Category: Notes

Something Thoreau wrote on February 14, 1851

“We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding. How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile!”

Observation for the sake of it; the genesis of many a new idea is actually tripping over one during the process.

MG signing off (with eyes wide open)


Dichotomous reflections of the aforementioned noun …


MG signing off (without further comment)

Things That Will Kick Your Ass: Tasty Snack Edition

Another reason to like Louisiana (besides the redfish) …

Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce

Poured over Aidells Cajun Style Andouille, it is not only a tasty snack but will ensure sweat is beading off thy forehead for thirty minutes following consumption.

MG signing off (because heat is good almost anywhere BUT the jungle)

Beautiful Bird Shot(s)

No words required …

Beautiful Bird Shots

Click the photo to see the entire gallery by field master Tosh Brown

MG signing off (to check them out again)

Something Thoreau wrote on October 23, 1852

“What men call social virtue, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm. It brings men together in crowds and mobs in barrooms and elsewhere, but it does not deserve the name of virtue.”

Regardless of venue, groupthink effort rarely matches in value the one-on-one exchange of ideas between parties who have like-minded interests and goals. Brainstorming efficiency is inversely related to the size of the crowd.

MG signing off (to avoid the inhibitor otherwise referred to as “noise”)

Things That Will Kick Your Ass: Written Word Edition

Over the years I’ve given away every copy of this thing that has passed through my hands …

The Elements of Style

… but after perusing a whitepaper-in-progress have decided that generosity is no longer an option.

MG signing off (with the work cut out for him, not due to difficulty as much as volume)

Something Thoreau wrote on April 21, 1854

“How can a man be a wise man, if he doesn’t know any better how to live than other men?-if he is only more cunning and intellectually subtle? Does Wisdom work in a treadmill? Does Wisdom fail? or does she teach how to succeed by her example? Is she merely the miller who grinds the finest logic? Did Plato get his living in a better way or more successfully than his contemporaries? Did he succumb to the difficulties of life like other men? Did he merely prevail over them by indifference, or by assuming grand airs? or find it easier to live because his aunt remembered him in her will?”

Generally speaking, the more grandiose the manner or title, the more the actor is compensating for thinly disguised shortcomings.

MG signing off (thinking Plato didn’t need his aunt’s money – the Academy would have happened even if he was broke)

Things That Will Kick Your Ass: Core Strength Edition

If you have been formally introduced to this thing, you have already felt the pain.

Ab wheel

MG signing off (because regular use is somewhat addictive too)

Editor’s note: Follow Pulp Fly’s Things Found On a Desk if getting your ass kicked just isn’t your thing.

Something Thoreau wrote on March 15, 1854

“I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.”

Candor is most often the first sign that you are about to learn something meaningful.

MG signing off (as dialog should not be confused with riot, or taken too seriously with poker opponents)

The Previously Ignored Autumn Reading List

Everything saved this autumn to read soon thereafter, but wasn’t…until just a few hours ago.


Very cool. If you are into wine. -> A Beginner’s Guide to Wine (h/t Lifehacker)

The social illusion -> Facebook is bad for you. Get a life!