Saturday, April 1, 2017
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
|Jacob Peter Gowy The Fall of Icarus Oil on canvas c 1636|
“But I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.”
- attributed to Randall Munroe
Mark Perry offers another one of his current event quizzes. In the spirit of full confession, your faithful blogger only got 4 out of ten correct. Since they were multiple-choice questions with four choices each, and since most of the questions had a vaguely trivial feel to them, and since I guessed at all ten questions; getting four correct actually doesn't feel all that bad. I won't be studying any harder for the next quiz.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
.......................................Full expose here. Wee tidbit here:
Season the steak aggressively with sea salt. Throw a handful over the tray of meat, and what sticks should be the correct amount. Avoid table salt, which contains anti-caking agents that are unsuited to steak.
Cultural Offering is almost halfway through posting 40 albums one should own. So far, I am ashamed to admit, I possess none of them. I do have other albums from six of his so-far-featured artists, so hopefully I can get some partial credit. What I am really hoping is that, one of these wondrous spring days, Kurt walks up the lane with an extra copy of one of his famous compilation CDs in his hand. Bloggers are never above begging.
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
........................recently become a problem. Many of us never thought we'd live this long, much less that long:
The short answer is the average person has absolutely no clue on what it takes to have a successful 30-year retirement without running out of money.
-Tony Isola, as loaned from here
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
...........................................becomes "accumulative advantage," and the Pareto Principle becomes the 1% Rule. James Clear is on the case:
Mastery is not an accident. The people and organizations that spend their days accumulating small wins and compounding tiny improvements are the ones that experience massive success. Time and time again, the highest achievers are the ones who have the best habits.
...................................Danny Gregory offers his Top 12 smells.
I might add a few more: Neatsfoot oil on my baseball mitt; the musty canvass of the old army tent we would sleep in on a hot summer's eve; the rotting leaves and grass in the compost pile my mom made me turn over; the chlorine at the swimming pool we'd visit.
The perfect mystic is not a ecstatic devotee lost in contemplation of Oneness, nor a saintly recluse shunning all commerce with mankind, but "the true saint" goes in and out amongst the people and eats and sleeps with them and buys and sells in the market and marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment.
-attributed to Abu Sa'id Abul Khayr
...............who thinks that some Wikipedia entries need better editors?
Abū-Sa'īd insists that his teachings and Sufism as a whole are the true meaning of Islam. He based his teachings on the mystic interpretation of verses from Qur’an and some hadiths and was considered a learned Islamic scholar. Nevertheless, his interpretations of Qur’an were considered an ocean of knowledge in exegesis of the Quran.
To this day this has been one of the causes of criticizing him from a religious point of view. In general he was bold in expressing his mystic opinions as can be seen from his praise of Hallaj who was considered a heretic by most of the Pseudo-Sufis and most ignoramus laymen of the time due to irrelevant conclusions without a depth of support of the great majority of the Islamic scholars of the time and present modern era, although the common opinion about Hallaj changed in time.
Monday, March 27, 2017
The burning desire to paint a scarlet letter on the breast of those who fail to observe the officially sanctioned view of things has taken possession of many ostensibly liberal people in academe, which has tended more and more in recent years to resemble what the Yale English professor David Bromwich calls "a church held together by the hunt for heresies."
-Robert Boyers, as culled from this essay
............................necessity of saving more than a few dollars:
"If we’re rational, we would care more about the future when we’re younger, because there’s potentially so many years ahead of us. But ironically, it seems our concern for our future self grows as we get older."
-Jonathan Clements, as excerpted from here
Put together these cultural traits and you end up ... with an economy that spends 1/6th of GDP on health care with nobody wanting to spend 1/6th of their income on it.
-Arnold Kling, full post is here
Sunday, March 26, 2017
6. You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave. The Golden Rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This means that the perception of both must be accurate. The Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly. Since you and your neighbor are equal members of one family, as you perceive both so you will do to both. You should look out from the perception of your own holiness to the holiness of others.
-The Course in Miracles, I:III:6
A man is born gentle and weak;
at his death he is hard and stiff.
All things, including the grass and trees,
are soft and pliable in life;
dry and brittle in death.
Stiffness is thus a companion of death;
flexibility a companion of life.
An army that cannot yield
will be defeated.
A tree that cannot bend
will crack in the wind.
The hard and stiff will be broken
the soft and supple will prevail.
-Tao Te Ching, Verse 76
as channeled by Wayne Dyer