Monday, August 31, 2015

Game of Thrones quotes

Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.
Cersei Lannister
A Clash of Kings
I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.
A Dance with Dragons, George R. Martin
I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to.
A Feast for Crows, George R. Martin
He may not look as tall or strong as some, but he is worth more than all of them.
A Storm of Swords
There are no heroes…In life, the monsters win.
A Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark
How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?
A Feast for Crows
The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.
George R. Martin
My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel.
Sansa Stark, A Storm of Swords

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Living Wage News: Restaurant pays waiters $25 an hour

"I think that restaurants will have to do this,” said Ms. Cohen, who pays servers at Dirt Candy $25 an hour, well above the $7.50 for tipped workers that will go into effect in New York at the end of the year. “How else do you compensate for this extra money you’ll have to pay?”
Like many owners, Ms. Cohen has long wanted to close the yawning earnings gap between those who prepare the food and those who serve it. Tips are not shared with the kitchen staff, whereas the revenue from certain types of surcharges and higher menu prices can be distributed to everyone. Restaurateurs tick off a long list of reasons for being drawn to the idea. In some cities like New York, where tipping is subject to a confusing welter of federal, state and local regulations and tax laws, eliminating it would simplify bookkeeping. Managers say it would also allow them to better calibrate wages to reward employees based on the length of their service and the complexity of their jobs.
NY Times Article

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians

"Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians." Muhammad Iqbal
TE Lawrence after the Arab revolt and how the politicians of France and Great Britain took over the process: “…the old men came out again and took our victory to re-make in the likeness of the former world they knew.”

Fallen Leaves

I imagine leaves must feel like this after they have fallen from their tree,” Lawrence wrote a friend one week before the motorcycle accident that killed him.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The ridiculous and the sublime/ the provincial and the universal/ the trivial and the titanic

What is consciousness in a perishable universe? What is consciousness on top of a meat stick? A flicker. A spark. A moment. We have to navigate the trivial and provincial to get to a point where we can actually think on the big picture and the universal themes. From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step the saying goes. And we humans fluctuate between these states of mind hour by hour and day by day. One moment we can study the stars... the other moment our stomach demands food and our eyes grow tired.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quote of the day

"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour)."
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

Friday, July 31, 2015

We will never be here again

In the overwhelming ocean of life

Transcendent ideas keep humans mentally alfloat while alive but the reality is we all sink into physiological oblivion. Our ability to be smug about the Universe has a purpose to keep a person mentally stable. In the overwhelming ocean of life we grab onto transcendent ideas to keep afloat and with faith we walk on water. Nature catches up though and despite our bravado of human language the decomposition of the body rolls on.
Humans need to anchor themselves in some transcendence. We demand answers now when in reality we have to wait. We demand a final solution to problems that are beyond our ability to solve. That is the magic of faith it takes away the burden and limits of human knowledge and takes away the question mark. Are bad answers better than no answers?

When Opportunity mates with the Prepared, Success is born.

When Opportunity mates with the Prepared, Success is born.

The sea washed my follies and my vanities away

"Young I was, and vain, but the sea washed my follies and my vanities away. That man drowned, nephew. His lungs filled with seawater, and the fish ate the scales off his eyes. When I rose again, I saw clearly."
George Martin, A Clash of Kings

Stolen Valor

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lucretius quote

Atoms and Evolution not Adam and Eve

A shark eating a man is better explained from biological evolution than the sin of Adam and Eve. The human being and the shark come from the guts of stars and the deep evolutionary process that has played out over millions of years. Atoms and Evolution not Adam and Eve. Viruses and bacteria do not treat the human species as sacred. The other organisms on Earth operate with little regard to the human species or its claims.
"Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again...But, you see, you don't see that unless you're willing to look at the history of life as the full range of its variation through time. I mean, it is true the most complex thing has gotten more complex. Once there were only bacteria. Now there are humans, but that's not the result of an intrinsic defining central drive. It's just a kind of random movement away from a necessary beginning at maximal bacterial simplicity. That's all it is.
The human mind delights in finding pattern—so much so that we often mistake coincidence or forced analogy for profound meaning. No other habit of thought lies so deeply within the soul of a small creature trying to make sense of a complex world not constructed for it... We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a 'higher' answer---but none exists."
Stephen Jay Gould
"That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes. Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good God, or the product of uncaring natural forces? The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection."
Charles Darwin

Once you label me you negate me

"Once you label me you negate me."
Soren Kierkegaard
People will constantly be trying to put you in a box. A box of race, gender, age, and job. The key is for you not to limit yourself to their boxes. They want to put limits on you with no reciprocity. Remember that it is about rhetorical influence and power and always has been in the game of society. If they can keep you in that box they can better control you.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The tyrant of time has pushed me away from you

The tyrant of time has pushed me away from you and though my heart desires to reach back I can only look back with longing at what might have been. No longer the same man I was. You could of loved me then in my youth. Now I am dying and the energy that hope brings has left my body. Even you must face this fate my beloved. We creatures that fall apart in love with other beings that fall apart.