Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quotes of the Week Accidental Themes: London and Religion

I collected a couple of quotes from the book that I'm reading (which I do these days by taking a picture of them--is that dumb, or what?  But it makes me remember to put them here...).  The Dawkins one was written on a card that I'd stuck in a folder of "stuff to blog."  Most of the "stuff" got placed in the recycling bin instead, because I didn't really care anymore about what was written there.  Dawkins is always good for a zinger, and he's a non-theist Brit known for sparring with religion, and the two quotations from Kraken are about London and religion...specifically squid-worshipping ones, you see...um...

...maybe that would take too long to explain.  Without further ado, here are the Quotes of the Week.  Let's get kraken.  (Booooooooooo!).



The streets of London are stone synapses hardwired for worship.  Walk the right or wrong way down Tooting Bec you're invoking something or other.  You may not be interested in the gods of London, but they're interested in you.



A plague of ennui afflicted London's manic prophets.


                           --both from Kraken, by China MiĆ©ville




Just as I wouldn't expect a gynecologist to have a debate with somebody who believed in the stork theory of reproduction, I won't do debates with young Earth creationists.


                           --(Oh, snippity snap!)  Richard Dawkins

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Poor Biorn!

Falling down the rabbit hole of the internet tonight, I came across this brilliant little tale about afterlife destination(s).  Besides the good story, humor, and Norse mythology (which I love), the animation is just beautiful.  I ended up subscribing to the YouTube channel where this was posted, which highlights work done by students at the Animation Workshop in Denmark. 

At a seven minute investment, I recommend it wholeheartedly.  Enjoy!



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summertime: Outdoor Theater, Artsy Bears, and Poultry...I Dunno

Shakespeare in the Park with my pal.  Twelfth Night.  We brought a picnic and drank honey wine, and it was lovely.


 
 






More of these guys in West Lafayette.  This one is my favorite...

 

 
 
My balcony garden--ONE tomato plant.  I've meant to grow lots of veg and herbs every year since I've lived in this place (seven).  I'm going to do more next summer.  Really!

 
A coffee shop I frequent.  I'm not a huge coffee drinker--it has to be of the froo-froo variety; meaning, about 4 or 5 parts chocolate milk or whatever to 1 part coffee.  The point of going here is really the nice furniture and whatever book I'm reading at the time.  Oh!  Also, this place sells Maine Root Beer!  I had it for the first time in 2012 with my friend Heidi who lives in Maine.  I couldn't believe it when I saw it here in my small Indiana town!  The owner shopped the internet looking for a good organic, fair trade root beer, and this one fit the bill.  She feels so strongly about having it in her shop that she sells it barely over cost.  Every time I see the bottles lined up on the counter, I think of my friend and our visit.

 
Rainbow at Purdue University.


This one seemed a little plain compared to the others, but it does sit on a corner in front of the public library and across from a Panda Express.  So...fair enough, I guess. 



I do like that they painted over old telephone books and such, so being out in the elements makes them all weathered and cool.

 
Solicited or unsolicited, I know not, but here's some smarty-pants graffiti in the back of the library.


 
This one was done by an artist with whom I'm familiar and whose work I love very much, Zach Medler.  I should do a whole post on his stuff.

 



Such a sad film.  She was a beauty.  She said, "No, no, no" and now she's gone.

 
Well, it's a shame to go from something so serious to this nutty thing, but this is the order that the pictures loaded, so here we are.  I've spotted this guy around Indy and always wanted to take a picture.  Usually, I'd see it while speeding down the interstate or in another precarious position, so didn't want to risk mine and others' lives just for a dumb photo.  I was driving by an antique store a month or so ago, and there it was parked!  I don't know if it lives there, or what.  I still don't really know what the hell it's for!  There's a website printed on the back window, but you know...some things are best left mysteries.


Yes, in fact, that does read, "Poultry in Motion."  Thanks for asking.



I loved this movie, Mr. Holmes, so much.  I'll not likely ever get my photo taken with Sir Ian, so here I am with a cardboard display of his "graven image."  It made perfect sense at the time.