A few more quotations
"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
--- Warren Buffett
"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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." ---Theodore Roosevelt
"When I was 15, I was sent to live with my brother in Florida. One day when I was really hungry, I saw a lady and decided I would ask her if I could do anything around her house for something to eat. She was a white woman. And this woman took my mother's son, whom she has never met before, and fed me like my mother would have done. I came to understand what an internal sense of humanity is. That was a major point of my life." --- Sidney Poitier
- "... but I want to say I have complete empathy and admiration for his inner strength and clarity, to be able to know and hold true to himself. Our true needs are deeper -- yet in our modern society most of us reflexively and relentlessly pursue wealth, consumer goods and admiration. We have learned from Perelman's mathematics. Perhaps we should also pause to reflect on ourselves and learn from Perelman's attitude toward life." --- William Thurston (laudations in honor of Grigoriy Perelman)
A few links on Parenting
- Parent/Child Activities
- The Parent's Tao Te Ching
- from "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Some fun stuff
(collected a few years ago, a bit old, but still fun)
A few programming tools / packages