Does That Sound Familiar?

Murray Leinster, in his 1946 science fiction story entitled A Logic Named Joe, seemed to anticipate the advent of the Internet. Most of his description of what would be called the Internet in the near future were spot on. Here is an extract:

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Gleanings From The Past #59


Empire of Silence

The great silent men! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world, words with little meaning, actions with little worth, one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence. The noble silent men, scattered here and there, each in his own department; silently thinking; silently working; whom no Morning Newspaper makes mention of! They are the salt of the Earth. A country that has none or few of these is in a bad way. Like a forest which had no roots; which had all turned into leaves and boughs;—which must soon wither and be no forest. Woe for us if we had nothing but what we can show, or speak. Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than the stars; deeper than the Kingdoms of Death! It alone is great; all else is small.

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Rough and Tough

There had been many verses written over the years that talk about the intricacies of English pronunciation. The following verse from The Mixture of Low Spirits (1875) is just one of many:

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Quotable #59: Wealth & Fame


“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

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A Victim Of His Own Invention


Sir Robert Watson-Watt was a Scottish physicist and a proponent of radio direction finding and radar technology. His ideas were credited for the defeat of more than a quarter of German U-boats and subsequently enabled the Royal Air Force to win the Battle of Britain in 1941.

Several years later, he was pulled over by a Canadian police officer for overspeeding. The officer was ironically using a radar gun. His wife attempted to point out the ridiculousness of the situation, but the officer replied that it didn’t matter since he broke the law. So, they were fined $12.50 for the violation.

Watson-Watt recounted the incident with the following verse he titled “A Rough Justice”:

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Pun Of The Weak: Procrastination


In the Self-Help Section of a bookstore:

Customer: Do you have books about procrastination?

Clerk: I’m sorry sir, but we haven’t gotten around to ordering them yet.

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6 Design Principles In Photography

This is a guest post by Carol James.

A long time ago, a human tried to portray the best moments of his/her life in some way. This effort has led to the emergence of such art as photography. Since the first photo was made, this occupation became a favorite for millions of people. When you took the camera into your hands for the first time and felt it was your calling since then you had an insurmountable desire to look at the surrounding world through the camera lens.

The ability to take pictures is not only a process that brings the photographer’s satisfaction but despite everything, you can always give the opportunity to admire your achievements, show them to other people, analyze your work and detect mistakes.

We should mention that photography is true art with its intricacies and secrets as well. It can be put together with such kinds of art as music and painting, but sometimes it’s not enough just to make a picture. You need to know more secrets to be great at photography. And one of the main principles is a design.

Design (idea, plan, project, sketch, composition) – is the process of artistic and technical projecting of products or their complexes. It’s is also called the result of this projecting. A designer is a person who creates a design.

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