Friday, October 31, 2008

I fetched and I carried, I watched and I learned, And slowly but surely I rose through the firm

These quotations have been DEEPLY embedded into my brain from hours on end of Civilizaiton.



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Oh Farmers, pray that your summers be wet and your winters clear. - Virgil

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. - The Bible Deut 28:4

Do not throw the Arrow which will return against you. - Kurdish Proverb

It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death, all things appear fair. - Homer

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Lao Tzu

If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.- Turkish Proverb

If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both. - Native American Saying

It is from their foes, not with friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls. -Aristophanes

Meditation brings wisdom, lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back. - The Buddha

The man who moves a mountain beings by carrying small stones. - Confucius

I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. - The Bible, Exodus

Nature herself has imprinted on the minds of all the idea of God. - Cicero

Not at all similar are the race of the immortal gods and the race of men who walk upon the earth. - Homer

Hath not the potter power over the clay, to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? - The Bible, Romans

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – The Bible, Numbers

You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails. - Unknown

Put your shoulder to the wheel. - Aesop

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read. - Pliny the Elder

Words have the power both to destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. - The Buddha

For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. - Ecclesiastes

To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, so that the strong should not harm the weak. - Hammurabi’s Code; Prologue

The wisest men follow their own direction. - Euripides

And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it. - Publius Syrus

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. - William Shakespeare

You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot. - Publius Syrus

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested. - Sir Francis Bacon

If in other sciences we should arrive at certainty without doubt and truth without error, it behooves us to place the foundations of knowledge in mathematics. - Roger Bacon.

And them that take the sword shall perish by the sword. - The Bible, Matthew

A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king. - Herodotus

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. - Thomas Jefferson

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. - Unknown

I am the State. - Louis XIV

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Expury

I will to my lord be true and faithful, and love all which he loves and shun all which he shuns. - Anglo Saxon Oath of Fealty

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conservation ends in a conspiracy against the public. - Adam Smith

A god from the machine - Menander

If music be the food of love, play on. - William Shakespeare

One doesn’t discover new lands without losing sight of the shore. - Andre Gide

I cannot live without books. - Thomas Jefferson

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. - Aristotle

Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self; the heavenly by the love of God. - St Augustine

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and lead us from this world to another. - Plato

Chemistry means the difference between poverty and starvation and abundant life. - Robert Brent

No free man shall be taken, imprisoned, or in any other way destroyed, except by the lawful judgement of his peers. - The Magna Carta

Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. - Ambrose Bierce

It has been said that democracy is the worst kind of Government except all the others that have been tried. - Winston Churchill

Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. - Albert Einstein

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance. - Ali ibn Abi-Talib

You can get of what you want with a kind of word and a gun than you can with just a kind word. - Al Capone

Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. - Benjamin Franklin

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. - Sun-Tzu

A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for petty distinction. You must speak to the soul to electrify him. - Napoleon Bonaparte

What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done to for the mind. Wendell Phillips

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. - Aristotle

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. - Mao Zedong

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl. - Frederick the
Great

People can have the Model T in any color - so long as it’s black. - Henry Ford
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change. -Charles Darwin

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. - E.B. White
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. - Dom Helder Camara

We will make electricty so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. - Thomas Edison

The great masses of the people … will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. - Adolf Hitler

If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One … I am become death, the Shatterer of Worlds. - J Robert Oppenheimer, quoting “The Bhagavad Gita.”

There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible. - Henry Ford
As to diseases make a habit to two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm. - Hippocrates

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. - Issac Newton

I fooled you, I fooled you, I got pig iron, I got pig iron, I got all pig iron. - Lonnie Donegan, “Rock Island Line.”

I do not feel obliged that the same God who has endowed us with sense, religion, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei

You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bon-fire under her deck? I have no time for such nonsense. Napoleon, on Robert Fulton’s Steamship

Before that steam drill shall beat me down, I’ll die with my hammer in my hand. - From John Henry, the Steel-Driving Man

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out the window. - Steve Wozniak

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow from our children. - Native American Song

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. - Issac Asimov

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. - Leonardo Da Vinci

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistingiushable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child which carries the heavy burden of genetic disease. - Bob Edwards

The only thing worse than to be talked about is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde

I want to say just one word to you, Just one word: plastics. - Calder Willingham, The Graduate

Then one fine mornin’ she puts on a New York station. You know her life was saved by Rock n’ Roll. - The Velvet Underground, “Rock and Roll”

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (Iron Chef Quote)

The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do. - B.F. Skinner

The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot eternally live in a cradle. - Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

Beep … beep … beep … beep … - Sputnik I

The future will be better tomorrow. - Dan Quayle

Philosophy -- is a walk on the slippery rocks, Religion is a light in the fog

Seth Godin talks about Dips, I've been thinking about humps --

There are humps we always come across in life, and we make concious efforts to get over the humps, or let them control us -- Two things happen when we don't try to excel 1) we become complacent, or 2) We know exactly what we are doing wrong, and feel like the puppy who sh*t in the corner.

