird, and when it’s your turn and you’re standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the same person who comes along … stay weird and different and when you’re up here, pass it along.”

 

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6 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY

So how much do you know about Elvis Presley?

Here’s six lesser known facts about the king of rock n’ roll.

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1. The founder of the Presley family in America was Johannes Valentin Bressler, who was born in the village of Hochstadt in Germany in 1669.

He brought his family to America looking for a better life in June 1710 and landed in New York.

They stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel in New Jersey. (I made that last bit up.)

2. His great-great-great-grandmother was a full blood Cherokee named Morning White Dove.

morningdovewhitemansellShe married William Mansell, a settler in western Tennessee, in 1818.

The appellation ‘white’ in Morning Dove’s name refers to her status as a friendly Indian. Early American settlers called peaceable Indians ‘white’, while ‘red’ was the designation for warring Indians or those who sided with the British in the Revolutionary War.

It was common for male settlers in the West to marry ‘white’ Indians as there was a scarcity of females on the American frontier.

Oh, let me be your Running Bear.

3. He was born Elvis Aaron Presley on January 8, 1935 and his mother gave birth to an identical twin later that morning, but he was still born.

Elvis birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi

Elvis birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi

His twin was named Jesse Garon Presley.

Elvis was his parent’s only child.

4. The Memphis World, an African American newspaper, reported that Presley once defied Memphis’s segregation laws by going to the local amusement park on a ‘colored night.’

5. In 1970 he performed at the International in Las Vegas with a Derringer in his right boot and a .45 pistol in his waistband, after threats were made against his life.

SO DO NOT step on that man’s blue suede shoes.

6. Elvis was introduced to drugs not by the Memphis Mafia, but by an army sergeant while on maneuvers in Germany in 1959.

Conscription led to prescription.

A pity, when you remember what happened to him later …

Elvis Presley

Me? Do I look like I’d use amphetamines?

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NEVER GIVE UP

Never give up.

It’s so easy to say, isn’t it?

But what if doctors told you that you would never walk unassisted ever again?

What if you then fell into depression and watched your weight balloon out to nearly three hundred pounds?

Most of us would feel like giving up then, surely. I think I would.

But this is what happened to Arthur Boorman.

A former paratrooper in the Gulf War, he sustained extreme injuries to his knees and back from impact landings during his army service. Doctors botched his surgery and told him he would need canes or leg braces the rest of his life.

After that, he felt like he was just waiting to die.

Late one night, searching the internet for salvation – don’t we all? – he came across a system of yoga designed and developed by a former pro wrestler, Dallas Page.

With Page’s help, Mr Boorman lost one hundred and forty pounds – almost half his body weight – in just ten months.

Now he not only walks without braces, he runs.

‘The big part of it is getting your head right,’ Arthus said in an interview. ‘Once my mind was in the right place it was just a matter of getting the work done.’

This is just a short five minute video of his progress.

But imagine getting the determination together to do it.

Never give up. He never did.

And look what he achieved.

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THE BC PC – THE COMPUTER BUILT BEFORE CHRIST

Antikythera, computer

source: Marsyas

Long before tablets and notebooks and even laptops there were analog computers.

Alan Turing was credited with being the inventor of the first computer, when he set out to design a machine that would crack the German’s Enigma cypher machine.

Only he wasn’t the first.

The Ancient Greeks were.

In April 1900, sponge divers discovered an ancient wreck off Point Glyphadia on the island of Antikythera.

They found bronze and marble statues, coins, jewellery … and a lump of corroded bronze and wood.

For decades it went largely ignored in the Athens museum where the finds were sent.

Antikythera, computer

source: Marsyas

But then in 1971 archaeologist Derek de Solla Price became interested in it and asked a Greek nuclear physicist named Charalampos Karakalos to take X-ray and gamma-ray images of the 82 fragments.

What he discovered astonished everyone.

Now known as the the Antikythera Mechanism, the lump of badly corroded metal and wood turned out to be a complex mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears.

It was in fact the remains of an ancient analog computer, designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses as well as the cycles of Olympic Games. It was designed perhaps as early as 200 BC.

The quality and complexity of the mechanism’ manufacture suggests it has undiscovered predecessors; its construction relied upon theories of astronomy and mathematics first developed by Greek astronomers.

All its instructions are written in Koine Greek (how it works is certainly all Greek to me).

a diagram that makes it quite clear how it all works. Source: Storekeep

a diagram that makes it quite clear how it all works. Source: Storekeep

How did it find its way to the bottom of the ocean?

It has been suggested that it was being taken to Rome, together with other treasure looted from the island, to support a triumph for Julius Caesar.

Second question: where did it come from?

computer, Antikythera

a model reproduction source: Mogi_Vicentini

The concept for the mechanism could have originated in Corinth, as some of the astronomical calculations indicate observations that can be made only from there. The school of Archimedes had been established there, at Syracuse.

Cardiff University professor Michael Edmunds, who led a 2006 study of the mechanism, described the device as ” the only thing of its kind”, and said he regarded it as “more valuable than the Mona Lisa.’

As a computer however, it’s not particularly accurate, the Mars pointer being up to 38° off at times.

This is not due to design inaccuracies but rather to limitations in Greek theory at that point in time, which could not have been improved until Ptolemy introduced the equant three or four hundred years later, and then when Johannes Kepler broke from the concept of uniform motion in 1609 AD.

Antikythera, computer

how it may have looked. source: Tony Freeth Claimed as fair use

The limitations of the hand-built gears would probably also have swamped the finer solar and lunar calculations mechanisms built into it.

but the Antikythera Mechanism bears witness to a lost history of brilliant engineering and scientific knowledge; it is a a conception of pure genius, one of the great wonders of the ancient world – it just didn’t really work very well!

But that’s not the point. The really intriguing question is this: how was such astounding knowledge lost to the world?

Technological advances approaching this level of complexity did not appear again in Europe until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in the 14th century.

So what happened?

We may never know.

Unless we get a computer to work it out for us.

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FAMOUS OPRAHS

I’ll never be famous – and after watching the latest Celebrity Jeopardy on SNL I am almost relieved.

For instance, can you answer the following questions:

1. What’s a letter beginning with G?

2. Who is Andre the Giant?

3. Am I dreaming you or are you dreaming me?

If you can’t, you’ll probably never be famous either – or get a gig on Celebrity Jeopardy.

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