Friday, 27 April 2012

Memory: Remember or Forget?

As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape. ~ J. L. Spalding #quote

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic! ~ Jean Sibelius #quote

We think they were trying to say "lodging"?
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. ~ Michel de Montaigne #quote

I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory. ~ Muddy Waters #quote

If you want to test your memory, try to remember what you were worrying about one year ago today. ~ E. Joseph Cossman #quote

Forgive your enemies but never forget their names ~ John F. Kennedy #quote

Do you suffer from a long term memory loss? / I don't remember... Chumbawamba #lyrics

Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us. ~ Henrik Tikkanen #quote

A liar should have a good memory. ~ Quintilian #quote

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic. ~ D. Barry #quote

...don't forget about what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. He lived happily ever after. ~ Roald Dahl #quote

A good storyteller is a person with a good memory and hopes other people haven't. ~ Irvin S. Cobb #quote

A mother's body remembers her babies... ~ Barbara Kingsolver #quote

To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. ~ Doug Larson #quote

Families are messy...The best we can do is to remember that we're related and keep the maiming and killing to a minimum. ~ Rick Riordan #quote

At the University of Cuenca

Don't forget: Hope was the last thing out of Pandora's Box ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. ~ Rita Mae Brown #quote

Some dance to remember, some dance to forget. ~ The Eagles #lyrics

A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal. ~ Jean Giraudoux #quote

But I believe above all that I wanted to build the palace of my memory, because my memory is my only homeland. ~ Anselm Kiefer #quote

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana #quote

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

Monday, 16 April 2012

Art Takes Many Forms

American Freestyle canoeing is the art of paddling a canoe on flat water with perfect control of its movements. The canoe is usually leaned over to the side to help the boat turn sharply and efficiently and paddle strokes are taken on either side of the canoe depending on the individual move. Balance, paddle placement and turn initiation are a few keys to this control. Since the movements seem dance-like, some practice this art timed to music, which is the ultimate in control.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Mediocrity Knows Nothing Higher

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #quote

This above all: to your own self be true. ~ Shakespeare #quote

Sitting quietly / doing nothing / spring comes / and the grass grows by itself. ~ #Zen #Poem #quote

The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: matter, energy, and enlightened self~interest. ~ G'kar, Babylon 5 #quote

It's alright letting yourself go as long as you can get yourself back. ~ Mick Jagger #quote

At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom. ~ George Orwell, 1984 #quote

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. ~ C. S. Lewis #quote

Self-importance is our greatest enemy.  ~ Carlos Castaneda #quote

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder. ~ M. C. Escher #quote

For myself I am an optimist ~ it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. ~ Winston S. Churchill #quote

You wouldn't recognize a cunning plan if it painted itself blue & danced around naked singing 'cunning plans are here again'. ~ C. Clare #quote

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. ~ Karl Marx #quote

I always give myself such very good advice, but I very seldom follow it. ~ Alice In Wonderland #linesfrommovies

What you see in yourself is what you see in the world. ~ #Proverb from Afghanistan

First mend yourself, and then mend others. ~ Jewish #Proverb

If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water. ~ #Proverb from Bulgaria

Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.  ~ The Beatles #lyrics

All propaganda has to be popular & has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach ~ Adolf Hitler #quote

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. ~ Jung #quote

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Siddhārtha Gautama #quote
Sir, I admit to your general rule that every poet is a fool. But you yourself may serve to show it that not every fool is a poet. ~ A. Pope #quote

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. ~ Lucille Ball #quote

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. ~ Samuel Johnson #quote

'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir,' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself you see.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland #quote

He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. ~ Nelson Mandela #quote

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. ~ Mark Twain #quote

Be yourself, don't take anyone's shit, and never let them take you alive ~ Gerard Way #quote

I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. ~ Albert Camus #quote

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

I wanted only to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?"  ~ Hermann Hesse #quote

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.  ~ Rita Mae Brown #quote

We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt #quote

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Change yourself and fortune will change. ~ Portuguese #Proverb

There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself. ~ Raymond Chandler #quote

