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Quote for the next time the projector blub blows on your second slide...

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.

– Clive James

Quote: When the sea is calm

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

~Publilius Syrus (via @KristinJArnold)

Fortune

“Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.”

~Laurence J. Peter (via Execupundit)

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One-time college newspaper colleague, Oliver Mackson, now an investigator for the Dutchess County Public Defender, recently tweeted:

Nancy the senior investigator, after I fumbled a phone conference: “I’d say you need to master the three-way, but you might take it wrong.”

Quote: Rank Amateurs

From the perpetually useful Michael Wade:

Amateurs discuss tactics and rank amateurs discuss grand strategy while professionals discuss logistics.

~ Old military saying

Mike Tyson on Having a Plan

“Everybody has a plan, until they get hit.”

~Boxer Mike Tyson, via  Eric S. Smith

Apparent Disinclination

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

~Douglas Adams

Planning is a methodical way

Planning is a methodical way to think through the entire life cycle of a potential crisis. Good planning repays the investment of time and effort in development and rehearsal by shortening the time required to gain control over an incident and by providing favorable conditions for rapid and effective exchange of information about a situation, its analysis, and alternative responses.
~National Preparedness Guidelines, September 2007

When things are going good…

bironWhen things are going good, people want to give you flowers. When things are going bad, heads up. The vase is coming.

~Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron after the Flyers took a 3-1 lead in their 2008 semifinal series after a 4-2 win over Montreal