Monday, 26 September 2016

Dinosaurs in Cuenca!

One day Parque de la Madre in Cuenca, during one of Cuenca's many festivals, was invaded by dinosaurs. 

Everyone was very impressed!

Here are the result of playing around on our iPad, mostly with free apps.  from the iStore, with the pictures we took that day.

Plus... some quotes on time. 

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.  ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Time is of your own making
Its clock ticks in your head
The moment you stop thought
Time too stops dead.
~ Angelus Silesius #quote

Time is strange. A moment can be as short as a breath, or as long as eternity. ~ Ardel Wray #quote

Time is the worst place, so to speak, to get lost in... ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ~ John Lennon #quote

Time: that which man is always trying to kill, ends in killing him. ~ Herbert Spencer #quote

Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ~ Norton Juster #quote

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils ... ~ Louis Hector Berlioz

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #linesfromTV

Time is an illusion. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Time is the fire in which we burn. ~ Gene Roddenberry #quote

Time is the only critic without ambition. ~ John Steinbeck #quote

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. ~ Giordano Bruno #quote

Time… it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff. ~ Steven Moffat #quote

Time in its irresistible & ceaseless flow carries along on its flood all created things & drowns them in the depths of obscurity ~ A. Comnena #quote

Time is a dream...
It lays great cities in dust,
it fills the seas
It covers the face of beauty,
and tumbles walls.
~ Conrad Aiken #quote

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~ Faith Baldwin #quote

Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. ~ Jorge Luis Borges #quote

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. ~ Max Frisch #quote

Time has been transformed, and we have has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

Time Is A Created Thing. To Say "I don't Have Time" Is To Say "I Don't Want To." ~ Lao Tzu #quote

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Peace Day 2016

Via:  Cartoon Movement
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~ Albert Einstein  #PeaceDay

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix  #PeaceDay

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi  #PeaceDay

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson  #PeaceDay

Peace begins with a smile. ~ Mother Teresa  #PeaceDay

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ~ Ronald Reagan 

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~ Mother Teresa  #PeaceDay

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~ Buddha  #PeaceDay

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. ~ John Lennon  #PeaceDay

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. ~ Buddha   #PeaceDay

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. ~ John F. Kennedy   #PeaceDay

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. ~ Thomas a Kempis   #PeaceDay

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~ Nelson Mandela   #PeaceDay

Work, Enemy, Becomes You cannot find peace by avoiding life. ~ Virginia Woolf   #PeaceDay

You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory. ~ J. Donald Walters   #PeaceDay

You cannot find peace by avoiding life. ~ Virginia Woolf   #PeaceDay

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~ Dalai Lama   #PeaceDay

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. ~ Mahatma Gandhi   #PeaceDay

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte   #PeaceDay

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit   #PeaceDay

Let there be peace on earth    And let it begin with me. ~ Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, "Let There Be Peace on Earth," 1955   #PeaceDay

I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace. ~ James Conrad   #PeaceDay

If you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path. ~ Mike Dolan   #PeaceDay

We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace? ~ J. Ramsay MacDonald   #PeaceDay

In the name of peace
They waged the wars
Ain't they got no shame
~ Nikki Giovanni   #PeaceDay

A warless world will come as men develop warless hearts. ~ Charles Wesley Burns   #PeaceDay

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

I'm With You Kid

You have a right to all of your feelings. #personalbillofrights #quote

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. #oneliners

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go." ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Live your own life, for you will die your own death. ~ Latin #Proverb

If you can not answer a man's argument, all it not lost; you can still call him vile names. ~ Elbert Hubbard #humanNature

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship. ~ #BumperSticker

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~ John Muir #quotes

It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts. ~ G. B. Burgin #quote

PITY, n. A failing sense of exemption, inspired by contrast. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner #quotes

A friend is someone who has the same enemies you have. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote
It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee #quote

Octopus have three hearts. #factoid

ADMINISTRATION, n.  An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. A man of straw, proof against bad-egging and dead-catting. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer (… so did the first Marlboro Man) #factoid

CONDOLE, v.i. To show that bereavement is a smaller evil than sympathy. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned:  By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little) #ENGidiom
What now is proved was once only imagined. ~ William Blake #quote

In Your Face: An aggressive and bold confrontation. #ENGidiom

Baleful: deadly, foreboding  #ExquisiteAdjectives

RECONCILIATION, n. A suspension of hostilities. An armed truce for the purpose of digging up the dead. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. There is much chaos in this world because things are being loved and people are being used. #JustAthought

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. ~ Buddha #quote
The Whole Nine Yards: Everything. All of it. #ENGidiom

EGOTIST, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms. #oneliners

PASSPORT, n. A document treacherously inflicted upon a citizen going abroad, exposing him as an alien and pointing him out for special reprobation and outrage. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman #quote

