Friday, July 26, 2013

Quote of the Moment

"The things that you don’t like about yourself are probably what made you so good in the first place, and they are definitely what make you memorable and interesting."
Andel Sudik

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tune of the Moment

Tonight's YouTube random walk turned this up, and I rather like it.

A Well Constructed Conspiracy Theory

Did you know that all the Pixar movies take place in the same universe? Neither did I. But now, thanks to The Pixar Theory, you too can see into the secret plan that Pixar has for its universe and the underlying themes and lessons they are trying to tell you.

All sarcasm aside, this is a rather fun little bit of speculative fiction, and a good amount of fun. It is also the perfect example of how a conspiracy theory is constructed (or the secrets of prophecy are revealed on public access TV). All you have to do is ignore that high quality 3D assets are expensive to make thus getting a lot of reuse out of them is good practice, and that people with jobs which are both tedious and creative often come up with ways to amuse themselves, and boom, you have a secret corporate vision.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Quote of the Moment

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

—J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Friday, July 5, 2013

Quote of the Moment

"Love the art, poor as it may be, that you have learned, and be content with it; and pass through the rest of life like one who has entrusted to the gods with his whole soul all that he has, making yourself neither the tyrant nor the slave of any man."
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (4:32)

Bookworming: Meditations

Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, ***
I find it hard to assign a rating to something like Marcus Aurelius's meditations. They are clearly the journal entries of a man struggling to define, or perhaps maintain, his own equanimity in the face of the struggles he met with daily. There is much philosophy here to be cherished, and much to be discarded. His thoughts may not be your thoughts. Along the way through my life, one of the things I have discovered is that examining what other people believe can be a good way to help you figure out what you believe yourself. And that, I believe, is the value of Meditations.

A dense read, as are most translated works, it took me quite a while to make it through the less than one hundred pages. This is not something for everyone, and I wouldn't even call it an enjoyable read. But it is somewhat reassuring to see that every man, even Roman emperors, struggle in their day to day lives to rise above the pervasive mess that is life. Come for the Stoic philosophy, if that interests you, finish for the underlying humanity that required the emperor to remind himself what he should be striving for.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quote of the Moment

"All right, I've been thinking.  When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back!  Get mad!  I don't want your [dang] lemons!  What am I supposed to do with these?!  Demand to see life's manager!  Make life rue the day it thought it could give [you] lemons!  Do you know who I am?  I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down!  With the the lemons!  I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"
—Cave Johnson, Portal 2