"An honest man is always a child" (The Day We Were Born)
Beer (and wine) is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
- Benjamin Franklin
During the course of my stay in Russia, which lasted some five or six years, from time to time I was killed and/or executed by various organisations and individuals
When I returned to the fatherland, I found out that I had been hanged thrice, shot to death twice, and quartered once at the hands of savage Kyrgyz rebels on the shore of Lake Kale-Yshela. Finally and definitively, I had been run through with a knife during a wild skirmish with drunken sailors in a certain.
Finally and definitively, I had been run through with a knife during a wild skirmish with drunken sailors in a certain Odessa tavern. Of all these variants, this one seems most likely to me.
Good News – Life gets better after 50: why age tends to work in favour of happiness
The Guardian – Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve, was relieved to find an explanation for his gloom – academics say adulthood happiness is U-shaped
“Academics have found increasing evidence that happiness through adulthood is U-shaped – life satisfaction falls in our 20s and 30s, then hits a trough in our late 40s before increasing until our 80s. Forget the saying that life begins at 40 – it’s 50 we should be looking toward. Rauch, a senior fellow at the US thinktank the Brookings Institution, was so relieved to have found an explanation for the gloom that hit him and, he believed, many others in middle age that he became evangelical about spreading the word. He has written a book, The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 (out in the US 1 May and UK 14 June), which includes personal stories, the latest data and illuminating interviews with economists, psychologists and neuroscientists…”
“Hopefully, somebody who at 55
or 60 has decided, ‘This is all I can do,’ they will realize they have 35 more
years to get things together,” Steel said. “Start now. It’s never too late. …
Keep your mind open and keep faith in yourself that you can do this thing. All
you have to do is step out there.”
~ Woman of Steel: After
Retiring From The IRS At 58, Dorothy Steel Started Acting At 88 And Hit It Big
At 92 In 'Black Panther'
Women — and residents of Japan — dominate the list of [remaining] oldest people. The 22 oldest are women, and 13 of the 24 oldest people reside in Japan ... Amen
More than half of the world’s wealthy investors say they expect to live to 100.
Jozef (Patrick) Imrich wishes to inform you that he will be available to listen to some of the stories and gossip today, but he does not feel obliged to be present for all the confessions, and may come and go at varying intervals. He would like it to be known that he is licensed to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and that the bar will be open for both from 2 pm onwards, with the bar’s license permitting service until midnight. Anyone wishing to purchase an alcoholic drink will be required to sign the Havel's Charter 77 ledger located on the bar. While there, Jozko would like to invite you to read a three thousand word palindrome that he has composed, located on the opposite side of the bar.
If you are an Iron Cutain Crosser, communist archives hold perpetual ironies. Because the gaps and silences are where you find yourself. . . . “The stutter is the plot.” It’s the stutter in Bohemian literature that interests me. I hear the stutter as a sounding of uncertainty. What is silenced or not quite silenced. All the broken dreams.
Almanac: Merrill Markoe on the difference between actors and comedians
Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on vanity and equality
“The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity,” Kierkegaard wrote in contemplating the paradoxical nature of time half a century before Einsteinforever changed our understanding of it. As relativity saturated the cultural atmosphere, Virginia Woolf was tussling and taffying with time’s confounding elasticity, the psychology of which scientists have since dissected. We are beings of time and in time — something Jorge Luis Borges spoke to beautifully in his classic 1946 meditation on time: “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.” River of Hymnal time
The Key to Everything New York Review of Books
Music by the Second
Sometimes I’m amazed when I realize the number of clocks I encounter every day: on the wall, on the stove, on the phone, on the screen I’m typing on now. Reminders of the passage of ... read more
Book launch to mark MEdia Dragon's original birthday (conceived in Vrbov born in Kezmarok ;-) is by Thomas Piketty, and the subtitle is Inequality and Redistribution, 1901-1998. This is a reprint and translation of the author’s original French work from 2001. It appears to be a very seriously researched volume.
Tyler Cowen's Conversation with Agnes Callard
She is a philosopher at the University of Chicago, here is the transcript and audio. We covered Plato and Socrates, what Plato is on about at all, the virtues of dialog and refutation, whether immortality would be boring, Elena Ferrante, parents vs. gangsters and Beethoven vs. Mozart, my two Straussian readings of her book, Jordan Peterson, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the best defense of reading the classics, and the Agnes Callard production function (physics to classics to philosophy), all in suitably informationally dense fashion.
Here is one excerpt:
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Adopt me, said Grandpa Han (Jozef ;-)
Do men love war?
DOING THE MATH: “When you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life.”
Bear smashes car window in Rockaway, eats two dozen assorted cupcakes inside NorthJersey.com.