Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A Can of Worms Won't Open Itself

Please excuse me from work yesterday due to a vision problem. I just couldn't see myself coming to work. ~ #quote on the web

Sabotage ~ Supposed to derive from the tendency of striking workers to damage machinery by throwing shoes into it - sabot being an old French word for a wooden shoe. ~ #ENGwordorigins

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Until I came to Canada I never knew 'snow' was a four letter word. ~ Alberto Manguel #quote

Eat an orange every morning.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. ~ Mark Twain #quote

A can of worms won't open itself. #oneliner

If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain ~ Dolly Parton #quote

The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness. ~ Annie Savoy, Bull Durham #quote

Some people skip through life. Others are dragged through it. I sometimes wonder if we are moving through time, or whether time is moving through us. Light, unlike anything else in the universe is not affected by time. Light exists outside of time.. It is still a mystery to physicists. ~ Donald Miller #quote

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell #quote

If you disown a part of your personality, it'll materialize as an unexpected detour. ~ Rob Brezney #quote

The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor ~ Stephen King #quote

Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. ~ #IrishBlessing

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

The capitalist system of coordination by trade seems to be largely populated by indigestible lumps of socialism called corporations ~ Kevin Carson #quote

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence #quote

Do not inhale smoke.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Cycology -- The science of propelling one's self through the environment to enhance well-being. ~ Unknown #quote

It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the colour of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly! ~ Roman Payne #quote

You know you're getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. ~ Unknown #quote

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. ~ Stephen Covey #quote

The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going. ~ Unknown #quote

Dachshund ~ a compound of the German Dachs (''badger") and Hund (''dog"). Originally the breed was known in Germany as Dachs Krieger, or ''badger warrior". ~ #ENGwordorigins

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~ Greg Anderson #quote

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.~ Bonnie Prudden #quote

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. ~ Henry Miller #quote

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton #quote

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Stop and Hear the Music XV

While many of us are content to listen to the natural sounds of ocean waves, architect Nikola Bašić took things a step further and facilitated a means for ocean currents to produce actual music. Behold: the Sea Organ. Constructed in 2005, the acoustic jetty spans some 230 feet (70 meters) and incorporates 35 polyethylene tubes of varying diameter. As waves flood each tube underwater, displaced air is forced through large whistles tuned to play seven chords of five tones. Day in and day out, music seems to emanate from the ground, a playful interplay between nature and design. Listening to the video above, the sound is somewhat like random chords played by a huge calliope.

The Most Popular Musical Instruments

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Just Umbrellas

An interesting look at some of the umbrella fashions of the 1950s. British umbrella makers stage their designs in the first ever umbrella fashion show at Grosvenor House, London in 1956.

Art History Retold Through the Majesty of Umbrellas #infographic

Saturday, 27 May 2017

But We Need the Electricity

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything #cleverquotes

Duality: it's not just for breakfast, lunch, and dinner any more. ~ Faisal N. Jawdat #quote

Take a deep breath.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Enthusiasm:  From the Greek entheos, which means ''to be within energy", suggesting being spiritually ''possessed". ~ #ENGwordorigins

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. ~ Quoted by Paula Deen on the Food Network #quote

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else~we are the busiest people in the world. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Sometimes silence is golden, and other times it's just a plain yellow. ~ Unknown #quote

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles. ~ Tim Cahill #quote

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~ Unknown #quote

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? ~ R. Buckminster Fuller #quote

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful. ~ Unknown #quote

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo #quote

You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me.~ Scott Adams #quote

Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. ~ A. A. Milne #quote

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity. ~ Unknown #quote

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~  Buddha #quote

If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away. ~ Rev. Jim Ignatowski (Taxi) #quote

Bonsai - Although we think the tree-cultivating art is Japanese, it originated in China. ~ #ENGwordorigins

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. #ModernObservations

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance. ~  Oprah Winfrey #quote

A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it. ~ Unknown #quote

If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate. ~ Mignon McLaughlin #Quote

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. ~ Montaigne #Quote

How many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg?  Four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. ~ Abraham Lincoln #Quote

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time ⏳, made new. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin #Quote

Barnum was wrong - it's more like every 30 seconds. ~ Unknown #quote

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky  #quote

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again. ~ (TV listing for the movie The Wizard of Oz in the Marin Independent Journal. ~ #quote)

Zeg - Translates as "the day after tomorrow."  #WordsWeNeed

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 #quote

Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money. ~Thomas Hobbes #quote

