Friday, December 21, 2012

I Am Disappoint

Today is the final day in the 13th Bak'tun, the 144,000-day cycle (~5122 years; this one started 11 August 3114BC) of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar -- otherwise known as the Mayan apocalypse.

I am disappoint.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So Late So Soon?

How did it get so late so soon?  It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?

-- Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), aka Dr. Seuss, American writer and cartoonist

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

RIP Dan Inouye

Democracy is an imperfect concept slowly seeking perfection.

However, I note that we Americans have been quite impatient with people of other lands who have not embraced our democracy.  In some cases, we have officially condemned these nations in very harsh terms, and, in some, we have even used military force.

The question we Americans have debated over the decades is simple but profound: "Should we impose our will upon other lands?  Or should we adopt a more peaceful path in convincing others of the goodness of our system and philosophy?" I suppose this matter will be debated for as long as we exist.

-- Daniel Ken Inouye (7 September 1924-17 December 2012), Hawaii's first Representative and 6-term Senator, in office since statehood, Medal of Honor awardee; Commencement Address, American University, 8 May 2005

Monday, December 17, 2012


I miss the part of me that died when he died.  The innocent...the joyful. The part of me that couldn't wait to take pictures of the kids and hang them on the wall...the part of me that was always hoping someone would ask me how many children I had...the part of me that woke up every morning feeling overwhelmed with blessings.

-- Mark's Mommy,, 1 October 2012

[tribute to the victims of the 14 december 2012 shooting at sandy hook school in newtown, ct]

Friday, December 14, 2012

Three Legs Of The Stool

There are three legs of the stool; spending, entitlements and making the tax code fair and equitable.  That's the three legs of the stool.  If we do all of those in a responsible, bipartisan way, I think the American people would all be very, very happy.

-- Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (24 July 1953-)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We Can't Have Both

We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

-- Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, quoted by Raymond Lonergan in Mr. Justice Brandeis, Great American (1941), p. 42

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RIP Ravi Shankar

I have always encouraged the creativity of an artist. But one has to have solid knowledge and know the rules to break it. Improvisation does not mean tampering with the authenticity of a classical raga. I was probably way beyond my time when I first started to experiment with western instruments and western musicians. Contrary to popular belief, I never performed with the Beatles. George Harrison came to me as he was so taken by our music and became my student. It was not a fad for him, he loved it until the end and became very very dear to me. John Coltrane was so impressed by my music and had a few lessons from me, and again was so moved that he named his son after me.

-- Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 - 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, Indian musician and composer who played the sitar, from a conversation between Raviji and Satish and Shashi Vyas, June 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Space-Faring Species

If God wanted man to become a space-faring species, He would have given man a Moon.

-- Krafft A. Ehricke, "Lunar Industrialization and Settlement -- Birth of a Polyglobal Civilization," Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century (1985), 827-855

Monday, December 10, 2012

Too Much Energy

The more energy you build up in a system, the more likely it is that that energy will be dumped in an undesirable way.

-- Don Appleman, 16 December 2005

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Widely Grokked

It is widely grokked that cats have the hacker nature.

-- Eric S. Raymond (4 December 1957-), American computer programmer and author, The Jargon File

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Some Lessons

Some lessons you can't learn from your parents; you have to learn them from your kids.

-- Don Appleman, 8 November 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


[W]e have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

-- George Orwell (1902-1950), pen name of British novelist, essayist, and journalist Eric Arthur Blair, review of Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell in Adelphi (January 1939)

Monday, December 03, 2012


How I spent my weekend: 1,534 miles driving (23:20 on the road, including stops) in a 60-hour weekend, to Arlington, VA to celebrate Big Ed Cohen's 50th birthday with Dan LaBerge and 100 others.  It had a theme; everyone was to wear black, white, or black and white, as part of a costume, or simply as a color scheme.  Quite a shindig.