Quotes to Make You Think: 2010 Collected Quotes

More quotes for Quotes to Make You Think collected over the past year.


“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” — Earl Shoaf

‎”I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly.” — Captain Jack Sparrow

‎”Counting time is not so important as making time count.” — James J. Walker

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” — Nelson Henderson

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato

“Tart words make no friends. A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” — Dale Carnegie

“Don’t do something to get noticed. Do it to get something done.” — Doc E.

‎”Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive.” — Elbert Hubbard

“You will someday meet a man who is happy and has nothing. Then you will realize you paid too much for your stuff.” — Mark Twain

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” — Groucho Marx

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.” — For One More Day, Mitch Albom

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother” — Albert Einstein

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” — Albert Einstein

“Hope is the dream of a waking man.” — Aristotle

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” — Maria Robinson

“It is a long hard road to overnight success.” — Unknown

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.” — Marilyn Monroe

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” — Oscar Wilde

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” — Elie Wiesel

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

“It might be argued that the Siamese-twin infants of word/idea are the only contribution the human species can, will, or should make to the raveling cosmos. (Yes, our DNA is unique but so is a salamander’s.) Yes, we construct artifacts, but so have species ranging from beavers to the architect ants whose crenallated towers are visible now off the port bow. Yes, we weave real-fabric things from the dreamstuff of mathematics, but the universe is hardwired with arithmetic. Scratch a circle and PI peeks outs. Enter a new solar system and Tycho Brahae’s formulae lies waiting under the black velvet cloak of space/time. But where has the universe hidden a word under its outer layer of biology, geometry, or insensate rock?) Even the traces of other intelligent life we have found – the blimps on Jove II, the Labyrinth Builders, the Seneschai empaths on Hebron, the Stick People of Durulis, the architects of the Time Tombs, the Shrike itself – have left us mysteries and obscure artifacts, but no language. No words.” Martin Silenus, The Poet’s Tale
Hyperion
Dan Simmons

Goal accounting

Here is the progress made on my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions.

  • Read 12,000 pages. At last count, I was on track to succeed with this one.
  • Learn to cook 20 new dishes. FAILED. Made only 10.
  • Participate in Project 365. FAILED. I made it to February before I gave up on it.
  • Have fun now not later. SUCCESS. Went to more events people invited me to attend than the previous four or five years combined.

What is interesting is the more others talked about my goals, the stronger I pushed on them. So a good goal is one others hold interest in me completing?

Cooking and reading were somewhat incompatible. Cooking is a home activity. I do not read very well at home as computers, television, and any number of things distract me. Failing it was a calculated decision so that I would meet a more important goal.

2010 Resolution Reading List

I recently completed my first resolution for the year 2009: Read 12,000 pages. pp

Check the Reading page for the master list.

Titles in bold are the ones I recommend. (They also are probably the ones I quote the most.)

