Saturday, March 26, 2016

Soundtrack of my life....................


A quick look-see at some of the music that has been important in my life might leave the suggestion that I am living in the past.   So be it.

































I'll remember you this way..............


Electric Light Orchestra.......................................Mr. Blue Sky



Sun is shinin' in the sky,
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped rainin'
Everybody's in a play
And don't you know
It's a beautiful new day.

Runnin' down the avenue,(Pant, Pant, Pant)
See how the sun shines brightly
In the city on the streets
Where once was pity,
Mr. Blue Sky is living here today.

[Chorus:]
Mr. Blue Sky, please tell us why,
You had to hide away
For so long where did we go wrong.

Hey there Mr. Blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do,
Everybody smiles at you.

Hey you with the pretty face,
Welcome to the human race
A celebration Mr. Blue Sky's
Up there waitin' and today
Is the day we've waited for

[Chorus]

Mr. Blue you did it right,
But soon comes Mr. Night,
Creepin' over, now his
Hand is on your shoulder,
Never mind I'll remember you this way.


#32 on this list

A lot to lose.............................


Continuing the excerpts from Warren Buffett's testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission:

     Mr. Seefer:   And I understand that.  I'm just asking in your opinion, is the answer to the "too big to fail" problem, make them hold more cash?

     Mr. Buffett:  That - the answer is - and it isn't a perfect answer - you will always have institutions too big to fail, and sometime they will fail in the next hundred years.
       But you will have fewer failures if the person on top, and the board of directors who select that person and who set the terms of his or her employment, if they have a lot to lose.
       And in this particular instance, the shareholders have gotten - they probably - it's well over half a trillion, and it may be approaching a trillion - they've suffered the loses, society has suffered the loses from all the disruptions they are setting in place.  Directors and the CEO.
       The CEOs, you know, they only have 80% of what he had before, but they're all well, wealthy, beyond the dreams of most Americans.  The directors, you know, have collected their $200,000 or $300,000 a year, and they're protected by insurance.
       And so the people that are in a position to make decisions day-to-day as to trading off the safety of the institution verses the chance for improving quarterly earnings or something of the sort, the need different incentives, in my view, and so far, nothing has been done on that. ...
       
       But I think the best thing, again, if you're worrying about the Bear Stearnses of the world is to have an arrangement in place so that if they ever have to go to the federal government for help, that the CEO and his spouse come away with nothing.  And I think it can be done, you know.  And I think if society is required to step in an, you know, come up with all kinds of things - disrupt, you know, the lives of millions of Americans in various ways, I think there ought to be a lot of downside...This would get their attention...

     Mr. Seefer:  Well, then let me ask you this then:  if the CEOs and their spouse -

     Mr. Buffett:  Yes.

     Mr. Seefer:  - unlucky marriage there - you know, have to give back every penny -

     Mr. Buffett:  Maybe the spouse would do better policing than the regulator.

A power shortage.........................?


A read-worthy essay on the future, evolution, artificial intelligence, and us pesky humans may be found here.   An excerpt:

That’s a big potential roadblock for any quest for true artificial intelligence or brain-uploading machinery. Estimates of what you’d need in terms of computing power to approach the oomph of a human brain (measured by speed and complexity of operations) come with an energy efficiency budget that needs to be about a billion times better than that wall.
To put that in a different context, our brains use energy at a rate of about 20 watts. If you wanted to upload yourself intact into a machine using current computing technology, you’d need a power supply roughly the same as that generated by the Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric plant in China, the biggest in the world. To take our species, all 7.3 billion living minds, to machine form would require an energy flow of at least 140,000 petawatts. That’s about 800 times the total solar power hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Clearly human transcendence might be a way off.

Sure signs of Spring in Central Ohio.....





One step at a time.........................


"How are we going to get through this craziness?" I asked.  There was silence for a moment.

     "Left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe,"  he said.

-Anne Lamott,  Plan B:  Further Thoughts on Faith

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


The Kinks.......................................................Sunny Afternoon



#54 on this list

My 8th grade English teacher...........


.............would have called this "foreshadowing":



















































































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Viva la difference....................


A pictorial essay on the differences between L.A and N.Y.C.

thanks craig


The future's so bright..............

