Friday, 31 March 2017

Very Often, that Individual is Crazy...

You are young only once, but you can be immature all your life. #oneliners

Have you ever noticed how nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it? #bumperstickers

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you. ~ Elbert Hubbard #quote

I must tell you friendly in your ear, sell when you can, you are not for all markets. ~ From As You Like It. #ShakespeareInsults

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. ~ Dave Barry #quote

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~ Pope John XXIII #quote

I have nothing to declare except my genius. ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) upon arriving at U.S. customs 1882 #quote

Your worst humiliation is only someone else's momentary entertainment. ~ Karen Crockett #quote

Don't have a cow  ~ Don't overreact #ENGidioms

DENTIST, n. A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ~ W. H. Auden #poetryquotes

A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood. ~ General George S. Patton (1885-1945) #quote

Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant. ~ Charles A. Cerami #quote

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~ Arnold H. Glasow #quotes

Teenagers express their burning desires to be different by dressing exactly alike. #oneliners

Foul spoken coward, that thund'rest with thy tongue, and with thy weapon nothing dares perform. ~ From Titus Andronicus. #ShakespeareInsults

Raise your voice and your dignity is lowered. ~ Melchor F. Cichon #quote

Don't let you mind wander… it is too little to be left alone. #oneliners

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy - whether he knows it or not. ~ O. A. Battista #quote

Poverty is a condition with but one advantage, it doesn't take much to improve your lot. #oneliners

If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.  ~  Mark Twain #quotes #cats

A poem is never finished, only abandoned. ~ Paul Valery  #quote

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. ~ American Indian #Proverb

Knowledge is proud she knows so much; wisdom is humble that she knows no more. ~ Cowper #quote

WALL STREET, n. A symbol for sin for every devil to rebuke. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Panda mating fails - veterinarian takes over #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. ~ Frank A. Clark #quote

OFFENSIVE, adj. Generating disagreeable emotions or sensations, as the advance of an army against its enemy. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. ~ #OneLiner

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. #oneliners

EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings. ~ Lord Chesterfield #quote

Dream but always with your eyes wide open. #oneliners

Not that it's devoid of interest now, but it is easier to introduce new complications than to resolve the old ones. ~ Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson #humanNature

LUMINARY, n. One who throws light upon a subject; as an editor by not writing about it. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Stop and Hear the Music XIII

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.


 Via:  KPLU 88.5

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dare to Reach Out Your Hand

There is nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. ~ Johann Sebastian Bach #quote

What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote

The truth is like sunlight. People used to think it's good for you. ~ Nancy Gribble #quote

Civilization can be reduced to the following: 'I need a hug. Go away.' Unable to solve this conundrum, and having nothing better to do in the meantime, we build cathedrals and drink heavily. ~ Tom Price #quote

Forgive your country every once in a while.  If that is not possible, go to another one.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Calling an engineer an applied scientist is like calling an artistic painter an applied pigment chemist. #cleverquotes

All truly destructive people wake in the morning feeling they are right  ~ Simon Parke #quote

This is an important announcement. This is flight 121 to Los Angeles. If your travel plans today do not include Los Angeles, now would be a perfect time to disembark. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters! #ModernObservations

Wit is the key, I think, to anybody's heart. Show me the person who doesn't like to laugh and I'll show you a person with a toe tag. ~ Julia Roberts #quote

No man burdens his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #quote

... it is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. ~ Bruce Schneier #quote

The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions. ~ Unknown #quote

Why is "abbreviation" such a long word? ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Goulash, an invention by Hungarian herdsmen whose name derives from gulyas. ~ #ENGwordorigins

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes  ~ John LeCarré #quote

Who's General Failure & why's he reading my disk? ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~ Norman B. Rice #quote

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other. #factoid

Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does ~ except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. ~ Abigail Van Buren #quote

But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. ~ Rumi #quote

The goal of life is not to possess power but to radiate it. ~ Henry Miller #quote

Hotchpotch, used in Norman legal jargon to denote property collected and then divided. ~ #ENGwordorigins

Cannot find REALITY. Universe halted. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it. ~ John C. Maxwell #quote

Tattoo - Captain Cook saw Polynesian islanders marking their skin with dark pigment. Long before that the word signified a signal or drumbeat, a Dutch expression for 'Close off the tap', used to recall tippling soldiers. ~ #ENGwordorigins

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can do is take a complete rest. ~ Unknown #quote

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.~ Henry Ford #quote

Once you've accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it. ~ Unknown #quote

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. #ModernObservations

When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well George, that's more nearly your size.' And he told me. ~ George Washington Carver #quote

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. ~  W. Somerset Maugham #quote

I'm not smart, I prefer incurable insane thank you. ~ Unknown #quote

What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for beauty, and never see the dawn! ~ Logan Pearsall Smith #quote

I'm better off not socializing. I make a better impression if I'm not around. ~ Christopher Walken #quote

Xebec, a little vessel with three masts, from the Arabic shabbak, a small warship. ~ #ENGwordorigins

