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My Facebook Movie

Published Wednesday, February 05, 2014 @ 11:41 AM EST
Feb 05 2014

Aside from the first photo, Facebook's automated movie generator did a fairly decent job.

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Vicious cycle

Published Wednesday, February 05, 2014 @ 10:57 AM EST
Feb 05 2014

An inch of ice accreted over the previously fallen four inches of snow. This was at 7 am; now it's up to 37°F and everything's melting. It will re-freeze later today, with more snow tonight and a low of 15°F. The stores have been out of calcium chloride for over a week now, and supplies of rock salt are also scarce. The trick is to try to get the concrete clear and dry before the next storm arrives.

But it's better than the droughts, wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes they experience in the south. Like I told a friend, in two months it'll be spring, but you'll still be in Texas.

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Quotes of the day: Patience

Published Wednesday, February 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 05 2014


(Today is also the birthday of William S. Burroughs)

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.
-John Updike

A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
-Jean Baptiste Moliere

Adapt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All human power is a compound of time and patience.
-Honoré de Balzac

As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.
-Cleveland Amory

Elephants suffer from too much patience. Their exhibitions of it may seem superb- such power and such restraint, combined, are noble- but a quality carried to excess defeats itself.
-Clarence Day

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
-John Ruskin

Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion of great hearts.
-James Russell Lowell

Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
-Laurence J. Peter

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
-Hyman Rickover

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
-Abigail Adams

If a man, for private profit, tears at the public news, does so with the impatience of one who thinks he actually owns the news you get, it is against the national interest.
-Jimmy Breslin

In an instant age, perhaps we must relearn the ancient truth that patience, too, has its victories.
-Konrad Adenauer

In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.
-W.B. Prescott

It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but simply announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art.
-Pauline Kael

Laziness is often mistaken for patience. (French Proverb)

Lord, grant me the patience to suffer fools, or, alternatively, a chainsaw.

Men disappoint me so, I disappoint myself so, yet courage, patience, shuffle the cards...
-Margaret Fuller

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
-Edmund Burke

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
-Jean Jacques Rousseau

Patience is often merely the guise of Cowardice.
-C. Lee Hopkin

Patience is something to admire in the driver behind you but scorn in the one ahead.
-Mac McCleary

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
-Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine)

Patience isn't a virtue, it's a tactic.

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
-W.H. Auden

Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.
-Margaret Fuller

The greatest power is often simple patience.
-E. Joseph Cossman

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
-William H. Borah

The office of President requires the constitution of an athlete, the patience of a mother, and the endurance of an early Christian.
-Woodrow Wilson

The only skills I have the patience to learn are those that have no real application in life. (From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes)
-Bill Watterson

The price of liberty is, in addition to eternal vigilance, eternal patience with the vacuous blather occasionally expressed from behind the shield of free speech.
-Michael Shermer

The remote control changed our lives... The remote control took over the timing of the world. That's why you have road rage. You have people who have no patience, because you got immediate gratification. You got click, click, click, click. If it doesn't explode within three seconds, click click, click.
-Sid Caesar

The strongest of all warriors are these two- Time and Patience.
-Leo Tolstoy

The three principal virtues of a programmer are Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris.
-Larry Wall

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body...
-Walt Whitman

When, in the late 1940s, we faced a global Cold War against another system of ideological fanatics certain that their authoritarian values would eventually rule the world, we prevailed in time. We prevailed because we exercised patience as well as vigilance, self-restraint as well as self-defense, and reached out to moderates and modernists, to democrats and dissidents, within that closed system.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

Who teaches you tolerance? Maybe sometimes your children teach you patience, but always your enemy will teach you tolerance. So your enemy is really your teacher.
-Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama)

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
-Franklin P. Jones


(Today is also the birthday of William S. Burroughs)

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