She looked at her shelves, filled with books in which the bad stuff that happened to people was caused by things like witches who lured people into the woods. In a weird way, the world seemed to make more sense that way. ~ Anne Ursu, Breadcrumbs #quote

You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing. ~ Michael Pritchard #quote

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them. ~ Caron de Beaumarchais #sarcastic #quote

'Til the cows come home: A long time. #ENGidiom

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. ~ Jamie Paolinetti #quote

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. ~ Thornton Wilder #quote

The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometres away #factoid

Pick up your ears: To listen very carefully. #ENGidiom

A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death. #factoid

Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be. ~ Joy Page #quote

Teenager with nose rings, baggy clothing and spiked hair to a friend: "I don't really like dressing this way, but it keeps my parents from dragging me everywhere they go." #JustaJoke

HOPE, n. Desire and expectation rolled into one. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

A flea can jump 350 times its body length #factoids

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You have got to set your self on fire for it. ~ Anon #quote

Make no judgments where you have no compassion. ~ Anne McCaffrey #quote

Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself. ~ Jean Anouilh #quote

I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. ~  Leonardo da Vinci, artist. #famouslastwords

PHOENIX, n. The classical prototype of the modern small hot bird. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Her mind was beaten to the ground by the catastrophe #literaryExpression

One must learn how to lose before learning how to play. ~ Mexican #Proverb

Eskimos use a refrigerator to keep food from freezing. #factoid

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out? ~  Will Rogers #quote

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. #oneliners

It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbour’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it. #sarcasticsayings

With money I can buy things; with thinking I can understand things. #oneliners

Women like silent men.  They think they're listening. ~ Marcel Archard #quote

Tongue-in-cheek: Humour, not to be taken serious. #ENGidiom

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. #oneliners

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. ~ Hanlon's Razor #humanNature

The first Fords had engines made by Dodge. #factoid

Stephen Stills, John Sebastian and Paul Williams all failed auditions to become members of the MONKEES. #factoid

Sin wouldn't be so attractive, if the wages were paid immediately. #oneliners

Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. ~ Steven Conrad #quote

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason. ~ #BumperSticker

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Monday, 19 September 2016

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016

Avast: meaning “stop” or “hold still.” The word was originally derived from the Dutch phrase “houd vast,” which literally means “hold fast.”  The frequent usage of this phrase eventually got it slurred down to “hou’ vast” and later “avast.” This became a common term among sea-folk around the late 17th century.

Coxswain: a boy servant (swain) in charge of a small cock. The cock was a small boat used to transport the captain to and from the ship.  This term has its origins all the way back in the 15th century.  It has since been replaced with “helmsman,” though “helmsman” can also refer to the person currently in charge of controlling the actual ship itself.

Scuttlebutt: a cask of drinking water aboard a ship.  A “butt” being the wooden cask and “scuttle” being the act of drilling a hole in the butt.  Sailors would often gossip while they drank by the scuttlebutt. This has since lead to the term becoming synonymous with “gossip” and “rumours.”

Via:  Fredi & Pidjin  -
Duffle: the name of sailor’s personal effects along with the bag that carries them.  The term comes from the Flemish town “Duffel,” which popularly produced the rough woollen cloth these bags were often made of.

Bilge rat: a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship, namely the bilge. The bilge is the lowest level of the ship and is loaded with ballast and often foul smelling water/muck.  Thus, a bilge rate is a stinking, muck covered rat.                                          

Bung hole: as mentioned before, a cask was called a “butt”; a hole in the butt is then stoppered with a bung and thus is called a “bung hole.”

Arrrrrr:  This classic vociferation that’s a staple of pirate-speak in movies isn't actually historically based, but rather is a Hollywood invention, particularly being popularized in a 1950s version of Treasure Island, which pretty much set the standard for the modern conception of how to speak like a pirate. In the movie, actor Robert Newton played a particularly memorable pirate character, Long John Silver. He later popularly reprised the role in sequels and on TV.  His accent on the films featured a very strong rolling of the R’s, which is thought to be how this popularly worked its way into pirate-speak.

 Via:  Spud Comics

Grog: typically rum diluted with water, but can also be used to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer. Grog was common aboard ships due to the fact that the drinking water aboard vessels often got pretty slimy and disgusting.  Thus, a little rum was mixed in to kill the putrid flavour.  Before grog, sailors typically drank water mixed with beer or wine to improve the taste.

As rum became popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, it began being substituted for the beer or wine ration. Due to rum being significantly stronger than beer or wine, sailors tended to get drunk from it, particularly when not diluting it with water, as they were supposed to.  As one might expect, this caused problems aboard the ships.

