Monday, 25 March 2013

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Pics:  More Churches of Ecuador

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.  ~ Rabindranath Tagore #quote

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. ~ Ray Bradbury #quote

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep ~ Robert Frost #quote

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. ~ Erica Jong #quote

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. ~ Sigmund Freud #quote

One cannot alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

The unending paradox is that we do learn through pain. ~ Madeleine L'Engle #quote

I am the walrus. ~ John Lennon #quote

What is a rebel? A man who says no. ~ Albert Camus #quote

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form. ~ Vladimir Nabokov #quote

Often it takes some calamity to make us live in the present. Then suddenly we wake up & see all the mistakes we have made ~ B. Watterson #quote

Buy the ticket, take the ride. ~  Hunter S. Thompson #quote

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo #quote

I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. ~ Nietzche #quote

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. ~ George Washington #quote

Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain. ~ Bob Dylan #quote


If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. ~ H.G. Wells #quote

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order. ~ Carl Gustav Jung #quote

If Pavlov tested his cat he would have failed. ~ Patrick H.T. Doyle #quote

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own. ~ Harry S. Truman #quote

As you cannot do what you want, Want what you can do ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. ~ George Orwell #quote

Finding Nirvana is like locating silence. ~ Jack Kerouac #quote

To define is to limit. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

She just loves books. Loves the way they feel, the way they smell, loves the black letters marching across the white pages... ~ R. Wells #quote

Rudeness is the weak mans imitation of strength. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. ~ Winston S. Churchill #quote

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~ Alexander Pope #quote

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ~ Ansel Adams #quote

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~ Malcolm Forbes #quote

If you can do no good, at least do no harm. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

Sanity is a cozy lie. ~ Susan Sontag #quote

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. ~ Karl Marx #quote

Certainty is missing the point entirely. ~ Anne Lamott #quote

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

The universe may not always play fair, but at least it's got a hell of a sense of humor. ~ Candace Bushnell #quote

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder. ~ G.K. Chesterton #quote

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. ~ Jack Kerouac #quote

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

The less you know, the more you believe. ~ Bono #quote

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Do Odd Perfect Numbers Exist?

It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is "shake" and the 46th word from the last word is "spear". #factoid

The skateboard was invented in 1963. #factoid   
Owls can't move their eyes from side to side #factoid   
About 90% of the worlds population kisses #factoid    
The bikini got it’s name from the oooh and awe resulting from a nuclear test at Bikini Atoll. #factoid  
Lloyd's of London began as Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse. #factoid                                       
Most cats are left pawed. #factoid   
Princess Ann was the only competitor at the 1976 Montreal Olympics that did not have to undergo a sex test. #factoid       
Canada's population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world. #factoid   

It is unknown if odd perfect numbers exist #factoid   
The average human brain is 140 mm wide. #factoid   
The electric chair was invented by a dentist #factoid   

The first home TV set was demonstrated in 1928 and the size of the screen was 3-inches by 4-inches. #factoid           
The human brain uses approximately as much energy as a 10 watt light bulb. #factoid 
Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church. #factoid           

Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard. #factoid       
The comic book character Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston who also invented the Lie Detector.  #factoid   

Attila the Hun is thought to have been a dwarf. #factoid   
Rain contains vitamin B12 #factoid   
The frog has an eardrum (tympanic membrane) on the outside of the body behind the eye. #factoid

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. #factoid

Any free moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of its surface tension #factoid       
About 10% of the world's population is left-handed. #factoid                                       
The drive-through line on opening day at the McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City, Kuwait was at times seven miles long. #factoid           
Michael Nesmith's (The Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith, invented Liquid Paper. #factoid                   

On July 4, 1979, Donald Duck presented Teresa Salcedo the first birth certificate ever given for being born in Disneyland.   #factoid       
The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells. #factoid
The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before. #factoid 
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired. #factoid"       
Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for Profiles in Courage #factoid

Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated plant; grown on every continent except Antarctica. #factoid                   
Months that start on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th #factoid   
Elk = A Herd of Elk; A Gang of Elk. #factoid #collectivenoun
One type of hummingbird weighs less than a penny. #factoid

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. #factoid         

Monday, 18 March 2013

Even Nothing Cannot Last Forever

All pics from various Road Trips through Ecuador

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having. ~ Henry Miller #quote

I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed. ~ Robert Frost #quote

Even nothing cannot last forever. ~ Neil Gaiman #quote
Madness is like gravity... all you need is a little push  ~ The Joker, The Dark Knight #quote

Excuse me while I kiss the sky. ~ Jimi Hendrix #quote

One can only tolerate the absolute idiocy of Man for so long before bringing out the bat. ~ Dean Hale #quote

Welcome to Hell. Here's your accordion. ~ Gary Larson #quote

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do. ~ Voltaire #quote

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. ~ Larry McMurtry #quote

I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.  ~ Jimmy Buffett #quote

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Boredom: the desire for desires. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.  ~ Coco Chanel #quote

