Saturday, September 1, 2012

There's no explaining.................

Fleetwood Mac..............................Hypnotized

Still valued....................
































thanks to mme scherzo for the photo

Believing in God...............


Fred Reed acknowledges the existence of God.  And we have NASA, of all things, to thank for that.  Fred's rants are mostly highly entertaining.  This one, on watching Curiosity land on Mars, is no different.  Do go read it.  Longish excerpt here:

"Next, at Mach two, it was supposed to open a supersonic parachute. A what?Parachutes are by nature not supersonic. They are into slow drifting, like dandelion puffs. You jump out of a high-wing Cesna, reach terminal at maybe 125, and open the chute. Not at Mach two.

"Except it did it.

"I watched despondently, knowing better than to get my hopes up. The rest of this pipedream was beyond the merely impossible: The beast was supposed to slow to zero, then hover at just the right altitude by using a passel of rockets. Which any fool knew it couldn’t do.

It did, though. I decided that I wasn't just any fool.

"I was biting my nails up to the shoulder, thinking, “Just maybe…come on, baby….naw. Impossible.”
See, the idea was that the whole package would hover and let the rover down gently on a bunch of ropes. This was cockamamie. Even Rube Goldberg wouldn’t have bought into this one. It was a roaring, clawing, frontal assault on Murphy’s Law.

“'Landing confirmed.'

"So much for Fred on interplanetary thingamawhatsises. I whooped so loud that Natalia came running to see whether I had found another scorpion. Euler had been right after all. God did it. I mean, you can’t send anything that complicated to do anything that complicated, all by itself, with no driver, and have it work. It just can’t be done. A thing isn’t possible just because it happens.

"It took me back to the Heroic Age of American technology, to Apollo and the Saturn V and the early Shuttle launches. In those days the US space program was Godzilla. You could be proud of it. Today we have Stalinism aborning, a federal bureaucracy that would embarrass Haiti, and, well, not much to be proud of. But NASA has done pulled it off again."

I think Fred is on to something.



Randomly dumping photos again.........










































copyright Jeff Kopito





Fun with statistics.......................

Or things I should have known, but didn't pay attention to:

95% of the World population is outside the U.S.  
This is a fact that is easy to do the math for, but we 
need reminded of this.












Chart via the CCIM Magazine

Admiring things I will never be doing................



thanks jonathan

For a long time, actually....................


Makers....................


"We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets."
-Karl Popper

Friday, August 31, 2012

Just one key unlocks them both......

The Youngbloods...............................Get Together

Tigerhawk writes a love letter.....................

........to the "academic left," asking for a wee bit of understanding for the trials and travails (and successes) of the small business person.  Letter here.  Excerpt here:

"Business is a creative act, an expression of the human spirit no less noble than art, letters, philosophy and other inquiry, the learned professions, or philanthropy. When you insult or inhibit a person's business, you are invalidating his creative act.

Something to be learned by the time you are in kindergarten..........


Indifferent...............................


"Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat."
-Dwight David Eisenhower

See not....................


If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want:  we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.
-Karl Popper

For another 68 days............


Entirety........................



Eternity is not infinity.
It is not a long time.
It does not begin at the end of time.
It does not run parallel to time.
In its entirety it always was.
In its entirety it will always be.
It is entirely present always.
-Wendell Berry


image via

Pull...........................

It is always a challenge to see who can be more creative, the squirrel trying to access a bird feeder or the human being trying to keep them away.  Score one for the humans, as these bright fellows squirrel-proof their deck:



thanks David

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why not...............?

August Burns Red...........................Carol of the Bells

It's also what passes for blogging around here....


Blind spots.....................



















John E. Smith, from the Heartland, talks broccoli and discipline:

"Discipline is like broccoli.  We may not care for it ourselves, 
but we feel it would sure be good for everyone else."

Entangled....................

















"The one thing no species can ever be is self-reliant. Being 
entangled is the condition of life itself.”
-Verlyn Klinkenborg

Thanks Jeff

art work via

Deserve......................


"Life responds to deserve and not to need.  It doesn't say, 'If you need, you will reap.'  It says, 'If you plant you will reap.'  The guy says, 'I really need to reap.'  Then you really need to plant."
-Jim Rohn

Too well....................
















                      Revelation

We make ourselves a place apart
     Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
     Till someone really finds us out.

'Tis pity if the case require
     (Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
     The understanding of a friend.

But so with all, from babes that play
     At hide-and-seek to God afar,
So all who hide too well away
     Must speak and tell us where they are.

-Robert Frost

Ouch............


"Failures are skinned knees - painful, but superficial, and they heal quickly."
-H. Ross Perot

Speaking of Ross Perot............


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Must fly.......................

It's a Beautiful Day..............................White Bird

A national treasure...............



thanks Mark

Generally speaking, yes..................


Be...................


"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude.  Be kind, but not weak.  Be bold, but not a bully.  Be thoughtful, but not lazy.  Be humble, but not timid.  Be proud, but not arrogant.  Have humor, but without folly."
-Jim Rohn

Fragile: Handle with care...........

     "Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive for good deeds and the common pretext of crime, from the sowing of the seed at Athens, two thousand four hundred and sixty years ago, until the ripened harvest was gathered by men of our race.  It is the delicate fruit of a mature civilisation; and scarcely a century has passed since nations, that knew the meaning of the term, resolved to be free.   In every age its progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food."

     "Now liberty and good government do not exclude each other;  and there are excellent reasons why they should go together.  Liberty is not a means to a higher political end.  It is itself the highest political end."

-Lord Acton

Eligible.........................


"America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without;  for I see clearly that the combined foreign world could not beat her down.  But these savage, wolfish parties alarm me.  Owning no law but their own will, more and more combative, less and less tolerant of the idea of ensemble and of equal brotherhood, the perfect equality of the States, the overarching American Ideas, it behooves you to convey yourself implicitly to no party, nor submit blindly to their dictators, but steadily hold yourself judge and master over all of them."
-Walt Whitman     1870

Maps..........................


"Human nature is to need a map.  If you're brave enough to draw one, people will follow."
-Seth Godin

map courtesy of

Rules for all of us.........................

Ten rules from Swissmiss: