Wednesday, August 31, 2016

traffic jam

One of
the joys
of not 
having a car.

-including the optional one-way street

wrong way driver

-and to think this kind of stuff used to be fun!

Kid Cars

Cuenca - City of Love 

Park sign

Even the parks need signs to keep all the love under control.
("Report immoral acts to the guard")
Silver Lining and More
Every cloud has a silver lining - but we don't have to settle for it.
Not when there's so much more.
bird in tree
"Bird does not live by worm alone."
Even the early bird knows when to stop and smell the roses.
Let's Party!
Wow--what to do?  TWO different parties on the same weekend.

There's the "Best Hornado of Azuay" competition happening in Paute this Sunday. The event includes a food fair featuring typical dishes from three provinces. I can snack on llapingachos, nugget sambo, salad tomatillo, and traditional drinks. Yaguana and roseo will also be served to accompany the hornado. To work off all that good food, they'll have dance groups, folk music and dancing.

Hornado competition

But wait - there's a second party on tap at the same time.
It's a little more formal and may require some knowledge of occult rituals and aristocratic bloodlines. 
Your name doesn't have to be Rothschild but membership in a secret society may help.

No contest. I'm going for the Best Hornado!

Rothschild Party

Cathedral wishing well
On the way to the roof - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

 Something for Something

Coins thrown in wishing wells - why?
Consideration - something for something - a binding contract?
Can wish fulfillment really be bought? 
If so, then granting wishes is not a lucrative business, judged by the receipts. 
No wonder there's no accredited courses for Wish Fulfillment Engineer.

Pennies and nickels for our dreams.
Do we really feel they are worth so little?
Is it possible to get a discount for repeat business? 
Two wishes for a penny? 
 I guess it's better than writing a check 
for the real amount needed to bring them about. 
We know that check would bounce - or we presume as much.
Perhaps it's all we can invest right now - a down payment.
What follows is an installment plan that will be due, 
given the compound interest owed, 
sometime in the next life.

Maybe using a wishing well is symbolic and nothing more.
As if symbols don't carry weight. As a symbol, what is a penny saying?

And if the penny is shiny and lands just right, in the sunlight, 
where it is noticed among all the others equally worthy of attention, 
who grants those wishes when the price is right?
The answer is different for everyone, but who or whatever it is, 
they usually only respond if a list of reciprocal contractual rules are met.
How confident are we that we've abided by those rules - or even could?
And when time passes and nothing happens, 
do we go back and ask for a refund? 
Either way, it's not our responsibility anymore. 
If it doesn't come true, we're off the hook.
When we stop and think about what we are really doing when we throw that penny, 
it can get complicated real fast. Unnecessarily so, some will say. 
It's better not to think about it that way. 
Don't get so wrapped-around the intellectualizing of it. 
Wishing wells are fun and nothing more.
As if unconsciously, that's true.

Wishes and dreams are wonderful - they inspire us to create our futures.
But throwing coins might be throwing our power away.
A wishing well is an obvious way of doing it,
but how many other people and things in life do we use like wishing wells?
Why reinforce the idea that it's up to someone or something else to have the life we want?
What if you make your wishes come true?
You are that something. You have that magic. 
And it's a magic more powerful than a wishing well could ever be.

Would we seize the magic
 if we knew we had to take responsibility for it?
Or would we throw it away?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Colorful View
 share the adventure of the ordinary with someone you love
no other altered state of consciousness expands so much into all we can be
Messy Art
Cuenca Street Art
"Life is better when you get some on ya!"

Pandemonium de Cuenca!
The staff of life - our daily pan. Cuenca is loaded with tempting panaderias.
Walk down the streets and the aroma from hot ovens is an irresistible inducement to the pan-addicted.
PanLuckily, there's a weight-maintenance plan for those who indulge too much in the local croissants, enrollados, and pan de dulce or queso or chocolate 
-- it's walking home instead of taking the bus.

It also helps if your favorite panaderia is on the other side of town - on purpose
(My Pacer app keeps track of new personal records set for steps taken in a day)

For those adventurists and optimists who believe they can make pan at home to equal what is produced in Cuenca's many panaderias, I wish you lots of luck. To get you started, here's a quick primer on just the shaping of one type of roll --


“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” ― Julia Child
“All sorrows are less with bread. ” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“A slice of bread eaten is a million times more nourishing than a loaf of bread imagined.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” --Robert Browning
"I like reality. It tastes like bread." --Jean Anouilh

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sky's The Limit

Sky's The Limit!

Wings to dreams of children with disabilities
Alas para sueños de niños con discapacidad   (read the eltiempo article)

Two Argentine paraglider pilots, Matthias and Federico Zulueta, are traveling through Latin America, giving free sky rides to people with disabilities. This weekend they are in Paute. So far they've been in four countries, traveling in a van and financed only by their savings and donations. There is no age limit to enjoy the experience. Those interested in being apart of a sky-high experience should contact the Paragliding club in Azuay through Facebook.

For more information, read all about it and see photos and videos on their site - vuelosemilla
Those interested in contributing can do so on their webpage.
Cloud over Cathedral
Parque Calderón
 Strike a Pose
I love it when a cloud poses for a picture.
Park Bench


Graffiti artists the world over produce a spectrum of work from the magnificent to the tawdry. But where else but Cuenca would you find graffiti that is an act of longhand penmanship practice? 

Looking down on it before sitting, I couldn't help but be amused and inspired at the simple effect of elevating the mundane into art.
Soup Cooking

Sopa de Cabeza de Zanahoria!

One of the delights of moving abroad and living in a different culture is discovering so many new things that spice up life in novel ways. Such was my discovery of Sopa de Cabeza de Zanahoria (Carrot Top Soup). The origins of this remarkable dish are shrouded in Inca tribal lore but the basics of preparation have survived thanks to a rich oral tradition among native peoples. These were the people who truly understood the medicinal and life-balancing properties to be gained from gathering the plants around us as food. Before the meme and the catch-phrase - "you are what you eat" - they understood what was good for them.

I must interrupt here to offer you my sincere -- ¡chendo! ('just joking'). You can't blame me for getting swept away with the enjoyment of travel and adventures and establishing a new life in a new home. But actually, Sopa de Cabeza de Zanahoria, as far as I know, is my own creation - at least the way I prepare it. 

But I can say the wonderful food of Ecuador inspired me to try making it - that and the fact the carrots in my soup come from an organic market that consists of a farmer unloading his pickup truck once a week at the same spot alongside the road near my place. My wife says the fruits and vegetables in Ecuador are "happy." This contrasts with what we were used to in areas of Norte America. "Happy" in this context is not as frivolous a moniker as it may seem. Happy in the sense of exuding vitality, nutrients, and lacking any "unnatural" chemicals or bio-engineered frankenfood variations. The carrots in my soup were not turbo-produced out of some corporate vat then sprayed with Dye Number 13 Orange.  

I would never make my Sopa de Cabeza de Zanahoria from carrot tops produced in the United States. I wouldn't trust it. Being a root vegetable who spends its formative hours buried in the dirt, the carrot would have some protection from being Monsanto-ized - (except for possible gene-splicing with Moray Eels to make the carrot longer). The delicate carrot tops, waving in the toxic breezes of the factory farm, would not have the protection of keeping buried. As a result, I must include this disclaimer: If you wish to try Carrot Top Soup, you do so at your own risk if you live in certain countries whose food supply is centrally planned by the bottom line of Multinational Big-Agra.

Granted, Carrot Top Soup is an acquired taste. It's more bitter than what most expect from a soup - but that can be leveraged as a benefit, given the right mixture of spices. Bitter is not a dirty word -- I've had a lot of so-called 'bitter' Asian food that was wonderful. And the harshest aspects of this kind of bitter pleasantly dissipates with cooking. Note - I don't eat carrot tops raw (at least not yet - did somebody say something about the process of cooking effecting the nutrients?).

Differing experts may quibble, but there are many studies that claim that parts of fruits and vegetables usually thrown away are actually higher in micro-nutrients and other good stuff compared to the parts we traditionally eat. The root vegetable, like the carrot, contains certain sugars that attract our taste buds more than the leafy excess - but taste buds don't rule what's healthy, otherwise, dessert junk food would be the key to youth and vitality.
The only thing my carrot tops need in preparation is a quick soak in some water that contains a splash of vinegar. This is done only as a precaution, since the farmer has already done a great job of washing everything off. But, just in case his livestock ever gets to wander through the growing fields, it's good to be sure any waste products are not included in the soup. 

I cook the carrot tops with onion and spices. The spices differ with my mood but usually include some mixture of oregano, basil, garlic, turmeric, thyme, curry, sea salt, and hot pepper flakes. It takes a while to cook them low and slow to really break down the tops and infuse the spice. Afterwards, I let the combo cool before running it at top speed through the VitaMix for a smooth finish. 

For those who need convincing of the wonders contained in carrot tops (the vast majority of you), here's an excerpt from the Carrot Museum's compendium on carrot tops:

"The leaves of carrot ARE considered edible and are highly nutritive, rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. They contain 6 times the vitamin C of the root and are a great source of potassium and calcium. The tops of the carrots are loaded with potassium which can make them bitter, so the use of them in food is limited, but there some ideas and recipes below.  The leaves do have antiseptic qualities and can be juiced and used as a mouthwash.

These greens are packed with chlorophyll, a phytochemical that gives plants their green colour and pigmentation. Chlorophyll is an excellent source of magnesium, which promotes healthy blood pressure as well as strong bones and muscles, and has been noted to purify the blood, lymph nodes and adrenal glands

They are high in potassium, which can lower blood pressure, support your metabolism, and help prevent osteoporosis. People most at risk for heart disease are the ones who get too little potassium.

What's more, carrot greens are rich in vitamin K, which is lacking in the carrot itself and is vital to bone health. They have also been noted to deter tumour growth.

Carrot greens contain alkaloids (which are toxic bitter compounds produced by a plant) and all alkaloids are bad because substances like caffeine and cocaine are alkaloids. BUT! - all leafy greens (including “good for you” greens like spinach and kale) contain varying levels and types of alkaloids, some higher than others. Alkaloids are chemical compounds believed to be part of a plant’s defence mechanisms.

This applies to both Wild Carrot leaves as well as domestic.

Carrot tops are an outstanding source of chlorophyll, the green pigment that studies have shown to combat the growth of tumours. Chlorophyll contains cleansing properties that purify the blood, lymph nodes, and adrenal glands. Scientists have been unable to synthesize chlorophyll in the laboratory, but green plant foods contain sufficient quantities to protect the human body.

Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones.

Carrot Tops are approved by the US military in their survival guide to make into a medicinal tea.

Important Note - the safety of carrot tops.  There are a few reports of people having an adverse reaction to the consumption of carrot tops – this could be due to a variety of circumstances and variables - the individual metabolism, the carrots themselves and variables (such as organic or not).  As you research this matter you find many people make arguments on both sides and it is recommended that you do your own research on their safety.  If in doubt take the advice of your own health professional. As far as the Carrot Museum is aware no Government agency has banned their consumption or issued warnings of any hazards."

Wow. And just think how many carrot tops are thrown away each day.
And how many hungry people are in the world.
Parque El Paraíso

"No destruya las plantas."

Don't destroy the plants.

It seems common sense would make instruction signs like this unnecessary.

It's also commendable that the City of Cuenca cares enough to plan, create, and post this sign.

On the other hand, this sign says much more if you look closely ...and read between the lines.
This sign is required in a city park.
But no such sign hangs on the Amazon rain forest.