You either save yourself or you remain unsaved. ~ Alice Sebold #quote

Self-respect - the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ H.L. Mencken #quote

I am myself and what is around me, and if I do not save it, it shall not save me. ~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset #quote

Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. ~ C.H. Spurgeon #quote

In the middle of the journey of our life / I found myself astray in a dark wood / where the straight road had been lost sight of ~ D. Alighien #quote

What if somebody gave a war and / Nobody came? / Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and / Forever be Itself again. ~ Allen Ginsberg #quote

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~ W. Somerset Maugham #quote
To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. ~ Anne Rice #quote

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

Write in recollection and amazement for yourself. ~ Jack Kerouac #quote

When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others. ~ Anais Nin #quote

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man. ~ David Harris #quote

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis #quote

When a man forgets himself, he usually does something everybody else remembers. ~ James Coco #quote

Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself. ~ Arthur Eddington #quote

The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit. ~ David Lee Roth #quote

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.  ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.  ~ Raymond Hull #quote

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.  ~ Francis Meehan #quote

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

Think for yourself and question authority. ~ Timothy Leary #quote

Monday, 9 April 2012

Anyone Who Has Never Made a Mistake...

Graphic created with the assistance of Hetemeel

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history.  He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".  The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Music VIII

When we started on this project, we truly had no idea that it'd go on longer than a year.  At this point, we'd like to acknowledge defeat but are too stubborn to do that yet.  In due course, we'll produce a Music VIX.    

Take The Long Road And Walk It ~ The Music

Ocean Breathes Salty ~ Modest Mouse

Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away  ~ Sparklehorse

Long Way Around  ~ Dixie Chicks

Life Is A Highway ~ Rascal Flatts

Free Ride ~ Edgar Winter Group

Livin' On A Prayer ~ Bon Jovi

Slow Ride ~ Foghat

No Particular Place to Go ~ Chuck Berry

Route 66 ~ Nat King Cole

Panama ~ Van Halen

Running on Empty ~ Jackson Browne

Phantom Planet ~ California

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) ~ The Proclaimers

Smooth Operator ~ Sade

I Fought the Law ~ Bobby Fuller

Lets Stay Together ~ Al Green

Everyday People ~ Sly and the Family Stone

Smokestack Lightning ~ Howlin' Wolf 

Respect ~ Aretha Franklin

Paranoid ~ Black Sabbath

Shake, Rattle & Roll ~ Big Joe Turner

Purple Rain ~ Prince & The Revolution

Tutti Frutti ~ Little Richard

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Papa's got a Brand New Bag ~ James Brown

The Tracks of My Tears ~ Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Be My Baby - The Ronettes

Probably A Robbery  ~ Renegade Soundwave

Man's World ~ The Residents

Amor Clandestino ~ Maná

Miracle Worker ~ SuperHeavy

Holy Ghost ~ White Lies

Backwater ~ Meat Puppets

Años ~ Mercedes Sosa - Pablo Milanés
Wave Backwards ~ Hallelujah The Hills

Doesn't Get Better Than You ~ Johnny Reid

Who By Fire ~ Coil

Waste ~ Phish

I Am Going Home ~ Ten Years After

Don't Owe You A Thing ~ Gary Clark Jr.

Zeitlos ~ Old Age Revolution
Rolling In The Deep ~ Adele

1979 ~ Good Charlotte

Pumped Up Kicks ~ Foster The People

Jesus ~ Jesus Adrian Romero

Machine Gun Blues ~ Social Distortion

God Is A Bullet ~ Concrete Blonde

Queer ~ Garbage

You Already Know ~ Bombay Bicycle Club

Young And Able ~ Current Swell

Sweet City Woman ~ The Stampeders

Moanin' ~ Charles Mingus

Live From Austin Texas ~ John Mayall

For Your Love ~ The Yardbirds

Crystal Blues ~ Country Joe & The Fish

Walk On By ~ Isaac Hayes

Muffin Man ~ Frank Zappa

Goodbye Stranger ~ Supertramp

Goodbye ~ EmmyLou Harris

Perpetuum Mobile ~ Penguin Cafe Orchestra

She ~ Elvis Costello 

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me ~ Culture Club

Always On My Mind ~ Pet Shop Boys

The Boys are Back in Town  ~ Thin Lizzy               Man In The Box ~ Alice In Chains