Astrophysics is just one small aspect of the fast-growing STEM sector -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is also the reason why I am not in the bearish camp with those who fear that scientific breakthroughs and fast economic growth are behind us. The technology underlying so many areas is growing too rapidly to write off the long-term future of the world economy. One can't be pessimistic while seeing the pace of advancement in areas such as genomics, robotics, alternative energy, nanotechnology, oncology, materials science, wearables, 3D printing, near-field communication -- not to mention software, big data, communications and semiconductors.
The future isn’t coming, it is already here. 
-Barry Ritholtz, as excerpted from here

Motleyest.............................


     "You've got to love this in a God - consistently assembling the motleyest people to bring, into the lonely and frightening world, a commitment to caring and community.   It is a centuries-long reality show - Moses the stutterer, Rahab the hooker, David the adulterer, Mary the homeless teenager.  Not to mention all the mealy-mouthed disciples.  Not to mention a raging insecure narcissist like me."

-Anne Lamott,  Plan B:  Further Thoughts on Faith

Friday, March 25, 2016

Speaking of lists................

























thanks Scott

Got #4 down pat.....................


....................working on the others.























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Like having every dream...............


Jefferson Starship..................................................Miracles




If only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I 
If only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I

I might have to move heaven and earth
To prove it to you, baby (Baby)
So we're makin' love
And you feel the power
And I feel the power
Then there's really nothing we can't do
(You know we could, you know we could)
If we wanted to, baby
(You know we could, you know we could)
We could exist on the stars 
It'd be so easy

Now, baby
All we gotta do (Baby, baby, baby, oh, baby)
Is get a little faith in you (Baby, baby)
Oh, I've been so many places
I've seen some things (Yes, I have)
I know love is the answer (Yes, it is)
Keeps holding this world together, yeah
Ain't nothing better 
Ain't nothing better (Nothing's better)
And all the answers to our prayers
Hell, it's the same everywheres, baby (Just the same now)
Nothing ever breaks up the heart (Love's a game now)
Only tears give you away (Ain't it a shame now?)

Then you're right where I found ya (Oh, baby)
With my arms around ya (Oh, baby)
O-o-o-o-o-o-oh, baby
Baby, baby
Love is a magic word, ooh, yeah (Baby)
Few ever find in a lifetime
But from that very first look in your eyes
I knew you and I had but one heart (Baby)
Only our bodies were apart (It's making me crazy)
That was so easy (Baby)
So easy (Oh, baby)
I had a taste of the real world (Didn't waste a drop of it)
When I went down on you, girl

Oh, if only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I 
If only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I

I can hear windmills and rainbows
Whenever you're talkin' to me (Never say never)
I feel like swirling and dancin'
Whenever you're walking with me (Whenever you're walking with me)
You ripple like a river when I touch you (Let me touch you)
When I pluck your body like a string (Show you what I mean)
When I start dancin' inside ya (Oh, baby)
You make me wanna sing (I love you so)
Yeah (I love you so)
Baby (I love you so)
Baby (I love you so)
Baby (I love you so)
Baby (Oh)

Oh, yeah (Oh, yeah)
All right (All right) 
Baby, we're sure doin' it tonight (Baby, we're sure doin' it)
Every time you come by, let me try (Come on by)
Pretty please with sugar on it
That's how I like it, ooh
I can't even believe it with you 
It's like having every dream I ever wanted come true (Dream of a lifetime)
I picked up your vibes 
You know, it opened my eyes (Dream of a lifetime)
But I'm still dreamin', yeah (Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, oh)
And you're right where I found ya (Oh, baby)
With my arms around ya (Oh, baby)

Oh, if only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I 
If only you believe like I believe, baby (If only you believe like I believe)
We'd get by 
If only you believe in miracles, baby (If only you believe in miracles)
So would I
So would I
So would I

Unfinished masterpiece........






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


Bobby Fuller Four......................................I Fought The Law

That vision thing again................


Henri Matisse              Still Life with Purro          Oil on canvass      1904



















"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."

-attributed to Henri Matisse

Perspective...................


There is considerable hand-wringing these days about the state of discourse in the public arena.  Isn't it just awful, terrible, and unusual?   Nope.  From the historical perspective, it is actually not.  The history major in me could offer you many examples of much worse behavior.  But since I am feeling too lazy to sort it out for you right now, allow me the short-cut of  directing your attention to this post at Cultural Offering.