Things I've overcome in my life --

To get energy you have to give energy -- I've had my days of being a couch potato, but I've forced myself to get up, exercise, take the elevator, walk to the store, go on a bike ride, read on the go, push my body to do things I thought it never could do.

Financial Independence -- Lived a life of excess through my 20's, In the future, in times where cash is king, I will be able to cash in -- The time wasn't pretty, but the bleeding has almost stopped. It took a lot of reading, studying, self improvement.

Timidness -- Curiosity now reigns supreme. Out of the Shiner starting blocks and on to Europe, first time I was wimpy and scared, this soon turned into excitement, now it's excitement with a coat of 'look at all these people getting herded on the plane,' can't we work something out better than this?

I used to be swayed / intimidated by titles, positions, people, etc. Now I feel like when I'm in the same room with someone, I'm entitled to an opinion, I'll ask the tough questions and certainly feel out the 'what's in it for me perspective'.

Things I've yet to overcome --

The widget that will take my career to the next level -- All it takes is a small but good idea that plays to the hearts and minds of the populous, at a mere 5 bucks a month.

The whole person perspective -- I'm exceeding some areas, I'm failing miserably in others

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit? Heard about Pittsburgh, PA?

Lawrence says it best:

Lawrenceo89 has made a comment on David Byrne Toronto 10/29/2008 Massey Hall - 78:
I've got to say, this wasn't just one of the best concerts I've seen, the audience was great too. We went absolutely nuts after every single song! It was fantastic, a night that comes by Once in a Lifetime. Thanks for posting!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You Turn it off but then a still small voice comes in blazing from some vast horizon

Listening to Josh Ritter for me is listening to an individual who's transcended the existential debate. 14 years of perfect attendance in church and religious doctrine won't wash Jesus out of my soul, and it doesn't seem to be washing away from Ritter either.

What I've come to understand is an arrangement between pragmatism and mysticism, and have come to a happy acceptance that these two entities will be playing tug-o-war with my soul till I'm vapor.

Last night, snow / rain / and cacti in the window from a pub.


and the second city stage --


Conflicting Themes - Often times, for life we choose one theme and go with it, from a 'user interface' perspective, it looks something like this. You click on the choice you want, you hit ok, then you roll with it. But what if you like a little of each of them? For instance below, what if I like parts of 'reflector' and parts of 'plastic'?

It looks like this -- Hackin' hackin' hackin' the brain, turning it into something you want it to look like -- It's certainly harder and more tedious than picking the defacto choices.


What are the benefits?
  1. Life is all about brand, the more authoritative you are in your brand, the better off everything you touch will be
  2. Mental Exercise -- Being able to articulate an answer better than others
  3. Doing the 'hard stuff' makes you a better person
  4. The ability to take all the themes and piece them together helps serve as a better integrator of thoughts and ideas.
Where does it all lead? The whole know thyself is such a power phrase, and if you master that, and know where you want to go, I don't think there's anything within reason that can't be accomplished.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Every day I recognise, What's deceased and what's alive, But don't repeat what I just said, Until boulders turn to lead

So many references to The Matrix, have it be your job, family, friends, life -- How many Neo's are there actually in the world? I suppose people pay attention more than I give them credit for, but when you roll around in a big city, you can't help be being consumed by the mass populous.


Additionally, mass transit lends itself to a greater psychological need to customize your wardrobe. The neatness up north is watching matching hats and matching scarfs. Little do I pay attention to these accessories as a country boy from the south, but I'm finding its a personality staple here, and a ten minute people watching session reveals the importance.

Also, seeing chunks of people remind me of your personal groups (i.e. your pub buddies, your work buddies, religious buddies, and your buddies you can say anything to) -- What makes these groups fall apart, and what is the binding agents that keeps groups together as personalities and human nature evolves. I'd love to know the bond that keeps these groups together, for as I've had so many groups that come and go, although safe in heart and mind, things change, people change.

I suppose reasonable minds vary on how engaged you are in group norms, and what groups you participate in.

Eighteen academy chairs, Doling out the garland to five, Celebrity minds, they're humbly taken by surprise

Eating Mexican food in Canada, CHECK. I've always found it interesting that folks up north where its cold generally speaking don't eat spicy dishes, yet in the south, pore on the Tabasco, pile on the peppers.

The Trampoline Hall Lectures, A brilliant mix of speakers, one music hipster, one that spoke of trash, and one that talked about a failed yet successful poet, sincerity was the common denominator in it all.

Downtown near my favorite hot dog vendor is some mystery meat love graffiti.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Listen to the band, they're playing just for me, Listen to the people paying just for me

Train tracks -- picture doesn't do it justice --


The CN tower has a 'glass bottom' that'll scare the bejesus out of you if you let it.


Panoramic view (you), look I'll make it all manageable


Highest observation deck in the world -- it certainly was higher than anything I've ever seen -- even though it doesn't look so menacing.


