Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Wednesday, 2017.04.26
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always
ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one
elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid
plans:  At the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
 All sorts of thing occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. 
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all
manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no
man could have dreamt would have come this way.  I have learned a deep respect
for one of Goethe's couplets:

"What ever you can do, or dream you can...begin it.  Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it."

		W.N. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition - 1

2008.04.23

Mixed Metaphor Award

Time to present another Mixed Metaphor Award. This go around the award goes to Barack Obama staffer Mika Brzezinski:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, but you can’t argue that the Clinton campaign didn’t do some serious damage in light of the Wright stuff and the bitter comments–

SCARBOROUGH: That wasn’t the Clinton campaign.

BRZEZINSKI: They pounced on it like lemmings.

SCARBOROUGH: That wasn’t the Clinton campaign–

BRZEZINSKI: Oh, please.

SCARBOROUGH: And I don’t know if lemmings actually pounce. I think lemmings go over cliffs.

(H/T Eric Scheie)