  1. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in SpaceCarl Sagan – 368 pp (368 total)
  2. Deal with Your Debt: The Right Way to Manage Your Bills and Pay Off What You Owe Liz Pulliam Weston – 210 est pp (57324+8 total)
  3. Some Answered Questions – Abdu’l-Bahá – 314 pp (892 total)
  4. Promised Day is Come – Shoghí Effendí Rabbání – 208 pp (1,100 total)
  5. The Last Days of Socrates – PlatoHugh Tredennick (Translator), Harold Tarrant (Contributor) – 289 pp (1,389 total)
  6. The Trial of Socrates – Isidor F. Stone – 273 pp (1,662 total)
  7. The HistoriesHerodotus – 720 pp (2,382 total)
  8. Libraries in the Ancient World – Lionel Casson – 173 pp (2,555 total)
  9. Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common OriginsSteve Olson – 278 pp (2,833 total)
  10. Why Smart People Do Dumb Things – Mortimer FeinbergJohn Tarrant – 265 pp (3,098 total)
  11. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard PyleScott McKowen (Illustrator) – 328 pp (3,426 total)
  12. The Seven Mysteries of Life Guy Murchie – est 661 pp (4,087 total)
  13. Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above AverageJoseph Hallinan – 304 pp (4,391 total)
  14. NextCrichton, Michael – 431 pp (4,822 total)
  15. The Ball is Round: A Global History of SoccerGoldblatt, David – 992 pp (5,814 total)
  16. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)L’Engle, Madeleine – 224 pp (6,038 total) — for Not Your Oprah’s Book Club
  17. Ender’s GameCard, Orson Scott – 324 pp (6,362 total) — for Not Your Oprah’s Book Club
  18. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the WorldAhamed, Liaquat – 576 pp (est 6,938 total)
  19. Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our LivesSpecter, Michael – 304 pp (est 7,242 total)
  20. Tribes: We Need You to Lead UsGodin, Seth – 160 pp (est 7,402 total)
  21. Foundation (Foundation, #1)Asimov, Isaac – 256 pp (est 7,658 total)
  22. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do DifferentlyBuckingham, Marcus – 255 pp (est 7,913 total)
  23. Snow CrashStephenson, Neal – 470 pp (est 8,383 total)
  24. Ender’s Shadow (Shadow Series, #1)Card, Orson Scott – 469 pp (est 8,852 total)
  25. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our BrainsCarr, Nicholas G. – 256 pp (9,108 total)
  26. The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the NationWesten, Drew – 384 pp (9,492 total)
  27. Happiness: Lessons from a New ScienceLayard, Richard – 320 pp (9,812 total)
  28. Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Saga, #2)Card, Orson Scott – 382 pp (10,194 total)
  29. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other StoriesStevenson, Robert Louis – 304 pp (10,498 total)for Not Your Oprah’s Book Club
  30. Hyperion (Hyperion, #1)Simmons, Dan – 482 pp (10,980 0total)
  31. Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger’sPage, Tim – 208 pp (11,188 total)
  32. Xenocide (Ender’s Saga, #3)Card, Orson Scott – 520 read of 592 pp (11,780 total)
  33. Something BorrowedEmily Giffin – 322 pp (12,102 total) — for Not Your Oprah’s Book Club
  34. Treasure IslandStevenson, Robert Louis – 352 pp (12,454 total)
  35. The Sunday Philosophy Club (Sunday Philosophy Club, #1)Alexander McCall Smith – 250 pp (12,704 total) — for Not Your Oprah’s Book Club
  36. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values – Pirsig, Robert M. – 560 pp (est 13,264 total)

Merry Christmas

Christmas Tree

So far it has been a good day. My grandmother the whole family has rallied around appears to be improving. The rest of the family are doing well. Friends are scattered to the four winds to visit with family.

I am content. It as been a good year.

Jekyll and Okefenokee

Facing the Cold Wind
Facing the Cold Wind

The wind plus cold was quite chilly indeed. This probably explains why I only saw one other person on the beach who was much more bundled up than myself.

The next two photos are of birds in flight at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Great Blue Heron in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight
Egret in Flight
Egret in Flight

Convert Webserver.log to CSV

A security guy at a campus wanted our web server log file in the CSV format. The original file has lines which look something like:

machine.usg.edu: webserver.log13646,2010-11-30        11:08:32        0.0010  999.999.999.999    b7tPM1hTgGYMn90bLTM1    200     GET     /webct/urw/lc987189066271.tp1333853785371/blank.html    –       262     “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_5; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.19.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.3 Safari/533.19.4” username:0:0

Turns out I only need three sed edits to make it look the way I want:

sed ‘s|:2009-|,2009-|g’ testfile.txt | sed ‘s|\t|,|g’ | sed ‘s|: |,|g’

The first converts the colon between the end of the file name and the year into a comma. The second converts all the tabs into commas, and the last changes the colon-space between the host name and webserver.log into a comma.

Easy enough. That line from the web server log now looks like:

machine.usg.edu,webserver.log13646,2010-11-30,11:08:32,0.0010,999.999.999.999,b7tPM1hTgGYMn90bLTM1,200,GET, /webct/urw/lc987189066271.tp1333853785371/blank.html,-,262, “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_5; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.19.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.3 Safari/533.19.4”,username:0:0

I love regular expressions.

I have a feeling I’ll need to make a primer for this guy too. 🙁

Hostname,Log Name, Date, Time, Seconds to Process, Load Balancer IP, Session ID, HTTP Response Code, HTTP Method, URI, URI Parameters, Bytes Returned, User Agent, Username:Transactions Read:Transaction Written