Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Our Culture is Saturated With Irony

You know it's hard to hear what a bearded man is saying. He can't speak above a whisker. ~ Herman J. Mankiewicz #quote

There's a blaze of light / In every word / It doesn't matter which you heard / The holy or the broken Hallelujah ~ Leonard Cohen #lyrics

Every word out of her mouth was challenged / Mocked or countered, puffed, dismissed, simply lost or thrown away ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval. ~ Barbara Walters #quote

Don't confuse having a career with having a life. ~ Hillary Clinton #quote

A moving body whose motion was not retarded by any resisting force would continue to move to all eternity. ~ Hermann von Helmholtz #quote

Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren't. ~ Barbara Sher #quote

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which, in turn, can become history. It's scary. ~ Barbara Kruger #quote

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. ~ Charles Spurgeon #quote

Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not. ~ Barbara Kruger #quote

Deep experience is never peaceful. ~ Henry James #quote

A bore is a fellow who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it. ~ Henry Ford #quote

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. ~ Charley Reese #quote

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. ~ Henry Ford #quote

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Any fool can make a rule. ~ Henry Thoreau #quote

The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended...longer than 15 min. is...surprising to me & completely baffling to my wife. ~ B. Obama #quote

Treat the other man's faith gently: it is all he has to believe with. ~ Henry S. Haskins #quote

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. ~ Henry Kissinger #quote

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. ~ Charles Schultz #quote

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference. ~ Barack Obama #quote

It's a riddle / A guessing game / A labyrinth of cause and effect / It's mind set / & Bringing up / & Reaching out or / Digging in ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it. ~ Norman Thomas #quote

Do not speak of evil for it creates curiosity in the hearts of the young. ~ American Indian #Proverb

The universe never did make sense. I suspect that it was built on a government contract. ~ Robert A. Heinlein #quote

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on. ~ William S. Burroughs #quote

Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. ~ John Updike #quote

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt #quote

The nail that stands out will be hammered down. ~ Japanese #Proverb

Kyle Reese: Pain can be controlled, you just disconnect it. ~ The Terminator #linesfrommovies


No star is ever lost we once have seen / We always may be what we might have been. ~ Adelaide Proctor #quote

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. ~ Charlotte Bronte #quote

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot / nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. ~ Thomas Babington Macauley #quote

A camel is a horse designed by committee. ~ Sir Alec Issigonis #quote

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. ~ Aristotle #quote

Saturday, 15 June 2013

It's Important to Remember...

...when moving from North America to Ecuador that mañana does not mean "tomorrow" necessarily, most often it means simply "not now".

This exact scenario as outlined below has happened at least 2 other times. At this point, Fred & Sigred understand and are resigned to the Ecuadorian "system".

Thursday evening they noticed that there was a slow-down in their internet and by the end of the evening the only thing they could call up was Gmail and Facebook. Any sites that took more oomph to materialize just resulted in a twirling "working on it" graphic.

Friday morning, Fred set off to the internet provider's main location. Now we can, of course, phone, but it is so much easier, what with language & cultural difficulties, to deal in person with anything complicated. A couple of hours later, Fred phoned Sigred and advised that the internet provider said the problem was with our modem and that they'd send a service man out to our place some time after noon. At this point, Sigred reminded him that last time this happened and they had needed a new modem, the service men didn't have one with them. Fred had had to go down to their office the next day, purchase one and then they had to set up yet another service call the following day to install said modem.

Fred groaned and said he'd go back in line and find out if he could circumvent that procedure.

Another hour or so later, Fred returned home advising that the internet company had no provision for servicemen to provide modems as they had no system for the servicemen to collect payment on them.

"Bill us?!" Sigred replied rather sarcastically and Fred grimaced, shrugged his shoulders and went down for a well deserved nap.

So then... they spent the rest of Friday with one them at home continually. They took turns taking Princess out on her walk but generally spent the day indoors without sunshine falling on their brows or the wind blowing through their hair.

At about 6 o'clock in the evening, Sigred remarked to Fred: "Well, I guess they're not coming."

Reminder: This scenario has happened before; thus throughout the evening Sigred checked to see if perhaps their internet was working. By the time she woke up at 3 o'clock in the morning for her regular half hour on the iPad, the net was up and running as if nothing had happened.

Sigred was pleased. Fred was pleased. Princess didn't care.

Saturday morning they went about their business and enjoyed full internet privileges that day, the next and so on. They received no call from the internet company and didn't expect one.

Hasta la próxima...


Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Bitterest Tears

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. ~ Anonymous #quote

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. ~ John Steinbeck #quote

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions, is called a philosopher. ~ Ambrose Pierce #quote

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

Nothing is wonderful when you get used to it. ~ Edward W. Howe #quote

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. ~ Gebrt David Thoreau #quote

The one who tells the stories rules the world. ~ Hopi Indian #Proverb

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager." ~ William S. Burroughs #quote

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces ~ Marcel Proust #quote

For of all sad words of tongue or pen / The saddest are these: 'It might have been!' ~ John Greenleaf Whittier #quote

Andy: Get busy living, or get busy dying. ~ The Shawshank Redemption #linesfrommovies
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. ~ R.D. Laing #quote

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness. ~ Allen Ginsberg #quote

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery—always buzzing, humming, soaring...and then buried in mud. ~ Virginia Woolf #quote

Avarice, envy, pride / Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all / On Fire. ~ Dante Alighieri #quote

I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out. ~ Nora Ephron #quote

Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced. ~ Andre Gide #quote

We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. ~ Dag Hammarskjold #quote

The question on long term strategy is not if it is successful, but if you are still alive.  ~ Ron de Jonge #quote

The brighter you are, the more you have to learn. ~ Don Herold #quote

In my youth I stressed freedom & in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. ~ W. Durant #quote

