Tuesday, October 31, 2017

on acting awards

"Actors haven't got a thought in their stupid bed-head mini-brains. We must honour this guy - he pretended to be Bob Johnson. It's genius, I tell you! Put on these clothes, roll the cameras, say what we told you to say! Fantastic! Give this guy a huge golden trophy! Goddamn genius."
- Jerry Seinfeld  


"We're all entitled to a joyful experience in life."
- Cyndi Lauper

Monday, October 30, 2017


"80% of Millennials prefer experiences over possessions."

"Make haste slowly."

Sunday, October 29, 2017


"The more you care about your own decisions, the less you care about what others think."
- Miley Cyrus

the beauty you cannot see

"You don't have to play every note."
- Thelonious Monk to his band on "space"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

advantaged head start

Could you have done it on your own?

‘To whom much is given, much will be required’" (Luke 12:48)

Train above the neck too

"For champions, it's 70% mental and 30% physical."
- Michael Johnson

on the virtues of the long game

"Sure metaphorically you got mobile faster. Didn't have to take the bus. I took public transportation longer, but as you were building quickly your Pinto, I was laboriously, methodically building a Rolls Royce."
- Deferred character formation gratification


"Sleeping is difficult in space. No matter what you feel the same. On earth due to gravity, sitting down or reclining you're increasingly more comfortable, which signals your brain to fall asleep."
- Scott Kelly

YMCA is big deal


"Crises don't make heroes. Crisis reveals who you were before it happened."
- Dr. Phil

Friday, October 27, 2017

Greatest accomplishment?

"The team."
- Steve Jobs

Orwell not a fan

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

Full Rudyard Kipling "If" text here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.”
- Vincent van Gogh sold just one painting not to his brother during his lifetime. More recently, his works have gone at auction equal to the value of expensive fighter jets.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


"I do 500 situps per day, 5 days per week."
- Shemar Moore on his abs

Monday, October 23, 2017

party of one

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone."
- Henrik Ibsen

on disaffected Trump voters

"If the economy is not going to work for me, I don't want it to work for anyone else."
- John Fetterman, Democratic Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Theory of Happiness

"... a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
- Albert Einstein

setting expectations

"To learn something new, expect to fall on your face."
- Sebastian Thrun, formerly tenured Stanford professor and Google X chief

Galt is the Paris of Cambridge

Sarcastic and literal.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"just another card in the deck"

"I've never trusted happiness."
- Billy Bob Thornton

"I just push words around."

"We got to pry that singer loose."
- Rob Baker on acquiring Gordon Downie for his new band The Tragically Hip.

not little

"Before you succeed, you must learn to fail."
- Shaq who like Michael Jordan was cut from his high-school basketball team

Friday, October 20, 2017

nil desperandum

"You have to care about the outcome to be nervous."
- Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro

sales save all sins

Business, political, interpersonal maxim.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

embracing imperfection

"War between strengths and weaknesses."
- Greeks on heroism

superiority complex

"(Now) who could tell us what was fashionable, what was fun?"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


“ I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then."
- Georgia O'Keeffe

... the preeminent genius

Because Leonardo da Vinci was restricted to no one silo.

Victorian Dandy

"Just as every Sinner has a future, every Saint has a past."
- Oscar Wilde

Monday, October 16, 2017

on social interaction

"I don't like to go out of my way to be bored."
- Larry David

Sunday, October 15, 2017

slow hurry

"Everyone wants progress, but no-one wants change."
- Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Learn, Learn, Learn."

"The greatest competitive advantage is knowledge."
- Mark Cuban, who completed his MBA before completing highschool and has expressed an interest in becoming the next President of the USA

Friday, October 13, 2017

real news

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan


"To maintain my mental health, I go on regular media fasts."
- Ashley Judd

Thursday, October 12, 2017

on anxiety

"When I had too much time to think, all the scary whispers ..."
- Steven Spielberg


"People don't want to be reminded of the past, especially if it's a guilty or unattractive past."
- on Portugal's Salazar Police State amnesia

math inspired

"We adore chaos because we love to produce order."
- M.C. Escher

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

playing with his toys

"The ocean is where I could hide. The land is where all the problems were."

Monday, October 9, 2017

Being in an unrefined or natural state

Lt. Col. Charles R. Codman: You know General, sometimes the men don't know when you're acting.

Patton: It's not important for them to know. It's only important for me to know.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

forward philosophy

"We're like a jet - we can't go backwards."
- Peter Onruang, Founder Wolfcom, a maker of body cameras

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Canadian Shield Moss

The potential application to unsightly apartment/office blocks is unending:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

you're still the pilot

"Fly the plane as far as you can into the crash."
- Aviation axiom


“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
Kazuo Ishiguro 2017 Nobel Laureate, Literature

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


"In my high-school to get a free Varsity jacket you had to bench-press 300 pounds, which is how I got mine."
- A-Rod


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

that far down

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
- Robert F. Kennedy

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fear of Failure

Greg Norman's primary motivator.