Monday, August 31, 2015

Game of Thrones quotes

Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.
Cersei Lannister
A Clash of Kings
I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.
A Dance with Dragons, George R. Martin
I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to.
A Feast for Crows, George R. Martin
He may not look as tall or strong as some, but he is worth more than all of them.
A Storm of Swords
There are no heroes…In life, the monsters win.
A Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark
How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?
A Feast for Crows
The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.
George R. Martin
My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel.
Sansa Stark, A Storm of Swords

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Living Wage News: Restaurant pays waiters $25 an hour

"I think that restaurants will have to do this,” said Ms. Cohen, who pays servers at Dirt Candy $25 an hour, well above the $7.50 for tipped workers that will go into effect in New York at the end of the year. “How else do you compensate for this extra money you’ll have to pay?”
Like many owners, Ms. Cohen has long wanted to close the yawning earnings gap between those who prepare the food and those who serve it. Tips are not shared with the kitchen staff, whereas the revenue from certain types of surcharges and higher menu prices can be distributed to everyone. Restaurateurs tick off a long list of reasons for being drawn to the idea. In some cities like New York, where tipping is subject to a confusing welter of federal, state and local regulations and tax laws, eliminating it would simplify bookkeeping. Managers say it would also allow them to better calibrate wages to reward employees based on the length of their service and the complexity of their jobs.
NY Times Article

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians

"Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians." Muhammad Iqbal
TE Lawrence after the Arab revolt and how the politicians of France and Great Britain took over the process: “…the old men came out again and took our victory to re-make in the likeness of the former world they knew.”

Fallen Leaves

I imagine leaves must feel like this after they have fallen from their tree,” Lawrence wrote a friend one week before the motorcycle accident that killed him.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The ridiculous and the sublime/ the provincial and the universal/ the trivial and the titanic

What is consciousness in a perishable universe? What is consciousness on top of a meat stick? A flicker. A spark. A moment. We have to navigate the trivial and provincial to get to a point where we can actually think on the big picture and the universal themes. From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step the saying goes. And we humans fluctuate between these states of mind hour by hour and day by day. One moment we can study the stars... the other moment our stomach demands food and our eyes grow tired.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quote of the day

"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour)."
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory