December 20, 2012
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Attributed to Edmund Burke, (1729-1797)
Known as the Father of Conservatism, Burke, a native of Dublin and longtime Member of Parliament, was supportive of the American Revolution but condemned the French Revolution for its excesses. He wrote extensively on the role of government and was widely praised for his ability to clarify philosophical issues.
This quote, made popular by John Kennedy and attributed by him to Burke, is a good example of how difficult it can be to pin down exactly who said what several hundred years ago. According to The Quote Investigator, who often refers to The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes, it is likely that it may have been first pronounced in similar form by the Reverend Charles Aked, but is also attributed to Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill and others. As with many of the quotable sentiments of the famous it has its roots in scripture, and expresses an ancient recognition that it is the duty of persons of good will to act, not merely to hope.
Forwarded by FOB Charlie Carrol-
Carlo Vogele writes-
I shot this little musical film in my kitchen over a few weeks in late 2011. It is the result of my passion for beautiful sad opera songs and my interest in the tragic destiny of a fish.
It’s been in festivals this year, touring Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Telluride and more. It is also part of the 14th Animation Show of Shows. You can visit the blog for more making of pics and film info : furtivalagrimafilm.blogspot.com/
Several weeks ago I posted several experiments taken with the new Fujifilm X-E1 multiple exposure setting. I really like this feature although I received some flack from a photographer friend informing me that double exposures can be created in Photoshop. Of course I know that, I just like the immediacy of composing in the camera and in the moment and think the feeling that is achieved is reminiscent of the accidental effects created in film photography. These photos were all shot in very low light indoors and I am looking forward to playing more with this feature outdoors on a warm sunny spring day, with butterflies and other living creatures as muses, rather than imaginative Christmas fairies!
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Yesterday while picking up cream for our holiday pies I was reminded of Joey’s post from several weeks ago, “Can this tiny thing of heavy cream really cost $3.69???,” where he pointed out the ridiculous cost of the 16 ounce Hood heavy cream from Shaws, priced at $3.69. GMG reader Jenna commented that the Market Basket price was $2.99. Yesterday, the 16 ounce container of heavy cream at Stop and Shop was $2.39. I am glad to see these more competitive prices from both Stop and Shop and Market Basket. For the grocery items I purchase for my family, Stop and Shop’s prices are consistently the least expensive of the three chains.
“Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt and Henri René and his orchestra in 1953. The song was written by Joan Javits (niece of Senator Jacob Javits) and Philip Springer. I hope you enjoy the glamor shots and vintage fashions in this video as much as do I!
Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.
Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight. Continue reading “Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” Holiday Song of the Day”
Multitasking isn’t. Isn’t what? Isn’t Multi. Not really. Just when we thought we were more efficient, science rears its ugly head and proves us wrong. Google multitasking and you’ll see most of the results busting the myth of multitasking — many even saying it’s bad for our brains (see an example here). YIKES!
You can still walk and chew gum at the same time. That won’t fry your brain. You can even drive and listen to the radio or sing or talk to the passenger at the same time. But “switching tasks”, according to this article, isn’t just bad for your brain, it can even threaten your “basic health.” Looks like interest rates are about to change (click here if you’re wondering about that).
Our new phones have a new feature they’re trying to sell us. It transcribes voice-mails to text so you can read them on your phone. So I ask Vickie, why would I want that? It’s so much easier to listen to my voice mail. I don’t have to fumble for my glasses. I can listen in the car … Well, you can read them in a meeting, she replies.
Really? Seems to me that if I’m in a meeting where I can read my voice-mail, I’m in the wrong meeting. Turns out, Google agrees. According to this article in Forbes, Google banned laptops at meetings and guess what? People who had more important stuff to do just left the meeting. Brilliant!
Here’s a fun experiment — proof that multitasking isn’t. Watch the video below while doing something else, like talking on the phone, or answering emails or reading transcribed voice-mails. I’ll bet you won’t laugh. Now stop everything else and watch. It’s hysterical!
In the spirit of trying to quit (multitasking, that is) we’re gonna do you a favor and not post anything tomorrow (sorry, Joey). You won’t be tempted to read our post while sitting in church or opening presents or eating Christmas dinner. Nope. You’ve got a multitasking free day. Enjoy it, and imagine how clear your head will feel and how wonderful life will be once you’ve quit for good.
Then try this on Wednesday. Go to one of Gloucester’s excellent music venues (see live music lineup here) and actually listen to the music (eat & drink if you like, but don’t talk). You’ll get why we keep telling you Gloucester has top talent and a burgeoning music scene.
12/21/21 hit but still here
from Brianmoc www.brianmoc.com