What I learned this week, September 28, 2012

‎”When I came into your life your life was over. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is the end.”

–Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)

Read even more good great evil lines here:

30 most evil lines from books

I’m still excited about the Cloud Atlas movie – be sure and read the book!

Putting Words in Halle Berry’s Mouth

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell tells the New York Times what it was like seeing his novel come to life: “Wherever the ‘Cloud Atlas’ screenplay differed from ‘Cloud Atlas’ the novel, it did so for sound reasons that left me more impressed than piqued.”

It was a quarter-century ago today that the world was introduced to Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, Miracle Max, the albino dungeon keeper with a frog in his throat and an impressive clergyman with a speech impediment. To celebrate we bring you 25 Great Quotes from ‘The Princess Bride.’
“Life is pain, Highness, anyone who says differently is selling something.”

Why You Hate Cyclists

Partly because of jerks like me. But it’s mostly your own illogical mind.

Walter Russell Mead is one of my favorite political writers. He is very wise and his columns are well written and thought out. He has a point of view, but is not overly dogmatic about it. For example – this column on student college loans is burdened with a very provocative title, but has a lot of truth within:

Obama’s War On The Young

From the column:

The student loan program is a shining example of the blue social model in the midst of decay. It’s a program that used to work pretty well, but over time has morphed into a nightmare. Conceived at a time when college costs were low, a relatively limited number of mostly pretty qualified young people went to college and full employment made the transition from college to the workforce a straightforward process, the student loan program helped a generation of young people to a good start in life.


A sensible and helpful initiative gradually turned into a devouring beast. ….. They borrow more money than they can repay, or their school experience goes bad and the credential doesn’t work or they fail to earn it and President Obama’s hired debt collectors are turned loose on them to hound them into the grave.

Those who get in trouble, by the way, are disproportionately from poor and minority families, are immigrants, and are the first in their families to attempt higher ed. The young people that President Obama’s debt collectors are hounding most relentlessly are exactly the kind of people he hoped most to help.

Read the whole thing….

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The Icebergs is leaving! I am going to miss that painting. I’ve spent hours looking at it – even wrote a (very bad) short story about it.

Bon Voyage to The Icebergs

I was talking the other day about slide rules – I was a freshman in college when the switch from slide rules to calculators occurred. For my first… say, three semesters I always carried a slide rule to exams in case my calculator failed. A lot of strong, pleasant memories of my youth are associated with slide rules. I must not have gone out much.

Here’s a nice collection of the things.

Slideshow: Slide rules and charts – a personal collection

I think I had one of these

There is a workshop coming up in October on how to build a cargo bike.

Cyclesomatic 2012: Cargo Bike Build Workshop, October 13th – 14th

Put on by Tom’s Cargo Bikes… it looks really interesting.

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