Wednesday, August 31, 2016

a film about bipolar disorder

2 fingers

Frank Sinatra's Jack Daniel's measurement.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

battle field to wheat field

A Civil War veteran returns to the field. 

space opera

"Art on all levels is technology."
- George Lucas

where Churchill wrote his memoirs

on Napoleon

"You can't trust short men as their brains are too close to their bottoms."
- Noel Coward


"If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.”
- Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

Monday, August 29, 2016

mis leader

"He had an extraordinary ability for self-deception."
- On LBJ

blow up your images

Enlarge images for a reasonable price here. Old family photos. Magazine advertisements. Internet files. Art work that would be better bigger.

Contact Rebel Storms:

what he misses most

"I miss taking a nice walk."
- President Barack Obama

Black Leonardo

"Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible."
- George Washington Carver

Sunday, August 28, 2016

grim reaper

"Time takes everyone out. It's undefeated."

overcame adversity

"Time is the great author, for it has the perfect ending."
- Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977]

Saturday, August 27, 2016

seal against gas

Adolph Hitler [1889-1945] adopted his variety of moustache in World War I to accommodate gas masks.

blended scotch

"Everywhere he went he took dozens of cases of Cutty Sark with him."
- LBJ Aide


"It's not about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can take a hit."
- Sylvester Stallone


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
- Vincent van Gogh

Friday, August 26, 2016


Michelangelo's fee for Julius II's tomb was 10,000 ducats, which in current dollars approximates 1.4 million USD. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Inventions of the ancient Islamic world here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

would you like fries with that?

The Royal Academy of Music graduates 750 students per year.

at some point it crosses over

"Having a race to see who can walk the fastest is like having a contest to see who can whisper the loudest."
- Bob Costas on speed-walking at the Rio Olympics

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


According to Irshad Manji, Jihad martyrs will receive 72 raisins not 72 virgins after death.  


"I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
- JFK at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere.April 29, 1962

Monday, August 22, 2016


"If ignorance is bliss, what's the opposite?"
- Chris Rock

Sunday, August 21, 2016


mr. wonderful

It has been reported that Kevin O'Leary's speaking fees start at $60,000 and that he averages two speeches per month.


"The time for honouring yourself will soon be at an end."
- Russel Crowe as Maximus in Gladiator

Saturday, August 20, 2016

through deceit and dishonesty

"All I wanted from from life was one more victory than defeat."
- Richard Nixon


"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
James Danforth "Dan" Quayle [born 1947]

Yorba Linda

"You got to go out there and scratch - you're not going to get anywhere on your great looks."
- Richard Nixon's father

fear not love

"To avoid the issues you work up bogus issues trying to play on the fears of people, because if you talk about the real issues you may lose votes. It's as simple as that."
- Helen Gahanna Douglas [1900 - 1980]

Friday, August 19, 2016

lack of drama major

"You don't have to be screwed-up to do comedy."
- Keegan-Michael Key

pre-income tax era

"You can't do a fine thing without having seen fine examples."
- Richard Morris Hunt, architect of The Breakers and Marble House, on education

gentlemen with brains

Wanted by 

In my experience, there are five kinds of Creative Director:

1. Sound on strategy, dull on execution.

2. Good managers who don't make waves ... and don't produce brilliant campaigns either.

3. Duds.

4. The genius who is a lousy leader.

5. TRUMPETER SWANS who combine personal genius with inspiring leadership.

We have an opening for one of these rare birds on one of our offices overseas.

Write in inviolable secrecy to me,
David Ogilvy, Touffou, 86300 Bonnes,

Thursday, August 18, 2016


"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

a place to have pictures framed in Cambridge

Framing & Art did what Michaels said was impossible ahead of schedule and for a reasonable price.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


The cost of maintaining a horse at Sandhurst for a year in 1900 approximates at least $40,000 in current dollars.

Hitler could have won

"All methods of dealing with conflict should be short and simple, not long and complicated. Simplicity solves the problem. If the method undertaken is long and complex, then you will be depleted. It is better to have a simple and speedy plan than a clever and lengthy one. Think carefully, move in quickly, and depart successfully. Be in the moment with the situation at all times. Once your situation changes, discard the past immediately."
- Sun Tzu, who lived and fought almost 2500 years before Adolph

Reasonably priced Cambridge condo


Approximately 920 square feet 2 bedroom condo, with new washer and dryer. The carpeting was ripped out leaving bare concrete. You could leave it as is for an industrial look, or finish the floor yourself - have a new one installed in a day or two to your own taste and budget. Flooring referrals can be provided.

The unit is freshly painted in white.

North facing, so you're not incinerated or blinded by the sun.

On the fifth floor with insulated windows, so street noise is inconsequential.

The balcony can be enjoyed most of the year weather permitting.

Close to the 401 hwy, so commuting into Mississauga, where property ownership can be out of reach,  takes about 40 minutes or less. Regular "Go" buses drive direct into downtown Toronto.

Essential shopping and dining options are next door as well as dental and medical services. New and planned retailers are or will be within walking distance.

A five minute drive to Puslinch Lake, which is North America's largest kettle lake. Old Marina Restaurant will fill you up. The Niagara Escarpment is close too.

Langdon Hall is fifteen minutes away.

The Stratford Festival is thirty minutes away.

Within a ten minute walk is the Heritage College & Seminary. A slightly longer journey is to University of Waterloo's School of Architecture based in south Cambridge. Students at both schools could be renters.

As an investment the property will only appreciate. For north of $178K, a buyer could rent it out for $1200/month. Monthly condo fees are about $340, which includes pool use and a parking space.

Google "200 Jamieson Parkway, Cambridge, Ontario" to confirm price competitiveness with other building comps.

Forward inquiries to "" with "200 Jamieson" in the subject line.

King Tut

“... as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.”
- Howard Carter [1874-1939], Tomb of Tutankhamun [ruled 1332 BC-1323 BC]

Monday, August 15, 2016


It is rumoured that John Quincy Adams could write Latin with his right hand and Greek with his left hand at the same time.

5th century BC advice

"Be positive at all times. If you expect to fail, you will. Before the battles begins, make sure you expect to win - then there will be no battle, for you will have won before it starts."
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Spaghetti and Meatballs

the President's job

"You're an air traffic controller and you have 500 planes circling, all about to run out of fuel."
- Former Utah Governor (R) Mike Leavitt

There is no Bulgarian word for "Yuppie"

As a Bulgarian friend put it, "I can’t think of a word. Perhaps, we don’t want to rise in the world as the Japanese."

Saturday, August 13, 2016


A rerun from 2008:

Of all defendants, only Albert Speer [1905-1981] admitted guilt at the Nuremberg Trials
On how he knew the Reich was losing: "The glorious victories of the Fatherland were coming ever closer to Berlin."

Speer received a 20-year jail sentence for war crimes; for a while he slept most of the day to cut his awake time substantially until the prison authorities became aware of what he was up to.

He filled a coat pocket with peas and would transfer one to an empty pocket to keep track of each lap around the path in the modest prison garden he tended. Through prison atlases and other books, Speer imagined that he was covering interesting foreign landscapes and calculated that he had walked around the earth at least once.

A source for some of this information is Albert Speer's own Spandau: The Secret Diaries, which was written in scraps and secretly smuggled out by guards and published ten years after his release in 1976.

team player

"She scrambled eggs for him and his staff at midnight."
- Lady Bird Johnson