A Native American Proverb

February 26, 2009

I really like this little Native American Proverb that I saw last week. I wrote it down when I was in the doctor’s office and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone.

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
give thanks for your food
and the joy of living

If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.

I think that is so true. If you can’t see the good in the world that isn’t because the world is total shit it is because you aren’t looking very hard. Even when times are at their worst their are still things to give thanks for and be joyful about. At the very least these things are happy memories from the past or the love of family and friends. So everyone should embody this expression and try to give thanks at least once a day.


Neuromance and Snow Crash

February 22, 2009

So I recently finished reading Gibson’s classic “Neuromancer” which was an eye opening experience to say the least. The novel pioneered ideas of existence, connection with others and the limits of technology in the coming world. To say the least it is a book that provides a stark view of a very real future and should be up there with classics like “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and “Dune.” That said, I have heard of another book that is said to expand upon Gibson’s ideas and bring them into crystalline clarity. That novel is “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson. Many people have told me that Gibson invented the idea of this computer and internet world and that Stephenson perfected it. So of course I have just purchased it and I will let you know. One thing I do know, is if Neal Stephenson can create a world as beautiful and sad as William Gibson I know that i won’t be able to put the novel down for one second.

Blade Runner Needs an Oscar

February 22, 2009

In case you didn’t know I am a huge fan of PKD and even though the movie Blade Runner which is loosely based on his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep isn’t true to the book it is really a stark and beautiful portrayal of the future that was way ahead of it’s time. I think that when that movie came out in 1982 it was so over people’s heads they didn’t know what do to and so they dismissed it like they have done with great works of literature or short stories. It has taken this many years for the movie to come into favor and be appreciated for it’s true beauty and mastery. I think that because people have realized the genius that Ridley Scott put into this film that at this weekend’s Oscars they should give the movie a Best Picture Oscar emeritus. This is the only way to recognize a great and historic piece of cinema.

When I was a kid my dad would read me this poem and I used to love the way the worlds sounded coming from his deep voice. Every year, when St. Patrick’s Day gets closer, I think about my dad reading that poem to my brother and I and it always brings back good memories. I think this is a poster that everyone should get for their child’s room, not just to introduce them to poetry in one of it’s finest forms, but also to give them a poster that makes them think and looks nice. The poem on the poster and the one I am talking about is called “Ladlle of Buchan” and is by JJ Callanan, one of the greatest poets in Ireland. Below is the text from the poem and the poster I am talking about.

Awake thee, my Bessy, the morning is fair,
The breath of young roses is fresh on the air,
The sun has long glanced over mountain and lake
Then awake from thy slumbers, my Bessy, awake.

Oh, come whilst the flowers are still wet with the dew –
I’ll gather the fairest, my Bessy, for you;
The lark poureth forth his sweet strain for thy sake –
Then awake from thy slumbers, my Bessy, awake.

The hare from her soft bed of heather hath gone,
The coot to the water already hath flown;
There is life on the mountain and joy on the lake
– Then awake from thy slumbers, my Bessy, awake.

Irish Poem “Ladlle of Buchan” Poster 18″ x 12″ by dizzypixels
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I think that on president’s day it is only fitting that we talk about one of the greatest speeches every given by a President, The Gettysburg Address. This speech, written and given by Honest Abe was about having a tempered spirit and soul to heal the wounds of the nation and bring people together instead of assert the dominance of the north over the south. By doing this, Lincoln saved the Union – there is no question about it. Here is the short speech below:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

To me it seems that there is a new civil war going on in the US, between those that are religious and those that are not. I know this may seem extreme, but the little signs are all around us. Abortion legislation, gay marriage, etc. The issues are starting to boil over and if we don’t have the same commitment to preserving the union like that of Lincoln I think that we can for sure see a wide rift building in the country. It may not be as clearly divided as north and south but it will be just as bloody and dangerous. I think that on top of all the other problems that Obama must solve it is his main tasks to bring this country back to it’s moderate roots and bring people together on common ground instead of divide them on fundamental ideals. I know that Lincoln are large shoes to fill, but Obama has no choice. The country hinges on his success.

I can’t think of another word that is bad for your resume than Experienced. Why you ask? Doesn’t everyone want an employ that is experienced? Yes, it is true that you need to have experience to get a job, but if you have to say “experienced,” in your resume you obviously don’t have it. The entire idea of a resume is that it conveys your confidence and experience to the employer so that you can do the job that is needed. You should have real concrete detail of what you are experienced in instead of just saying that you have it. The real professionals know how to convey experience without wasting the word.

Foxtrot is perfect

February 9, 2009

I saw this comic in the sunday paper and I just lost it. This is hilarious.

Oregon Trail Essay

February 6, 2009

I remember playing the Oregon Trail for just hours on end and having races with friends to try and be the first person to finish the highest score. It was fun and I had mostly forgotten about it until I read this hilarious essay on Oregon Trail and genetics and I just had to repost it. Here is an exert from it below and a link to the full essay. It’s just pure genius.

Can’t you see that Oregon Trail is a microcosm of life? I’m sure you’ve seen my high score on the computer: 8,040 points. Did you know that for years people considered 8,000 points impossible? You don’t get a score like that by playing it safe and taking the banker. You get a score like that by selecting the farmer, purchasing only oxen and ammo, setting a “grueling” pace, and feeding your party “bare-bones” rations.


Love Poem Cards

February 3, 2009

One thing I love (hehe) about Valentine’s Day is that it forces people to release their inner writers and try their hand at creating an original piece of written art. It is a great exercise that I wish people would try more often but they only seem to do for key holidays. Anyway, I can at least revel in the moments where it does happen and dream of the day that it is common place. This card below is one young lovers attempt at literary greatness, I commended thee!

Valentine---Love Doesn't Make the World Go Round card
Valentine—Love Doesn’t Make the World Go Round by gailg1957
greeting cards by Zazzle.com
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Honor John Updike

February 1, 2009

I can’t say that I was the biggest fan of John Updike’s writing but I recognize that he was one of the most prolific and influential of American authors that we have ever had. The countless authors that he inspired with his novels and stories is worth its weight in gold and cannot be denied when discussing the author. He truly had a love for writing and inspiring it in others which is a great gift alone but to put the gift of being a good writer on top of all that is something other-worldly. We are lucky that even though the flesh of Updike has left this world, his soul will live on forever in the cannon of works he has left behind.