Echoes through time: The dogmas of the quiet past

This comes via Execupundit’s excellent Quote of the Day:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.”

Abraham Lincoln (1862), Annual Address to Congress


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Yes, beautiful bonsai planter

From designer Adrian Magu, via, this very beautiful, elegant bonsai planter, named kasokudo:


I can’t help wondering if he listened to a lot of Yes …

Did Prog Rock's Greatest Artist Inspire Avatar? All Signs Point To Yes

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Why I’m a landlubber…

An awe-inspiring video that comes via Michael Wade at execupundit.

I think I need to lie down now.

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“25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education” via LifeHack

Originally posted on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER:

Taking away one primary excuse people have for not learning.  You will have to find the time yourself.

25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education via @lifehackorg

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New markets for new writers

Looking to get published?

I’ve just come across a couple of interesting perspectives.

Firstly, a fascinating piece from Shawn Coyne over on Steven Pressfield Online.  Shawn, an agent and former publisher himself, discusses the challenges facing smaller publishers, and writers looking to be published by them.

Serendipitously, I also came across this report of Amazon looking to use the wisdom of the crowds to find new authors.

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Independence: Won’t get fooled again

Here’s an interesting reflection on secession, from James Taylor  at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

I’m particularly struck by his fifth and last point:

“For some people—perhaps even most people—a successful secession will simply mean that they are subjected to the will of a political class that’s different from the former political class they were subject to. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss…”

Taylor’s other points regarding secession leading to a more Statist government also seems relevant to the Scottish Independence debate.

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Books need beautiful homes

… like this, via Cultural Offering.  The light, the symmetry, those exquisite, helical staircases:

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..Monastery Library in Wittem, South of The Netherlands…

Photo : Huub Keulers

(Source:, via blazinasian1967rk)


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