Saturday, April 30, 2016


He bore the penalties of the whole world.

100 year old model

Friday, April 29, 2016

On Golf

"Nobody owns it. You just lease it for a while."
- Phil Knight


Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Blake:
They kid because of the tension.
Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
Yes. It helps to create more.


In 1938, Nixon and several investors attempted to strike it rich making California orange juice, but Richard had no more luck than his father in the citrus business. The future president was not just the president of the Citra-Frost Company, which attempted to produce and sell frozen orange juice, but he even performed the menial work of cutting and squeezing oranges. Citra-Frost’s misguided attempt to freeze the juice itself, rather than the concentrate, doomed it to bankruptcy after just 18 months.

Source here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"recovering from failure is the most important thing you can learn"

"Saying that something is too terrible to joke about is like saying a disease is too terrible to cure. That's what you do about awful things. It's how you survive life ... if it's that awful you better start joking about it."
- Louis C.K.

"the world is already mean enough"

Q: As a kid who was teased so much, how did you navigate yourself beyond that?

A: I taught myself music. I stuck with it. I played all the time. The support was motivating. I rolled with it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

tailed by the KGB

"Our fight wasn't to win elections, but to have elections."
- Garry Kasparov

Saturday, April 23, 2016

key lime pie

"Cooking is so dull, but I like to bake."
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus


A rhinoceros in the Namibia desert, photographed by Marosjka Lavigne, winner of the Sony World Photography Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

brave new worlds

Christopher Columbus [1450-1506] set sail for the new world with a copy of Marco Polo's [1254-1324] Travels in his pocket.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

birth of the rebirth

"Dante [1265-1321] was a madman, and his work was a monstrosity. He has many commentators, and therefore cannot be understood. His reputation will go on increasing, for no one ever reads him."
- Voltaire [1694-1778]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


On a dog walk.

Credit: JR

Monday, April 18, 2016

In Venice

While writing Across the River and into the Trees, Ernest Hemingway in the mornings downed three bottles of Valpolicella.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


"Advise, encourage, warn."
- David Johnston, Canada's Governor General


"You can get lost in the desert, but you can also find yourself."
- Elvis impersonator

Saturday, April 16, 2016

cannabis psychosis

From The Guardian:
The risks of heavy cannabis for mental health are serious enough to warrant global public health campaigns, according to international drugs experts who said young people were particularly vulnerable. 
The warning from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus that frequent use of the drug can increase the risk of psychosis in vulnerable people, and comes as the UN prepares to convene a special session on the global drugs problem for the first time since 1998. The meeting in New York next week aims to unify countries in their efforts to tackle issues around illicit drug use. 
While the vast majority of people who smoke cannabis will not develop psychotic disorders, those who do can have their lives ruined. Psychosis is defined by hallucinations, delusions and irrational behaviour, and while most patients recover from the episodes, some go on to develop schizophrenia. The risk is higher among patients who continue with heavy cannabis use.
Full article here.

A new brand that has momentum:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


"The definition of an educated person is knowing how little they know."
- Socrates [469 BC - 399 BC]


"Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of four billion years of Darwinian selection. But many tend to still think that we are the culmination of that selection. Our sun however is less than halfway through its life span. It will not be humans who watch that sun's demise six billion years from now. Any creatures that then do exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoeba."
- Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees, Dark Materials

on Steve Martin

"Of all the people I admire in show business, he's very close to being one of them."
- Martin Short

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


"If you're not failing, you're not trying."
- A philosophy embraced by Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie

injure no living thing

"... Buddha means India, for the spirit of India lies in religion rather than in science, in contemplation rather than in action, in a fraternal gentleness rather than in the application of mathematics to artillery, or of chemistry to bombs."
- Will Durant

Image source here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Do it yourself

Paint by Numbers (Violin), 1962

"How do you know when a work of art is completed? When the cheque clears."
- Andy Warhol


"I don't have a cell phone or a computer."
- Christopher Walken


"My mom called me 'Toaster' because I popped up every three minutes."
- James Carville

Saturday, April 9, 2016

offense & defence

"There's no shame in getting knocked-down. Just don't stay there."
- Dick Vermeil, whose philosophy was to make the most of what you've got however subprime

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

global warming

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
- Upton Sinclair [1878 -1968]

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury."

Monday, April 4, 2016


"I conquered the world, but I didn't conquer myself."
- Attributed to Alexander the Great [356 BC-323 BC]


"I won't pick a fight but if you pick a fight with me or back me into a corner I will fucking kill you."
- Steve McQueen [1930-1980]

Saturday, April 2, 2016


"They have more fun at a Glasgow funeral than they have at an Edinburgh wedding."

"I didn't have a Coca-Cola until I was 17."

- Chef of the world's top restaurant Noma René Redzepi on growing up in a small Macedonian village

Friday, April 1, 2016


"Meeting Roosevelt was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne."
- Winston Churchill