We care enough to protect the parks we play in because we have a vested interest - our own future enjoyment of the space.

That selfish interest must expand to include so much more.

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."  
-Chief Seattle, 1854

Friday, August 26, 2016

Turtle Art
Street Art by the Steps
“Humanity vaults the silly and sublime.
The terrible and terrific are equal in our time.
No matter where we set foot, we bring an unspecialized realm
 of possibilities for ourselves and all around us.
We are living paradoxes. We overcome but are in fact overwhelmed.”
Egg Rainbow

“We dream wild and crazy notions
yet live within a narrow band of tolerances.
Our progress will remain meek
next to our aspirations
as long as the expected
is favored over the fantastic.”

—Hamilton Ray

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

El Jefe


Is he just a nice man at the flower market...oblivious to Machiavellian cares?
Maybe he has a good laugh, playing with paranoid gringos who think they're hiding out in Ecuador.
In reality, he could be Special Agent in Charge of the Azuay branch of the Bureau - strategically hiding in plain sight, in a psy-ops way. After all, he sure took serious notice of me pretending to photograph the flowers. With his training, oh yeah, he knew my intent.

OK. I'll admit it - I know who he is. But I'm not telling.
It's part of my deal with the witness protection program.

Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.”
Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly


What does it take to get us off our rock?

Everyone has one. I've got mine.

Don't get me wrong - rocks are nice. They're warm, and comfy,
and they keep us high and dry above the drudgery
of swimming against the tide among predators.
And that ocean out there is big - real big. It tests everything we've got and more.
It's nice to dream of better beaches and reefs abundant with fish
but it's hard to know if it's just a dream or if they're really out there.
Dreaming is nice. Maybe we should leave it at that.

Lots of times we get off one rock, only to hop on another.
And if the rock is better, we tell ourselves that's real progress and leave it at that.
Sometimes our favorite rock is occupied by someone else so we work our way to a nearby rock and wait it out - it all becomes about replacing the poacher on our prize. 
And when we finally get to occupy the space we've coveted so much for so long, 
then we worry about all the others who are waiting us out. 
Maybe that's why, when we get on a comfy rock, we tend to stay there a while.
It all becomes about rocks.
For a while we seem to forget the ocean's out there. 

At least until we get hungry.
Then a primal need inside us makes us jump.
The question is - how hungry are we?
(Tenemos hambre para mas.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tony & Assange / Flat 3B, 3 Hans Cres, London


T. "Let me get this straight. You're telling me you've been hold up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for four years and you can't take one step outside because every kind of cop and fed is waiting to take you down."
A. "Yeah, that's the deal. But I need your advice."
T. "Why?"
A. "Well, last October the police said they removed the 24-hour guard on the embassy - but they also said they were going to start using 'overt and covert tactics' to get me."
T. "Geez, these guys have a real hard-on for you. They're pulling out the stops. So what's the advice you need?"
A. "A couple days ago, someone climbed the fence and tried to break into the embassy."
T. "You think someone was trying a hit?"
A. "What do you think?"
T. "How the hell do I know? What do you do for a living?"
A. "I'm editor-in-chief of an organization that publishes secret information and news leaks from anonymous sources."
T. "You're sticking the dirt out there."
A. "So to speak. And now my organization just released damaging information on a U.S. presidential candidate - and I've got more to come."
T. "Is it the candidate favored to get in?"
A. "Favored?"
T. (grins) "You know what I mean."
A. "Yes."
T. "You've got balls."
A. "That's one way of putting it - at least Sweden would agree. But about this attempted break-in, what do you think about it? What if you were in my position?"
T. "They catch the guy?"
A. "No. He got away."
T. "He got away? You say they got this place nailed down tight, with covert shit and everything, waiting to jump on you -- and this guy just disappears?"
A. (nods) "It took the police two hours to respond to the Ecuadorian Embassy's call for help - even though there's a police station only a 2-minute walk away."
T. (settles back in his chair, smiles, then puffs on his cigar) "Next question."