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. ~ Wayne Gretzky #quote

Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

What is to give light must endure burning. ~ Viktor E. Frankl #quote

We're all mad here dear Alice. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous. ~ Voltaire #quote

You were born an original. Don't die a copy. ~ John Mason #quote

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. ~ Chinese #proverb

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. ~ General MacArthur #quote
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor E. Frankl #quote

Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. ~ Andy Warhol #quote

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston S. Churchill #quote

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles. ~ Charlie Chaplin #quote

We are all born mad. Some remain so. ~ Samuel Beckett #quote

Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted...What happened?...He lived happily ever after. ~ R. Dahl #quote

When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live. ~ Paul McCartney #quote

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable ~ Robert A. Heinlein #quote

It's never just a game when you're winning. ~ George Carlin #quote

You can only come to the morning through the shadows. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien #quote

To lead the orchestra, you have to turn your back on the crowd. ~ Max Lucado #quote

Beware the fury of a patient man ~ Tom Clancy #quote

The changes we dread most may contain our salvation. ~ Barbara Kingsolver #quote

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. ~ Steven Wright #quote

Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever. ~ Roald Dahl (The Twits) #quote

Friday, 15 March 2013

Silence and Time

After several years living in Cuenca, and having driven by it numerous times, I wrote down on the calendar "graveyard" so that we would make a point to visit the Cementeria Patrimanial de Cuenca.

"Silence and time saved one of the important facets of Cuenca's history.  Its beginnings date back to the late 1870, according to the dates inscribed on the tombstones" said Rene Tello, manager of the Municipal Cemeteries.  The remains of Luis Cordero, Benigno Malo, Octavio Cordero Palacios, among other famous people of this region are on the site.  Monuments, gravestones carved in wood and marble mausoleums, catafalque, niches, buildings tucked away from the urban area are all inside it's walls and everything is complemented by rich architectural, artistic, spiritual and landscaping elements throughout the cemetery.

We wandered around for about an hour.  It being a weekday and no special occasion, mostly our only living company were workmen dotted through the area, some cutting grass and some doing work to the various stones & buildings.  They'd nod to us and we'd continue on our way, in quiet awe of our surroundings.

Many of the mausoleums were dedicated to important Ecuadorian families, but several were dedicated to organizations and groups such as war veterans, volunteer fireman, city workers, artisans, etc.

We were respectful and quiet during our walk through the area.  Both of us contemplating our own lost loved ones and the frailty of life.

It was impossible to resist taking the picture...  a monument stone so old, the inscription on it was long erased and yet some soul had left a lone flower in remembrance. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Just Stories

You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories. ~ Garrison Keillor #quote

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ~ William Blake #quote

It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out. ~ Carl Sagan #quote

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. ~ Albert Camus #quote

Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginative ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen. ~ Louisa May Alcott #quote

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald #quote

My arms are too short to box with God. ~ Johnny Cash #quote

...speak politely to an enraged dragon ~ J.R.R. Tolkien #quote

You can be sincere and still be stupid. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky #quote

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience. ~ Pam Brown #quote #cats

No matter what dimension you're in, there's a big-headed male trying to take over the world. ~ Eoin Colfer #quote
Kill all my demons, and my angels might die too. ~ Tennessee Williams #quote

The storm starts, when the drops start dropping / When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

You can't edit a blank page ~ Jodi Picoult #quote

Let the world change you and you can change the world ~ Che Guevara #quote
Insanity is contagious. ~ Joseph Heller (Catch~22) #quote

Destiny isn't a matter of chance, its a matter of choice; its not a thing to be waited for, its a thing to be achieved. ~ W.S. Churchill #quote

Every man dies, not every man truly lives ~ Walt Whitman #quote

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit... ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

After you get stung, you can't get unstung no matter how much you whine about it. ~ Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) #quote

No one here gets out alive. ~ Jim Morrison #quote

When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Better to fight for something than live for nothing. ~ George S. Patton Jr. #quote
The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it. ~ Ernest Hemingway #quote

Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies. ~ Augustine of Hippo #quote

I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true ~ A.A. Milne #quote

As government expands, liberty contracts. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote
In the case of good books, the point isn't to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.   ~ Mortimer J. Adlr #quote

Whatever gets you through the night ~ John Lennon #lyrics

Who wills, Can / Who tries, Does / Who loves, Lives. ~ Anne McCaffrey #quote

It's too bad stupidity isn't painful. ~ Anatn LaVey #quote

I`d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I`m not. ~ Kurt Cobain #quote

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.~ Eskimo #proverb

...there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock ~ Charles Bukowski #quote

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. ~ Michael Jordan #quote

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.~ Maya Angelou #quote

Those who can not change their minds can not change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught.  In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. ~ Hunter Thompson #quote