“If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.”
Douglas Adams (1952-2001, English writer)
Today was a pretty boring day actually, so for these situations I’ll use one of my random favorite quotes… This is one of them, Zaphod Beeblebrox used it in the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Brilliant, no, epic work science-fiction. Both the quote and the Guide don’t need anymore explanation…So I am off for tonight!
This morning I found myself sitting on an old wooden bench in my tiny garden, rays of sunshine flashing through the impressive forest trees surrounding this garden. The rays cut the morning glory dew, giving the surroundings a mystical appearance. As if the beautiful beings our mind creates, could cross the line between our fantasy and reality any moment. I could have found myself in an era long forgotten, with valiant knights, gorgeous shield maidens, dragons, magicians, with a beautiful violinist playing, unseen, through woods. My ever loyal Labrador Rose lay at my feet, still slumbering between her lucid dreams and reality. It was a moment of pure serenity and how I longed to stay there forever.
“Death, the last sleep?
No, the final awakening.”
Sir Walter Scott (Scottish Poet, 1771-1832)
A couple of hours ago, a tupolev 154 crashed near the city of Smolensk, Western Russia. In it were (first estimation) 132 passengers including the Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife and several other high ranking government/military officials. Now I don’t know much about the president and the other passengers, still I felt the urge to express my condolences and offer my sincere well wishes to the family and friends of the deceased passengers.
“Ad Astra Per Aspera”
“A Rough Road Leads To The Stars”
As written at a plaque at launch complex 34, in remembrance of the Apollo 1 Astronauts.
I just read that a Dutch Astronomer got a very prestigious fellowship at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute. In my opinion the above quote is very striking, considering everything she has accomplished (CV) in the recent past. For everyone who is interested, this Dutch Astronomy site talks about her fellowship and the research she will be doing at NASA. I am pretty excited about this, since I am big fan of the research NASA does, so I am sure I am going to follow her progress and perhaps give an update or two about her research at this blog. And finally, I want to congratulate her on this very promising achievement.
“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion”
Ethiopian proverb quote
How comforting is that, hm? Considering we aren’t that much bigger then a lion. Well, last night, closing the bedroom curtain I felt a soft cobweb at the edge of the curtain, so I thought lets check behind the curtain. And there it was, one of the biggest friggin’ spiders I’ve seen over here, seriously…Based on size and looks I suppose it could have been a domestic house spider. Anyway, since I wasn’t comfortable sleeping next to a fist-sized spider and it wouldn’t let me catch it, I had to kill it. With the newly acquired Ethiopian wisdom it was a wise mans choice…
“How the theater of the mind could be generated by the machinery of the brain”
Charles Bonnet (1720-1793)
I’ve always been interested in medicine and fascinated by the brain specifically. So several times a week I check ted.com to see if there are any new interesting talks. Today I stumbled upon a talk by Oliver Sacks, a British physician, professor of neurology ad psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and author of a few of my favorite non-fiction books. He spoke of hallucinations and what they can tell about our mind.
The quote refers to Charles Bonnet, who lived 250 years ago, and described a condition in which people who are visually impaired, suddenly start “seeing” things. Nowadays this condition is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. He first documented it in his 87 year old grandfather who started seeing all kinds of things. Now 250 years later, neurologists can finally get a glimpse of the machinery (Brain), that is providing the theater (mind) with visualizations (hallucinations) even though someone is visually impaired. The quote struck me as a very elegant metaphor for separating ones mind and brain.
Have you ever noticed the fact, that when you come up with a quote of some sort, others around you will follow and come up with something of their own? Eventually turning a chat/discussion into a race about who has the most striking quote, be it a funny, serious or personal one. Well, this made me start this blog. That and the fact that a quote is a curious phenomenon. It can involve so many things and can be interpreted in so many ways, that when used by the right person on the right moment it can be a serious tool to convince, inspire, calm and even taunt someone. To me this makes quotes very, very interesting, hence the blog.