Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sweet surrender...........................................

Dire Straits.......................................Down To The Waterline

Clarity.................................................

"The people who look like they have everything they want are actually the people who are most clear on what they are willing to give up."
-Penelope Trunk, as excerpted from here

The ancients had a huge advantage over us....

...in their relationship with the heavens.  Here is a view of the night sky that gets obliterated for most of us by ambient city lights.
















photo (larger and many more) from here

The abuse of science continues...............

Am I the only one who longs for the days when science was in full, and honorable, pursuit of the unknown, with no political agenda attached?   Just wondering.


From the Archives...................................


















watch this one for a minute and the train will change direction

















































From the Archives

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

The Zombies....................................................Tell Her No



Might be true, but I'd be the last to know......


Aware............................................

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. In this state of god-like awareness one sings; in this realm the world exists as poem.”

Playing with the moon...........................





































more fun with the moon here

On responsibility........................

 "But in fact, if you don’t start with responsible, virtuous individuals, social mechanisms will not work. The miracle of this country is not our institutions but that we have citizens 'generally capable of using their freedom well.'"
-Arnold Kling on Yuval Levin

Monday, September 29, 2014

Your blues will fade away.................................

Firefall.......................................Just Remember I Love You

Mr. Harden's Neighorhood.........................

................................is a mighty fine place - and so is his blog.  Why don't you take a scroll?

Checking in with Aesop..........................

A Stag overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink.  Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size and variety of horns, but felt angry with himself for having such slender and weak feet.  While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion appeared at the pool and crouched to spring upon him.  The Stag immediately took to flight, and exerting his utmost speed, as long as the plain was smooth and open kept himself easily at a safe distance from the Lion.  But entering a wood he became entangled by his horns, and the Lion quickly came up to him and caught him.  When too late, he thus reproached himself:  "Woe is me!  How I have deceived myself!  These feet which would have saved me I despised, and I gloried in these antlers which have proved my destruction."

Moral:  What is most truly valuable is often underrated.

via

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

This story is about time and memories.  The time was 1965, a different kind of year, a watershed year when one era was ending in America and another beginning.  We felt it then, in the many ways our lives changed so suddenly, so dramatically, and looking back on it from a quarter-century gone, we are left in no doubt.  It was the year America decided to directly intervene in the Byzantine affairs of obscure and distant Vietnam.  It was the year we went to war.  In the broad, traditional sense, that "we" who went to war was all of us, all Americans, though in truth at that time the larger majority had little knowledge of, less interest in, and no great concern with what was beginning so far away.
-Joseph L. Galloway and Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.), from the Prologue to We Were Soldiers Once...And Young:  Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

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

The Zombies..............................................Leave Me Be

Unintended consequence.............................

"The desire for security is an addiction.  The more security one obtains, the less secure one feels."
-David Goldman

A few things to ponder.................................

"Excellence demands competition"
-Ronald Reagan

"The measure of success is not whether you have tough problems to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."
-John Foster Dulles

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock;  in matters of taste, swim with the current."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Be different, stand out, and work your butt off."
-Reba McEntire

When you wipe out an entire industry.........

...............it takes a while for it to recover.   I don't believe anyone anticipated it would take this long for the single-family residential construction business to bounce back.

















For a longer view:

















source of first chart
source of second chart with enlargement

Mission Impossible:............................

............picking the twenty best films of a particular decade.  Here is one list trying to capture the 1960's.  It is a good list, but to show just how difficult the job is, here is another list of twenty:

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Great Escape
Zorba The Greek
My Fair Lady 
Days Of Wine And Roses
Bullitt
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
Easy Rider
One Hundred And One Dalmatians
Where Eagles Dare
In The Heat Of The Night
The Pink Panther
Cat Ballou
The Longest Day
Midnight Cowboy
The Guns of Navarone
Z
Funny Girl
The Producers
Georgy Girl

Left off the lists are James Bond, the three Beatle movies, and a host of mighty fine musicals.  Clint  Eastwood, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne are vastly under represented.   Truly an impossible mission.

Sometimes it does get lonely.....................


Sunday, September 28, 2014

as free as the night breeze............................

Bon Jovi............................................................Wildflower

Got my work cut out for me......................











Thanks Kurt

It is still volitional....................................









thanks walker

ten thousand days.........................................

Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day,
Vision held open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn;  for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat.

And yet no leaf or grain is filled
By work of ours;  the field is tilled
And left to grace.  That we may reap,
Great work is done while we're asleep.

When we work well, a Sabbath mood
Rests on our day, and finds it good.

-Wendell Berry
Sabbaths, 1979 X

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

The Dixie Cups.............................................Chapel of Love

Verse.......................................................

12.   This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

-John 15:12
The Holy Bible
New American Standard Version

This only seems true.................................

"The more serious its problems, the greater the number of inept men democracy calls forth to solve them."
-Don Colacho

(Except when the Great Man steps forth)

Respect..............................................















                     However you want to honor God
                                is okay with me.
                         In return, I expect you
                       to have the same respect
                      of my customs and beliefs
                  for in the end, there is only One
                       and we are part of the All.

via here and here

Already over my allotted time..................























via

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The purple piper plays his tune......................

King Crimson.....................Court of the Crimson King




John Wetton, now the lead singer for Asia, was part of King Crimson in the early 1970s and on this video.

The people would sing................................

Emerson, Lake & Palmer..............................Lucky Man

Whenever I start feeling too smart.............

.................I check out the xkcd cartoons.  That cures me.


Because I know you're curious..........................


































Sodium borohydride, also known as sodium tetrahydridoborate, and sodium tetrahydroborate[2] is an inorganic compound with the formula NaBH4. This white solid, usually encountered as a powder, is a versatile reducing agent that finds wide application in chemistry, both in the laboratory and on a technical scale. Large amounts are used for bleachingwood pulp.[3][4] The compound is soluble in alcohols and certain ethers but reacts with water in the absence of a base.[5]
The compound was discovered in the 1940s by H. I. Schlesinger, who led a team that developed metal borohydrides for wartime applications.[6] Their work was declassified and published only in 1953.

Discontents..............................................























“Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.” 
-Daniel DeFoe

Tolerance...................................






















"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."
-Karl Popper

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

Sonny & Cher....................................Baby Don't Go

Speaking of retirement..............................

"We're just not going to go away as fast as you would like us. We're not old, we're vintage, we're mid-century modern. You're gonna have to drag our cold dead bodies from the workplace. Besides, we can't afford to retire anymore like they used to."
-Doug Fine

Timeless commentary...............................

...............from Mark Twain and a bunch of other cool folk.

I swear..................................................


The virtuous cycle..................................

Rock-star good..........................................................
If you get good at something you tend to enjoy it. If you enjoy something you tend to get good at it.  Which comes first? Doesn’t matter too much…just know there’s plenty of free pleasure out there from developing an expertise.
-as excerpted from this Nicholas Bate post

Friday, September 26, 2014

You see it's all clear.................................

Emerson, Lake & Palmer.................From The Beginning

Hometown pride........................................

It's a good thing................................................................



A choice.......................................................























thanks Todd

If there must be rules..............................

........................................this one should be among them:






















thanks pat

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

Lou Johnson..............Always Something There To Remind Me

Then, it must be amazing.............................
















"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul."
-Victor Hugo

photo via APOD.  Breathtaking enlargement here

Hard to figure what this doesn't include........

















via Swiss Miss

On deadlines............................................


















“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
-Douglas Adams

cartoon via

Three I've never heard before............................

..................................................Scott's in his groove.

Maybe......................................

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” 
-Jack Kerouac