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What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.

Leonard Cohen (born September 21, 1934) in Beautiful Losers

Song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

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George Ferris and his famous wheels get a Valentine’s Day tribute from Google for the inventor’s 154th birthday
George Ferris’s latest monument is coming in the form of a 210-metres spinning wheel at the centre of a $1.6-billion project in the United Arab Emirates. The “Dubai Eye” will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel — beating out the London Eye, which stands at a puny 135 metres.

Ferris, who invented the iconic carnival mainstay, was born 154 years ago today. Google joined in the celebration Thursday by creating a doodle in his honour.

Dubai’s giant take on Ferris’s invention is just the latest chapter in a game of one-upmanship that can be traced back to a drawing on Ferris’s napkin in 1891. (Google; New York Times archives)