18 March 2015

I let a song go out of my heart

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…”

- Safire Rose, via Mystic Medusa

22 February 2015

Film map

Dorothy's "Film Map", which melds nearly 1,000 geographically named films into an imaginary city. Below, a vertical section of the map, which also includes Miracle on 34th Street, Road to Perdition, and Field of Dreams.

Via 'Femme Fatales of Cartography', The Atlantic's CityLab

11 June 2014

In the afterlife...

Movie from: Silly Symphony - The Skeleton Dance - 1929

27 May 2014

If this isn't nice, what is?

Words of wisdom by Kurt Vonnegut:

My Uncle Alex Vonnegut, an insurance salesman who lived at 5033 North Pennsylvania, taught me something very important. He said that when things are going really well we should be sure to notice it. He was talking about very simple occasions, not great victories. Maybe drinking lemonade under a shade tree, or smelling the aroma of a bakery, or fishing, or listening to music coming from a concert hall while standing in the dark outside, or, dar I say, after a kiss. he told me it was important at such times to say out loud, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”  

24 May 2014

The art of persuasion, explained in 59 seconds

It's called "the foot in the door" effect. Amazingly true.

22 May 2014


How did the north end up being at the top of the map?  Interestingly, north wasn't always north. A cartographic history of "what's up"

Even the Beatles got bad reviews. I kid you not! Find out what the critics wrote about the Beatles in 1964.

Dear Graduate: don't follow your dreams! Here's the brutal truth: most people can't pay the bills by living their passion. What can we do instead? Apparently: never stop enjoying the wonder of the world, and never lose the curiosity that got you here today. I think that's some great advice.

12 May 2014

Colour me Pantone

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book.

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

- (via This is Colossal)

18 March 2014

The Histomap

from Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton.

10 February 2014

Film & Philosophy

“Film has become such an integral ingredient in our motley recipe of mass art and pop culture entertainment that we often overlook its potential for stimulating serious reflection and speculation. The visual immediacy of cinematic art appeals to our receptive curiosity in the same way that paintings and natural landscapes often captivate our perceptual and emotional attention. However, our intellectual engagement with film has been minimized more and more with the proliferation of movies that cater simply to the passive sensory networks of spectacle-obsessed viewers rather than to the active reflection of thoughtful inquirers.”
- Kevin L Stoehr

05 February 2014

01 February 2014

Aristotle, oh and the shadows

When Aristotle isn't being praised as God himself, he get beaten around a bit.  So does Plato but mainly Aristotle. Here's something interesting that I found when going through my old files:

"If there is a philosophical Atlas who carries the whole of Western civilization on his shoulders, it is Aristotle. He has been opposed, misinterpreted, misrepresented, and—like an axiom—used by his enemies in the very act of denying him. Whatever intellectual progress men have achieved rests on his achievements.

Aristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history’s brilliant eras; whenever it fell, so did mankind. The Aristotelian revival of the thirteenth century brought men to the Renaissance. The intellectual counter-revolution turned them back toward the cave of his antipode: Plato.

There is only one fundamental issue in philosophy: the cognitive efficacy of man’s mind. The conflict of Aristotle versus Plato is the conflict of reason versus mysticism. It was Plato who formulated most of philosophy’s basic questions—and doubts. It was Aristotle who laid the foundation for most of the answers. Thereafter, the record of their duel is the record of man’s long struggle to deny and surrender or to uphold and assert the validity of his particular mode of consciousness."

- Review of J.H. Randall’s Aristotle, The Objectivist Newsletter, May 1963, 18

30 January 2014

Musical history tour

Google research has created an amazing history of music timeline.  It's really fun to play around with.

02 August 2013

Woody Allen's Universe

I was feeling a little our of sorts after reading a little too much astrophysics.  It wasn't serious, just a bit of Bill Bryson, which was surprisingly disorientating. Just feeling very small in this gigantic universe(s?).  And then I remembered Woody Allen, of all people, and this cheered me up.

Unfortunately, it won't embed here, but here's the link to YouTube, click it, click it!