Morning all:

Quote Of The Week:

“Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.” Samuel Johnson

Thanks Sam, I’ll try for originality. Saturday mornings are delicious, quiet, relaxing. This time provides a wonderful peace to enjoy, at dawn, my first coffee without having that nagging need to “get ready.”

This appreciation comes on the heels of a week where I realized that my commute is a bit long, maybe just a wee bit too long. So long that while sitting in stopped traffic I started to take note of today’s emotionally charged buzzwords filling the airwaves. Words such as: “YouTube,” “Obama,” “cleavage,” “Live Earth,” “surge,” “all-time low,” “anxious,” “sub-prime,” and “pardon.”

Compare those “power” words and phrases to those rampant only one year ago; “global warming,” “insurgency,” “credibility,” “throes,” and “quagmire”, I have no idea where all of this is going, so I’ll stop: so much for my originality Dr. Johnson.

This week someone at work said, “have a look at this” and showed me a concert video clip. I then realized that I was holding and watching it on the much acclaimed Apple iPhone. I am certain that this realization sent a small shiver up my back.

Family members have accused me that my “affair” with new technologies is a bit extreme. Playing with this new iPhone and seeing the picture quality and the ease to access and display files and folders on this little system—I don’t think so.

During the week I listened to the late F. X. Toole do a reading from his book “Cut Man” (which was used as the foundation for the movie “Million Dollar Baby”). His was a strange occupation. He was the guy who would sit ringside during a boxing match solely to stop the bleeding should the boxer get cut. Did he wake up one morning and say, “I am going to fix boxers”?

A few days earlier I happened to read the news that a television personality from my youth had passed away, Don Herbert who was the star of “Watch Mr. Wizard”, a show I remember and enjoyed thoroughly. Herbert was the guy who gave me my first vision into science and chemistry and the realization that these subjects were fun stuff. Did Herbert wake up with the realization that teaching highschool science sucks but doing the same thing on television was glorious?

The convoluted paths people take into their chosen field of work make for interesting study. Last week Adrianne set out on such a new path. This week Tevita too took a brand new path, he’ll start “jogging” on it in two weeks. Congratulations Tevita.

Make it a great week everyone. To these two starting out in their new fields of endeavor, and anyone else starting a new job, remember the ancient philosopher who once said that “the object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” Just so you know, that last bit is not original to me.

Cheers,

Dirk

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