Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
This dude has.
anywho...i hope you're enjoying witnessing my journey, as i am enjoying living it--even the sad moments!
and thanks Craig (my fellow mild seasonal depression sufferer!).
and the winter continues.
its -1 degrees out here in Connecticut.
and i'm mildly depressed and luvin' it!
I have no idea how I'm gonna get this thing home. I know the picture doesn't do this thing any justice, but it's not your run of the mill balloon. It's actualy a special balloon that we use to test Stack Emissions. So, picture a huge stack towering over a city, smoke emitting from it. Now picture how big a balloon would have to be to outfit that stack. This particular is smaller than the real one, but it's still huge. I don't think it's gonna make it home. Not possible. I'd need a van.....hmmmmm..... It was nice of the guys to gift it to Sir after using it to demonstrate, but now what? Crap! dilemma.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This guy is another one of my favorites, and I love the animation they put to it. This is so funny, yet, so true! I'm still laughing at how deep the rabbit hole really is. Don't go down the hole, dag-nabi-it! Find your own path. Then come tell me about it. I'm waiting......
Clearly he was starved and neglected, even if just by his OWN ego.
Two Hot Versions. And such similarities between the two cultures. Likeness will always draw to itself. But I wonder how that lawsuit turned out over the song? LOL! Money loves to ruin art. Back in the day you didn't steal songs! You didn't own songs. Art is to be traveled, touched, retouched...blah, blah, blah... What's gonna happen as the dollar continues to lose the little power it has left for the common folk? Time is telling. You are now living it. Enjoy the art.
Truth Hurt's Addictive featuring Rakim
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm.This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed this psas it on !!
and i am not fighting it.
try striking a blow at mother nature and you are SURE to fail.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
The Norwegian journalist was interviewing me on the banks of Lake Geneva. As a rule I refuse to answer questions that are not relevant to my work, but in this case there was a reason for his curiosity: on the dress that she had worn on her 30th birthday, the Princess had asked them to embroider the names of some people who had been important in her life - and my name was among them (my wife found the idea so good that she decided to do the same when she turned 50, sewing in one corner of her dress the credit “inspired by the Princess of Norway”).
- I think she is a sensitive, delicate, intelligent person - I answered. - I had the opportunity to meet her in Oslo, when she introduced me to her husband, a writer like myself.
I paused a little, but felt the need to add:
- And there is something that I honestly fail to understand: why did the Norwegian press begin to criticize her husband’s literary work after he got married to the Princess? Before that, all his reviews were positive.
It was not exactly a question, more of a provocation, because I already imagined the answer: the reviews had changed because people feel envy, the most bitter of all human sentiments.
The journalist, however, was more sophisticated than that:
- Because he broke the Law of Jante.
Of course I had never heard of this, so he explained what it was. I continued on my journey and discovered it is hard to find anyone in any of the Scandinavian countries who does not know this law. Although the law exists since the beginning of civilization, it was only officially declared in 1933 by writer Aksel Sandemose in the novel “A refugee goes beyond limits.”
The sad truth is that the Law of Jante is not restricted to Scandinavia: this is a rule applied in every country in the world, despite the fact that Brazilians say that “this only happens here,” and the French claim that “unfortunately, that’s how it is in our country.” Now, the reader must be annoyed because he/she is already half way through the column and still does not know what the Law of Jante is all about, so I’ll try to explain it here briefly in my own words:
“You aren’t worth a thing, nobody is interested in what you think, mediocrity and anonymity are your best bet. If you act this way, you will never have any big problems in life.”
The Law of Jante focuses on the feeling of jealousy and envy that sometimes causes so much trouble to people like Ari Behn, the husband of Princess Martha-Louise. This is one of its negative aspects, but there is something far more dangerous.
And this law is accountable for the world being manipulated in all possible manners by people who have no fear of what the others say and end up practicing the evil they desire. We have just witnessed a useless war in Iraq, which is still costing many lives; we see a huge abyss between the rich and the poor countries of the world, social injustice on all sides, unbridled violence, people being forced to give up their dreams because of unfair and cowardly attacks. Before starting the second world war, Hitler sent out several signals as to his intentions, and what encouraged him to go ahead was the knowledge that nobody would dare to defy him because of the Law of Jante.
Mediocrity may be comfortable, up to the day that tragedy knocks at the door and people start to wonder: “but why did nobody say anything, if everybody could see that this was going to happen?”
Simple: nobody said anything because the others did not say anything either.
So in order to prevent things from growing any worse, maybe this is the right moment to write the anti-Law of Jante:
“You are worth far more than you think. Your work and presence on this Earth are important, even though you may not think so. Of course, thinking in this way, you might have many problems because you are breaking the Law of Jante - but don’t feel intimidated by them, go on living without fear and in the end you will win.”
~by Paulo Coelho