I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures. ~ Unknown #quote

Yoko meshi ~ Is the Japanese term for the stress felt when speaking a foreign language. #WordsWe

It doesn't take a lot of muscle to give the heart a lift. ~ Unknown #quote

How it is we have so much information, but know so little? ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Hope for everything. Expect nothing.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

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

Immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched. ~ Unknown #quote

You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are. ~ Richard Bach #quote

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

Astronomers say the universe is finite, which is a comforting thought for those people who can't remember where they leave things. ~ Unknown #quote

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ~ Aristotle Onassis #quote

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~  Helen Keller #quote

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is. #ModernObservations

It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away. #cleverquotes

Don't knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run - he hates that. ~ Unknown #quote

Thursday, 25 May 2017

It is a Door Within a Door

All #Quotes Via:  Douglas Adams

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

If we think that the world is here for us we will continue to destroy it the way we have been destroying it, because we think we can do no harm.

Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.

 Via: Towel Day

Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

The first non-absolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up…

The second non-absolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of those most bizarre of mathematical concepts, a recipriversexlusion, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself. In other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive.

Via:  Blog Continuum

The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied.

Generally, old media don’t die. They just have to grow old gracefully. Guess what, we still have stone masons. They haven’t been the primary purveyors of the written word for a while now of course, but they still have a role because you wouldn’t want a TV screen on your headstone.

Via:  The Bachelor Guy

The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.

She passed the time quietly in a world of her own in which she was surrounded as far as the eye could see with old cabin trunks full of past memories in which she rummaged with great curiosity, and sometimes bewilderment. Or, at least, about a tenth of the cabin trunks were full of vivid, and often painful or uncomfortable memories of her past life; the other nine-tenths were full of penguins, which surprised her. Insofar as she recognized at all that she was dreaming, she realized that she must be exploring her own subconscious mind. She had heard it said that humans are supposed only to use about a tenth of their brains, and that no one was very clear what the other nine-tenths were for, but she had certainly never heard it suggested that they were used for storing penguins.

Via:  Get Fuzzy

I’m always very sympathetic when I hear people complaining that all they ever get on television or radio chat shows is authors honking on about their latest book. It does, on the other hand, get us out of the house and spare our families the trial of hearing us honking on about our latest book.

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression “As pretty as an airport.” Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort. This ugliness arises because airports are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only exception of this otherwise infallible rule), and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs.

Via:  Re-Bloggy

“Sir Isaac Newton, renowned inventor of the milled-edge coin and the catflap!”
“The what?” said Richard.
“The catflap! A device of the utmost cunning, perspicuity and invention. It is a door within a door, you see, a …”
“Yes,” said Richard, “there was also the small matter of gravity.”
“Gravity,” said Dirk with a slightly dismissed shrug, “yes, there was that as well, I suppose. Though that, of course, was merely a discovery. It was there to be discovered.” …
“You see?” he said dropping his cigarette butt, “They even keep it on at weekends. Someone was bound to notice sooner or later. But the catflap … ah, there is a very different matter. Invention, pure creative invention. It is a door within a door, you see.”

Via:  Movie Pilot

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

Anything that happens, happens. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.

Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there’s no point trying to look in that direction because it won’t be coming from there.

I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. We all know that at some point in the future the Universe will come to an end and at some other point, considerably in advance from that but still not immediately pressing, the sun will explode. We feel there’s plenty of time to worry about that, but on the other hand that’s a very dangerous thing to say.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dance Like No One is Watching XXXVII

Co-programmed in partnership with South East Dance William Forsythe's choreographic object populates the old municipal market space with hundreds of delicate pendulums, swinging in timed sequences. As you move around without touching the pendulums, your strides and side-steps will produce a lively choreography of manifold and intricate avoidance strategies. Forsythe"s blend of choreography and artwork, in which you become the dancer, contrasts reactive spontaneity and pre-programmed precision. This is the latest reinvention of a piece that evolves in reaction to the space it occupies: a tribute to a great Brighton landmark destined to become a new Dance Space for the city. William Forsythe is hailed as one of the world"s most innovative choreographers, credited with moving the focus of dance from the classical tradition to a dynamic, 21st century artform. In recent years he has been exploring the notion of movement in its widest context, with a series of acclaimed installations, artworks and films.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Wonderful World of Booze II

 Via:  Visualistan

 Via:  Wine Mag

 Via:  Behance

Top Cocktails

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