"At our death beds, we will inevitably know that much didn't work out, that there were dreams that didn't come to pass and loves that were rejected, friendships that could never be repaired, and catastrophes and hurts we never overcame. But we will also know that there were threads of value that sustained us, that there was a higher logic we sometimes followed, that despite the agonies, our lives were not mere sound and fury; that in our own way, at select moments at least, we did properly draw benefit from, and understand, the meaning of life."
Pure luck late yesterday evening when I turned on the television and just happened to catch the beginning of Listen to me Marlon.
Mesmerized I was pulled in by this psychological magnet, and although I've never been a big fan of his, I discovered that this fine actor had a truly amazing and troubling life.
Hearing first hand his voice on those tapes made me feel like he was talking directly to me, offering insights and many words of wisdom.
"Stevan Riley's award-winning documentary Listen to Me Marlon uses hundreds of hours of Marlon Brando's own archival audio tapes and home movie footage, combined with excerpts from his extraordinary performances to create an exceptionally emotive and vivid portrayal of a man and actor who was by turns tremendously talented, tenacious and tormented."
The background music was also important as it blended perfectly with the ebb and the flow of the documentary.
Since then the Spotify playlist has been turning around endlessly in my mind: Max Richter, Eluvium, etc.
Scraping ice off of the windshield, shivering in the driver's seat until the interior warms up, windows fogged up on the inside making it impossible to see, all important ingredients for the coming winter. Might as well get used to it now before the cold climate intensifies.
Sometimes you start to wonder if Democracy really is the best form of government. This is especially true after reviewing the disappointing results of the latest presidential election and wondering if the winner chosen by the people will indeed be the best captain of the ship.
Speaking of ship captains, you might want to read the article Why Socrates Hated Democracy for a new perspective on the right form of government.
Fresh from the press the latest photo album of my fun and relaxing two week stay with family and friends in good old California.
It's hard to believe but true, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. The people have stood up and spoken very loudly and clearly. They demand change and that is what they are going to get. Hopefully. Hillary Clinton gave it all she's worth, but in end she was too old school and unfortunately even less trustworthy than her opponent. Better luck next time, if there is one.
God bless America and hope for the best.
There's a new book about Kiffin which just came out, and it's called "Kiffin Rockwell, the Lafayette Escadrille and the Birth of the United States Air Force" by T.B. Murphy. Time to celebrate.
Having a wonderful time visiting my mom and taking road trips around the Monterey Bay Area. The coast and ocean views are spectacular and it seems only yesterday and not five years ago that I was here last.
Today's word of the day is digression, an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing. Pretty appropriate term on my 59th birthday. Indeed in many ways I feel I have reached the age of digression and look forward to the exploring the interesting results of following this path.
Have I gone too far and lost totally my wits by purchasing this book? Now I am going to have to read it and sludge through the jungle of mathematical proofs in order to get my money's worth. Who knows if I will ever be able to understand it completely.
As a software developer with many years of experience under my belt, I like to compare myself to a professional craftsman who needs the best tools in order to perfect one's artistic skills and abilities. After five years of very intense usage, my current tool was getting rusty and blunt.
Since I've decided to pursue my new life as a freelancer, it's important that I am as productive as possible and work efficiently. This new laptop with Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS installed will boost my productivity nicely and keep me going for a while.
Getting the luck of the draw and being able to start with number one out of the fifty contenders, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although you have to leave home at the crack of dawn in order to make it in time for the first early morning starting time, being the first off the tee is a symbolic gesture.
I also felt pretty good about may game and thought that who knows maybe I could get a lucky streak and win the tournament. In the past I've entertained similar illusions of fame, only to go into mental meltdown mode and shooting terrible scores. Just to play one shot at a time and enjoy the round as much as possible at this beautiful golf course, "Misschien Wel de Mooiste Golfbaan van Nederland."
As it turned out, although I made the turn with a so-so 39, the back nine went quite well and I birdied three of the last four holes. Boy was I hitting the ball really great. For awhile there, I was leader in the golf club but after the long wait I came in fourth place which is also nice.
Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated--so:
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges--
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"
- Explorer, Rudyard Kipling
Today marks the 100th anniversary since Kiffin Rockwell was shot down and killed, that great American hero who volunteered to fight the Germans for freedom.
I've been seriously considering going to his grave in Luxeuil-les-bains to pay him tribute on this historical day. But it's a six hour drive and I just don't have the time nor the spare money right now. Feel kind of guilty.
Do you think that I'm being sacrilegious? What would Kiffin think? At least I can give him tribute on the day in my mind long distance.
When I was a kid World War I seemed pretty long ago, but back then it was only 50 years previously. Now it's a whole century! How much longer will people still remember these fallen heroes? What will happen to us when we die?
For anyone interested, I'd like to announce that the following template is available for folks wanting to deploy a basic Middleman project to Heroku in a hassle-free manner:Here it is: Middleman Heroku Basic.
In a little over a month I will be going to California again to visit family and friends. I will be staying there for two weeks and will have much fun and relaxation. Believe it or not, it has been more than five years since I was last there, so it will be nice to see everyone again. Of course, I will also bring my golf clubs with me so that I can go out and have a few rounds of eighteen holes.
var add = new Function('x', 'y', 'return x + y'); console.log(add(2, 3); // 5 console.log(add instanceof Function); // true
I'm not the greatest fan of his, but I have to admit that he pulled off an impressive victory.
For the first time in seven years, my handicap has increased over the year. This time I started at a record low of 4.1, and after a full season of golf it has unfortunately gone up to a 4.7 (despite playing on the golf team and practicing regularly). Thea keeps reminding me that I should just accept my fate. I am getting older: meaning that my athleticism and thus also my golfing skills will inevitably get worse and worse. Until who knows how bad. I still refuse to give in and will not accept such a disappointing fate. If I just practice enough and get my mind in the right flow, while I might not become a professional, I should still be playing at a much better level. No excuses and no questions asked. Oh well, better luck next year.
The other day I was looking around for a more advanced static website generator, and I happened to stumble across a wonderful tool called Middleman. Easy to install, customize, build and deploy, and the documentation is fantastic. There are even a number of template blueprints and ruby gems you can use to enhance things.Jekyll, which is more for creating blogs anyway, Middleman is more complicated and takes a bit more technical insight in order to get to grips with its sometimes hard to understand way of getting things done.
Decided my next goal in life will be to gauge my learning Haskell progress by using it to find solutions to all of the Project Euler problems.
So far so good, I completed the first one with success.
The very compact and elegant Haskell one-liner solution is:
sum [ x | x <- [1..999], x `mod` 3 == 0 || x `mod` 5 == 0]
There's still a long way to go...
My tears are always frozen
I can see the air I breathe
Got my fingers painting pictures
On the glass in front of me
Lay me by the frozen river
Where the boats have passed me by
All I need is to remember
How it was to feel alive