Happy All Hallows Eve. The day we celebrate the cross quarter, just after the meat harvest, when the veil is thinnest by time and events. And like how the buzzards return to Hinkley every year, remembering the feasts of generations past, so to do the spirits remember the warmth of long dead fires. And it calls to them. Light a candle and put it in the window tonight. If you dare.
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Sometimes the way toward redemption is a road of the greatest pain. It's a testament to the soul and the power of redemption that people regularly trod that path of thorns, often helped by those they vilified. (Pointed to by John)
Why biodiversity is important. Because it just may save ourselves. And you never know what will be important in the future. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Here' an article on (a new book that looks at) the role of luck and what that means to business success. While they somewhat say luck isn't all of it, that hard work plays a good part, if you read the article… yeah, luck has a lot to do with it. I think what they're saying is luck isn't the only thing, you have to be prepared to make an opportunity of luck (good or bad). Or, as the old saying goes, fortune favors the prepared. As a nit pick they give the case of Bill Gates asking a series of rhetorical questions, but what they don't ask is just how small of a pool were people who had all of those things come together (it's a statistical question). My answer is "relatively few." Final lessons, capitalize on your opportunities, and work hard to learn and overcome the setbacks. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
To those of you about to start NaNoWriMo, start your engines. "Prose should be a long intimacy between strangers with no direct appeal to what both may have known." - Henry Green