Saturday, November 17, 2012

If you haven't....................

......visited Bilbo's Random Thought Collection, well you should.  'Nuff said.

Reloading...............................

Kurt is reloading his iTunes.  His taste in music tends to be superb and I would never tell him what to listen to - but he has asked for our help.  Ergo, twenty suggested artists and albums, in no particular order:

Eagles      Hotel California 
Dire Straits      Brothers In Arms
Grateful Dead    Workingman Blues
Jefferson Airplane   Surrealistic Pillow
Mountain            Climbing
David Sanborn   Pearls
Marshall Tucker Band   Where We All Belong
Dan Fogelberg    Nether Lands
Lynyrd Skynyrd     One More From the Road
R.E.M     Automatic For The People
Bruce Hornsby      Hot House
Bon Jovi     Have A Nice Day
U2     The Best of 1980-1990
Allman Brothers      Eat a Peach
Fleetwood Mac    Mystery To Me
Beatles    (pick any)  Magical Mystery Tour
Beach Boys              Endless Summer
Joe Nichols    Man With A Memory
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Chronicles
Willie Nelson     Stardust

how happy I can be...............

The Monkees............................Daydream Believer

Interesting choices.....................




















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visit Todd's world for fun stuff like this.

Strategery..............................


Conflict............................























"In mathematics, an integer is a number that isn't divided into fractions.  Just so, a man of integrity isn't divided against himself.  He doesn't think one thing and say another - so he's not in conflict with his own principles."
-Arthur Gordon

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Mind...........................




















“Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.” 
-Paul Coelho

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Everything I need to know about Hegel..........























"'The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk.'  This was the view of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). But what does it mean?  Actually, that question, 'What does it mean?' is one that readers of Hegel's work ask themselves a lot.  His writing is fiendishly difficult, partly because, like Kant's, it is mostly expressed in abstract language and often uses terms that he has himself invented.  No one, perhaps not even Hegel, has understood all of it.  The statement about the owl is one of the easier parts to decipher.  This is his way of telling us that wisdom and understanding in the course of human history will only come fully at a late stage, when we're looking back on what has already happened, like someone looking back on the events of a day as night falls."
-Nigel Warburton, A Little History of Philosophy

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Business as usual....................

















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One can waste lots of time.........

.....reading all the comments on various blogs, but there are also lots of laughs to be had.  The cartoon is from John Cox.  The comments - from Craniac: Waste of a good classic Mustang; from Russ: Not meant to offend, but I think that it would have been more appropriate to have them in a GM or Chrysler vehicle..

Friday, November 16, 2012

Why on earth anyone would disable the embedding for this classic is beyond me......

.....but to watch The Turtles perform their 1967 hit song, Happy 
Together live on Ed Sullivan please go here.


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

"To push anything back into the past is equivalent to reducing it to its simplest elements.  Traced as far as possible in the direction of their origin, the last fibres of the human aggregate are lost to view and we are merged in our eyes with the very stuff of the universe."
-Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man

Ed. note:  I read de Chardin about thirty years ago.  I'd like to tell you I understood even half of what he was discussing, but -  I didn't.  Still, it felt like a valuable exercise.  One of these days I might post some of the stuff he said that I thought I understood at the time and highlighted.

Seeking.........................























"God often works more by the life of the illiterate seeking the things that are God's, than by the ability of the learned seeking the things that are their own."
-Saint Anselm of Canterbury

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On finding reality..............





















"I've heard people say, 'Perception is reality.'  That's not true. Perception is important and should be considered, but it's not reality. Reality is reality. Settling for perception is a lazy person's way of decision making; a lowest common denominator mode of thinking. We want real facts, not assumed ones."
-Michael Wade  (full post is here)

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Well, actually it was grilled cheese and tomato soup, but you get the picture.................






















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Does this feel right to you..............?

An inflation report from the statistics people...................
















Explanation and way larger image is available here

Not really...............................






















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Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower - but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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The more things change......................



















The ordinary surroundings of life which are esteemed by men (as their actions testify) to be the highest good, may be classed under the three heads — Riches, Fame, and the Pleasures of Sense:  with these three the mind is so absorbed that it has little power to reflect on any different good.
-Baruch Spinoza (c. 1662)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

...drink that beer...............

America is playing the fabulous Midland Theatre tonight.  Schedule conflicts will probably make us non-attendees, but.....................Senior year in college one of my suite mates had the habit of stacking five albums on his turntable and then, just before he went to bed, he would start them playing.  Since I stayed up somewhat later, I would invariably be heading to bed just as the fifth album was starting.  I'm not sure Mark, sound asleep by then, ever heard this song.  I listened to it most every night.  Never did get tired of it.

America.............................................Sandman

Tired of lies, damn lies, and statistics......?

Well, go here to find five ways to make statistics your friend.  One sample:

Abraham (Wald) is tasked with reviewing damaged planes coming back from sorties over Germany in the Second World War. He has to review the damage of the planes to see which areas must be protected even more. 

Abraham finds that the fuselage and fuel system of returned planes are much more likely to be damaged by bullets or flak than the engines. What should he recommend to his superiors?

Quick Answer:  Don't arm the places that sustained the most damage on planes that came back. By virtue of the fact that these planes came back, these parts of the planes can sustain damage.
If an essential part of the plane comes back consistently undamaged, like the engines in the previous example, that's probably because all the planes with shot-up engines don't make it back. 

The statistical math (that us History majors find incomprehensible) that backed up his answer can be found by scrolling through this document.  Yeow.   Smart people.


Might as well accept the responsibility...........
















thanks jessica

If there was a beginning.........................


Local artist...................

......James Young continues with his fascination with old barns.
Great stuff.  Here is the latest, titled "Companions":


Yet another random photo dump of stuff found on my computer...................................













































Guanciale said this....................























to which, I respond.............................


Imbalance........................


Didn't know there was one......................


















via mischa richter and the New Yorker

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A 1968 instrumental............

Paul Mauriat......................................Love is Blue

Mystical...........................
















When I heard the learn'd astronomer; 
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns
        before me; 

When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add,
        divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he
         lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.


-Walt Whitman, circa 1865

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Spengler is a fan of neither David Petraeus, nor our current foreign policy (or lack thereof) in the Middle East.  Essay here.  Three excerpts here:

The ingenious Gen. Petraeus found a way to allow the Bush administration and the proponents of nation-building to claim victory. Never mind that we left behind a pro-Iranian government and a country constantly threatening to disintegrate.

We Americans love no one better than he who helps us delude ourselves.

The Obama administration’s fixed idea of engaging radical Islamists will have the same result as trying to cuddle with your pet scorpion. 

The Oracle Google.................

........lifts its veil.   Fun data center pictures here.   Sample here:

















thanks craig