acroyear: (ponder this)
Seeing The Invisible – A Photographer’s Vision « Photofocus:
When photographers look at the world, they look at it through a special lens – pun intended. It’s a filter of sorts that sifts the importance of one thing or another. This ability to sift and sort, to include and exclude, to drill down into the meat of the scene, that’s what comprises the photographer’s vision. I like to think that we can all use more of that. [-- Scott Bourne]
acroyear: (allegro people)
Renewable Music: How Virgil Thomson Decided Music Made No Sense:
For, if one can break the rules given by a strict teacher and receive, nevertheless, the teacher's congratulations, obviously music makes no sense.

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Feb. 10th, 2011 07:28 am
acroyear: (claws for alarm)
Terse Systems : Responses to "Where Pair Programming Failed For Me":
I suffer from introversion. (Although, some might say I suffer from extroverts.)
acroyear: (ponder this)
[He] had the pride of a Roman, and some Roman vices, too -- arrogance, a prejudice in favor of men of property, an incurable distaste for "The Mob."

But he also had a great Roman virtue, that of magnanimity. He did not complain or recriminate because he had lost. To me, [he] - not a fashionable figure in our day - represents the politician at his very best, showing an absence of malace, "a steady willingness," in Mencken's phrase, "to believe that his opponent is as honorable a man as himself, and may be right."

-- Alistair Cooke, on Alexander Hamilton.

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Jan. 6th, 2011 09:55 am
acroyear: (ponder this)
Robert Fripp's Diary for Thursday, 16th December 2010:
Gentility is not something that can be claimed for oneself but, if lived & exemplified, it may be recognized; it is not acquired by social posturing & positioning, reinforced by income streams.
acroyear: (ponder this)
"Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?" — Sam Harris

[quoted by guitarist Al Petteway on his FB wall]
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)
Grand Canyon:
Nearly everybody, on taking a first look at the Grand Canyon, comes right out and admits its wonders are absolutely indescribable, and then proceeds to write anywhere from 2,000 to 50,000 words giving the full details . . .
Irwin S Cobb
acroyear: (foxtrot snowball)
certainly not by listening to the Tertiary Phase in the car, nor watching HHGG (the movie version), nor by relaying somewhat more obscure quotes from DNA like
  • Joe Shelby notes that time has begun seriously to pass.
  • fine, Elm. Be like that.
  • Insanity is a gradual process. Don't rush it.
  • Hot Potato. Don't Pick It Up.
  • Gravity, of course, was merely a discovery. It was there to be discovered. They even keep it on at weekends.
  • But that was a different age, when Zaphod was young, brash, and terrifyingly electable.
  • the major difference between someone your age and someone mine is not how much I know, but how much I've forgotten.
  • Joe Shelby would take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
  • Joe Shelby Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
  • Joe Shelby notes the impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
  • The Door was The Way. Good. Capital letters were always the best way of dealing with things you didn't have a good answer to.
  • Joe Shelby is often stuck with technology when what he really wants is just stuff that works.
  • Joe Shelby wonders, will everything tie up neatly or will it be just like life: quite interesting in parts, but no substitute for the real thing?
While not doing any of that, I also didn't have my Mike Oldfield playlist on shuffle, neither.
acroyear: (fof good book)
James Moore: The Lies of Texas Are Upon You:
"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love." - Butch Hancock, Musician, the Flatlanders

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Aug. 19th, 2009 01:11 pm
acroyear: (grumblecat)
"It's a gift that they're irreversibly convinced that he's arrogant 'cause now he can be. If your guy's seen that way, you might as well knock some bodies down with it."  - Sam Seaborne (himself quoting Toby Ziegler) in The West Wing, "Game On" (season 4)
acroyear: (don't go there)
and why it offends me so much to the point where the word itself sickens me...

cut to avoid open offence )
acroyear: (do you mind)
Not just a complete and total idiot, but a hateful, bigoted shithead, too...

Dumbass Quote of the Day : Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children.
acroyear: (weirdos...)
The West Wing - Wikiquote:
Bartlet: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
President Josiah Bartlet: Yes it does. Leviticus.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
President Josiah Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here.

I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police?

Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point?

Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side?

Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads?

Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.
acroyear: (weirdos...)
"The American economy can not exist unless Americans regard as necessities what other people look on as luxuries." - Wendell Willkie, who lost to FDR in 1940.
acroyear: (literacy)
"What on earth is a University for if it only reinforces opinions that students already hold?" -- Richard Dawkins.
acroyear: (ponder this)
West Wing season 5 (while Bartlett is taking time off due to the daughter's kidnapping), in a discussion on violence breeding violence, Leo finishes by saying to him:

"Dr. King wasn't wrong.  He just didn't have your job."
acroyear: (don't let the)
Uncertain Principles: Why Does Windows Suck So Much?:
The post title is brought to you by the fact that there's no faster way to get information about Apple products than to say something nasty about Microsoft...
acroyear: (do you mind)
Positive Liberty » Christians Should Reject the Pledge of Allegiance Too:
Any time you find yourself in agreement with more than 400 Congressmen and the majority of the major media, you better double-check your premises!
Positive Liberty » Christians Should Reject the Pledge of Allegiance Too:
In our country, doesn’t the state owe its allegiance to the people, rather than the other way around?
acroyear: (ponder this)
The joy of celebrating a godless Christmas. - By Torie Bosch - Slate Magazine:
Santa doesn't check church attendance to decide whether he's going to give a child a present—he checks whether she's been naughty or nice.
acroyear: (schtoopid)
Peter Gabriel:
You know, it’s funny—you start your musical life playing at weddings and that’s exactly where you end up.

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