Sunday, January 31, 2016

What to do when ...

... you're staying at Robert De Niro's NYC hotel here

armageddon recipe

Jamie Oliver's biggest global concerns:
  1. Obesity;
  2. Antibiotic resistance;
  3. Lack of water.

If we can't rebalance, Oliver concludes, it'll lead to war, famine.


Charles Haley is the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls.

political axiom

"You've got to govern with what you have, not with what you want."
- Unattributed

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Me fail english? That's unpossible!

"You can be a great writer without necessarily using words very well."
- Mike Nichols on Eugene O'Neill


"The job of the director is to turn psychology into behaviour."
- Elia Kazan

reputed to be the best ever

"Acting is lying for a living ... I don't want my lie to be disbelieved."
- Marlon Brando

"his torch enlightened all of mankind"


"Things came to (Voltaire) dull and he made them radiant; things came to him obscure, and he cleansed and scoured them with clarity; things came to him in useless scholastic dress, and he clothed them in such language that the whole world could understand and profit from them. Never did one man teach so many, or with such irresistible artistry."
- Will Durant (posthumously, 2002)

The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel

If the video doesn't play, access it directly from TED here.


"... one does not covet more than one's small lot, one is free of animosity, and one lives in the immediate present, day to day, without dread of what might befall."
- Garrison Keillor describing his cheerful Minnesota upbringing in TheKeillor Reader, p.357

Friday, January 29, 2016

Scottish vernacular

doobie A mild term of abuse meaning an idiot: "Whit d'ye dae that fur, ya doobie?"

Two hundred pages of how Glaswegians speak in Michael Munro's, The Complete Patter, (1996)

on depression

in the woods

“Ask not the elves for advice, because they will tell you both 'yes' and 'no'.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

not funny

"... laughing is a bad infirmity of human nature, which every thinking mind will strive to overcome."
- Attributed to Thomas Hobbes by Friedrich Nietzsche, Basic Writings of Nietzsche, p. 421

Thursday, January 28, 2016

electronic musician

Assorted celebrities do the Tim Hortons drive thru in Ferraris here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a botox approach to migraines

on crack

"Don't do it. More than once."
- David Cross

what the Buddha taught

"The man of little learning (ignorant) grows like a bull; his flesh grows, but not his wisdom."
- Buddha, The Dhammap Ada, No. 152

Image source here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

concrete solution

Sick of plowing snow and chipping ice? A possible solution here.

Hat Tip: MM

What American Pickers want

ceremony, diplomacy, intrigue, maneuvering

Andrea Mantegna's, Camera deli Sposi (The Meeting), depicts fifteenth-century court life 


Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A contrary reference to planning here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

54 days until Spring

This source counts down the days, hours, minutes, seconds.


(The) People you've been before
That you don't want around anymore
- Elliott Smith, Between the Bars

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"The signs that mock me as I go."
- James Joyce, Bahnhofstrasse


Apply to dental school here.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The Guardian: Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

Stanley Tucci: A Robert Motherwell artwork.

Full interview here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

on dropping out of law school

"It was so boring."
- Paul Simon

Thursday, January 21, 2016

one year warranty

If you have residential and/or commercial plumbing issues in the Cambridge area, ask for Lee at

act now

"The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible."
- Pierre Bonnard, Self-Portrait (1889), courtesy of Artsy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


This "Arlyn" table went at a Sotheby's auction for almost $1 million.

"It requires a genuine fight to produce one well designed object of relatively permanent value."
- Attributed to George Nakashima by Kristen of Artsy

Monday, January 18, 2016

If you only have $5 to your name ...

"For $5 you could buy a shot of liquor, the cheapest can of beer possible, and a lottery ticket."
- Russell Davis, 2012 Bartender of the Year, reminiscing about his all time favourite bar combo deal at a San Francisco establishment, which he fears may no longer be in business.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

swinging big

"The world does not care how many times you fall down, just as long as it's one fewer than the times you get up."
- Aaron Sorkin

Saturday, January 16, 2016

on being an artist

“It's hard to be an artist. It's hard to be anything. It's hard to be.”
- From a 2014 interview with The Independent

Why great architecture should tell a story

Thursday, January 14, 2016


In current U.S. dollars, Sir Winston Churchill spent an average of $145,000 on wine monthly.
- Source: The Economist, November 21st, 2015

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


"My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way."
- Ernest Hemingway

Saturday, January 9, 2016

"There was a crime. There was a victim. And there is punishment.
- Rusty Sabich, Presumed Innocent

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The quiet power of meditation