Thursday, 25 April 2013

Always Be On the Lookout

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. ~ James Thurber #quote

For you see, the headwaters of Shit Creek are a cruel and treacherous expanse. ~ Roger Zelazny #quote

We are described into corners, and then we must describe ourselves out of corners. ~ Salman Rushdie #quote

SIDNEY: Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: pull down your pants and slide on the ice. ~ M•A•S•H #linesfromTV

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. ~ E.B. White #quote

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~ Charles De Gaulle #quote
You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are. ~ Joyce Meyer #quote

Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have always known it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek ~ Tom Robbins #quote

I have never voted... I have always known...that the idiots are in a majority so it's certain they will win .~ Louise-Ferdinand Celine #quote

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. ~ Democritus #quote

Rhett Butler: You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you. ~ Gone with the Wind #linesfrommovies
Change is one thing. Acceptance is another. ~ Arundhati Roy #quote

That she had so completely recovered her sanity was a source of sadness to her. One should never be cured of one's passion. ~ M. Duras #quote

They Have Money For War But Can't Feed The Poor. ~ Tupac Shakur #quote

Bad is called good when worse happens. ~ Norwegian #Proverb

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus #quote

Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. ~ Euripides #quote

FRANK: I didn't come here to be liked. RADAR: You certainly came to the right place.
~ M•A•S•H #linesfromTV

No great genius is without an admixture of madness. ~ Aristotle #quote

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. ~ Carl Sagan #quote

In this universe effect follows cause. I've complained about it but... ~ Dr. Gregory House #linesfromTV

Otto: Apes don't read philosophy. Wanda: Yes they do, Otto, they just don't understand it.
~ A Fish Called Wanda #linesfrommovies

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes. ~ Dylan Thomas #quote

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. ~ Abraham Maslow #quote

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. ~ G.K. Chesterton #quote

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. ~ Allen Ginsberg #quote

There's no coming to consciousness without pain. ~ Carl G. Jung #quote

Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person's character, give them power.  ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

Pay attention to where you are going because without meaning you might get nowhere. ~ A.A. Milne #quote

Patience – A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. ~ Robert Half #quote

I'm obsessively opposed to the typical. ~ Lady Gaga #quote

Cheops' Law:  Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget. ~ Robert A. Heinlein #quote

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. ~ F.W. Nietzsche #quote

Round and round we spin, with feet of lead and wings of tin. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside. ~ William S. Burroughs #quote

The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor. ~ Voltaire #quote

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser #quote

Life goes on within you and without you ~ Beatles #lyrics

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley #quote

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Sixth Sick Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick

The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta. #factoid

Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns. #factoid   

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven. #factoid       
Lions ~ A Pride, Flock, Sawt, Souse or Troop ; A Sault of lions. #factoid #collective nouns          

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump. #factoid

6% DNAs of a monkey are exactly same as those of human beings. #factoid   
The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime. #factoid   

The Moons diameter is 3,476km #factoid       

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% #factoid   
During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee. #factoid  
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs. #factoid                                        
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood. #factoid                                       
The NASDAQ stock exchange was totally disabled one day in December 1987 when a squirrel burrowed through a telephone line. #factoid   

Fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than a space shuttle #factoid   
Peter the Great had the head of his wife's lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then ordered to be placed by her bed. #factoid           
The word 'denim' comes from 'de Nimes', Nimes being the town where the fabric was originally produced. #factoid   

India has the most post offices than any other country (over 100,000) #factoid                                 

An Enchantment of nightingales. #factoid  #collectivenouns  
Soccer is the most followed sport #factoid   
The average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches #factoid                                       
Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite. #factoid  

Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived. #factoid

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones plays sax on The Beatles' single "Baby You're a Rich Man". #factoid  
Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a Province, in 1949. #factoid      
The average human's heart will beat 3,000 million times in their lifetime. The average human will pump 48 million gallons of blood in their lifetime. #factoid  
There are more nerve cells in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. #factoid     

