Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you’ve got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!” The Tick
A little something about the future, families and football.
The Tick is a fictional character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic stores. He is an absurdist spoof of comic book superheroes. After its creation, the character spun off into an independent comic book series in 1988, and gained mainstream popularity through an animated TV series on Fox in 1994. A short-lived live-action TV series, video game, and various merchandise have also been based on the character. IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time ranked The Tick as #57.from Wikepedia
Cartoon version And of course the live action version.
Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody. Mark Twain
Well, I can understand how you feel. You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down, and you made a fool of yourself and everything. But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?… The world didn’t come to an end. Linus Van Pelt, from the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
Story synopsis form IMDB: Poor Charlie Brown. He can’t fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn’t help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee…and wins! Next, it’s the school spelling bee. Once again, a winner! Good grief! Now the pressure is on as he is off to New York City for the televised national spelling bee. With Snoopy and Linus present for moral support, can Charlie Brown spell his way to a national championship?
The full movie,the quote is at the 1 hour 20 minute mark.
Of course Peanuts was written by a personal hero of mine Charles Schulz.
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. Tim Cahill
Born in 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee, is a travel writer who lives in Livingston, Montana, United States. He is a founding editor of Outside magazine and currently serves as an “Editor at Large” for the magazine.
Some of his writing: A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, Pecked To Death By Ducks, Pass The Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered and Hold The Enlightenment
Be a half-assed crusader, a part-time fanatic. Don’t worry too much about the fate of the world. Saving the world is only a hobby. Get out there and enjoy the world, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, husbands, wives; climb mountains, run rivers, get drunk, do whatever you want to do while you can, before it’s too late.” Edward Abbey
From Wikepedia: Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire. He grew up in a place that is near to my heart Indiana, PA, where I spent four very formative years.
A speech by Abraham Lincoln (played by the amazing Daniel Day Lewis) to the Congressman Thaddeus Stevens from the Pennsylvania (played by the equally amazing Tommy Lee Jones)
This whole scene, heck the whole movie shows why democracy often takes a meandering course to the right place, eventually.
A compass I learnt when I was surveying, it’ll… it’ll point you true north from where your standing, but it’s got no advice about the swamps, deserts and chasms that you’ll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what’s the use of knowing true north? Abraham Lincoln
Here are how the actors looked when they portrayed these men for the movie Lincoln.
And of course the YouTube clip from the movie.
Sorry folks for no original content lately, am putting the finishing touches on my science fiction novel, Scouts Out. Which is currently available on this blog, but soon I will be sending it off to smashwords and you will no longer be able to read it for free. Of course it might not be worth a red cent, so if you have any curiosity you can begin reading it here. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead. Tom Stoppard, From the playThe Real Thing
Sir Tom Stoppard,Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage.
And here is the playwright with calmer hair.
Sorry folks for no original content lately, am putting the finishing touchs on my science fiction novel, Scouts Out. Which is currently available on this blog, but soon I will be sending it off to smashwords and you will no longer be able to read it for free. Of course it might not be worth a red cent, so if you have any curiosity you can begin reading it here. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.