Thursday, July 18, 2019

code


“If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.”
- Alan Turing

Monday, July 15, 2019

existential


“He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”
Franz Kafka

Saturday, July 13, 2019

lateral thinking



"Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals."
- T. E. Lawrence

Thursday, July 11, 2019

bent elbow


"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools."
- Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

on betrayal


“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”
William Blake

Saturday, July 6, 2019

dissembling



"History is a set of lies agreed upon."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

on blah


"Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair."
- Gautama Buddha

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

on limits


“Other desires become the occasion of pain through dearth of the material to gratify them, but not the desire of knowledge: the sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our storybook.”
- A. E. Housman

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

baroque



"The past is never dead. It's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose providence dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us feel it always."
- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (1951)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

’The "Green Reaper" Has Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Burials



"With the enormous costs of chemically-treated wood coffins, concrete burial vaults, liners, cremations, urns, cemetery space, and embalming, an average funeral in America costs about $10,000. In addition to adding a financial burden to the backs of grieving families, these burial methods are also notoriously toxic for the environment."

Full story here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

melanin


"Throughout history, we have found all kinds of reasons to put ourselves above other people."
- Barack Obama

Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War


Watch here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Group of Seven documentaries


 Watch herehere and here.

Monday, June 3, 2019

on Hollywood


"There are a lot of broken people in this business."
- Billy Bob Thornton

Sunday, June 2, 2019

wilderness



"No man ever did a real thing that was not in the beginning misunderstood. A new path is bound to be somewhat lonely."
- Lawren Harris, founder of the Group of Seven

Saturday, June 1, 2019

victory


"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

Friday, May 31, 2019

shu


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
– Chinese proverb

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dementia Revolution




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

stoic


“Put an end once and for all to this discussion of what a good person should be, and be one.”
Marcus Aurelius

Saturday, May 18, 2019

formal relationship with death



Wa

See volunteer perspective here.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

humanist


“All seem to me to have some truth and some error, but everyone recognizes the other’s error and nobody discerns his own.”
Michael Servetus (a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist burnt at the stake for heresy in 1553)

HatTip: Finimize

Las Vegas Pizza Expo

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

so mature



“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
Muhammad Ali

Sunday, April 28, 2019

A hand


Royal and commoner baby help here.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

on undeserved success

mortification


"Anyone who isn’t embarrassed by who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough."
Alain de Botton

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

french polish



"Alcohol takes the polish off of furniture and people."

3 months


In World War II, the life expectancy of a Jeep was 90 days.

whaling


“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Primary Takeaway


"In space you can put on your pants two legs at a time."
- Commander Chris Hadfield

Saturday, April 20, 2019

a look inside



Notre Dame post fire here.

Friday, April 19, 2019

on obsession


"I can think of nothing else than this machine."
- James Watt

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

height, width, depth


"The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know."
- Harry Truman

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The point of medieval structures


To make you feel awe.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

on modesty


"Not the greatest architect that has ever lived. The greatest architect that ever will live."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, April 11, 2019

on volunteerism and voting


"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
- Edmund Burke

Sunday, April 7, 2019

thrasher



Neal “The Dude” Unger has an internet following as the oldest, coolest skater. He can't think of anything else when he's skating other than skating, so it's a great stress reliever. Video here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

portuguese shakespeare


“Time changes, and our desires change. What we 
believe – even what we are – is ever-changing. The world is change, which forever takes on new qualities.”
Luís Vaz de Camões

Saturday, March 30, 2019

greatest still life


Francisco de Zurbarán, Baroque Gravitas

how to go bankrupt


“How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Klondike


"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
- Jack London

on Vermeer



Part 1



Part 2



Part 3



Part 4

Thursday, March 28, 2019

go for it


“Since the danger of living in wretchedness is greater than the danger of dying soon, he is a fool who refuses to stake a little time and win a hazard of great gain.”
– Attributed to Seneca the Younger

vocab



"Schlimmbesserung": A German word which describes an effort to make things better that actually ends up making things worse.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

super moon


“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

stone carving

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

progenitor


“It is the historian’s function, not to make us clever for the next time, but to make us wise forever.”
Jacob Burckhardt

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Happiest cities in America


Source: WalletHub

Monday, March 11, 2019

bohemian

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”
Denis Diderot

Thursday, March 7, 2019

enlightenment groundwork


“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”
Baruch Spinoza

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Inferno


"Here's the path out of Hell to Paradise."
- On Dante