Monday, July 26, 2010

Awesome Quotes

So here a bunch of random quotes that I like... in no particular order, or significance...

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
- Jim Elliot

Wherever you are - be all there.
- Jim Elliot

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
- Saint Augustine

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
- Saint Augustine

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
- Winston Churchill

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
- William Wallace

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
- Bob Dylan

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
- C. S. Lewis

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
- C. S. Lewis

A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
- Henry Ford

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.

- Thomas Babington Macaulay

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Bridge

This bridge is awesome! This is the Millau Viaduct, the world tallest road bridge, located in Southern France. The central mast summit is 1125 feet tall, taller than the Eiffel Tower and only a little shorter than the Empire State building. If you want to know more about it, here is the Wikipedia article.

Here's some nerdier details.

The total length is almost 9,000 feet.

I'm going to go see it someday... hopefully sometime in the next decade. And lots of other stuff in Europe. I have a 4 x 3 ft. map on my wall to plan my trip, but I haven't made much progress yet... but it's an awesome map. Check it out.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Geeks vs. Nerds

So since my blog URL is "bensnerdblog" I think I should clarify why I called it that and what a nerd is. I wouldn't quite call myself a nerd... but some of the stuff I post here will probably be somewhat "nerdy."

So what is a nerd, and how does a nerd compare to a geek? There's a lot of controversy over this, and some people are just wrong. Here's some background on geeks and nerds, and how I'd explain the difference.

The term "nerd" first appeared in print in a 1950 Dr. Suess story
If I Ran the Zoo. But no one knows really why he used it, and the has little relevance here... but it's true.
Nerds are more cerebral than the geek, and they generally have abnormally high aptitude for things such as science, technology, and even computers. Nerds, unlike geeks, have marketable skills and a drive to accomplish and achieve. Nerds also can have social skills, play sports, and in general lead fairly normal lives.

The term "geek" originally referred to carnival sideshow wild men who did freakish things such as biting heads off chickens. Geeks aren't quite that strange now, but they're still pretty much useless... they don't have useful skills like nerds do. And they play WoW (World of Warcraft), Dungeons and Dragons, and quote Monty Python... and other stuff like that. Not good... and some carry their calculators in holsters on their belt. Don't ever to that... it's not cool. I knew a guy in school who did that.

Here's a video about geeks. If you have 7 minutes to waste, check it out.

I think these pictures kind of illustrate the difference.



Being a nerd is okay... but don't be a geek.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Blog

This is my blog. I've had it for like a year and never posted anything. Maybe I will someday... when I have time..