Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cassell's Household Book

Read the 1869 edition here.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020


"Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
- Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

Saturday, June 13, 2020

powerful 20th century voice

"Humanity over race."
- James Baldwin [1924-1987]

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

F***ing Hell

"Stand up is arguing with yourself. It's chess against yourself."
- Ricky Gervais [born 1961]

Monday, June 8, 2020


13th Amendment: Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

otherwise overwhelming

Power of Three

We have three acts as the dominant structure to screenwriting. The “comic triple” for surprise punchlines. Three clusters of time (past, present, and future).

There are three little pigs, three Musketeers, three wise men, and the three Stooges.

How about “blood, sweat, and tears,” or “mind, body, spirit,’ and the infamous, “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.”

Source here.

John 15:13

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Saturday, June 6, 2020

natural terrain and topography

Maya Lin received a "B+" from Yale University for her Vietnam War Memorial design proposal.

The symbolism is that depth increases then gradually decreases according to combat casualties. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Barbary Pirates

In 1631, North African pirates raided an Irish village and more than a 100 men became enslaved. Some never set foot on land again, rowing until they expired.

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli ...
Marine's Hymn

pick your limits and bet

Random Number Generator here.

As much skill as Vegas.

greased in both directions

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Thuja occidentalis

" ... the oldest living eastern white cedar on the Niagara Escarpment called it the Ancient One [has] 1,320 rings or years of growth. It was born at the time the first Buddhist temple was built."

Source here.

a place to eat in Barcelona

Tuesday, June 2, 2020


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. [1929-1968]


"Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. He who is present at a wrongdoing and does not lift a hand to prevent it, is as guilty as the wrongdoers. Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins. Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf."
- Mary Torrans Lathrap [1838-1895]

With malice toward none, with charity for all

"... let us strive on to. . . bind up the nation's wounds"
- Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865], Second Inaugural Address

on superficiality

“I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.”
― Douglas Pagels

high tensions

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- JFK [1917-1963]

Monday, June 1, 2020

handling it

"Nobody teaches you how to deal with success."
- Dennis Quaid [b . 1954], who snorted 2 grams/day

Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Take this Hammer"

- James Baldwin [1924-1987]

A man who lifted 5000 pounds when no current contemporary can lift a pinky finger.

Blind Willie Johnson

Saturday, May 30, 2020

"I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

That's Life

That's life (That's life), that's what all the people say
You're riding high in April, shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June
I said, that's life (That's life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks, stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
'Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life (That's life), I tell ya, I can't deny it
I thought of quitting, baby
But my heart just ain't gonna buy it
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try
I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life (That's life), that's life and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out but my heart won't buy it
But if there's nothing shaking come this here July
I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, my

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

serenity now

“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.”
T.S. Eliot [1888-1965]

Priests and Kings

... until this:

Sunday, May 24, 2020


The Incas believed that gold was the sweat of the sun.


"Plans are worthless, but planning is essential."
- Dwight Eisenhower [1890-1969]

comatose daylight hours

"The bartender is the aristocrat of the working class."
- Cocktail (1988)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Environmental Art

The ill-matched couple

- Lucas Cranach (the Elder) [1472 –1553]

A young girl robs a foolish old man who is blissfully unaware of anything other than her charms. She has a smile of satisfaction on her face as she slips her hand into the lecher's purse.

first mass-market artist

- Albrecht Dürer [1471-1528], Self-Portrait

Friday, May 22, 2020

faith cannot be fully understood in times of happiness

"... faith sees best in the dark"
- Søren Kierkegaard [1813-1855 ], Gospel of Sufferings

Thursday, May 21, 2020

on longevity

"You've got to ride the swales."
- Dennis Miller [born 1953]


"Sinatra got me into Vodka."
- Don Rickles [1926-2017]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

4000 years of human history

Zoom here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID-19 infographics

Click here to view interactive dashboard.

Roman Emperor

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
- Marcus Aurelius [121-180]

Monday, May 18, 2020


"Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another."
- Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

Jelle's Marble Runs

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Dutch elder care

" ... we thought of a way to house seniors in surroundings that encourage interactivity, physical activity and participation. From this idea, we found a 400 yrs old fortress:
It will house 25 end stage Alzheimers patients. There are also houses for students, a child care facility and a hospital for cats and dogs that have a surgeon, orthopedist, gen medicine, cardiologist, dermatologist, neurologist, all just for cats and dogs!"
- Dr. Olivier Koning

mountain biking gopro pov

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Queen's chef makes scones

nourish the roots of our culture

"If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our Nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist."
- Robert Frost's full 1961 JFK inauguration text here

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


José Andrés says my modest $10 donation to World Central Kitchen will feed 10 people.


"By the work one knows the workman.”
Jean de La Fontaine [1621-1695]

Afternoon of a Faun

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
- Georgia O'Keeffe [1887-1986]

The Great Plague

Monday, May 11, 2020

on literacy

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
- Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]

harrowing dystopias and opposition to totalitarianism

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
- George Orwell [1903-1950]

Sunday, May 10, 2020


last in his West Point class

"The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity."
- Ulysses S. Grant [1822-1885]


"There's a reason Profiles in Courage is one volume."
- John F. Kennedy [1917-1963]

skip it

I ordered this from "Skip the Dishes":

But got this:

The interface needs to be crystal clear guiding you through the topping options. I spent a useless 45 minutes on mother's day trying to rectify this. The cost of new customer acquisition is more expensive than customer retention. "Door Dash" here I come.


"Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem."
- Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]

"saluted for my contributions"

"Sid Caesar didn't want fame, fortune. He just wanted to be appreciated."
- Mel Brooks [born 1926]