Thursday, December 29, 2011

"If all the insects were to disappear from earth, within 50 years all life would end. If all human beings disappeared from earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish."
- Jonas Salk

"All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as you grow up."
- Pablo Picasso

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"The best for the most for the least. That's why we got into mass production."
- Ray Eames

Monday, December 19, 2011


"[T]he plain fact is that" alcohol "makes other people, and indeed life itself, a good deal less boring. Kingsley grasped this essential fact very early in life, and (so to speak) never let go of the insight," - Christopher Hitchens [1949-2011]. But there are few people as boring as a drunk when you're sober.

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Good business is the best art."
- Andy Warhol

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"When you have eliminated all that is impossible, whatever remains must be the truth, no matter how improbable."
- Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, November 3, 2011


"The more you can boil something down, the better."
- Calvin Trillin

"If you ever want to run for the Presidency of the United States, you have to be prepared to strip naked and take a bath at high-noon in the busiest intersection of your town."
- Attributed to Fred Dutton, JFK Advisor

Saturday, October 29, 2011

“Edwin Land of Polaroid talked about the intersection of the humanities and science. I like that intersection. There's something magical about that place.”
- Steve Jobs

"For a writer the centre of the universe is where you are."
- Amos Oz 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
- Amy Goodman paraphrasing Gandi

Monday, October 24, 2011

organic gardener

"Have nothing in it that's not beautiful or useful."
- Prince Charles

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
- Steve Jobs

Sunday, October 16, 2011


"We basically forget 50% of what we have learned in the last 24 hours."
- Attributed to Joshua Foer

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"The Blues ain't nothing but a personal catastrophe expressed lyrically."
- Cornel West  

Monday, October 10, 2011

A place to eat in Buffalo

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"The Irish have a special talent for suffering ... Anybody who has been in a room full of Irish people knows that the status goes to the person who has had the worst thing happen to them most recently."
- Michael Lewis

Monday, October 3, 2011

John Adams drank a tankard of whiskey daily.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

"All creative work is a war against self-conciousness; self-conciousness is the enemy of creativity."
- James L. Brooks

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ancient greek

"When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger." 

Monday, September 26, 2011


"Get right with yourself. That's what life's about."
- Sonny Rollins

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Portrait of Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade, 1837

Saturday, September 17, 2011


"I don't trust anyone who hasn't been arrested once."
- John Waters

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Firefighters' ladder drill:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


"Out of 58 billion people who have lived on the earth, only 12 of us have walked on the moon."
- Alan Bean

Footlights Revue

"I don't know many people worth knowing who don't have a mind that sometimes leads them astray."
- Stephen Fry


In 1840 the word millionaire is invented.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

radio free europe

"It's really fun to be famous, I'm sorry. And to be looked at and considered successful is great. [But] for every single person in this world who thinks I'm successful and great, there's someone else who thinks I'm a sham and just so full of myself and a walking piece of shit as an artist, and that's ok."
- Michael Stipe

the harder I work the luckier I get

Q: How do you do so many things at once and how do you cope with it?

A: I'm going to let the universe bring to me whatever. I'm going to be open to receive it. But I'm also going to be prepared to change direction. I'm not going to be all locked down and closed and trying to control every moment of the day.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


"The perfect music is probably silence."
- Sting

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is art?

"If the artist says it's a work of art, it's a work of art."
- Marcel Duchamp

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


"Little known and mostly laughed at."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Commander in Chief

"I know what it is to be unpopular, Mister Adams."
- George Washington

Thursday, August 4, 2011


"Don't ever tell people how good you are; show them."
- Arnold Palmer's father

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"a very dedicated artist"

"He works from about 9 in the morning to about 3 in the afternoon. Then he works from about seven to eleven or eleven-thirty. He does that 7 days a week."
- on Lucian Freud

Friday, July 29, 2011


"As great powers lose, they can learn a great deal about themselves."
- Professor Marvin Kalb

308 GTS

"To risk and fail and pick yourself up and start again is how you learn."
- Tom Selleck

Monday, July 25, 2011

Je Suis

"Accomplish much while appearing to do little."
- Benjamin Franklin on the French ethic

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


"Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself."
- Gene Simmons

Sunday, July 3, 2011

weather it

"If I was to go by the amount of rejection I've had in my career, I should have given up a long time ago."
- Mike Myers

Thursday, June 23, 2011


In 1486 a giraffe was released into Florence. It roamed freely for three weeks before dying.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Winston Churchill drank 2 pints of whiskey daily.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

where to go for Polish in Detroit


Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth Commencement address here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

where Mark Twain stayed

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


"I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth."
- Charlie Chaplin

Monday, May 23, 2011


Best preserved theatre in the ancient world.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


"Sometimes you need to go through bad things to arrive at a good place."
- James Frey

Photo source here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


"Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy ... or they become legend."
- Jim Harrison

Thursday, April 21, 2011

style is a product of your deficiencies

"I was so obsessed with getting good grades that I don't think I learned anything."
- High school Valedictorian and 12-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

freedom advocate

A hereditary monarch, observed Thomas Paine, is as absurd a proposition as a hereditary doctor or mathematician.

Monday, April 18, 2011

curriculum vitae

Saturday, April 16, 2011

a knowing bartender

Edouard Manet, Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1882