So it goes

Eight years of musings, photos, and heart felt comments. The pages of this blog probably say more about me than I realise or would like openly stated. It was mainly a quiet place, and while my ambitions for it might have sometimes been more than materialised, in many a way I am glad it stayed personal and mostly intimate.

Thank you for coming and commenting. Thank you for the good conversations we had that so often nudged me to write. For now it’s good-bye, while the pieces of me I’ve sown between the pages here remain as an archive.

until-we-meet

Posted in General at February 27th, 2014. No Comments.

‘Yay’ according to Urban Dictionary

yay

Posted in Whimsy ³ at January 26th, 2014. No Comments.

Ana Tijoux 1977

I got this watching Breaking Bad – SoundHound recognised it and sent the link. I still get excited at these sort of possibilities. Tomorrow I’ll look up the text translation. :)

Posted in General, m.Staff-carboN, Science at December 15th, 2013. No Comments.

She read about people

Library

Posted in Delicious Literature, General at December 10th, 2013. No Comments.

Easy to digest world news, Betty White, Jamie Foxx

What do the items in the title have in common? Not much. But they all feature in this entry.

“In April’s elections, prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson said he would introduce sweeping measures to ease the burden of household debt. And now he has put the country’s krona where his mouth is. The writeoff of €24,000 per mortgage will reduce household debt by 13% according to the government’s website.”
(Iceland writes €24,000 off every mortgage, Irish Examiner)

A referendum later this month proposes to ban Swiss-based businesses from paying anyone a salary more than 12 times that of the lowest paid staff.
(Swiss rise up to fight income gap, Globe and Mail)

An article featured beside one of the above is about Miley Cyrus and her karaoke #1 hit Wrecking Ball. I didn’t click it – you’ll have to get those details for yourself – but here is something that is probably even better.

betty-white-jamie-foxx-apology

 
Should I go full ADHD and put up some music, too? Maybe later – for now I’m keeping a few tracks to myself. Mezcal, dear reader?

Posted in L'autre bout du monde, Life, m.Staff-carboN at December 9th, 2013. No Comments.

Grumpy Cat

grumpy row row rowGrumpy Cat has an agent and its owners earn a low six figure income from its stardom. I wonder if they took a million photographs of her (it really is a she) and will keep feeding us them after she’s gone to meet her maker. Or, if she is locked up somewhere as not to get hit by a speeding van full of screaming children. 21st century, what else can you teach us about earning a good income with minimal effort?

Posted in Life at December 9th, 2013. No Comments.

At this hour

Usually at this hour I’d be scrolling through some Facebook page, tired from the day, pushing back sleep until exhaustion ultimately wins its way for me. But I’ve closed my account for the time being, and instead here I am. What should we do with this early morning, when everything is still possible?

Posted in Life at December 9th, 2013. No Comments.

The greatest show on earth

It dawned on me today that I’ve followed almost the entire medical school education of Ozge through her blog. I read about study strategies, notes, old medical books, and the daily grind. I knew that a lot of study went into medical school, but in reality I didn’t have much of a real-life idea until reading about it on regular basis.

medicine-ozge

Medicine and science are so advanced, we know not our own ignorance more than ever. This breeds all kinds of dangerous egos, ones fed by access to technologies that we the users feel an extension of our own intelligence. But science is becoming a sort of voodoo practice against which groups rally with pitchforks – all because general lack of understanding. We want technology, medicine and to explore the universe, but as a whole put up roadblocks for those able to deliver it.

Margaret Atwood explains in Payback the ill sentiments towards the grain-mill owner and his family; the mill being one of the first large scale business service industries that could rob without you knowing it, for who could tell exactly how much flower was due from one bag of grain? When those delivering the solutions don’t struggle financially, or worse, are well-to-do, the suspicions and rumours start a life of their own.

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So here is the simple game plan:

1. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. [And motives of others.] (Christopher Hitchens)
2. Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. (Horace Mann)

Ozge tells in one of her early posts how when she was growing up, she pretended that reading books gave her superpowers – a wonderfully simple rendering of a big idea.

A nod to the canon.