A bear has 42 teeth #factoid   
In 1982 the computer was named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine. #factoid                                       
Edgar Allen Poe got inspiration from a dream featuring large luminous eyes for his story, "Lady Ligea. #factoid"               
Ten tons of space dust falls on the Earth every day. #factoid            

In 1998, more fast-food employees were murdered on the job than police officers. #factoid                                       
Catherine the First of Russia, made a rule that no man was allowed to get drunk at one of her parties before nine o'clock. #factoid   

If you get water flowing fast enough, it can cut metal. #factoid                                       
Contradiction = Accord not in it #anagram       
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." #factoid                                       

Buffalo ~ A Herd, Troup, Gang or Obstinacy of buffalo.  #factoid #collectivenoun

You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening! #factoid    
The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head. #factoid

The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer #factoid 

The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. #factoid       
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma. #factoid   


Monday, 15 April 2013

Is it True?

Fred & Sigred had been living in Ecuador for 4 years and their Spanish was no where near what they'd expected it to be at when they'd first arrived.  Sigred has a "party story" she likes to tell as follows:

We studied Spanish every day for an hour and a half for a year and then at that point, we decided to give ourselves the weekend off.  So then we studied Spanish every day for an hour and a half for about six months and at that point we decided, since we shop on Monday, we'd stop studying on Monday as it made the day kind of rushed.  About 6 months later Fred got sick, so we stopped studying while Fred had his operation and recuperated.  We promised ourselves we'd start soon as life was back to normal.

At this point, Fred usually pipes up and puts the back of his hand against his forehead and moans and Sigred goes on to explain that since 2 years has now gone by since Fred's operation, his recuperation seems to be extremely slow. 

Good guests then dutifully laugh. 

There's usually further explanation that in Canada people are required to take 5 years of French in school, that Fred was pretty good with his French and that Sigred was "poopy".  This explanation is necessary because as the U.S.'s population compared to Canada's is 10 to 1, so this fraction holds true in the expat community in Ecuador.  The extrapolation from Sigred's explanation of the Canadian school system then is that Fred's Spanish is much better than Sigred's...  And it is.   

As a consequence of Sigred's poor Spanish language skills, she has a tendency, when going to get her hair cut, to place both her hands at the side of her head just below her ears and then with a rather hopeless beseeching expression on her face says something like:  "Corte recto por aquí."  Which she hopes tells the hairdresser that they're to cut it straight across at that position.  In any case, that's (usually) what ends up happening.  The lovely women who cut her hair smile indulgently and then proceed to chatter at her in Spanish while tipping her head to their needed position and being quite astonished that Sigred neither wants her hair back-combed or gelled.

In any case, another exPat in town told Sigred about a fairly new hairdresser, an Ecuadorian, who trained and then worked in Chicago for 25 years before coming home to Cuenca.  Sigred quickly gleaned this would mean the hairdresser spoke English!  Sigred could describe in detail what she wanted and be reasonably sure she'd get the result she was aiming for. 

Fred & Princess took Sigred up to the hairdresser and determined that "yes" in fact the proprietor spoke English and was available.  At that point, Fred took off to do his own chores, and Sigred waited for the proprietor to arrive. 

During her hair cut, the almost middle-aged man chattered away with Sigred in English and with his staff in Spanish.  Wondering why Sigred was getting her hair cut much shorter than it was, Sigred explained it used to be that way until she moved to Ecuador and couldn't communicate well enough.  He then told her that a shorter haircut made a woman her age "look younger".  He also advised she needed to use a special shampoo because her hair was turning yellow.  (Note:  After several inquiries Sigred has at this point been unable to find this special shampoo in Ecuador.  Very few Ecuadorian's have white or salt & pepper hair.)  Chattering away the young man also told her he was cutting her hair just like his Mother's. 

In the end, Sigred got exactly the kind of hair cut she wanted plus a big dose of constructive criticism, just in case sitting in a chair with a sheet wrapped around her right up to her aging neck & chin and under a bright light would go to her head and make her somewhat conceited. 

