Thursday, September 3, 2015

Magnificently we will flow..........................


Allman Brothers..............................................Into The Mystic

It is the simple things............................


Michael Wade suggests we pay attention to where real pleasure lies.  Culled from his list:

"A visit from a noble dog. Shakespeare. Dickens. The feeling of achievement. The discovery of a solution. Diana Rigg. An evening breeze. The flag flapping in the wind. Jig-saw puzzles"

I'd add a few more:  the taste of a chocolate-chip cookie still warm from the oven, the smell of bacon frying, the first magnolia blooms of the Spring, the feel of a fly ball settling into a well-worn baseball glove, the sound of the kitty's purr, a perfectly thrown frisbee.   Add some of your own, it's fun.

A plea for banking............................


...............................................the old-fashioned way.   John Kay surveys changes to the banking industry over the past twenty years, and is not impressed.  Me neither.

"Yet these cleverer people managed things much less well than had their less intellectually distinguished predecessors. They were rarely as clever as they thought they were — or sufficiently clever to handle the complexities of the environment they had created."

"There may be less need today for the networker, the individual who knows whom rather than what; technology helps make connections, although it cannot displace personal relationships. But efficient capital allocation requires above all the knowledge and experience to assess the quality of the underlying assets, and the capacities of those who manage them."

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

The Beatles..............................................................Help

A sign of the times.................................?




















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Construction continues.............................


................................................in downtown Newark.

They get to our street next year.  Can't wait.......................



Kids of all ages love watching the big equipment at work

An American original..............................


W. C. Fields...................................................."Honest John"

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Makes me feel whole.............................


Ray Charles and Van Morrison...............................Crazy Love

I don't believe their "study"...................


.............................comes close to answering the question.

It is striking that our brute instincts, rather than our celebrated higher cognitive faculties, are what lead to such moral acts. But why would anyone ever develop such potentially fatal instincts?

Studying us humans is endlessly interesting.  Study this if you would.

thanks greg

Stuck..............................................


“ESCAPING CRITICISM,” PERE BORRELL DEL CASO, 1874


     "Like it or not, we humans are flawed spiritual creatures peering from biological brains.  By "spiritual" I mean self-contemplating and/or self-loathing.  I think that our spirituality is best defined as our awareness of our own consciousness."

      "We are stuck inside the painting we're trying to critique and paint at the same time - in other words, our lives."

Liking his conclusion.............................


With respect to the theological view of the question; this is always painful to me.— I am bewildered.– I had no intention to write atheistically. But I own that I cannot see, as plainly as others do, & as I [should] wish to do, evidence of design & beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidæ with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice. Not believing this, I see no necessity in the belief that the eye was expressly designed. On the other hand I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe & especially the nature of man, & to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Not that this notion at all satisfies me. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.— Let each man hope & believe what he can.

-Charles Darwin, as taken from a letter to Asa Gray in 1860

Noticing a trend...................................


Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness:  Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you.
-Confucius (551-479 BCE)

This is the sum of duty:  Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
-Mahabharata (400 BCE-200 CE)

No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
-Islamic saying

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
-Matthew 7:12  King James Bible

 What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary. Go and study it."
- Rabbi Hillel, Talmud Shabbat 31a

more "Golden Rule" appearances - here.

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


Them....................................................Baby Please Don't Go

Just for today.....................................




















"He who has gotten rid of the disease of 'tomorrow' has a chance of achieving what he is here for."
-G. I. Gurdjieff

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Eyes...............................................


Conversation with Picasso’s Eyes II










"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
-Marcel Proust

By-products.................................



















"Happiness does not come into being when you seek it;  it is a by-product;  it comes into being when there is goodness, when there is love, when there is no ambition, when the mind is quietly seeking what is true."
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Willing to make a deal.........................


The Charlie Daniels Band........The Devil Went Down To Georgia

Life its ownself..............................


The not-so-simple Village Undertaker gets to the root of it.

I regret  that I sanitized the conversation. I should have held him and cried for the fact that he became such a big part of my life and I was going to miss him.

Having friends like Ray Visotski is what makes this voyage so special.

Opening paragraphs....................................


     It was Professor Solomon Rosner who sounded the first  alarm, though his name would never be linked to the affair except in the secure rooms of a drab office building in downtown Tel Aviv.  Gabriel Allon, the legendary but wayward son of Israeli intelligence, would later observe that Rosner was the first asset in the annals of Office history to have proven more useful to them dead than alive.  Those who overheard the remark found it uncharacteristically callous but in keeping with the bleak mood that be then had settled over them all.
-Daniel Silva, The Secret Servant

Further adventures of ...........................


.............................the house band at Sippican Cottage.

I told my children that they had done something wonderful, but it wasn't winning a contest. They had made people smile, which is exactly what they're supposed to do. They made friends, which is a big bonus. I told them the big check isn't a payment for beating other bands. My boys had sold a musical composition. That's an amazing accomplishment for a band made up of two children and two plywood cutouts.

Extraordinary kids with extraordinary parents.  Good combination.

This should have been in a fortune cookie...