London Map

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Before and After
Before and After Moving to Cuenca

Old Newspaper Clipping
I found an old newspaper clipping in a box of mine.
It must be at least 30 years old.
I don't know exactly when I clipped it...
but finding it is a certain reminder of why.
Hello old friend.

“I can be changed by what happens to me. 
But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Maya Angelou

Friday, August 19, 2016

What can you hold up to put yourself in the picture
in a way that adds to what's there, while bringing out the best in you?

Today I walked down
a rocky, dirt path through a construction zone.
A boy on a bike came towards me from the other direction.
He was navigating the rocks and uneven soil fairly well
but he slowed, seeing my approach.
Instead of lumbering forward, intent only on my destination,
I considered how I could be framed in this picture of the two of us.
I moved over and slowed, making room for him to proceed.
It was nothing newsworthy, just a reasonable, common action among neighbors.

The boy peddled on and I started up again on my way.
Just then, I noticed a building guard standing above me near a wall.
Our eyes met and he broke out in a smile. He gave me a warm "thumbs up."
It was a moment of true amistad.
He appreciated my gesture to the boy.
And I sincerely appreciated his gesture of friendship in return.

It's interchanges like this that have impressed me about the people of Cuenca.
They are truly wonderful and I am privileged to be among them.

Photo Credit:
Puente Centenario / Rio Tomebamba
Arte Digital Sobre Lienzo
Author: Govii Cardinni
Pumapungo Museo

TRANVIA was only the beginning

Get ready for the TRANCEILO

On assignment for my home-study Investigative Journalism Certification Course, I researched the purpose of the central gap in the concrete being poured down Ordonez Lasso.

The consensus among local gossip has concluded the gap is needed for utilities and  foundation structures to support the future TRANCEILO or Tranvia Phase 2

TranCeilo will be a high-speed monorail patterned on a similar monorail in Sydney, Australia. The TranCeilo has been specially designed to whisk gringos to their meet-up happy hours and spots of interest in accustomed comfort and style.

A full route map for the TranCeilo is not officially available, but those who have heard from others who know people who have seen it say the initial route will include quick access to Mall Del Rio, Fabiano's, the Inca Bar, Pool Night at Common Grounds, the free concerts at Teatro Pumapungo, and most SuperMaxis. 

This will either be a boon for risk-adverse gringos or it will once and for all confirm my suspicions that gossip-based investigative journalism is quite suspect in its veracity.
The Perfect Spring Roll - Thai Connection
“Perfect should never be a goal. Perfect just happens if you let it.”
― Wendy Wunder

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Turning upside down makes you happy 
because the sad feelings get all dizzy and fall out."   
-Jack, age 6

Rainbows Pointing the Way to Turi

Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum
and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. 
As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 
The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space 
and none of them are the ones you were born with, 
but they all originated in the belly of a star. 
Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. 
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photo-receptors in your eyes; 
to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. 
So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. 
This is pretty amazing, 
especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see 
represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
 Last light over the Cajas

“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like 'be realistic.'”
—  Dylan Moran

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Have you tried (or finished) the Monster Burger at Sabatino's?
I always finish mine!
Mauricio is great at fixing them up!
One block west of Plaza del Otorongo on Calle R. Aguilar
(Note - not to be eaten before an Ayahuasca ceremony)
SE BUSCA - Searching for Your Modasa
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life so much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
-Joseph Campbell

The key to being happy isn't the search for meaning, it's to keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense and eventually you'll be dead.

