Culture of Competition

It’s almost here. That special Sunday when the nation pauses to celebrate our collective obsession with competition -- Super Bowl XLVIII, with its Latin numbers redolent of religion. Followed by two weeks of heated contests that are the Winter Olympics.

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The Peeps of Paradise: Tapping Vinny Tozzi

“Ma loved when I sang and danced for her. But there was one song she really liked. The words are, ‘I’ll make up for everything the world has done to you. I’ll make every little dream you’ve ever dreamed come true.’”

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Will I Be Around?

I’ve never understood the phrase, “a woman of a certain age.” Now I do.

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Always the Beginner

There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Light

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”

James Thurber

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Dark

“Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than with night. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself.”

Henry Beston
The Outermost House: A Year of Life On
The Great Beach of Cape Cod
1928

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Let’s Strangle Siri!

When I worked at IBM’s development laboratory in Poughkeepsie a long, long time ago, I wrote about the company’s efforts in speech-to-text. The development engineers told me speech-to-text would be a long, long time coming. Now, with the Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface embodied in the newest versions of iPhone, such an advance seems facile.

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Stealing Paradise

Dapple made flesh
Stolen, not scanned
Better use a cattle brand.

Haiku by Tom Torkildson
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Peeps of Paradise: “Brain Massage”

"It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about."

Stan Getz

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Lonely or Alone

The rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled since 1980.
University of Chicago study

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