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There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.
   —  Nicolas Chamfort
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On This Day In:
2017 Living Without Love
Good News!
2016 At This Moment
2015 Still Dreaming
2014 Good Wins
2013 Before
2012 Look To This Day
2011 One View Of Man

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It is clear that we are just an advanced breed of primates on a minor planet orbiting around a very average star, in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies.  BUT, ever since the dawn of civilization people have craved for an understanding of the underlying order of the world.  There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe.  And what can be more special than that there is no boundary?  And there should be no boundary to human endeavor.  We are all different.  However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.  While there is life, there is hope.
  —  Stephen Hawking
The Theory Of Everything (2014) — movie review
Today’s review is of the romantic drama / biography – story of the college and adult life of Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his first (and longest) wife: Jane Hawking (played by Felicity Jones).  Both Redmayne and Jones received Best Actor / Actress Oscar nominations for their respective roles with Redmayne actually winning the Oscar.  The movie received three other nominations, too, including Best Picture.
The movie roughly covers the time between 1960 and 2010, with some after-notes about the subjects lives.  Basically, Hawking is a brilliant student, who falls in love, finds out he has a deadly disease and then goes on to outlive the medical prognosis and become a world-famous celebrity physicist.  His “popular” fame arises from both his brilliance and his overcoming his illness (motor neurone disease, aka ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The movie makes a passing attempt to explain the general concepts of a black hole, a singularity, time, and the creation of the universe.  It also spends a fair amount of time establishing the belief disagreements between the two leads.  Steven is an atheist and Jane is CoE (Church of England / Protestant).
Hawking achieved general fame by authoring a book (“A Brief History of Time“) in which he tried to explain his work / theories in terms the “common man” would grasp.  I remember reading the book a few years after it was published and by then it had firmly established its reputation as the most widely un-read coffee table book of the 20th century.  Just as a side note: I asked the few friends who did display the book on their coffee tables (or book shelves) if they’d actually read the book.  The response was 0.  Only 1 admitted to having even started reading it.  Granted it was a limited sample size, but it made me feel a bit sad – mostly because it meant I had no one to discuss it with.  The sad life of an unrepentant nerd…
Anyway, this is a very good movie which is instructive about human character (Jane’s and Stephen’s) and ends with the message that what is achieved through love is often the greatest accomplishment of any life.  Final recommendation: Highly recommended.
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On This Day In:
2017 Don’t Sink Now
2016 A Burning Passion To Teach Freedom
2015 Before Debit (And Credit) Cards
2014 Herding Cats
2013 Ooops!
2012 Understand A Great Truth
2011 Start Here…
2010 Random Acts of Vandalism On Easter Weekend…

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What Time Is It?

The trouble with a man who takes his time is that he takes your time, too.
    —    William Feather
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On This Day In:
2017 Gifts
2016 30 Seconds
2015 Success
2014 Create The Fact
2013 Overpowering Curiosity
2012 On Planning The Invasion Of Iraq…
2011 This And That
I’m Bettin’ On The Bible

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Time Is…

Time is…
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is…
Eternity.
Days fly,
Flowers die,
Pass by…
Love Stays.
  —    written by:  Henry Van Dyke
[Apologies to the author.  This is actually a quote, but I liked it better reformatted as a poem.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 The Cornerstone Pays
2015 Would That This Be True
2014 More Likely
2013 Enjoyed The Desolation
Watching Faux News
2012 Speaking Of Products
2011 Ready To Be Immortal?

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We must all take time to do enough thinking to formulate our own conclusions.
   —  Thomas J. Watson
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On This Day In:
2016 Original Thoughts
2015 If They’re Good Enough
2014 Three…
2013 Uncle Joe’s Song
Live, Then, As If…
2012 Still Trying
2011 Not Deserving

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Don’t underestimate the real cost of a book, as it is not found in its price, but in the investment of your most precious commodity — time.
Never underestimate the power of a good book to soothe your soul and inspire you.  Reading books is like recharging batteries, giving you new life with which to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
   —  Peter Cawdron
[Found on one of the blogs I follow:  “THINKING SCI-FI”  located at:  http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
The specific post is at: https://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/the-value-of-books/
Well worth a visit.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Aren’t We?
2015 Cold Embrace
2014 Delightful
2013 Apprenticeship
2012 Curtain Rods
2011 A Living Force
2010 BART Rides – A Tipping Point

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Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead.  It is going on all the time.  We are in it now.
     —  Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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On This Day In:
2016 On Viewing This Mudball
2015 It Takes A Village
2014 In God’s Eyes
2013 We Root For Ourselves
2012 Like A Shark
2011 Discernible Virtue

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Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful.  Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.
  ―  Thomas Jefferson
There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account.  There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.
   —  Mark Twain
[Hopefully you did not wake too late this morning or regain consciousness too painfully from last night…  Happy New Year, all!!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Happy New Year — 2015!
2014 Happy New Year – 2014!
2013 Another New Year’s Thought (In Case It Rains)
Happy New Year – 2013!
2012 Best Wishes For 2012!
Where Did You Spend New Year’s Eve?
2011 Happy New Year (2011)!!

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Some reckon time by stars,
And some by hours;
Some measure days by dreams,
And some by flowers;
My heart alone records
My days and hours.
   —  Madison Julius Cawein
From his poem: “Some Reckon Time By Stars
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On This Day In:
2013 Trying To Capture Serenity
2012 Above The Vaulted Sky
2011 Active Learning

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So many books, so little time.
  —    Frank Zappa
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On This Day In:
2012 One Measure
2011 Seeking The Common Ground
In Brightest Day…

 

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Now, proud man! now, where is thy greatness fled?
What art thou in the scale of universe?
Less, less than nothing!
   —    Henry Kirke White
From his poem: “Time
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Suddenly

Time: that is mother nature’s way of preventing everything from happening at once.
    —    Herb Cain
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