Monday, May 4, 2015

Can't you see.......................................

Willie Nelson....................................................All Of Me



Self................................................

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Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves

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The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.

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A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding.  When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.  
     This minding of other people's business expresses itself in gossip, snooping and meddling, and also in feverish interest in communal, national and racial affairs.  In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbor's shoulder or fly at his throat.

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The burning conviction that we have a holy duty toward others is often a way of attaching our drowning selves to a passing raft.  What looks like giving a hand is often a holding on for dear life.  Take away our holy duties and you leave our lives puny and meaningless.  There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered life for a selfless life, we gain enormously in self-esteem.  The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.

-Eric Hoffer, as excerpted from The True Believer:  Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

I am sure it will come to me, but until it does, my deep appreciation to whoever it was who pointed me to Hoffer.

So, I whistled up Amazon and ordered at least one new book today......................



































The Highlights of My Day.  What a great blog idea!

George Carlin.......................................

........................................revisits the Ten Commandments.

One of the reasons I was a History major....

While visiting the awesome APOD site Sunday morning, the question arose, "Why do so many galaxies have the 'spiral' shape?"  The Oracle Google was consulted - here, here, and here.  I still don't know why so many galaxies have the "spiral" shape.


















"These arms are in fact density waves passing through the galaxy, with stars moving in and out of the waves. The arms themselves aren’t permanent structures made of the same clumps of stars." (1)

Oh.  After five minutes of Intertunnel research, one comes to the conclusion that the scientists don't really know either.  I find great comfort in that notion.

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

Tom Jones............................Thunderball (James Bond) Theme

Beauty..........................................


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

The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn't dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood's at all.  He came in mid-term without an interview, lat May it was though no one would have thought it from the weather, employed through one of the shiftier agencies specialising in supply teachers for prep schools, to hold down old Dover's teaching till someone suitable could be found.  'A linguist,' Thursgood told the common room, 'a temporary measure,' and brushed away his forelock in self-defence.  'Priddo.'  He gave the spelling 'P-R-I-D' - French was not Thursgood's subject so he consulted the slop of paper - 'E-A-U-X, first name James.  I think he'll do us very well till July.'  The staff had no difficulty in reading the signals.  Jim Prideaux was a poor white of the teaching community.  He belonged to the same sad bunch as the late Mrs Loveday who had a Persian lamb coat and stood in for junior divinity until her cheques bounced, or the late Mr Maltby, the pianist who had been called from choir practice to help the police with their enquiries, and for all anyone knew was helping them to this day, for Maltby's trunk still lay in the cellar awaiting instructions.  Several of the staff, but chiefly Marjoribanks, were in favour of opening that trunk.  They said it contained notorious missing treasures;  Aprahamian's silver-framed picture of his Lebanese mother, for instance;  Best-Ingram's Swiss army penknife and Matron's watch.  But Thursgood set his  creaseless face resolutely against their entreaties.  Only five years had passed since he had inherited the school from his father, but they had taught him already that some things are best locked away.

-John Le Carre,  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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

"I generally think that the majority of investors are better served by trying to create a competitive advantage over their own emotions rather than worrying about what others around them are doing."
-Ben Carlson, as excerpted from here

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hallelujah.............................................

George Harrison...................................................My Sweet Lord

Ride the skies atop a screaming bird of truth...


from our friends at xkcd, who publish wondrous cartoons that I sometimes can understand.  Broaden your horizons....visit their site regularly.

Way over my head.....................................

Mamas and the Papas........................I Saw Her Again Last Night

It will be a very sad day.........................

.................................when there are just no newspapers to read.


















Here's hoping they find a way to change their business model.
Chart from here.

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

Petula Clark...........................................................Downtown

Downtown.........................................

Downtown, The El                 John Marin               1921


















The basics on John Marin can be found here.

like leaves in the wind..................................

Jefferson Airplane.....................................Comin' Back To Me

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

      May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month.  The days are long and humid.  The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees.  Red bananas ripen.  Jackfruits burst.  Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air.  Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, fatly baffled in the sun.
-Arundhati Roy,  The God of Small Things

Friday, May 1, 2015

Come alive...........................................

The Beach Boys and Lorrie Morgan............Don't Worry Baby

Well, yeah........................................

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Smoke 'em if you got 'em......................

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In praise of high standards.....................


"I wish those kids had said, "Mom, Dad, raise your standards for me. I deserve it."
-Seth Godin

Full post here.

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

...........................................at the movies:  The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews..............................................My Favorite Things

Or, as we used to say......................

..........................................................back in the fraternity house, "Normalcy is just the psychosis of the majority."

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. "Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does." They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” 
-Aldous Huxley

Fuss all you want about "income inequality," but...





















“Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest people. But, of course, these motorcars, television sets and refrigerators do not make a man happy. In the instant in which he acquires them, he may feel happier than he did before. But as soon as some of his wishes are satisfied, new wishes spring up. Such is human nature.” 
-Ludwig von Mises

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

      It was late August 1939, and French winemakers were fretting about the harvest.  Two months earlier, the outlook had been bright.  The weather had been good and there was the promise of an excellent vintage.  Then the weather changed.  For six straight weeks it rained, and temperatures plummeted.
-Don & Petie Kladstrup,  Wine & War:  The French, The Nazis & The Great Battle For France's Greatest Treasure

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Acoustic Pie.............................................

Humble Pie........................................................For Your Love

Port Clinton, Ohio...Wednesday...6:05 am...

The sun rises over Lake Erie

My view for most of yesterday........................


Good luck with that plan...............................
















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That's some catch.............................

.........................................................................that Catch-22.

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

The Yardbirds...................................................For Your Love

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

      On the morning of the first day of Jean Dussault's trial on charges of extortion, Joe Gillis used his "State House Viewpoint" column in the Boston Commoner to "put the matter in political perspective."  In the last springtime of years when there was no statewide election in the offing and no overriding issue up for battle in the General Court on Beacon Hill, Joe Gillis did a lot of columns that assisted the readers of the Commoner in perceiving connections between politicians on the Hill and events that did not seem to have much to do with them or their careers.  "Someday,"  Leo Rosen said when he read what Joe Gillis had to say about the implications of the trial of Jean Dussault, "old Joe is gonna reach so far to grab a column out of thin air that he's going to give himself retroactive case of spinal bifida."  And when that day finally came, Leo Rosen did not mind admitting, he was going to take Joe's State House beat away from him.
-George V. Higgins,  A Choice of Enemies

Try............................................















"Try everything that can be done.  Be deliberate.  Be spontaneous.  Be thoughtful and painstaking.  Be abandoned and impulsive.  Learn your own possibilities."
-George Bellow

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