Mystery..............................


Henri Matisse             Icarus        circa 1947
















"Would not it be best to leave room to mystery?"

-attributed to Henri Matisse

This feels about right.....................................



In 2016 America, the deepest divide is not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s not even between conservatives and liberals. It’s between Us and Them – the people versus The Establishment.


-as excerpted from here



Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article68042192.html#storylink=cpy
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If only you could see......................................

Claude Monet     Le Parlement, Effet de Brouillard     1903



















 Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.
I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
to soften and blur and finally banish
the edges you regret I don’t see,
to learn that the line I called the horizon
does not exist and sky and water,
so long apart, are the same state of being.
Fifty-four years before I could see
Rouen cathedral is built
of parallel shafts of sun,
and now you want to restore
my youthful errors: fixed
notions of top and bottom,
the illusion of three-dimensional space,
wisteria separate
from the bridge it covers.
What can I say to convince you
the Houses of Parliament dissolve
night after night to become
the fluid dream of the Thames?
I will not return to a universe
of objects that don’t know each other,
as if islands were not the lost children
of one great continent.  The world
is flux, and light becomes what it touches,
becomes water, lilies on water,
above and below water,
becomes lilac and mauve and yellow
and white and cerulean lamps,
small fists passing sunlight
so quickly to one another
that it would take long, streaming hair
inside my brush to catch it.
To paint the speed of light!
Our weighted shapes, these verticals,
burn to mix with air
and change our bones, skin, clothes
to gases.  Doctor,
if only you could see
how heaven pulls earth into its arms
and how infinitely the heart expands
to claim this world, blue vapor without end.

-Lisel Mueller

Monet     Rouen Cathedral  Full Sunlight         1894             


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fun with charts....................


The market's doing the "bunny hop," but not really going anywhere:





































cartoon via

Spengler ditches his rose-colored glasses.......



If he keeps this up, I may have to stop reading him:


"Americans aren’t spending money, except for fast food, the last affordable luxury left on many household budgets."


Full stagflation post is here.

Over and over.......................


Tommy James and the Shondells..................Crimson and Clover

On leadership.........................



















courtesy of  Tanmay Vora

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


Tommy James and the Shondells............................Hanky Panky




The ninth rule of happiness................



Risk and reward.......................


























thanks Kelly

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Actually........................


............I think she meant The Samwise Gamgee Doctrine:





















The Trump Monster and............................



..................................................................a fable for our time:


And there was afright and desperation and rending of teeth and gnashing of hair  for many were the rice bowls threatened.


The darkest of horrors was that the serfs  might come to choose the manner of their government. For long years the Bicephalous Party had presided over that most desirable form of democracy in which the people had no power. This laudable state they had maintained by never talking about anything of substance, such as unending wars in remote lands beyond the edges of the maps, or the importation of slaves from curious and unwholesome countries or the manufactures of all things by foreign dwarves.


The rest of Fred Reed's scurrilous commentary is here

I'm surprised it took so long..............




sourced here

"Quake books" and................................



.........................................mastering the lost art of reading.


"They shook my entire world and then, as it happened, were responsible for a great deal of success in my career, relationships, and my happiness."


Full post is here.

Interesting paragraphs...........................................



      The Japanese government in particular is investing millions in its own studies of El Nino, and for good reason.  Japan has historically been a magnet for highly destructive Pacific typhoons, storms that, along with the earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions that bring regular ruin, have helped forge the national character traits of stoicism and mutual philanthropy.  Forecasting such traumatic occurrences would of course be a fine thing, for the national economy, for the nation's morale.  The recent accelerating ability to forecast the eruptions of volcanoes may still not have been matched by an ability to predict earthquakes.  But to balance that, a major effort is now being made in Japan to fine-tune global long-term weather forecasting, and in particular to investigate the possibilities of predicting when an El Nino - with its clustering of typhoons - is most likely to occur.


-Simon Winchester,  Pacific:  Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers

Can I get an amen.......................................?



"We need less financial ingenuity and more common sense."


-John Kay, as extracted from here

The heading says...................


The universe responds to you!

























Of course it does.  My favorite part of this Zenflash post though is the take-off on Norman Rockwell's 1961 painting, The Connoisseur.