A Dismal Epitaph

While browsing findagrave.com earlier, I came across one of the gloomiest epitaphs I have ever seen. The headstone belongs to Henry Beck (1842-1899). Beck was born in Germany and died in the United States. He was buried in Mayville Cemetery (originally called the IOOF Cemetery) located in Mayville, Oregon. Here is the epitaph:Poorly born,Poorly lived;Poorly died;And […]

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Quotable #66: Secrets

Image: The New Daily “[…] When two know it, how can it be a secret? And indeed with what justice can you expect secresy in me, that cannot be private to yourself?” — John, Marston, Parasitaster: Or, The Fawn, Act 3, Scene 1, 1604, quoted in Charles Wentworth Dilke, Old English Plays: Being a Selection […]

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I Finally Found Out Where Those Spams Are Coming From

Spams are annoying, and unfortunately, I have no choice but to deal with them. My blog has been bombarded by spams since the day I gained some readers. As time goes by, it became worse. For instance, I just cleared my spam folder last Sunday and now, it has more than 200 blocked comments. So, […]

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Quotable #65: Ideas

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.” — George Orwell

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A Complaint Letter From Ancient Babylonia

A tablet unearthed in 1953 contained what could be one of the oldest complaints letters. It is estimated that the letter was written in 1750 BC. So, it can be said that people have been writing complaint letters at least 3750 years ago. The tablet is now displayed in the British Museum.

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Quotable #64: Precautions

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” — Alfred Adler

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Quotable #63: Thinking

“I wrote somewhere once that the third-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the majority, the second-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the minority, and the first-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking.” — A. A. Milne

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Gleanings From The Past #61

Reasons for the Delay The editor of the American Mechanic has encountered trials unknown to ordinary men. Hearken unto his wailings. “Owing to the facts, that our papermaker disappointed us, the mails failed, and deprived us of our exchanges, a Dutch pedlar stole our scissors, the rats ran off with our paste, and the devils […]

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Some More Tech-Related Headaches

The day before yesterday, I talked about a few troublesome tech problems that happened to me last week. I thought that my ordeal with technological annoyances is over, at least for a while. However, my optimism proved me wrong. Earlier, when I was using my computer, I encountered a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Once […]

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