Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gone but not forgotten................................







 "You know without question that we don't make mistakes here. We just have happy accidents."


-Bob Ross, as quoted in the backstory here

A wise man once said...................................



But I don’t generally trust people who place all of the credit or all of the blame on a single variable when we’re working with complex adaptive systems. It’s never that easy.


-Ben Carlson, as excerpted from here

Choosing not to feel that way...............


The Allman Brothers Band..............................Whipping Post

Sound advice....................



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


Buffalo Springfield....................Sit Down, I Think I Love You

A damn good question...........



Monday, August 29, 2016

Hmmm..........................


“Yes, and imagine a world where there were no hypothetical situations.” 
-Jasper Fforde, First Among Sequels

On modes of human thinking...................


“The ordinary modes of human thinking are magical, religious, social, and personal. We want our wishes to come true; we want the universe to care about us; we want the approval of those around us; we want to get even with that s.o.b. who insulted us at the last tribal council. For most people, wanting to know the cold truth about the world is way, way down the list.”

-attributed to John Derbyshire

On being careful what you wish for..........


 "When humor is under target by the thought police, totalitarianism is on the way, if it isn't already here."
-Roger Simon, as excerpted from here

And just like that.....................


..................................the Anthropocene Epoch was upon us.

Faithful readers will know that while pessimism sells books and makes for punchy headlines, optimism has always been the correct bet.

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So, I was doing my...............


...........road warrior thing this morning, and stopped for a late breakfast at one of those Golden Arches places.  These were adorning their walls.  Hard to disagree:






Bittersweet news...................


Gene Wilder has escaped this incarnation.



She ain't ashamed............


Kris Kristofferson....................................Loving Her Was Easier



I have seen the mornin' burnin' golden on the mountain in the skies
Achin' with the feelin' of the freedom of an eagle when she flies
Turnin' on the world the way she smiled upon my soul as I lay dyin'
Healin' as the colors in the sunshine and the shadows of her eyes

Wakin' in the mornin' to the feelin' of her fingers on my skin
Wipin' out the traces of the people and the places that I've been
Teachin' me that yesterday was somethin' that I'd never thought of trying'
Talkin' of tomorrow and the money love and time we had to spend
Lovin' her was easier than anything I'll ever do again

Comin' close together with a feelin' that I've never known before in my time
She ain't ashamed to be a woman or afraid to be a friend
I don't know the answer to the easy way she opened every door in my mind
But dreamin' was as easy as believin' it was never gonna end
And lovin' her was easier than anything I'll ever do again

On relentlessness........



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


The Yardbirds.................................................Lost Woman

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The secret.......................



A free lunch...................




That's is correct.  $1.60 to fill the car up.  Not $1.60 per gallon, $1.60 for 14.707 gallons.   Perhaps an explanation is due:  a month or so I got something in the mail from a credit card company.  I've had their card for ages, but rarely use it.  Their advertisement suggested riches awaited me if I would but use their card.  (You should know, faithful reader, that we pay our credit card balances off in full promptly when the bills arrive.  No credit card interest rates at this house, but please don't tell them that.)  So, trusting to the fates, for the past month their card has been the only one I've used.  If they keep this up, it will likely be the only one I ever use.  Stay tuned.

Colliding galaxies..........................and you thought global warming was a problem.................




Explanation: Will either of these galaxies survive? In what might be dubbed as a semi-final round in a galactic elimination tournament, the two spirals of NGC 7318 are colliding. The featured picture was created from images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. When galaxies crash into each other, many things may happen including gravitational distortion, gas condensing to produce new episodes of star formation, and ultimately the two galaxies combining into one. Since these two galaxies are part of Stephan's Quintet, a final round of battling galaxies will likely occur over the next few billion years with the eventual result of many scattered stars and one large galaxy. Quite possibly, the remaining galaxy will not be easily identified with any of its initial galactic components. Stephan's Quintet was the first identified galaxy group, lies about 300 million light years away, and is visible through a moderately-sized telescope toward the constellation of the Winged Horse (Pegasus).

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Challenges.......................


The challenge is to get people to admit what they do not know. A non-economist who is quite ignorant is only dangerous if he or she tries to engineer the economy. Most economists, believing that they can engineer the economy, are dangerous.

-as excerpted from this Arnold Kling post

Beginnings of wisdom............


Yes: the distinction between good and bad angels. For the former tell the truth, even when we don’t want to hear it, and they intend our happiness. But the latter tell us lies, and do not intend our happiness. That is why it is so important, why it is even in one’s personal interest, to distinguish the former from the latter.

-David Warren, from this post "On discernment"

Do your thing Sister...................




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Aimer encore.....................




That God of the clergymen, He is for me as dead as a doornail. But am I an atheist for all that? The clergymen consider me as such - be it so; but I love, and how could I feel love if I did not live, and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is something mysterious in that. Now call that God, or human nature or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define systematically, though it is very much alive and very real, and see, that is God, or as good as God. To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one, who with irresistible force urges us toward aimer encore; that is my opinion.

-Vincent van Gogh, from a letter to brother Theo van Gogh, December 1881

Ed note:  aimer encore = love again

If you think there's a way.......


The Highwaymen.......................................Why Me Lord?

Ethical infants.......................


We have men of science, too few men of GodWe have grasped
the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. 
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours 
is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know 
more about war than we know about peace, more about killing 
than we know about living. If we continue to develop our 
technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may 
prove to be our executioner.

-General Omar Bradley, 11/11/48

Saturday, August 27, 2016

On human evolution..............












































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Because you're mine...............


Creedence Clearwater Revival.................I Put a Spell on You

Opening Paragraphs..................


     The origin story typically goes something like this:  On September 12, 1956, a rhythm-and-blues aspirant named Jalacy Hawkins, twenty-seven years old, native of Cleveland, entered a New York recording studio to cut a handful of sides for Okeh Records, a subsidiary of the Columbia label.  One of the songs Hawkins brought to the session, an original he'd penned himself, followed a heartbroken protagonist who, in a fit of desperation, turns to black magic to beguile the strayed object of his affection.
     He'd actually recorded another version of "I Put a Spell on You" months earlier.  It's difficult to imagine, considering the sturdiness of Hawkins' baritone, but at that time he crooned the number entirely straight.  His model was Johnny Ace, the Memphis preacher's son with the impossibly tender voice - specifically, the hit single "Pledging My Love," a favorite of Hawkins', with its syrupy arrangement, heavy on the tinkling vibes, Johnny purring the lyrics like a lullaby.
     Forrrrever my darrrrling ....
     That one.
     "I Put a Spell on You" was a sweet ballad when I wrote it.

-Mark Binelli,  Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits:  A Novel


You may listen to Johnny Ace here

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


Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell on You" on Merv Griffin