Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Pat Metheny kind of day............Part the last

Pat Metheny Group...As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls  (Pt 1)




Part two is here

A Pat Metheny kind of day...........Part 4

The Pat Metheny Group.....................Last Train Home

A Pat Metheny kind of day......Part 3

Pat Metheny Group.................................Chris

A Pat Metheny kind of day.........Part 2

Pat Metheny Group..............................San Lorenzo

A Pat Metheny kind of day.....Part 1

Pat Metheny Group......................Are You Going With Me?

Lately it occurs to me.................

Grateful Dead....................................Truckin


As a public service..............

From Ka-Ching! comes a whole host of simple ideas to make life a tad easier.  Many ideas here.  One idea here:



































You can thank me later.

Seems true enough.......................



Shaping a generation............Part 4

Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog

A bit off track perhaps...............

















“Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.”

In case you are curious......................

“The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.” -Bertolt Brecht



Ethan Siegal explores what came before the Big Bang - here.  Faithful readers will know that this blogger is fascinated by pictures from the Hubble Telescope and the like.  They may also realize that this blogger long ago made peace with the notion that some things are just unknowable. Still...............

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Vain..........................

















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Practice.............................




















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Friday, October 19, 2012

Sweet............................

A bit of relief at the pump after a season of $3.69 per gallon gasoline.  Felt really smart loading up at $3.18 until we passed Sam's Club where a gallon was priced at $2.98.  Nothing like "cheap" gas to perk up attitudes.



Storm before the calm..................

John Mayer............................Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

The vital link.....................























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Some things never change................

To the Treasurer of the United States (unsent)

December 26, 1961

Dear Sir:
     I have been  reading the statement of December 13, 1961, the last one I have received.
     I'd appreciate it if you could find a way to place debits and credits so an ordinary citizen like myself could understand what you are trying to show.
     When I am through looking and figuring what you mean I have to set up my own statement.
     Why don't you set up yours so any citizen who understands debits from credits can know what you are doing.  I don't think the financial advisor of God Himself would be able to understand what the financial position of the United States is, by reading your statement.
     And I have been going through them and trying to find out what they mean for twenty-seven years!  I found out but it took all day and half the night to do it.  Make your statement a simple bookkeeping document so that any of us can understand it.

-Off the Record, The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman

Synthesizers...........................














"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
-E. O. Wilson

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A quick review........................

of the history of a few of your favorite spices.........


















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Might be accurate......................


















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Memories..............................




















“Most of our oldest memories are the product of repeated rehearsal and reconstruction.”
-Ulric Neisser

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If............................













"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."
-Fred Hoyle

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Shaping a generation..........Part 3

The Mickey Mouse Club/DisneyLand..........because we like you

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spread your wings................

Santana...............................One With You

Been this way since 1956.............

The Searchers................................Love Potion #9



It all gets so confusing.................











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The blame game...................






















Barking Up The Wrong Tree suggests we not play it:

A study conducted by Harvard Medical School psychiatrist George Valliant showed that people who “projected,” or blamed others for their misfortunes, were much less able to adjust to the changing events in their lives…

"Forgiveness, not guilt, increases accountability"

"Resisting blame makes you more productive and happier."

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

"There are days when our greatest achievement is avoiding acts of self-sabotage."
-Michael Wade, as excerpted from here, following up on a previous post of his, here:


Shaping a generation...........Part 2

Maynard G. Krebs and the Gillises - "Work"

Only words...........................























Full post is here

Yes, it is.....................














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Do as I say, not......................


"Laws are to govern all alike - those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution."
-U. S. Grant

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Working on listening...............

















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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Built on punctuality...............

The Kinks.............................. A Well Respected Man  

Not everybody..............................


















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A view from the ledge..................


















Jeff finds some dandy signs.  His post is here.

Here of late, I'd have to agree...............