Papa Don't Preach ~ Madonna                                  Say My Name ~ Destiny's Child

Viva La Vida ~ Coldplay                                          Seven Nation Army ~ The White Stripes

Shout ~ Tears for Fears                                             DLZ ~ TV on the Radio

We're Off to See the Wizard ~ The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Garfunkel came to live with us for a time when h/is/er "parents" were out-of-country and they needed a snail sitter.  Upon arrival, Sigred immediately Facebooked Garfunkel's "Mom" (who'd left the country a few days before Garfunkel's Dad) to let her know s/he'd arrived safe and sound:

Garfunkel's "Dad" had given us instructions as to h/is/er's care and feeding.  He'd demonstrated how Garfunkel was to be peeled off the top of his container once a day and placed on a bed of lettuce.  Every 3 days or so, Garfunkel's home was to be cleaned; the old lettuce removed and h/is/er home to be rinsed out.  The whole thing seemed very simple and we assured Garfunkel's "Dad" all would be well.

"It's the peeling h/im/er off the top of his box.  I feel like I'm going to rip h/im/er out of h/is/er shell!" Sigred appealed to Fred to take over this chore. 

With great reluctance Fred peeled Garfunkel the next day.  He too had serious problems with the whole procedure.  Lying in bed that afternoon for their second cozy of the day, Fred suggested instead of peeling Garfunkel from the top of h/is/er box and bringing h/im/er down to h/is/er lettuce, that they simply flip the box over, thus bringing the lettuce to Garfunkel.

"I've only got one problem with that" Sigred told him.  "If the lid of the box is on the bottom, will it be tighter and more air proof?  I'd feel really awful if Garfunkel suffocated!"

Fred laughed and assured Sigred it'd be OK.

For a couple of days Sigred did try turning Garfunkel's box over and then a couple of hours later, when Garfunkel wasn't holding on so tight, she'd pick h/im/er up, turn the box right side up and once again lay Garfunkel on h/is/er bed of lettuce.  One morning however, Garfunkel wasn't in his usual place stuck to the roof.  Once again Sigred worried he was ill but Garfunkel proved her wrong by being quite active that day.  S/he climbed to the top of h/is/er box later in the morning and then back to the bottom, across the length of the bottom and back up to the top all within the daylight hours. 

"I think Garfunkel's finally settling in" Sigred said to Fred.  "S/he seems to be exploring."  Fred laughed about Sigred's potential story titled:  "Garfukel the Hyperactive Snail".

As it turned out Sigred & Fred figured Garfunkel was just testing different positions looking to find the perfect one where s/he wasn't bothered by the large creatures flipping h/is/er box around.  This position proved to be stuck, not to the top where we could turn h/is/er box over, not to the bottom where h/is/er lettuce was, but to the side where s/he thwarted all box turning and it was required to once again pull h/im/er off in order to get h/im/er down to the feed trough.

"Won't s/he just go down down when s/he's hungry?" Fred pondered out loud as Sigred was fussing. 

"Well, you'd think so" Sigred answered "but our instructions were to bring h/im/er to h/is/er lettuce once a day."

Still another day Sigred, grinning a Cheshire grin, commented to Fred:  "Do you think the cool weather is making Garfunkel sluggish?"

Fred refused to reply until Sigred whined something out of him and then he just barely acknowledged that he "got" the pun.

Sigred tried not to be disappointed.

In the End, Garfunkel became part of Sigred & Fred's lives.  They got used to h/is/er comings & goings and were confident s/he'd climb to h/is/her food when required.  Too soon, Garfunkel's "Mom" came back and whisked h/im/er away from their lives.  It was hard for Sigred not to imagine a tiny, wee, high pitched voice perhaps saying "Bye bye.  Bye bye.  Bye bye." as Garfunkel and h/is/er box were carried out the door.

Princess however, was relieved. 


Googling Ecuador Snails Sigred came up with the following site: Bram's Snail Site