“We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.” -― Epicurus

 September 30,2022 18:41 : permalink

"I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?" -- Diogenes

 September 27,2022 06:10 : permalink

Pale Blue Dot

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." -- Carl Sagan

 September 21,2022 04:58 : permalink

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." --― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 September 19,2022 17:57 : permalink

"He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing." -- Epicurus

 September 15,2022 19:34 : permalink

I've created a new food log,(flog) to put my meal plans and what I'll eat each day. I'm trying to follow the DASH diet to help lower my blood pressure. Maybe it will lead to finding or creating some new recipes?

 September 10,2022 15:09 : permalink

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” -- Marcus Aurelius

 September 08,2022 05:25 : permalink

"Were I not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes" -- Alexander the Great

"Were I not Diogenes, I should wish to be Diogenes" -- Diogenes' reply to Alexander

 July 03,2022 08:57 : permalink

"There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down." -- Paul Erdos

 June 21,2022 19:45 : permalink

"If you're going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill

 May 10,2022 07:37 : permalink

It's my birthday and all I got was covid :(

 May 05,2022 09:05 : permalink

Nobody wants to hire anymore.

 April 26,2022 12:05 : permalink

I learned all 50 states and their capitals!

 April 15,2022 00:00 : permalink

I had a job interview scheduled yesterday and the manager/interviewer wasn't there. A sign on their door said they were closing early at 7:00pm due to staff shortages.

 April 02,2022 16:05 : permalink

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” -- Martin Luther King Jr.

 January 17,2022 10:07 : permalink

"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." -- Mark Twain

edit: Actual quote is "Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born–a hundred million years–and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together." Found here

 December 10,2021 01:53 : permalink

How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?

Charles Bukowski, Factotum

 December 07,2021 06:14 : permalink

The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, "If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils."

Said Diogenes, "Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king."

 December 03,2021 00:00 : permalink

My 3 year old son learned the Greek alphabet. It was impressive at first, but now it just sounds like he's naming covid variants.

 November 29,2021 14:51 : permalink