Great views from the top, a nod from the Gods cleared the weather for just enough time for me to snap some pictures.

Phone my family, tell them I'm lost, on the sidewalk

Yesterday, an Indian buffet, one with chilies that would make the best of em' sweat


A city full of parks, and black squirrels, there is even a legendary albino squirrel too.


The Dakota Tavern, mimics The Continental Club in Austin


Kensington Market,


Inside Graffiti's Bar, I would have to say Toronto's one in a million place.


Bread and Circus, friendly owner, Pulp Fiction sounding band, enthusiastic dancers.


Cloak and Dagger, you know the place had to be good, one that smells like beer.


Inside Bread, Bar looking out, occasionally a tourist would stick their head in, then retreat.


Lots of murals / wall art, all around good vibe.


Sitar's seem to be the instrument of choice for street performers.


Graffiti's from the outside, innocent enough.


Carry over from the Zombie Walk from the previous week, a band in the street. Wonder if that's where the Shin's get the Zombie walk reference. Funny that skeletor was in Graffiti before he began the gig.


Finally, Sunset over college street, beautiful ending of the day.

On a mountainside, well below the stars, keep your lovers eyes in mason jars

Every time I look at a high place, Curtain Calls by the Old 97's come to mind -- I recall rolling around Berlin and having the BEST time with this album. That time I was heading to Alexanderplatz (which for some reason I think is a focal point in my universe) with a currywurst in hand. This time I'm rollin' with a waffle type thing from chinatown en-route to the CN tower, a building this man says to be haunted.

Interesting enough, the CN tower, until this year, was the worlds tallest structure. It's amazing at the top, and like Randy Newmann would say, it's lonely at the top too. Why? Because its so damn higher than ANYTHING in the skyline. The Umpire state building, the sears tower, eiffel, and other high stuff at least has some company up there.

As despair.com puts it, the higest blade of grass is the first one to get cut. The folks in Dubai have conjured up this to beat the record.

Here's what Howard Roark said about all of this -- The individual against the collective --

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Morning Prayers took the Girl Unawares, She was Late for Class and She Knew It

A brisk walk around Toronto yesterday, mp3 player on shuffle, thoughts swirling around in the head, its like you're in your own little music video at times. How would I describe Toronto? Take NYC, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, shake them up in a jar, condense them into a 4 mile by 4 mile radius, and there you have it. It's a fine city, and the personality changes every song or two, with more to discover.

Thoughts of digital nomads came to mind, and how finding belonging and identity come to mind. I cross reference this with Dante's Divine Comedy. In The Divine Comedy, Dante carries the cross of Christianity down into the depths of hell, he does it with great conviction and does not falter, despite being tested by some pretty vile characters. You see, the inner depths are filled with horrible things like monsters bathing in boiling blood, and the rings going out get less vile. The next ring out you'd have evil entities like the eye of sauron, followed by all the generals in wars, of course the artists, poets and intellectuals are down there as well. The most interesting group down there in my opinion lies in the outer most, limbo, which basically is the individuals who don't stand for anything.

Despite weather you agree with Dante's mumbo jumbo, who else would you rather have as your crusader for Christ if not Dante. Slow and steady, no fear, been to the depths of hell and back with God on his side.

Walking through new places, seeing new people, understanding that you're a blip on the radar and life is full of possibilities, is fulfilling yet taxing on the soul. What cause do I stand for, I haven't figured that out yet, but once I do I'm all in.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Promises of fame, promises of fortune, La to new york- san francisco back to boston

What are we doing here anyway?

I've been asked that several times for several occasions and several venues.

1 -- From an extistential perspective -- maybe god's cruel joke?
2 -- an event -- maybe for the free food?
3 -- for a work meeting -- an agenda?

Life has got me talking in such abstracts these days, I don't even understand myself. Is it CRS disease, or do I just need to learn how to fish?






Sunday, October 05, 2008

The lights in the city are more or less blinking Which side of the story decides what you're thinking Warm arms and cold faces

Needless to say, writers block has struck.

1 -- Think about if people didn't frame every issue in a political sense. This of the toxicity and hatred that comes with the pursuit of power. Think of the cognitive dissonance that comes from political affiliation. This, and every election I applaud the swing vote. In talking with conservatives I often get the 'neither candidate is any good,' which means, if 'we' don't have a good candidate, no one can. I've often asked if Ronald Reagan and all of his splendor would come back as a democrat, would you vote for him? More often than not, the answer is no.

2 -- By turning off the TV everyone would save themselves a lot of grief. Stock market goes up, stock market goes down, bouncing around, and if the the tv wasn't on, you'd be oblivious to all the doom and gloom headlines.

3 -- At what point did half the country wake up and say 'the government is bad.' Sure its inefficient and ineffective, but a lot of that is by design, jobs, wages, etc. It's a consistent 'revenue model,' like it or not. What makes people apprehensive about asking the government for help? The 'bailout' proves there is an imbalance in the system.