Via:  Savage Chickens --
In order to solve this problem, British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon began requiring that the rum be mixed with water before giving it out to the sailors as part of their rations.  This order originally went out on August 21, 1740 with the precise mixture being two quarts of water with one pint of rum, distributed twice daily under the close scrutiny of the Lieutenant of the Watch.

Admiral Vernon also added lime to the mixture to sweeten it, something which wasn’t initially adopted on all navy ships.  However, soon after James Lind proved that scurvy could be prevented simply by giving sailors citrus fruit in 1747, the practice of adding lime or lemon juice to the mixture became popular throughout the Royal  Navy. This all brings us back to the origin of the name "Grog", which is thought to be named in honour of Vice Admiral Vernon.  The Admiral’s nickname was “Old Grog” due to the grogram cloak he wore.  Grogram was just a course fabric, usually made from a blend of wool, silk, and mohair, and tended to be stiffened and made waterproof with gum.

“Your true colours”: ships would often carry flags from many nations so that they could deceive nearby vessels into thinking they were allies.  The rules of engagement, however, required that all ships hoist their true nation’s colours before firing upon someone.  Thus, it was common to hoist an enemy ship’s colours and hail them; once near, show your true colours and fire upon them.

Keel hauling: a punishment aboard ships where the person being punished has weights attached to their legs and is then attached to a rope, which also runs under the ship.  The person is then hoisted up and dropped in the water.  The rope is then pulled to the other side of the ship so that the person goes under the ship, before ultimately being pulled out (assuming they remain attached to that rope and don’t ultimately sink due to the weights on their legs).  They are then given the chance to catch their breath, before this is repeated.  This isn’t supposed to be fatal, but accidents did happen, which made it all the more terrifying to the condemned.  It was also common to fire a cannon while the person being punished was under water, to further scare them (sounds like loud thunder under the water).  The Dutch were the first to use this as a common punishment, but it was later adopted with pirates and other navies of the world in the 15th and 16th centuries.

All Pirate Word Definitions Via: Today I Found Out

Via:  Chzbgr

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wisdom is Looking Both Directions

Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others. ~ Samuel Johnson #quote

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.... ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~ James Thurber  #quote

Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway #cleverquotes

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. ~ Ovid #quote

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

I dream, therefore I become. ~ Cheryl Grossman #quote

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

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~  Arthur Schopenhauer #quote

Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have. ~ Unknown #quote

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. #cleverquotes

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one’s mind. ~ William Somerset Maugham  #quote

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~  Ralph Waldo Emerso #quote

Life is all about how you handle plan B ~ Suzy Toronto #quote

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. #cleverquotes

I shall pass this way but once, therefore any good I can do let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ William Penn #quote

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. ~ Unknown #quote

I don't believe in stars. Except the ones you can look up and see. ~ Loretta Lynn #quote

If you fear change, leave it here. ~ Unknown #quote

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer #quote

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. ~ Barry LePatner #quote

It is better to be a failure at something you love than a success at something you hate. ~ George Burns #quote

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. ~ Unknown #quote

Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb #quote

Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. ~ Henry Miller #quote

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. ~ Charles Wadsworth  #quote

A dog's best friend is his illiteracy. ~ Ogden Nash #quote

The car has become the exoskeleton - the protective and aggressive shell of urban and suburban man. ~ Marshall McLuhan  #quote

Drinking is the only thing you don't get better at the more you do it. ~ JR MOEHRINGER in The Tender Bar #quote

And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can't go back to being normal; you can't go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. ~ Donald Miller #quote

If a man were so placed or could so place himself as to be absolutely above all dependence on his fellow-beings he would become so proud and arrogant as to be a veritable burden and nuisance to the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi 1929 #quote

We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves. ~ Alice Bloch  #quote

If you laid all of the lawyers in the world, end to end, on the equator ---- It would be a good idea to just leave them there. ~ Unknown #quote

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

Live or die but don't poison everything. ~ Saul Bellow #quote

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.~ Julia Sorel #quote

Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry? ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.~ Jawaharlal Nehru #quote

You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough. ~ Joe E. Lewis #quote

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.~ Bessie A. Stanley #quote

Our quarrel with efficiency is not that it gets things done, but that it is a thief of time when it leaves us no leisure to enjoy ourselves and that it frays our nerves in trying to get things done perfectly. An American editor worries his hair gray to see that no typographical mistakes appear on the pages of his magazine. The Chinese editor is wiser than that. He wants to leave his readers the supreme satisfaction of discovering a few typographical mistakes for themselves. More than that, a Chinese magazine can begin printing serial fiction and forget about it halfway. In America it might bring the roof down on the editors, but in China it doesn't matter simply because it doesn't matter. -- Lin Yutang, a Chinese writer of the 1930s #quote