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Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
In commuting zero is the standard:
- probability of finding a seat on a train
- probability of the train not being delayed
- probability of the train not stopping for several minutes in the middle of nothing and nowhere without explanations (possibly alien abductions )
- probability of not encountering both a Niki Lauda emule and an elder-with-the-hat driving in your direction. The first one endangering everyone with nasty overtakes, the second one creating kilometers of queue by his own forces.