Sunday, 29 January 2012

Music is My Personal Saviour

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top. ~ Frank Moore Colby #quote

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn #quote

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. ~ C. Northcote Parkinson #quote

Music is my personal saviour ~ Sigred Philipsen

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. ~ Frank Zappa #quote

We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. ~ C. Day Lewis #quote

I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said. ~ Alan Greenspan #quote

Delay is the deadliest form of denial. ~ C. Northcote Parkinson #quote

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. ~ Franklin P. Jones #quote

Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get laundry done. ~ Burt Reynolds #quote

The most efficient labor-saving device is still money. ~ Franklin P. Jones #quote

Intolerance is evidence of impotence. ~ Aleister Crowley #quote

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt #quote

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha #quote

Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice. ~ Franklin P. Jones #quote

Death is very often referred to as a good career move. ~ Buddy Holly #quote

It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.  ~ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld #quote

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.  ~ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld #quote

Being a foreigner is not a disease. ~ Alden Nowlan #quote

But you come to a point in your life when you can't pull the trigger anymore. ~ Evel Knievel #quote

Make your life a mission - not an intermission. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow #quote

Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency. ~ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld #quote

Either war is obsolete or men are. ~ Buckminster Fuller #quote

Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God. ~ Bruce Shelley #quote

I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep. ~ Evelyn Waugh #quote

Live fast, die old, and make very sure everyone knows you were there. ~ Alan Cox  #quote

Literature is news that stays news. ~ Ezra Pound #quote

I am often asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security.  My 1st answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed. ~ Bruce Scheneier #quote

It's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin and can't stand the company. ~ Bruce Springsteen #quote
Chapel in a Hospital
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald #quote

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors & furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~ Alfred Newman #quote

Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy. ~ F. Scott Fitzerald #quote

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. ~ Ezra Pound #quote

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer #quote

I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. ~ Ezra Pound #quote

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. ~ Bruce Lee #quote

I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible. ~ Ezra Pound #quote

I was introverted, shy. But if you win a lot you need to be extroverted, or they'll think you're arrogant. ~ Alberto Tomba #quote

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Jerry Vilhotti

We first met Jerry when in 2004 he sent us a random story to be placed on Dangling on a Hook. It's been quite a few years now and still, from time to time, Jerry will forward one of his dense, bizarre & ultimately humanity revealing stories. We're always very pleased to hear from him!
Some of Jerry's stories can be found at Voices from Beyond and Googling his name will bring up even more.  Below are a couple of his stories and below them is a short autobiography.

At our request, Jerry provided some background information, as follows:

I graduated from the only college that won the NIT and NCCA basketball tournaments in the same year but more importantly than that - Jonas Salk who helped rid some of the world of polio with his vaccine was also given the opportunity to contribute to Mankind and graduated from the same NYC school that's called in some circles: "The poor man's Harvard". This and the fact that there was a place of higher learning that indeed gave every race, nationality and creed an opportunity to play in the game of sculpting a better world gives me greater joy.

To use a lame analogy: I was a pretty good ballplayer in my day: I could hit singles, doubles and triples and sometimes home runs! I hit balls for fly outs or ground outs and sometimes I even struck out!

That's how I feel like a writer - no more no less.

I have been fortunate to have had stories published in the USA, Greece, India, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada and Singapore; many of which were literary magazines.

I live among the Litchfield Hills with the ghosts of Mark Twain in the east, Harriet Beecher Stowe on the west and John Brown to the north. I live in a simpler place in time, with a beautiful wife who treats me well and waits for me to return from my imaginary meandering and WE both helped -- I swears to God! -- in bringing three sort of nice kids, a boy and two girls, into this tumultuous world - of whom we are very proud and I hope they find a loved one as good as the one who helped me become a writer.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Random Quotes & Random Things

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision. ~ George Eliot #quote

Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous ~ Gertrude Stein #quote

If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. ~ Linda McCartney #quote

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. ~ Thomas Jefferson #quote

There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~ Steven Wright #quote

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. ~ Mark Twain #quote

You don’t hit a man on the head when you’ve got your fingers between his teeth. ~ African #Proverb

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." ~ Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science in 1949 #quote

"Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave." ~ Ad slogan "Pepsi Comes Alive" as originally translated into Chinese #quote

If necessity is the mother of invention, conflict is its father. ~ Kenneth Kaye #quote

It takes 46 muscles to frown but only 4 to flip 'em the bird. ~ Prairie Home Companion #quote

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon. ~ Susan Ertz #quote

 "Is there a number higher than infinity?"  "Oh yes ~ infinity plus shipping and handling" ~ Johnny Carson (The Tonight Show) #linesfromTV

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion ~ Robertson Davies #quote

You'll never get rid of a bad temper by losing it! ~ The Half-Wit and Wisdom of Alfred E. Neuman #quote

Next week there can't be any crisis. My schedule is full already. ~ Henry A. Kissinger #quote

Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you. ~ C. Coolidge #quote

Everyone has issues except me - I have a damn subscription. ~ J.D. Ives #quote

A man that has never lied to a woman has no respect for her feelings. ~ Woody Allen #quote

