Sunday, February 28, 2010


Chile's Atacama desert currently produces the largest market share of the world's lithium carbonate.

"In the first twenty-five years after lithium was introduced to treat manic depression, it saved $150 billion in hospitalization costs."
- Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Superfreakonomics, p.145

Friday, February 26, 2010

office hours

7 am — 3 am.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


"I don't have the concentration to work more than one or two hours a day."
- Vancouver Olympic Snowboard Gold Medalist Shaun White [born 1986]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"nailed the face to the canvas"

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart [1755-1828]


"To make a great movie you need at least five great scenes."
- Attributed to Sir David Lean [1908-1991] by Barbara Streisand [born 1942]


"The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."
- Mark Twain

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Durable wheelchairs available internationally:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Of Beauty

The Rasin Building, also known as the Dancing House or the Fred and Ginger Building, designed by Frank Gehry in Prague, Czech Republic.

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
- Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]


The Art of Making Money Plenty by Benjamin Franklin

"At this time when the general complaint is that money is so scarce it must be an act of kindness to inform the moneyless how they can reinforce their purses. I will acquaint all with the true secret of money catching, the certain way to fill empty purses and how to keep them always full. Two simple rules will do the business: 1st Let honesty and labor be thy constant companions; 2nd Spend one penny every day less than thy clear gains. Then shall thy purse soon begin to thrive, thy creditors will never insult thee nor want oppress nor hunger neither bite, nor naked freeze thee, the whole hemisphere will shine brighter, and pleasure spring up in every corner of thy heart. Now thereby embrace these rules and be happy."

Doctor Franklin. Born January 7th 1706 O.S. Died, April 17th 1790.


"Painting and sculpture, labour and good faith, have been my ruin and I continually go from bad to worse. Better it would have been for me if I had set myself to making matches in my youth. I should not be in such distress of mind."
- Michelangelo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

zest and gusto

One cannot write or act without zest and gusto.
- Ray Bradbury paraphrased

Sunday, February 14, 2010

cream puff

"Painting is only suitable for women and feeble men."
- Attributed to Michelangelo by Francis Broun

Saturday, February 13, 2010

why they don't sip it

It hurts only once.


"I don't mind what happens."
- J. Krishnamurti

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wilt the Stilt

"Nobody roots for Goliath."
- Wilt Chamberlain

Thursday, February 11, 2010

movie prop supplier

good time charlie

"I plead guilty to all your accusations and to hell with you."
- Charlie Wilson [1933-2010]

84 acres

Europe's largest antique fair is in England.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


"One of the purposes of music is to give comfort. To heal."
- Yo-Yo Ma

Monday, February 8, 2010

I was alive today

"The day isn't complete unless I've created something."
- Patti Smith [born 1946]

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Albert Einstein spoke of a grotesque contradiction between what people considered to be his achievements and abilities and the reality of who he was and what he was capable of.
- Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, pg. 84


"It is consoling to think that reading a lot, forgetting most of it and being slow-witted might add up to a good way of living."
- Andrew Sullivan explores here.

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father of landscape painting

Claude Lorrain [1600-1682], The Disembarkation of Cleopatra at Tarsus

"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
- André Gide [1869-1951]

Saturday, February 6, 2010

ugly furniture

Friday, February 5, 2010

palermo market

Renato Guttuso's [1911-1987] La Vucciria depicts a 3000 year old way of life on the island of Sicily.

alright is alright

"It's ok to head out to wonderful, but on your way to wonderful you have to pass through alright."
- Bill Withers [born 1938]

unaffordable art

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom."
- Albert Einstein


Rodney Smith photography here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

definitive styles

"Ernest Hemingway was hard-boiled and J.D. Salinger was soft-boiled."
- Adam Gopnik on two transformative American writers

grasshopper bouquet

Chinese street foods, like this “bouquet” of skewered grasshoppers, often raise Western eyebrows. But insect eating isn’t as unusual as you might imagine. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 1,400 protein-rich insect species are regularly enjoyed by humans around the world.

National Geographic source here.