Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"eat food; not too much; mostly plants"

"The rat takes a bite of something and waits half an hour to see if everything is ok. If it's ok, he breathes on his relatives to let them know it's ok."
- Michael Pollan

Saturday, March 27, 2010

his father was an art instructor

Pablo Picasso, The Old Fisherman (Salmerón), 1895

"At fifteen Picasso could draw as an old master and he spent the rest of his life trying to draw like a five year old."

star soup

Recommended by Jane Fonda to Jeff Bridges to lose weight:

Bieler Soup Recipe

  • 1 pound of string beans
  • 2 pounds zucchini
  • a hand full of curly parsley
  • enough water to cover your veggies

Into rapidly boiling water add above and boil for 10-15 min until fork goes thru outside of zucchini, puree using the water you cooked it in and make it the consistency you desire.

Source here.

inflation adjusted

Friday, March 26, 2010

“throat share”

How Coca-Cola defines its market.

Image source here.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

upon election to political office

Reporter: What surprises you?

JFK: I'm surprised that things are as bad as I said they were.

Monday, March 22, 2010

swirling stainless steel

Frank Gehry's $74 million Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas

Sunday, March 21, 2010

state security

"The Gestapo broke bones; the Stasi broke will."
- Chris Hedges

King James Bible

Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting
get understanding.
- Proverbs 4:7

Saturday, March 20, 2010

world's greatest painting

Las Meninas, 1656, is the most famous Spanish painting.

From the King's perspective.

A place to eat in Rhode Island

Talk deeply, be happy

“By engaging in meaningful conversations, we manage to impose meaning on an otherwise pretty chaotic world,” Dr. Mehl said. “And interpersonally, as you find this meaning, you bond with your interactive partner, and we know that interpersonal connection and integration is a core fundamental foundation of happiness.”

Article here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

augmented income

"When Hemingway left the Kansas City Star to go off to Paris to write his stories, we often overlook the fact that his wife Hadley had quite a bit of money at the time and that's what they lived on."
- Russell Banks

going Dutch

Lucas Cranach the Elder's 1526 David and Bathsheba sold recently for nearly €5.3m

Pablo Picasso's 1949 David and Bathsheba

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

working class

Michael Caine [born 1933] photographed by David Bailey [born 1939], 1965.

“First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”

Sunday, March 14, 2010


"Life is random."
- Attributed to Steve Jobs when the iPod was introduced.

conveyance of mental confusion

Portrait of Virginia Wolf by her sister Vanessa Bell, 1912

"The method of writing smooth narrative can't be right. Things don't happen in one's mind like that. We experience, all the time, an overlapping of images and ideas, and modern novels should convey our mental confusion instead of neatly arranging it. The reader must sort it out."
- Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]

10 Commandments

Saturday, March 13, 2010

on the rocks

Image source here.

"We always try to choose good ice cubes."
- Robert Large, Yeoman of the Cellars, Buckingham Palace

turning point in American sculpture

Admiral David Farragut [1801-1870] Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens [1848-1907], New York City.

There's a good side to failure

"No matter how far off or unlikely it may now seem, the next success you have will be sweeter than all the other ones, because you went through this."
- Attributed to Steven Spielberg by Quentin Tarantino on the release of a flop

how many people have ever lived

Source here.

world's most expensive cities

Source here.


Pre BitterCold - By Vinny Minton from Imperial Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

on acting

Thursday, March 11, 2010

quantum analogy

Image source here.

"A person hides a ball in a cabinet with a million drawers. How many drawers do you have to open before you find the ball? You might get lucky and find it in the first drawer you open. Or you may not find it until you've opened the last one. But, on average, it will take a person half a million peeks to find the ball. A quantum computer can perform the same search by looking into only 1,000 drawers."
- Globe and Mail article here.


Zeng Fanzhi's Mask Series 1996, No 6 sold for $9.7m, a new contemporary Chinese art market high, at Christie's in Hong Kong in May 2008.

Monday, March 8, 2010

favorite year in his life

"1940. Always 1940."
- Winston Churchill [1874-1965]


"Never look back because something might be gaining on you."
- Robert Mitchum [1917-1997]

Saturday, March 6, 2010

8 of the 15 were manic-depressive*

"Blessed are the cracked for they let the light shine through."

Group portrait of American Abstract Expressionists in 1950, "The Irascibles." From left, rear: Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, Hedda Sterne; (next row) Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jimmy Ernst (w. bow tie), Jackson Pollock (in striped jacket), James Brooks, Clyfford Still (leaning on knee), Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin; (in foreground) Theodoros Stamos (on bench), Barnett Newman (on stool), Mark Rothko (with glasses).


chiropractors on the ropes

One in four chiropractors in Britain are under investigation.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

living on earth

"95% of the Earth's living mass is bacteria."
- University of Leicester

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

public face

"Much of the business of this city transpires after five o'clock pm."
- Attributed to the founding era's first First Lady, Dolley Madison [1768—1849].