Monday, December 31, 2012


"People try to control every aspect of their performance, which is disruptive."
- Sian Beilock

"Practice under pressure makes perfect."
- C.I.A.

“Look, if you really have it, if you’ve had an experience of shunya, of emptiness, and really have penetrated the core of what the Buddhist thought is, you’ll be able to express what that is to a fisherman, to someone who’s uneducated."
- Richard Gere

"Half the world lives on less than $2/day."
- Global Issues

Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Even if you have a mediocre therapist, just the fact that you're going is good."
- Adam Carolla

“To me a mountain is a Buddha. Think of the patience; hundreds of thousands of years just sittin there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creatures in that silence and just waitin for us to stop all our frettin and foolin."
- Jack Kerouac

Friday, December 28, 2012

"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations."
- Oscar Wilde

"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are."
- French aphorism

"Didn't see no point going to school for something I was already good at."
- Atlantic Canada Marine Mechanic

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Death has not required us to keep a day free."
- Samuel Beckett

"Embrace yourself then go external."
- Jeff Koons

"All the greatest ideas are simple."
- Damien Hirst

Question: Do you practice?

Buddy Guy: I don't recommend it.

res ipsa loquitur

Who was Shakespeare? One point of view here. Michael Wood presents an alternative compelling case here

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"One's real life is often the life one doesn't lead."
- Oscar Wilde


Every day Charles Dickens wrote from 9am to 2pm, where he produced lines including "A city dwarfed by its garbage." 


A Mule Deer can go a year without water.

the odds

"One in 30 million will die in an airplane crash."

"Anxiety comes from not living in the present."

Monday, December 24, 2012


The lightest metal in the world floats on water.

Recommended Everest guide:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Anyone who doesn't know he's a genius probably isn't."
- Pascal

"It's easier to raise strong children than it is to heal broken men."
- Cory Booker

Friday, December 21, 2012

"Have nothing in it that you know not to be beautiful or useful."
- William Morris

Photo source here.

"The light of the lunar moon can turn you into a lunatic."
- Concept first expressed by the Tudors 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but triumphing over it."
- Nelson Mandela

the best butcher in Italy

"What's in writing stays."

Photo source here.

a place to eat in Rome

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Italian aphorism

"Love yourself as you love your bed."

"Mushroom hunting is a national pastime in Italy. Last year forty-thousand of us were poisoned."
- Gennardo Contaldo

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're not being followed."
- Bob Gruen, Photographer

Monday, December 17, 2012

"Hardly any other creature sees colour, but we do."
- Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto

"The world is made out of order and chaos."
- Taoism

"Pain is the only thing that will make an individual change."
- Rob Smith, Workforce Manager

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"We are not descended from fearful men."
- Edward R. Murrow

Saturday, December 15, 2012

137 lbs

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."
- Bruce Lee

Friday, December 14, 2012

daily diet

32 shots of whiskey plus champagne and 20 cigars

the most successful pirate in history

Sir Francis Drake

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A tour of the International Space Station here.

Some surgeons prefer obsidian scalpel blades over metal scalpel blades.

a place to eat in London

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Never make any enemy by accident."
- Downton Abbey

"Technical problems are way easier to solve than political problems."
- Dean Kamen

20% of the world's population has never used electricity.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


There are two kinds of advice:
1. Here's what you should do;
2. Here's what I would do if I were you.
- Jeff Immelt, CEO General Electric 

career advice

"Do what you like - don't reserve it for your hobbies."
- Dropout Dean Kamen 

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."
- Mike Tyson