Saturday, August 05, 2017

The power of the world works in circles and everything tries to be round

“The power of the world works in circles and everything tries to be round.” – Black Elk (Black Elk Speaks)

Humanity has achieved unprecedented levels of prosperity, comfort, safety, and choice. We have developed powers once attributed to gods. We will subvert our own   success

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Bukowski delivered mail, Stephen King cleaned schools and Jack Kerouac washed dishes


Future pavements could generate electricity from footsteps

Futuretimeline Imagine a city where simply walking on pavements and other flat surfaces can produce usable power. One company has demonstrated just such a concept in London's West End

From beards to salt: Eight of the world's most bizarre taxes 

70-year-old grandmother cops social media backlash by dubious critics

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah all use the 5-hour rule ...

How Academic Writing Gets To Be Meaningless

“The use of words without fixed or clear meanings is a major part of what makes academic writing so terrible. People often complain that academic writing is “obscure” or overly convoluted and complex. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with either complexity or obscurity in themselves; research papers in the sciences have to be complex and technical, and introducing people to obscure and unfamiliar words or concepts can be a key part of developing human knowledge. The problem largely comes when words are vague and unclear, admitting of many possible interpretations.”
The National Geographic award winning photos for 2017 are magnificent – enjoy them:  Nature – Cities [includes a remarkable photo modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany] – People.

The hardest thing about gardening? It might be learning the gardeners’ lingo Prospect 

“Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?”
“Hmm . . . What do you think, Harry?” said Luna, looking thoughtful.”
“What? Isn’t there just a password?”
“Oh no, you’ve got to answer a question,” said Luna.
“What if you get it wrong?”
“Well, you have to wait for somebody who gets it right,” said Luna. “That way you learn, you see?” “Yeah . . . Trouble is, we can’t really afford to wait for anyone else, Luna.”
“No, I see what you mean,” said Luna seriously. “Well then, I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning.”
“Well reasoned,” said the voice, and the door swung open.” — J.K. Rowling ( Harry Potter 
and the Deathly Hallows)

 “I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.”

—Vaclav Havel, 1989
Prague, Czech Republic. 06th Jan, 2016. Winter weather in Prague, Czech Republic, January 6, 2016. Tourists and - Stock Image