Friday, March 24, 2017

Defaced Poster



When 
an 
ordinary 
man
attains 
knowledge, 
he 
is 

sage; 



when 

sage 
attains
understanding, 
he 
is 
an 
ordinary 
man.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Space Mice on the Wall
A professor has just finished lecturing at some august university about the origin and structure of the universe, and an old woman in tennis shoes walks up to the lectern. "Excuse me, sir but you've got it all wrong," she says. "The truth is that the universe is sitting on the back of a huge turtle.

The professor decides to humor her "Oh really?" he asks. "Well, tell me, what is the turtle standing on?

The lady has a ready reply: "Oh, it's standing on another turtle." 

The professor asks, "And what is that turtle standing on?

Without hesitation, she says, "Another turtle." 

The professor still game, repeats his question. 
A look of impatience comes across the woman's face. 
She holds up her hand, stopping him in mid-sentence.
"Save your breath, sonny," she says. "It's turtles all the way down."

—Rolf Landauer

Monday, March 13, 2017

Face on the wall
"What a strange machine man is. 
You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, 
and out come sighs, laughter and dreams." 
—Nikos Kazantzakis
Sky above the fall

"I often dream about failing. 
Such dreams are commonplace to the ambitious or those who climb mountains. 

Lately I dreamed I was clutching at the face of a rock, but it would not hold. Gravel gave way. 
I grasped for a shrub, but it pulled loose, and in cold terror I fell into the abyss. 
Suddenly I realized that my fall was relative; there was no bottom and no end. 
A feeling of pleasure overcame me. 
I realized that what I embody, the principle of life, cannot be destroyed.
It is written into the cosmic code, the order of the universe. 

As I continued to fall in the dark void, embraced by the vault of the heavens, 
I sang to the beauty of the stars and made my peace with the darkness."

Heinz Pagels, 
physicist and quantum mechanics researcher 
before his death in a 1988 climbing accident