"Seeking is not always the way to find."
-Julius Hare

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


The Fortunes..............................................Here It Comes Again

Work or leisure...........................?:


Stuart Schneiderman looks at the options:

"As opposed to sitting around the house or the golf course doing nothing but whiling away the time, working, for a social being, is an active way to affirm one’s moral being. Beyond the money, it has much to recommend it."


As for me, I prefer Robert Frost's way of looking at it:

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future’s sakes.

If you enjoy watching..........................


................................construction projects, this video is for you:

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The back story:   More than 100 years ago, very large, hand-laid brick sewer lines were installed through Newark's downtown.  These lines handled both sanitary and storm sewer.  They were, for the most part, fairly effective.  Torrential rains, which we get from time to time,  were a bit of a problem.   The surge of storm water from deluges had the tendency to overflow the sanitary sewer treatment facility, causing raw sewage to enter the Licking River, south and east of Newark.  Not much of a problem for Newark, but our friends downstream were not very happy with the situation.  For the past twenty-five years of so, the EPA has been telling Newark to fix the problem.  The fix is very expensive.  It took The City of Newark quite a while to develop their solution.   The above video captures the first phase of the fix.  The old combination sewer is being replaced with new, separated, sanitary and storm sewer lines.  It is a bit of a mess in downtown Newark right now, but the finished product (18 months away?) should be great.

Explain to me again.................................


.................why, ten years or so ago, I invested in those "peak oil" books.  Pessimism may sell, but optimism is the better way to bet.

“It’s an exciting moment for us and also for Egypt. This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt.” 
-As excerpted from this post on Egypt's offshore "Supergiant."

Monday, August 31, 2015

So good, it needs to be re-played..........


Johnny Cash................................................................Hurt

Opening paragraphs.............................


I didn't recognize him at first.  He came into my office unannounced, a jowly man whose hairline had receded to a fringe of dark curls.  Too much sun had baked his skin the color of brick, although maybe it had been too much beer, judging by those ill-named love handles poking over the sides of his jeans.  The seams in the faded corduroy jacket strained when he moved his arms;  he must not often dress for business.

-Sara Paretsky,  Brush Back

Very good questions..............................

























“Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw?   Well, what tongue does the wind talk?   What nationality is a storm?   What country do rains come from?   What color is lightning?   Where does thunder go when it dies?”
-Ray Bradbury

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Be careful who you listen to....................


Like so much else in the world, the overwhelming majority of investment-related online opinion is junk. Intelligent investors understand that. They know that other people have agendas, biases and cognitive issues that make their perspective less valuable or relevant. Those who must learn this the hard way will find that education to be very expensive indeed.
-Barry Ritholtz, as excerpted from here

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


Johnny Cash....................................... Orange Blossom Special

Let it be......................................
















The only sane thing to do with the world is to let it struggle with its own problems.  You can do this only when seeing clearly that the world prefers to struggle painfully with its problems, never really wanting solutions.
-Vernon Howard

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Lest we forget.............................








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One more reason not to watch the news...........


























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Sunday, August 30, 2015

I think that maybe I'm dreaming.................


The Byrds........................................................Renaissance Fair

Opening paragraphs...................................


The town of Gros Ventre was so far from anywhere that you had to take a bus to catch a bus.  At that time, remote locales like ours were served by a homegrown enterprise with more name than vehicles, the Rocky Mountain Stage Line and Postal Courier, in the form of a lengthened Chevrolet sedan that held ten passengers besides the driver and the mailbag, and when I nervously went to climb in for the first time ever, the Chevy bus was already loaded with the ladies' club heading home from an outing to Glacier National Park.  The only seat left was in the back next to the mailbag, sandwiched between it and a hefty gray-haired woman clutching her purse to herself as though stage robbers were still loose in the middle of the twentieth century.

-Ivan Doig,  Last Bus to Wisdom

Really...............................................



Shirking.................................


Once a week one must check in with The Shirk Report....

Come on Phil

Actual feedback..................

Win or lose, we're in this together

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


Cannibal & The Headhunters..................Land of 1,000 Dances

Is this a great country, or what......................?


















A milk chocolate bar with bacon bits and potato chips!

I feel like celebrating......................


........................every time I think I understand a xkcd cartoon.




















Of course, if I was being honest, I would tell you I double-checked the meaning of "syllogism."




And the question was asked..............................


"How much should we know?"

and the answer gently drifted by.............................

"Not so much."


















Explanation: The 16th century Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew had plenty of time to study the southern sky during the first circumnavigation of planet Earth. As a result, two fuzzy cloud-like objects easily visible to southern hemisphere skygazers are known as the Clouds of Magellan, now understood to be satellite galaxies of our much larger, spiral Milky Way galaxy. About 160,000 light-years distant in the constellation Dorado, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here in a remarkably deep, colorful, image. Spanning about 15,000 light-years or so, it is the most massive of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies and is the home of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A. The prominent patch below center is 30 Doradus, also known as the magnificent Tarantula Nebula, is a giant star-forming region about 1,000 light-years across.

Source, and enlargeable photo. is here.  I love how their explanations just raise so many more questions.  God love the explorers.