Monday, March 02, 2020

Jane Kenyon

Tell the whole truth. Don’t be lazy, don’t be afraid. Close the critic out when you are drafting something new. Take chances in the interest of clarity of emotion... Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.

Jane Kenyon - BrainPickings

Illustration by Kris Di Giacomo from Enormous Smallness by Matthew Burgess, a picture-book biography of E.E. Cummings

Until the End of Time: Physicist Brian Greene on the Poetry of Existence

We emerge from laws that, as far as we can tell, are timeless, and yet we exist for the briefest moment of time. We are guided by laws that operate without concern for destination, and yet we constantly ask ourselves where we are headed. We are shaped by laws that seem not to require an underlying rationale, and yet we persistently seek meaning and purpose.

Brian Greene / BrainPickings

Art by Margaret C. Cook from a rare 1913 edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Radiating from the pages is also the welcome disorientation of time travel, deconditioning our habit of mistaking today’s culturally constructed commonplaces for ahistorical givens: Blackwell’s bright-red tomato blazes the reminder that this plant — so common today as to be commonplace the world over — was then an exotic native of the New World, known in the Old World as love-apple.
by https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/01/29/elizabeth-blackwell-curious-herbal/?mc_cid=8f54bc6cad&mc_eid=d361d399e1

Monday, January 20, 2020

Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere.

I watched the Shape Of Water over Christmas and although it was visually pleasing I did not find it that interesting. Except for the poem at the end.

Hemenway’s translation appears on page 41 of her book The Book of Everything: Journey of the Heart’s Desire : Hakim Sanai’s Walled Garden of Truth

https://books.google.ca/books?id=_ERX2xRllz8C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false https://books.google.ca/books?id=C9MNlTCgi8cC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

ps

https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life#t-723640 :

...Let death be what takes us, not lack of imagination.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On Silence

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
by (https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/11/21/kahlil-gibran-prophet-talking/?mc_cid=190867f242&mc_eid=d361d399e1)

Relationship Lessons from Trees

In this, too, I see a poignant lesson in love, evocative of Rilke and what may be the greatest relationship advice ever committed to words: “I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”
by (https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/11/13/robert-macfarlane-underland-tree-love/?mc_cid=e315e9cc24&mc_eid=d361d399e1)

The Beauty Of A Woman

An ABZ of Love: Kurt Vonnegut’s Favorite Vintage Danish Illustrated Guide to Sexuality

The other way is to admit to our emotions, accept our feelings and let them come out into the daylight. By being suspicious of all the judgements we pass on the basis of what we feel (and not until then) we shall taken a step towards becoming practitioners of common sense.
by (https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/12/05/an-abz-of-love/)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Still Alive

Forms FORM-29827281-12: Test Assessment Report This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS. It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. Aperture Science We do what we must because we can. For the good of all of us. Except the ones who are dead. But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake. And the Science gets done. And you make a neat gun. For the people who are still alive. Forms FORM-55551-5: Personnel File Addendum: Dear <>, I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now. Even though you broke my heart. And killed me. And tore me to pieces. And threw every piece into a fire. As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you! Now these points of data make a beautiful line. And we're out of beta. We're releasing on time. So I'm GLaD. I got burned. Think of all the things we learned for the people who are still alive. Forms FORM-55551-6: Personnel File Addendum Addendum: One last thing: Go ahead and leave me. I think I prefer to stay inside. Maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa... THAT WAS A JOKE. HA HA. FAT CHANCE. Anyway, this cake is great. It's so delicious and moist. Look at me still talking when there's Science to do. When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I'm not you. I've experiments to run. There is research to be done. On the people who are still alive. PS: And believe me I am still alive. PPS: I'm doing Science and I'm still alive. PPPS: I feel FANTASTIC and I'm still alive. FINAL THOUGHT: While you're dying I'll be still alive. FINAL THOUGHT PS: And when you're dead I will be still alive. STILL ALIVE Still alive.
by (http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Still_Alive, http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/still-alive-portal-end-theme, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI)

Friday, December 08, 2017

Народна Република България от 1944 г. до 1989 г. в цифри и факти

Социалистическа Народна Република България от 1944 г. до 1989 г само цифри и факти. Живота от 1944 до 1989 който загубихме и това което "спечелихме" от 1989 до днес. Четете и разказвайте за да знаят хората истинската си история.... За периода 1979-1988 г. САЩ увеличава БВП на глава от населението със 182%, Япония с 275%, Германия със 158%, Франция със 157%, а България увеличава БВП на глава от населението с 234%. Това ще рече, че България по време на комунизма, дори и в годините на Перестройка, никога не е била в рецесия, камо ли фалирала, както поучава западната пропаганда.
by (http://www.bgspomen.com/2016/05/1944-1989.html)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The 12 days of Pascal’s triangular Christmas

One of the most magical aspects of mathematics is the ability for complex and intricate structures to emerge from the simplest of rules. Few mathematical objects are simpler to create – and few weave such a variety of intricate patterns – as Pascal’s marvelous triangle.
by https://theconversation.com/the-12-days-of-pascals-triangular-christmas-21479 Also see A Triangle Calculator