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust #quote

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~ Henry Kissinger #quote

Nobody who can read is ever successful at cleaning out the attic. ~ Franklin P. Jones #quote

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. ~ Wernher von Braun #quote

The only difference between a RUT and a grave is how deep, how wide and how long you are in it.  ~ Charles Garfield #quote

The world is not only queerer than we imagine – it is queerer than we can imagine. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

The role of the press is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. ~ Edward Willis Scripps #quote

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. ~ John W. Gardner #quote

Just because something has always been done in a certain way is never a sufficient reason for continuing to do it that way. ~ C. Birdseye #quote

In order to make a difference, you must first be able to tell the difference. ~ Stuart Heller #quote

I'm immortal... so far.  ~ Earle Robinson #quote

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it. ~ Jules Renard #quote

The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. ~ Frank Zappa #quote

The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational. ~ A. N. Wilson #quote

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. ~ Picasso #quote

There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

If you can't find something to live for. You best find something to die for. ~ Tupac #quote

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr #quote

It is better to break one's heart than to do nothing with it. ~ Margaret Kennedy #quote

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. ~ Josef Stalin #quote

A man said to the Universe, 'Sir! I exist!'   'However,' replied the universe, 'The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation ~ S. Crane #quote

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Illusion of Knowledge

In the Andes, Ecuador
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. ~ Confucius #quote

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.  ~ Countess of Blessington #quote

The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow #quote

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. ~ John Naisbitt #quote

Criticism is often the first line of defense for ignorance. ~ John Hartman #quote

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. ~ Thomas Carlyle #quote

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. ~ Thomas H. Huxley #quote

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~ Martin Luther King #quote

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. ~ Sir Claus Moser #quote

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens ~ Jimi Hendrix #quote

If ignorance is bliss, why isn't the world happier? ~ Mark Twain #quote

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object... ~ Paul Gauguin #quote

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. ~ Vincent Van Gogh #quote

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. ~ Socrates #quote

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable. ~ Irving Howe #quote

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin #quote

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. ~ Jacob Bronowski #quote

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. ~ Laurence J. Peter #quote

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. ~ Wilbur Wright #quote

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.  ~ Reuben Blades #quote

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.  ~ Ralph W. Sockman #quote

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. ~ William Osler #quote

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. ~ Henry Adams #quote

The endless cycle of idea and action / Endless invention, endless experiment / Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness ~ T.S. Eliot #quote

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. ~ William Hazlitt #quote

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. ~ Charles Kettering #quote

Knowledge shuts a man's mouth ~ Erwin Sylvanus #quote

The excuse is always / Ignorance / Outlaw the excuse / And ignorance does not cease to exist ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

Though science can cause problems, it is not by ignorance that we will solve them. ~ Isaac Asimov #quote

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ~ Immanuel Kant #quote

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. ~ Bill Richardson #quote

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow #quote

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.  ~ Adlai Stevenson #quote

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. ~ Stephen Hawking #quote

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Crosses of Ecuador

The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many religions. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements (Chevalier, 1997) or cardinal points, or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line (Koch, 1955).

The Christian cross, also known as the Latin cross or crux ordinaria, is the most common symbol of Christianity, intended to represent the death of Jesus when he was crucified on the True Cross and his resurrection in the New Testament.

As Ecuador is primarily a Catholic country, crosses (and angels) abound.

Of course you see them on churches, but often the corner stone of a building will have a cross in it and Cuenca is known for it's own special crosses.  

It is not known when the first cross image was made; after circles, crosses are one of the first symbols drawn by children of all cultures. There are many cross-shaped incisions in European cult caves, dating back to the earliest stages of human cultural development in the stone age.
The tallest cross, at 152.4 metres high, is part of Francisco Franco's monumental "Valley of the Fallen", the Monumento Nacional de Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos in Spain.

A cross at the junction of Interstates 57 and 70 in Effingham, Illinois, is purportedly the tallest in the United States, at 198 feet (60.3 m) tall.

The tallest freestanding cross is located in St. Augustine, FL and stands 260 feet.

Christians didn’t use the sign of the cross as their religious symbol for many generations after Christ was crucified. Rather than being a Christian symbol of hope and love, it only had the negative association as an execution apparatus for criminals.

So initially, Christians adopted the fish symbol or the trident symbol to identify their religion. Then, early in the 4th century, when Emperor Constantine publicly declared that Christianity should be tolerated, execution by crucifixion was abolished and the cross became the emblem for Christians.

Crosses are used for many different purposes:  in mathematics, as emblems and symbols e.g. the Red Cross, in heraldry and in flags throughout the world,

A cross with flared ends is known as a Greek Cross or Crux Pattee.  

This and the cross below, are examples of one of the crosses built in Cuenca by artisans.  They can be seen all around the city.  

This cross picture was taken at a large shrine across the street for the Church in Turi (a small district just outside of Cuenca).  It again represents the crosses made especially in Cuenca which often have the ladder & the chicken, etc. at the base.

Click here to see more pictures of Ecuador's Angels & Crosses