"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt.
"I remember reading that within a few months of Václav Havel’s ascension as president of Czechoslovakia, when the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution began to fade, Havel said that he felt “strangely paralyzed.” “At the very deepest core of this feeling there was, ultimately, a sensation of the absurd: what Sisyphus might have felt if one fine day his boulder stopped, rested on the hilltop, and failed to roll back down. It was the sensation of a Sisyphus mentally unprepared for the possibility that his efforts might in fact succeed, a Sisyphus whose life had lost its old purpose.”* As quoted by Barry Greider, Landmark Forum Leader, , adapted from Exit Havel, the King leaves the Castle, David Remnick, The New Yorker, February 17, 2003.
"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine." --Arthur C. Clarke, who calls this a paraphrase of a statement by J. B. S. Haldane:
"I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
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Marks and remarks
An Abd bliki, at User:Abd/Marks and remarks
- Wikiversity:Request custodian action
- Category:Candidates for speedy deletion
- new pages
- contributions of newbies
- recent global edits Use + for spaces.
- MoreContributions global contributions, accepts wildcards.
- Special:Contributions/CommonsDelinker. Common vandal. (Seriously, this is the only notice we receive when Commons files used here are deleted, there is no warning here of discussion there.) Many of these deletions are actually improper but the files were not defended on Commons, and others could be used here under fair use.
- my user space.
I was topic-banned on en.wikipedia, on the topic of Cold fusion, due to alleged tendentious editing. As this matter was before ArbComm, I realized that there was a business opportunity in the field, providing materials and designs for wide replication of a widely-publicized experiment (original paper) that showed the production of energetic neutrons at very low levels from cold fusion cells of a certain type, and so I began to develop an inexpensive experimental design, and, for a time, offered the necessary materials for sale. While I am committed to neutrality, this activity obviously created a conflict of interest, which should be noted.
- I am now "community banned" on Wikipedia. I am a user in good standing on all other WMF wikis.
I was a probationary custodian on Wikiversity.
You may see my logs from the Toolbox. However, that includes moves, which don't require admin tools. Here are some other logs and a history for review: