“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.” — Henry David Thoreau
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.Trouble no one about his religion.Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.Prepare a noble death song forContinue reading “If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself”
Not everyone who successfully impacts the hearts and minds of one generation will carry that currency of influence into the generations that follow. -Neil deGrasse Tyson in Reflections on Carl Sagan’s COSMOS
I don’t know why this never occurred to me before, but “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that the flag was still there” is about defiance. The kind of defiance you need when liberty is paid for with blood. The kind of defiance you need when whatContinue reading “Defiance”
This is actually from 1999 (updated from 1991), but I love this part: The right to privacy is spread implicitly throughout the Bill of Rights. But when the United States Constitution was framed, the Founding Fathers saw no need to explicitly spell out the right to a private conversation. That would have been silly. TwoContinue reading “Philip Zimmerman on why he wrote PGP”
A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is. – Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones
I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.
Things that you see when you’re 3 and 6 and 10 and 12 wind up in your fiction in your 30s…
I saw this live at TEDxNASA this year. As I’ve said before, I’ve been to both TEDxNASA events and didn’t love them. This talk however is outstanding. There are so many great concepts in this 18 mins.
Here’s a quote I overheard this week about the economy in the US: “You have to close your laptop because you can’t stand to look at your retirement fund any more.” Let’s think about this for a second. This one sentence is very indicative of many of the situations I hear people in. This sentenceContinue reading “A little perspective”