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A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
   —  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
[Who’s that old man in your selfie?  LOL!!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 The Writer’s Dilemma
2013 Just Paying The Rent
2012 Remembering…
2011 A Little Farther

The Critical State

But if chaos teaches physicists that the truly simple can nevertheless look complicated, the critical state teaches them that the truly complicated can behave in ways that are remarkably simple.  … The basic organization of any substance poised in the critical state between two phases depends very little on the precise nature of the elements involved.  There is a profound universality at work, which makes it possible to understand literally thousands of utterly different collectives in terms of simple mathematical games that share the same skeletal logic.
… One of the deepest discoveries in physics of the past two decades is that in nonequilibrium systems the critical state often arises on its own.
… It does not seem normal and lawlike for long periods of calm to be suddenly and sporadically shattered by cataclysm, and yet it is.  This is, it seems, the ubiquitous character of the world.
  —  Mark Buchanan
From his book: “Ubiquity
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On This Day In:
2014 Dawn, n.
2013 Ouch!
2012 Just Lookin’ Around
Still Growing
2011 But Do You Want To?

Either / Or

 In this world, a man must either be an anvil or a hammer.
   —  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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On This Day In:
2014 Memorial Day – 2014
Perfection
2013 Memorial Day Video
Equal = Equal
2012 Congrats, Nephew!!
Doggie Vision Networks
The Flash: Omnibus
JLI: vol 1
Flash: Rebirth
Burning Images
What Do You Believe?
2011 Are We Still At War With The Poor?
[Two quotes and a poem for Memorial Day 2015.  Please say a prayer of thanks for the sacrifice of those we’ve lost and for their families.  One side note:  the poem was found on one of the blogs I follow and is presented as it appeared there.  In researching the poem, I found there are multiple versions and an “original”.  As a matter of curiosity and for comparison, I am also presenting that version.   —  KMAB]
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
  —  Joseph Campbell
American Writer/Lecturer
Let us never forget the heroes who saw beyond themselves and the families they left behind to pledge and deliver all they had to uphold the liberties we all cherish.
  —  Carolyn W. Colvin
Acting Commissioner
Social Security Administration
A Thousand Winds
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Written by: Mary Elizabeth Frye
[This (above) was the version used by the newspapers for Mrs. Frye’s obituary. — KMAB]
[Found at: http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/
The specific blog post is at: http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/tribute-2/ ]
[Original version:
A Thousand Winds
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am in a thousand winds that blow
I am the softly falling snow
I am the gentle showers of rain
I am the fields of ripening grain
I am in the morning hush
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight
I am the starshine of the night
I am in the flowers that bloom
I am in a quiet room
I am the birds that sing
I am in each lovely thing
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there I do not die
Written by: Mary Elizabeth Frye
End of “original” version]
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On This Day In:
2014 I Resemble That Remark
2013 Long Range Exploration
2012 UBI
2011 Opportunity
We have a very long-term view, and the only way to succeed in the long-run is to make content people love to share with their friends, tell stories that are meaningful to people’s lives, and break news stories that have an impact on the world.
  —  Jonah Peretti
CEO, BuzzFeed News
Quoted in the article: “The Future Of Media
Written by: Mat Honan
Appearing in the Jan 2015 issue of Wired Magazine
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On This Day In:
2014 I Resemble That Remark
2013 Long Range Exploration
2012 UBI
2011 Opportunity
Here I stand
Alone, unbowed
One man
Destined to be
Himself, and no other.
Sharing, caring,
Watching the pain
Others inflict
Because
They have felt pain.
I understand
But do not accept
What they think they feel
Perhaps,
It is the man in me today
Perhaps,
It is the child in the past…
I face the future
And acknowledge
The hopes of those
Like myself…
Who live alone
As themselves.
One day,
We will breach
That void
Which separates
Us
And the little people
The bitter minds
The small of soul
Will cringe…
Not because
We will try to conquer
Or rule
But because we will
Depart
And leave them
This world
They so cherish and covet.
That they might
Know the consequences
Of being more than animals
But less than men.
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On This Day In:
2014 Sounds Like Faux News To Me
2013 Reasons
2012 American Libertarianism
2011 The Goal

A New Friend

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend.
   –  Oliver Goldsmith
From his book: “The Citizen of the World
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On This Day In:
2014 Do I Have To Fall In Love?
2013 More Democracy, Please
2012 Speaking Of Love
2011 Limits
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