#life


The Backstory of “The Laughing Heart” Post

It all start­ed with this animation/short film by Bradley Bell:
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In which he inter­pret­ed “The Laugh­ing Heart”, a poem writ­ten by Charles Bukows­ki, and spo­ken by Tom Waits. This should have been an easy cut-and-paste video/text post on my Tum­blr, where I usu­al­ly store quick-strike things of inter­est and inspi­ra­tional val­ue. But part of the being of what has been a prod­uct of a Poet­ry class back in my Undergrad/University days just couldn’t let it go and be done with. The tex­tu­al for­mat just didn’t have a resound­ing echo to me as it should.

A part of me just want­ed much more to come out of each line.1 “Much more,” but not too much; though I have always been intrigued with a lit­tle bit of con­crete poet­ry.2

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  1. What is a line in Poet­ry? []
  2. What is con­crete poet­ry? []

The Mayo Jar

Just want to share this sto­ry1 emailed to me by Peter2. I guess it can go hand-in-hand with the ALA Burnout arti­cle tweet ear­li­er this week, or Prof. Pausch’s Last Lec­ture.

Enjoy, and have a great week­end my golf balls!

A Pro­fes­sor stood before his phi­los­o­phy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, word­less­ly, he picked up a very large and emp­ty may­on­naise jar and pro­ceed­ed to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the stu­dents if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Pro­fes­sor then picked up a box of peb­bles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar light­ly. The peb­bles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the stu­dents again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Pro­fes­sor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up every­thing else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The stu­dents respond­ed with an unan­i­mous “yes.”

The Pro­fes­sor then pro­duced two cups of cof­fee from under the table and poured the entire con­tents into the jar, effec­tive­ly fill­ing the space between the grains of sand.

Now,” said the pro­fes­sor, as the laugh­ter sub­sided, “I want you to rec­og­nize that this jar rep­re­sents your life. The golf balls are the impor­tant things—your fam­i­ly, your chil­dren, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions—things that if every­thing else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The peb­bles are the oth­er things that mat­ter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is every­thing else—the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first,” he con­tin­ued, “there is no room for the peb­bles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and ener­gy on the small stuff, you will nev­er have room for the things that are impor­tant to you. Pay atten­tion to the things that are crit­i­cal to your hap­pi­ness. Play with your chil­dren. Take time to get med­ical check­ups. Take your part­ner out to din­ner. Play anoth­er 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dis­pos­al. “Take care of the golf balls first, the things that real­ly mat­ter. Set your pri­or­i­ties. The rest is just sand.”

One of the stu­dents raised her hand and inquired what the cof­fee rep­re­sent­ed. The Pro­fes­sor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no mat­ter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cou­ple of cups of cof­fee with a friend.”

  1. I did some research online and it seems that the sto­ry has a ver­sion with 2 cups of cof­fee as well instead of beer. []
  2. If you need some home improve­ments done and live in the Bay Area, Peter can han­dle them. Check out his com­pa­ny over at paloaltohi.com []

Jackie Robinson Steals Home


Jack­ie Robin­son Steals Home, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

One of the pri­ma­ry rea­sons why I’ve grown to love the Dodgers.

Base­ball World Series

Sub­way Series: Brook­lyn Dodger Jack­ie Robin­son charg­ing wildy fr. 3rd base as unwary NY Yan­kee catch­er Yogi Berra squats behind Dodger bat­ter dur­ing Jackie’s steal of home plate in the 8th inning of the 1st game of the World Series at Yan­kee Sta­di­um.

Loca­tion: New York, NY, US
Date tak­en: Sep­tem­ber 28, 1955
Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: Ralph Morse

This pho­to is from the LIFE pho­to archive host­ed Google here. It’s very nice of them to do this as more peo­ple can reflect back to the great images that Life has tak­en over the years.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Decem­ber 10, 1948 the Gen­er­al Assem­bly of the Unit­ed Nations adopt­ed and pro­claimed the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights the full text of which appears here. Fol­low­ing this his­toric act the Assem­bly called upon all Mem­ber coun­tries to pub­li­cize the text of the Dec­la­ra­tion and “to cause it to be dis­sem­i­nat­ed, dis­played, read and expound­ed prin­ci­pal­ly in schools and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions, with­out dis­tinc­tion based on the polit­i­cal sta­tus of coun­tries or ter­ri­to­ries.”

Today, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 10, 2008 marks the 60th anniver­sary of the Assembly’s adap­ta­tion of those Rights.

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