The Ventures....................................Walk Don't Run

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

"When I was born, the doctor handed me to my mother and said, 'Mrs. Ziglar, you have a perfectly fine, healthy baby boy.'  Nine days later he picked me up and sadly shook his head, indicating that I was dead.  Yes, I died when I was nine days old.  However, my family has told me that my grandmother walked to me, picked me up, held me in her hands , and started talking to me.  Of course, we all know that she really was not talking to me....and in a matter of seconds breath came back into my body; at age seventy-five it's obvious I lived."

-Zig, The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

Wonder if I should blog louder..........?


















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From the diary of Harry S. Truman...........

April 4, 1948

     "Took a walk at 10:00 A. M.  Went to the Mellon Gallery and succeeded in getting the watchman on duty to let me in.  Looked at the old Masters found in salt mine in Germany.  Some very well-known paintings by Holbein, Franz Hals, Rubens, Rembrandt and others.  It is a pleasure to look at perfection and then think of the lazy, nutty moderns.  It is like comparing Christ with Lenin.  May there be another awakening.  We need an Isaiah, John the Baptist, Martin Luther - may he come soon."

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)     Erasmus

Frans Hals (1582-1666)      Buffoon Playing a Lute

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)      Venus and Adonis

Rembrandt van Rijn  (1606-1669)       Abduction of Europa

































































story of Nazi art collecting and storage can be found here

Dreamers..........................
























"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did."

-T. E. Lawrence

The world is really divided into two classes: those who divide the world and those who don't, but....















"The world is divided into two classes:  those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable."
-Oscar Wilde

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Change....................

     "So remember, when people come to you and ask you for help, do so as best you can.  Be kind, be generous, be gracious, be a big person and give of yourself - give your energy.  You don't necessarily have to give your money, but give of your energy.  You can give advice, love, expertise, but don't pick them up.  So when they say, 'What should I do?' ask 'What would you like to do?'  'How do I fix this problem?'  'How would you like to fix this problem?'  'How am I going to get out of this mess?' and  'How would you like to get out of this mess?'
     "You get them to see that the only way up is when they're enthusiastic about their life and their evolution on this earth plane.  When their desire to achieve and perceive and create more is greater than the ego's self-indulgence, obstinacy, and destructive ways, then - and only then - will people change."

-Stuart Wilde, Infinite Self

Shaping a generation...............

Mighty Mouse......................Cartoon theme song and intro

Different eyes........................


"Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours - for they teach us to see the world through different eyes."
-Jacob Nordby

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Really, I meant to do that.............

















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Jobs and houses............................

From Calculated Risk comes this interesting chart comparing the unemployment rate and housing starts.  One interpretation would be that the bursting of the housing bubble and the collapse of  home building in mid-2006 caused the extremely rapid disappearance of over two million jobs.  While the home building industry is no longer comatose, it is not  back on its feet yet either.  Ergo, sluggish re-employment.  Bill McBride opines on the data here.


Twofer................Blue skies

Willie Nelson.......................................Blue Skies





George Strait.......................................Blue Clear Sky

Working my first real job in..............

....downtown Philadelphia way back in 1973, I became accustomed to reading about Arlen Specter.  At the time he was running for (and losing) a third term as District Attorney for the City.  As a result of that early exposure, plus a strong interest in the Supreme Court, I have avidly followed Specter's twisting and turning political career.  Lots of interesting things are being said about him since his death on Sunday.  I think my favorite quote is here:

"..... Sen. Russell Long of Louisiana drawling that 'Ah-len is a hard man to do a favor for…' "

Not sure I would like that for my epitaph.   Full post from whence the quote came is here

Senator Arlen Specter              1930-2012

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


















"If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
-James Hubert (Eubie) Blake
Eubie Blake............................Charleston Rag

Bismarck........................

Portrait of Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck by Franz von Lenbach   1890
























A few quotes attributed to Otto von Bismarck:

They treat me like a fox, a cunning fellow of the first rank. But the truth is that with a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to do with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half.

Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.

He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.

Politics is the art of the possible.

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.

Politics is not an exact science.

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.  
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. 

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. 



Thanks for the spelling correction, Michael.  We do strive for some semblance of accuracy over here, however..........

John Milton on books.....................






















"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are;  nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them."

"As good almost kill a man as kill a good book:  who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye."

"A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."

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Real estate investing the old-fashioned way.....

The Trend Czar bemoans the difficulty of chasing yield in real estate these days.  Essay here.  Favorite excerpt about investing in tertiary markets here:

"The players positioned to master these markets are really the local operators, often family developers or old line firms with deep “home-town” roots. They have been willing to invest in their communities, hold for the long-term, and get rich slowly, husbanding tenants and cash flows."

Matisse........................

La Moulade                      1905

Le bonheur de vivre                1906

Le Danse      1909

La Gerbe    1953

Luxe, Calme et Volupte                 1904

Les toits de Collioure                1905

The Snail                              1953



"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter......a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."
-Henri Matisse


Monday, October 15, 2012

But Sweetie, I'm working on my blog.....


Yeow....................................

Walter Russell Mead certainly is cranky this morning:


"New York City has been governed by liberals for generations. Surely if blue policies could produce an egalitarian utopia with a strong middle class, we would see it in New York before we would see it anywhere else. If liberals were good at running cities, people from all over the world would be coming to study New York’s public schools, marveling at the extraordinary success with which unionized teachers were transforming the lives of low income kids. Our transit system would be the envy of the world as well; awestruck visitors from benighted places like Shanghai and Tokyo would come to gaze in amazement at the speed, cleanliness and economy of the New York subways. Small business formation would be booming as the bustling economy of manufacturing start ups created opportunities in the inner cities.
Yet, somehow, this isn’t happening. It’s great mystery. Certainly incompetence, crony capitalism, cockamamie regulatory overreach and entrenched unions can’t have anything to do with it. It must be the fault of those horrible Tea Party people in flyover country. They are selfish. They are greedy.  They don’t want to pay their fair share."

A new favorite phrase..............

Faithful readers will know that "unintended consequences" are a favorite topic of this blog.  George Wills latest essay offers a new turn on that phrase.  Full essay is here.  Excerpt here:

"Endorsing the axiom (attributed to Napoleon) that one should 'never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence,' Fisher says that TBTF banks 'are sprawling and complex — so vast that their own management teams may not fully understand their own risk exposures, providing fertile ground for unintended ‘incompetence.’ ”

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Drag me.......................

The Rolling Stones..............................Wild Horses

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Elfego Baca........................

One of my favorite Disney episodes from a long, long, time ago............(things were so much simpler back then)




Parts Two, Three, and Four and Five

Falling (The $, not gas prices)...................

Tough........................

"I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
-Walt Disney

Modest......................

"Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle — the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative."
-Karl Popper

Choosing.......................
















"Warren Hardin of Ohio was chosen by a group of men in a smoke-filled room early today as Republican candidate for President."
-Kirke Simpson

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Nostalgic............................

Ron Ziegler             Richard Nixon's Press Secretary


















"This is the Operative White House Position.....and all previous
statements are inoperative."
-Ron Ziegler    April 17, 1973  per The Boston Globe

Community hero.............................
























Don Gunnerson, retired architect and full time painter, is a true community treasure.  My Sweetie and I attended our Rotary's annual auction on Saturday evening.  This is the club's main fund raiser and it supports a year-long slate of service activities.  As per usual, Don Gunnerson donated a recently completed and framed water color (see above). As per usual, the framed art work sold for big bucks.  Don's art work has evolved into a major funding source for a whole host of local not-for-profits, who seem to have discovered that charity auctions that include his water colors tend to successfully raise money.  I'm not privy to all the numbers, but Don's art work surely has generated over a hundred thousand charitable dollars.  An amazingly generous and talented man.  Thanks Don!