But that in any city, in any cluster of people, there a few people who are awake at this hour, who are both awake and dancing, and it’s here that we need to be. ~ Dave Eggers #quote

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. ~ Margaret Thatcher #quote

Intelligentsia, a collective term for the intellectual class which derives from Latin but came to us from Russian. ~ #ENGwordorigins

I may be cruel, neurotic, paranoid, and anti-social, but I am basically happy. ~ Unknown #quote

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. ~   Sun-Tzu #quote

Mahatma Gandhi was what wives wish their husbands were: thin, tan and moral. ~ Unknown #quote

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

In a just and generous society you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential. ~ Barack Obama #quote

If it is to be, it is up to me. ~ Unknown #quote

Outcomes rarely turn on grand gestures or the art of the deal, but on whether you've sent someone a thank-you note. ~ Bernie Brillstein, The Little Stuff Matter Most #quote

Being a dad is the greatest, except for assembling things. ~ Conan O'Brien in People #quote

It’s good to have a frog on a fine summer day. ~ Alexander Holzer, grandson of Dan Wolaver  #quote

Straighten up your room before you save the world. Then save the world.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Tsundoku ~ The act of letting books just pile up unread on the floor and nightstand, where they function more as decoration than literature. #WordsWeNeedInEnglish

Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure ~ Arthur Schopenhauer #quote

The giving up of personality traits, well-established patterns of behaviour, ideologies, and even whole life styles...these are major forms of giving up that are required if one is to travel very far on the journey of life. ~ M. Scott Peck #quote

We are most alive when we're in love. ~ John Updike #quote

If we are growing we are always going to be outside our comfort zone. ~ John C. Maxwell #quote

You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you. ~ Blaise Pascal #quote

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.~ John Wayne #quote

Excluding the top two photographs, all the rest taken at
 Cuenca's Modern Art Museum on July 18, 2014

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Be Loyal

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view. #factoid

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. ~ John Ray #quotes

You are good in countless ways and you are not evil when you are not good . ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet #quote

PRESENTABLE, adj. Hideously appareled after the manner of the time and place.~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Silence is golden but shouting is fun. #oneliners

When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour. #factoid

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. ~ Phyllis Diller #quote

It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

Before you point your fingers be sure your hands are clean. #oneliners

Passion: A feeling you feel when you feel a feeling you've never felt before. ~ Andrew Edgerton #quote

Pure Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you all the milk you need. #EssenceofPoliticalScience

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Japanese #Proverb

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it. ~ Tallulah Bankhead #quote

Being Australian is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, and then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. #oneliners

Philosophy is common sense with big words. ~ James Madison #quote

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ~ Vincent Van Gogh #quotes

A tax is a fine for doing well. #oneliners

Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

You can't do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

What If There Were No Hypothetical Questions #bumperstickers

In dreams begins responsibility. ~ William Butler Yeats #quote

The best way to get back on your feet: miss a car payment. #oneliners

Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong. ~ Peter T. Mcintyre #quote

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? ~ Sun Tzu #quotes

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~ Plato #humanNature

Science is simply common sense at its best. That is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. ~ Thomas Huxley #quote

I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure #bumperstickers

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. #oneliners

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~ Henry Ford #quote

We should keep so close to the facts that we never have to remember the second time what we said the first time. ~ F. Marion Smith #quote

Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes, when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE! #JustaJoke

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ John Wooden #quote

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself. #factoid

BIGOT, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Be loyal. #aDogsAdvice

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. ~  Ellen Perry Berkeley #quotes #cats

Monarchy: You have two cows. You give some milk to the King/Queen. #EssenceofPoliticalScience

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it. #oneliners

ELOQUENCE, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the colour that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any colour appear white. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight. #factoid

KLEPTOMANIAC, n. A rich thief. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

If all the misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion most people would be contented to take their own and depart. ~ Socrates #quote

A great artist is always before his time or behind it. ~ George Edward Moore #quotes

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. ~ Harvey Mackay #quote

We need men who can dream of things that never were. ~ John F. Kennedy #quote

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Feng Shui Again

What is feng shui? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Go Feng Shui Way, Throw your Troubles Away


Via:  Kari 13

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How Big is the Ocean?


WRI’s free map uses data to measure a number of categories of water risk around the world: physical risk; variability in available water from year to year, which looks at flood occurrences (how often and how intense); severity of droughts (how long and how severe), groundwater stress, pollution pressure, demand for water treatment, media coverage about water issues (meaning how much attention is given to water in a given area), and more.  Go to: for interactive map.  


Ten maps contained in the GIF above show the movement of sea level at 1,000-year intervals leading up today.  The black outline represents the coast as it exists today. The "0" on the colour bar above is sea level, with green, yellow, orange, and red areas showing elevation in meters above sea level, and teal and blue showing the depth of the ocean below it. For reference, the map below is the same land on a map you may more easily recognize, from Chesapeake, Virginia to Boston:

Via:  The City Lab