Shang Hi

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.

~ Henry Miller

Well hello there, and good day, good friend!  A bit of Christmas trivia for you: the concept of Santa being pulled by flying reindeer was, in fact, a marketing ploy by a company that sold reindeer meat!

Speaking of flying: remember Lovejoy? She’s gorgeous!

Anonymous seems to be on a roll. This time they targeted a US security think tank.

Science has solved the mystery of A Hard Day’s Night’s opening chord. Couldn’t they have just asked George while he was alive? Or Paul?

I love trippy visual art like this (via):

Check out these brilliant illustrations for Lord of the Flies.

And, finally, the story of a blind dog, thought to be dead, who found her way home this Christmas.

Talk soon, butter boon.

x J

Big B

Good evening, dear reader. I hope this finds you happy and healthy.

Question: Who are you? What brings you to this lonely corner of the internet?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have you.

I’m curious, though. I see a bunch of you in the US and Canada.

Some in Northern Europe and the UK.

Brazil, too! Nice.

Drop me a note! I’m all ears:

It being Christmas Eve and all, I don’t have too much, but I do have some…

This reminded me of Mullets Galore:

Did you know that the guy who invented Kwaanza served time for torturing two women with a cable, vice, and soldering iron?

Also, did you know that a special pattern appears on people after they’re struck by lightning?:

Speaking of Nature:

And finally, for the new year: What Makes Us Happy? A fascinating 70-year study of mental and physical well-being.
x.

J

Crème

Past and future are in the mind only — I am now.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Boycotts work! Godaddy caved to internet rage. Nevermind. Godaddy paid lip service to appease the great unwashed .

The TSA is a bloated, ineffective and costly beast of good intentions gone horribly wrong.

Who invented the Oreo? The unsung heroes of cookie design.

This guy scans the brains of Buddhist monks, looking for the physiological paralells of “non-duality.”

The good ol’ Times sums up 2011 in 108 pictures.

The New Yorker sums up the year in politics with 5 charts.

Art

Some of the best-designed book covers of 2011.

Anamorphic Art:

Tatiana Plakhova makes beautiful visual pieces:

Christmas Mall “Art”(?):

Rita Heyworth is art:

Love yous.

xo,

J

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

~ John Lennon

The tubes are humming with ire for SOPA. The hivemind is whirring with solutions.

A sharp-eyed spy-in-the-sky sent its first shots.

A comet named Lovejoy dipped into the Sun and kept on going (video).

Via The Lives They Loved, pictures and stories from those who passed in 2011:

More images from China’s Abandoned Wonderland.

Breathe and the madness will go away.” Yoga & meditation in B-More schools.

And, finally:

 

G’nite!

xo,

J

Groovy

Today is yesterday’s pupil.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Watch Senator Sanders present a Constitutional Amendment to negate the disastrous Citizen’s United ruling.

More like this, please.

The movie industry is reaping record profits and increasing executive salaries while hiring less people and lobbying for nasty laws.

Feeling intellectual? Check out MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu’s insightful interview on inequality.

Or, you could ponder the causes and social ramifications of “hover-hand.”

Economic experts explain 2011 in charts. Yeah. That’s nerdy.

Q: Dude, have you seen that #occcupier pwn Faux News?
A: Totally, brah.

Nature!

Butterfly egg (via)

Mantis (via)

(The) Dagobah (system) Georgia, US

And, finally, a retiree who’s saved over 160 people from suicide.

Talk soon.

x,

J

 

Teeth Kiss

Happy whole-y(s) day to you.

Q: What’s good?
A: Good News Tuesday.

Great News! Another dictator has stopped dictating. Have you gotten enough of the Il-o-matic yet? No?

Wonderful News! Even China’s government considers concessions to protestors. Maybe there’s hope in the Land of the Free™ after all! Oh, and by the way, the upper-crust is sick and tired of you “imbeciles” attacking them. Is your skinny-cat skin in the game?

Fabulous news! We’re building more homes! I’m sure this will eliminate the homeless problem, right?

Wonderful news! Google just invested another $94 million into solar energy. That brings their tally up to more than $915 million. Speaking of, check out 2011’s most watched YouTube videos.

Art!

The Chromatic Typewriter is awesome.

These hyper-realistic paintings are impressive.

Okay, that’s good! See you soon.

xo,

J

Primrose Glide

Happy Sunday, folks. Let’s start things off with a quote:

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

~ Aldous Huxley

A great leader/visionary/artist has died. “Only democracy guarantees peace.”

Want some Art?

Are you aware that the “war on drugs” is a complete and total failure? It’s true. Preposterous amounts of money, time, and humanity: wasted. It causes untold amounts of (completely unnecessary) pain, sorrow, and death. There is no compelling reason for this fake war of greed and racism. What’s that? You want a sane solution? Look no further than Portugal.

Ever wonder why, and when, women started shaving their body hair? Wonder no more.

Congress passed that awful Homeland Battlefield bill. WTF?

Did you know that Wikipedia has a simple version that is awesome? Yesss! And, speaking of Wikipedia, check out this really, really, deep page.

Uh oh. China’s credit bubble has popped. Something tells me that the fecal matter is going to impact the air circulation device soon. But — if it heartens you at all — nature will overcome…

Stay balanced, brothers and sisters. You know in your heart what’s right. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

xo,

J

Quiet Time With Al

Good day, good friend. Blogging from the iPad again, but this time using an “app”. Yep. I just said “app”. I’ll say it again, without the quotes: app.

It’s been a year. It only took a single spark. But global revolution was the story this year. I’m hopeful of what 2012 will bring.

Do you care about global revolution? Or do you just like pretty pictures? I like both. Check these out:

Want more? Check out the 50 best nature photos of 2011.

Okay, back to the iMac tomorrow. Be well!

xo,

J

Cookie

Happy Friday, furry folks! I’m blogging from an iPad, which is like playing the piano with mittens on. I’ll try…

…is this working?

I think so.

Now, a few words on the economy. First, you should brace yourself.  Then, you should read the 50 economic numbers from 2011 that are almost too crazy to believe. Then, if you haven’t tossed your cookies, check out this disheartening chart on annual salary growth.

Well, at least the S.E.C started charging executives with crimes. No. No jail time is involved.

Speaking of jail time, #occupy Portland has stumbled upon a succesful tactic for dealing with police. Pew has published a survey on what Americans think about the occupiers and income inequality.

Okay. That’s it. iPads suck for blogging and my mittens are sweaty. More fun, coming soon. Be merry, friend.

Xo,

J