Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Great Hope is to Laugh as Much as I Cry

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin #quote

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. #fortunecookiesayings

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~ Dalai Lama #quote

Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. #oneliners

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~ Rita Dove #poetryquotes

HISTORIAN, n. A broad-gauge gossip. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Platitudinous: resembling or full of dull or banal comments #ExquisiteAdjectives

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo #quote

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. ~ Mel Brooks #quote

Many people spend their health for wealth, and then try to spend their wealth for health. ~ Mikey #quote

Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Everybody has a photographic memory; some don't have film. #oneliners

Changing one thing for the better is worth more than proving a thousand things are wrong. #oneliners

Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things. ~ Bill Cosby #quote

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Compassion sees and says, "I'll help." #oneliners

By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. #oneliners

Autos killing 110 a Day; Let's Resolve to do Better #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #quote

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

A Chip On Your Shoulder:  Being upset for something that happened in the past. #ENGidiom 

Strode forth imperiously   [imperious = arrogantly overbearing] #literaryExpression

It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off. #ThingsYouWishYouCouldSay

Endemic: prevalent, native, peculiar to an area #ExquisiteAdjectives

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it. ~ William James #quotes

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.~ Thomas Harrison #poetryquotes

COMMERCE, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. #factoid

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. #factoid

ARISTOCRACY, n. Government by the best men. (In this sense the word is obsolete; so is that kind of government. Fellows that wear downy hats and clean shirts -- guilty of education and suspected of bank accounts. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 

Verdant: green, unripe #ExquisiteAdjectives 

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you! #BumperSticker

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~ Carl Sandburg #poetryquotes

INVENTOR, n. A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

People who are often in a hurry imagine they are energetic, when in most cases they are simply inefficient. ~ Sydney J. Harris #quote
Clock: A small mechanical device to wake up people without children. #oneliners

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~ James Dean #quote

You won't be happy until you break that, will you? #Momism

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Scapegoat: Someone Else Who Takes the Blame

Storm in a teacup #ENGexpressions

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Ruled #OtherWordsforSaid

Dead Ringer: 100% identical. A duplicate. #ENGidiom

Paddle one's own canoe #ENGexpressions

Don't judge a book by its movie #bumperstickers

A dream is a wish your heart makes. ~ Cinderella  #quote

As  soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will  ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is  cold. #lifelaws

Keep one's powder dry #ENGexpressions

Green-eyed monster #ENGexpressions

In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell. #factoid

Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. - George Santayana #quotes

Dead to the world #ENGexpressions

Credibility gap #ENGexpressions

Cold shoulder #ENGexpressions

KINDNESS, n. A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Nosey parker #ENGexpressions

TALK, v.t. To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote
Snakes are immune to their own poison. #factoid

He who laughs last thinks slowest #bumperstickers

A new trouble was dawning on his thickening mental horizon #literaryExpression

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford #quotes

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

She stood on a balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in. #tonguetwister

Scapegoat: Someone else who takes the blame. #ENGidiom

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

I don't have a solution but I admire the problem. #humanNature

Fly in the ointment #ENGexpressions

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking. ~ Dave Barry #quote

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. ~ James Allen #quote

If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you. ~ Groucho Marx #sarcastic #quote

The total number of human taste buds (tongue, palate, cheeks) is about 10,000. #factoid

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. #factoid

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

Why? Because I SAID so, that's why! #Momism

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. ~ Hippocrates #quote

Spitting Image: The exact likeness or kind. #ENGidiom

Practice Makes Perfect: By constantly practicing, you will become better. #ENGidiom

The Morse Code = Here come dots #anagram

Give the thumbs up/down #ENGexpressions

If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules

Paintings by Edgar Leon Segovia & Cristina Quinde Herrera
Notified #OtherWordsforSaid

Chickens will come home to roost, one's #ENGexpressions

Indicated #OtherWordsforSaid

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney #quote

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. #Momism

Write drunk; edit sober. ~ Ernest Hemingway #quote

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Robots VI

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program. For more information about WIldCat visit their website at

Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its balance on one leg even when hit from the side. Referring to Atlas's ability to remain balanced despite being hit by a lateral weight, Noel Sharkey, professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC: "This is an astonishing achievement... quite a remarkable feat."

The Crabster CR200 is a 1,400-pound behemoth of a 'bot soon being sent to the ocean floor—for both scientific and commercial use. Up until now, we've mostly seen it in action through still photos and animations, but here it is, menacingly lumbering into video. The machine you see here isn't complete; it's without the outer shell the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology team will be adding.