The next day Fred & Sigred went to the hot springs (a regular weekly event for them) and soaked in the thermal waters for an hour or so.  While there several people they knew also arrived.  As one must wear a cloth shower type cap in the pool no one noticed Sigred new cut until she'd left the pool, gotten dressed and was saying goodbye.  The 3 women of the group profusely admired Sigred's new cut.  Sigred dutifully told them about the new hairdresser who spoke English and offered his telephone number and/or address to all.  All were silent.  She then, dutifully waiting for Fred to emerge from the change room, told them the story of the hairdresser "stroking her ego".  They weakly laughed just as Fred was emerging and off they went in a flurry of friendly goodbyes.

That afternoon during Sigred's computer time, she ran across the following internet ditty:

Men, when they are socializing, insult each other 
and don't really mean it.
Women, when they are socializing, compliment each other 
and don't really mean it. 

 The River

Saturday, 13 April 2013

And I May be Obliged to Defend

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. ~ #Proverb from Poland

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you. ~ #Proverb from Rwanda

Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. ~ #Proverb from Benin

Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it. ~ Woody Allen #quote

And I may be obliged to defend / Every love, every ending ~ Paul Simon #lyrics

Weeds never perish. ~ #Proverb from Belgium

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. ~ William Gibbs McAdoo #quote

...I should never be left alone with my mind for too long. ~ Libba Bray #quote

ROSS: Wanna hear something weird? / PHOEBE: Always. ~ Friends #linesfromTV

Those who understand history are condemned to watch other idiots repeat it. ~ Peter Lamborn Wilson #quote

All Moanday, Tearday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, Shatterday. ~ James Joyce #quote

A closed mind is like a closed book, just a block of wood. ~ Chinese #proverb

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. ~ Aristophanes #quote

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K. LeGuin #quote
Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. ~ Paulo Coelho #quote

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. ~ Francis Bacon #quote

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness! ~ Abraham Maslow #quote

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves. ~ V.S. Naipaul #quote

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. ~ Philip K. Dick #quote

PETER:  Hey, anybody got a quarter? / BILL GATES: What's a quarter? ~ Family Guy #linesfromTV

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. ~ St. Francis de Sales #quote

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. ~ Tom Stoppard #quote

Poverty is the worst form of violence. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. ~ Jim Morrison #quote

The world owes us nothing; we owe each other the world. ~ Ani DeFranco #quote

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction ~ Douglas MacArthur #quote

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. ~ Erich Fromm #quote

Why pretend to be something you're not? If you have to be someone, be someone no one else is. ~ Terry Brooks #quote

The beginning is always today. ~ Mary Shelley #quote

Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out.~ Korean #Proverb

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~ William Arthur Ward #quote

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  ~ Carrie Fisher #quote

Speak against unconscious oppression / Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative / Speak against bonds. ~ Ezra Pound #quote

MIKE: I just thank God I'm an atheist! ~ All in the Family #linesfromTV

Vision without execution is hallucination. ~ Thomas A. Edison #quote

Friday, 12 April 2013

The Ragged Edge of Silence

Pioneering activist and National Geographic Fellow John "Planetwalker" Francis took a 17-year vow of silence to walk across America, inspiring thousands. Here he offers lessons on the need for reflection in one's life.

"Who Cares About This Planet?" is a spoken word poem that expresses this conflict between concern and ignorance for our planet, written and performed by Made Wade.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

On Average People Fear Spiders More than They do Death

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. #factoid                                       

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. #factoid   

A third of the world's people live on less than $2 a day, with 1.2 billion people living on less than $1 a day. #factoid 

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2". #factoid   
King George III was declared violently insane in 1811, 9 years before he died. #factoid                                       
Horses ~ A Stud or String of horses (Breeding); A team, Harras, Pair or Rag of horses #factoid #collective nouns

The doorbell was invented in 1831 #factoid   
On average people fear spiders more than they do death. #factoid         

