good stuff to think about

February 8th, 2012 by Laura

Found this New Yorker Cartoon. I wasn’t sure where the original link was, so I linked to a place selling a posting of it. If you’ve got the original link, let me know. Good stuff to think about….

New Yorker Cartoon

William Coperthwaite’s view on work

February 7th, 2012 by Laura

“After growing up in a world where the norm is to sell a piece of oneself, it is difficult to imagine another way of living. Where can one look to see work and play united? where vacation, recreation and hobby are ugly words made necessary by a social disease — forced work.”

much rather be in the boat

January 15th, 2012 by Laura

xkcd comics

neat guy, learned by books and loves computational origami :)

December 8th, 2011 by admin

Lance told me about this boy who learned everything from books on the road and went to college at 12 and does all this cool origami paper folding.
He’s so cool and down to earth and happy. What an inspiration for following your heart and living life, simply.

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2003/demaine-0226.html

Rules

November 9th, 2011 by Lance
  • People are naive, they will believe something because they want it to be true; or they’re afraid it might be true.
  • The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
  • Passion rules reason, For better or for worse.
  • There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.
  • Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.
  • The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
  • Life is the future, not the past.
  • Deserve Victory.
  • A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.
  • Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one’s self.
  • You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself.

Terry Goodkind

50,000 words and no letter ‘e’

November 3rd, 2011 by Laura

Just found out that the Gadspy by Earnest Vincent Wright contains 50,000 words and was written entirely without the letter ‘e’ (thank you John).  Love stuff like that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsby_%28novel%29

The challenge of it excites me.  Apparently it’s called a lipogram (Greek for “missing letter”).  Wikipedia says “it’s a constrained writing or word game consisting of writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided — usually a common vowel, and frequently “e”, the most common letter in the English language.”

Charge

November 2nd, 2011 by Lance

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,

Alfred Tennyson

ridiculous. i need to have more fun like this dude.

November 1st, 2011 by Laura

So today John at work sent me the coolest thing ever. It’s a 224 line palindrome. The entire poem reads backwards the same as it reads forward. Admittedly, it took me a second to catch on. crazy cool. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/02/demetri-martins-palindrome-poem.html

Holding my new book. Love the opening line.

November 1st, 2011 by Laura

Holding my new book, a Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity by WM. S. Coperthwaite (thank you Lance). Haven’t been this excited to read a book since Twilight. I know, seems like an insane comparison, but I can’t always explain why I like divergent things, I just do and that’s the way it goes. lol Couple lines so far from the book as I’ve cracked it open…

“It was just pas midnight when I slipped my canoe into the water at Duck Cove and headed due east, exactly as the instructions said, to the point of shore where he would meet me. ”

“My central concern is encouragement — encouraging people to seek, to experiment, to plan, to create, to dream. If enough people do this we will find a better way.”

made me think

October 30th, 2011 by Laura

one of the guys I work with (John) passed this to me. It made me think (which is always a good thing): http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2411.

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