115.  A little infinite variety from emotional intelligence at work

26 april 2016 / On this day in 1564, William Shakespeare was baptised in Stratford church, Stratford-upon-Avon.  His actual date of birth is unknown but would have been a few days earlier, possibly 23 april.  He died on 23 april 1616 and was buried in the graveyard of the same church.

—Jeremy Marchant

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Shakespeare quotations
Give sorrow words:  the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break. 

Macbeth, IV iii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Hamlet, II ii

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Cymbeline, IV iii

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
Twelfth night, II iii

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see.
Sonnet 43 [wink = sleep]

More quotations, this time on memory

What terrorists wantand how to top them getting it
This is an excellent article by Thomas Rodham which (a) makes the problems clear, (b) cuts out the irrelevancies, including those created by governments, (c) provides real solutions.  But will politicians listen, or understand?

Music of the week
The cloud capp’d towers
(Shakespeare/Vaughan Williams)
Beautiful.  [2:38]
An uncredited performance.  Text from The tempest, IV i

The personality trait that creative geniuses often share
In this short article Drake Baer uncovers something interesting.  One struggles to imagine that Shakespeare had the opportunity to have this trait satisfied, however.

When online shaming spirals out of control 
Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, but sometimes, says Jon Ronson in this TED talk, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob—and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.  Even if you’ve heard the story, Ronson’s take on it is illuminating [17:11]

Picture of the week
Just one picture, but beautiful.  By Michael Kenna

Free speech nailed
The right to free speech is the right to speak freely. 
It is not the right to say anything I like.

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