The average human body contains enough:- Sulfur to kill all the fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Potassium to fire a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads, and enough Water to fill a ten-gallon tank. #factoid

Idi Amin, one of the most ruthless tyrants in the world, before coming to power, served in the British Army. #factoid       
Latrophobia' is the fear of doctors. #factoid       
The revolving door was invented in 1888 #factoid    

The last time a cigarette commercial appeared on TV was December 31, 1970. #factoid                                       

Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows. #factoid                                       
Penguins ~ A Rookery or Colony of penguins. #factoid #collectivenouns    

Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs? ~ Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on. #factoid

Click- A euphemistic term for a kilometer. #CanadianSlang       
Cormorants ~ A Gulp (Solitude) or Flight of cormorants. #factoid  #collectivenouns       

The British ship Carpathia was the first ship that answered the SOS of the Titanic. #factoid 
More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call. #factoid 

An Athens legislator named Solon passed a law in the 6th century that let fathers sell their fornicating daughters into slavery. #factoid   
In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator. #factoid                                       

Some in Japan bath in coffee grounds that were fermented with pineapple pulp to improve their skin and reduce wrinkles #factoid  

You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog. #factoid   
The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, "Mary had a little lamb". #factoid"  

The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years. #factoid  
Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants. #factoid 
Rinse red or brown hair with brewed Lipton Tea for golden highlights. #factoid    
The octopus does not have a blind spot. #factoid
Sperm whales have the biggest brains; 20 lbs. #factoid  
If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white #factoid

Monday, 1 April 2013

Someone Once Gave Me a Box Full of Darkness

Lots of neighbourhood's have a guard who walks around & checks things.
Think and wonder, wonder and think. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~ Ann Brashares #quote

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. That is what I believe. ~ Franz Kafka #quote

Fate does not always seek our consent. ~ Terry Goodkind #quote
Picking grass in the park for cuy

A woman taking her chicken for a walk

Learning to walk on stilts

Learning to juggle
Bluto: My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. / Otter: Better listen to him, Flounder. He's pre-med. ~ Animal House #linesfrommovies

Do you know that place between being asleep & awake...   That's where I'll always love, that's where I'll always wait for you ~ Hook #linesfrommovies

Experience teaches only the teachable. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

Why do cats sleep so much? Perhaps they've been trusted with some major cosmic task, an essential law of physics ~ Kate Atkinson #quote

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. ~ Albert Camus #quote

...but I did not trust my brother / I carried him to blame / Which led me to my fatal doom / To wander off in shame... ~ Bob Dylan #lyrics

Would God have created us in hate?  ~ Irving Stone (The Agony and the Ecstasy) #quote

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you're a bit larger than you used to be ~ Gregory Maguire #quote

Someone once gave me a box full of darkness. Took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. ~ Mary Oliver #quote

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. ~ Charles Simic #quote

Beginnings are usually scary & endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living ~ Hope Floats #linesfrommovies

We are product of our past but we don`t have to be prisoners of it. ~ Rick Warren #quote

We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. ~ G.K. Chesterton #quote

One should always be a little improbable. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea. ~ Vladimir Nabokov #quote

A cat in gloves catches no mice. ~ 14th Century French #Proverb

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow. ~ The Talmud #quote

I don't necessarily agree with everything that I say. ~ Marshall McLuhan #quote

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. ~ Alan Kay #quote

Potential has a shelf life. ~ Margaret Atwood #quote

I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. ~ Andy Warhol #quote

I love those who yearn for the impossible. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~ Bette Davis #quote

The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing. ~ Herodotus #quote

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard #quote

Some lose all mind & become soul, insane / some lose all soul & become mind, intellectual / some lose both & become accepted ~ C. Bukowski #quote

Breathe in, breathe out, move on... ~ Jimmy Buffett #quote

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm. ~ Dorothy Parker #quote

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. ~ Jorge Luis Borges #quote

What labels me, negates me. ~ Friedric Wilhelm Nietzsche #quote

Gotta head full of ideas that are driving me insane... ~ Bob Dylan #quote