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
-Mark Twain

There is no particular reason to search for meaning.
-William Eggleston

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.
Man's main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.
Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power as Alfred Adler taught, life is a quest for meaning.
In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
I find the meaning of my life in helping others to see the meaning of their lives.
- Viktor E. Frankl

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
-Albert Camus

Search for meaning, eat, sleep. Search for meaning, eat, sleep. Die, search for meaning, search for meaning, search for meaning.
-Doug Horton

What is the meaning of life? Whatever you want it to be.
-James Frey

Finding is reserved for those that search.
-Jim Rohn

It is better to be hated for what you are, than to be loved for something you are not.
-Andre Gide

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

The task is not to search for meaning, but to bring meaning to every situation you are in.
-Alberto Villoldo

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
-Pablo Picasso

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
-Erich Fromm

Don't search for love, search for someone who makes you happy. Sooner or later, that happiness will evolve into love.

You don't search for love, you just end up there.

Love is like a lost object; if you search too hard, you won't find it, but if you just forget about it momentarily, it will show up in the most unexpected way.

It's better to stay single and let the right person come into your life, because every time you search for that person, it's always the worst.

Those that go searching for love only manifest their own luck of love. And the loveless never find love, only the loving find love. And they never have to seek for it.
-D.H. Lawrence

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.

A love story could begin anywhere.

One day, in your search for happiness, you discover a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search.
-Robert Brault

Never mind searching for who you are; search for the person you aspire to be.
-Robert Brault

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Identity cannot be found or fabricated but emerges from within when one has the courage to let go.
-Doug Cooper

I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.
-Carl Jung

The search for truth is a search for identity, that in finding truth, we find ourselves.
-Neil Sutton

If you want to grasp the invisible, penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible.
-famous Cabalist

The search for a personal identity is the life task of a teenager.
-Haim Ginott

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
-Carl Jung

What if the hokey-pokey really IS what it's all about?

When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.
-Viktor Frankl

If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done.

What is now proved was once only imagined.
-William Blake

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.

Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
-Nikola Tesla

We're never afraid of being lost, only staying lost.
Just as we don't fear the fall, only the landing.
We don't fear our shortcomings, only the prospect of becoming them.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

(Cuenca Street Art)

“One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Today I took a picture of a flower
not yet patented by a corporation.

What is the shape of your Association Matrix?
Ask Mark Zuckerberg and the NSA for a copy.

Lowest in 5000 Years!
When the blue line hits the 0% line, it must be now -- or the 1930's.
Funny, ever since 1913, something weird's been going on.

Occam’s Razor
One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, 
the number of entities required to explain anything.

Occam's Toothbrush
One should not delay, beyond what is necessary, in removing 
the denizens of greed and corruption who collude to dim your smile.
I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.
-Max Born

Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.
-Max Born

The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.
-Max Born

There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that 'belief' must be discarded and replaced by 'the scientific method.'
-Max Born

We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.
-Max Planck

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
-Vannevar Bush

Spring water in the green creek is clear
Moonlight on Cold Mountain is white
Silent knowledge - the spirit is enlightened of itself
Contemplate the void: this world exceeds stillness.

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
-Woody Allen

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
-Paul Valery

Something unknown is doing we don't know what.
-Sir Arthur Eddington

Some people see the glass half-empty.
Some see it half-full.
Some realize the glass is dirty.
They’re not drinking from it either way.

Einstein once declared that his second greatest idea after the theory of relativity was to add an egg while cooking soup in order to produce a soft-boiled egg without having an extra pot to wash.

``I have also thought of a model city from which I deduce all the others,'' Marco answered. ``It is a city made only of exceptions, exclusions, incongruities, contradictions. If such a city is the most improbable, by reducing the number of abnormal elements, we increase the probability that the city really exists. So I have only to subtract exceptions from my model, and in whatever direction I proceed, I will arrive at one of the cities which, always as an exception, exist. But I cannot force my operation beyond a certain limit: I would achieve cities too probable to be real.''

Marco Polo, in Invisible Cities (Le Città invisibili) by Italo Calvino

Monday, August 15, 2016

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” - Pablo Picasso

(Cuenca Street Art)

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; 

it will be seen that they go mad in herds, 

while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

– Charles Mackay