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero #quote

He listens well who takes notes. ~ Dante Alighieri #quote

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. ~ Herbert Spencer #quote

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~ Confucius #quote

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher #quote

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe #quote 

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers? ~ Victor Hugo #quote

If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us. ~ Francis Bacon #quote

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein #quote

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. ~ Franklin P. Jones #quote

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. ~ R.D. Lang #quote

Insults should be well avenged or well endured. ~ Scottish #Proverb

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. ~ Christopher Columbus #quote

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. ~ Erma Bombeck #quote

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. ~ John Dryden #quote

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. ~ Sophocles #quote

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees! ~ Emiliano Zapata #quote

Kings are not born: they are made by universal hallucination. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest ~ I. Dinesen #quote

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Specious Show of Impeccability

Pledged with enthusiastic fervor #literaryExpression

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. ~ #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

Don't walk away when I'm talking to you! #Momism

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~ Aristotle Onassis #quote

How far you go in life is determined by how tender you are with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with those striving, and tolerant with the weak and strong, because some day in life you will have been all of them. #oneliners

Bite Your Tongue: To avoid talking. #ENGidiom

Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale. #ENGidiom

No room to swing a cat #englishlanguageidiom

If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child? #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

The intrusive question faded #literaryExpression

The important thing is to not stop questioning. ~ Albert Einstein, 1879-1955 #quote

When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package. ~ John Ruskin, author #quote

The vision fled him #literaryExpression
Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. ~ Carl Jung #quote

Days of vague and fantastic melancholy #literaryExpression

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. ~ John D. Rockefeller (1874-1960) #quote
GENEROUS, adj. Originally this word meant noble by birth and was rightly applied to a great multitude of persons. It now means noble by nature and is taking a bit of a rest. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

A faintly quizzical look came into his incisive stare #literaryExpression

Forgiveness is like the fragrance a flower gives after it's been stepped on. #oneliners

A face singularly acute and intelligent #literaryExpression

The gray air rang and rippled with lark music #literaryExpression

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Don't hurt anyone that helps you. #ENGidiom

Her voice had the coaxing inflections of a child #literaryExpression

Specious show of impeccability #literaryExpression

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at her. ~ David Brinkley #quote

The hinted sweetness of the challenge aroused him #literaryExpression

COMMENDATION, n The tribute that we pay to achievements that resembles, but do not equal, our own. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote
If you know what to do to reach your goal, it's not a big enough goal. ~ Bob Proctor, speaker and author #quote

The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice. #factoid

Black inky night #literaryExpression

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #quote

He made the politest of monosyllabic replies #literaryExpression

The Weddell seal can travel underwater for seven miles without surfacing for air. #factoid

He evinced his displeasure by a contemptuous sneer or a grim scowl #literaryExpression

His whole face was lighted with a fierce enthusiasm #literaryExpression

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot. #IwantToGoBackInTime
Let no thought linger in your mind that you would be ashamed to let out of your mouth. ~ Anne Cetas #quote

Petulant: rude, ill humored #ExquisiteAdjectives

NEIGHBOR, n. One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Suddenly overawed by a strange, delicious shyness #literaryExpression

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Elevator Music

Having moved to Ecuador from Canada several years ago now, Fred & Sigred often meet new people exploring that wonderful option themselves.  When the time is right, when the topic has come up in the conversation, Sigred will often tell people that Fred was in the radio business for much of his life.  Most people find this semi-interesting and it leads to Fred & Sigred finding out the past occupations of their new friends and generally is a decent conversation starter. 

Recently, Fred & Sigred met a new fellow who was very interested in meeting a "professional" radio voice as he'd done a talk show several years ago, having been invited because of his viewpoints, not his training.  During the course of this conversation, he told Fred he loved being the sharp sword with another person to fence with but was terrified of being on the air alone.  Fred gave him a couple of (too late) tips:

"You always have a couple of things in reserve.... like teenagers.  The talk lines always light up if you talk about teenagers... or animals."

"Well, no one gave me those kinds of tips at the time" our new friend quipped.  "...or I would have talked about teenage dogs."

Everyone laughed.

In any case, the whole conversation pricked Sigred's memory and she proceeded to tell the following story:

"Several months ago we had a new couple to dinner.  During the course of that dinner I also told them that Fred was at one time in the radio business, and the fellow's rejoinder was:  'I too was radio announcer before I got a real job." 

Our new friend laughed and Sigred continued with her story. 

"The guy actually had quite a bit to tell us about when he was a radio announcer, way more than your stories or even the stories Fred would tell if given half a chance, but in the end he told us he quit the business because (a) they didn't pay enough and (b) they played elevator music, and then he gestured to our stereo and said 'like this'."   Sigred paused in her story for effect and then exclaimed:  "We were listening to Wynton Marsalis!"

"The thing is" our new friend told us "he probably didn't even know he was being a fool". 

"Oh no" Sigred agreed.  "We're Canadian" she told him tongue in cheek, "and so we were polite but, needless to say, we never invited them back again."

Later, talking to Fred alone Sigred mused:  "I guess that's why so-and-so never invited us back.  We inadvertently insulted them without even knowing it." 

"That and another million reasons" replied Fred.  "Stop thinking!"

And Sigred did... (for a while).

The Hook

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Road Trip?

Via: Dangling on a Hook

If the above media player isn't working, go directly to: Etcetera  

Why not browse through the "Road Trip?" web pictures below
while listening to this piece of spoken poetry

In Memoriam: Ray Bradbury died June 5th, 2012. Author of more than 27 novels and story collections (including "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes") and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury was frequently credited with elevating science fiction into the realm of literature. He also predicted the appearance of various devices which today are common place.