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Quotation of the week

«What does a fish know about the water in which it swims all its life?»
~Albert Einstein



Quotation of the week

«Den som en sten är värdefull för måtte vara omgiven av rikedomar vart han gå.»
~Pär Lagerqvist

«One for whom the pebble has value must be surrounded by treasures wherever he goes.»
~Pär Lagerqvist



Is the glass full or...?

The Glass is Always Full
via: @Rimmba.

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Quotation of the Week

«Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly»
~Franz Kafka



Life Anniversary Poem

«Mitt i livet
händer det att döden kommer
och tar mått på människan.
Det besöket glöms
och livet fortsätter.
Men kostymen sys i det tysta.»

~Tomas Tranströmer, "Svarta Vykort"

«In the middle of life it
happens that death comes
and measures man.
The visit is forgotten
and life continues.
But the suit is made,
quietly. »

~Tomas Tranströmer, “Black Postcards”


Valentine's Day 2011

Friendship and Love 2011

Love, Friendship and the Anniversary.

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I was just trying to remember this day last year. I can't really recall it. I do recall part of tomorrow, but not 13 February 2010. I know I was sick. Very sick. I was actually, literally, dying, but I didn't know this. Two or three visits to hospital and additional ones to a doctor had failed to show I was dying while under their care.

On the 14th I would collapse and be resuscitated. Part of the story is described in this entry in my graphics blog.



Saturday morning

I went to bed last night feeling a bit uneasy after having watched The Social Network. While representations of the real life protagonists may have been skewed, I believe the film to be factually accurate and I can see how Mark Zuckerberg may indeed be guilty of intellectual property theft and worse.

In any case, I had a good night sleep and now it's Saturday morning which means a breakfast of delicious buttermilk flapjacks, today with a dose of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 65 and his Symphonic Ballad, The Voyevoda, Op. 78 in a splendid 1990 recording by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

A Mimosa awaits me.

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Quotation of the Week

«Arguments are to be avoided;
they are always vulgar and often convincing.»

~Oscar Wilde



Elizabeth Hay: «Small Change» ~Epigraph

«Her failure lay within herself, in her abrupt pride, and sudden sharp intolerance, and her inability, when in certain moods, to accept the small change of friendship, even from those who she knew loved her deeply.»
~Noel Coward, Present Indicative

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Mubarak: Leave Now

Protester Hits Mubarak Upside-down Photograph With a Shoe

Mubarak: Egyptians have spoken. You must leave. World: Pay attention and provide guidance, support and assistance to prevent a repetition of the Iranian Revolution when islamists returned from exile and the planet ended up with what is today an islamic republic which could soon have the bomb.

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