Story with a Moral

Someone sent me this joke in an email – don’t know where it originates, but all rights belong to whoever they are.

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: “
Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.”

The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. 
There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. 
But then the teacher realised, much to her dismay, that only Janie was left.

“Janie, do you have a story to share?”

”Yes ma’am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. 
She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. 
She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all 
She had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn’t 
break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 enermy troops. 
She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets. 
Killed four more with the knife, utill the blade broke, 
and then she killed the last of them with her bare hands.”

”Good Heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “‘What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?”

“Stay away from Mommy when she’s been drinking.”


Get Back into Running

Simple Health Boost

So it dawned on me today how unfit I am (not exactly a shock horror) – but I’ve got to get back into running.

It has three benefits, firstly it’s good for your health, secondly it is strangely fun and lastly, it wakes you up in a morning when combined with a coldish shower (due to the old house I live in)!

Now it has been some time since I last went running – so I turned to the internet for help and found this useful WikiHow Article:

http://www.wikihow.com/Begin-Running

The idea is you follow the 2 month training scheme running 3 times a week, increasing the intensity of the run as you go.

I should also say – make sure you are medically fit to run and have decent shoes (prevent injury) before trying this program.

I have also created a PDF (B&W) easy to read version which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Thought I would also just include 2 little jogging quotes:

“I don’t jog.  If I die I want to be sick.”  ~ Abe Lemmons

“The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.”  ~ Martin Mull


Quotes on Identity

So, I am in the middle of reading Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto on my kindle and thought I would jot down some of the clippings I have made thus far on the subject of identity:

“A thing must other itself in order to be itself”

“An individual is the identity running through the totality of it’s attributes”

“An individual is identical with the totality of it’s predicates”

“An individual is the conflux of generalities”

There were only a few there, but I thought they we all pretty neat. Also, here is another quote (not exactly to do with identity), that I found while reading, and really like:

“Men generally deceive themselves before they deceive others”

I will update this post if there are any more that I come across (which I am sure I will). If there are any awesome quotes you think should be on here, contact me through twitter (or email me).


Subversive Soviet Superstructures

Palace of Ceremonies (Tbilisi, Georgia)

So, I was reading the guardian last night and came across these pictures by Frédéric Chaubin of buildings in former-USSR republics that belong to (what he calls) the ‘fourth age’ of Soviet architecture.

There is some quite stunning architecture in amongst them, and their construction announced the end of the Soviet Union.

Take a look (on guardian site) and see what you think!

Click here to view the gallery


Find the man in the coffee beans

Ok, so another thing that was sent to me, it’s pretty neat.

This is bizarre — after you find the guy — it’s so obvious. Once you find him — it’s embarrassing, and you think, why didn’t I see him immediately?

Coffee Bean Man

Can you see him? click for larger view

What does it mean?

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly! If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, then keep looking!

Ok, well that’s apparently a little bit of “true” science behind this – I am not so sure :/ And yes, the man is really there!!! Again, all credit to whoever came up with this.


You’ve Probably Heard These Before

Here are some jokes that were sent to me in an email, some crackers in there. I am not sure, but I think they are Tommy Cooper or Tim Vine – anyway all credit to the creator of the jokes! Some of these are my favourites and with the nature of this blog, I thought I’d post them.

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The Virtuous Life

I have just started to read through the Harvard Classics, and first on the list is The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In it, he describes 12 “virtues” that he strived to keep to in order to become a better man – or live up to his full potential.

The word “virtue” was inextricably connected to what it meant to be a true man. The word comes from the Latin virtus, which in turn is derived from vir, Latin for “manliness.” Maybe something to ponder?

Anyhow, I think there might be something in this, and here they are:

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order: Let all things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others; (i.e., waste nothing).
  6. Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or anther’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

There is a nice blog entry on what each means over at Art of Manliness
http://artofmanliness.com/2008/06/01/the-virtuous-life-wrap-up/

I am going to have a go for a little while at keeping to these – a little challenge and see if I can feel the benefits!? I’ll update this blog entry in a little while with how I got on. (Going to start Thursday :))