Hidden treasures

I need a break.
It’s important to have time to wander
time to think and absorb ideas, time to not be doing something.
I roamed the interwebs for awhile to simply graze. Amazing what you can find. Here are just a few recent curiosities…
Heirloom tomatoes at shutterstock
I like to take afternoon tea and read when I can. These days I often don’t have the attention to read one thing, instead graze through several books or articles or images online…
I hate it when I can’t figure out where something came from… especially someone’s artwork. Sometimes I can extrapolate or search my way to it, but often some images remain mysteries…
 
(amazing tattoo work!)
Technology was supposed to give us more time for leisure…
but it feels like we are more and more like modern slaves…
Interesting comment from an article on corporate abuses… lost the link:
We the people have to do two things:

— disengage from corporate America, no more Walmart, no Chinese goods, no big banks, no Wall Street 401k investments. Buy things from your neighbors, trade, barter, reuse, re-purpose anything that can be made to work again. Find the community banks and credit unions and start moving your business there. Buy local food, no imports.

— vote out all incumbents in all offices from the local to state to national level. They have ceased to work for the taxpayer, they are owned and operated by business interests. Getting elected has become an industry that has perverted the process of running for office. Vote ’em out, even if you have to write in a candidate in single candidate races.

We the people have to go on strike. Keep working, yes — but stop feeding the machine that grinds us down. It is a major lifestyle change. Stopping smoking, drinking, drugs, overeating are easy compared to the task that faces us. If we do not rise up and walk away, we will be diminished serfs in a modern version of feudalism.
-R Matthew Songer
Atlanta, Georgia

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
—Franz Liszt

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum—of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. —Henry Miller

 

There is a story that as God and Satan were walking down the street one day, the Lord bent down and picked something up. He gazed at it glowing radiantly in His hand. Satan, curious, asked “What’s that?”  “This” answered the Lord, “is Truth.” “Here,” replied Satan as he reached for it, “let me have it –I’ll organize it for you.”—Ram Dass

somewhere in Italy
 
 
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Entropic destinies
The heat death is a possible final thermodynamic state of the universe, in which it has “run down” to a state of no thermodynamic free energy to sustain motion or life. In physical terms, it has reached maximum entropy.

The idea of heat death stems from the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy tends to increase in an isolated system. If the universe lasts for a sufficient time, it will asymptotically approach a state where all energy is evenly distributed. In other words, in nature there is a tendency to the dissipation (energy loss) of mechanical energy (motion); hence, by extrapolation, there exists the view that the mechanical movement of the universe will run down in time due to the second law.

make time

 

Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
—Michel de Montaigne

 

“Written over the gate here are the words ‘Leave every hope behind, ye who enter.’ Only think what a relief that is! For what is hope? A form of moral responsibility. Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.”
—George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903
 
“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities” —David Hume quote
 
“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out” —Alfred Hitchcock
The key to joy is disobedience —Anonymous

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