Daily Archives: September 15, 2012

Half-empty vs. Half-full glass

A glass is neither half-full, nor half-empty: It may be either full with gas, or full with liquid, or falf full with liquid and gas. The liquid, unless in impoderability will fill the bottom of the glass containing it. So the pessimist is as optimistical as the optimist, and viceversa. Now, this is only in theory, as I never turned the glass 


Wineglass with blue liquid

Wineglass with blue liquid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


upside douwn, due to fear of loosing the liquid. 


Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind (’74)

The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You live The View

Today”s Birthday: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) on exuberance and taste

Exuberance is better than taste.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss


William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? More… Discuss



New Monkey Found in Congo

A new species of monkey has been identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Although the monkey is well known to local hunters, who call it the lesula, it had been unknown to science. Cercopithecus lomamiensis, as it has been named, is similar to its close relative, Cercopithecus hamlyni, the owl-faced monkey, but has different coloring that helped scientists first identify it as a possible new species. The lesula, which inhabits the remote jungles of central Congo, is the just the second new species of monkey found in 28 years. More… Discuss




The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred Jewel is a 9th-century Anglo-Saxon ornament made during the reign of King Alfred the Great. Discovered in 1693, the teardrop-shaped ornament consists of a colorful enamel image of a man covered with a clear, polished piece of crystal and set in gold. Its purpose is unknown, but it was probably attached to a rod at one time. Words around the edge read “AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN”—meaning “Alfred ordered me made”—yet the man portrayed in the center of the object is not Alfred. Who is it? More… Discuss