Wednesday Wordplay: from Ashe to Updike

 

henry winkler as the fonz - happy days Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
            — Henry Winkler
 
     
  The arts must be considered an essential element of education… They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future.
            — Shirley Trusty Corey
 
     
  Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
            — Arthur Ashe
arthur ashe postage stamp
     
  I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.
            — Patricia Moyes
 
     
Georgia O'Keefe I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
            — Georgia O’Keeffe
 
     
  Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
            — Thomas A. Edison
 
     
  Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
            — Bill Gates
young Bill Gates
     
  Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
            — Theodore Roosevelt, September 1913
 
     
John Updike Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
            — John Updike
 
     
  If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
            — Julia Sorel
 
     
  If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
            — Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford actress
     
  I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we’re allowed to see out of the corner of our eye.
            — Chuck Sigars, September 8, 2003
 
     
David Shore House MD Only two things you ignore: things that aren’t important and things you wish weren’t important, and wishing never works.
            — David Shore, House M.D., Not Cancer, 2008
 
     

 

Urban Dictionary

 

Audience Typing

When a person’s typing abilities degrade when they must type in front of others, leading to misspelled words, improper capitalisation and most likely resulting in blushing.  Worse if that other person is an older relative or someone you respect.

Father asks, "Put Manchester United into Google there for me"
Son, "Sure"
Results in – "Manchetser UNited" being typed into Google.

        
        

Wednesday Wordplay – the iPhone effect

 Inspirational Quotes

 

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
            — Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted in his obituary, April 9, 1959

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
 
           — J. K. Rowling

I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.
            — Oprah Winfrey, 20th Anniversary DVD

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
            — Anonymous

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.
            — Peggy Noonan, in Good Housekeeping

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
            — John Wayne

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
            — Bill Gates, Business @ The Speed of Thought

Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.
            — Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Don’t need to say please to no man for a happy tune.
            — Neil Diamond, Cracklin’ Rose

Urban Dictionary

iphone effect

shortly after one person in the group brings out their iphone, the rest follow suit, ultimately ending all conversation and eye contact.

"Hey, what do you want to order for drinks?" "Not sure, let’s see what Imbibe Magazine has for their best beer this month." First iphone comes out of the pocket–enter safari search. Next iphone comes out–enter Facebook post. Third iphone makes an entrance — the iphone effect has arrived.