Month: June 2018

We the living

By Ayn Rand…1936 This was the author’s first foray into writing a novel. It almost never made it to the light of day as various editors summarily rejected it. This is not exactly a love story as romance does bloom, but the plot does…

My pretties

Cold weather running

Adidas Train & Run Who else uses this app for running? Cold weather running – what I’ve learned You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a chill. The rule of thumb is to dress as if it is 20 degrees…

Social media

In general, more people have found themselves feeling bad or depressed when using Instagram, compared to other social media websites or apps. Interestingly, using the telephone or video-calling apps like Facetime generally makes people feel happier. Having genuine human interaction and conversation can benefit…

Passion flower

Saw this interesting flower while in Greece, and indeed is very impressive 🙂 The Passion Flower (Passiflora), a fast-growing perennial vine, with showy white and purple-blue scented flowers. The corona in the flower is blue or with violet filaments. Passion flowers have five greenish-yellow…

Hmmmmmm

I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world.

Margaret Sanger

In 1916 women’s-rights activist and nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. The Brownsville, Brooklyn center was closed soon after its opening; New York City police officers raided the clinic on the grounds of the 1873 Comstock law,…

Rain

Sometimes when it rains I remember this phrase written by Gustave Flaubert in one of his books… “When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and…

Your wierd self

The most important thing you will ever do in your life is learn to embrace your unique, honest self. A boundless, infinitely populated universe and there is nothing else here quite like you. This is your power. All those things that make you strange…

Fooled by randomness

Fooled by Randomness delves into the often overlooked significance of chance in everyday life. Taleb covers the issue of widespread innumeracy as well as society’s general unwillingness to accept randomness as a major influence in success. As Taleb suggests, “Past events will always look…

The universe is a single atom

Few religious leaders have proactively tried to bring science and theology together like the Dalai Lama. As open minded as he is eloquent, it’s clear that the Dalai Lama is both self assured and accepting of the limitations of human understanding. On this basis…

What’s a calorimeter?

Calorimeters measure the energy a particle loses as it passes through the detector. It is usually designed to stop entire or “absorb” most of the particles coming from a collision, forcing them to deposit all of their energy within the detector. Calorimeters typically consist…