"Faster, ManDad, FASTER!!! I think I can smell the whole world!" #lifeaffirming #maltese #whatmakesyouhappymakesme happy

It seems to me quite reasonable to think that the death of the fly is entirely insignificant and that it is at the same time a kind of catastrophe. To entertain such contradictions is always uncomfortable, but in this case the dissonance echoes far and wide, bouncing off countless other decisions about what to buy, what to eat – what to kill; highlighting the inconsistencies in our philosophies, our attempts to make sense of our place in the world and our relations to our co‑inhabitants on Earth. The reality is that we do not know what to think about death: not that of a fly, or of a dog or a pig, or of ourselves.

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That tadpoles are fodder for pond-life is as natural as the leaves falling on the water in autumn; that flies get squidged is as ordinary as apples rotting in the orchard. One’s own death, on the other hand, seems most unnatural. It seems rather an error and an outrage; a cosmic crime; a reason to raise one’s fist and rebel against the regime that ordered this slaughter of innocents… But here we are – guests at the party of life and death. We know we must exit along with the flies and the tadpoles. But we would rather not think about it.

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We cannot do away with death without doing away with life.

Philosopher Stephen Cave, author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, echoes Alan Watts in a beautiful essay on death in Aeon Magazine.

Or, as C.S. Lewis put it“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.”

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Nothing to add here other than I like the use of the word dissonance in this context.

The simpler, the better. Eric playing the Wurly one handed at Canterbury yesterday with @andrewmullin. #1990future

Hanging out, helping any way I can at a shoot for the Sadies.

This is the same mixing board Dave Grohl used to record Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” ………………… #1990future #canterburymusiccompany

Eric getting warmed up for a couple of days of recording. #1990future #canterburymusiccompany

“Our job is, we just blow into town, tell everybody to keep going, and we blow on out.”
Bruce Springsteen, in a 1984 interview (via)

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“For writers and filmmakers, the more ethnic it is, the more universal it is. The more Swedish a film is, the more we like it, the more we understand it. It’s when they try to water it down, and try to second-guess the foreign audience that you run into trouble. Even Spike Lee — the more black his films are, the more universal they are. The whiter the Beach Boys are, the better they are. I know a lot of people don’t like the Beach Boys because they say they are too white. I say, that’s what’s good about them. That’s one of the main ingredients. Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly are really great artists because they are as white as they can get.”

My take on this is a slight variation. If you are going to make something, make it as individual as possible, as personal as it can possibly be. The uniqueness to your approach or your story is what’s interesting.

Gilbert Hernandez (via austinkleon)

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Good morning! Put your faces on and let’s go! #makeover #showday