Sunday, July 20, 2014

An iron gate around me with a wide open door...

Ryan Tennis.............................................Sunlight and Shade

An oddity..........................

112.   Inconstancy. - Things have different qualities, and the soul different inclinations;  for nothing is simple which is presented to the soul, and the soul never presents itself simply to any object.  Hence it comes that we weep and laugh at the same thing.

-Blaise Pascal,  Pensees

Insatiable....................................

     The poets have numbered among the felicities of the golden age, an exemption from the change of seasons, and a perpetuity of spring;  but I am not certain that in this state of imaginary happiness they have made sufficient provision for that insatiable demand of new gratifications, which seems particularly to characterise the nature of man.
-Samuel Johnson,   as excerpted from The Rambler

Change.......................

How little I know in my widest
waking, held there by the making
of days, days of work, days,
fewer, of rest, suffering myself
to be made by days that cannot
be helped or changed or stopped,
and so I wait to be changed
by work, by rest, by what
I know into what I know not.

-Wendell Berry
Sabbaths,  2009 IV

Verse........................

     Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

     2  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

    3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do;  but  do not ye after their works:  for they say, and do not.

    4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders;  but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

    5  But all their works they do for to be seen of men:  they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

    6  And love the upper most rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

    7  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

    8  But be not ye called Rabbi:  for one is your Master, even Christ;  and all ye are brethren.

    9  And call no many your father upon the earth;  for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    10  Neither be ye called masters:  for one is your Master, even Christ.

    11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;  and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

The Jefferson Bible
LIII.  Precepts, Pride, Hypocrisy, Swearing

back story on The Jefferson Bible is here

Fifty years ago...........................

The Shangri-Las..............Remember (Walking In The Sand)

Religion.........................

     "Adam Smith gave what is still the best description of the role of religion in an open society.  Smith ... argued in The Wealth of Nations that religion, even fanatical religion, is necessary to the health and happiness of society, and that free competition among religions is the best way to achieve the benefits of religion at the lowest possible cost."
-Walter Russell Mead, as excerpted from God and Gold:  Britain, American, and the Making of the Modern World

May I get an Amen.......................................?

"...purchasing print books in a brick-and-mortar building is something of a lost art, like taking snuff or drinking brandy after dinner. Which is not to say that it's not worth doing. Quite the opposite. Buying books in a bookstore is one of life's great, quiet pleasures."

Jeff Kopito, a great lover of small, independent book stores, points to the article from whence this quote was taken.

Vive la Revolution...........................























via

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Say a prayer.............................

Eric Clapton...............................................Got To Get Better

Fireside.....................................

"Happiness grows at our own fireside, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens."
-Douglas Jerrold

Loopholes............................................


There are many ways.....................

....................................................of being smart.

Fifty years ago................................

The Yardbirds...........................................................Louise
(A young Eric Clapton makes the scene around 2:10)

Music...............................................























“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” 
-Aldous Huxley

On the wisdom of crowds......................

"The wisdom of crowds in the market, as everywhere else, does not arise from the wisdom of each and every member of the mob. It comes from the diversity of idiotic, ill-considered, and just plain dumb opinions held by everybody, which, by some thankful magic of human nature, usually tend to cancel each other out and supply a workable if not entirely transparent answer. It’s when we have only one lunatic, or a small handful, making value decisions that we tend to get the silly answers."

-as excerpted from this post from The Epicurean Dealmaker

Science....................................................


















“Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification.”
-Karl Popper

cartoon via

Literally speaking.......................


Friday, July 18, 2014

A check up with Dr. Sardonicus........

Spirit..............................................................Nature's Way

If you don't read................................

........Walter Russell Mead's take on Iran, well, shame on you.

"...history’s worst decisions are made by people with blinkers on, who ignore the wider implications of the choices they are making and concentrate of a limited and narrow set of considerations."

Full essay here.

So, lately I've started following...........

...............The History Blog.  Actually they could have called it the Archaeological Blog, as most of the posts deal with very old and interesting stuff that has been found or cleaned up.  If you like old stuff (and who doesn't?), consider taking a peek at The History Blog.

History.......................

"We don’t know whether Napoleon did or did not try to get across there and I don’t care. I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today."
-Henry Ford

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” 
-George Orwell

“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'”
-Dan Brown, from The Da Vinci Code

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” 
-Winston Churchill

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
-Aldous Huxley

“There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.” 
-Stephen Colbert

“History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction. That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change. We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices.” 
-Bill Watterson

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” 
-Michael Crichton

“History is a vast early warning system.” 
-Norman Cousins

Fifty years ago...........................

Terry Stafford............................................I'll Touch A Star

Can I get an Amen............................?

"In recent years I've come to see religion as a valid user interface to reality."
-Scott "Dilbert" Adams, as excerpted from this blog post

Samizdata tries to make sense of Britain's....

.............lack luster performance in recent (since 1966) World Cups, as opposed to the wondrous showings by the German side.  A wee sample:

"The superiority of German football culture over ours can be summed up as an obligation to always put the greater good over any individual needs, a philosophy that applies not only within the 11 players on the pitch but across every level of their game."

"Our sporting ineptitude is a symbol of our love of freedom and is something to be cherished. In future we should take pride in every stray pass, long ball, defensive mix-up and lack-lustre performance. It shows that we alone amongst the footballing nations honouring freedom, liberty and the individual above all other things, are prepared to let the single, solitary individual have his say, do his own thing and show the world what he can do: to try, to fail, to try again, to dare to be different."

Full essay is here.


The technological equivalent....................

......of rolling over and going back to sleep.  The fun is here.  

No regrets here..........................

............................................27 ways to keep regret at bay.

thanks

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Conducting.................

Victor Borge leads the way...................................

Work...............................................























"I like work;  it fascinates me.  I can sit and look at it for hours."
-Jerome K. Jerome

cartoon via

Science..................................











via

But, has he tried The Balvenie...................





























"As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey."
-Thomas Alva Edison

This probably counts...............................

..................................as global warming.   Full story here.
The Newbeats........................................Bread & Butter

What is success.................................?

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;  who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;  who has left the world a better place than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;  who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it, who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had, whose life was an inspiration, whose memory a benediction."
-Bessie Anderson Stanley

If you follow the link, you will find this and more:
Her poem was written in 1904 for a contest held in Brown Book Magazine,[7] by George Livingston Richards Co. ofBoston, Massachusetts[3] Mrs. Stanley, of Lincoln, Kansas, submitted the words in the form of an essay, rather than as a poem. The competition was to answer the question "What is success?" in 100 words or less. Mrs. Stanley won the first prize of $250.[8]

Not sure who has more nerve, the jumper or the driver. Please don't try this at home.



via

Fun with book covers.......................





































Back story, and more book covers, here.

via