Archive for November, 2012



November 29, 2012

“It’s not a matter of resources, it’s a matter of priorities.  Imagine the United States engaged not in the War on Terror or the War on Drugs, but in a War on Climate Change, with architects proudly serving on the front line.”

— Ned Cramer, Assoc AIA


QotD – Pale Blue Dot

November 26, 2012

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

— Carl Sagan


No scissors required

November 24, 2012

Starting to do editing and sound work on the film we took — I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it!



November 22, 2012

“They’re like fluffy puppies!  Except their birds, and they can’t fly…”

Joyful holiday, with friends, plenty of new people to meet, lazy long day, conversations, activities, and more.  Great day!



November 18, 2012

Made something new last night — a cassoulet/ratatouille sorta thing with ground lamb.  Our verdict:  pretty darn good!


Dressed for Sky

November 17, 2012

Just back from going out with a gaggle of people to see Skyfall all dressed up in our finery and dapper clothes.  Lent a certain air to the outing that was perfect for the film and fun to boot!




Wreckin’ It

November 13, 2012

Could it be a year where the Disney film would turn out to be superior than the Pixar film?  After seeing Brave, and being enticed by a promising Wreck it Ralph trailer, it looked like that might just happen.  With that potential floating in my mind a whack of friends and I hit up the theatres on Friday.  When the credits rolled, did it stand above? Read the rest of this entry ?