Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Quote for the Day

“Always carry a notebook. Write down ideas and information. Write down everything you know and hear about a person you meet. That way, next time you meet them, you know how much time to give them.”

- Aristotle Onassis (1906 – 1975)

Aristotle Socrates Onassis was a Greek shipping magnate. Onassis amassed the world's largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world's richest and most famous men. He was known for his business success, his great wealth and also his personal life, including his marriage to Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping tycoon Stavros G. Livanos, his affair with the opera singer Maria Callas and his marriage in 1968 to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the American president John F. Kennedy.

Bonus Aristotle Onassis quote:

“Find a priest who understands English and doesn't look like Rasputin.”

Poetry Corner

Being in somewhat of a rush to get this post online before the blog server sends it to the Bytes subscribers, here is a brief bit poetry . . . 

A Morning Poem

I woke early one morning, 
The earth lay cool and still 
When suddenly a tiny bird 
Perched on my window sill. 

He sang a song so lovely, 
So carefree and so gay, 
That slowly all my troubles 
Began to slip away. 

He sang of far off places, 
Of laughter and of fun, 
It seemed his very trilling 
Brought up the morning sun. 

I stirred beneath the covers, 
Crept slowly out of bed, 
Then gently shut the window 
And crushed his fucking head. 

I'm not a morning person.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quote for the Day

“How stupid of me.”

German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891-1944), who had been put in charge of defending the French coast against Allied invasion, on being informed that the D Day landings had begun. Rommel, believing that an invasion was near but would not happen on 6 June, 1944 due to the weather conditions, had traveled to Germany to celebrate his wife’s birthday. By the time he got back, it was too late, the Allies having established beachheads and pushing inland. 

(Rommel was later implicated in the plot to kill Hitler, although it is more likely that he was not involved. Nonetheless he was offered a choice: face the People’s Court where he would most certainly be executed along with his family and staff, or suicide with military honours and a pension to his family. He chose the latter and died by cyanide capsule).

Haikus and Geeks


Good morning Byters,
Here are some haiku for you
To start off the day . . . 

Space is limited
In a haiku, so it's hard
To finish what you

We can blame ourselves
Phone booths are gone, Superman has
Nowhere to change clothes.

I see you driving
Round town with the girl I love
And I'm like haiku.

Anyone can write
a haiku just stop at the
seventeenth syllab

Shit. Its Nine. Im late.
Quickly I shave, cut my face.
God dammit. Sunday.

Redneck haiku:

Damn, in that tube-top
You make me almost forget
That you're my cousin.

Naked in repose,
Silvery silhouette girls
Adorn my mudflaps.

A serious haiku . . .

Tittering monkey
In spring he climbs treetops
And thinks himself tall

. . . and some geek humour:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Quote for the Day

Roger Thomas Staubach (1942 - ), nicknamed Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL).

He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the 1963 Heisman Trophy, and after graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played with the club during all 11 seasons of his career. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, four as the starting quarterback. He led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI, becoming the first of four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP, along with Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his 11-year NFL career. He is currently executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle.

Readers Write and IPPA

Readers Write . . . 

David B sent me an email in response to the posted pics of pareidolia, the phenomenon of seeing faces in objects:
I find Carl Sagan's explanation of pareidolia quite convincing: 
As soon as the infant can see, it recognizes faces, and we now know that this skill is hardwired in our brains. Those infants who a million years ago were unable to recognize a face smiled back less, were less likely to win the hearts of their parents, and less likely to prosper. These days, nearly every infant is quick to identify a human face, and to respond with a goony grin.

The day of the sad events in Nice I had posted a quote by Naopleon, before I knew of those events - "There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter." I mentioned the next day that this had been coincidental, being a comment selected for Bastille Day, not that I was using the terrorist attack as a stimulus for a quote.

Byter Tobye P sent me an email:
Just before this arrived I was reading a fascinating article about France-it’s a bit long, but you may find it interesting.  
Yesterday’s quote was rather apropos-considering what happened shortly after. A terrible tragedy, but I would hope people would realize that it wasn’t a comment on that situation but a coincidence-no reflection on you. 
Enjoy the weekend! Regards, Tobye
As Tobye says, a lengthy item but worth the read.

iPhone Photography Awards 2016

iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition. Founded in 2007, IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity of iPhone photographers since the iPhone first began to inspire, excite and engage users worldwide. Every year since then, IPPAWARDS has selected the very best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from more than 130 countries around the world. Winners are selected by esteemed jury members in a multi-step process and The Photographers of the Year are then awarded.
Below are some of the winning photographs, proving that you don’t need a fancy camera and stacks of lenses, filters, tripods etc to take a good photograph. There are 19 IPPA categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded in each. The overall winner was Siyuan Niu for the following photograph . . .

Photographer of the Year, Man and the Eagle. Siyuan Niu was born in 1980 and lives in China in the Xinjiang Province. “The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”

Some of the winning images, without commentary: