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Bravo to Alexander Pope

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

* Thank you for writing and sharing your inner light.

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‎”An Essay on Criticism” (published in 1711) by Alexander Pope

FULL TEXT: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/esycr10.txt

* It begins…

“‘Tis hard to say if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill,
But of the two less dangerous is the offense
To tire our patience than mislead our sense”

** In part 2…

“Of all the causes which conspire to blind
Man’s erring judgment and misguide the mind,
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

Whatever nature has in worth denied,
She gives in large recruits of needful pride;
For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind:
Pride where wit fails steps in to our defense,
And fills up all the mighty void of sense.
If once right reason drives that cloud away,
Truth breaks upon us with resistless day
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know,
Make use of every friend–and every foe.

A little learning is a dangerous thing
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring [216]
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.”

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Worth repeating…

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

“The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion.

They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.”

–From the Zen Buddhist text

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“It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason (logos), when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.”

–Aristotle

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Jeremy Lin

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

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I want to see “The Beautiful Game,” whether it’s football (aka soccer), basketball, baseball, or any other athletics on display. That’s why I saw Jordan play against Magic at the Forum back in 1988. I loved the “Showtime” Lakers with Magic at the helm. Magic Johnson is my all-time favorite basketball player. I also backed Patrick Ewing’s Knicks to beat Michael Jordan’s Bulls every time, because I want to see basketball as it was intended – as a team sport with 5 players passing the ball to find the open shooter.

I enjoy watching the geometry and synchronicity of players’ movements. Gestalt! Shaq was boring to watch, in my opinion. And Kobe, while being very talented at knocking down shots as he falls away from the basket and with hands in his face, is boring to watch, in my opinion. I want movement of the ball – passes – not one man doing the bulk of the scoring with pivot-pivot-shoot, and then the next time pivot-pivot-shoot, and then rinse and repeat all game long. Basketball can be a very fluid game if everybody gets involved, and then it becomes fast-paced and exciting to watch. When I lived in New York City during the 2000s, I saw the Knicks beat the Kings at Madison Square Garden and I saw the Knicks lose to the Heat at Madison Square Garden. I enjoy the New York Knicks’ style of gritty, get-it-done-as-a-team basketball; and I also admired Allan Houston’s beautiful jump shot.

Jeremy Lin is a Rocky Balboa story. Lin believed in himself and kept fighting for his chance to shine, no matter how many teams cut him from their rosters. The Golden State Warriors gave Lin an average of something like 9 minutes per game before letting him go. The Houston Rockets also waived Lin. Reminder: Lin won the California high school championship against Mater Dei and scored 30 points against top-25-ranked Connecticut when he played at Harvard. No NBA team drafted Lin, but he persevered. Everybody kept cutting him from their team like he was a good-for-nothing bum, a la Rocky, when really Lin has the heart of a champion inside him, just like the legendary, although fictional, boxer.

Jeremy Lin is a highly skilled point guard who makes other players better. That’s what I want to see when I watch the game of basketball. I can see my own triumphs over adversity resembling Jeremy Lin’s underdog success. He is an inspiration to me.

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When sport transcends to the point of Art, it is called “The Beautiful Game.”©

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Harmonize and find your rhythm, Knicks

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Other than the one loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, Jeremy Lin made the winning music happen for the New York Knicks like the missing puzzle piece of Ringo Starr getting behind the drum kit for the Beatles. Sometimes it just takes one player to make the team that much more magical. Paul McCartney said in an interview, “I always likened us [the Beatles] to a square. Take any of those four sides away and it collapses.” A basketball team is more than one man (in the NBA anyway)…it is a band of men.

* Sending good vibes to Baron Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and all of the 2012 New York Knicks)))))))

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When sport transcends to the point of Art, it is called “The Beautiful Game.”©

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Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky

February 18, 2012 Leave a comment

* I love the sound they make.

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Read more:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/south-africas-die-antwoord-rowdy-rappers-but-sweet-too/article2339473/

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/die-antwoord-on-tour-dont-look-for-answers-20120211

http://videogum.com/112671/die_antwoord_is_fake_and_so_wh/backlashes/

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/10/die_antwoord_ch.html

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So the Knicks with Jeremy Lin as point guard lost one game, and at Madison Square Garden

February 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Get ready for Sunday!

Knicks v. Mavericks at the Garden 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST

* Basketball is a game. Have fun…and play. Play beautifully.

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When sport transcends to the point of Art, it is called “The Beautiful Game.”©

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Knicks back to .500 after 7th win in a row

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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picture source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NewYorkKnicks.PNG

Read more:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/02/linsanity-live-knicks-look-to-continue-win-streak-vs-kings/1#.Tzx1Mpj3Bz8

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When sport transcends to the point of Art, it is called “The Beautiful Game.”©

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