Life is a Bungling process...
Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)
If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill
"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero
"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan
"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day
“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”
"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown
"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"
Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.
"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Temple Grandin on HBO
I tend to dislike most of the rot HBO serves up as a PC smorgasbord, but they did a really good job in their bio-movie based on Temple Grandin.
Temple Grandin wrote some wonderfully insightful books, including Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Her deep understanding of animals needs closer attention by all of us. She understands how the real animal world is ruthless and cruel and horribly violent. Meat animals, such as beef cattle, die much more humanly when slaughtered as opposed to their natural death in the wild, especially in slaughter houses she has designed or where she has been a consultant. Temple Grandin points this out, but it may be passed by in the film as deals with her Autism.
One can see some levels of autism in us all.
One thing that struck me in her book, Animals in Translation, was as she wrote about horses and how they have their eyes set on the sides of their head.
This makes it easier to to see behind them. That way horses tend to have an easy time finding their way back on their own. This reminded me of Charles Russell's (the Western Artist), Trails Plowed Under, where he spoke of how Indians can find their way back from where they've been. Unlike white men, Indians like horses, look around to see behind to know where they have been.