Sunday, February 12, 2017

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one

INK BOTTLE“When we read, we are not looking for new ideas, but to see our own thoughts given the seal of confirmation on the printed page. The words that strike us are those that awake an echo in a zone we have already made our own—the place where we live—and the vibration enables us to find fresh starting points within ourselves.”
~ Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living: Diaries 1935-1950

Ben Hecht might just be the most famous unknown writer who ever lived...

Czech army canteens have been doing this for ages Scientists have turned cooking oil into a material 200 times stronger than steel

Direct eye contact makes faces seem familiar: Sydney University study

Why Do Haruki Murakami’s Books Spend So Much Time On Cooking And Eating?

In a Murakami novel, cooking – and eating – means everything. “Cooking meals is more than a signal of independence though, it’s an introspective behavior that provides order to the chaos of the outside world.” 

Literary Places So Famous They Become Real

Perhaps the ultimate tribute? Places invented in literature that become so famous that real places name themselves after them. It’s a tribute, of course. And there are a lot of them…

If you want happiness for a day - go fishing.

If you want happiness for a month - take a long service leave.
If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else.

Love has its tides; before ebb tide you must take advantage of the flood ;-)

Friendship is like wine - the older the better ;-)

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Feeling Blue? Scientists Suggest Spending Time Nude

“Success is the worst possible thing that could happen

                                      to a man like you,” she said,

“because the shiny shoes, and flattery

                                        and the self-

lubricating slime of affluence would mean

you’d never have to face your failure as a human being.” 

Book Publishers Are Printing More #@$% Than Ever

 Link here - (using Google search to bypass WSJ paywall)

What The Saga Of Avocados Reveals About Politics – And Human Interactions

It may be true that nothing unites the U.S. like avocados: “In the early 2000s, the low-carb craze gave avocados a boost, with fat suddenly deemed more acceptable. But it was nothing compared to the looming beast on the horizon, the monster trend no one could predict: avocado toast.”

Cocaine found in nose cone of American Airlines jet We’ve all heard the term ‘coke nose’ but this is taking it to a ridiculous extreme!”

Attila was Khan of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. He was leader of the Hunnic Empire which stretched from Germany to the Ural River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. In much of Western Europe, he is remembered as the epitome of cruelty and rapacity. An unsuccessful campaign in Persia was followed in 441 by an invasion of the Eastern Roman Empire, the success of which emboldened Attila to invade the West. He passed unhindered through Austria and Germany, across the Rhine into Gaul, plundering and devastating all in his path with a ferocity unparalleled in the records of barbarian invasions and compelling those he overcame to augment his mighty army. Attila drowned in his own blood on his wedding night  Top 10 most evil men 
“The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga  

Criniti’s Italian restaurant chain at centre of million-dollar court case by BRENDEN HILLS